The Amie and Tony James Gallery catalyzes research and knowledge production in contemporary art and joins the Center for the Humanities' mission to create dialogue across disciplines. Our exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

Current Exhibition
Feb 7-Mar 28, 2015
Specters of Communism: Contemporary Russian Art
Curated by Boris Groys

Chto Delat, Film still from The Excluded. In a Moment of Danger, 2014.

In contemporary Russia, where official political and cultural attitudes have become increasingly conservative, a new generation of Russian artists continue the critical tradition of the Russian Left and utopianism of the Russian avant-garde. Taking up this desire to change reality by means of art, they explore ideals of equality and social justice, radical politics, secularism and internationalism, without forgetting the long history of post-revolutionary violence. Guest curated by Boris Groys and held at both the James Gallery and e-flux exhibition space downtown, this exhibition includes the works of artists from Moscow, St. Petersburg, and New York, including Alina and Jeff Bliumis, Keti Chukhrov, Chto Delat, Anton Vidokle, and Arseny Zhilyaev.

This exhibition is organized in collaboration with e-flux, 311 East Broadway, where art by Anton Ginzburg, Pussy Riot, and Arseny Zhilyaev is on view.

Click here  to read a review by Art in America

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Click here for The Columbia Spectator's review of the exhibition.

Click here for an article in The Calvert Journal that covers two exhibits--"The Lenin Museum" and "Monument to Cold War Victory."

Click here for a review of the exhibit on This is Tomorrow Contemporary Art Magazine

Cosponsored by the PhD Program in Theatre

Related Programming

Feb 6, 6-8pm: Specters of Communism Exhibition Reception
Feb 9, 2-6pm: Specters of Communism: A Symposium, Claire Bishop, Katherine Carl, Keti Chukhrov, Kate Fowle, Boris Groys, Dmitry Vilensky, Arseny Zhilyaev
Feb 10, 8pm: The Communist Revolution Was Caused By The Sun at e-flux, Anton Vidokle
Feb 24, 6:30pm: On Art and Politics in Contemporary Russia Tour, Alyona Valerie Dybunova
Mar 3, 6:30pm: Art and Communism: A Love-Hate Relationship Tour, Alise Tifentale


Upcoming Exhibition
Apr 15-May 29, 2015
Left Coast: California Political Art
Curated by Nadiah Fellah

Libby Black, "Protest", 2012, Oil on canvas, 8 x 6 inches.
Libby Black, "Protest", 2012, Oil on canvas, 8 x 6 inches.

Left Coast: California Political Art includes artworks from the 1980s to the present that focus on the spirit of protest and resistance, which has come to be synonymous with the West Coast in recent years. The title of the exhibition takes its name from a playful moniker for the left-wing politics associated with California, a place that curator and art historian Peter Selz has referred to as “America’s edge.” By exploring how the roles of these artists cross into the realm of activism, the show brings to the fore timely political tensions and social movements that are unfolding across the country. The exhibition will feature sculptures, drawings, paintings, video and prints by several contemporary artists currently working in California, as well as newly commissioned works by Los Angeles-based artist Andrew Schoultz, the Bay Area-based mural collective Precita Eyes Mural Collective, and the international artist collective Futurefarmers, founded by San Francisco artist Amy Franceschini. Also included in the presentation are works by artists Judith F. Baca, Evan Bissell, Libby Black, Enrique Chagoya, Bruce Conner, Estudio Teddy Cruz with Fonna Forman, Jennifer Moon, PERSIA and DADDIE$ PLA$TIK, Lari Pittman, Rigo 23, Favianna Rodriguez, Martin Wong, and Imin Yeh. This exhibition is curated by Nadiah Fellah, the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow.


Related Programming

Apr 16, 5pm: Muralism in California: Past and Present
Apr 22, 5pm: Left Coast for Teachers
Apr 27, 10am-6:30pm: The City is Ours, the Body is Mine: Urban Spatial Practices in Contemporary Latin America
Apr 30, 6:30pm: Political Printmaking: Favianna Rodriguez and Lincoln Cushing in Conversation
May 7, 6:30pm: Participatory Research and Political Art: California to New York
May 14, 6:30pm: Provisioning: The Flatbread Society Seed Journey

Cosponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the PhD Program in Art History, and the Public Science Project, The Graduate Center, CUNY.

Special thanks to exhibition lenders: George Adams Gallery, Commonwealth & Council, The Conner Family Trust and Paula Cooper Gallery, Durón Family Collection, Andrew Edlin Gallery, Barbara Gladstone Gallery,  Interference Archive, Joshua Liner Gallery, and P.P.O.W. Gallery. 


Visit The James Gallery

The James Gallery
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
365 Fifth Avenue between 34th and 35th Streets
New York, NY 10016

Free and open to the public
Hours: Tue-Thu 12-7pm, Fri-Sat 12-6pm

Curator: Katherine Carl
t: 212-817-2007
Exhibitions Coordinator: Jennifer Wilkinson
t: 212-817-2020



The Amie and Tony James Gallery catalyzes research and knowledge production in contemporary art and joins the Center for the Humanities’ mission to create dialogue across disciplines. Located in midtown Manhattan at the nexus of the academy, contemporary art, and the city, the James Gallery brings a range of pertinent discourses into the exhibition space through a number of innovative formats. While some exhibitions will remain on view for extended contemplation, other activities, such as performances, workshops, reading groups, roundtable discussions, salons, and screenings will have a short duration. As a space for interdisciplinary artistic and discursive activities, the gallery works with scholars, students, artists and the public to explore working methods that may lie outside usual disciplinary practices.