The Amie and Tony James Gallery’s mission is to bring artists and scholars into public dialogue on topics of mutual concern. Located in midtown Manhattan at the nexus of the academy, contemporary art, and the city, the gallery is dedicated to exhibition-making as advanced research embedded in the scholarly work of The Graduate Center across multiple disciplines. The gallery creates and presents artwork to the public in a variety of formats. While some exhibitions remain on view for extended contemplation, other activities such as performances, workshops, reading groups, roundtable discussions, salons, and screenings have a short duration. The gallery works with scholars, students, artists and the public to explore working methods that may lie outside usual disciplinary boundaries.


Current Exhibition
On view through November 21, 2015

A World Redrawn: Eisenstein and Brecht in Hollywood


Eisenstein was invited to Hollywood in 1930 under contract to Paramount. Fleeing from the Nazis, Brecht arrived in 1941. Both attempted the impossible, to challenge the formulas of the motion picture industry, to create works that were popular and radical. Through films, drawings, architectural models and archival documents, New York artist Zoe Beloff explores their unrealized film scenarios “Glass House” and “A Model Family in a Model Home” and reimagines their ideas for today.

The artwork is created by Zoe Beloff in association with Eric Muzzy. 

This project is supported by Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in Fine Arts.

Additional support for this project is provided by The Media Arts Assistance Fund for Artists, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, Electronic Media and Film, with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature: administered by Wave Farm; The Dean’s Research Enhancement Grant, Queens College CUNY; and the PSC-CUNY Research Award.

The exhibition is made possible in part by The Russian State Archive of Literature and Art, Bertolt Brecht Archiv Berlin, and Getty Images. Co-sponsored by the Mediating the Archive Mellon Seminar in Public Engagement and Collaborative Research in the Humanities, and the Ph.D. Program in Theatre, The Graduate Center CUNY.


Past Exhibitions: Fall 2014-Spring 2015

Left Coast: California Political Art

Apr 15, 2015-May 30, 2015
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.


Specters of Communism: Contemporary Russian Art

Feb 6, 2015-Mar 28, 2015
Guest curated by Boris Groys and held at both the James Gallery and e-flux, this exhibition includes the works of artists from Moscow, St. Petersburg, and New York who explore ideas of equality and social justice, radical politics, secularism and internationalism, and the history of post-revolutionary violence.


The Lenin Museum

Nov 20, 2014-Jan 17, 2015
The Lenin Museum, an exhibit of work by Yevgeniy Fiks, reflects on the historical contradictions and complexities of intersections between Communism and anti-Communism, ideology and sexual identity. 


World of Matter

Sep 10, 2014-Nov 1, 2014
Participants in World of Matter draw upon methodologies from the social and natural sciences, journalism, and also poetics and aesthetics, to scrutinize zones of geopolitical-ecological upheaval.



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’s mission is to bring artists and scholars into public dialogue on topics of mutual concern through exhibitions as a form of advanced research. As a window into the research work of The Graduate Center and a hub of international discussion, The James Gallery is central to The Graduate Center’s and the City University of New York’s contribution to the cultural life of New York City.