Welcome to the Shiva Gallery
The Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery is the primary fine art gallery at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a senior college of the City University of New York in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. The program feature a variety of media and concepts, but is heavily focused on social issues and the humanities. Opened in 2013, the gallery is 4,050 square feet and is located on the ground floor of John Jay's 620,000-square foot building that sits on 11th Avenue and 59th Street in New York City, a four block walk from Central Park. The building was designed by Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill.
Gallery viewing hours are Monday through Friday from 1-5 PM.
The Shiva Gallery contains a moveable wall system that allows the space to be reconfigured for each exhibition or cleared in its entirety for use as a multi-purpose space.
Our Most Recent Exhibitions and Events
For more information, please view Current Exhibitions & Events
On view from November 11, 2015 – January 22, 2016
Drawn from common culture and rooted in our deepest memories, stories from childhood hold special power over personal and collective consciousnesses. Iconic representations of characters from these tales are deeply resonant, granting the artist who uses them potent emotional tools.
On view from September 16, 2015-October 30, 2015
During the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) Tang Desheng had an opportunity to photograph the students who were sent from the urban areas to the rural countryside. Ostensibly the students who were brought up and educated in the cities were sent to the countryside to learn about the rural life led close to the land; on the other hand they were to help the farmers and to spread urban culture to the rural population. Also at this time China’s economy was unstable and there were a multitude of financial and social problems, and in the country the students were assured jobs, housing and food. Because of the shortage of food, the students could not return home to the city where they would be dependent on their family’s meager food supply. Optimistic at first, the students had a hard time adjusting to life in the countryside, the grueling labor, tedium, homesickness, and poor living conditions. As they were not allowed to return home, some married local people, and after ten years many grew depressed and despondent. Only two out of a hundred were sent back to the city.
On view from September 9 through November 13, 2015
Unlike sexuality that comes from within the individual, gender role is formed through parental, peer, school and social influences. Many of our early views of life come from the first teachers we encounter. Often our first taste of socially held beliefs such as girls look pretty and are passive, while boys do and are active, are provided to us at this early age. It is important for children to develop strong egos in their socialization phase that can withstand peer and social pressure and to continue in creating healthy relationships.
On view from July 2, 2015, through July 31, 2015
Rodrigo Imaz, based in Mexico City, makes films, paintings, and drawings that confront some of life’s most complex emotions and political realities and presents them in a manner that is disarming, honest, and full of humor. For his exhibition at John Jay College, Imaz continues his investigation into a universal material: trash. He uses refuse as a means reconsider the economic structure and social relations of a place from bottom to top. Through careful consideration of the objects littering our streets, Imaz creates taxonomies of consumption, waste, and planned obsolescence. Though official histories are written by the powerful, the garbage, unwanted, and forgotten items Imaz collects tell the street-level history of the city.
Latest Gallery News
- 19 January 2015 by admin, in Gallery News
The Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery is Named in Honor of the Largest Donation in the College’s HistoryThe generosity of alumnus and Adjunct Professor Andrew Shiva and his wife, Anya,...READ MORE +