Welcome to the Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery
The Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery, the President's Gallery, and Memorial Hall Gallery will be closed on December 15th, December 25th, December 26th, and January 1st.
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 10 AM - 6 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
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On view from April 20th, 2015 through May 22, 2015
A collaborative installation between the visual artist Hank Willis Thomas and the professor and journalist Baz Dreisinger, The Writing on the Wall comes to John Jay College after debuting in September, 2014, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, where it was part of the Peoples’ Biennial.
The installation is made from essays, poems, letters, stories, diagrams and notes written by individuals in prison around the world, from America and Australia to Brazil, Norway and Uganda. The hand-written and typed pieces were accrued by Dr. Dreisinger during her years teaching in US and international prisons, in the context of both the Prison-to-College Pipeline program she founded at John Jay and her forthcoming book Incarceration Nations: Journeying to Justice in Prisons Around the World.
On view from February 17th, 2015 through March 27, 2015
Marina Leybishkis questions the validity of the so-called deviant social construct by photographing its subjects: the sick, homeless, mentally ill, unwed mothers, alcoholics, drug addicts, political outcasts, and other marginalized subjects. Leybishkis was initially inspired by a specific phenomenon that existed in Soviet Uzbekistan, her country of birth, called ‘parasitism,’ which was used to connote anyone who led what was considered an antisocial life, i.e. not earning a living. These outcasts were considered high risk and were thus exiled up to 108 kilometers outside the geographical boundaries of what was considered living space for the norm.
Although part of the Soviet Union, Uzbekistan declared itself independent in 1990 when it became part of the Commonwealth of Independent States with Prime Minister Shavkat Karimov at the helm of its authoritarian government. In this stifling atmosphere human rights activists have been systematically arrested and tortured while the religious and political rights of its citizens are crushed on a daily basis. During Soviet rule, the government in its norm setting function determined the identity of its social peripherals or high-risk groups, ergo the 108 kilometer groups.
On view from February 17, 2015-April 3, 2015
Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery
The title of this show is inspired by W. Somerset Maugham’s 1915 novel much of which is autobiographical and in turn, was based on Part IV of Spinoza’s Ethics. Also subtitled Strength of Emotions it is about humanity’s lack of control that can result in a type of enslavement. Perhaps the most destructive of these emotions is the drive for profit which is to a large extent responsible for people’s inhumanity to each other.
On view from November 12th, 2014 -January 23rd, 2015
Assenting Voices: Agitprop Art from North Korea is of seminal importance being one of a few exhibitions of its kind in the west to show formerly inaccessible North Korean art. The paintings and posters in this show feature celebrations of the North Korean regime and its Juche (Self-Reliance) philosophy. Consequently, and because of the morphological and political similarity of the works it is up to the viewer to surpass what is obvious to discern the underlying message. When the Korean art scholar Jane Portal recently visited an exhibition of North Korean Art in Vienna, she asserted “we’ve seen it all in terms of totalitarian societies.” “But” she continued, “this is the last bastion of this kind of thinking that’s bound to disappear. That’s why it’s so important for it to be seen and collected for posterity.”
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 +