Welcome to the Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery
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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 27, 2015, through July 31, 2015
In a collaborative project, Serbian artist Slobodan Stosić was invited by curator Omar Lopez-Chahoud to act in the dual role of participating artist and curator of the exhibition The One Who Became the Color on a Flag. Given that the creative act of art making and that of curating are closely intertwined in Stosić’s work, separated only by a thin line, he has curated other artists’ work into his exhibition in order to realize his specific aesthetic statement. The conceptual underpinnings of Stosić’s work create an exhibition that operates as a Gesamtkunstwerk, touching on real life situations, personal experiences, and historical references. In The One Who Became the Color on a Flag Stosić has invited artists from Bosnia and Serbia to present video work. The result is a constructed narrative that borders on fiction. Not only is video included, but historical archives, found objects, photography, drawings, and sculpture are also featured.
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.
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 +