When 15 May 2014 - 18 May 2014
Where National Academy Museum & School
1083 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street
New York, NY 10128
United States
Enquiry (212) 996-1908

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 15, 6-8pm

New York, NY (April 29, 2014) — The National Academy Museum’s historic Fifth Avenue mansion will be transformed by the artists who study at the National Academy School during Creative Mischief, the school’s annual open house and pop-up exhibition. The group exhibition, on view from May 15 – 18, 2014, showcases the best work of Academy students and celebrates the unique connection between the National Academy’s museum and school.

Creative Mischief will represent the wide range of artistic disciplines taught and studied at the National Academy School: abstract paintings and figurative works, site-specific installations, prints, photographs and cyanotypes, as well as video and animation. Along with a small body of curated work, the art in Creative Mischief is nominated by faculty members and then chosen by a jury. Over 100 works will be displayed throughout the museum and the school, and will be on view during the final week of the museum’s current major exhibition, Anders Zorn: Sweden’s Master Painter.

The National Academy is the only American institution of its kind that combines an art museum, art school, and association of artists and architects, and Creative Mischief celebrates this dynamic relationship by exhibiting student work in the museum galleries. Says School Director Maurizio Pellegrin, “It is a point of tremendous pride for our students to exhibit their work in the museum, and a living example of the Academy’s mission to promote American art through both exhibition and instruction.”

The National Academy is one of the country’s oldest arts organizations, founded in 1825 by artists Samuel F. B. Morse, Thomas Cole, and Asher B. Durand as a place to exhibit and teach art. It is the only American institution of its kind that integrates a museum, art school, and an association of preeminent visual artists and architects, the National Academicians.

Academicians include pioneers of American art and architecture as well as contemporary artists and architects, such as Marina Abramović, Christo, Chuck Close, Frank Gehry, Michael Graves, Glenn Ligon, Cindy Sherman, Bill Viola, Carrie Mae Weems and many others.

The Academy Museum’s collection of more than 7,000 objects represents one of the nation’s most significant holdings of American art and architecture. Comprised almost entirely of works donated by National Academicians, the collection showcases exceptional work from the Hudson River School to contemporary art.

The Academy School has been one of the premiere art institutions in the country. It offers studio-based instruction in all mediums and for all ages. Through an intimate, creative learning environment and dedicated faculty, the School supports the artistic journey of each student. Academy students included prominent artists such as Winslow Homer, George Inness, Arshile Gorky, and Willem de Kooning.

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