Upcoming Exhibition

The Art of Winold Reiss: An Immigrant Modernist

July 1, 2022 - October 9, 2022

Spanning the fields of painting, drawing, graphic design, interior design, and the decorative arts, Winold Reiss brought a European modernist sensibility to the American public via visual culture embedded in daily life.

Location

1st floor, Robert H. and Clarice Smith South Gallery

Spanning the fields of painting, drawing, graphic design, interior design, and the decorative arts, Winold Reiss brought a European modernist sensibility to the American public via visual culture embedded in daily life. Nowhere was this impact clearer than in his adopted home, New York City, where he emigrated from Germany in 1913. Inspired by New York’s dynamism, vibrant architecture, and diversity, his art was featured in public spaces and popular media across the city.

The Art of Winold Reiss features 150 works, many never before exhibited. Highlights include his iconic portraits of Harlem Renaissance figures like Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and Alain Locke as well as paintings of everyday individuals from the professional and working classes. Also on display: Reiss’ furniture, his interior design of the heralded Hotel St. George in Brooklyn, and his graphic design―represented through books, advertising, menus, and calendars produced for iconic New York establishments including the Restaurant Crillon and the Hotel Alamac Congo Room. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated scholarly publication available from the NYHistory Store.

The Art of Winold Reiss is curated by Marilyn Satin Kushner, curator of prints, photographs, and architectural collections, and Debra Schmidt Bach, curator of decorative arts and special exhibitions, with contributions from Wendy Nalani E. Ikemoto, senior curator of American art.

Major support for this exhibition is provided by the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation and the Henry Luce Foundation. This project is also supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support provided by Adeline and Myron Hofer, Tamar Weiss, Carol Marks and Tom Wirtschaft, and other generous individuals. The exhibition’s catalogue is made possible by Furthermore: a program of the J. M. Kaplan Fund.

Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Evelyn & Seymour Neuman Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.

  • NYC Cultural Affairs
  • NY Council on the Arts

Media sponsor:

  • WNET New York Public Media