The Art Students League of NY Landmark Building Celebrates 125 Years
The Art Students League of New York has an incredibly rich history of innovation—and now, it’s looking to further cement that reputation, in honor of the 125th anniversary of its landmark building on 215 West 57th Street. Mark your calendars for May 11 & 12: the ST[art]UP extravaganza is coming to the League, and with it, a celebration of the institution’s past, present, and future as a haven for NYC’s alternative art scene. ST[art]UP will include an auction, art sales, experiential events, and a house party, meaning there’s something for everyone at this two-day event. Executive Director Michael Rips skillfully summarized what you can expect from the weekend: “Making Art. Seeing Art. Being Art.” Amongst the opportunities he listed were a special auction on Friday night by the League’s master instructors (i.e., “Seeing Art”), and modeling for live sketches (i.e., “Being Art”). On that last one, he notes, “please wear clothes!”
The League makes no secret of its legendary alumni roster; with the likes of Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, Cy Twombly, and Ai WeiWei on their extensive list of past students, it’s almost impossible to articulate just how important the League has been to the art landscape, both locally in NYC and beyond.
“Of course the League has the history of training the greats, but at the same time the League is open to—and affordable for—anyone who wants to learn the language of art. Several hundred thousand students have studied at the League since 1875,” Rips says. “In the future, and in the past, the League’s mission is to continue to attract the talented young aspiring artists who, under the guidance of our instructors, have grown into artists who set the course of American art.”
Ready to take a peak inside the world of The Art Students League of New York? Don’t miss the ST[art]UP extravaganza on May 11 & 12 (cop your tickets here).
Images courtesy of The Art Students League of New York
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