The Grey Art Gallery at New York University is moving to a larger space at 18 Cooper Square and will reopen next year as the Grey Art Museum.
The project was jump-started by a bequest and a promised gift of 200 artworks from the collectors and social activists James Cottrell, a doctor, and Joseph Lovett, a documentary filmmaker. Longtime residents of Lower Manhattan who’ve supported the local scene and the LGBTQ+ community for decades, the couple came to Gumpert looking for a future home for their collection.
“One of our great areas of concentration is downtown art,” Gumpert said of the Grey’s collection, with more than 6,000 works that have generated shows such as “Art After Stonewall, 1969- 1989” in 2019, and “Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952-1965” in 2017. “We’ve really tried to position the Grey as a bridge to the community.” She plans to highlight works from Cottrell and Lovett’s gift when the museum opens.
Read full article at the New York Times: Home for N.Y.U.’s Art Treasures Gets a New Name and Space