Through January 11, 2015 in the Main Gallery

Barbara Nessim: An Artful Life

A constant innovator for more than four decades, Barbara Nessim was one of the first professional illustrators to master the computer as an artistic tool. This exhibition examines her sketchbooks, hand-drawn and computer-generated illustrations, paintings, collages, textiles, and fashion.


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Through January 11, 2015 in the Focus Gallery

Visualizing 19th-Century New York

Visualizing 19th-Century New York examines New York City—a spectacle for resident and visitor alike—through prints and photographs produced by cultural entrepreneurs who created a vast commercial market for their images of the booming metropolis.


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Visitor Information

Gallery News

The Main and Focus Galleries occupy a six-story town house at
18 West 86th Street
(between Columbus and Central Park West)
New York, NY 10024

Tuesday–Sunday: 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Thursday: 11:00 am–8:00 pm

The Gallery will be closed on December 24, 25, 31, and January 1.

Free admission Boxing Day, December 26.

Suggested Gallery Admission:
General: $7
Seniors (65+): $5

Lunchtime Gallery Talks

Complimentary drop-in gallery talks are offered every Friday at 12:30.
Free with Gallery admission.

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Gloria Steinem in Conversation with Barbara Nessim, December 4, 2014

An unprecedented conversation between legendary activist and writer Gloria Steinem and artist and illustrator Barbara Nessim. Watch Now

Huffington Post, October 21, 2014

How To Be A Revolutionary Feminist Artist, While Hardly Noticing
by Priscilla Frank

“Barbara Nessim's work may seem playful and even innocuous, but in fact, that's what makes her endless combinations of colors and lines so dangerous.”  Read More

The Atlantic, September 18, 2014

50 Years of Reinventing Illustration
by Steven Heller

“As a conceptual editorial illustrator in the '60s, Barbara Nessim broke ground on multiple fronts: technology, design, and gender.”  Read More

The New York Times, July 10, 2014

A River Runs Through It: The Amazon as Inspiration
by Holland Cotter

“‘Waterweavers’ is the most unassumingly beautiful show I’ve seen in New York this summer. And with its glades of abstract patterning, eddying pools of woven fiber, and projected images of water sluicing through galleries, it’s visually the coolest.” Read More

Recent Exhibition Publications

Digital Publication

Object of the Month

Digital Media in the Gallery

John Lennon Remembered

Barbara Nessim

John Lennon died in New York City on December 8, 1980, at the age of 40. Returning from an evening out at a recording studio, he was shot by Mark David Chapman at the entrance to the Dakota apartment building on 72nd Street. Earlier the same day, Annie Leibovitz had photographed Lennon and Yoko Ono in their apartment at the Dakota for Rolling Stone. Her memorable photo of a naked Lennon curled up beside Ono was published on the cover of the magazine the following month, as a posthumous tribute to the former Beatle. Some eight years later, Barbara Nessim was commissioned to produce an equally iconic cover portrait of Lennon for Rolling Stone. The magazine’s art director, Fred Woodward, asked Nessim to create a simple line drawing of the musician as he might have looked if he had still been alive.

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Visualizing 19th-Century New York: Behind the Scenes

Look "behind the scenes" at the processes and the workers that created the visual materials featured in the exhibition, Visualizing 19th-Century New York.

Visualizing 19th-Centruy New York: Broadway & Ann

Explore the many changes Broadway & Ann went through from the 1830s through the 1870s and find out more about the individual landmarks at the intersection.

Barbara Nessim Speaks About Art and Life

Listen to artist Barbara Nessim speak about her process and the contexts in which she created her artworks.