New York University’s Kimmel Galleries is pleased to present “ART CART: HONORING THE LEGACY,” in partnership with The Research Center for Arts and Culture (RCAC) at The Actors Fund, which presents the work of 10 New York City-based artists who have participated in an innovative, multi-disciplinary program to assist aging artists in documenting their works, by pairing them with student fellows from New York University, Columbia, Rutgers, and Hunter College.

Amaranth Ehrenhalt's Ericho. Acrylic on canvas.
Amaranth Ehrenhalt. Ericho, 2015. Courtesy of the Artist.

The exhibition runs from September 14 through December 11, 2016, on display in The Stovall Family Galleries, located on the eighth floor of the Kimmel Center. [Subways A,C,E,B,D,M to West 4th Street; 6 to Astor Place; R to 8th Street]. Free and open to the public. For more information, the public may call 212-998-4950.

An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, September 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. On Friday, October 21 an artist panel moderated by Joan Jeffri, the project’s creator, will take place between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Additionally, tours will be held on NYU’s Alumni & Parents Day, Saturday, October 22, at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

“Statistics show that most aging artists have not considered a legacy for their life’s work,” says Pamela Jean Tinnen, curator for New York University's Kimmel Galleries.

And the statistics (from the RCAC’s study of older artists) are alarming: 61% of professional visual artists age 62+ have made no preparation for their work after their death; 95% have not archived their work; 97% have no estate plan; three out of every four artists have no will and one in five has no documentation of work at all.

“NYU took a leadership role as the Arts Hub in the project,” says Tinnen. “Half the student fellows came from Steinhardt and GSAS: in visual arts administration, museum studies, art therapy, and occupational therapy, offering a strong background in the arts, health, and aging to the project. In addition, a guest session on documentation by The Whitney Museum was held at The Barney Building, and faculty member Melissa Rachleff Burtt from the Visual Arts Administration program gave a guest lecture on her current work with older artists.”

Based on a nine-month project, the RCAC’s ART CART: SAVING THE LEGACY employs interdisciplinary, intergenerational educational work to assist with legacy preparation. Through the program, faculty and students in social work, occupational therapy, museum studies, art therapy, art education, art history, oral history, visual arts administration, and dance education, come together to contribute their knowledge in honoring the legacies of these incredible artists. Teams of artists, artist-selected working partners, and student fellows document work, conduct oral histories, write continuity plans, and work together towards their shared goals.

The project culminated in HONORING THE LEGACY in both Washington DC at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center this summer with eight artists age 62+, and New York City’s Kimmel Galleries show.

HONORING THE LEGACY is an exhibition of work curated in DC by Pamela Harris Lawton and Adjoa Burrowes, and in NYC by Pamela Jean Tinnen, which celebrates the cumulative efforts of this exciting and generative program. Featured in NYC are acclaimed artists Zigi Ben-Haim, Terry Berkowitz, Amaranth Ehrenhalt, Harriet FeBland, Arlene Gottfried, Barbara Hammer, Morton Kaish, Mary Miss, Marilyn Schwartz, and Adele Shtern.

About the Kimmel Galleries: Established in 2003, Kimmel Galleries are dedicated to providing visually dynamic and thought provoking exhibitions. They are free and open to the public. For more information on tours, the artists or price inquiries, please contact the Curator, Pamela Jean Tinnen, at 212 298 4950, or

The RCAC offers data, information and programs in service of artists and the arts. The Actors Fund is a national organization that assists artists and entertainers in need, crisis or transition.

Past exhibitions include:
Patterns of Interest: photography by Stephen Mallon; HOUSE: HOME; Field Season: records, wandering perspectives, side notes, a selection of photographs from Abydos, by Greg Maka, Amanda Kirkpatrick and Gus Gusciora; Preconceived Notions; and Perspectives: A photography exhibit about traveling and living in our world; DITTO: WORKS IN BLUE, Shira Toren, among others.

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