JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY: THE SCHOOL
Jack Shainman Gallery is delighted to announce the opening of The School, a 30,000 square-foot, multi-purpose project space in Kinderhook, New York. Newly renovated by Spanish architect Antonio Jimenez Torrecillas, the existing 1929 federal-revival Martin van Buren High School has been redesigned to include a large, 5,000 square foot exhibition space with soaring 24-foot ceilings—formerly the gymnasium—accompanied by traditional gallery spaces on the second floor, transformed from existing classrooms. In addition to the interior galleries, the property sits on five acres of land that will provide a temporary home for outdoor sculptural and site-specific installations.
The newly renovated space opened with an exhibition and performance by Nick Cave on May 17, 2014 in celebration of the gallery’s 30th anniversary.
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Jack Shainman Gallery has expanded this year with the addition of a 30,000 square foot former elementary school in Kinderhook, NY built in 1929 that will be known as The School. The building, dedicated by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1931, will function as a home for the gallery collection as well as a venue for special exhibitions. Architect Antonio Jimenez Torrecillas, a prize-winning architect whose projects include the Museo de Bellas Artes, Palacio de Carlos V, Alhambra, Spain, is designing the space. Of the expansion Jack Shainman said, “We are deeply committed to our artists and have always been driven by their success. It’s an amazing feeling to be able to grow alongside them.”
The town of Kinderhook is the birthplace of Martin Van Buren, eighth President of the United State of America, also the source of the popular phrase OK. Van Buren was referred to as Old Kinderhook, OK for short and the word has become the most widely used term of approval around the world. The School is a lovely brick structure with simple classical lines. It is set in the pristine historic district of Kinderhook that retains its colonial Dutch atmosphere; a town meticulous in maintaining their landmarks.
The School “is kind of a life dream…primarily, we'll store our collection there, but it has great viewing rooms and exhibition rooms, and we will do exhibitions there in the summer. Previously, we often had to rent space to show large works. It will have about a 27-foot ceiling in the main gallery space, where we'll have artists do special projects,” said Shainman to Art in America in March 2013.
In an interview with Whitewall this year, Shainman explained, “We have amassed quite a large collection, and since the gallery’s inception I’ve always wanted a big space to house it all in, like a bunker. I have a farm near the Martin van Buren Elementary School and its grandeur has always impressed me…The school itself is impressive...It’s also exciting to have five acres of property to show outdoor sculpture.”
Just two hours from Chelsea, The School is near a number of art institutions including Mass MoCA, The Clark Art Institute, The Williams College Museum of Art, the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College, and the future site of the Marina Abramović Institute in Hudson, NY.
25 Broad Street, Kinderhook, NY 12106
tel. +1 212 645 1701 fax. +1 212 645 8316
Gallery hours: Saturdays from 11am-5pm and by appointment.