Imagine! Painters and Poets of the New York School

March 19 – May 4, 2007
This exhibition was developed by the Special Collections department at the University’s Bird Library.  Originally designed for the sixth floor of the library, the exhibition at the Palitz Gallery was smaller version of the original show.  The painters of the New York School took their inspiration from a group of New York artists that had been exploring the boundaries of abstraction since the late 1930s, especially Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock.  Grace Hartigan described this influence: “In the late 1940s I, along with other students in our twenties, found a new way of painting being created in our New York backyards.  Meeting with and seeing the work of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning changed my life-I understood what it meant to totally identify one’s self with one’s art.”   The exhibition was developed from materials in the Grace Hartigan collection at Syracuse University.