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41 Grand Street
New York, NY

Recess Activities, Inc.

New York NY, USA

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Corin Hewitt and Molly McFadden, “Double Room,” 2009. Exhibition view at Recess Activities, New York. Courtesy Recess Activities, Inc.

Recess Activities, Inc.’s mission is to support the creative process of the contemporary artist by providing a space for productive activity and a platform for a partnership with the public. Recess offers flexible work and exhibition space to artists, who are given agency to determine the visibility of their work and the parameters of its presentation.

Free of charge and open to the public, Recess facilitates everyday interactions between artists and the community, in order to promote the generative space of the working artist as a site of valuable, visual, and intellectual interactions. Our endeavors promote critical exposure for the artists we support, while fostering an inclusive environment in which artists and the public can engage in a meaningful exchange of art and ideas.

“Session,” Recess’s signature program, offers emerging, contemporary artists two-month public residencies. Generally, artist residencies sustain reclusive endeavors, with little to no interaction between the artists and viewers. Instead, “Session” grows from the concept that art making is most dynamic when it is presented as a dialogue, allowing artists to have meaningful interactions with their active audience throughout the creative process.

Public Hours
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 12–6 p.m.
Thursday: 2–8 p.m. and by appointment
Founding Year
  • 2,162 featured artists
  • 712 Public Programs
  • 441 Exhibitions

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