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How do I Measure my Gratitude?

November 12 – November 28 2021

Curated by Souhad Rafey, this group show celebrates her retirement from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. On view in NYC from November 12 through 28.

Curated by Souhad Rafey

Top Row: Ivory Serra, “Andy Kessler, Midtown NYC;” Drew Miller, “Worms;” John Szlasa, “Untitled (blue free);” Steven Day, “Untitled (Carmel, Green)” | Center Row: Renee Magnanti, “Things Began to Change;“ Cy Morgan, “Interminable Fountain (for Jonas);” Pat Berran, “Untitled;” Katte Geneta, “The Sea Moves in a Circle” | Bottom Row: Emma Rossoff, “Cat’s Cradle;” Colin Thomson, “Tomb;” Marilu Datoli Hartnett, “Confluence #3;” Mathew R. Weaver, “Why We Need Fantasy”


Souhad Rafey, who has acted as curator at the American Academy of Arts and Letters for 23 years, is retiring at the end of 2021. Her farewell exhibition How do I Measure my Gratitude? will feature the work of 46 accomplished artists who have supported and collaborated with Souhad during her career — many of whom encountered her in their day jobs as art handlers, museum guards, fine art truckers, and museum colleagues. This exhibition is an opportunity to honor these individuals by showcasing their work.

Lyrics from “Seasons of Love” inspired the title of the exhibition. This song is from the musical Rent, which received a Richard Rodgers Studio Production Award from the Academy in 1994.


Exhibiting Artists
Joel AdasTaji AmeenPatrick Berran ∙ Alexander Bevington ∙ Blinn And Lambert
Gary Ray BugarcicGeorge CarrJim ConboySteven Day ∙ Graham Durward ∙ Betsey Feeley ∙ Toma Fichter ∙ Katte Geneta ∙ Michael Handley ∙ Marilu Datoli HartnettJoel HolubElizabeth Jordan ∙ Andy Kessler ∙ Nicole Laemmle ∙ Steven Langehough ∙ Clynton LowryRenee MagnantiJane McNicholBenny MerrisDrew MillerJames MillerCy MorganBill PangburnJack Robinson ∙ Billy Rohan ∙ Carlos RoqueEmma RossoffStefan Saal ∙ Rich Scarpitta ∙ Yancy Scot SchwartzIvory SerraJames SheehanLarry SilverJohn Szlasa ∙ Ezra Talmatch ∙ Colin ThomsonJoseph VaughnMathew R. WeaverRoy Williams ∙ Stephen Williams



Where’d That Block Go? Andy Kessler, Death, Skateboarding, and New York City by Jocko Weyland


Exhibition Walk-Through by Ivory Serra

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