Midtown Modern: Commercial Art Galleries 1900-1925

Janes Walk


Led By Julie Mellby, Graphic arts curator emeritus, Princeton University

Before Chelsea, before Soho, the commercial art gallery district was primarily on and just off Fifth Avenue in midtown Manhattan. Although most of the original buildings have disappeared, we will trace the steps of collectors “doing the galleries” in the first decades of the 20th century. We will uncover the location of Robert Henri’s 1901 show of American Modernists, see where the first solo exhibitions of Man Ray, Marguerite Zorach, and Florine Stettheimer were held, and note the various galleries opened by frustrated assistants of Alfred Stieglitz, as well as shops catering to the etching revival and American crafts movement.

Accessibility We will walk approximately 10 blocks, stopping at 5 locations on a busy midtown street, no stairs but there is some scaffolding to sidestep.
Location Information

RSVP is required and capacity is limited. Meeting location, ending location, and directions will be provided via email before walk date.


Saturday, May 6, 2023
9:00 AM
Less than 1 hour

Borough: Manhattan
Theme: Art & Architecture, History & Culture
Language: English
Fifth Avenue on a day between 1900 and 1915. Photo: Detroit Publishing Company Photograph Collection, Library of Congress. Modifications: photo cropped.