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Nancy Grossman
Tough Life Diary
Nancy Grossman: Tough Life Diary

The video above contextualizes the Tang Teaching Museum’s spring 2012 exhibition Nancy Grossman: Tough Life Diary. Nearly 50 years after her first solo exhibition, Grossman takes the viewer down the path of challenges and influences navigated in her creation of a powerful body of work that combines exquisite craftsmanship with a long-standing exploration of the nature of violence and power.

The video weaves together archival film footage of the artist in her studio at age 25, an interview from 1994, the artist’s own family photos as well as a 2012 interview with Grossman at her home in New York City, illustrating complexities in Grossman’s work that are often overlooked in simplified and sensationalistic interpretations of her art.

About Nancy Grossman

Artist Nancy Grossman (b. 1940, New York City) works primarily in sculpture, drawing, and collage. She is known for exquisite craftsmanship and her tenacious exploration of the nature of violence and power. At age 10, Grossman moved with her family to a farm in Oneonta, New York. Her experiences on the farm and working in the garment industry would influence her choice of materials as an artist, which includes collage, sculpture, drawing, and assemblage.

Grossman earned a BFA from the Pratt Institute in 1962, with funding from a New York State Regents Scholarship. In addition to her solo exhibition at the Tang Teaching Museum, her work has been shown at prestigious museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art - Met Breuer, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, and numerous others.

Her awards include an Ida C. Haskell Award for Foreign Travel; a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation; a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship; a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship; a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant; and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Her work is represented in the permanent collections of museums worldwide.

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Grossman, Nancy. “Nancy Grossman, Tough Life Diary.” 2012. Tang Teaching Museum collections website, last modified October 17, 2018.
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