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Sandra Kraskin is retiring from her position as director of Baruch’s Sidney Mishkin Gallery effective January 3, 2018.
Under Dr. Kraskin’s direction since 1989, the Mishkin Gallery has become well-known as a venue for small museum-quality exhibitions that highlight innovative scholarship, significant artists, and multicultural concerns. She has organized exhibitions that have challenged and revised the history of American modernism. Her publications that might be labeled “Revisionist” include the following exhibition catalogs: The Indian Space Painters: Native American Sources for American Abstract Art, 1991 (with essays by Ann Gibson, Barbara Hollister and Allen Wardwell); Pioneers of Abstract Art: American Abstract Artists, 1936-1996, 1996; Reclaiming Artists of the New York School: Toward a More Inclusive View of the 1950s, 1994; and Wrestling With History: A Celebration of African American Self-Taught Artists, 1996.
Dr. Kraskin received her Ph.D. in American Art from the University of Minnesota in 1993 and did graduate work at Harvard University and New York University’s Institute of Fine Art. She taught at North Hennepin Community College in Minneapolis from 1969 to 1986 and, from 1972 to 1974, also directed the Summer Art Program at Southampton College of Long Island University in Southampton, New York.
Indian Space Painters in 1991 was the Mishkin Gallery’s first “blockbuster” exhibition. It reunited the work of the Indian Space Painters, who had not been shown as a group since their historic show in 1946. Supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, this exhibition received rave reviews in the New York Times, Art in America, Arts Magazine, and Art Journal. Often cited as a landmark show, this exhibition was noted by New York Times art critic Roberta Smith as “adding a new chapter to the story of the art of the 1940s.”
In 1998, the Mishkin Gallery exhibited L’Ombra della Sera / The Shadow of the Night: Etruscan Splendors from Volterra in Tuscany, and, in 2000, The Wine of Dionysus: Banquets of Gods and Men in Basilicata. Both were dramatic museum exhibitions sponsored by the Italian government. In 2015-16, an exhibition of Andy Warhol’s photographs and silkscreen prints that had appeared at the Mishkin Gallery in 2014, traveled to the Tan Guobin Contemporary Art Museum in Changsha, China as part of the exhibition Warhol and Photography: By Andy Warhol & Christopher Makos. Dr. Kraskin contributed an essay to the catalog.
Dr. Kraskin was the author of Life Colors Art: Fifty Years of Painting by Peter Busa, 1992, and Howard Daum: Indian Space Painter, 2004. She is the curator of a traveling exhibition of the work of Esphyr Slobodkina and the author of the major essay in its catalog Rediscovering Slobodkina: A Pioneer of American Abstraction, 2009, Hudson Hills Press. She has also written the essays for many of the catalogs for exhibitions at the Mishkin Gallery.
Less publicly apparent than the selected exhibitions and publications cited above has been Sandra’s dedication to the Baruch community. Almost every exhibition has been accompanied by outreach to faculty that resulted in innumerable gallery talks with students—literally thousands of students over the past 29 years. And, since 2005, Sandra has organized exhibitions of art that included mostly works by our own faculty and staff. All of these exhibitions, as well as her work within the college and as a representative of Baruch, have been based on clear, well-articulated ethical principles that have burnished Baruch’s standing in the cultural community of the city and beyond. For all of these, we are thankful.
Sandra is planning to continue writing about art, and she is going to spend more time at her favorite café chatting with her artist friends.
We will miss her.
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Baruch College, CUNY
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