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Baruch College Hosts
Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art
Exhibition and Symposium


Theresa Bernstein, The Readers, 1914. Oil on canvas, 40 x 50 inches.

Courtesy of the Martin and Edith Stein Collection


NEW YORK, NY- September 11, 2013 - An exhibition of the American artist Theresa Bernstein (1890-2002) will open at the Sidney Mishkin Gallery at Baruch College on November 7, 2013, featuring paintings drawn entirely from the largest and most comprehensive private collection of the artist’s work, owned by Martin and Edith Stein of Boca Raton, Florida. Edith Stein is an alumna of Baruch College. Theresa Bernstein, is a remarkable artist who made and exhibited work in every decade of the twentieth century.

There will be an opening reception on November 13, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. and the show will close on December 11, 2013. The Sidney Mishkin Gallery is located at 135 East 22nd Street and Lexington Avenue.

Theresa Bernstein’s work will also be the subject of a show from diverse collections at the James Gallery of the CUNY Graduate Center opening on November 12, 2013 and closing on January 18, 2014. The James Gallery is located at 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street. Works from the two shows will join together for a tour. The two CUNY venues both offer free admission.

Gail Levin, who is the curator of both shows, is Distinguished Professor of Art History, American Studies, and Women's Studies at the Graduate Center and Baruch College. She is the authority on the American realist painter Edward Hopper, with whom Bernstein showed during the 1910s and 1920s. Dr. Levin is a scholar and curator whose work on twentieth century and contemporary art has garnered international acclaim. Her writings have been widely published and translated throughout Europe and Asia.

A related symposium on Theresa Bernstein will take place at the Vertical Campus of Baruch College, in the Simon Conference Room (#14-220), at 55 Lexington Avenue, at 25th Street, on Wednesday November 13, 2013. It is free and open to the public; online registration is required.

The accompanying book, Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art, resulted from research begun in an exhibition seminar in the art history doctoral program that Professor Levin taught at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in the fall of 2010. The students, all of whom contributed research for the exhibition, book, and website, were Sarah Archino (CUNY Ph.D., 2012), Diana Fischman, Stephanie Hackett, Elsie Heung, Gillian Pistell, and Lindsay Smilow. Two scholars, who had each written about Bernstein’s art, organized a show of her work, and befriended her, visited the seminar and shared their expertise: Dr. Patricia M. Burnham and Dr. Michele Cohen (CUNY Ph.D., 2002), the latter of whom also served as a consultant to the project. Essays by Sarah Archino, Patricia M. Burnham, Michele Cohen, Stephanie Hackett, Elsie Heung, Gail Levin (editor), and Gillian Pistell appear in Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art .

The exhibition will go on tour to four other venues. A website designed by Elsie Heung links the two New York exhibitions and presents videos of Bernstein and other primary documentation. You may go online and visit: to learn more about the artist and the tour.



Special thanks to Martin and Edith Stein, for their generous contribution in support of the symposium; the Theresa Bernstein exhibition, and the book, Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art. Thank you to supporters and partners including the Bernstein House Foundation and Girard Jackson, Robert Hurst, Walter Manninen, Helen and Edward Ezrick, Elaine Dine Gray, Willys K. Silvers, Jonathan P. and Margaret S. Harvey, and Sebastian Murken.



WHAT: Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art Exhibition


  • November 7, 2013 through December 11, 2013: The Sidney Mishkin Gallery of Baruch College. Opening reception Nov. 13, 6-8 p.m.
  • November 12, 2013 through January 18, 2014: The James Gallery of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, on Fifth Avenue at 34th Street



  • Manny Romero, Director of Public Relations, Baruch College, (646)-660-6141
  • Tanya L. Domi, Director of Media Relations, CUNY Graduate Center, (212) 817-7283


About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to


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