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1932  | 1933  | 1935  | 1937  | 1940 - 60  | 1972 - 78  | 1980 - 95  | 2000  | 2001 - 08  | 2009 - 10
1932
1933
1935
1937
1940s-60s
1972-78
1980-95
2000
2001-8
2009-10

August 16,1932

Founded by Herman Baron, the A.C.A. Gallery opens its doors at its first location at 1269 Madison Avenue on 91st Street.

November 1932

ACA opens the historic exhibition Selections from the John Reed Club which includes Adolf Dehn, William Gropper, Philip Reisman and Raphael Soyer, among others. The exhibition establishes the gallery’s early commitment to Social Realism and art with a message.

December 1932

ACA organizes a Christmas benefit and sale to help artists suffering from the financial effects of the Great Depression. This is the first of many philanthropic exhibitions at the gallery.

1933

ACA moves to 52 West 8th Street in New York City’s Greenwich Village.

November 1935

The first meetings of the American Artists’ Congress, formed by Stuart Davis, Herman Baron and Hugo Gellert are held at ACA. The first exhibition of the American Artists’ Congress is presented at ACA from November 10th through the 23rd.

Source: American Magazine of Art, Vol. 29 #4 April 1936 Aesthetic Freedom and the Artist&acut; Congress Illustration by Peppino Mangravite

1937

Mexican Art Exhibition opens and includes work by noted artists Rufino Tamayo and Romero Orozco among others to benefit the League of Revolutionary Artists and Writers of Mexico. David Alfaro Siqueiros gives a talk Social Art vs. Abstract Art.

1940

ACA presents the first exhibition ever of the revolutionary new medium, silkscreen prints and introduces the media to the world.

1940

ACA moves to 26 West 8th Street.

1943

ACA moves to 63 East 57th Street.

May 18, 1949

Congressman George A. Dondero, Republican of Michigan, attacks ACA Gallery in a speech delivered on the House Floor of Representatives and calls it "…the hub, the gathering point of Marxists in art, whose subtle, nefarious un-American schemes receive their prime incitement." He goes on to say the gallery, "…should be shunned like a plague center of infection."

July 1949

Herman Baron responds to Congressman Dondero´s allegations in the essay, American Art Under Attack.

1959

ACA celebrates its twenty-seventh anniversary with a show, 31 American Contemporary Artists including gallery artists David Burliuk, Philip Evergood, William Gropper, Robert Gwathmey, Moses Soyer and Charles White, among others.

1961

Herman Baron dies. His nephew Sidney Bergen becomes owner and establishes a separate gallery to examine and handle American and European master works. Professional art historians and curators were hired, photographic archives were set up and the gallery made the transition to a modern business.

1967

George Luks Retrospective opens at the gallery.

1968

ACA moves to 25 East 73rd Street.

1969

The exhibition Major Acquisitions Including The Lester Avnet Collection of American Paintings opens and features important paintings by Thomas Hart Benton, Charles Burchfield, Mary Cassatt, William M. Chase, Guy Pene du Bois, Lyonel Feininger, William Glackens, Marsden Hartley, Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Ernest Lawson, George Luks, Reginald Marsh, Georgia O’Keeffe, Everett Shinn, John Sloan and Max Weber, among others.

1972

The historic exhibition, Four American Primitives: Edward Hicks, John Kane, Anna Mary "Grandma" Moses and Horace Pippin opens at the gallery.

1975

ACA becomes the exclusive agent for the family's collection of artist Joseph Cornell and celebrates the occasion with a major exhibition of his boxes and constructions.

1978

ACA moves to 21 East 67th Street.

1978

Masterpieces from New York Private Collections, a major loan exhibition, opens at the gallery to benefit the Chemotherapy Foundation.

Stuart Davis

1981

To celebrate the gallery’s 50th anniversary, the major loan exhibition Social Art in America (1930-1945) opens to benefit the City University of New York Graduate School Art History Scholarship Fund. The accompanying catalogue includes and essay by noted art historian, Dr. Milton Brown.

1987

ACA moves to The Fuller Building at 41 East 57th Street.

1987

The inaugural show Visions of America: 1787-1987, an exhibition of American Genre Paintings in commemoration of the bicentennial of the United States Constitution, opens in the gallery new location on 57th Street.

1995

American Collage opens and features major works by Romare Bearden, Joseph Cornell, Grace Hartigan and Robert Rauschenberg, among others.

2000

ACA expands and moves to 529 West 20th Street in New York City’s Chelsea district.


2001

Jeffrey Bergen becomes owner and director of ACA.

2002

The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago was acquired by the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation and given to The Brooklyn Museum for permanent display.

2005

Invited by the Royal Family of Dubai, ACA brings the largest exhibition of the world's greatest masterpieces to the country.

March 28, 2008

ACA receives the first annual Art To Life Award from A.I.R. Gallery and Art and Living Magazine in honor of 75 years of promoting women in the arts.

2008

ACA begins historic association with ABC Carpet and Home to bring the highest quality art to their retail location on 19th Street and Broadway.



2009

ACA launches new website!

2010

ACA collaborates on the Jerusalem Peace Monument Project.