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The Gates to Time Square

Chryssa & New York

[Houston, TX] Chryssa Vardea-Mavromichali was a Greek American artist who worked in a wide variety of media. An American art pioneer in light art and luminist sculpture, known for her neon, steel, aluminum and acrylic glass installations. She always used the mononym Chryssa professionally.

Chryssa’s career is defined by a monumental sculpture called “The Gates to Times Square.” The “Gates” took two years to create and contains neon, steel and plexiglass. It has been restored for this show.

The towering sculpture pays homage to the commercial signage and dazzling lights of New York City’s famous intersection. A resident of New York City from the 1950s to the early 1970s, this exhibition brings together works made by Chryssa while she lived there. It is also the first major survey of the artist’s work in the United States in more than fifty years.

“Chryssa & New York” will be on view at Houston’s Menil Collection, Sep. 29, 2023–Mar. 10, 2024.

24HourNation applauds The Menil. The museum acknowledges that not everyone can — or wants to — visit a museum during the 20th Century hours of 9-to-5. The Menil Collection is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m.–7 p.m.


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