States Of Being

The School

The School, Kinderhook, NY


The School is a 30,000-square-foot former high school in Kinderhook, NY. It was founded in 2013 with the mission of presenting ambitious, large-scale exhibitions that shed new light on artists working both within and outside of Jack Shainman Gallery’s program. Its curatorial vision is guided by a desire for creative exploration and cultural exchange, offering a unique platform to examine everything from the entire breadth of a single artist’s career to the oftentimes unexpected cross-pollination that exists between artists working across media, disciplines, regions and centuries.

The inaugural exhibition in 2014, a survey of the sculptor and performance artist Nick Cave, featured nearly fifty new and recent works, including a number of his acclaimed Soundsuits. Since then, the space has hosted significant solo presentations by artists such as El Anatsui (who in 2015, on the heels of his Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, was the subject of a five-decade retrospective that traveled to Carriageworks in Sydney), and most recently an exhibition focused on Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol. Group presentations have featured Nina Chanel Abney, David Altmejd, Huma Bhabha, Andrea Bowers, Margaret Kilgallen, Kerry James Marshall, Barry McGee, Andres Serrano, Laurie Simmons, Hank Willis Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, among many others.

The historic building, completed in 1929 and dedicated by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1931, was renovated by Spanish architect Antonio Torrecillas (1962-2015), who transformed the federal-revival building into the cultural center it is today, while retaining its original colonial Dutch details. The School rests on five acres of land that is also host to year-round sculptures and installations.


Margot Curran
Visitor Liaison | The School
Clark Griffin
Operations Manager | The School
Mike Nicholson
Warehouse Manager


After 40 Years, New York Gallerist Jack Shainman is Still Dreaming Big Artsy NINA CHANEL ABNEY at The School and OTHER REAILTIES (Exploring Proximate Mysticisms), at Bill Arning Exhibitions. Upstate Diary Inside Nina Chanel Abney's 'LIE DOGGO' Exhibition at The School Hypebeast Review: Nina Chanel Abney's "Lie Doggo" at Jack Shainman Gallery's The School Chronogram How Nina Chanel Abney Contextualizes Blackness and Identity in Lie Doggo 1202 Magazine Discovering the Late Michael Snow Frieze In Moving Images, Michael Snow Teases the Eye and the Mind The New York Times At The School, Jack Shainman Gallery pays tribute to the legacy of the prolific, artistic polymath Michael Snow The Berkshire Eagle Nick Cave Prevails in Legal Battle Over Artwork in Upstate New York ARTnews Jack Shainman's Gallery The School Opens with a Dazzling Show by Nick Cave Architectural Digest Teaching a New Inclusiveness at The School New York Times "Stressed World" at Jack Shainman Gallery Chronogram