Berkeley College Presents 'Boxing in Brooklyn' - Paintings by Sidney Harris



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Berkeley College Presents ‘Boxing in Brooklyn’ –

Paintings by Sidney Harris  

Berkeley College is exhibiting the work of artist Sidney Harris at its New York City Midtown Campus Gallery, First Floor Lobby, 3 East 43rd Street. This exhibit will be on display from March 1 through 31--Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm and on Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  An artist’s reception will be held on Tuesday, March 8, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.   

Mr. Harris was born in Brooklyn, New York, graduated from Brooklyn College, and attended the Art Students League in New York.  The artist and his wife, Kate Duke, a children’s book author and illustrator, now make their home in New Haven, Connecticut.  In 1955, he began his career as a science cartoonist and since then has drawn literally thousands of cartoons.  Since 1970, American Scientist has published more than 600 of his cartoons.  His cartoons have appeared in other publications including Science, Discover, Physics Today, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Chicago Magazine, and National Lampoon

Over the years, the artist has been praised by such luminaries as Linus Pauling and Isaac Asimov, as well as countless scientists throughout the world, for his ability to find humor in science and technology.  

The theme of this exhibit is “Boxing in Brooklyn,” and it will feature the artist’s paintings of boxing subjects at the world-famous Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn.  In these paintings, Mr. Harris points out that no one is hitting anyone.  “It’s the ambiance of the gym that appeals to me,” says Mr. Harris.  “The fighters are hard-working, dedicated athletes doing something difficult and dangerous, and they often look their best while working out.  The geometric shapes of their equipment, such as the looming heavy bag, as well as the rings in which they fight, are most striking when there are no crowds of people around them.” 

This is Mr. Harris’s second show at the Berkeley College Gallery.  For more details about the exhibit, please e-mail Berkeley Gallery Curator Robert Keiber at or call 212-252-2065.

Photo Caption:   Boxing, a painting from artist Sidney Harris’s exhibit entitled “Boxing in Brooklyn,” is on display at the Berkeley College Midtown Campus Gallery, First Floor Lobby, 3 East 43rd Street, New York City from March 1 through 31.      


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