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Between History and the Body

July 9 - October 16


Mobility and Its Discontents

March 6 - June 12


Aguas Malas

Leslie Sardinias


Visit The 8th Floor



One of a Kind



Grupo Antillano and the Art of Afro-Cuba


Hours Open To the Public

Tuesday-Friday: 11am-6pm
Saturday by appointment

For school groups and tours you may contact

The 8th Floor is located at 17 W 17th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues.

From Union Square (4,5,6,L,N,Q,R) walk North and make a left on 17th Street. The 8th Floor will be on your right following the intersection with 5th Avenue.

From 14th Street, (F,M) head North and make a right on 17th Street. The 8th Floor will be on your left.

From 14th Street, (1,2,3) head north and make a right on 17th street. The 8th Floor will be on your left following the intersection with 6th Avenue.

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Parallel Fields Videos

Reports from the Field: Beauty In Transition

Jody Wood, Artist & ABOG Fellow with project participants Jerry Anderson, Joann Copeland, Nahomie Marcena,…

February 18, 2015

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Parallel Fields Videos

Parallel Fields: Alternative Economies

Fran Illich, Artist & ABOG Fellow with Felix Salmon, Senior Editor, Fusion

January 14, 2015

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Parallel Fields: Coming Home

Brookie Maxwell, Artist with Allen Grane, First Lieutenant, New York Army National Guard

September 17, 2014

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Parallel Fields Videos

Parallel Fields: Will Work for Food

Daisy Chung, Executive Director, Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York 

May 21, 2014

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Parallel Fields Videos

Parallel Fields: Kitchens in Conversation

Pierre Thiam, Chef, with Dawn Weleski, Co-director of Conflict Kitchen

April 9, 2014

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Parallel Fields Videos

Parallel Fields: Heavy Metal

Mel Chin, Artist with Kevin P. McCarty, Geologist

March 19, 2014

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Parallel Fields: Forming a Debtors’ Union

Thomas Gokey, Strike Debt, with Sarah Ludwig, Co-director of New Economy Project

June 26, 2013

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Parallel Fields Videos

Parallel Fields: Building a Future for PlaNYC

Mary Miss, Artist, with John E. Osborn, Lawyer

March 13, 2013




Nearness by Arlés del Rio takes Times Square

Arlés del Rio previously showed in Stealing Base and Drapetomanía

June 27, 2014



Interview: Ernesto Pujol with Thyrza Nichols Goodeve

Ernesto Pujol is a Cuban visual and performance artist, his work is in the Shelley…

October 3, 2013



In Conversation: Alejandro de la Fuente on Drapetomanía and Grupo Antillano

Published in Cuban Art News Drapetomanía: May 7th-July 18th, 2014 The 8th Floor

April 2, 2013

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Between History and the Body

July 9 - October 16



The 8th Floor is an independent exhibition and event space
established in 2010 by Shelley and Donald Rubin to promote artistic and cultural initiatives. Inspired by The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, the gallery is committed to broadening the access and availability of art to New York audiences of all demographics. Seeking further cultural exchange, The 8th Floor explores the potential of art as an instrument for social change in the 21st century, through an annual program of innovative contemporary art exhibitions and an events program comprised of performances, salon-style discussions, and those organized by external partners.

Detrás del Muro

Behind the Wall


Stealing Base

Cuba at Bat


Waiting for the Idols to Fall


Two Citizens of Utopia




Window on North Korea


Armando Mariño

Recent Paintings from the Year of the Protester


Adjoining Islands

The Cuban Pavilion in Manhattan


William Segal

In the Marketplace



Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art


Painting the World Red


Recent Acquisitions




Exhibition Brochures

Wellesley Feature

Exhibition Essays

Mobility and Its Discontents

By Sara Reisman

March 6, 2015


Exhibition Essays

Stainless – “One of a Kind”

By Ted Henken

September 10, 2014

Lam with Grupo Antillano July 1980

Exhibition Essays


By Alejandro de la Fuente

March 1, 2014


Exhibition Essays

Waiting for the Idols to Fall

By Orlando Hernandez, Havana

November 1, 2013

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Exhibition Essays

Stealing Base: Cuba at Bat

By Orlando Hernandez, Havana

May 9, 2013

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Exhibition Essays

Two Citizens of Utopia

By Orlando Hernandez, Havana

June 19, 2012

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Exhibition Essays

Armando Mariño

By Elvia Rosa Castro

May 2, 2012