By Lorena Caro
The Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery, located to the right of the Hunter College West Building, exhibits historical and scholarly works of art from various under represented artists. According to the official website, the gallery is, “Committed to producing exhibitions, events, and scholarship in dialogue with the intellectual discourse generated by the faculty and students at Hunter and [serves] as an integral extension to the department’s academic programs.” Three sister galleries all around Manhattan boast various contributions from private individuals and foundations that make up the artistic content displayed.
Though some students have no idea it exists.
“I just saw a motorcycle. I was intrigued because I thought it looked cool but I didn’t know if I could go inside,” said Phoebe Balazon, a music major at Hunter. “They could put a sign outside. One that says: art gallery- free.”
The museum been open for the past twenty five years according to the official website. During the semester it is open to the public on Wednesdays through Sundays from 1pm to 6pm. A curator is readily there to greet one and to provide any general information about the gallery on arrival.
Still, with the growing presence of social media in the Hunter College student community, others argued that the gallery didn’t make enough of an online impact. “I think the website needs a more online presence… I went past it (the gallery) once but I thought it was exclusively for art majors so I didn’t try to find out about it,” said Fisajo Ademukuyi, a film major. The Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery is shares a Facebook page with its sister galleries and has about 2,000 people following its posts, and posts about every month.
“The emptiness from the outside in isn’t visual. Open doors or anything that says it’s accessible would be good,” said Angelica Carlson, a film major at Hunter. She suggested flyering as well.