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Jesse Murry was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1948 and raised in Greenburgh, NY. He studied philosophy and art at Sarah Lawrence. He moved to SoHo in the late 1970s, living at 431 Broome Street, where his neighbor and close friend was video artist Tom Rubnitz. He immersed himself in the art world of the time and wrote criticism and essays for Arts Magazine and other publications. He curated Reverend Howard Finster at the New Museum in 1982. He did artists lectures and taught art history at Hobart College. All the while, he painted. At the age of 36 he entered the MFA program at Yale. Not long after graduating he began to exhibit with Sharpe Gallery in the East Village. Jesse Murry died in January of 1993.