Essex Street Gallery Relocates to Hester Street, Opening New Space With an Anti-Inauguration Show
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Essex Street Gallery Relocates to Hester Street, Opening New Space With an Anti-Inauguration Show

Lucy Raven, 4:3, 2008, cable public access service announcements. COURTESY ESSEX STREET Since Essex Street, the gallery, first moved to Eldridge Street in Lower Manhattan, in 2012, it’s been located in a smallish ground-floor space near a beauty spa, a Vanessa’s Dumpling House, and a dollar store. There’s something charming about its lo-fi, unassuming appearance, but this week, the gallery will relocate to shinier digs at 55 Hester Street, under a luxury condo building. Its first show will be “ Change of State ,” a political group show that opens on January 19, right before Inauguration Day. (On January 20, the gallery will be closed in solidarity with the J20 Art Strike .) “I started seeing the artists having shows in larger institutional settings,” Essex Street’s founder, Maxwell Graham, said last week. “I just thought they looked so good there. I was like, Wow!” Indeed, many on his roster have recently had solo shows at major museums and nonprofits, and three—Park McArthur, Cameron Rowland, and Torey Thornton—will have work in the upcoming Whitney Biennial. But, if he was being honest, he is making the move just to make a change, he said. “I was not necessarily looking for a […]

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