Deitch Projects Alum Opening New Soho Gallery in Former Deitch Space

11/18/2011 2:00 PM |

76 Grand Street, former home of Deitch Projects, during the 2009 Dash Snow memorial exhibition. The building on the left has since been demolished.
  • 76 Grand Street, former home of Deitch Projects, during the 2009 Dash Snow memorial exhibition. The building on the left has since been demolished.

Since, back in 2009, when Jeffrey Deitch closed his Soho gallery (which had spaces at 18 Wooster Street and 76 Grand Street) to go to Los Angeles and run its Museum of Contemporary Art, his former gallery director Kathy Grayson has kept its dynamic spirit going with her space The Hole (now on Bowery). In the meantime, the Swiss Institute has moved into the former Deitch space on Wooster Street, and now another one-time Deitchite, former managing director and producer from 1997 to 2010 Suzanne Geiss, is set to open a new gallery at 76 Grand Street in the spring.

The new gallery, The Suzanne Geiss Company, will be available to visit by appointment as of next week, Gallerist NY reports. The only work on view at the moment is an installation by assume vivid astro focus in Geiss’s office, but the gallery will launch its full exhibition program in spring 2012 with a show of works by the late graffiti pioneer Rammellzee.

During her 13 years working for Jeffrey Deitch, Geiss represented the estate of Keith Haring, artists Vanessa Beecroft and Kristin Baker. She also managed the gallery’s very diverse and ambitious performance program, which included much of Beecroft’s work, but also the Art Parade, and the Venice-visiting Swoon and Swimming Cities collaboration.

All of which—especially when combined with the recent Team Gallery expansion and Christina Ray’s just-announced transformation—bodes well for the continued relevance of the Soho gallery scene.