Lisa Cooley Fine Art, a mainstay of the Orchard Street gallery strip long located in the storefront space at 34 Orchard just below Hester, is moving a few blocks up and over, to 107 Norfolk Street, just above Delancey Street. It joins another recently relocated gallery on Norfolk, though Orchard Street remains the rising gallery nabe’s dominant thoroughfare.
Last year Thierry Goldberg Projects, which used to be on the densely gallery-populated block of Rivington Street between Chrystie and Bowery, moved to a much larger space at 103 Norfolk Street. Lisa Cooley, likewise, will have a lot more room to work with—its new space was formerly the music venue Tonic.
“The 4,800 square-foot, single-story structure will not only expand the gallery’s exhibition space,” Cooley said in an email announcement on Sunday, “but will also support the gallery artists as they present more challenging and complex shows.” She continues: “The main gallery space will be approximately 25 x 50 feet, with 14 ft wood-beamed ceilings and concrete floors. The gallery will also feature a second exhibition space for flexible programming, film screenings, and private presentations.” The new space, designed by gallery experts Ashe + Leandro, will open on an unspecified date in early February with a group exhibition called Today after the same-titled Frank O’Hara poem.
Much as I’m excited to see this very strong gallery grow, I’ll miss the beautiful, creaking wood floor and inviting glass entryway at their Orchard Street space, which just oozes character. It always struck me as one of the best examples of why the Lower East Side is a nicer place to look at art than Chelsea.
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