Soho non-profit art spaces are in expansion mode, it seems, with Greene Street gallery Artists Space joining neighbors The Drawing Center and Recess Activities in adding to their real estate. The gallery, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, will inaugurate a new satellite location in Tribeca next month where, by year's end, it hopes to also open a small cinema.
The new 2,500-square-foot Artists Space outpost at 55 Walker Street—one block from another major non-profit gallery, Art in General, and around the corner from yet another strong non-commercial gallery, apexart—will launch in March with a small bookstore, small exhibitions, and a host of talks and events, Gallerist NY reports. The basement at 55 Walker will hopefully be converted to a small cinema by the end of the year.
With the recent addition of the Swiss Institute, former gallery haven Soho is starting to look like a popular district for non-profit and alternative art institutions. It's also host to Dia's Walter De Maria "New York Earth Room," and a forthcoming restoration project at 112 Greene Street. Non-profits that left Soho aren't doing so well: 30-year-old Exit Art, which relocated to Hell's Kitchen in 2003, will close in May.
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