Ten Lower East Side galleries that are creating a freshly discovered arena for the arts.
Great art has been made for decades on Manhattan’s Lower East Side (LES), but until recently it was generally shown north of 14th Street. In 2007 the city’s art establishment reopened the New Museum on The Bowery and put Massimiliano Gioni, who earned unprecedented acclaim as curator of this year’s Venice Biennale, in charge of the exhibitions. Today a ceaseless stream of gallery openings and a steady southeast migration out of Chelsea—from Lehmann Maupin to Thierry Goldberg—are creating a new arena for the arts. Herewith, a can’t-miss ten-stop tour.
Down the hallway of a generic Chinatown office building, Horton Gallery’s new space combines fluorescent lighting and a floor of 1820s cobblestones from the property’s former life as a brewery.