Founded in 1998, WhiteBox is unique in the attention it gives to performance and site-specific art. Just two years after it opened, it was nominated for ‘Best Group Show’ by the International Art Critics Association and has since become known as a space where the surrounding community of the LES and Chinatown is encouraged to engage with modern and contemporary art. WhiteBox is an advocate for the avant-garde, the underrepresented, and the experimental, and it’s making it accessible to all.
WhiteBox, 329 Broome Street #1, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 714 2347
Bitforms is dedicated to the digital arts, and this emphasis makes it a fascinating visit in the modern, digital age of today. While many galleries in this neighborhood support modern, non-traditional artists, this one is unique in that its focus is on multimedia and technology, showing work that uses software, the internet, and social media. Its exhibits are relevant to anyone living in the 21st century, are often interactive, and will make you view the technology you use every day in new ways.
Bitforms, 131 Allen Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 366 6939
“Redundant Assembly” by #rafaellozanohemmer is an arrangement of several cameras composes a live-portrait of the visitor from six perspectives simultaneously, aligned using face detection. The resulting image is uncanny, detached from the laws of symmetry and the depth perception of binocular vision. If several visitors are standing in front of the work, a composite portrait of their different facial features develops in real time, creating a mongrel “selfie”. #portrait #interactiveart #newmedia #selfie @lozanohemmer @bitforms
Lesley Heller Workspace
Opened in 2010, the Lesley Heller Workspace is, like others in this neighborhood, a gallery that promotes emerging contemporary artists. There are two separate spaces in the gallery, allowing for dual exhibitions, and many of the shows are guest-curated. This allows for unique conversations and multiple viewpoints (from the multiple collectors, curators, and artists), and this is precisely the gallery’s aim.
Lesley Heller Workspace, 54 Orchard Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 410 6120
Sasha Wolf Gallery
The Sasha Wolf Gallery is a modern photography gallery highlighting emerging artists and even selling limited edition prints. Sasha Wolf has a background in photography and a love for it, and she tends to show work that’s less conceptual and more focused on the real world. Recently, however, the space has been revamped, and the gallery is getting rid of its exhibition space and will be focusing on traveling exhibitions, pop-ups, and other collaborations more suitable to the modern and digital age.
Sasha Wolf Gallery, 70 Orchard Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 925 0025
Sasha's new beautiful set up. Photograms by Caleb Charland and our new artist via Chicago, Doug Fogelson. #sashawolfgallery #sashawolf #calebcharland #dougfogelson#photogallery #orchard #les #lowereastside #ny #nyc #photographer #photogram #colorphotogram #setup #nygallery #contemporaryart #fineartphotography #chinatown #ludlow #grandst #broomestreet #film #visitus
The James Fuentes Gallery is run by James Fuentes, a Lower East Side native who opened his gallery in 2010. His goal is to showcase both established and up-and-coming artists equally, not discriminating against where an artist went to school, how famous they are, or what medium they use. His goal is to allow the art to speak for itself, for it to be exhibited simply, and he’s not afraid to show work that’s eclectic and pushes boundaries.
James Fuentes, 55 Delancey Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 577 1201
Canada has become a destination for contemporary art, and they often show sculptural exhibits or installations – a welcome change from the two-dimensional art so often shown. Founded in 1999, it was one of the first galleries in the neighborhood to establish itself, and in its early years, it was known as an anti-establishment haven where artists could express themselves. Now, it’s highly respected across the art world.
Canada, 333 Broome Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 925 4631
Another contemporary gallery, Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects was established in 2007 on the Upper East Side and has since relocated to the Lower East Side. Right now, the gallery is showing a solo exhibition by artist Clintel Steed, an artist from Salt Lake City. The gallery typically shows contemporary painters, yet their style is less avant-garde than some of their super funky neighbors.
Steve Harvey, 208 Forsyth Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 917 861 7312