Y Gallery Moving to 165 Orchard Street

Posted on: March 29th, 2011 at 6:18 am by

Orchard Street is continuing its quest to become the gallery capital of the Lower East Side.  All vacant storefronts are eligible.  Come Friday evening, the street formerly known for hosiery will welcome another art showroom to its roster.

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Y Gallery, currently headquartered at 355 Bowery, is moving the operation to 165 Orchard Street.  Vinyl afficianodos and crate-diggers might recognize this as the onetime home of the Sound Library, which folded in August 2010 after more than five years in business.  Director Cecilia Jurado invited us down into the below-grade establishment yesterday afternoon.  The original footprint is now divided by a wall, effectively creating an additional gallery viewing room alongside.  Meanwhile, the old Sound Library awnings were recently painted black, and no sign just yet of replacements.

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Jurado promised all debris would be cleared for Friday’s opening exhibition, which features the artwork of Tom Fruin.  His solo event is dubbed “Signs of the Times,” and it “takes us to a disconcertingly familiar place in which iconic symbols that define the characteristics of a nation -America- have been distended, relaxed and left vulnerable and waiting.”  We were told that one such symbol is an assemblage of dangling neon nooses.

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“Signs of the Times” will run through May 5.

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