Temporary Mario Garcia Torres Exhibit at 45 Orchard

Posted on: April 25th, 2011 at 6:10 am by

Dormancy is the operative word when discussing the state of 45 Orchard Street.  It’s been nigh on two years since a permanent tenant occupied this glass-box gallery.  Michali Fine Art Gallery moved here in March 2009, and shuttered after an eight-month tenure.  This retail space joins numerous other stalled storefronts on lower Orchard, but is currently in the running for the award of longest retail vacancy.

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But 45 Orchard just scored a transient tenant in artist Mario Garcia Torres, and his new exhibition dubbed “Cover Letter.”  The event kicked off Saturday evening behind the recently-installed mirrored facade, and will be on display through May 8 (Thursdays – Sundays). According to the announcement pasted to the windows, “Cover Letter” is composed of two works, both on 35mm slides, “which explore specific narratives involving artist and their relationships to the managerial structure of the art institution.”

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The exhibit is allegedly the first in an “occasional” series curated by Rose Lord and Mari Spirito, another tandem with the intention of temporarily occupying vacant neighborhood storefronts with art.

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