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Welcome to the Gallery of Galleries
  • This website is meant to be used as a companion
    to the Introduction to Galleries and Museums of
    NYC class at NYU. It will organize the multiple
    locations explored throughout the semester and
    provide student critiques and feedback. We have
    chosen our two favorite spaces from each
    neighborhood. More will be added later. Please
    check out our rating page for an overview of all
    gallery ratings!

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Gallery Ratings
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Long Island City Gallery
Long Island City is located right outside of
Manhattan.  So close that P.S. 1 founder Alanna
Heiss jokes that it is closer to Manhattan than
Chelsea is.  It is home to major cultural
institutions such as P.S. 1 and The Sculpture
Center. While Long Island City is New Yorks new
art destination, many Manhattanites struggle with
their leaving the island complex.
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The Sculpture Center
Mission Statement Founded by artists in 1928,
Sculpture Center is a not-for-profit arts
institution dedicated to experimental and
innovative developments in contemporary
sculpture. Sculpture Center commissions new work
and presents exhibits by emerging and
established, national and international artists.
Student Feedback While The Sculpure Center is
located just one stop outside of Manhattan, it
still feels like you are in another country.
However, it is worth the trip just to see the
cool industrial space where The Sculpture Center
is housed. Their warehouse-type building allows
for all kinds of works to be displayed. When we
visited they also had a show in their basement
which was extremely creepy and added a different
twist to your typical viewing environment.
Located at 44-19 Purves St. Long Island City
Open from 11AM to 6PM Thursday through Monday
The Sculpture Center
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P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center
Mission Statement P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center,
an affiliate of The Museum of Modern Art, is the
oldest and second largest non-profit arts center
in the United States solely devoted to
contemporary art. Recognized as a defining force
of the alternative space movement, P.S.1 stands
out from major arts institutions through its
cutting-edge approach to exhibitions and direct
involvement of artists within a scholarly
framework. It acts as an intermediary between the
artist and its audience. Functioning as a living
and active meeting place for the general public,
P.S.1 is a catalyst for ideas, discourses and new
trends in contemporary art and its practices.
Student Feedback The cost is only a suggested
donation and free for MOMA members. Their
sculpture garden is so impressive that it will
make you forget that you are in a city. Also,
they offer an extensive internship program
offering internships in every discipline.
Located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island
City Open 12PM to 6PM Thursday through Monday
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center
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SoHo / Lower East Side Gallery
The area south of Broome St. is still an enclave
for some well-respected galleries dealing in the
work of emerging and established contemporary
artists. It is anchored by two important
non-profit visual art spaces which were both
founded around the same time, The Drawing Center,
began in 1976, and Artists Space, in 1973. Many
of these organizations were started by artists as
an opportunity to show cutting edge emerging art.
Over the years as these organizations became more
institutionalized they have been mainstreamed
into the culture and have broadened their scope
to serve as art educational vehicles for the
public through a variety of programs that serve
diverse segments of the community including
collaborations with the NYC public schools.
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Jeffrey Deitch
Mission Statement Jeffrey Deitch Projects opened
in January 1996 and specializes in promoting
contemporary art. Led by the well-respected and
well-known art dealer Jeffrey Deitch, the gallery
is involved in producing artist shows,
representing artists' estates (exclusively those
of Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat), art
consulting, and art dealing. The gallery also
explores the convergence of art, fashion, music,
and performance in contemporary culture.
Student Feedback Jeffery Deitch has a unique eye
for the avant garde and seems to create
stimulating shows. When we visited we saw Michel
Godry's installation of The Science of Sleep
which was both engaging and playful. The gallery
is also a close walk from the NYU campus and is
in a prime area surrounded by shops, cafes, and
other art spaces. Also, its only a few blocks
from the subway. The combination of proximity
and innovative shows makes Jeffrey Deitch a
gallery that should be frequently visited.
Located at 76 Grand Street additional gallery
space is located at 18 Wooster St. Open from 12PM
to 6PM Tuesday through Saturday
Jeffrey Deitch Projects
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The Drawing Center
Mission Statement the Drawing center is a
non-profit institution founded in 1977. It
focuses on the exhibition of drawings, and
attempts to show the significance and diversity
of drawings throughout history.
Student Feedback The Center stands out from
other galleries in that it focuses on an often
overlooked art form drawing. This ensures that
there is always an innovative show taking place.
They also choose interesting exhibition designs,
including one by Eva Hesse that strung lines of
rope across the center of the gallery. The
Drawing Center is also an extremely convenient
gallery to visit from the NYU campus. A short
10-15 minute walk brings you there, making it an
even better choice for an internship. On our
visit, we were told that the center currently had
3 interns and is always accepting applications.
Located at 35 Wooster St there is an additional
small space directly across the street. Open
Tuesday through Friday 10AM 6PM and Saturday
11AM 6PM
The Drawing Center
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Meatpacking District Gallery
The two acres comprising Manhattans Meatpacking
District were originally the site of an outdoor
food market. Today, the neighborhood is bustling
with redevelopment as the wholesale meat
distributors co-exist with high end boutiques,
restaurants, hotels, clubs and galleries.
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Heller Gallery
Mission Statement Heller Gallery exhibits
contemporary glass sculpture. They are an
important advocate and resource for artists,
dealers and collectors who wish to celebrate
glass as a fine art medium.
Student Feedback The emphasis on showing work in
glass immediately makes Heller Gallery a
must-see. There are pieces hanging from the
ceiling,pieces on the walls that do not even look
like glass and amazing sculptures. Soft music
plays in the background, and one gallery may
bedim while another is brightly lit, making it
more enjoyable than the typical white cube
experience.
Located at 420 West 14th St. Open 11 a.m. to 6
p.m.
http//www.hellergallery.com/
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Phillips de Pury Company
This auction house opened in London in 1796 and
now has branches all over the world. They combine
auction sales with artists solo shows to offer
diverse buying opportunities.
Student Feedback Phillips has a huge gallery
space, where they show many types of work at the
same time. It is almost like visiting a small
museum, rather than a gallery where the work on
display is often by one artist. The location
offers a great view of the river and the High
Line.The exhibits change frequently because of
Phillips many sales through out the year, so
there is always an exciting selection of
Contemporary work to see.
Located at 450 West 15th St.
http//www.phillipsdepury.com/
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57th Street Gallery
Up until the turn of the century 57th Street
remained a residential district with large single
family townhouses. The influx of upscale
retailers such as the jeweler Cartier as well as
art and antiques dealers gave it a different
character. In 1921, the Crowne building located
at 730 Fifth Avenue was built to house galleries
and the original Museum of Modern Art opened
there in 1929. The Fuller building, built in
1929, is another well-known gallery address. The
area always had a theatrical and arty presence
with the earlier addition of Carnegie Hall in
1891 and the Art Students League in 1898.
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Nohra Haime
Mission Statement The Nohra Haime Gallery
exhibits an eclectic variety of contemporary
American and international painting, sculpture
and works on paper, including both monumental and
outdoor sculpture. The work ranges from
figurative to abstract and includes landscape,
still life and portraiture, as well as work
reflecting the minimalist tradition.The gallery
is devoted to promoting the work of unique
artists who are not part of movements or trends,
but who have a voice of their own.
Student Feedback The gallery was located within
the Fuller building that is full of other
contemporary art galleries. There was a total of
four galleries and the auction house Bonhams on
this floor alone. When we visited the Nohra Haime
Gallery they were displaying interesting artwork
that could be considered corporate artwork, which
was intriguing due to their location among
numerous corporations. It was interesting to
think about how location affects what type of
artwork a gallery will exhibit and sell.
Located at 41 East 57th Street Open Tuesday
through Saturday 10am to 6pm.
http//www.artnet.com/nhaime.html
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Greenberg Van Doren
Mission Statement Since opening in 1999,
Greenberg Van Doren Gallery has exhibited and
promoted the work of a dynamic group of emerging
and established contemporary artists alongside
presentations of work by European and American
Post-War and Contemporary Masters. The gallery
is unique in its diversity and commitment to new
and established talent within a program that
includes historic exhibitions of works by
American Masters. Solo and group exhibitions are
devoted to artists working in all media drawing
and painting, photography, sculpture,
installation and video.
Student Feedback The gallery was exhibiting
pieces by American Post-War artists during our
visit. It was shocking to see an art gallery
that was having a historical exhibit instead of a
contemporary art gallery. This unique specialty
is worth the trip.
Located at 730 Fifth Avenue Open Tuesday through
Saturday 10am to 6pm.
http//www.gvdgallery.com/
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Madison Gallery
Madison Avenue is home to some of the most
fashionable and expensive stores in the city. The
side streets in the area are home to beautiful
old townhouses. Many of these buildings now hold
private offices and other businesses, including
art galleries. The galleries near Madison Avenue
often show more established artists than the
contemporary gallery areas downtown. The
galleries are often above street level, and
create a feeling of privacy for visitors.
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Knoedler Company
The history of Knoedler Company, established
in 1846, spans the rise of the art world in
America. By the turn of the 20th century Knoedler
had earned recognition for its pivotal role in
the formation of many of our nation's important
public and private collections. After 155 years,
Knoedler continues the unique legacy of its
founder, Michael Knoedler, who set a standard of
dedication to art and patronage. Knoedler
Company currently specializes in Post-War and
Contemporary Art with a focus on the New York
School.
Student Feedback This gallery visit gave us an
opportunity to view work by older, more
established artists. The space is a beautiful
townhouse once occupied by the Belgian
Ambassador. The entire experience feels much more
formal than a gallery walk downtown, and the
artwork is excellent.
Located at 19 E. 70th St. Open 930 a.m. to 530
p.m., Tuesday - Friday 10 a.m. to 530 p.m.
Saturday
Knoedler Company
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Feigen
Mission Statement Feigen sells mainly 15th-20th
century Master paintings. They pride themselves
on being a knowledgeable company, and have only
2-3 exhibitions per year, some of which are only
scholarly viewings, and not intended to sell
works.
Student Feedback Visiting Feigen is a bit
intimidating at first. It is located on the
second floor of a gorgeous Upper East Side
townhouse, and you must ring a buzzer and be let
in by the staff. Once inside, however, the staff
is extremely friendly and the art is unlike
anything else we had seen in class -there is a
Titian hanging in the main gallery, and a Leger
at the top of the stairs. They do not get much
foot traffic, so it feels very private when you
are there.
Located at 34 E. 69th St. Ring buzzer to be let
in Call ahead for hours of operation
Richard L. Feigen Co.
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Tribeca Gallery
The name TriBeCa was coined by real estate agents
in the 1960's and refers to the Triangle Below
Canal Street. Originally farmland, the area was
converted to a commercial center in the 1850s.
In the past decade, however, the district has
seen major renovations. Warehouses have been
converted to pricey loft apartments and new
businesses have merged to make it a flourishing,
high-end neighborhood. The once gritty district
is now characterized by boutiques, expensive
restaurants, and trendy art galleries.
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apexart
Mission Statement apexart is a nonprofit
contemporary visual arts organization founded in
1994 by artist Steven Rand. It provides
exhibition space, international residency,
ongoing public programs, and a conference series.
apexart focuses on presenting international
contemporary art and culture to the New York
community to encourage a dialogue surrounding art
conception and production.
Student Feedback apexart only takes up a small
space in Tribeca, however it uses it to its
fullest. The organization has put on some
innovative and unpredictable shows, often hosting
performances and videos. On our visit, we
especially enjoyed the show of international
artists whose pieces played upon and revamped art
historical precursors. apexart has a small staff
so unfortunately internships are few.
Located at 291 Church Street, Open Tuesday
through Saturday 11AM 6PM
apexart
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James Fuentes Inc.
Mission Statement James Fuentes has worked in
various capacities in the art world and recently
opened his own gallery to show emerging and
underrepresented artists. He also plans to shows
the work of friends whose art he feels passionate
about.
Student Feedback Visiting James Fuentes was
very inspirational. As of September, it was a one
person operation, so we were able to speak to
Fuentes himself. He has accomplished a great deal
at a young age, and seems to have a good eye and
a good business sense, as well as the right art
world connections. It will be very exciting to
visit once the space is finished and he starts
holding shows.
Located at 35 St. James Place 212.577.1201
James Fuentes, LLC
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Chelsea Gallery
In the 18th Century, Chelsea was an estate owned
by Captain Thomas Clarke named after the Chelsea
district in London. The original estate reached
from 14th-27th Streets from Seventh Avenue to the
Hudson River. It was planned as an elegant
residential neighborhood and although it never
became as fashionable as Fifth Avenue, its
streets of middle class homes within the Chelsea
historical district are of high architectural
quality. Now it is home to over 250 galleries
and several well-known nonprofit exhibition
spaces.
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Mary Boone Gallery
Mission Statement The Mary Boone Gallery in
Chelsea is the third gallery to open under Mary
Boones name. Built in 2000, the gallery
promotes new young artists by showing their work
alongside its contemporary masters like
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Barbara Kruger, and Jeff
Koons.
Student Feedback We enjoyed the downtown space
the most due to its unique architecture. The
gallery was converted from an abandoned garage
and the design team incorporated large arches of
scrap metal into their plan. These enormous
bands catapult themselves across the ceiling.
They create an industrial and gritty effect in an
otherwise posh, white-walled gallery space,
giving Mary Boone an edginess that many of the
other Chelsea spots lack.
Located at 541 West 24 Street Open Tuesday
through Saturday 10AM 6PM
Mary Boone Gallery
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Sikkema Jenkins Co.
Mission Statement The gallery, run by Brent
Sikkema and Michael Jenkins, has been open since
1991. It exhibits contemporary and often cutting
edge artists.
Student Feedback Sikkema Jenkins lives up to its
reputation for debuting cutting edge art. When
we visited we saw an exhibition of Vik Munizs
work. The artists meticulous use of garbage
assemblages to create enormous classical and
mythological figures was breathtaking. The
gallery also displayed photographs he had taken
of flower arrangements and sand drawings-- images
that could only become clear when viewed from a
great distance. The gallery definitely seems to
take risks, which is why its one of our top
choices in Chelsea.
Located at 530 West 22nd Street New York, NY Open
Tuesday through Saturday 10AM 6PM
Sikkema Jenkins Co
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Dumbo Gallery
This waterfront district is named for its unusual
location, Down Under the Manhattan Bridge
Overpass.  The abandoned warehouses, cobblestone
streets and great Manhattan views once made this
a haven for artists-- now upscale residential
development is underway.
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Dumbo Arts Center (DAC)
Mission Statement DAC is a non-profit
contemporary arts institution that focuses on
preserving and enhancing the artistic community
in DUMBO. The center promotes local emerging
artists through its annual DUMBO Art Under the
Bridge Festival. The festival exhibits group
shows, maintains a slide registry, and sponsors
local arts events.
Student Feedback The DUMBO Arts Center keeps its
gallery space in a large second-floor loft.
Since it supports local artists, there are always
interesting and edgy pieces to be seen. This is
a great gallery to check out if you want to see
local artists before they make it big at
Manhattan galleries. In addition, the Center has
a slide library of their artists on the web for
anyone to access. DAC is also intern-friendly
and has an application attached to their website.

Located at 30 Washington St. Brooklyn, NY Open
Thursday through Monday 10AM 6PM
DUMBO Arts Center
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Smack Mellon
Mission Statement Smack Mellon was founded in
1995 by artist Andrea Reynosa and musician Kevin
Vertrees. It was originally conceived to serve as
a multidisciplinary exchange between art and
music. Today, it aims to promote
under-recognized mid-career artists and female
artists by making exhibition space, studio space,
and equipment available to them.
Student Feedback Smack Mellon offers the best of
both worlds provocative work and an
aesthetically pleasing location. The gallery
sits right on the water between the Brooklyn and
Manhattan bridges, and its 25 windows allow for a
breathtaking panoramic view of Manhattan. The
extensive amount of glass also provides the space
with a wealth of natural light. The interior
retains some of its industrial features (it was
once a boiler building) and provides the artist
of the moment with tremendous space to work with.
Its a definite must-see stop for any visit to
DUMBO.
Located at 92 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY Open
Wednesday through Sunday 12PM 6PM
Smack Mellon
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