In a recent trip into the city, we came upon a wonderful surprise. An area east of Soho is filled with small galleries and has a bohemian feel similar to the East Village gallery scene in the 80's. Called the Lower East Village, the first mainstream museum (well, maybe not so mainstream) is The New Museum. Keeping its pulse on the cutting edge of art, its exhibitions include performance, installation, video and more! Four floors of pure fun! It's location on Bowery Street is a great first stop when exploring the Lower Eastside. http://www.newmuseum.org/ Two more galleries are right near by. Head on over to Orchard Street and start at East Houston Street and meander in an out of the new galleries while heading towards Canal Street. One of my favorites is the Muriel Guepin Gallery http://www.murielguepingallery.com/ with a show of Emerson Cooper's collage work which is marvelous. We spent an hour in this great space and the Director and Staff are very warm and welcoming. Keep on going and round the corner to Ludlow Street and make sure you check out Central Booking with its new partner, Art and Science. The space at 79 Ludlow Street is wonderful and although Central Booking is closed for the summer, check out the exhibits that Art and Science are presenting. Really wonderful! Again, just keep going down Ludlow Street til you hit East Houston and you'll come across other great little galleries and spaces. Off of Orchard and Ludlow you will find other spaces as well along with great cafes and restaurants and boutiques. The marvelous thing that we were thrilled about is that most galleries in this area are open on Sunday which makes for a great way to spend a summer Sunday afternoon in the city! Like the galleries in Chelsea and uptown, most have exhibits extending through July and early August! And, they all have a great gallery map available at all locations! So, grab that iced coffee and head on downtown to another great arts destination with a wonderful bohemian, but edgy vibe! Have a great summer!
Maryann J. Riker, owner of JUSTARIP Press is a mixed-media artist who delights in designing and creating artist's books and creating collaborative book art projects as well as viewing other book artists' work. She definitely enjoys the process!