JR Exhibition Opens on the Lower East Side Thursday

Image:  Galerie Perrotin.

Image: Galerie Perrotin.

The famed French street artist, JR, is back on the Lower East Side. On Thursday evening, he’ll debut his new full-scale exhibition at Galerie Perrotin, 130 Orchard St.

The show, which includes large-scale installations, is called Horizontal. There’s also going to be an intervention by JR on the facade of 130 Orchard St., the historic former home of Beckenstein Fabrics. The exhibition will be open until Aug. 17. Thursday’s opening celebration begins at 5 p.m.

JR is well-known for his enormous photographic portraits displayed (some times legally, sometimes not) in public spaces around the world. Last year, he put up an image of a child, rising about 70 feet, near the U.S. Mexican border.  This year he received an Oscar nomination for directing the documentary Faces Places with the esteemed filmmaker, Agnes Varda. In 2015, he took over an abandoned hospital on Ellis Island, showcasing photos of undocumented U.S. immigrants. A film based on that installation debuted at 130 Orchard St. (it was staged inside Daniel’s Leather, the longtime LES store that once occupied a retail space in the building).

This week, JR is making his presence known on Orchard St. Have a look:


Work in progress… show open on Thursday in New York City @galerieperrotin !

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25,000 Square Foot Galerie Perrotin Opens at 130 Orchard St. on April 27

Image: P.R.O. – Peterson Rich Office.

Image: P.R.O. – Peterson Rich Office.

Galerie Perrotin has announced an opening date for it’s huge new gallery in the Beckenstein Building at 130 Orchard St.

The five-level, 25,000 square foot space will debut April 27 with the opening of an exhibition by Colombian-born artist Iván Argote on the ground floor of the fully renovated historic former warehouse building. Perrotin has represented Argote since 2009. It is his third solo show with the gallery.

Perrotin is relocating from the Upper East Side, its New York City headquarters for the past three years. The gallery also has locations in Paris, Hong Kong, Seoul and Tokyo. In announcing the move last summer, Perrotin called the Lower East Side New York’s “most dynamic arts neighborhood.”

The renovation has been overseen by the architectural firm P.R.O. – Peterson Rich Office. On the firm’s website, it notes, “The new gallery will be the largest on the Lower East Side of New York City, representing a dramatic shift in the neighborhood from small storefront exhibitions, to museum scale, multi programmed, mega-galleries.”  According to P.R.O., there are several distinct exhibition spaces, offices, a bookstore, a cafe and residences.

130 Orchard St. was built in 1902. Beckenstein Fabrics occupied the building until 1999, when it relocated to West 20th Street. Delshah Capital purchased 130 Orchard St. for $28 million in 2015.

The opening reception on April 27 will take place from 5-8 p.m.