Garis & Hahn Gallery Directors Mary Garis and Sophie Hahn with Andrea Pemberton who curated their inaugural show, “After the Fall,” which opened on January 11th.
As has been mentioned, the burgeoning art gallery scene on the L.E.S. is not showing any signs of slowing down — if anything, it feels like it’s speeding up. Three new arrivals – Garis & Hahn (263 Bowery), Shin Gallery (322 Grand St.) and Sasha Wolf Gallery (70 Orchard St.) have opened their doors in the last month. We spoke with the newcomers at Garis & Hahn, as they prepared to open their inaugural show last week. The show, “After the Fall,” features photography by seven Yale School of Fine Art MFAs.
Co-directors Mary Garis and Sophie Hahn met in graduate school at Christie’s, here in New York. They were both working in the art world and decided they wanted to start their own gallery about a year ago. Garis said they always knew they wanted to be on the L.E.S.; they didn’t even consider Chelsea. “We wanted to do something fresher and more contemporary. And we’re interested in fostering emerging young artists,” she said. “What’s going on down here on the Lower East Side is so cutting edge and exciting.”
Interview by Margaret Zamos-Monteith, Pictures by Matthew Monteith.
Author Gary Shteyngart has just moved from the Lower East Side and already he is back at Brown Café on Hester Street, one of his favorite breakfast spots. “If I were a Russian spy,” he claims, “I’d work here.” He gestures to the wooden bar and adds, “As a barista.” I’ve ordered the bread basket for us, though it turns out, Shteyngart does not eat carbs. He admires its beauty, but won’t touch it. So very American of him and he is also wearing shorts. “Don’t get the shorts in the picture!” he shakes his head. “If that leaked to Europe, I wouldn’t get any sales there!”
Art Handling Olympics - photo by Matthew Monteith
For a few hours this past weekend, a group of people seldom celebrated in the art world got their moment in the sun. It was the Art Handling Olympics, one of the strangest competitive events you’re likely to see anywhere. These under appreciated, underpaid (and as the Times noted very often heavily tattooed and bearded) workers keep New York’s galleries and museums running.