Art Info interviews the young curator, James Fuentes, about the decision to move his well-known gallery from St. James Place in Chinatown to a new, conspicuous storefront on Delancey, near Eldridge. Fuentes says the search for a new space took seven months. He looked all over the Lower East Side, but also in Chelsea. The rents, he says, were about the same in the two neighborhoods (approximately $65 square foot). The new gallery has 800 square feet on the main floor (400 in the basement).
Fuentes told Art Info: “The fact that it was such a perfect cube and the ceiling height was so generous was what got me so excited and helped me visualize all the exhibitions I could do here.” He added that being near the New Museum but slightly removed from “gallery row” on Orchard Street were definite selling points. About the inaugural exhibition, coming up September 24th:
(It will feature) work by octogenarian filmmaker Jonas Mekas, who has dug out of his archives some old footage of the very neighborhood Fuentes is moving into, some with shots made in the shadow of the World Trade Center, for a show appropriately titled “To New York With Love.” … Fuentes says he will be open by appointment as of September 10. In addition, the Guggenheim Young Collectors Council is set to hold a fundraiser in the space on September 23. Mekas and another Fuentes artist, Lizzi Bougatsos, have created limited-edition prints for the event, and each guest will receive one with the purchase of a ticket. (Tickets to the event are $250 for guests that are not members of the YCC.) “It’s going to be an action-packed September,” he said.
More information about the gallery can be found at James Fuentes LLC.