From our April magazine, new arrivals on the Lower East Side:
Van’s General Store (47 Orchard St.) is a creative advertising agency founded by actor Liev Schreiber and ad industry veteran Scott Carlson. According to a press release, the “hybrid creative collective… crafts advertising, content, experiences, products, package design and fine art in the service of brands and the public.” Clients include Vespa, Bon Jovi, Success Charter Schools and Animal, the counterculture website. The storefront is envisioned as a pop-up space for “clients, artists and friends.”
Tani Shoes (100 Rivington St.) took over a prime corner spot at Rivington and Ludlow streets formerly occupied by the Steve Madden Warehouse. The shop, which has long-established locations on the Upper West Side, features brands for men and women, including Camper, Dr. Martens, Eastland, Sperry and Vagabond. Tani Shoes is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Shoot the Lobster (138 Eldridge St.) is the experimental project space of the Martos Gallery in Chelsea. The 500-square-foot storefront near Delancey Street debuted last month with a group show that runs through April 6. This spring, some modest renovations will take place in the former fish market. Rather than focusing on conventional exhibitions, the curators plan to encourage a variety of creative endeavors, including musical performances. The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
Two Rams (215 Bowery) is a new gallery from Tali Wertheimer, the former special events director at the arts organization Performa, and architect Brandon Coburn. The first exhibition, which opened in mid-March, features mixed-media drawings from New York-based artist Lia Chavez. She made the paintings during hours of blind meditation. The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 6 to 11 p.m.
Junior Projects (139 Norfolk St.) gallery is a new venture of husband and wife team Lance Goldsmith and Lisa Kunik. The debut show, on view through April 27, is titled “It’s a Poor Craftsman Who Blames his Tools.” The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.