The Foley Gallery is making the move to the “Pink Building” at 59 Orchard St. Dealer Michael Foley had been operating out of a small storefront at 97 Allen St. But after two years, he opted for a larger exhibition space on a more heavily trafficked block.
The new Foley Gallery debuts November 19, next Wednesday, with a group show called “Select Cuts & Alterations,” featuring more than 20 artists who cut, crumple or crease their materials.
A message on the dealer’s website reads, “The open-floor plan has over 2,000 sq/ft of exhibition space, with prominent storefront windows that will become their own curated project space.” The space was previously occupied by Cellini Uomo, a shoe store that moved further up Orchard, above Delancey Street. Foley will join two other galleries, Lesley Heller and McKenzie Fine Art, on this block. There was a strong desire for a location with more foot traffic, in the heart of the LES gallery district.
A new owner bought the “Pink Building,” consisting of 57 Orchard St., 59-63 Orchard St. and 319 Grand St., last year. It has signaled an upscale conversion of the historic landmark, including high end retail and residential lofts. Several ground floor businesses have made their exit since the building changed hands.
While Foley has been focused on photography, the new space will allow the gallery to expand its horizons and to feature a wider variety of mediums.