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Lower East Side Art Galleries Tackle Online Openings, Social Distancing and Outdoor Viewing

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Work by graffiti artist KATSU, featured in a new show at The Hole. Photo via  @theholenyc on Instagram.
Work by graffiti artist KATSU, featured in a new show at The Hole. Photo via @theholenyc on Instagram.

As the COVID-19 Pandemic continues, here in New York City, a few gallerists are slowly attempting to re-open, while creatively tackling safety and social distance guidelines. The challenge has been how to show artists’ work without putting viewers at risk. Most museums are still closed, as the city just recently entered Phase 3 of re-opening and groups of more than 25 people inside are prohibited.

There have been some online openings, such as at James Fuentes, currently presenting a new body of work by Daniel Gordon, on view concurrently at jamesfuentes.online and the Art Dealers Association of America’s new online viewing room platform.

Sargent’s Daughters joined in recent social justice action (online) by presenting a new series of drawings by artist Abbey Williams, to raise funds for Black Mamas Matter, a cross-sectoral cultural alliance led by Black women that is dedicated to advocacy, research, and empowerment for Black mothers everywhere.

Rachel Uffner Gallery announced their reopening at the end of June, and an extension of their current shows. The gallery is now open to visitors with limited capacity Monday – Friday, 10 – 6 pm and on weekends by appointment. The exhibitions, Hilary Pecis, Come Along With Me, and Curtis Talwst Santiago, an erratum, have both been extended. They note, “Physical Distancing Guidelines: We ask that all visitors wear a mask upon entry. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available for all who need.”

The Hole recently had an opening featuring work by the street artist KATSU, and carefully announced, “24ppl only everyone else can chill with us outside let’s see how far apart we can stay we have masks and hand sanitizer and empanadas.”

Front Room Gallery, on Hester Street, announced a “live” opening reception for artist Jesse Lambert, on July 11th, with open viewing outside, a complimentary glass of wine for ticket holders and limited indoor viewing.


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