East Village Art Gallery Tour

Posted on 11/07/2011 by The Bridge

You are cordially invited to attend a guided tour of some of the most interesting art galleries situated in the eclectic and evolving Lower East Side of New York City.

Available Dates: 
• Saturday, December 10, 2011 
• Sunday, December 11, 2011 
(Numbers strictly limited to 20 persons on each day, so RSVP now! Due to the opening times of some galleries, the Saturday & Sunday tours will be slightly different. Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis

Time: Meet at The National Restaurant (8 Rivington Street, NYC, Between Bowery & Christie St.) at 11:30 am. Tours of the Galleries will be completed by 4:00 pm. 

Cost: $100 for members of Friends of the Bridge Art Program and $125 for non-members. The fee will cover lunch and your tour. Funds raised will go towards art supplies, and transportation costs for The Bridge Group Artists to visit area Galleries. Payments can be accepted online. If you are paying online, please fax or email the reservation form below and include which day you want to participate and your contact information.

Please email, fax or mail this RSVP FORM to Ann Hyatt at ahyatt@thebridgeny.org or call 212-663-3000 ext. 379, Fax: 212-663-3181

In the last ten years, the Lower East Side’s buds of gentrification have opened and continued to blossom. Where once were rundown boarded-up businesses, there are now fledgling boutiques, restaurants and art galleries. Woven through its tight network of streets, alongside forceful reminders of past history, are a myriad of places to find new and exciting collectibles. Over the last five years a number of new contemporary art galleries have opened establishing the area as the go-to place to find work by emerging artists. This tour, lead by curator Stephen Hepworth with collector and Bridge Board Member Alice Kosmin, will weave a path through the Lower East Side to introduce some of the more interesting galleries and the artists they exhibit.

The afternoon will begin with brunch at The National, where you will meet your guides and representatives of The Bridge. The tour will head off at 1:00 pm moving east and south visiting a number of galleries, seeing their current exhibitions, additional works  by some of the artists they show and meeting their owners. It will end at around 4:00 pm at 47 Canal Street, (between Orchard and Ludlow Street), from where a car service can be ordered, or taxis hailed at the nearby intersection with Allen Street, and the subway can be taken from the nearby East Broadway Station (F line).

You will be given a pack containing a route map, press releases from the galleries we will visit and a printed guide to more galleries in the area for you to discover at a later date. We strongly recommend that you wear comfortable walking shoes. The guides will be present throughout to introduce the galleries and the work they show, answer your questions, and point out places of interest along the way!
Stephen Hepworth was born and brought up in central London and studied Fine Art at Brighton Polytechnic and Goldsmiths’ College, University of London. He moved to the US in 2007 where he was the curator of the University Art Gallery at the University of California San Diego until 2009, when he moved to New York.                                                                      

Previously he was a curator at Bloomberg Space in London (2002-07), director of the Jerwood Gallery (1998-2001) and The Tannery (1995-97). Independent projects include Into My World: Recent British Sculpture at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut (2004) and the touring exhibition Tailsliding (2001-03) for the British Council.
Alice Kosmin is a New Yorker through and through who has collected contemporary art since the 1980’s, a passion she shared with her late husband. Initially visiting the fledgling galleries of the East  Village, she has followed the New York art world’s migration to Soho, Chelsea and now to the Lower East Side, in addition to making many trips to Europe and beyond in search of the exciting and the new. Alice Kosmin is also a longtime Board Member of The Bridge. 

Hope to see you there!

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