Deitch Soho art galleries: Black Acid Co-op and Dash Snow Memorial
Deitch Gallery NYC’s Explosive Exhibits Now on Show
A visit to the two Deitch Soho art galleries, located around the corner from each other on Grand and Wooster Street, is always an excellent idea, either as a destination to a Soho art gallery in itself, or as a way to break up an afternoon of shopping and snacking downtown. After all, not so long ago, before the crowds and the $1400 handbags and $22 martinis, before Kid Robot and Alessi and Topshop and Prada and Apple and all the rest, the only thing to do here was go to Soho art galleries, or visit the countless artists’ studios that filled (legally or not) all of those beautiful old cast iron buildings. That’s not to say we don’t love the Soho of today. We most definitely do. It’s just that it’s also nice sometimes to revisit, and support, a part of its past. And while there’s almost always something cool or unique or interesting at one or both of the Deitch Soho art galleries, the exhibitions there right now–ending this Saturday, August 15–are particularly worth your time.
Deitch Soho art galleries: two terrific exhibitions
One of the most remarkable Soho art gallery shows in recent years has to be the mind-boggling installation at the Deitch Soho art gallery on Wooster, Black Acid Co-op. Here artists Justin Lowe and Jonah Freeman have completely transformed the soaring space at Deitch gallery in NYC into a confusing, claustrophobic, multiple-story warren of burned-out meth labs, a plushly-carpeted museum gallery, an abandoned Chinese medicine shop, a dirty bathroom, a wigwam jammed with specimen jars, and many other dark, often dingy, and always a little disturbing rooms.
This Deitch Soho art gallery exhibition is an entirely interactive experience. By turns surprising, amusing, creepy, disgusting, puzzling, and explosive, the experience of physically exploring Black Acid Co-op, through secret doors and holes in the walls–you have to sign a release just to get in to this Soho art gallery–shouldn’t be missed… but in case you do, you’ll find plenty of good photographs here, and here.
On a slightly different note, the Deitch Soho art gallery on Grand Street has also been transformed, but here you’ll find an “open memorial exhibition” for friends and loved ones of Dash Snow. Snow, a fixture on the New York City underground art and graffiti scene, died of a heroin overdose in July, after a short, tumultuous, often astonishingly reckless life. Here at Deitch art gallery on NYC’s Grand Street, the love and remembrance has been flowing, and the space is filled with dozens of photographs (especially polaroids, one of Snow’s favorite mediums), sculptural assemblages, writings, graffiti tags and the like. If nothing else, this exhibit at Deitch Soho art gallery is a priceless record of a New York City subculture that few of us ever get to see.
Deitch Soho art galleries details
Deitch Soho art galleries are located on Grand Street, between Wooster and Greene, and on Wooster, between Grand and Canal. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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