Feed your senses at great galleries and art spaces in the Triangle Below Canal.
While neighboring SoHo and crosstown rival the Lower East Side may get all the art gallery press and street cred, Tribeca is certainly no slouch when it comes to the visual arts. With spaces catering to both the avant-garde and the interactive, the galleries of Lower West Side are more than worth your time.
Here are a few spaces and upcoming exhibits to see in Tribeca.
54 Franklin St. (near Benson Street)
Postmasters Gallery (Image: Olya Turcihin for Artefuse)
A Brooklyn-based transgender photographer, Evan Schwartz has been published in the New York Times, and his work has been viewed around the world. From rodeo cowboys to giraffes in Tanzania to an intimate set of self-portraits illustrating his transformation, Schwartz is undoubtedly one of the city’s best cutting-edge artists. Jennifer and Kevin McCoy are a husband-and-wife team known for their multimedia works and miniature film sets. The exhibits Best Man by Schwartz and Broker from the McCoys will be on view at the Postmasters Gallery from October 22 through November 26.
Working Man at The National Exemplar Gallery
59 Franklin St. (near Benson Street)
Rand Hardy has been a professional sculpture artist for five decades. His work was part of the historic MoMA collective titled “Information Show” in 1970 and was featured in the 1973 Whitney Annual. At the National Exemplar Gallery, a stone’s throw from Postmasters, Hardy’s energetic sculptures and drawings are on display now through Oct. 30.
The Collaborators at Tribeca Art Factory
55 Murray St. (near West Broadway)
Tribeca Art Factory (Image: TribecaArtFactory)
On Friday nights at the Tribeca Art Factory, art becomes an immersive and collaborative experience accompanied by music, drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Over a three-week period, three selected artists create a work of art while guests look on. The first week, the initial artist creates the foundation. The second week shows the next artist adding their input and personal stamp, while in week three the last artist renders the finished work. Sign up on the TAF website to get notified about the Fall 2016 return of this exciting live art concept.
90 West Broadway (at Chambers Street)
Hal Bromm Gallery (Image: Artsicle.com)
Hal Bromm founded Tribeca’s first contemporary art gallery in 1975 in an unfinished space on Franklin Street. Today, the gallery is situated in decidedly better digs and has earned a reputation for supporting important emerging artists — including Keith Haring and Robert Longo — before they became household names. Last year, the gallery celebrated its 40th anniversary with a mega-exhibition featuring 135 artists. Visit the gallery website for up-to-date information on hours and upcoming works.