PSA: Some Art Spaces Are Not Open All The Time

by Whitney Kimball on February 13, 2012 Opportunities

The Viewing Room at Electronic Arts Intermix (Still from Dara Birnbaum's "Pop-Pop Video," 1980, Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix.)

I tend to miss a lot of shows where the venue has limited hours or is not on the way to another gallery. This is too bad, because those shows are often the ones I want to see most. I bet this happens to other people, too, so I’ve put together my shortlist of the ones that get away.

The Viewing Room at Electronic Arts Intermix
535 West 22nd Street, Chelsea
By appointment, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday — Friday.

AFC contributor Corinna Kirsch mentions that EAI’s fifth floor Chelsea space has a viewing room, available in two-hour blocks, where you can peruse 3,500 works from their media art collection. Plan ahead! Appointments book at least three weeks in advance, and they ask that you email them a list of titles before you get there.

A membership ($40 regular, $25 for students) buys you free admission to their artist talks, screenings, et cetera.

"New New Face," a show of Nolan Hendrickson's paintings now on view at Ramiken Crucible.

Ramiken Crucible
389 Grand Street, Lower East Side
Open Thursday – Sunday, 12-6pm, or by appointment

Maybe Ramiken Crucible — one of the better emerging art galleries on the Lower East Side — shouldn’t be on the list since they’re open four days a week. I thought it was worth mentioning, though, because they’re a few blocks removed from the glossy Orchard Street storefronts, around the corner from a liquor store. Their current show of Nolan Hendrickson’s paintings is the best I’ve seen in months.

Launch F18
373 Broadway (between White Street and Franklin Street), 6th floor, Soho
By appointment only

Launch F18‘s 6th floor space in Soho just opened last spring. Artist-curators Tim Donovan and Sam Trioli have focused on bringing in artists who haven’t yet shown in New York, mainly emerging artists from Eastern Europe and within the city. So far, highlights have included a solo show of Nathan Dilworth, Some Girls, curated by Whitehot editor Noah Becker, and their current solo show of Frankie Rice’s work. We’ll bring you more on this space as it develops.


Last spring's show "Luminous Flux" at Regina Rex (Courtesy of

Regina Rex
1717 Troutman Street, #329, Queens
Open Saturday and Sunday 12-6pm, or by appointment

If you’ve never been to Regina Rex, you have to seek it out; the collective of around thirteen runs a gallery on the third floor of a factory and studio building in between Queens and Bushwick. Though Regina Rex just opened in 2010, it’s already become a staple in the Brooklyn art scene. They do not show their own work, and they are renowned for their level of curatorial rigor.  “Regina Rex is an ice-cold curatorial knife,” wrote Stephen Truax for, “to the lovey-dovey house party that is the Bushwick art scene.”

Norte Maar
83 Wyckoff Avenue, #1B
Open Saturdays and Sundays 1-6pm, or by appointment

If Regina Rex is the intellectual knife, then Norte Maar is the lovey-dovey house party; since opening in 2006, its mission has been to foster a Bushwick arts community. They provide educational programs and a summer arts camp, connect artists with venues, accept proposals for project collaborations, and archive Bushwick art news on their website. Their apartment gallery space is open weekends or by appointment, with additional performances listed on their website.

The art space formerly known as Camel
722 Metropolitan Ave. Second Floor
Weekends 1-6 PM or by appointment

Benjamin Sutton recently announced that Camel Art Space is packing up, changing its name, and moving to Bushwick. Sutton prophesies that the not-for-profit, artist-run exhibition space, which hosts shows by independent artists and curators, will be one of many Williamsburg spaces to ride the eastbound wave. It’s currently open on weekends or by appointment, and the new location will open in April.

A 2009 performance at Cleopatra's. (Photo courtesy of the Greenpoint Gazette.)

110 Meserole Ave, Greenpoint
Open Saturdays 1-6pm, or by appointment

We’ve plugged Cleopatra’s a few times on this blog, for good reason.  Four female curators, who met while working in Chelsea galleries, signed a ten-year lease when moving into their non-profit Greenpoint storefront space. Cleopatra’s is not a traditional gallery — it does not rely on the sale of art — but a rooted community presence which hosts shows, performances, and curatorial projects that build on its current archive.  Since their inception in 2008, they’ve opened a second location in Berlin.

For further reading, click here for a list of project spaces from our archives.

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