From the looks of it, Manhattan’s galleries and museums will be out of commission for a few more days. The situation in Chelsea seems particularly grim, given the neighborhood’s proximity to the water. Reeling from power outages, many of the city’s galleries have also experienced flooding and loss of heat.
Reports on Twitter that 10th Ave in the Chelsea gallery district has flooded and David Zwirner Galllery on W19th is under water
— The Art Market (@theartmarket) October 30, 2012
Postmasters’ Magda Sawon kept everyone up-to-date with the latest surrounding her 19th street gallery:
The miracle of sorts took place the water stopped rising FEW INCHES from our gate. The basest is totally flooded though. We need a generator — magdasawon (@magdasawon) October 30, 2012
Postmasters artists: your art is safe we were lucky. No heat no power 5 feet of water in the basementChelsea looks grim — magdasawon (@magdasawon) October 30, 2012
Earlier today, Gagosian quickly rescinded a tweet noting that its New York galleries would be open for the day. The person behind that Twitter feed had obviously not checked in with other staff or Gallerist, which had already reported that firefighters were investigating a gas leak in front of their 21st street gallery.
Marc Busquets (@Marc_Busquets) October 30, 2012
We’re also worried about DUMBO, which, like Chelsea, received the brunt of the storm.
— georgia kral (@georgiakral) October 30, 2012
@dumbobklyn theres a fire in the building in washington and plymouth, where smack mellon is.
—Lucia Rojas (@luciarojasphoto) October 30, 2012
Bushwick’s galleries, like the rest of Bushwick’s residents, seem to be doing more than fine with their hurrication. Stephanie Theodore of Theodore Art biked down to the gallery today and reported:
The gallery is safe. No flooding at 56 Bogart!
Stephanie Theodore (@TheodoreArt) October 30, 2012
With no reason to worry, there was reason to celebrate:
Museums across Manhattan will stay closed until further notice.
MoMA & MoMA PS1 are closed to the public every Tuesday. MoMA & MoMA Retail Stores will reopen when public transportation has been restored. — Museum of Modern Art (@MuseumModernArt) October 30, 2012
We hope you and your families and friends are safe and dry today. The New Museum will be closed until conditions improve. — New Museum (@newmuseum) October 30, 2012
We wonder, alongside museum closures, how museums have weathered the storm. Kelly Crow is curious about this, too:
Big Q for NYC museums: How are you faring after the storm? Any damage? Doing any repairs? — Kelly Crow (@KellyCrowWSJ) October 30, 2012
Despite setbacks, some of New York’s curators are going above and beyond to keep a business as usual attitude. Museum of the Moving Image curator Jason Eppink trudged over to the museum to drop off Aram Bartholl’s new Dead Drop DVD (it opens at the museum today).
— Jason Eppink (@jasoneppink) October 30, 2012