Art Fag City at The L Magazine: Open for Business

by Paddy Johnson on June 6, 2012 The L Magazine

Gabriel Hartley at Foxy Production (Installation View, Photo Mark Woods)

Ever wonder how gallery hours were established in Chelsea and the Lower East Side? If so, you’re in luck. This week at The L Magazine, I talk to six gallerists about how they chose their operating hours and why. A particularly meaty bit for the art nerds below.

Notably, Lower East Side Galleries tend to be open Wednesday through Sunday. Ron Segev, co-owner of one of the first LES galleries, Thierry Goldberg, explained his rationale for their hours. “Our hours are based on the New Museum schedule,” he told me plainly as he reflected on his gallery’s 2007 debut. The museum too, is open Wednesday through Sunday. “As soon as a few galleries opened, everyone followed that schedule. And of course it also makes sense because other [Chelsea] galleries are closed.”

Interestingly, it turns out the tradition of staying open on Sundays has a longer history than the recent migration of galleries to the Lower East Side. In the early 80s, East Village galleries also kept a Wednesday through Sunday schedule.

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