Recap: The Space At Katz’s Gallery Opening
We weren’t sure what to expect, heading to an opening of “deli-inspired art.” A Krylon-tagged pastrami sandwich? Or an installation representing salami through the ages, perhaps? Would we need a sketchpad, or a stack of napkins?
This went through our minds as we went to the opening of The Space at Katz’s, a new pop-up gallery located next door to the legendary deli. Conceived by Katz’s owner Jake Dell, the gallery will offer different exhibits each month, featuring deli-inspired artwork. Needless to say, they’ll be selling merchandise as well. But you’ll still have to go next door for the food itself.
The kickoff exhibit included works by Hanksy, Rich Tu, Baron Von Fancy, Kenzo Minami, and HYP-INC. Merchandise was curated by Alife, which included t shirts, baseball caps and cool collectible Katz’s-themed sneakers. The artwork was, if not deli-inspired, then specifically Katz-centric, playing off of their slogan “That’s All,” and the famous “I’ll have what she’s having” line. We also got a kick out of “Will Feral Katz” by Hanksy.
Also for sale were copies of the new Katz’s biography, celebrating 125 years of the business.
Our only gripe was that, despite the open bar, the opening was sorely lacking in, of all things, food. We expected at least a couple of French fries or a can of Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray. Bubbeleh, would a half sour have killed ya?
The Space at Katz’s is at 203 East Houston Street and the current exhibit runs until November 24. Find out more on facebook and Twitter @theSpaceatKatzs.