Studio 231 Pop-Up Gallery Coming to Bowery

Posted on: September 12th, 2011 at 6:28 am by

The New Museum here on the Lower East Side has already spread its virile gallery seed to the adjacent 231 Bowery, a pre-war structure purchased by the museum monolith in 2008 for $16 million. Then a few months ago, after Daroma Restaurant Equipment had already vacated the premises, the longtime commercial hub was re-tooled for the inaugural Brooklyn invasion Festival of Ideas. It was here that Rem Koolhaas presented the keynote exhibit entitled “Cronocaos.” Since then, however, there hasn’t been much activity. Well, any hopes of something more utilitarian at street level are now dashed.

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Broadway World has it that 231 Bowery will become a pop-up gallery space to showcase a revolving door of upstart talent.  Dubbed “Studio 231,” the New Museum-sponsored event “will focus on ambitious new productions by emerging artists from around the world in a space that suggests the creative environment and improvisational potential of the studio.”

The Studio 231 series kicks off October 26 with a new installation and performances by London-based Spartacus Chetwynd. Said exhibit, “Spartacus Chetwynd: Home Made Tasers,” will be on view through the new year. Here’s what to expect:

Spartacus Chetwynd draws from a variety of historical theatrical forms, from Brechtian drama to puppet shows, often within the same performance. The result is an experience that is accessible, humorous, and disorienting. Chetwynd, who initially studied anthropology, uses the idea of bricolage as a physical practice as well as the organizing principle to bring together the disparate images and characters within her work.

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