Showroom Shutter: Orchard Windows Gallery and Bidoun Depart
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The Orchard Street gallery district is starting to eat its own. Two smaller showrooms located south of Grand Street lost the battle within the last month.
Orchard Windows Gallery, which opened at 37 Orchard in 2010 (formerly psychic outpost), is presently showcasing its last exhibit at this address. That much is quite evident from the recent placement of a leasing sign on premise. Of the umpteen galleries within spitting distance, these guys catered to the “under-represented,” offering an alternative to the one-picture-on-a-white-wall places. There’s a crowdfunding campaign underway to help save the establishment, but it still looks grim.
Weeks earlier, the three-year-old Bidoun storefront office and gallery at 47 Orchard Street itself foundered. The contents – magazines and such – were tossed into a curbside dumpster. This departure was slightly less surprising as the Misrahi Real Estate sign had become a semi-permanent fixture on the fire escape above the entrance. You’ll recall that this spot once housed the Front Street sneaker company.