‘Olsen Gruin Gallery’ Moves East to 30 Orchard Street
Until this month, the commercial condo unit at 30 Orchard Street had been vacant for nearly two years. Warehoused while waiting for the highest bidder. That seems to have happened, as the space now boasts a new showroom. The Olsen Gruin Gallery, a transplant from Elizabeth Street.
“Sharing Country,” curated by Adam Knight, is the inaugural exhibition at 30 Orchard. It’s been up and running for several weeks, but the grand opening is tonight.
Olsen Gruin is helmed by Aussies Tim Olsen and Emerald Gruin.
That another gallery opened in this spot is not surprising. The commercial unit was essentially built for it. The Untitled gallery was one of the first occupants, having opened just after the condo building debuted in 2009. Its owner, Joel Mesler, later merged with Feuer in 2015 to create sibling showrooms, both at 30 Orchard and 319 Grand. Operations were eventually consolidated at the latter location after a purported breakdown in lease renegotiation on Orchard Street (i.e. rent hikes). Feur/Mesler closed for good at the end of last year, and was replaced by the Marinaro Gallery.
Back to current. This isn’t exactly the best time for more mid-level galleries.