‘Signs and Symbols’ Gallery Takes Former Record Store Space on Forsyth Street

Posted on: May 4th, 2018 at 5:03 am by

Over at 100-102 Forsyth Street, the gentrification playbook is put to use. Almost to a tee. As the double-wide tenements are upscaled, its retail mirrors in kind. First, a trendy coffee shop (i.e. Kodawari); next up, a new gallery.

Dubbed Signs and Symbols, the new showroom is a self-described “curator’s studio” and “non-gallery gallery” that focuses on presenting performance and photography. It’s apparently named for a 1948 story that Vladimir Nabokov published in the New Yorker.

Signs and Symbols opened last Sunday with an exhibit by artist Rachel Garrand, taking the space formerly occupied by beloved Reggae record shop, Deadly Dragon Sound, which closed in April 2016. The gallery joins a growing gallery scene just around the corner on Grand Street, at the expense of some longtime Chinatown markets.

Deadly Dragon Sound, July 2013

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