Grandlife guide


back to list

Sure, New Yorkers all love visiting uptown galleries and strolling the streets of Chelsea, but SoHo and its downtown counterparts remain beloved for their art institutions and avant-garde roots—in the ’60s, Warhol, Basquiat, and the composer Philip Glass lived and worked in the neighborhood. Below, our edit of downtown galleries with an array of notable and emerging artists.

New Museum

Along the Bowery, you can’t miss the striking seven-story museum, designed by Tokyo firm Sejima + Nishizawa. This season, the space’s buzzy Triennial, Songs for Sabotage, features socially-charged works by Janiva Ellis and South African-based artist Keynan Chemu No’ok. Come summer, the lineup will lean on solo exhibitions by artists Hiwa K, Aaron Fowler, and a collaboration between The Black School x Kameelah Janan Rasheed. Don’t leave without visiting the well-curated gift shop.

235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002; T. (212) 219-1222

Deitch Projects

Bold, visionary, and always three steps ahead, this Wooster Street institution from its legendary founder Jeffrey Deitch, has long presented ambitious, large-scale installations and performances by luminaries like Yoko Ono and Chris Johanson. Deitch originally opened his Wooster Street project and event space in 1996, and through 2010 showcased a glittering array of contemporary and modern art. The good news is that Deitch Projects has again taken up residency at the Wooster Street location proving once more its status as a must-visit destination for those seeking left-of-center cultural experiences. Recently, the space has exhibited work by art punk legend, the late Alan Vega, and American painter Kenny Scharf, among others. This May through June 30, People: Figurative Sculpture takes a look at the form.

18 Wooster St, New York, NY 10013: T. (212) 343-7300

Team Gallery

Hailing from sunny California, this unassuming, two-room gallery on Grand Street (founded in 2006 by Jose Freire) packs a visual punch with cutting-edge installations from the likes of Ross Knight and photography from downtown artist Ryan McGinley whose I’ll be Your Mirror show launches in late summer. For a primer, check out LA-based artist Parker Ito’s solo show, p, running through June 16.

83 Grand St, New York, NY 10013; T. (212) 279-9219

The Hole NYC

Hugging the Lower East Side and Nolita, The Hole, founded by Deitch Projects alumna Kathy Grayson, plucks emerging contemporary pieces to line her bright white walls. Known to include the all-star likes of Vanessa Prager, and Holton Rower. From May, London-based Matthew Stone’s colorful paintings and sculptures take center stage through June 24.

312 Bowery, New York, NY 10012; T. (212) 466-1100

Words Kate Donnelly

Photography courtesy Deitch Projects; Kenny Scharf: Inner and Outer Space, 2017  

You May Also Like

New York Film Festival 2019 Noah Baumbach Illyse Singer

Lens Crafters: New York Film Festival Musts

Roxy Cinema curator Illyse Singer offers up her top picks and commentary. 
Babs Restaurant Greenwich Village New York Interview

New Classics: Babs Opens on MacDougal

We talk with the boys behind the newly opened neighborhood spot about the influence of the Basque Country, the importance of longevity, and why simplicity is key.
Editor Recap NYFW New York Fashion Week Laura Brown

NY Editors Recap the Week that Was

art & design
As we close out NYFW, we get the lowdown from a few influential editors on the looks, the vibe, and the downtown hotspots they favor.
How to Travel: The Ultimate Survival Guide

How to Travel: The Ultimate Survival Guide

Two Condé Nast Travel Editors on the travel accessories to know about before your next long or short-haul flight.
Fort Tilden New York Best Swim Spots

Get the Skinny on New York's Best Dips

Get yourself to any of these locations and come back once the sun has backed off enough to enjoy the cool air of the city's beautiful summer nights. 
Downtown Karaoke Bars New York Baby Grand Planet Rose Sing Sing Up Stairs Bar

No-frills, all thrills: Downtown Karaoke Bars

bars & nightlife
Our favorite downtown karaoke bars have something for everybody and we’re sharing them with you. 
Best Tacos NYC

A Taco Tour of NYC

These Mexican restaurants meet firmly in the middle between great taste and exciting atmosphere.
Summer Reads McNally Jackson Sam MacLaughlin

McNally Jackson Summer Reading List

art & design
For your reading pleasure. McNally Jackson’s Sam MacLaughlin shares his must-read list. 
Choose Your Stay
the hotel that made soho grand
meet me at the roxy
Book Now