Nyssa Frank is widely credited for sowing the seeds of the Bushwick art district with the Living Gallery, which she opened on Flushing Avenue in 2010. Now, the pond appears to have gotten too small — or at least too crowded. Searching for broader pastures, she has announced her plans to move.
“I’m looking for places that are not so saturated with galleries,” Frank told DNAinfo. ”I love this part of Bushwick, but I feel I’m becoming redundant just by being another gallery. When I first moved here there weren’t many, and now there are a lot.” Referencing rumors of a shopping mall planned for the area, which would brush elbows on the “saturated” corridor of galleries around the Morgan L stop, Frank emphasized a need “to reach a broader community that’s more diverse” by finding a spot with less of a reputation for its dense, occasionally pushy gallery culture.
Frank has a reputation for doing interesting projects, and the loss will certainly make the Brooklyn neighborhood a less interesting place. She may be best known for her anti-establishment “Bushwick Zoo,” for which she recruited Bushwick’s Latino community for a fashion parade meant to coincide with Fashion Weekend this past fall.