Chelsea Stalwart Elizabeth Dee Heads to Harlem

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Elizabeth Dee is relocating to Harlem after 14 years in Chelsea, the gallery announced today. The 12,000-square-foot space on Fifth Avenue at East 126th Street was once occupied by the Studio Museum in Harlem. It will open to the public in the spring, with the gallery organizing “a new educational initiative for Harlem-based children, in a joint venture with local non-profit institutions and schools” in the interim.

The move follows the recent relocation of Gavin Brown’s Enterprise to the neighborhood, though the migration of artists and galleries to Harlem is hardly a recent phenomenon. Upon watching a jogger pass by in a 2001 New York Times article on Harlem and “The Downtowning of Uptown,” David Hammons wisecracked: “He’s probably an artist who heard about a place for rent.”

Mostafa Heddaya (@mheddaya)

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