Elizabeth Dee Announces ‘New Direction’

Joan Wallace, "Man Sleeping (Trying to Keep Things Still)," 1989.

Joan Wallace, “Man Sleeping (Trying to Keep Things Still),” 1989.

Today, the Elizabeth Dee gallery announced its official relocation to Harlem, along with its inaugural show in the new space.

The gallery’s new address is 2033-2037 Fifth Avenue, at the corner of East 126th Street, in a building that once housed the original Studio Museum. With the move, Elizabeth Dee joins several other galleries who have migrated to Harlem this year, including Tempo Rubato, EliPing Frances Perkins, Freymond-Guth, and, most notably, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise.

In celebration of the move, Dee will host a group show aptly titled “First Exhibition,” which will “highlight [Elizabeth Dee’s] program for the coming year, and also reveal the gallery’s new direction,” according to a press release. It will feature new work from John Giorno, Carl Ostendarp, Joel Otterson, Julia Wachtel, all of whom will have solo shows at the gallery in the following months. “First Exhibition” will open September 24.

Following “First Exhibition,” the gallery will put on “Every Future Has a Price: 30 Years after Infotainment,” an homage to the influential “Infotainment” exhibition of 1985-87, curated by Peter Nagy, Alan Belcher, and Anne Livet. Despite never being shown in New York, “Infotainment” has since been considered a seminal survey of the then-thriving East Village art scene.

“Every Future Has a Price” will feature five of the original 18 “Infotainment artists, including Gretchen Bender, Steven Parrino, and Joan Wallace.

While the announcement of these exhibitions provides some insight, just what Elizabeth Dee’s “new direction” is remains to be seen.

— Taylor Dafoe (@tddafoe)