Lower East Side’s Brennan & Griffin Gallery Will Expand to Red Hook

The new space.

The new space.

New York’s Brennan & Griffin gallery has picked up a building in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn. The new space will open in May of 2015 with a show by painter Mary Weatherford.

It’s a sizable location, measuring 5,000 square feet, with an outdoor space of 4,000 square feet. Located at 62 Delevan Street, it’s about four blocks from PioneerWorks, the sprawling arts center run by artist Dustin Yellin that has put the area on the art-world map and only about half a mile from the galleries of the Donut District.

“I had been thinking about this for a few years because there are several shows that Brennan & Griffin’s L.E.S. space would not be able to accommodate,” James Griffin, a co-owner of the gallery, said in an e-mail. The gallery currently occupies an average-sized space for the Lower East Side, on Delancey Street. The plan is to have four large-scale exhibitions in Red Hook each year, each running for two to three months, he said. The Delancey space will continue to operate.

The new property came about by a remarkable stroke of good luck.

“I walked past this building and thought, ‘That is my dream space,’” Griffin said. “I Googled it the next day and it had gone on the market for lease 2 or 3 days before. There were no ‘for lease’ signs on the building, so I jumped on it that day.”

Brennan & Griffin, which shows a multigenerational cast of artists that includes Weatherford, Arthur Ou, Heather Guertin, and Guy Goodwin, was started by Katie Brennan under the name Sister in Los Angeles in 2004, changing its name and taking on Griffin, who was a director there, as a partner when the gallery moved to New York in 2010.

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