Lisa Cooley Gallery, an influential Lower East Side space that opened on Orchard Street in 2008, has closed, sources tell ARTnews. The last show, “Jeff Witscher: August,” was up until Friday. No future shows are listed on the gallery’s website.
After opening at 34 Orchard Street in 2008—making her, at that point, a pioneer of the gallery corridor on Orchard below Delancey Street—Cooley moved to a bigger space a few blocks east, on Norfolk Street, in 2012. The space was rented during an upswing in the art market, and measured 4,800 square feet, quadruple the size of the previous location. It was designed by the firm Ashe + Leandro.
The gallery’s website lists the following artists on her roster: Trudy Benson, Alice Channer, Fiona Connor, Andy Coolquitt, Cynthia Daignault, Matthew Darbyshire, Josh Faught, Lucy Kim, Scott Reeder, Alan Reid, Sue Tompkins, Ben Vida, and Jennifer West.
When reached on the phone asking about the closure, Cooley declined to comment.
Update, 8:20 p.m.: Later this evening Cooley sent out an email to the gallery’s mailing list announcing the conclusion of “the gallery’s public program.” It follows in full below.
Dear friends and colleagues,
I am writing to announce that the gallery’s public program concludes with our previous exhibition, Jeff Witscher: August, organized by Yale Union’s Mark Lewis.
I want to genuinely thank the artists, collectors, curators, and critics who supported us since we opened in January 2008 and who created a substantive and meaningful conversation through the inevitable highs and lows all businesses face. I’m most thankful to the artists. It has been an honor to shepherd their vision, creativity, and all around magic. An incomplete list is below.
This gallery wouldn’t be successful without its phenomenal staff. We are lucky to have the best staff we’ve ever had, which is saying something since we’ve employed some incredible people. Alex Fleming, Kate Minford, John Michael Morein, and Kevin Reuning are profoundly wonderful professionals and humans and I hope I can reciprocate all of their diligence, loyalty, and kindness.
Although this chapter is ending, another one is right around the corner—more sustainable, more rewarding, and more interesting. In my mind, this change will continue and extend the direction of the recent gallery program. Stay tuned. I hope to show that growth can be about ideas, not just about scale, and I look forward to seeing everyone in person soon.
Lastly, consider taking a break from art and donating to one of these organizations:
Lawrence Abu Hamdan
David Kennedy Cutler
Linda Fregni Nagler
Mario Garcia Torres
Sophia Le Fraga
Sadaf H. Nava
William J. O’Brien
Kamau Amu Patton
Emily Mae Smith
Matt Sheridan Smith
Mierle Laderman Ukeles
J. Parker Valentine
Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven
C. Spencer Yeh