Depending on when in the year you visit Nicelle Beauchene Gallery on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, you will find it situated on either the first or the second floor of a building on Broome Street, since Beauchene and fellow dealer Jack Hanley have a unique agreement whereby they take turns staging shows in those two places. Now Beauchene is opening another location, this one on the third floor of a residential building in the neighborhood. It will be called, fittingly, Third Floor.
“Part of it is just turning ten years old and just feeling like there’s this fire to just keep building and doing something,” Beauchene said in a phone interview yesterday, when asked about her decision to expand. Indeed, like a handful of still-extant galleries that call the area home, this year marks the end of the first decade in the area. The dealer, whose artists include Yevgeniya Baras, Jim Lee, and Chris Wiley, opened in 2008 on Eldridge Street, before moving to her current spot at the end of 2012.
Third Floor is a one-bedroom with about 850 square feet of space, with a feel that is distinctly different from that of her white-cube headquarters, which is precisely what Beauchene wanted when looking to have the opportunity to host more shows. “It’s an apartment, so it will have furniture,” she said. “It will have a couch and a bed. The idea is to push it so that it’s a different kind of space, so artists have to consider a domestic domain and how that might operate.” It will be open by-appointment and its exact address will not be publicized.
The space will present both gallery artists and those who show elsewhere, and the first outing there will be a distinctly site-appropriate group exhibition called “Housewarming,” arriving in early October. It will feature a sink work by Elizabeth Jaeger, Cheryl Donegan clothing, a large Bruce M. Sherman vase, a Dan Herschlein window piece, and more. After that will come a works-on-paper exhibition by Tunji Adeniyi-Jones. Early next year, Jordan Kasey will have a show of drawings that will run concurrently with a painting display at the Broome spot.
All sorts of other plans are in the works, and the focus, for now, is keeping details of the venture flexible—as formal, or not, as a project requires. “I’d like the space to operate in whatever way it needs to,” Beauchene said, adding, “It is something that’s just needed to complement what we do now.”