Courtesy of Joseph Pell Lombardi.
Rendering of the future 548 West 22nd Street. [Image Via]
New Use for Dia Site
In October, when business slowed, the Chelsea dealer Elizabeth Dee and some colleagues began to exchange ideas about what to do in such an unusual moment.
“I saw a need to bring people together to talk about moving forward,” she said. Out of these exchanges came X, a new nonprofit space that will present a variety of initiatives, everything from traditional exhibitions and performances to site-specific installations and lectures.
Located in the former home of the Dia Art Foundation, at 548 West 22nd Street, in Chelsea, X will open on March 7. While it plans to hold weekly lectures and other events, the space will change programs four times a year. A group of international arts professionals — museum directors, curators, dealers and art historians — will have their hands in the offerings, Ms. Dee said. Cecilia Alemani, an independent curator, will be its curatorial director.
First up are installations by artists whose work questions today’s shifting economic climate. On the building’s ground floor, Mika Tajima, who is part of a collaborative called New Humans, will create an installation that is part film set, stage, green room and editing room. It will also include 35 sculptures and two streaming videos. Other members of New Humans will put on a performance too, but the date has not been set, Ms. Dee said.
The second, third and fourth floors will be devoted to 18 rarely shown films by Derek Jarman, the filmmaker who died in 1994 at 52. And on the roof will be the artist Christian Holstad’s “Leather Beach,” a remake of a 2006 site-specific installation that was originally seen in a former delicatessen at East 43rd Street and Third Avenue. The piece is a meditation on urban gay culture.
Meanwhile a familiar work will be reinstalled in the building’s stairwells: the 1996 site-specific fluorescent light installation that Dan Flavin created for the space in 1996. It is on loan from Dia.