The experience of viewing and selling art has expanded beyond the sometimes intimidating and inaccessible realm of museums and traditional galleries. More and more, emerging artists are finding alternative spaces to showcase their art and get their voices heard, while art-lovers are discovering new ways of experiencing art. At Vango, we believe that art can and should be experienced anywhere and by anyone. These 7 spaces exemplify this, also coming with the added bonus of serving as platforms that showcase and support today’s contemporary artists.
Gibson Art Projects (Berkeley, CA)
Gibson Art Projects showcases contemporary art exhibitions in a charming 1905 Arts and Crafts home, once owned by film critic Pauline Kael. Along with the rotating exhibits. the house is home to a permanent collection of prints by Matisse and Picasso, as well as artwork created by Jess and David Young Allen. While altogether enchanting, a highlight of the space is a hallway mural by Jess, featuring mystical subjects that seem to transport you to a fantastical world as you move through the space. Exhibition openings are held on Saturdays- the next one is of David Kampmann, the 19th of August. Look out for other upcoming events on their website.
JAUS *pronounced ‘house’ (Los Angeles, CA)
An LA artist run exhibition space since 2009, Jaus is the place to go to see a diverse set of exhibitions curated by both in-house and outside curators. At Jaus, the spotlight is placed on contemporary artists, and most shows come in the form of solo and two person art shows. Visitors can visit Jaus every Saturday, from noon to 4pm, or by appointment. To find out more about Jaus, visit the website here.
The David Ireland House (San Francisco, CA)
The David Ireland House at 500 Capp Street was the home of the American sculptor, conceptual artist and architect David Ireland for more than 30 years. Besides housing some of Ireland’s best work, the 1886 house stands as a historical monument in itself. Now, visitors can experience the house’s rich history firsthand, seeing the place where Ireland worked, lived, and transformed into a space of his own. Tours of the house are available Wednesday through Saturday, at 11am, 2pm and 4pm. Find out more about The David Ireland House here.
Southern Exposure (San Francisco, CA)
An artist-centered, non-profit organisation, Southern Exposure, or SoEx, is dedicated to supporting visual artists by providing a space to share work. SoEx also strives to increase everyday interaction with art, and to grow a community that is passionate about the visual arts. Visitor hours vary from project to project, but are typically from 12-6pm, Tuesday to Saturday, or by appointment. Along with exhibitions, SoEx offers a wide variety of programs, including teaching and student opportunities. Find out more here.
Kimberly-Klark (Queens, NY)
Located inside an unassuming house in Queens, New York’s Kimberly-Klark is a gallery dedicated to exhibiting the work of emerging artists in New York and just outside the city. In this gallery started by graduates of NYU’s art program, exciting and refreshing work by up-and-comers is put up in the form of various solo and two-person exhibitions. From now to the 20th of August, see Clark Filio’s Betrayal and Vengeance on view. Visit the space on Sundays, from 12 to 5pm, or by appointment. Find out more here.
Fastnet (Brooklyn, NY)
Perhaps the most unconventional of all, Fastnet showcases art within the walls of a shipping container in Redhook, Brooklyn. The gallery’s program is unique, relating to its identity in the form of the shipping container and what it symbolises. As James Powers, owner of Fastnet says, the project is means to ‘straddle various environmental and capitalist conundrums’, presenting work that investigates interactions between the market and environment. From now to August 20th, you can see Erik Sommer’s Volvo 240 at Fastnet, on view every Sunday from 4 to 8pm, or by appointment. Find out more here.
To Bridges (Bronx, NY)
Located in South Bronx, To Bridges is an artist-run exhibition and workshop space created by artist Isaac Brest. The space consists of a street facing space called OVERHEAD, a screening room, and 2 large galleries. In addition to hosting solo and group shows by contemporary artists, To Bridges serves the community with workshops for young adults, including the Practical Arts Program- a program that teaches underserved NYC youth crafts and skills surrounding art-making. To learn more about To Bridges, visit their website here.
We hope you enjoyed these– let us know what you think, and whether you’ve visited any of them! Are there other alternative art spaces you know about? Share it with us in the comment section!