Deitch Projects

A temporary facade at the Deitch Projects’ Grand Street venue
A temporary facade at the Deitch Projects’ Grand Street venue

Plush stores may have replaced many o f SoHo’s experimental galleries, but you’ll still find several artistic stalwarts that have managed to withstand rising rents. The long-running Deitch Projects has evolved with the times, featuring ambitious exhibits that often blend art, music, design, and performance.

The galleries showcase work by Keith Haring, and recently featured a superb exhibit on Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work from 1981, when the New York artist moved from creating graffiti art on the streets to working in the studio.

They also present a wide range of multimedia projects made with high-profile artists and musicians, including Madonna, photographer Steven Klein, and film-maker Michel Gondry.

Some of Deitch Projects’ more memorable works have included Yoko Ono’s Ex It (1998), which featured trees growing out of 100 wooden coffins; the unique Street Market (2000), which depicted an apocalyptic urban street; and a project with New York artist Swoon in 2008 that involved the construction of seven boats in the form of floating sculptures that sailed down the Hudson River from upstate New York to one of the gallery’s new riverfront spaces in Long Island City.

Every September, Deitch Projects also heats up the streets of SoHo with an audacious art parade involving naked cyclists, giant papier-mâché dolls of politicians, and massive floating eyeballs.

Practical Information

Address 76 Grand Street, SoHo (note that the Deitch Projects has two other locations:18 Wooster Street in SoHo and 4–40 44th Drive in Long Island, Queens);

Getting There Subway: line 1; lines A, C or E; lines N, R or W; or lines 4, 5 or 6 to Canal Street.

Opening Times Noon–6pm Tue–Sat.

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