NEWS: New Brooklyn Gallery Aims to ‘De-Gentrify’ Space Formerly Occupied by American Medium

August 29, 2017

With American Medium moving from its home of three years at 424 Gates Avenue in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn to a new location in Chelsea near David Zwirner this fall, a new gallery called Housing is taking over its former space and will present its first show there next month.

“We’re stepping in on the heels of American Medium’s move out to Chelsea,” Housing’s creative director, Eileen Isagon Skyers, said in an email to ARTnews. “The gallery aims to de-gentrify the space, effectively supporting the practices of black artists and non-black POC.”

For the remainder of its lease, American Medium will sublet the storefront to Housing, which organized a show at the space earlier this year (under the name Freeman Gallery). “When the idea for HOUSING was proposed, it seemed the most appropriate way for us to transition out of Bed-Stuy,” Josh Pavlacky, one of American Medium’s cofounders said in an email. (The gallery stylizes its name in capital letters.) “We are happy to see a dedicated POC gallery and we support whatever language and mission they deem appropriate to best utilize the gallery and garden space.”

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