Add "art gallery" to the list of unique occupants of 511-515 West 18th Street in New York's Chelsea neighborhood. The two-story brick building dates back to the 1920s, when it was used as a parking garage -- the ground floor is still a Verizon garage -- before it became Roxy's Roller Disco from 1978 to 1985. Then, known simply as The Roxy, it housed a gay dance club that launched the "Chelsea Boy" era. In the summer of 1982, the club also became the site of one of the first weekly downtown hip-hop parties; it can be seen in several scenes in the 1984 film Beat Street.
The gallery's new entry-way with overhead "art bar."
After several promoters tried and failed to open a new nightclub in the space, the international gallery Hauser & Wirth acquired a long-term lease on the second floor and began renovation last summer. The 24,000 square-foot art gallery designed by New York's Selldorf Architects is the Hauser & Wirth's second NYC location.
Dieter Roth's "Solo Scenes" video installation (1997-1998)
On Wednesday, January 23, 6 to 8 p.m., they will open an exhibition by the late Swiss/German artist Dieter Roth and his son, Bjorn -- with help from Björn's sons Einar and Oddur. The New York Times describes the show as a "messy, sprawling manifestation, spanning more than forty years of work, of one of the most unusual family businesses in contemporary art." The Roth exhibit will be up until April 13 and the gallery has already scheduled shows in the space by Paul McCarthy, Mathew Day Jackson and Roni Horn.
"Self Tower" detail (1994/2013) (chocolate, glass, steel)
"Art Bar" installation that will be a permanent part of the gallery. Another view of the "Art Bar." "Large Table Ruin" (begun in 1978) (mixed media installation)