In the past few years, the Lower East Side, long the destination in New York for cutting-edge work by young artists, has begun to empty out as galleries join the exodus to Tribeca. Not all is lost, though—a rich scene continues to thrive, even as the gallery ecosystem in the Lower East Side is sparser than it once was.
Excepting Henry Street, which has suddenly become home to a scrappy grouping of galleries, the map is now quite spread out. This means two things. First, expect to walk relatively far distances between exhibitions—the norm in art world hotspots like London and Paris, but something New Yorkers who frequent Chelsea and Tribeca probably aren’t used to. Second, you’ll have to know where to look.
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In an effort to point you in the right direction this Frieze week, here are five shows to see on the Lower East Side right now.