52 Walker, the new David Zwirner gallery space programmed and led by Director Ebony L. Haynes, will open October 2021, with a solo presentation of work by Kandis Williams, on view through December 2021. The gallery takes its name from its location at 52 Walker Street in Tribeca. The gallery will occupy the first floor of the five-story landmark building, which was formerly the home of M1-5 Lounge. Selldorf Architects is designing the renovation of the space.
52 Walker will function differently than the other David Zwirner locations. Reflecting Haynes’s broader curatorial practice, which is largely interested in conceptual and research-based work, the gallery will feature artists of all backgrounds and at various stages of their careers. While the works shown at 52 Walker will be for sale, the gallery will not represent the exhibiting artists. The gallery will present four exhibitions per year, melding a traditional commercial gallery model with the longer exhibition development and presentation timelines of a kunsthalle, and visitors to 52 Walker will have the opportunity to engage with exhibitions over a full season and connect with the work through the gallery’s exhibition catalogue series, Clarion, and related programming.
The inaugural exhibition will present works by Kandis Williams whose versatile practice spans collage, performance, video, assemblage, and installation. Her work interrogates critical theory—addressing issues of race, nationalism, authority, and eroticism. Williams, who currently lives and works in Los Angeles, will be in residence in New York while creating the new work for her upcoming solo exhibition.
52 Walker is pleased to announce the full exhibition schedule through 2022:
Kandis Williams, on view October–December 2021
Nikita Gale, on view January–March 2022
Nora Turato, on view April–June 2022
Tiona Nekkia McClodden, on view July–September 2022
Tau Lewis, on view October–December 2022
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Image: Exterior of 52 Walker (detail). Photo by Jason Schmidt