Redrawing the Drawing Center: Soho Staple Stays Put Inside $8.6 Million Renovation

  • A decade ago, Soho watched as one by one its galleries and arts institutions left and were replaced by boutiques, bistros and condos. How ironic that the Drawing Center, one of the neighborhood’s oldest and most venerable institutions, should reverse the trend.

    In December 2010, the 35-year-old gallery paid $2.4 million for a loft on the second floor of its long-time home at 35 Wooster Street. The purchase provided the space necessary to facilitate a consolidation and reorganization of its facilities at 35 Wooster, ensuring the gallery’s future in Soho.

    “We decided to stay, that we have this asset, let‘s build on what we have,” Brett
    Littman, executive director of the Drawing Center said during a recent tour, referring not only to his building but the still thriving if somewhat stultified neighborhood surrounding it. “We settled on a gradual, incremental growth, one we can actually sustain.”

    Mr. Littman said he hoped the project, known as ReDraw, could even serve as a model for other institutions, the recent demise of the American Folk Art Museum still fresh in so many nonprofits’ minds. He even said it was possible for the Drawing Center to slowly colonize the building, buying up condos as they become available. Read More

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    A visitor takes a picture of paintings from Andy Warhol's series "Marilyn Monroe, 1967", during the "I want to be Marilyn Monroe" exhibition, at the Cinemateca Brasileira on March 4, 2012, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the death of US iconic actress, through 125 works by 50 renowned artists. AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/Getty Images)

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