Two artists have announced plans to open a nonprofit art gallery in a Boyle Heights warehouse. The new gallery will join the recent boom in Boyle Heights’ growing art scene.
Barnett Cohen and Jules Gimbrone will open the gallery, “Pssst,” and its first exhibition will be in May, the New York Times reports. It will highlight women, people of color, and L.G.B.T.Q.-identified people. “Pssst” will also support artists, Gimbrone tells the Times, adding there will be space for artist who struggle to afford studio time.
The New York Times says Cohen is aware of the tensions that exist between other art galleries and Boyle Heights residents fearing gentrification. But Cohen says that they are not working with a real-estate developer and that they hope to represent diversity in their gallery.
Photo above: A poster is projected onto the Maccarone art gallery on Boyle Avenue as part of Ambularte, a protest against gentrification in Boyle Heights. Photos by Antonio Mejías-Rentas