Artists Equity Inaugurates New Exhibition Space in Lower East Side

The storied New York Artists Equity Association is set to open a new gallery in the Lower East Side, according to the New York Times’ Melena Ryzik. Founded in 1947 by artists including Thomas Hart Benton, Edward Hopper, and Louise Nevelson, the nonprofit supported artistic practices and ultimately came to help artists “find health insurance, connect with curators and exhibit their work,” in Ryzik’s words.

Since 2011, after its Broome Street Gallery closed, it has had no gallery space. Its new 700-square-foot space, which will function as a community and event center, was endowed by a donation from the painters Jacob Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence.

“It wasn’t possible until the gift,” said Melinda Wang, the executive director of Artists Equity. The gallery’s inaugural show, “2015:1947,” will draw inspiration from well-known former members of the association.