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LMAKprojects Relocating Art Gallery and Opening New Bookstore

By Lisha Arino | September 18, 2015 4:15pm | Updated on September 20, 2015 9:31pm
 LMAKprojects is moving into an old Federal-style building located at 298 Grand St.
LMAKprojects is moving into an old Federal-style building located at 298 Grand St.
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LOWER EAST SIDE — An Eldridge Street gallery is marking its 10th anniversary with a name change and a move into a new, larger location, where it will be able to open a bookstore and host outdoor screenings, its owners announced.

LMAKprojects, which has been located at 139 Eldridge St. for seven years, plans to relocate to a three-story Federal-style house located at 298 Grand St. in November, said co-owner Bart Keijsers Koning. At about the same time, it will be renamed LMAKgallery.

“We wanted to address some of the projects that we were looking forward to doing, [and] being able to create an environment where ideas could be discussed and reviewed,” he said.

The larger size will also allow the gallery to host events without interfering with current shows, he added.

The roughly 2,500-square-foot space will house an exhibition space on the ground floor, with a courtyard in the back that can be used to host screenings and video installations, Keijsers Koning said.

On the second floor, the owners plan to open LMAKbooks+design, which will sell small publications and functional objects designed by artists, Keijsers Koning said. The floor will also contain the gallery’s offices and a viewing room.

The top floor will be used as a space where artists can display longer-term projects, allowing the gallery to display pieces or installations that change or adapt over time.

Renovations are currently underway and  Keijsers Koning, who co-owns the gallery with his wife, Louky Keijsers Koning, said they plan to maintain the building’s original structure and preserve its tin ceilings.

“Each floor will have a very unique character and plan within the architecture that’s here,” he said.

The gallery’s first exhibition is expected to be a video installation by Claudia Joskowicz.