Broker, architect launch Soho art series

New York /
May.May 08, 2008 11:58 AM

A broker and architect who double as artists are launching a series of one-night art events tonight in an underground space in Soho.

Stribling broker Mary Mihelic, who co-curated the show with architect Caridad Sola, said they wanted to address the uneasy relationship between art and real estate. Artists are often pioneers into neighborhoods, she said, only to be followed by wealthier residents who drive up prices and eventually force the artists out.

Mihelic saw the subterranean gallery as a way to keep art in New York City.

“Once Manhattan loses its writers and artists and musicians it will become one big shopping mall,” she said.

Mihelic is one of 20 artists who will have their work on display at 100 Vandam Street from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. tonight.

The self-described guerrilla artist from Chicago built a crane in the space with a halo, in reference to the construction accidents in Manhattan.

It was not the only reference to the beleaguered Department of Buildings. She created an invitation for the event in the form of a DOB permit.

Co-curator and fellow artist Sola is an architect with Bovis Lend Lease who is working on the Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum.

She said she and Mihelic were lucky to come across the SoHo location. Even in the tight real estate market, unused properties are still scattered around the city, she said.

“There are so many vacant spaces sitting there doing nothing,” Sola said. 


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
(Image by Wolfgang & Hite via Dezeen)
Hudson Yards megadevelopment inspires a new line of sex toys
Hudson Yards megadevelopment inspires a new line of sex toys
Cammeby's International Group founder Rubin Schron and, from top: 194-05 67th Avenue, 189-15 73rd Avenue and 64-05 186th Lane (Credit: Google Maps)
Ruby Schron lands $500M refi for sprawling Queens apartment portfolio
Ruby Schron lands $500M refi for sprawling Queens apartment portfolio
Wendy Silverstein (Credit: Getty Images)
Wendy Silverstein, co-head of WeWork’s real-estate fund, is out
Wendy Silverstein, co-head of WeWork’s real-estate fund, is out
Workers at the location, 526 Gulf Avenue in Staten Island, are being told that they do not have to wear masks in areas not monitored by cameras. (Google Maps, iStock)
“Save us, Jeff Bezos!” Worker says Amazon contractor shuns Covid safety
“Save us, Jeff Bezos!” Worker says Amazon contractor shuns Covid safety
The Birch Group CEO Mark Meisner and Mack-Cali CEO Mahbod Nia with (clockwise from top left: 101, 103, 150 and 51 John F. Kennedy Parkway, Short Hills (Mack-Cali, Linkedin)
Mack-Cali sells Short Hills, NJ office portfolio for $255M
Mack-Cali sells Short Hills, NJ office portfolio for $255M
(Getty, iStock)
Capacity restrictions in NY to ease as soon as next week
Capacity restrictions in NY to ease as soon as next week
WeWork CEO Sandeep Mathrani. (Getty, WeWork)
WeWork will accept Bitcoin for membership fees
WeWork will accept Bitcoin for membership fees
The property at 358 El Brillo Way, Todd Michael Glaser, Jeffrey Epstein (Google Maps, Getty/Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)
Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion is being demolished
Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion is being demolished
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...