Envoy Enterprises Doubles Down on the Lower East Side, Adding Expansive Rivington Street Space
The Lower East Side mainstay envoy enterprises is expanding. On September 13, the funky, fun-loving gallery will debut its second space, located at 87 Rivington Street, only a few minutes’ walk from its current location at 131 Chrystie Street. The owner, Jimi Dams, purchased the 3,000-square-foot gallery last week, and now has three weeks to move in and install his debut exhibition of new work by artist, fashion designer, set designer, and former club kid Desi Santiago.
“We had been looking for a new space since May,” Dams told ARTINFO in an interview. Since adding additional staff and six new artists in as many months, “There was no room to sit anymore.” Moving forward, he will use the two-floor Rivington Street gallery as envoy enterprises’s main headquarters, where he will show exhibitions by artists represented by the gallery. The old space at 131 Chrystie will become a “creative think tank,” Dams said, where visitors can see shorter and more experimental exhibitions featuring artists not on the gallery’s roster.