signs and symbols

Gallery in The Lower East Side area

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signs and symbols is a contemporary art space grounded in performance. Operating nomadically since 2012, signs and symbols presented performances in New York and internationally. Our first physical space at 102 Forsyth Street (April 2018) serves as a curatorial platform and multi-disciplinary incubator bringing together diverse mediums to stimulate dialogue and creative connections. The curatorial vision is informed and anchored by the work of three important figures -- Ulay, VALIE EXPORT and Vito Acconci -- and thus encompasses performance, photography and architecture, with a focus on site-specific and performative practices, with an emphasis on the body in performance, painting and other time-based media. signs and symbols’ ethos is artist-centric offering a place for experimentation and the development of work. To promote artists' interests, we offer negotiated resale royalty agreements for sales and work closely with exhibiting artists without requiring exclusive representation.

Co-founders Mitra Khorasheh and Elise Herget combine their passions, individual backgrounds, and expertise in this exciting new venture. The gallery space will be curated and programmed by Khorasheh, an independent curator and educator, and co-directed and run with Herget who comes from an extensive development and non-profit background. Herget is currently the Director of Individual Giving and Special Events at The Watermill Center.

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No shopNo parkingNo restaurant/cafeNo Library/BookstoreNot accessible to disabled persons

Opening hours

From 12:00 to 18:00
Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays




Address: 249 E Houston St., New York, NY 10002

Between Norfolk and Suffolk Sts. Subway: F to 2nd Avenue.

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