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Low-brow art gallery beset by break-ins will reopen

Posted by Cara Bayles  September 15, 2010 02:38 PM

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New work by artist Mister Reusch will be exhibited at next month's show.

The South End's bastion of self-proclaimed low-brow art will reopen in October, curator Ami Bennitt says.

Space 242 has been closed since a series of break-ins back in June. Nothing that belonged to the gallery was stolen or damaged. But the Weekly Dig, an alternative newsweekly that shared the second-floor space with 242, lost an estimated $20,000 worth of computer and photo equipment and two bottles of champagne.

"It was very disappointing for everyone because the space has been beloved in the community, and it was unclear whether or not there would continue to be a home for low-brow art in Boston," Bennitt said.

Since then, the Dig offices have moved upstairs to the fifth floor, and the second-floor space has been rigged with a new alarm system.

The neighborhood of SoWa (South of Washington Street and a swaggering answer to New York's SoHo) saw a migration of galleries from Newbury Street in the mid-'90s, becoming the focal point of an area that was once chiefly known for the Pine Street Inn, a homeless shelter across the street from Space 242.

"The building is fantastic," Bennitt said. "It's one of the historic textile buildings that is actually left in Boston proper. It's as close to a New York vibe as Boston could ever have. It allows for the openings to be a gathering and a place where there's culture. It's not just about what's on the walls, but who's in the room."

The space will kick off with a group show on October 22 and will feature eight brand new works from Mister Reusch, whom Bennitt has dubbed "the ambassador of Halloween in the art world."

RSVP for the event here.

Full disclosure: Cara Bayles worked at the Weekly Dig from January 2008-August 2010. E-mail her at carabayles@gmail.com.

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