Tue-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun-Mon, closed; Mon-Thu, 10am-6pm during summer; Fri, 10am-4pm during summer; Sat-Sun, closed during summer
C, E at 23rd St.
The Pace Gallery first ventured beyond its esteemed 57th Street base in 1990, setting up shop in Soho to showcase a cadre of younger stars. Eleven years later, it defected to a 5,000-sq. ft. former garage transformed into an elegant exhibition space by gallery artist Robert Irwin. The cavernous Chelsea gigs have proven more suitable for displaying large-scale sculpture, like that of Claes Oldenburg and Jean Dubuffet. In an effort to revitalize its programming, Pace has taken on seven critically-acclaimed artists whose work ranges in style from the systematic installations of everyday objects by Tara Donovan to the political video art of Michal Rovner to Tim Hawknison's quirky machines. Such lively openings and popular group shows draw the art-savvy in droves.