New Kid on the Block: No Romance Galleries

No Romance OsielYou’ll recall that when Cafe Boca Ciega opened on Broadway in February, the attached storefront was to become a gallery run by the same folks. No Romance Galleries, as it’s known, is now open: Its first show, We Do Our Part, is a group show of eight artists. “There’s no rhyme or reason to it,” says co-founder Osiel Rojas (above). “They’re all artists that inspire me.” Rojas curated this show, but he won’t necessarily curate all of them. “We’ll be showing work by up-and coming artists—they’re on the cusp of being established, but they’re not necessarily known yet.”

No Romance had a gallery upstairs in a nearby Broadway building in recent years, and before that, it hosted pop-up shows. Rojas says that the new space will be up for nearly anything—not just traditional media, but also fashion and performance. “We’re working on a project with the Gelsey Kirkland ballet school upstairs.”

Talking to Rojas, you get the sense that he’s always thinking about what’s next—and sure enough, as the gallery was opening, his partner, Joel Morejon, was turning a gallery nook into a bookshop that will sell art books and objects.

No Romance Galleries is at 355 Broadway (between Franklin and Leonard);

No Romance art

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