Dorsch Gallery reopens as Emerson Dorsch
Sept. 1, 2012 - April 12, 2013
Opening reception April 12, 2013, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Dorsch Gallery is proud to announce that it has changed its name to Emerson Dorsch. The move reflects the partnership of husband and wife co-owners Brook Dorsch and Tyler Emerson-Dorsch. The name change coincides with the launch of its completely renovated gallery space featuring two exhibitions: Brookhart Jonquil's In a Perfect World and Rene Barge's Relay in the new Project Room.
The new space features 3,500 total square feet, with more than 1,500 of that dedicated to exhibition space. Included is a new foyer and reception area, followed by a project room featuring experimental works by emerging artists, and a main exhibition space. The new space will allow Emerson Dorsch to enhance its support of its roster of international artists through more ambitious exhibitions and projects at both the gallery and beyond.
"The name change signals a bold new chapter for the gallery, a culmination of events that began with our twentieth anniversary last year", explained founder Brook Dorsch, who continued "the new name underscores our commitment to being a community hub and a visionary platform for contemporary art, while the renovated space will allow us to be more ambitious in our programming than ever before."
The new gallery space will debut on Friday, April 12th with In a Perfect World, an exhibition of new sculptures by Brookhart Jonquil, his second solo exhibition with the gallery, and Relay, a project by Rene Barge, who has had numerous solo exhibitions with the gallery since 1999.
The new space was designed by Patricio Cuello of Dharma Construction, whose 24-Inches-Wide House, proposed for an alley between buildings in the Design District, was lauded by Tomas Saraceno in Artforum. As an architect, he specializes in designing and overseeing the construction of efficient, functional, streamlined residences that take advantage of readily available materials.
The interior design is by Jacob Brillhart AIA. Brillhart is Assistant Professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture in Coral Gables. He collaborated with Manuel Clavel-Rojo of Murcia, Spain on Up-Downtown, the winning entry for Miami's 2013 DawnTown design/build competition. He was a Rome Prize Finalist for the American Academy in Rome in 2010. He has published several books, including Visual Thinking in the Digital Age: Sketchbooks and paintings of Errol Barron and Jacob Brillhart, and Tonic Architecture via Small Buildings.
Emerson Dorsch's Mission:
A leading contemporary art gallery in Miami, Emerson Dorsch was founded in 1991 by Brook Dorsch as Dorsch Gallery. A pioneering institution in the city, the gallery was the first to move to the city's Wynwood District, where it is a central figure of its internationally acclaimed art scene. Throughout its twenty year history the gallery has served as a nexus of multimedia exhibitions, performances, and events across a variety of disciplines.
In 2008, art historian and curator Tyler Emerson-Dorsch joined as partner, pushing its program to position the gallery at the forefront of the avant-garde discourse. To reflect this evolution in programming, and coinciding with a full renovation of its space, the gallery changed its name to Emerson Dorsch in 2013. The gallery fosters a diverse roster of emerging and established international artists who have exhibited at leading institutions throughout the world. It emphasizes artists who produce artworks that present an acute individual vision, while maintaining a proactive engagement in the greater artistic community through curatorial and academic pursuits.
Brook Dorsch founded the gallery in 1991, in his apartment just east of Coral Gables. Then called Dorsch Gallery, it grew and changed along with the Miami art scene and Dorsch's own experience of the art world. He moved the gallery to a warehouse in Wynwood in 2000; his was the first gallery in the neighborhood. Since that time, the gallery has witnessed a boom of art spaces in the area, with Dorsch lauded as the pioneer of Miami's new arts district.
In the first years of the gallery, Dorsch showcased work mainly by emerging artists; several of these were reviewed in Art in America. Some shows, like Rene Barge's Kung Fu Wet Nurse, were more like happenings. Dorsch also showed several established figures, including Robert Miller and Arnold Mesches. Especially after moving to the warehouse, Dorsch hosted concerts and music events. These included Subtropics Sound Art Festival (for 2 years in a row), Tere O'Connor Dance's "Rammed Earth," Leah Rodriguez's "Such Stuff As We Are Made Of," and bands Iron and Wine, Rat Bastard, Jesse Jackson, ANR and many others.
With the opening of the new space and the name change to Emerson Dorsch in 2013, Dorsch showcases more than ever his vision for the artists the gallery represents, to project his energy and passion for this art into the world.
Tyler Emerson-Dorsch is a partner at Emerson Dorsch and a graduate of Bard's Center for Curatorial Studies. Since joining the gallery in 2008, she has brought in several visiting curators to organize shows: Milena Hoegsberg (Sweden), Megha Ralapati (Chicago), Christina Linden (California), Catherine Anne Hollingsworth (Florida), Terri C. Smith (Connecticut). She has edited a number of publications for the gallery with texts by Alpesh Kantilal Patel, Carlos Rigau, Katherine Pill and Milena Hoegsberg. She curated Corin Hewitt's Drying Flowers with Microwaves and collaborated with Dorsch on a survey of thirty years of Robert Thiele's work in 2009. Also that year, Emerson-Dorsch curated a group show at World Class Boxing, the project space for Dennis and Debra Scholl's collection. She contributed an essay to the exhibition catalog for POUR, an exhibition of abstract paintings at Florida Atlantic University. She presented at a symposium of the same name at Florida Atlantic University and will moderate a symposium on POUR in New York in May 2013. She received a Tigertail Productions Access Grant in 2012.