Downtown Art Picture Fades

Downtown Art Picture Fades

Margery Goldberg is closing Washington’s Zenith Gallery on March 29th.  The gallery was founded in 1978 as part of Zenith Square, a complex of 50 studios at 14th Street and Rhode Island Avenue, NW that offered DC artists a place to create art as well as show it.

The gallery moved to 413 7th Street NW twenty years ago as part of the city’s effort to create an Arts District. In another triumph of DC urban planning, the area is now characterized by chain restaurants, shopping mall retail, loitering teenagers, and bewildered tourists.

Ms. Goldberg describes the closing of Zenith’s brick-and-mortar facility as a “change of business model,” and pre-recession plans for a luxury hotel include a new Zenith Gallery location, but read Harry Jaffe’s Examiner column for an appreciation of what the city is losing.

Better yet: go to Zenith Gallery, while you still can.

 

Zenith Gallery, 413 7th St NW (Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial or Gallery Place/Chinatown).

 Photo: Downtown DC BID

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