Say goodbye to another Boston art gallery, but only for a little while, according to Space 242ís director Ami Bennitt. The gallery, named for its street number on East Berkeley Street, is going on hiatus because of a series of break-ins. Bennitt worries that the art, so far untouched, will be taken or damaged. The gallery, which has shared a floor with the Weekly Dig until recently, has been broken into four times since Memorial Day, most recently last night. An earlier robbery cost the Dig nearly $20,000 of lost computer and photo equipment. Last nightís booty was considerably less impressive: Change and two bottles of champagne, according to Dig boss Jeff Lawrence.
The break-ins have left Bennitt unnerved, but she pledges to reopen. ďWhether itís there or whether the programming goes to another space or whether they catch the people, I donít know,Ē she said.
The gallery, which is owned by Lawrence and has featured Skunk, Joe Keinberger, Mister Reusch and Jennifer Lewis in exhibitions, has been open since January of 2008.