In 2003, Gerald Griffin renovated two floors on Huron Street in the River North Gallery District in Chicago with some of his associates from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, establishing Gerald Griffin Gallery. As a result, Gerald Griffin Gallery became one of the premiere contemporary art galleries pioneering contemporary and conceptual art since its genesis.
Years later artist, Gerald Griffin along with his wife, Frantzie Bourdeau Griffin, relocated to a 46,000 sq. ft. deteriorating warehouse industrial building and re-envisioned, reconstructed and revitalized it into a contemporary, luxury designer showroom , museum art gallery and event space.
This vision was to bypass traditional industrial models of production and opt instead for the experimental freedoms studio practice in relation to the gallery space, using design as subject, incorporating and commenting on its strategies and histories.
The result of this undertaking is the Bourdeau Griffin Design Center. Design is an increasingly important component of contemporary culture as both a practice and subject of reflection.
Gerald Griffin Gallery seeks to expand public appreciation of artist of color internationally, demonstrate the power of art to educate, effect social change, engage in a dialogue to advance the art form, and promote a supportive environment for artists and the surrounding community.