Artist/filmmaker Julian Schnabel is opening up a “community exhibition space” on the ground floor of his West Village home, as announced yesterday on Creative Time’s Tumblr. It’s called Casa del Popolo — roughly translated from Italian as “house of people. Schnabel says:

This is the first installment of a program to show the work of other artists and an opportunity to collaborate with people who present unique perspectives on art that I believe in. I wanted to open part of my house to the public so they could have an art experience ‘far from the maddening crowd.

That’s right. When Schnabel isn’t throwing fancy parties or skateboarding through the historic Domino Sugar factory, he is increasingly concerned with providing the public with an experience outside the “maddening crowd,” whatever that means for him and for us.

The curator of his new space is May Anderson, former Assistant Director of the Hole Gallery, former Playboy model. She’s also Schnabel’s girlfriend.

To mark the the inaugural exhibition of Casa del Popolo, Anderson has chosen a selection of new paintings by Nick Mead, an artist who has previousy shown work at The Hole Gallery as recently as last year. The exhibition will run from June 18th to July 31st.

(Image: Casa del Popolo)