If you’re in search of an evening to take in some cool art displays, check out the Dumbo First Thursday Gallery Walk.
Dumbo’s art galleries are open to the public later than usual on the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 9 p.m. The galleries have special events and receptions for participants on the walk, and area restaurants and bars offer deals and discounts.
The event allows Dumbo to show off its arts community, an important part of Dumbo for decades. Artists began to move in after the deindustrialization of the area in the 1970s, and even after the neighborhood’s transformation in the past decade or so, many still continue to work or live in the area.
Clockwise from upper left: Details of works by grant winners Chitra Ganesh, Jeanine Oleson, Marc Dennis, Gabriele Evertz, Peter Drake, and Blane De St. Croix.
Dumbo has come a long way from its 1970s days, when its industrial lofts attracted artists looking for more space and cheaper rents. Now the neighborhood is a hub for tech and design firms, and its luxe apartments with their views of the New York skyline command rents that make much of Manhattan look inexpensive by comparison.
Rising rents have a tendency to send artists scurrying, and Two Trees Management, the real estate firm that helped make the neighborhood what it is today, knows that better than anyone. Two Trees was there at the beginning, and with their Cultural Space Subsidy Program, they are determined to make sure art still has a home in Dumbo.
According to an article in the Observer, Two Trees has selected nine artists to receive subsidy grants for below-market workspaces in Dumbo, as well as the pioneering New York nonprofit arts organization Art in General. (more…)
Art in General, the nonprofit organization that has been giving support to up-and-coming artists from 1981, is moving to Dumbo in January. It will be leaving its longtime home in the General Hardware building on Walker Street for a ground floor space at 145 Plymouth.
According to ARTnews, Art in General has signed a three-year lease for the space, which Two Trees Management Company offered to them for below the market rate. Its new neighbors will include other galleries such as the Sculptors Guild and the A.I.R. Gallery.
“We’re just completely thrilled to be experiencing the community in Brooklyn and the audience that has been growing in the past few years,” Anne Barlow, executive director of Art in General, told ARTnews.
Pictured above: Collage of 2015 exhibitions, courtesy of Art in General.
Two Trees Management recently helped four local galleries relocate to storefront locations along Plymouth Street and the former Galapagos Art Space building (on the corner of Main Street and Water Street). If it’s been a while since you immersed yourself in the local art scene, here’s a list of some other Dumbo art galleries to check out.
This cutting-edge contemporary photography gallery has called Dumbo home since 2007. Over the years, Klompching has showcased an impressive roster of artists, including Simon Roberts, John Blakemore, and Helen Sear.