Two Trees Management, the real estate management firm is relocating art galleries on the second floor of 111 Front Street to other gallery spaces in Dumbo, according to Hyperallergic.com.
From the article:
“The galleries will take over retail spaces on Plymouth Street, and we are converting the former Galapagos building,” Lisa Kim, the director of cultural affairs at Two Trees, told Hyperallergic. “This street-level presence will be a big move for the galleries, and we’re excited to be able to make this happen.”
The organizers for the DUMBO Arts Festival announced yesterday that they have decided to not return (see below for the full announcement or go to dumboartsfestival.com/thank-you-for-18-years). After 18 years, the festival showcased the creative people in the area and grew to attract more than 200,000 visitors to Dumbo, but they felt that the DUMBO Arts Festival outgrew the original mission.
We asked Lisa Kim, the Festival Director what the DUMBO Arts Festival meant for Two Trees, the founding sponsor of the festival which took over the lead sponsorship and organization of the festival in 2009. She told us, “The DUMBO Arts Festival was a celebration of the neighborhood and was an incredible showcase of the creative spirit and innovation that has characterized this area from its industrial past to today. We are grateful to everyone who has been a part of the event over the years. Our focus and dedication to support the art community has only strengthened over the years and I want to assure everyone that with this decision Two Trees support for the arts in DUMBO and beyond will only increase.
We are finding ways to respond to the needs of the art community through our rent subsidy and studio programs and we are committed to presenting quality long term projects and programming for DUMBO throughout the year.”
We liked visiting artist and exhibits at the DUMBO Arts Festival each year, and it’s sad to see it go, but can understand the tough balance of showcasing artists as a grass roots initiative and commercializing the event.
We asked Ms. Kim about the now vacant Galapagos Art Space building at 16 Main Street, who told us that “The Galapagos Art Space building will remain an arts building – it is being converted into street level gallery spaces for the DUMBO galleries. The First Thursday Gallery walk will have a new and expanded route later this spring.”
Here’s the full statement from Lisa Kim, Festival Director and Frank Riley, Executive Producer:
After an amazing 18-year run, the annual DUMBO Arts Festival will not be returning this year. It is with heavy hearts that we bring you this news, which was not an easy decision to make.
Founded in 1997 as the Art Under the Bridge Festival by DUMBO residents Joy Glidden and Tyson Daugherty, the festival was initially established as a grass roots artists’ initiative designed to attract people to experience art in DUMBO in order to preserve the neighborhood as a springboard for new art and ideas. Glidden went on to found the DUMBO Arts Center, which was steward to the festival from 1998-2009. With DAC’s announcement to end the festival in 2009, founding sponsor Two Trees Management Company stepped in and took over lead sponsorship and organization of the festival.
Over the past five years, with an incredible team of supporters, artists, dedicated staff, and volunteers from around the world, we worked to showcase extraordinary art from a growing list of local and international artists. We’ve had an incredible run and brought beautiful moments of art to a huge audience. At the very least, we hope we have pushed artists and the public to think more broadly about art and to find it in the most unexpected of places. It has been an honor and a thrill to oversee such a massive celebration of art.
But as the festival grew and grew–more than 220,000 visitors flooded the neighborhood for the festival weekend last year–it became clear that we could no longer mount the festival ourselves without commercializing it in a way that didn’t feel right. We were getting too far from the original mission of the festival. As a result, in consultation with the organizing team, we have elected to end the festival and refocus on how best to allocate resources to support an active, year-round DUMBO arts community.
Thank you all for your support and participation over the years, and we hope to see you soon–not just for one weekend of the year. Stay tuned for news of future events and projects and be sure to visit the artists, galleries and cultural groups that keep DUMBO an arts destination year round.
Lisa Kim, Festival Director
Frank Riley, Executive Producer
Another year here and gone, another great year for Dumbo’s Art festival. Sunday’s event welcomed tens of thousands of visitors to the neighborhood, and even a few wedding parties that probably didn’t get the memo. There was of course an eclectic mix of paintings, visual media, dance, sculpture, and exhibits both small and large. Some larger installations were found inside the former Bubby’s restaurant space on Main Street and St. Anne’s Warehouse on Jay Street. Sunday’s late September heat was the perfect backdrop for an ever changing neighborhood that promises to continue its tradition of supporting artists from all walks of life. Here’s to 2015!
The August First Thursday Gallery Walk is tonight, and the DUMBO BID has your map and gallery listings ready to go. As part of the Gallery Walk, galleries and shops stay open late, and are free and accessible to the public.
Among the exhibits drawing a buzz leading up to tonight’s events is Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s “Stop Telling Women to Smile.” Fazlalizadeh’s work has found acclaim in its powerful address of gender-based street harassment. Her work will be on display at the Made in NY Media Center at 30 John Street.
Don’t forget to stop in for a drink around the neighborhood while you’re visiting the exhibits. Find happy hour specials here, including a buy-one-get-one-free deal at Gran Electrica from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.
A new temporary art project, called John Street Pasture will open in Dumbo on John Street (at the location of the 1 John Street condo project) will open on Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 12-6pm. The pasture will be open from 12-6pm, Wednesday to Sunday through mid-summer.
“The lot at 1 John Street has been vacant for as long as Andrea Reynosa can remember. Having looked out upon the empty space’s crumbling asphalt and weedy patches from her DUMBO loft for decades, the artist/farmer is helping bring life to the space. In collaboration with the site’s developer, Alloy, the urban farmers at Brooklyn Grange, Smack Mellon and Brooklyn Bridge Park, Reynosa is activating the space through a temporary art installation that brings together soil and plants to explore and celebrate land use, sustainable agriculture and a City in transition.”
John Street Pasture is a temporary living earthwork that celebrates green space, agriculture, and the transitional nature of urban land. This cover crop of crimson clover will bloom into a lush field of reds and greens all while creating a nutrient rich resource of nitrogenized soil for the now under-construction John Street section of Brooklyn Bridge Park.
John Street Pasture can be accessed by subway, bicycle, or car. Take the A/C to High Street, the 2/3 to Clark Street or the F to York Street and the Pasture is at the northernmost edge of Brooklyn Bridge Park, at the corner of John Street and Pearl Street along the water. Limited street parking and private parking lots are also available in the vicinity.