Hey art crawlers! The first of the month coincides with First Thursday this month, and DUMBO is awash in fantastic shows. Here’s the rundown of what you’ll see tomorrow as the ‘nabe’s galleries stay open til 8 to welcome you in! First Thursday kicks off at 6pm!
Made in NY Media Center(30 John Street) artists and curators will be in attendance, along with free wine and beer, as Made in MY Media Center presents “Light Year 35: Digital Fairy Tales: Chinese Stories.” This is the third installment of the Digital Fairy Tales series, which has appeared in multiple cities since 2016. The purpose of the series is to present archetypal material from different cultures and ask artists to respond in search of cultural commonalities.
C.A.N.V.A.S Gallery (145 Front Street) presents “Ultra Violet Pilot,” a unique take on art with visuals that are meant to stimulate your third eye under black light visual. The featured artist is the legendary “Rammer” Martinez who will be debuting his 2018 collection as well as a rare live painting for DUMBO’s First Thursday Gallery Walk and showcasing his legendary “Ramography.”
A.I.R. Gallery (155 Plymouth Street) presents “New Work,” an exhibition of paintings by artist Ann Schaumburger, “Slow Motion,” an exhibition of new sculptures by Fellowship Artist Megan Pahmier, and “What the Lips Can’t Say,” an exhibition of new fiber works by Fellowship Artist Daniela Puliti. (more…)
Hey Valentines, Galentines, and pals of all sorts, here’s your pre-Valentines week!
Zadie Smith: Feel Free w/ Wesley Morri @ St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church (157 Montague Street), 7pm, $35, more info
Williamsburg History and the Rise and Fall of the Sugar King @ Brooklyn Borough Hall (209 Joralemon Street), 6:30pm, FREE, join historian and author Geoffrey Cobb for a visual presentation and discussion on the early history of Williamsburg, and “The Rise and Fall of the Domino Sugar King,” more info
Book Launch: Slutever @ Powerhouse (28 Adams Street) 7pm, FREE, a call-to-arms, a confessional memoir, a slut manifesto, as told by a hedonistic, sex-radical libertarian slut in a pink PVC mini dress, more info.
Red Ink Series: ENVY @ Powerhouse (28 Adams Street), 7pm, FREE, this dynamic series focuses on women writers, past and present, more info
Business Model Innovation Workshop @ Made in NY Media Center (30 John Street), 6pm, $35-$50, buy tix.
Black History Everyday @ NYU Digital Future Lab (20 Jay Street, Suite 313), 5pm, FREE, focus on important but underrepresented visual artists of the African Diaspora, more info
A Black History Month Tribute to Haiti @ Commons Cafe (388 Atlantic Avenue), 7pm, FREE, After each monthly performance of poetry, music, dance, and/or video/film FYAH company members will facilitate a youth panel discussion to address the issues presented each evening, more info
Mardi Gras Party @ Superfine (126 Front Street), 7:30, No Cover, there will be beads and balloons galore and a New Orleans second line wending its way through the Superfine crowd, make reservations.
Unlearning Dystopia: Ecotopias @ Art in General (145 Plymouth Street), 4pm, FREE, a public program series elaborating on the utopian ideals present in Art in General’s New Commission by Zach Blas: Contra-Internet, more info
BKC Open Group Show + Print Sale: “Community” @ BKC (33 Washington Street), 6pm, Free, more info.
Featherweight Kids Class @ Shadow Box (55 Prospect Street), 2pm, $34, During the 45 minute class, kids ages 8-16 will learn proper technique for basic boxing punches to use on a heavy bag. The class is led by a highly-trained SBX Instructor, who guides students through various games and exercises to build body awareness, coordination and sharpen concentration skills, buy tix
Book Launch and Kids Craft Event: How to be a Fashion Designer @ Powerhouse (28 Adams Street), 2pm, FREE, design, style, and accessorize clothes with this fun guide full of practical fashion design ideas for kids, more info
Mosaic Cycles Social @ Redbeard Bikes (69 Jay Street), 4pm, FREE, more info
Valentine’s Day Event: Deviant Desires @ Powerhouse (28 Adams Street), 7pm, FREE, Bestselling Deviant Desires: A Tour of the Erotic Edge—the classic exploration of niche kinks, sexual misfits, and DIY fetish—is now back, revised and updated! More Info
Brooklyn CraftJam @ Empire Stores (53-83 Water Street), 6:30pm, $45, we’ve got everything you need right here, including a colorful selection of threads, fabrics and supplies. We have also a selection on beginner friendly embroidery patterns with Brooklyn inspiration! Buy tix
It’s that time of the month again, DUMBO! Get psyched for tonight’s First Thursday Gallery Walk. On the first Thursday of every month, Dumbo’s galleries stay open late for openings, artists’ talks and live performances. We’ve got the rundown of highlights and participating spaces. (more…)
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.