On the first Thursday of every month, DUMBO galleries will stay open late and local restaurants and bars will offer specials, for nights of art, gallery openings, artist talks and live performances. The recurring event is being called ‘First Thursday Art Walk,’ and will begin on September 4th from 6 to 9 p.m.
The September edition includes David R. Head Jr. and Rubin’s Bad Vibes, which explores the dark side of the psychedelic era with a sound installation, murals and prints; the pop-up exhibition of paintings, works on paper and sculptures In Sheep’s Clothing: Animals as Symbols in Contemporary Art, curated by Dexter Wimberly; and the Triangle Arts Association’s opening reception of Tamar Ettun: Performing Studio, a month-long hybrid exhibition space and artist’s studio.
The gallery floor at 111 Front Street is the main hub for the Art Walk, and printed maps are available on-site. Visitors can enjoy incredible views of the East River and the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges as they walk from one gallery to the next, and can enjoy local drink specials after their tour. The event is free and open to the public.
There will be 16 exhibitions and events along the September 4th Art Walk:
- A.I.R. Gallery at 111 Front Street has on view:
- Joan Snitzer’s Compositions, painted panels that combine renditions of traditional early 20th century abstract forms with images of daily activities. On view September 4-28.
- Elisabeth Munro Smith’s Family Stories: New Constructions, which explores elements of landscapes. On view September 4-28.
- Julie Westerbeke’s Morphology, drawings inspired by science fiction and biological forms. On view September 4-28.
- Folioleaf at 111 Front Street features David R. Head Jr. and Rubin’s Bad Vibes. Based on the dark side of the psychedelic era, the exhibition combines a sound installation, site-specific murals and serigraph prints in a palette limited to only magenta and cyan. On view September 4-October 31.
- Dexter Wimberly Projects features the pop-up exhibition In Sheep’s Clothing: Animals as Symbols in Contemporary Art at 111 Front Street, The exhibition includes the work (paintings, work son paper and sculptures) of nine contemporary artists who reference animal imagery in their work to reflect upon the power and significance of the relationship between animals and mankind. On view September 4-29.
- The IFP Made in New York Media Center at 30 John Street features Dan Ariely and Yael Melamede’s The Truth Box, a traveling story booth that is part of The (Dis)Honesty Project, a collaboration between behavioral economist Ariely and filmmaker Melamede which aims to improve our behavior and ethics. The Truth Box invites participants to share the truth about a lie they have told on camera. On view until September 26.
- Masters Projects at 111 Front Street will unveil Lost Corcosa, a group exhibition curated by Todd Masters. The exhibit title and theme is pulled from Robert W. Chambers’ book of horror short stories published in 1895, The King in Yellow. A variety of media by more than 20 artists will be shown, including installation, mixed-media, painting, photography, drawing, sculpture, collage and street art.
- powerhouse Arena at 37 Main Street will host the book launch of Dana Goldstein’s The Teacher Wars, where Goldstein unpacks the cultural baggage surrounding teaching and looks to where it’s headed in the future. The Teacher Wars shows that teachers have always borne the brunt of shifting, often impossible expectations.
- Sculptor’s Guild at 111 Front Street features Scaled to Fit, a group exhibition of easily managed proportions: artworks scaled to fit in your pocketbook (as well as NYC-sized apartments). On view September 4-30.
- Stephen Romano Gallery at 111 Front Street presents Enigma, a solo exhibition of works by DUMBO artist Pavel Kraus, which features more than 30 pieces spanning the artist’s four-decade career. Enigma is curated by noted critic and author David Ebony. On view September 4-October 11.
- For one night only, Studio Milo at 20 Jay Street will open their multi-user art space, home to 20 painters, illustrators, filmmakers and other visual artists. Stop by to get a behind-the-scenes look at the artists’ new work in the environment where they create.
- This Friday or Next Friday at 89 Bridge Street, in coordination with Christopher K. Ho and The Engineer’s Office Gallery, will preview three workspace installations. The space will be available for rent during the run of the show in September for artists looking for affordable studio workspace. The spaces will be outfitted with Grayson Cox’s sculptures, which act as tables, quark boards and tool storage that the artist tenant is free to use. Preview for First Thursday, on view September 5-28.
- Triangle Arts Association will open Tamar Ettun: Performing Studio at 163 Plymouth Street. Performing Studio is a month-long hybrid exhibition space and artist studio where Ettun will break and assemble disparate objects as part of her ongoing investigation into the body and the visceral world. On view September 4-28.
- TRUNK at 68 Jay Street stays open late to show Brooklyn Collages by DUMBO-based artist Faune Yerby. Yerby uses 19th century photography and techniques, and modern chemicals, to evoke the beauty of nature and a bygone time. All photographs are original prints which have been toned and hand colored. On view until September 25.
- United Photo Industries at 111 Front Street will present the winners of the 2014 Tokyo International Photography Competition, with the theme of “identity.” On view September 4-October 24.
- White Wave Dance at 25 Jay Street will host a one-night-only, behind-the-scenes look at their new Rising Choreographers Residency Program. The program provides talented dance artists with the necessary resources to experiment and create new work in an encouraging and dynamic space, with the support of professional mentors and advisors. The White Wave Rising series will take place October 22-November 9.
The event is sponsored by Two Trees Management Co. and the DUMBO Improvement District.