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First Thursday Gallery Walk

December 1, 2016, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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The first Thursday of every month‚ the galleries of DUMBO stay open late, hosting special events and receptions. Neighborhood restaurants and bars have specials for First Thursday patrons. Don’t miss it!

Highlights from December’s Gallery Walk include the opening of Carla Gannis: A Subject Self-Defined at Made in New York Media Center, presented by Cyfest; a performance by musician Lea Bertucci at Smack Mellon; and festive art-exhibition-cum-holiday-market installations at Creativebloch Gallery, LAND Gallery, and Museum Quality.

All participants: AICAD/ New York Studio Residency Program, A.I.R. Gallery, Art in General, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Creativebloch Gallery, Gallery GAIA, Janet Borden, Inc., LAND Gallery, LIGHT YEAR, Main Window, MINUS SPACE, Made in NY Media Center, Museum Quality, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York Studio School, Smack Mellon, This Friday or Next Friday, and United Photo Industries.

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AICAD/ New York Studio Residency Program (20 Jay Street, #M10) hosts the opening for Making Stock, a group show featuring the twelve artists from the residency’s fall program. Unwilling to promote the cult of individuality that surrounds contemporary artists, NYSPR’s residents will serve a free, communal dinner the night of their exhibition opening in an attempt to foster community in this new political climate. The exhibition is accompanied by a free, downloadable recipe book of the same title that uses the methodology of recipes to take on a variety of issues. On view through December 8, 2016.

A.I.R. Gallery (155 Plymouth Street) presents three exhibitions:

  • It’s Elementary, curated by Carolyn Martin and Sylvia Netzer, an exhibition of works by students in New York City schools and from around the country, received in response to an open call;
  • Luisa Sartori: In & Out, featuring lighthearted reflection on the process of growth and decay that was inspired by the artist’s repeated walks through a city park;
  • Overlap: Life Tapestries, which seeks to show a more complex narrative of women artists, featuring Alice Hope, Sascha Mallon, Michela Martello, Shari Weschler Rubeck, Bastienne Schmidt, Linda Stein, Martha Wilson, and Kumi Yamashita, curated by Vida Sabbaghi.

Art in General (145 Plymouth Street) presents Dineo Seshee Bopape: sa ____ ke lerole, (sa lerole ke ____), Bopape’s first solo exhibition in the USA. In sa ____ ke lerole, (sa lerole ke ____), Bopape explores the complex relationships and tensions that arise when considering land from the varied perspectives of gender and maternity, history and the politics of place, and the metaphysics of self and presence, questioning what memories are imbedded in the land, what ‘presences’ it holds, and how these might be communicated or sensed. On view through January 14, 2017.

Brooklyn Bridge Park, Community Room (99 Plymouth Street) presents Hilary Lorenz: Birding. Throughout spring and summer 2016, Lorenz visited the park on numerous occasions to identify and log birds, which she then made into colorful, larger-than-life linoleum block prints, now displayed in 99 Plymouth’s entryway., where Lorenz has also constructed cut paper representations of the Park’s habitats. On view through December 31, 2016.  

Creativebloch Gallery (145 Front Street, #17) transforms into an Art Market, offering unique gifts, paintings, sketches, and prints. The gallery will host a special reception for the First Thursday Gallery Walk featuring their special Red Wine Hot Chocolate. On view through December 24, 2016.

Gallery GAIA (89 Hudson Avenue) hosts an opening reception for Art Basil DUMBO, a group exhibition of international artists. Art Basil DUMBO is an imitation made in respectful admiration of the enormous art fairs that take place seasonally in the art capitals. While many of those events are only accessible by the VIPs, Gallery GAIA welcomes anyone that loves to be surrounded by art. Everyone is a VIP at Art Basil DUMBO. On view through December 10, 2016.

Janet Borden, Inc. (91 Water Street) presents Martin Parr: Real Food, bringing together the best of Parr’s food observations. Since the beginning of his “British Food” series in 1995, the acclaimed Magnum photographer has been capturing the delectable, gross, ridiculous, and adorable in food and food consumption around the world. On view through December 31, 2016.

LAND Gallery (67 Front Street) hosts and opening reception for Hungry for the Holidays, a food-centric art exhibition featuring work by LAND artists that celebrates the universal fascination with eating. Junk food, comfort food, and “straight up disgusting” food are a constant theme at LAND, incorporating in each artist’s unique iconography. The exhibition will be accompanied by a selection of holiday gift items handmade by LAND artists, including hand-drawn buttons, ceramics, balsa ornaments, magnets, holiday cards, and tote bags. One night only.

LIGHT YEAR (Pearl Street Triangle) presents Attachments, a set of three short films that explore what happens when fate intervenes–in form of another person, an event, or an affliction–and changes us forever. These films, by artists Matl Findel, Miklos Buk, and Danielle de Picciotto, blur the line between video art and experimental cinema. One night only.

Main Window (1 Main Street) presents Natalia Nakazawa: Visual Heteroglossia, In Absentia, a large-scale installation inspired by the multi-locational visual storytelling methods used in miniaturist and manuscript paintings, allowing multiple views to be included in a single plane. The result transports the viewer to a new way of seeing, asking the question, “where do you place yourself?” Viewable from the street.

MINUS SAPCE (16 Main Street, #A) presents Jan van der Ploeg: Lyrics, the Amsterdam-based artist’s third solo exhibition at the gallery. Lyrics features a new large wall painting alongside a suite of new, small-format acrylic paintings on linen. On view through December 17, 2016.

Made in NY Media Center by IFP (30 John Street) hosts an opening reception for Carla Gannis: A Subject Self-Defined, presented in honor of the 10th anniversary of Cyfest. A Subject Self-Defined in a new body of work that addresses issues of branded identity; age and body estimation; catastrophe culture; and online agency via static, dynamic, and interactive “selfie” imagery. On view through December 30, 2017.

Museum Quality (59 Pearl Street) hosts an opening reception for its December project, organized by Savannah Elisabeth Jankosky. Through Christmas Eve, Museum Quality will function as a Christmas Shop, featuring work by artists Yasi K, Joseph Bui, Tif XB, Nina Swistel, and Marie La Tourette. On view through December 24, 2017.

New York Foundation for the Arts (20 Jay Street, #740) hosts an informal NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship Award Application Seminar, with NYFA staff available to answer questions about the award and application process. NYFA’s current exhibition Borderless: In Residency, featuring artists that have participated in NYFA’s national and international partners residencies will also be on view. One night only.

New York Studio School, Sculpture Studio (20 Jay Street, Third Floor) hosts an artist and curator talk in conjunction with their current exhibition Tangible Place. Featuring work by Emily Abruzzo, John Erianna, Garth Evans, Stephen Grossman, Darrell Hostvedt, Jock Ireland, Jilaine Jones, and Chloe Munkenbeck, Tangible Place inaugurates a program of exhibitions and open studios featuring NYSS alumni, students, faculty, and guests. On view through December 9, 2016.

DUMBO welcomes Drift, a new public sculpture by artist Leonard Uraschi newly installed in the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge. The piece consists of concrete casts of driftwood salvaged from the Brooklyn banks of the East River and the river’s old wooden piers. Uraschi positions the tree trunks root-side-up, disorienting viewers’ perceptions and expectations. On view through March 2017.

Smack Mellon (92 Plymouth Street) hosts a performance by Lea Bertucci, presented in conjunction with their current 20th Anniversary Show. Bertucci will present a piece for alto saxophone and tape that exists in conversation with the cacophonous acoustic environment of Smack Mellon’s gallery space and incorporates projected light reflections that respond to her body movements. One night only.

This Friday or Next Friday (89 Bridge Street, second floor) hosts a special performance in conjunction with Brett Wallace: Reserved for Engineering. Part product launch, part exhibition, part spectacle of production and distribution, TFNF Gallery presents a glimpse into Wallace’s company Amazing, displaying testimonials from employees hired by the artist and a video of the first drone delivered artwork in the gallery-turned-fulfillment-center alongside customized pizza boxes, drones surveillance, and employees sorting and stocking cultural goods. On view through December 9, 2016.

United Photo Industries (16 Main Street, #B) presents Vikto Koen: BESTIARY: Bizzarre Myths & Chimerical Fancies. Bestiary is the product of a long fascination with Greek mythology and early 19th century photography. Based on a set of hybrid creatures from Greek mythology and influenced by religious iconography, Koen’s work engages social criticism by molding these archetypes into contemporary commentary where monsters and heroes become difficult to tell apart. On view through January 3, 2017.