First Thursday Gallery Walk
March 2, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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 March’s Gallery Walk include the opening of Storytellers at LAND Gallery, a group exhibition of artists who reimagine and reinvent the essential practice of telling stories through visual art; opening of Digital Fairy Tales, Album Two, an exhibition of visual and sound pieces inspired by old German fairy tales with an artist Q+A at Made in NY Media Center and projection onto the Manhattan Bridge at the Pearl Street Triangle; and the opening of Haley Morris-Cafiero: Wait Watchers, an exhibition of photographs taken in public of the artist performing various tasks at United Photo Industries.
A.I.R. Gallery (155 Plymouth Street) presents three exhibitions:
Elisabeth Munro Smith: What Goes, What Stays: New Constructions focuses on the house in its landscape and the roads and maps that connect it to the world beyond, following themes of transformation and travel across time and space. On view through March 12.
Manal Abu-Shaheen: Familiar Stranger brings together a selection of black and white landscape and street photographs from Manal Abu-Shaheen’s ongoing series featuring the her birthplace, Beirut. This series explores the monumental scale of western advertising in relationship to the post-war developing urban setting and examines how the idealized image of one culture interacts with the reality of another. On view through March 12.
Ann Pachner: The Blossom as the Self presents a new body of work that includes sculpture and prints that diverges from Pachner’s usual painting practice. Pachner invited ten guiest artists to exhibit their prints, paintings, and photographs alongside her work, asking them to contemplate the blossom as a metaphor for the self. Guest artists include: Gitte Blass, Suzanna Coffey, Emily Harris, Linda Heller, Maxine Henryson, Frances Hynes, Barbara Knight, Camille Maravegias, JoAnne McFarland, Jayanthi Moorthy, Beverly Deaver Pachner, Debra Ponn, Sheila Ross, Kathleen Schneider, Ursula Schneider, Kate Temple, Fran Winant. On view through March 12.
Art in General (145 Plymouth Street) presents Freya Powell: The Silence of the Unsaid which engages issues of distance, separation, and empathy in relationship to various landscapes. Powell’s video The Silence of the Unsaid traces the history of an Athena missile carrying radioactive material that was launched by the U.S. military in July of 1970 in Green River, Utah. The missile lost control and crashed 400 miles off-course in a Mexican desert known locally as the “Zone of Silence.” In her video, Powell questions the silence surrounding its clean up and the myth that has since built on this history. On view through March 15, 2017.
Brooklyn Bridge Park (99 Plymouth Street) presents Priscila De Carvalho: Before Now, an installation inspired by the encounters between nature, the environment, and the past represented by Brooklyn Bridge Park. De Carvalho’s work offers a dynamic landscape narrative, an abundant fantasy garden of intricate flora, based on her own photographs and explorations of the park as well as historical images of the area. On view through April 4.
CREATIVEBLOCH Gallery (145 Front Street #17) hosts an opening reception for SVA Art Squad, featuring work from the community of illustration and cartooning students dedicated to forging solidarity and fostering a shared creative spirit at SVA. In their exhibition at Creativebloch Gallery, Art Squad presents the work of 20 graduating members which represent wide-ranging approaches to drawing and storytelling. Artists include: Yu Han Hung, Jitumoni Goswami, Trler Bantz, Normandie Syken, Chloe Giroux, Ryan Kim, Toma Vagner, Camden Coxson, Lian Cho, Katelyn Ong, Bari Resnick, Minji Kwon, Jamie Abdella, Ying Chen Huang, Jonathan Aleksey, Olivia Lo Sardo, Dan Finn, Madeleine Sandrolini, Ashley Nicole de Leon, Jonathan Logan, Gurgen Aloyan, Fernando Garcia, Keiko Nabila, Jeongin Yoon, Kirin Pino, Corey Miller, Xiao Mei, Raphael Climint, Sumi Oh. On view through March 31.
Janet Borden, Inc. (91 Water Street) presents Jan Groover and Hanno Otten: GEOMETRIES. Geometry is defined as “the shape and relative arrangement of the parts of something.” Preoccupied with picture space, photographers Jan Groover and Hanno Otten pursue the notation of size, shape, planes, and space in their work.
KLOMPCHING GALLERY (89 Water Street) presents Helen Sear, an exhibition of new work by the acclaimed British artist, with a curator talk by gallery owner Debra Klomp Ching. The exhibition features work from the collections “Wild Flower Arrangements,” “View Finder,” and “Becoming Forest” – all completed following Sear’s representation of Wales at the 2015 Venice Bienale. On view through April 1.
LAND Gallery (67 Front Street) hosts an opening reception for Storytellers, featuring artists Nicole Appel, Carlo Daleo, Miranda Delgai, Knicoma Frederick, Garrol Gayden, Kenya Hanley, Sara Malpass, Larry Pearsall, Michael Pellew, Hugo Rocha, William Tyler, and Billy White. Storytellers is a selection of works by artists who reimagine and reinvent the essential practice of telling stories through visual art, presenting each artist’s complex personal narrative and glimpses into alternate realities created with diverse materials and processes. The group exhibition includes five LAND artists and other intellectually disabled artists who maintain contemporary practices at progressive art studios across the country. Storytellers was curated by Andreana Donahue and Tim Ortiz, co-founders of Disparate Minds, an ongoing interdisciplinary project that discusses the work of marginalized self-taught artists in an art historical and contemporary context. On view through April 19.
Made in NY Media Center (30 John Street) hosts an opening reception for Digital Fairy Tales: Album Two with a Q & A with participating artists, accompanied by a projection on the Mahattan Bridge at the Pearl Street Triangle. Digital Fairy Tales: Album Two is the second set of visual and sound pieces inspired by old German tales collected by Xavier von Schönwerth in the early 19th century. This presentation of weird and wonderful tales will bring ancient archetypal contexts and references into the 21st century. Aritsts include Keegan Luttrell and Justin King, Daniela Kostova and Anna Leevia, Daniela Imhoff, Kristian Pedersen and Elke Brauweiler, Anton Marini and Danielle Ezzo, Boris Kralj and Matresanch, Michael McGuirk and Alex Hamadey. On view through March 31.
Main Window (1 Main Street) presents Katarina Wong: Daybreak, a site-specific installation that combines painting and assemblage with DIY craft techniques to create a sense of light, even in the dark of winter. The window is viewable from the street 24/7. On view through March 2.
New York Studio School Dumbo Sculpture Studio (20 Jay Street, #307) hosts an opening for Karin Malpeso: Spring Alum Exhibit. An Artist Talk with Malpeso will take place on April 6 at 7:30 pm. On view through April 14.
New York Foundation of the Arts (NYFA) (20 Jay Street, #740) presents Borderless: In Residence, featuring artists who have participated in NYFA’s national and international residency programs, conducted in partnership with Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Arts in London, Basil Alkazzi Artist-in-Residence, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Artist in Residence, the Jamaican Center for Arts and Learning, Times Square Alliance, the Sheldon Museum, Flux Factory, and the Node Center for Curatorial Studies.
Ray Gallery (55 Washington Street, #721) hosts an opening reception for Beau Torres: In Vogue, a series of collage work using magazine material sourced from Vogue and other art, design, and fashion magazines. These works are an respond to the collage aesthetic found in Torres street photography and draw inspiration from religious iconography and commentary on art history and the art market. On view through March 29.
This Friday or Next Friday (89 Bridge Street, second floor) hosts Brushes and Beer with Lauren Comito. Visitors are invitied to paint designs by the artist in a casual atmosphere while enjoying a beer on tap. This event is presented in conjunction with TFNF’s current exhibition, Lauren Comito: Folding Frame, featuring an installation of mirrored objects and photo transfers that reference memory and the human body. On view through March 3.
United Photo Industries (16 Main Street) hosts an opening reception for Haley Morris-Cafiero: Wait Watchers. For this work, Haley Morris-Cafiero set up her camera in public areas and photographed herself she perform mundane tasks, later examining the images for critical or questioning body language from passerby. Morris-Cafiero considers this work to be a social experiment, engineering a moment where curious strangers become the object of scrutiny. On view through April 21.