First Thursday Gallery Walk
April 6, 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 April’s Gallery Walk include Postcommodity: Coyotaje at Art in General, the collective’s first solo exhibition in New York highlighting their years-long investigation of the military and economic life of the US-Mexico borderlands; the opening of Expanded Cinema, Vol. 2, a showcase of eight works from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunication Program’s 2016’s Big Screen Class at Made in NY Media Center; and the site-specific installations of Linda Herritt: GREASE RUST SOOT SWEAT, based on a portion of Buckminster Fuller’s list of impactful inventions at Smack Mellon.
A.I.R. Gallery (155 Plymouth Street) presents three exhibitions:
Susan Bee: Pow! New Paintings, the artist’s first solo exhibition of new paintings since 2013. Bee presents some of her most accomplished works to date. Her narrative-based, psychologically ambiguous work incorporates elements from 20th-century abstract painting and cinematic history. These works play with complexity, sensuality, dramatic tension, and humor through the use of complex textures, keyed-up colors, and variegated patterns. On view through April 16.
Space/Craft: Tomoko Abe, Liz Surbeck Biddle, Ellen Hackl Fagan, Jackie Welsh. The artists met at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, NY and share joint interests in experimentation, playfulness, and testing the limits of clay. Abe and Surbeck Biddle use the process of the cyanotype on both ceramic and paper. Welsh’s pieces are made from ceramic coated chicken wire with printed ceramic transfer images. Hackl Fagan places objects on museum board and floods them with paint in order to create a print-like image. On view through April 16.
Elizabeth Hoy: Why does it end here?, an exhibition of assemblage sculptures and abstract landscape paintings. The exhibition explores ways of perceiving the built environment and overlooked landscapes, painting as a medium, and environmental destruction and renewal. Fellowship artist Hoy paints on location at EPA-designated Superfund sites in New York, Vermont, and Maine. As defined by the EPA, a Superfund site is any land in the United States that has been contaminated by hazardous waste and identified as a candidate for cleanup because it poses a risk to human health and/or the environment. On view through April 16.
Art in General (145 Plymouth Street) presents Postcommodity: Coyotaje, an newly commissioned installation marking the collective’s first solo exhibition in New York. Composed of artists Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez, and Kade L. Twist, Postcommodity’s multidisciplinary practice reveals and examines indigenous cultural narratives and their relationships to broader social, political, and economic dialogues and actions. For this exhibition, Postcommodity continues its several years-long investigation of the military and economic life of the US-Mexico borderlands, highlighting the complex dynamics between US Border Patrol, the communities living in the San Pedro River Valley region, and individuals moving across the border. On view through May 6.
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 Stuart Wallace: RAW, in which Wallace explores layered watercolors on raw recycled canvas. Through experimentation and use of watercolor in an unconventional means, Wallace investigates the medium through a visionary process leaving him with surprises both intended and unintended. The bold compositions use vibrant colors with a careful balance of saturation and dilution, incorporating dreamy, dripped white spaces to provide a visual rest for his audience, sure to delight the viewer. On view through April 28.
Light Year (Pearl Street Triangle) presents Passenger Moments, video art by Meng Chih Chiang, Jeremiah Teipen, Poyen Wang, Chinchih Yang, and Rosalie Yu + Alon Chitayat. Passenger Moments features work by Taiwanese and Taiwanese American artists who explore concepts of nation, strangeness, assimilation, and globalism. On view for one night, videos in Passenger Moments will be projected onto the Manhattan Bridge Anchorage. On view through April 6.
Janet Borden, Inc. (91 Water Street) presents JIM DOW: EAT & DRINK, a photography exhibition. Using an 8×10” view camera, Dow painstakingly photographs the light, the atmosphere, the colors, of America’s dining options. The alluring glow of neon beckons. His signature style elevates and ennobles these quirky locales. On view through April 22.
KLOMPCHING GALLERY (89 Water Street) presents Helen Sear, a selection of 15 photographic artworks, from three series—Becoming Forest, View Finder and Wild Flower Arrangements. The exhibition celebrates Helen Sear’s most recent artistic endeavors, following her exhibition as a solo artist at the 2015 Venice Biennale. On view through April 28.
Made in NY Media Center (30 John Street) hosts an opening reception for The Expanded Cinema, Vol. 2 which showcases eight of the works from the NYU’s Interactive Telecommunication Program’s 2016 Big Screens class to the Made in NY Media Center Center by IFP. Curated by Todd Bryant and Mimi Yin and featuring additional works by guest video artists from the Expanded Cinema Collective, April’s show brings some inspiring pixel origami to DUMBO for a month-long engagement. Artists include: Aaron Parsekian + Lisa Jamhoury, Xiwei Huang + Dhruv Damle, Phil Guo + Franklin Zhu, Eva Huang, Yue Zhang + Xinyao Wang, Quest Kennelly + Fengyuan Zhu, Garrett Linn. On view through April 30.
Main Window (1 Main Street) presents Janice Cawell: Teeter, an installation consisting of structures found in the manmade landscape, in particular, things that are slightly odd or awkward, show signs of wear, and that reflect the conditions, intentions and inventiveness of the people who made them. Her mixed-media works are inspired by the thousands of forms she encountered, documented, and filed away in a mental library of angles, patterns, and plays of light and shadow. Main Window is viewable from the street 24/7. On view through April 28.
Museum Quality (59 Pearl Street) hosts an opening reception for Yasimin Kunz: One Hundred Rejections, One Hundred Attempts, a multimedia exibition. The gallery exhibition itself becomes part of an ongoing rejection series. As the complexity of rejections and attempts to achieve perspectives from the beginning become impossible, the artist’s efforts begin to unfold as a multimedia installation. On view through May 4.
Ray Gallery(55 Washington Street, #721) hosts an opening reception for Christopher Lin: Breathing Room. Humans do not need to actively breathe. We breathe automatically, sucking in and exchanging air unconsciously throughout our lives. Breathing room is a room for breathing. It is a rest stop from our automated respiration–a space to practice conscious inhalation and exhalation. On view through April 28.
Smack Mellon (92 Plymouth Street) presents two exhibitions:
Shanti Grumbine: ZEROING, an exhibition of intricate cut-paper works, silkscreens, and sculptures. The chosen works coalesce around the theme of Zeroing, which refers to the recalibration of value as well as the action of aiming a gun at a target. On view through April 23.
Linda Herritt: GREASE RUST SOOT SWEAT, a site-specific installation based on a portion of Buckminster Fuller’s list of impactful inventions. Her large-scale, text-based piece exists as a three-dimensional diagram, undulating off Smack Mellon’s largest wall. On view through April 23.
UsagiNY(163 Plymouth Street) presents Growth: Dan Lam, Jaz Harold, Yunjung Kang, a three-person exhibition of young artists whose work is informed by organic forms and physicality of the human body. Oozing and bulbous, plush and sensuous, neon and pastel, their work explores the themes of dualities of attraction/repulsion, nature/artifice, grotesque, sexuality, and perception of beauty. On view through May 21.
United Photo Industries (16 Main Street) presents 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.