Contributed by Sharon Butler / On Saturday, April 23, and Sunday, April 24, from 12–6pm, DUMBO artists and arts organizations will open their studios to the public for the first time since 2019, after which DUMBO Open Studios went online due to Covid. The art community here (Two Coats HQ is in the neighborhood) is distinct from others in New York because several prestigious residency programs call DUMBO home. In addition, subsidized rents (Two Coats is a grateful beneficiary of the Two Trees Cultural Space Subsidy Program) make the neighborhood affordable for a diverse cohort of talented artists, both emerging and mid-career. Regardless of the artists’ stature or status, most studios will be open.
Recently the NYTimes called a visit to DUMBO an ”under-the-radar experience,” pointing out that the area not only hosts dozens of artists who show at galleries throughout the city but also has its own serious gallery scene, which “packs a powerful punch.” Over 100 artists will participate in DUMBO Open Studios. Their spaces are distributed throughout the neighborhood, with some clustered in BRIC Lab, Sharpe-Wallentas Studio Program, Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program, NYSS, and Triangle Arts Association. Galleries include Minus Space, Platform Project Space, A.I.R. Gallery, Undercurrent, Elma, and more. Skimming the listings this morning, I saw a slew of artists with interesting work, including Alexandra Bell, Liz Collins, N. Dash, Peter Drake, Elizabeth Hazan, Laura Karetzky, Sharon Louden, Jennifer Riley, LJ Roberts, Samantha Keely Smith, Chang Sujung, Kate Teale, Mark Tribe, Alexi Worth, and Etty Yantiv, but there are too many to provide an exhaustive line-up here. Check out the listings, maps, and guides at dumboopenstudios.com and plan your day. The weather forecast is good. One last bit of advice: Don’t miss Yuko Nishakawa’s tender window installation at 1 Main Street.
Residency Programs in DUMBO:
BRIC Lab: Sophia-Yemisi Adeyemo-Ross, Golnar Adili, Johannah Herr, Bahareh Khoshooee, and Nyugen Smith
New York Studio School Residency Program: Alison Causer and Emily Nam
Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program: Nobutaka Aozaki, Beverly Acha, Jane Benson, Kim Brandt, Theresa Daddezio, J.A Feng, Ronald Hall, Heidi Hahn, Athena LaTocha, Jeffrey Meris, Cy Morgan, Louis Osmosis, Marianna Peragallo, Amelia Saul, D’Angelo Lovell Williams, and Andrew Paul Woolbright
Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program: Destiny Belgrave, Jesus Benavente, Megan Mi-Ai Lee, Sasha Wortzel, and Anne Wu
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