First Thursday Gallery Walk, DUMBO, New York
September 1st, 2016
DUMBO kicks off the fall art season on September 1st with the First Thursday Gallery Walk featuring “Earth Revisited” projected onto the Manhattan Bridge and Galleries staying open until 9pm.
Be sure to check out the Made in NY Media Center by IFP’s exploration of the dreams of our digital counterparts; Museum Quality’s Baroque Masters on Cardboard, which attempts to reclaim old master paintings as pagan, feminist and queer; and a sculptural installation that requires both a physical and online engagement at This Friday or Next Friday.
For a full list of the Galleries, see below.
Under the Archway Live At The Archway is bringing DUMBO’s own White Wave Dance Company out for a special evening of site specific dance. With beer, wine and bites from the landlocked Lighthouse and the epic scenery below the Manhattan Bridge, it’s the place to be on Thursday nights.
Plus, projected onto the Manhattan Bridge, Light Year will present “Earth Revisited” curated by Leo Kuelbs. This month’s collection of videos asks artists to reexamine their relationship to the earth itself. Projections start at dusk in Pearl Street Triangle and continue until 10pm.
“Earth Revisited” Artists: Nina Sobell + Laura Ortman, Danielle de Picciotto + Lary 7, Sarah Walko + Justin King, Laszlo Zsolt Bordos, Vadim Schaeffler + Pablo Paolo Kilian, Eike Berg + Jarboe, Shir Lieberman, Jonathan Phelps + Alon Cohen
As humankind evolves further into digital, non-terrestrial realities, “Earth Revisited” asks artists to reexamine their relationship to the earth itself. While shifting relationships to physics and environmental science have been well explored, “Earth Revisited” seeks to reconnect to the ground and explore our contract with the dirt below us.
Thousands of years of human endeavors, from the most base to the most inspired, rest in pieces beneath our feet. Throughout the world, the remains of human history create the foundations of our present and physical future. Like a dark universe of dirt, minerals, living insects and the ruins of the past create a complex constellation that represents mankind’s host/parasite relationship to the place we call home. This view seeks to serve as a template for a selection of works that, instead of looking outward and creating a survey of what is seen, are generated by looking inward; from the conscious, through the subconscious and spiritual, through the surface of the ground and into years of terrestrial history, finally into the earth’s very core. It is a deeply personal, yet universal exercise and experience, the goal of which is to represent our constant and dynamic connection to the land we live on. Our minds might have begun their gradual ascent upwards into the cloud, but our feet remain firmly rooted in the land. Up to our ankles, our necks in the past, while gazing at the stars above.
The participating September 1st Thursday Gallery Walk venues include:
AICAD / New York Studio Residency Program (20 Jay Street, #M10) presents an exhibition of selected works from its New York Studio Practice summer residents: Gabriel Hopson, Jill Taffet, Nicci Pratten, Rebecca Connolly, and Zhijie Chang. The New York Studio Practice Residency is a studio-intensive mentorship program for non-student working artists. One night only.
Brooklyn Bridge Park (99 Plymouth Street) hosts Rush Arts Kids & Teens: Rush Will Take You To Funkytown. The free program for gifted students of the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Summer SEssion provides underserved youth with exposure to the arts and opportunities to practice them. The students spent a week designing and painting site-specific murals inspired by the artwork of Xenobia Bailey as well as from the Park’s natural and manmade environments. On view through September 30, 2016.
CREATIVEBLOCH GALLERY (145 Front Street, Suite 17) hosts an open studio for rsident artists Joe Bloch and Alejandro Caiazza. Learn about the techniques used to create the art. One night only.
Gallery GAIA (79 Hudson Avenue) hosts the opening reception for BUDDHA: Artists from Around the World. The group of international artists – Sayyad Shaiek, Vani Ch, Nawat Lertsawaengkit, Janet Morgan, Tsaurah Litzky, Shiva, Neddi Heller, Chandana Khan, Sanjoy Majumder and Jackie Lima – explore what the Buddha means to them, personally and culturally. Curated by Jackie Lima. On view through October 2, 2016.
LIGHT YEAR (Pearl Street Triangle) presents Earth Revisited. As humankind evolves further into digital, non-terrestrial realities, Earth Revisited presents work by artists who reexamine their relationship to the earth itself. Featuring Danielle de Picciotto and Lary 7, Vadim Schaeffler and Pablo Paolo Kilian, Nina Sobell and Laura Ortman, Sarah Walko and Justin King, Laszlo Zsolt Bordos, Eike Berg and Jarboe, Shir Lieberman, Jonathan Phelps and Alon Cohen. Curated by Leo Kuelbs. The Manhattan Bridge comes alive with LIGHT YEAR, a program of projected video art presented the First Thursday of every month. Founded in honor of the United Nations’ declaration of 2015 as The Year of Light and Light Art, LIGHT YEAR includes a well-rounded program of video artists from around the globe, highlighting DUMBO’s role as an important hub for technology and the arts. One night only, dusk to 10:30 p.m.
Made in NY Media Center (30 John Street) hosts the opening reception of BRDG Studios: Digital Dreamscape. Do computers dream when we put them to sleep? BRDG Studios, a Philadelphia-based creative studio known for large-scale, interactive environments, invites you to explore the dreams of our digital counterparts. Through interactive realtime generative art, explore and influence the Digital Dreamscapes that may exist all around us, yet remain unseen to our analog eyes. On view through September 30, 2016.
Main Window (1 Main Street) features Viviane Rombaldi Seppey, a site specific installation with recycled plastic and acetate. Viewable from the street 24/7. On view through November 11, 2016
Museum Quality (59 Pearl Street Brooklyn) presents the opening reception for Sophie Iremonger: Baroque Masters on Cardboard. Iremonger says, „The original Botticelli work has always annoyed me due the ridiculous anatomy of the Venus with her elongated neck. This annoyance evolved into an exploration of other old master paintings and an attempt to reclaim them as pagan, feminist and queer.” On view through October 1, 2016.
NYFA Gallery (20 Jay Street, Suite 740) presents Folk My Life. Established in 2012, t NYFA’s Artists’ Fellowship Programs’ Folk/ Traditional Arts category awards artists that are self-taught or practicing within a cultural community or tradition. Infusing a contemporary narrative into their respective cultural traditions, these artists work in various methods that include willow basket weaving, intricate Chinese paper cuts and water colors, Haitian Vodou Bottle making and depictive hooked rugs. During DUMBO’s First Thursday Gallery Walk, Balkan musisian and NYFA fellow Eva Salina will give a special performance in the gallery space at 7:00 PM. On view through October 21, 2016
Split Level (218 Plymouth Street) hosts the opening reception of Melanie Hope Greenbuerg: Melanie’s Street, showcasing a collection of the artist’s illustrations of the past 35 years. On view through October 30, 2016.
Superfine (126 Front Street) presents the opening reception for Greg Dzurita: Bend, a series of acrylic paintings focusing on color and line. The amorphous shapes and colors found in Dzurita’s work evoke nature, music, science, and space. On view through September 30, 2016.
This Friday or Next Friday (89 Bridge Street) hosts the closing reception for Sessa Englund: Unintended Consequences. Unintended Consequences is a sculptural installation restricted from participation, instead the piece must be viewed online, but experienced physically in the space. On view through September 2, 2016.