10 Must-See Events and Artworks at Bushwick Open Studios
Brooklyn's biggest art weekend is now in October.
There’s a chill in the air, but things are about to heat up in Bushwick, which hosts the first October edition of its annual Bushwick Open Studios art bash this weekend.
Now in it’s tenth edition, BOS has moved from June to October in an effort to put the focus back on one-on-one interactions with the artists, who are the event’s signature attraction. This means no more NEWD art show, (reportedly) fewer large-scale parties, and more unfettered access to the spaces where artists hone their craft.
There’s a lot at BOS that one could potentially do and see, so artnet News has prepared highlights to help you plan your itinerary.
1. The Knickerbocker Avenue Strange Science and Terror Radio Program
Inspired by old-timey radio shows like the infamous War of the Worlds broadcast, this sci-fi radio show, now in its fourth episode, is performed to the sounds of a live orchestra and streamed straight to Facebook.
Location: The Loom, 1087 Flushing Avenue, Bushwick
Date: Saturday, October 1, 7:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
2. 56 Bogart Street
One of Bushwick’s more massive studio buildings, 56 Bogart deserves a slot on your BOS schedule for the sheer number of artists you can see under one roof. Among those in residence are Lisa Levy, who in January staged a Marina Abramović-inspired performance by sitting naked on the toilet at Bushwick’s Christopher Stout Gallery; Sahana Ramakrishnan, who creates mythology-infused mixed media paintings; and Rafael Fuchs, who is releasing a book of photos he took of the neighborhood between 2005 and 2011, titled Bushwick Forever_Volume I.
Also at 56 Bogart, on October 9 (3:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.): Anthony Rosado will host a panel discussion titled “GentrifiConversation Acknowledging Complicity: Actions to Mend & End Arts-Induced Mass Displacement of Black & Brown Low Income Families.”
Location: 56 Bogart Street, Bushwick
Date: September 30–October 2
3. “Jeff Cylkowski: The Manipulation of Authenticity“
Amani Olu curates this exhibition of the shimmering, layered, graffiti-inspired work of Jeff Cylkowski, who uses automotive paint to create his stunning abstract canvases.
Location: Storefront Ten Eyck (324 Ten Eyck Street, Bushwick)
Date: Friday, September 30, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.; October 1 and 2, 1:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
The premiere of choreographer Julia K. Gleich’s new ballet “a white room” will take place amid the gallery’s current exhibition of work by Debra Ramsay, a site-specific installation that hangs from the ceiling and spill across the floor, for a unique blend of art and performance.
Location: ODETTA, 229 Cook Street, Bushwick
Date: Saturday, October 1, 6:00 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.
5. “005 Brooklyn Cartoonists and Illustrators“
Check out work by up-and-coming Brooklyn illustrators and cartoonists Annelise Copasella, Jeremy Nguyen, Kaitlin Rae O’Connor, David Ostow, Ellis Rosen, Wizard Skull, Tony Wolf, and Lucio Zago. On Friday night, enjoy an open bar from Lagunitas and local shop Henry’s Wine and Spirit.
Location: Kave Espresso Bar, 119 Knickerbocker Avenue, Bushwick
Date: Friday, September 30, 6:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m., October 1 and 2
6. Paper Jam Small Press Festival
Music venue Silent Barn plays host to this free print fair, which offers a party-like atmosphere with zines, comics, and other publications from small, local press creators.
Location: Silent Barn, 603 Bushwick Avenue, Bushwick
Date: Saturday, October 1, 12:00 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
7. Bushwick Fine Art Handicraft Collective Inaugural Exhibition
The inaugural exhibition from the B.H.F.A.C., a fiber art–based artist collective that looks to blur the line between art and craft, takes place a former textile mill. The opening night of the group show, featuring Tessa Estelle Kramer, Ella Hilsenrath and Liza Buzytsky, promises “conceptual snacks,” a communal fort to play in, and free zines with a performance by Cookie Tongue, billed as “Brooklyn’s folk fairy tale band.”
Location: Shops at the Loom, 1087 Flushing Ave, Bushwick
Date: Friday, September 30, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.; October 1–2
8. 1717 Troutman Street
Don’t miss this studio space with hundreds of artists, including Amy Talluto, a landscape artist; Jacklyn Brown, painter of retro-style cats; and Pablo Garcia Lopez, a neuroscience PhD who sculpts otherworldly “Silkworks” creations from natural mulberry fibers and spray foam.
Location: 1717 Troutman Street, Ridgewood
Date: October 1 and 2
9. “Frankenstein Admires a Flower“
Anonymous three-person art collective Poissonblanc, armed with a truckload of pedestals from the Guggenheim’s recent Fischli and Weiss exhibition, explores the various roles played by the plinth in contemporary art at this new gallery space. The show includes work by 15 artists from Bushwick, Los Angeles, and Canada.
Location: factoryartspace, 1630 Stephen St, Ridgewood
Date: October 1 and 2, 12:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
10. The Active Space
Among the many studios on view is that of Joe Bochynski, who purports to have temporarily rented his space to the NYC Department of Archaeology so that they may present their recent finds. His mosaic “fragments” come with colorful, imagined histories.
Location: The Active Space, 566 Johnson Ave, Bushwick
Date: October 1 and 2
Bushwick Open Studios 2016 runs October 1–June 2.
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