Over the weekend, more than 300 artists opened up their work spaces to the public for the 18th annual Gowanus Open Studios. The event drew huge crowds to typically deserted blocks near the notoriously polluted waterway from as far south as 18th Street all the way up to Pacific Street.
As the guide of an official, ticketed Arts Gowanus walking tour, I had the pleasure of leading a group around the northern end of the Gowanus Canal on Saturday afternoon. Earlier in the day, studios I visited on 12th Street and in the TI Art Studios on Lorraine Street were already very busy, suggesting a robust turnout for one of Brooklyn’s big three open studios events (along with Bushwick and Greenpoint).
Pop-up exhibitions seemed especially popular this year, with spaces as diverse as the historic Old Stone House and the grungy studio building at 610 Smith Street hosting weekend-long group shows.
Gowanus Open Studios 2014, of which Hyperallergic was a media sponsor, took place October 17–19 at spaces throughout Gowanus, Brooklyn.