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The 19th annual edition of Gowanus Open Studios takes place this weekend, October 16 to 18, 2015. For one weekend each year, artists working in the former factories, warehouses, and studio buildings of Gowanus invite the public to visit their spaces, see their work, and talk about their processes. This year over 300 artists are preparing to welcome thousands of visitors into their studios. Spaces will be open Saturday, October 17, and Sunday, October 18, from noon to 6pm.
Visitors create their own self-guided tours during this FREE event. The Arts Gowanus website features an Online Directory of Artists that includes all the participants, along with samples of their art and an interactive map. Visitors can select artists to visit by perusing this directory and/or pick up a printed map at locations throughout the neighborhood during the GOS 2015 weekend. Balloons and signs will identify each open studio building. Everyone is welcome.
GOS 2015 will also feature a dozen curator-led art tours guided by art world professionals. Learn how curators look at art. Listen in on their dialogue as curators share conversations with each artist on their tour. Most of this year’s curator-led tours are on foot, but they also include a biking tour and a fully wheelchair accessible tour.
The very first Beat Nite Gowanus will also coincide with the kickoff of GOS 2015, on Friday, October 16. Norte Maar and Arts Gowanus have collaborated to present a tour of 10 Gowanus galleries and alternative art spaces, culminating in a Beat Nite afterparty and GOS 2015 launch party at the Gemini & Scorpio Loft.
Visitors unsure where to begin may want to start with some of the neighborhood’s biggest studio buildings, each of which boasts dozens of artists who will be showcasing their work. From any of these buildings, visitors will be in a good position to stop by smaller or more off-the-beaten-track spaces and studios.
94 9th Street and 112 2nd Avenue: These buildings directly beneath the Smith-9th Street subway station — part of the complex that recently changed hands and out of which hundreds of artists are being forced to move — boast an enormous number of studios, including those of Alex Nuñez, Kit Warren, James Cabot Ewart, Kat Chamberlin, Dean Haspiel, and many others. Pay this building a visit and show your support for these artists, many of whom will have to relocate elsewhere in the coming months.
400 3rd Avenue and 168 7th Street: The two-part Brooklyn Art Space complex, adjoining Trestle Gallery‘s space on 7th Street and Trestle Projects at the corner of 6th Street and Third Avenue, features a dense concentration of artists in large loft spaces that have been divided up into dozens of studios — including Jessica Lipsky, Peter McGill, Richard F Kessler, and Koren Volk at 168 7th Street and Ai Campbell, Crys Yin, Karen Mainenti, Adrienne Elise Tarver, and Katrina Majkut at 400 3rd Avenue. The second and third floors of 168 7th Street boast more than a dozen artist studios as well. And be sure to stop in at Trestle Gallery to see the current exhibition Body Utopia, curated by Hyperallergic contributor Clarity Haynes.
183 Lorraine Street: Sandwiched between floors of self-storage units, the Treasure Island Art Studios on the third floor of 183 Lorraine Street boast some very spacious and well-appointed studios occupied by artists working in every imaginable medium and style. Some favorites include Alexa Williams, Effie Serlis, Henry Chung, Katerina Lanfranco, Kimberly Mayhorn, and Steven Powers. The complex’s common areas and hallways will also play host to all manner of pop-up shows, including an exhibition of works by artists with studios in the building and a solo presentation by sculptor TJ Volnis.
Gowanus Open Studios 2015: October 16–18
300+ artist studios open noon–6pm on Saturday and Sunday
Downloadable map of GOS 2015
Special events and evening parties are scheduled Thursday through Sunday:
- Thursday, October 15, 6–8pm: Gowanus De-Natured opening reception at the Old Stone House in Washington Park
- Friday, October 16, 6–10pm: Beat Nite Gowanus
- Saturday, October 17: Telestrations: GOS 2015 Art Party at Halyards
- Sunday, October 18: GOS 2015 Closing Party at Threes Brewing
Curator-led art tours take place on Saturday and Sunday:
Kick off your visit to Gowanus Open Studios 2015 with an intimate group tour led by a professional curator. Curator-led art tours offer the opportunity to hear the perspective of an art world professional. Talk to other interested art enthusiasts, further define your own art interests, and see a slice of what Gowanus artists have to offer. Our curators come from a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and neighborhoods.
Tours are intended for newcomers and experienced collectors. We are excited to expand our program this year to include cycling tours, with bicycles provided by Rolling Orange Bike Tours, and a tour that is fully wheelchair accessible.
Some highlights include a walking tour of Gowanus murals from nonprofit Groundswell; a studio scavenger hunt with curator Krista Saunders Scenna; and a look into the practices of six artists (all women) with curator and Hyperallergic News Editor Benjamin Sutton.
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