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The L Train may not be running this upcoming weekend, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be partying it up at Bushwick Open Studios this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Here are Hyperallergic staff (and intern) picks for the best things to do for the open studio weekend, from artist studio visits to impromptu exhibitions and well-curated gallery shows.
In our first section, we list events day by day. After, we list some artist studios that we think might be particularly interesting. At the end is a list of exhibitions going on over the weekend.
See you in Bushwick!
Friday, June 3
Bushwick Daily’s Katarina Hybenova has been taking portraits of Bushwick creatives for her Tuesday posts. For this event, Hybenova paired up the featured artists and had them collaborate to produce a new work. — KC
Pre-opening Friday, 7-10 pm; opening party, Saturday, 7-10 pm
Check some out draw-some collaborative art by 45 different artists at Norte Maar gallery. Organized by artist Julie Torres, the participating artists switched and swapped drawings as they worked. This show will be a whirlwind of talent. — AE
Opening reception Friday, 6 pm; on view Saturday, 11-7 pm, Sunday, 12-7 pm
Brooklyn Fireside presents the first event in their summer series, YR FRIDAY NITE #1. This multi-disciplinary arts experience will feature paintings, photography, video art and music. — KC
Friday, 6 pm on
Looking for some painterly action? Stop by Art@Renaissance’s exhibition, Mining Between. Featuring works by the Joan Mitchell’s Foundation artists-teachers, the exhibition demonstrates the female presence in contemporary abstract expressionism. — AE
Friday, June 3, 6-8 pm; Saturday, June 4, 12-7 pm; Sunday, June 5, 12-7 pm
William Powhida curates a show based around darkness — the title means “dark cloud” in German. Featuring Bill Abdale, multimedia artist Ellie Ga, painter David McBride, sculptor/collagist Bjoern Meyer-Ebrecht and video artist Jenny Vogel, the show emphasizes tension, obfuscation, and anxiety. — KW
Friday, 6-9 pm
Saturday and Sunday, June 4 and 5
Kick off your Bushwick Open Studio weekend right with maps and mimosas at Norte Maar. The event is pretty much what it sounds like, with some sparkly drinks and introductory guides to the Bushwick art community. What more could you ask for? — KC
Saturday, 11 am – 2 pm
In this interdisciplinary art activity, a group of artists will take over a stall at the historic Moore Street Market. Planned events and exhibitions will include performance art presentations, comedy, culinary arts demonstrations, workshops and a 12 pm art class for kids. — KC
Saturday and Sunday, 12-7 pm
Don’t miss Brooklyn’s own American Sun at Goodbye Blue Monday Saturday night. These three ladies combine the American rock’n’roll of Creedence Clearwater Revival with the dreamy harmonies of sixties girl groups like the Shangri-Las. — KW
Saturday, 8:45 pm
Delphine Diallo’s mixed-media portraits of women of color from New York City, entitled Queen of New York (previously shown at the 2020 Gallery) are powerful images of beautiful women that, as Diallo stated, examine “their inter-relatedness with their natural and spiritual power.” Hugo McCloud’s large industrial paintings done on materials such as wire mesh and copper sheets are also definitely worth a look. — JS
Saturday and Sunday, 12-7 pm
Our Studio Picks
His woodblock style has been very influential in the Brooklyn art scene, particularly in the street art and skater worlds; the works are trippy creations inspired by tribal (African, Celtic…) art of all types. — HV
Using the history of modern utopian architecture, Meyer-Ebrecht creates work that is less than utopic. — HV
Alexander is a member of the BroLab collective and his sculpture of a hotdog (with mustard on it) in a carved out tree trunk covered with gold foil really moved me at the Brooklyn Art Now show in DUMBO during New York art fair week. That’s all you need to know. — HV
We have no idea what this is, but it looks like a digital print or art show. The description reads, “//////////////////…” How can you resist? — HV
If you like your art homoerotic, Fader and Simon will deliver. Fader trolled the online gay sex world for “subjects.” Simon explores his childhood memories at a lake. — HV
Our Exhibition Picks
This show features 20 artists from the neighborhood who “wrestle their unconscious.” Curated by Factory Fresh’s Ali Ha and Norte Maar’s Jason Andrew, the collision of two sensibilities — that I never thought would ever overlap — promises something very intriguing. — HV
The premiere venue for performance art in Bushwick, Grace Exhibition Space has curated performances by five artists *CORRECTED* starting at 7pm until 9pm (though the space will be open from 1-7pm) on Saturday. This is always worthwhile. — HV
The first gallery show by experimental filmmaker Su Friedrich, who has 37 years of fiercely independent work, explores her hidden influences and art. — HV
Four artists mix up their varied styles into a unique single exhibition at a studio building. — HV
It’s a early 18th century Dutch farmhouse in the middle of industrial Bushwick. Two words: unique, awesome. — HV
They want to create an alternative currency for Brooklyn, which sounds pretty mind blowing. Our nomination for the $100 bill is Ai Weiwei. — HV
Thanks to our guide contributors: Kyle Chayka, Ayano Elson, Rachel Hagopian, Kate Wadkins, Jocelyn Silver and Hrag Vartanian
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