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 Tuesday People at Curbs & Stoops (566 Johnson Ave)
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
So Happy Together: 45 Artists and Their Collaborative Drawings at Norte Maar gallery (83 Wyckoff Avenue, #1B)
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
Fireside Follies: YR FRIDAY NITE #1 at Brooklyn Fire Proof (119 Ingraham Street)
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
Mining Between: Works by the Joan Mitchell Foundation Artist-Teachers at Art@Renaissance (2 Kingsland Ave)
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
Dunkle Wolke Curated by William Powhida at Storefront (16 Wilson Ave)
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
Maps ‘N Mimosas at Norte Maar (83 Wyckoff Avenue, #1B)
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
Meet Me At The Market at Moore Street Market (110 Moore Street)
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
Bushwick Open Studios Music Festival: American Sun at Goodbye Blue Monday (1087 Broadway)
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 and Hugo McCloud at The Shop (418 Troutman Street, 2nd Floor)
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
Dennis McNett at Wolfbat Studios (41 Varick Ave., #415)
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
Bjoern Meyer-Ebrecht at 1182 Flushing Ave. (2nd Floor)
Using the history of modern utopian architecture, Meyer-Ebrecht creates work that is less than utopic. — HV
Rahul Alexander at HOTEL (796 Broadway, 3rd Floor)
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
Bryan Ellingson’s Lazership at 13 Thames St. (3rd Floor).
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
Sean Fader and Aiden Simon at 248 McKibbin St. (#4F, buzzer #8765)
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
Surrealism at Factory Fresh (1053 Flushing Ave.)
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
Saturday Performances at Grace Exhibition Space (840 Broadway, 2nd Floor)
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
Su Friedrich’s re:working at Microscope Gallery (4 Charles Pl.)
The first gallery show by experimental filmmaker Su Friedrich, who has 37 years of fiercely independent work, explores her hidden influences and art. — HV
Brent Owens, Jenn Brehm, Sarah Bednarek, Patrick McElligott at 322 Troutman Street
Four artists mix up their varied styles into a unique single exhibition at a studio building. — HV
Onderdonk Sculpture Garden at The Onderdonk House (1820 Flushing Ave.)
It’s a early 18th century Dutch farmhouse in the middle of industrial Bushwick. Two words: unique, awesome. — HV
Brooklyn Torch Project at Brooklyn Fireproof (119 Ingraham St. #411)
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
MTV’s The Exhibit Is Back With an Inflatable Dolphin
Episode four, in which artists tackled themes of justice and injustice, was the most lifeless of the reality TV show so far.
Florida Principal Ousted Over “Pornographic” Michelangelo Sculpture
Parents complained that the famous sculpture was shown to their sixth graders.
The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation Presents The Feminine in Abstract Painting
Curated by Jennifer Samet and Andrea Belag, this group exhibition in NYC explores the feminine through aesthetics, as opposed to identity or gender.
Tickets to Sold-Out Vermeer Show Are Going for Hundreds
The online resale market for the Rijksmuseum’s smash exhibition is booming, with tickets selling on eBay for over $2K.
NYU Steinhardt Opens 2023 MFA Thesis Exhibitions
Taking place at 80WSE Gallery in New York’s Greenwich Village, Part I is on view from late March through April while Part II opens in May.
Miniature Worlds: Joseph Cornell, Ray Johnson, Yayoi Kusama
Through small-scale works, this exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art in New York examines Cornell’s prominent role in the lives and careers of Johnson and Kusama.
Three Looted Antiquities at the Met Repatriated to Turkey
Nine other repatriated works were seized from Met Trustee Shelby White, whose collection was subject to a criminal investigation.
This week, the world’s lightest paint, Pakistan’s feminist movement, World Puppy Day, and were some of Vermeer’s paintings created by his daughter?
The Wider World and Scrimshaw
On March 28, join the New Bedford Whaling Museum online and in-person for a symposium on global carving traditions from across the Pacific Rim.
Who Will Decide on the Future of a Miami Native Burial Ground?
Native activists say sacred remains and objects dug up from a Brickell construction site should remain there, but mega-developer Jorge Pérez is pushing back.
How Can a Curator Approach South Asian Futurisms?
How do I acknowledge my shortcomings while reckoning with obscured histories and the exclusion of subaltern narratives in the fine art landscape? A working checklist for curators.
MCA Chicago Presents On Stage: Frictions
Will Rawls, Shamel Pitts | TRIBE, and Barak adé Soleil explore Blackness, queerness, movement, and dance in performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
The Complicated Legacy of Camilo Egas
The Ecuadorian painter, a leading figure of Latin America’s Indigenismo art movement, has been both praised and scorned for his representation of Indigenous peoples.
Tom Jones Zeroes in on Ho-Chunk Visibility
“I think about the young kids, the teenagers, and I think being able to see yourself represented in art is so powerful,” says the artist.