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Tomorrow kicks off a pretty epic weekend in Williamsburg. Along with the Northside Festival, Northside Open Studios will showcase our neighborhood’s art community, from artist’s studios to gallery shows and guerrilla events. Here are our picks for what not to miss.
Our original list of event picks and tips for this weekend is currently online over at WG News, so be sure to check that out.
A few more events weren’t confirmed until after our print article went out though, so here are some more things to check out during Williamsburg & Greenpoint’s own Open Studios, from a miniature art fest on India Street to a panel about art’s relationship to real estate. For the full listings, plus useful maps and guides to print out and take with you, check Northside’s website.
Tonight only, Hyperallergic editor Hrag Vartanian is speaking on a panel about art and artists’ fraught relationship with real estate. Artists move in, rent goes up, condos get built, artists get pushed out. Is there any way to break the endless cycle? Participants include gallerist Marisa Sage and District Council Member Stephen Levin. Causey Contemporary (92 Wythe Ave), Thursday, June 16, 7 to 9 pm.
Need a good way to kick off the festivities on Saturday night? Well, there’s the Open Studios launch party just for that purpose. In collaboration with Crestfest and Brooklyn Street Art, the event will feature a handful of bands and DJs, art installations and screening and reading series. How will this all fit in one bar? I have no idea. The End (13 Greenpoint Ave), Saturday, June 18, 7 pm to 12.
We got a festival for your festival so you can festival while you festival! This day-long interactive outdoor art celebration is a microcosm of the greater Northside Open Studios. Featuring Hyperallergic pal Julie Torres live painting, food-based tarot card readings, a cocoon playground and live poetry readings and music, there’s something for everyone. All your arts in one convenient Greenpoint location. India Street at West Street, Sunday June 19, 12 to 5 pm.
- As an added benefit, the newly launched East River Ferry traveling between Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Dumbo and Wall Street (etc) will land you right on India Street. Also, it’s currently free!
Contemporary art documentarians Art21 are going to be presenting a new series of films in a special Northside Open Studios screening. New York Close Up is a series of collaborations with emerging artists taking place over several years, developing into multimedia projects. Sounds like a good time. Also, James Franco is one of the films, so maybe he’ll show up (so I can punch him in the face). Lutheran Church of the Messiah (129 Russell Street), Friday, June 17, 6 to 9 pm.
- Over at the L Magazine, Benjamin Sutton has picks for studios and shows to hit up. Also very useful.
- UpDownAcross also has a list of all the festival hubs and other useful info.
Walt Disney built his media empire animating fairy tales; he did not start making films set in a Nazi-occupied Europe by choice.
The Eyes of Tammy Faye features a riveting performance from Jessica Chastain, but proves less interesting than the documentary it’s based on.
In The Contest of the Fruits, the art collective Slavs and Tatars investigates language, politics, religion, humor, resilience, and resistance in a pluralistic world.
Rafał Milach sharply documents three international border walls and how they impact our sense of identity and memory.
Protesters splashed paint on the entryway of the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown, Manhattan.
Seven artists and curators, including Dona Nelson, the featured artist for this year’s Tim Hamill Visiting Artist Lecture, are giving public talks at BU School of Visual Arts.