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Each year, warmer weather heralds a range of outdoor arts activities across New York. From concerts to special gallery nights and open studios, New Yorkers are normally fortunate to have access to a range of free activities close to home. This year, the tradition continues virtually, with many events migrating over to screens for enjoyment at home, or perhaps en plein air on a fire escape or rooftop. Accordingly, DUMBO Open Studios (DOS) is currently presenting its first virtual edition, continuing through July 31. Presented annually by Art in DUMBO since 2016 (though some form of this tradition dates back to 1997), the event typically welcomes art lovers to studios and arts organizations based in the Brooklyn neighborhood situated between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, as well to a few additional participating spaces in nearby Vinegar Hill.
For its first-ever virtual edition, DOS has brought together over 100 artists and art organizations. “Visitors” can peruse the site, searching by media or using one of their handy guides, organized by theme or organization. (As with many open studio events, numerous works are also on sale at affordable prices.)
Highlights include Smack Mellon’s presentation of Jes Fan’s stark yet beguiling sculptures. Composed of melanin, resin, and other materials, the works reflect on race and colorism via organic and inorganic materials. The Plymouth street nonprofit is also presenting the work of Chantal Feitosa, a Brazilian American artist whose animations and short films utilize tropes associated with play and education to address hierarchies of language, race, and beauty in the US and Brazil. Likewise worth browsing are the dense, painterly environments of Olive Ayhens and Rebecca Levitan, and the group exhibition Para Vivir en Cuba, presented by Cuban Art Space, which features a range of works by contemporary Cuban artists. On July 30, artist Jen Ferguson will also be leading an Instagram Live tutorial on painting and drawing the Brooklyn Bridge.
So crack open a bottle of wine, fix your own cheese plate, and partake in the festivities from the comfort of your own couch or outdoor space of choice (at a safe distance from others).
When: Through Friday, July 31
More info at DUMBO Open Studios.