Two Trees is dedicated to maintaining a diverse group of commercial tenants who exemplify DUMBO’s identity as a place where entrepreneurship, creativity, and community engagement are celebrated. Recognizing that market rents are not feasible for all, the Cultural Space Subsidy Program awards affordable studio space to artists who best demonstrate their intent in providing a social benefit to DUMBO and the broader community. Emerging and mid-career artists with a strong exhibition history or community-focused practice are eligible to apply.
Located in landmarked, industrial loft buildings, available studios range from 500–2,500 RSF and have windows, air conditioning, and heat. The majority of available studios are 1,000–1,500 RSF. Two Trees commercial buildings have shared amenities for all tenants, including communal conference rooms, secure bike storage, and roof decks as well as 24-hour freight elevator and loading dock access.
Details of the license agreement entail reduced rent of $12/RSF per year. For example, a 1,000 RSF space would be $1,000 per month plus utilities. License agreements will last up to three years with no option for renewal. Tenants pay all applicable common charges, real estate taxes, and utilities.
Note that tenants must maintain an active professional practice. Studios may not be used for performances, rehearsals, storage, or sublet to other groups or individuals. Highly toxic chemicals, welding, and high-powered electrical equipment are prohibited. Living in Two Trees commercial spaces is strictly prohibited.
The application period closes on May 31, 11:59pm (ET). Recipients will be contacted in September 2022. License agreements will begin in early 2023, with an expiration date of December 31, 2025.
To learn more and apply, visit twotreesny-cssp.submittable.com.
Special Edition: 🖌️Artists’ Signatures ✍️
In this special edition, we investigate what artists’ signatures actually mean, and the fascinating results reveal the multifaceted history of this curious phenomenon.
What Is a Signature in the Internet Age?
As a cryptographic unit for record-keeping, an NFT can be seen as analogous to a signature or an autograph.
The Public Theater Explores the Hurricane Katrina Diaspora in shadow/land
Written by Erika Dickerson-Despenza and directed by Candis C. Jones, this lyrical meditation on legacy, erotic fugitivity, and self-determination is on view in NYC.
The Meaning of Ancient Greek and Roman Artisan Signatures
What did a signature mean in the ancient world, and how much can we trust what they seem to tell us?
Michelangelo’s Signature and the Myth of Genius
Michelangelo served as a stellar example for future artists who sought status and economic independence.
The Rubin Museum Presents Death Is Not the End
Tibetan Buddhist and Christian works of art made across 12 centuries explore death, the afterlife, and the desire to continue to exist. On view in NYC.
Uncovering the Photographer Behind Arshile Gorky’s Most Famous Painting
As we pursue photographer Hovhannes Avedaghayan a fascinating picture begins to emerge of him and the world of which he was part.
100 Years of Artist Signatures in a Detroit Club
The beams in Detroit’s Scarab Club act as a guest book of sorts, carrying a wealth of stories and history, including signatures by Diego Rivera, Marcel Duchamp, Margaret Bourke-White, Isamu Noguchi, and others.
When I Am Empty Please Dispose of Me Properly
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The Myth of Agency Around Artists’ Signatures
In an art world built on shifting sands, artists’ signatures become symbols of agency for some, and relics of the past for others.
The Women Artists Commemorated on an NYC Sidewalk
The signatures of Rosa Bonheur, Mary Cassatt, and six other historical women artists are engraved on a small stretch of sidewalk on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Pratt’s 2023 Fine Arts MFA Thesis Exhibition Is On View in Brooklyn
The two-part exhibition features the work of 41 graduating artists across disciplines, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, and integrated practices.
Met Museum Repatriates 15 Objects to India
The sculptures were all at one point sold by the disgraced art dealer Subhash Kapoor.
Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova Placed on Russian “Wanted” List
Tolokonnikova has long been a thorn in the side of Vladimir Putin’s regime.