This fall, more than 300 artists, businesses, and venues in Gowanus will open their doors to the public, providing a rare glimpse inside the studio buildings, former factories, and warehouses of this vibrant neighborhood. Artists will be on hand to discuss their work and showcase their latest projects; this event also offers the unique opportunity to purchase work directly from artists.
Gowanus Open Studios comprises nearly 100 venues. An online directory and map will offer background on artists as well as self-guided walking tours curated by renowned curators, artists, and community leaders. Printed maps will be available and signs will identify each venue. Those unsure of where to begin can start with the largest studio buildings, each of which boasts dozens of participating artists. From any of these, visitors will be in a good position to stop by smaller studios and curated exhibitions.
In keeping with Arts Gowanus’s mission to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion within the arts, the organization will once again secure exhibition space for dozens of artists who have been displaced from the neighborhood.
“Given the recent rezoning, this neighborhood is quickly changing. Gowanus Open Studios is more important than ever, because we need to remind Brooklyn that there’s a strong creative community that needs to be supported and protected,” said Arts Gowanus Executive Director Johnny Thornton.
The weekend will culminate with a closing party held at the Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse featuring music, food, drinks, and a few surprises. The backdrop for the closing party will be a portrait mural of many of the artists working in Gowanus, created by Arts Gowanus Executive Director Johnny Thornton and Program Director Emily Chiavelli.
Don’t miss your chance to see the wide range of art being created in this unique neighborhood.
For more information, visit artsgowanus.org.