This weekend, we can’t recommend anything better than to embrace the gorgeous fall weather and head out to Gowanus Open Studios, where more than 200 artists will welcome visitors into their studios. Hyperallergic is proud to be a media partner for the event.
Produced by nonprofit Arts Gowanus and returning for its 17th year (quite a long time in New York years), Gowanus Open Studios 2013 will be the largest edition yet. The event kicks off tomorrow night, October 19, with a launch party at the cavernous Gowanus Ballroom featuring HONK NYC, a street music, brass band extravaganza. Then, on Saturday, artists of all kinds — painters, sculptors, photographers, printmakers, ceramicists, and more — will throw open their studio doors starting at noon.
They’re scattered throughout the neighborhood, and we recommend looking at the map and directory to plan your route. But as a preliminary guide, it’s helpful to know that there are large concentrations of artists in certain buildings, including Brooklyn Art Space, which is located at 168 7th Street on the 3rd floor; you can also find more non-Art-Space-affiliated artists on the same floor and one flight down. Other hubs are the buildings at 94 9th Street, 112 Second Avenue, and 75A 10th Street/98 9th St (one building, two entrances), and the Gowanus Arts Building, at 295 Douglass Street.
Plenty of studios are scattered in between, too, so be sure to make stops and detours along the way. And if you need a break from the one-on-one visits, Gowanus Open Studios has planned a handful of accompanying events, among them a walking tour of Gowanus murals (Saturday and Sunday) and a panel on Collecting Art 101. That should be enough to work up your appetite, at which point we can think of no better way to wind down than with a slice of delicious pie.