Art + Culture
First Thursday Gallery Walk Dec 4
DUMBO’s First Thursday Gallery Walk is December 4 and we’ve got your guide to the openings, performances and cultural activities happening across the neighborhood.
This month, our top pick is LEGAL: Street Artists from Brazil at the Porter/Contemporary Pop Up (111 Front Street #220). The exhibition features the New York debut of works from Nick Alive, Branco, Gen Duarte, Tikka and Vermelho. Here’s more from the press release:
The title of the show is a play on words. While the word “legal” actually means “cool” in Portuguese, there is a further meaning to this exhibition. In March 2009, the Brazilian government passed law 706/07 which decriminalizes street art. A progressive idea, especially to a city like New York where millions of dollars have been spent to erase such creative street developments. Brazil has continuously led the street art movement and gained international attention during this year’s World Cup festivities.
LEGAL will integrate the urban fabric of Brazil into New York City’s DUMBO neighborhood. “Brazil has nailed the concept of creating community through street art and I wanted to support that concept in NYC,” says Porter Contemporary’s Director, Jessica L. Porter. “With places like 5Pointz being painted over and new real estate replacing the old, it is important to embrace places in the city that display a daily connection between our urban environment and art.”
Local bars and restaurants also get in on the action: check out neighborhood happy hour specials here.
Image: Untitled 4 by Rodrigo Branco, part of Porter/Contemporary’s Legal: Street Artists from Brazil exhibition.