Art + Culture

First Thursday is June 6

Our First Thursday Gallery Walk is June 6, which means venues across the neighborhood stay open late for openings. After last week’s heatwave, this week’s forecast calls for refreshingly sunny 70-degree weather — perfect temperature for checking out these two fabulous installations under the Archway:

  • WaterGate – For DUMBO’s newest piece of public art, Brooklyn artist Casey Opstad has transformed the corrugated metal fence under the Archway into an oasis of pixelated blue waves.
  • Sing for Hope Concert with Smith and Ninth Ward – From June 1-16, the Archway hosts one of 88 baby grand pianos placed in New York City public spaces courtesy of arts nonprofit Sing for Hope. Swing by from 6-9PM to hear the New Orleans-inspired sounds of Allison Leyton Brown and her jazz outfit Smith and Ninth Ward.

For indoor art action, our top pick is Even Romantics Love Violence at Mighty Tanaka from street artist Hellbent, who’s name references punk rocker Richard Hell. In his first solo gallery show, Hellbent’s flowing geometric abstractions juxtapose patterns and colors in an eye-catching way that plays with one’s perception and dimension. To learn more about Hellbent’s creative process, check out his interview with the Huffington Post here.

Check out the full First Thursday line-up here, and then customize your own itinerary with our handy DUMBO Decoder. Oh, and don’t forget about our neighborhood happy hour specials!

Hellbent image via Mighty Tanaka