April First Thursday

April 6
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

DUMBO’s First Thursday Gallery Walk is April 6, and we’ve got your guide to the robust line-up of openings, performances and cultural activity right here!

This month, be sure to stop by the Media Center to meet students from NYU ITP’s Big Screen Class–they’ll have futuristic visuals on display. UsagiNY is hosting three emerging female artists exploring themes of “dualities of attraction/repulsion and perception of beauty.” And Museum Quality launches their exhibition “One Hundred Rejections, One Hundred Attempts” by Yasmin Kunz–a multimedia installation based on rejection using video, drawing, and sound.

Plus, projected onto the Manhattan Bridge, Light Year will present “Passenger Moments.” Curated by Luchia Meihua Lee, the Executive Director of the Taiwanese American Arts Council, this installment features five artists who use their personal experiences in life to expand the relationship between themselves and their subjects, and furthermore to express their concerns about the surroundings. Projections start at 6pm in Pearl Street Triangle and continue until 10pm.

Galleries will stay open ’til 8pm – plenty of time to scope out new art and pop into one of DUMBO’s small shops and grab a bite at one of the neighborhood’s many restaurants and bars. And while you’re out, stop by Blanc and Rouge for their weekly wine tasting!

See a map of participating locations here.

About Light Year 24: Passenger Moments 

LIGHT YEAR 24: PASSENGER MOMENT Video Art Exhibit projected onto the Manhattan Bridge Thursday, April 6 6 - 10pm In the Pearl Street Triangle (Water St & Pearl St.) DUMBO, Brooklyn Curated by Luchia Meihua Lee, the Executive Director of the Taiwanese American Arts Council Artists: Meng Chih Chiang, Jeremiah Teipen, Poyen Wang, Chinchih Yang, and Rosalie Yu + Alon Chitayat Passenger Moment is a title which designates reacting to a system of thought that is based on life. As humans, we are confronted with a transitory existence that is relative to the world when we arrived. Included in this exhibit are five artists

About HELEN SEAR: Wild Flower Arrangements, View Finder and Becoming Forest 

Klompching Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of outstanding new artworks, by the acclaimed British artist, Helen Sear. The exhibition features 'Wild Flower Arrangements', 'View Finder' and 'Becoming Forest' – all completed following Sear's successful representation of Wales, as a solo exhibiting artist at the 2015 Venice Bienale. Writer and curator, David Campany, has described Sear as "one of photography's foremost innovators. For her the medium is one of magic as much as realism. It is never pure, fixed or entirely knowable. Each new series presents a new set of challenges that offer up her fascination with craft and

About One Hundred Rejections, One Hundred Attempts: Yasimin Kunz 

"For the past few years, my work has revolved around the topics of nostalgia, memory and the impossibility to recall events from the past." The gallery exhibition itself becomes part of an ongoing rejection series. As the complexity of rejections and attempts to achieve perspectives from the beginning become impossible, the artist’s efforts begin to unfold as a multimedia installation.

About Christopher Lin: Breathing Room 

Humans do not need to actively breathe. We breathe automatically, sucking in and exchanging air unconsciously throughout our lives. Breathing room is a room for breathing. It is a rest stop from our automated respiration--a space to practice conscious inhalation and exhalation.

About Janice Caswell: Teeter 

Janice Caswell's work begins with structures found in the manmade landscape, in particular, things that are slightly odd or awkward, show signs of wear, and that reflect the conditions, intentions and inventiveness of the people who made them. Her mixed-media works are inspired by the thousands of such forms she encountered, documented, and filed away in a mental library of angles, patterns, and plays of light and shadow.

About JIM DOW: EAT & DRINK 

Using an 8x10” view camera, Dow painstakingly photographs the light, the atmosphere, the colors, of America’s dining options.  The alluring glow of neon beckons.   His signature style elevates and ennobles these quirky locales.

About Expanded Cinema, Vol. 2 

The Expanded Cinema, Vol. 2 showcase brings 8 of the works from the NYU’s Interactive Telecommunication Program’s 2016 Big Screens class to the Made in NY Media Center Center by IFP. Curated by Todd Bryant and Mimi Yin and featuring additional works by guest video artists from the Expanded Cinema Collective, April’s show brings some inspiring pixel origami to DUMBO for a month-long engagement. Join us for free wine and beer at the opening reception, with artists and curators in attendance.

About Robert Swain: Color as Color 

MINUS SPACE presents the exhibition "Robert Swain: Color as Color". This is the New York artist’s third solo exhibition at the gallery and it features a suite of new large-format color grid paintings.

About Elizabeth Hoy: Why does it end here? 

Why does it end here? is an exhibition of assemblage sculptures and abstract landscape paintings by Fellowship artist Elizabeth Hoy. The exhibition explores ways of perceiving the built environment and overlooked landscapes, painting as a medium, and environmental destruction and renewal. Hoy paints on location at EPA-designated Superfund sites in New York, Vermont, and Maine. As defined by the EPA, a Superfund site is any land in the United States that has been contaminated by hazardous waste and identified as a candidate for cleanup because it poses a risk to human health and/or the environment.

About Postcommodity: Coyotaje 

Art in General presents a newly commissioned installation by Postcommodity, marking the collective’s first solo exhibition in New York. Composed of artists Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez, and Kade L. Twist, Postcommodity’s multidisciplinary practice reveals and examines Indigenous cultural narratives and their relationships to broader social, political, and economic dialogues and actions. For the exhibition Coyotaje, Postcommodity continues its several years-long investigation of the military and economic life of the US-Mexico borderlands, highlighting the complex dynamics between US Border Patrol, the communities living in the San Pedro River Valley region, and individuals moving across the border.

About Dan Lam, Jaz Harold, and Yunjung Kang: Growth 

Growth is a three-person exhibition featuring Dan Lam, Jaz Harold, and Yunjung Kang ー young artists whose work is informed by organic forms and physicality of the human body. Oozing and bulbous, plush and sensuous, neon and pastel, their work explores the themes of dualities of attraction/repulsion, nature/artifice, grotesque, sexuality, and perception of beauty.

About GREASE RUST SOOT SWEAT: Linda Herritt 

Smack Mellon is pleased to present Linda Herritt’s site-specific installation, Grease Rust Soot Sweat. Based on a portion of Buckminster Fuller’s list of impactful inventions, the large-scale, text-based piece exists as a three-dimensional diagram, undulating off Smack Mellon’s largest wall.

About Shanti Grumbine: ZEROING 

Smack Mellon is pleased to present Shanti Grumbine’s intricate cut-paper works, silkscreens, and sculptures. The chosen works coalesce around the theme of Zeroing, which refers to the recalibration of value as well as the action of aiming a gun at a target.

About Stuart Wallace: RAW 

CREATIVEBLOCH is proud to present Stuart Wallace: RAW. RAW is a series in which Stuart explores layered watercolors on RAW recycled canvas. Through experimentation and use of watercolor in an unconventional means, Stuart investigates the medium through a visionary process leaving him with surprises both intended and unintended. The bold compositions use vibrant colors with a careful balance of saturation and dilution, incorporating dreamy, dripped white spaces to provide a visual rest for his audience, sure to delight the viewer. Join the opening of RAW! Wine will be served. TO RSVP for the event, please register here.