December First Thursday

December 1
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

DUMBO’s First Thursday Gallery Walk is December 1, and we’ve got your guide to the robust line-up of openings, performances and cultural activity right here!

Start your evening off at our 11th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting, with live music, hot cocoa, projections, and the chance to win a DUMBO shopping spree! Festivities kick off at 6pm in the Pearl Street Triangle.

Stop by the Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge to see Drift, a new public sculpture by DUMBO-based artist Leonard Uraschi. The piece consists of concrete casts of driftwood salvaged from the Brooklyn banks of the East River and the river’s old wooden piers. Uraschi positions the tree trunks root-side-up, disorienting viewers’ perceptions and expectations. It will be on view in the Archway through March 2017.

And be sure to check out the opening reception at the Made in New York Media Center for Carla Gannis: A Subject Self-Defined, new body of work that addresses issues of branded identity and online agency, and stop by Smack Mellon for Lea Bertucci‘s performance of a piece for alto saxophone and tape in conjunction with their 20th Anniversary Show. Inspired by the season, Creativebloch Gallery, LAND Gallery, and Museum Quality each present festive art-exhibition-cum-holiday-market installations.

Plus, projected onto the Manhattan Bridge, Light Year will present “Attachments” curated by Leo Kuelbs, a collection of three short films, set in three different countries, exploring what happens when fate intervenes. Projections start at 7pm in Pearl Street Triangle and continue until 10pm.

Galleries will stay open ’til 9 – 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.

See a map of participating locations here.

About DUMBO Holiday Tree Lighting December 1 

Carols, Cocoa, Calypso music & more: the 11th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting brings surprises not to be missed!

About Light Year presents “Attachments” 

LIGHT YEAR 20: ATTACHMENTS Single channel videos projected onto the Manhattan Bridge Thursday, December 1 Dusk - 10pm In the Pearl Street Triangle (Water St & Pearl St.) DUMBO, Brooklyn Curated by Leo Kuelbs. Artists: Matl Findl, Miklos Buk, and Danielle de Picciotto. “Attachments” is a set of three short films, set in three different countries, exploring what happens when fate intervenes, be it in the form of another person, an event, an affliction, etc. and attaches itself to us, effectively changing who we are forever.   It is a step forward towards blurring the lines between video art and experimental cinema.   These were

About It’s Elementary 

It’s Elementary, curated by Carolyn Martin and Sylvia Netzer, is an exhibition of works by students in New York City schools and from around the country, received in response to an open call.

About Luisa Sartori: In & Out 

Luisa Sartori: In & Out, features lighthearted reflection on the process of growth and decay that was inspired by the artist’s repeated walks through a city park.

About Overlap: Life Tapestries 

Overlap: Life Tapestries seeks to show a more complex narrative of women artists, featuring Alice Hope, Sascha Mallon, Michela Martello, Shari Weschler Rubeck, Bastienne Schmidt, Linda Stein, Martha Wilson, and Kumi Yamashita, curated by Vida Sabbaghi.

About Dineo Seshee Bopape: sa ____ ke lerole, (sa lerole ke ____) 

In sa ____ ke lerole, (sa lerole ke ____), Bopape explores the complex relationships and tensions that arise when considering land from the varied perspectives of gender and maternity, history and the politics of place, and the metaphysics of self and presence, questioning what memories are imbedded in the land, what ‘presences’ it holds, and how these might be communicated or sensed. It is Bopape’s first solo exhibition in the USA. On view through January 14, 2017.

About Creativebloc Art Market 

Creativebloch Gallery transforms into an Art Market, offering unique gifts, paintings, sketches, and prints. The gallery will host a special reception for the First Thursday Gallery Walk featuring their special Red Wine Hot Chocolate. On view through December 24, 2016.

About Art Basil DUMBO 

Art Basil DUMBO is an imitation made in respectful admiration of the enormous art fairs that take place seasonally in the art capitals. While many of those events are only accessible by the VIPs, Gallery GAIA welcomes anyone that loves to be surrounded by art. Everyone is a VIP at Art Basil DUMBO. On view through December 10, 2016.

About Hungry for the Holidays 

Hungry for the Holidays is a food-centric art exhibition featuring work by LAND artists that celebrates the universal fascination with eating. Junk food, comfort food, and “straight up disgusting” food are a constant theme at LAND, incorporating in each artist’s unique iconography. The exhibition will be accompanied by a selection of holiday gift items handmade by LAND artists, including hand-drawn buttons, ceramics, balsa ornaments, magnets, holiday cards, and tote bags. One night only.

About Natalisa Nakazawa: Visual Heteroglossia, In Absentia 

Natalisa Nakazawa: Visual Heteroglossia, In Absentia is a large-scale installation inspired by the multi-locational visual storytelling methods used in miniaturist and manuscript paintings, allowing multiple views to be included in a single plane. The result transports the viewer to a new way of seeing, asking the question, “where do you place yourself?” Viewable from the street.

About Carla Gannis: A Subject Self-Defined 

A Subject Self-Defined is presented in honor of the 10th anniversary of Cyfest. A Subject Self-Defined in a new body of work that addresses issues of branded identity; age and body estimation; catastrophe culture; and online agency via static, dynamic, and interactive “selfie” imagery. On view through December 30, 2017.

About Jan van der Ploeg: Lyrics 

Lyrics is the Amsterdam-based Jan van der Ploeg's third solo exhibition at the gallery. Lyrics features a new large wall painting alongside a suite of new, small-format acrylic paintings on linen. On view through December 17, 2016

About Museum Quality: Christmas Shop 

Through Christmas Eve, Museum Quality will function as a Christmas Shop, organized by Savannah Elisabeth Jankosky, and featuring work by artists Yasi K, Joseph Bui, Tif XB, Nina Swistel, and Marie La Tourette. On view through December 24, 2017.

About Lea Bertucci: 20th Anniversary Show 

Smack Mellon hosts a performance by Lea Bertucci, presented in conjunction with their current 20th Anniversary Show. Bertucci will present a piece for alto saxophone and tape that exists in conversation with the cacophonous acoustic environment of Smack Mellon’s gallery space and incorporates projected light reflections that respond to her body movements. One night only.

About Brett Wallace: Reserved for Engineering 

This Friday or Next Friday hosts a special performance in conjunction with Brett Wallace: Reserved for Engineering. Part product launch, part exhibition, part spectacle of production and distribution, TFNF Gallery presents a glimpse into Wallace’s company Amazing, displaying testimonials from employees hired by the artist and a video of the first drone delivered artwork in the gallery-turned-fulfillment-center alongside customized pizza boxes, drones surveillance, and employees sorting and stocking cultural goods. On view through December 9, 2016.

About Hilary Lorenz: Birding 

Throughout spring and summer 2016, Lorenz visited BBP on numerous occasions to identify and log birds she spotted in the Park, which she then made into colorful, larger-than-life linoleum block prints. These are displayed flying, frolicking, and nesting in 99 Plymouth's entryway, where Lorenz constructed cut paper representations of the Park's habitats, including the Salt Marsh south of Pier 1. The Community Room contains a similar environment, where visitors can ink and print their own pre-cut linoleum blocks, which they can then take home or add to the wall display.

About Martin Parr: Real Food 

Martin Parr: Real Food opens at Janet Borden, Inc., bringing together the best of the acclaimed photographer’s food observations – the delectable, the gross, the ridiculous, and the adorable – from around the world. The show will run until December 31st, 2016. Photo courtesy of Martin Parr

About Viktor Koen: BESTIARY: Bizarre Myths & Chimerical Fancies 

United Photo Industries (16 Main Street, #B) hosts an opening reception for Viktor Koen: BESTIARY: Bizarre Myths & Chimerical Fancies. Bestiary is the product of a long fascination with Greek mythology and early 19th Century photography. Based on a set of hybrid creatures from Greek mythology and influenced by religious iconography, Koen’s work engages social criticism by molding these archetypes into contemporary commentary where monsters and heroes become difficult to tell apart. On view through January 3, 2017.

About New York Studio School: Tangible Place 

New York Studio School, Sculpture Studios hosts an opening reception for Tangible Place, featuring work by Emily Abruzzo, John Erianne, Garth Evans, Stephen Grossman, Darrell Hostvedt, Jock Ireland, Jilaine Jones, and Chloe Munkenback, inaugurating a program of exhibitions and open studios, that will feature a diverse array of alumni, current students, faculty & guests. On view every Friday from 2:00-6:00pm, through December 9, 2016.

About Borderless: In Residence 

Borderless: In Residence features artists who have participated in NYFA’s national and international residency programs through partnerships with Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Arts in London, Basil Alkazzi Artist-in-Residence, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Artist in Residence, the Jamaican Center for Arts and Learning, Times Square Alliance, the Sheldon Museum, Flux Factory and the Node Center for Curatorial Studies.

About Blanc & Rouge 

Blanc & Rouge is a wine shop that has been serving DUMBO since 2000. The name is French, in honor of the founder's nationality and passion, but the stock is international, covering all major wine producing regions.