February First Thursday

February 4
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

DUMBO’s First Thursday Gallery Walk is February 4, and we’ve got your guide to the robust line-up of openings, performances and cultural activity right here! This month, be sure to check out Usagi NY’s exhibit of works by architecture firm Marvel Architects, as well as a preview of photographer Irving Penn’s “Women, Warriors”at Master’s Project, and “Visualaries: A 30th Anniversary Showcase of Select Media Artists” at the Made in NY Media Center, with artists in attendance. And, don’t miss a special reading by NYFA Literary Fellows at 6:30pm.

Plus, projected onto the Manhattan Bridge, Light Year will present “Crosstalk” curated by Szilvi Nemet, featuring a selection of works from the Budapest-based “Crosstalk” platform. Projections start at dusk 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.

About Preview- Irving Penn: Woman, Warriors 

Acclaimed photographer Irving Penn's exhibition "Women, Warriors" will link Penn's first major non-commercial study—silver prints of posed nudes taken in New York between 1949-50—with platinum prints of his most ambitious personal undertaking: ethnographic portraits taken in Africa throughout the 70s. This First Thursday, Masters Projects gallery will be open for an exclusive preview of the show, which is scheduled to run from February 13 through April 9.

About Jua Kali, by Tahir Karmali 

Jua Kali, Swahili for "Fierce Sun", is a series of photographic portraits focused on the identities and personalities of informal-economy labourers in the city of Nairobi, who work under sun-drenched daytime conditions.  Karmali's work draws on the use of found and recycled objects as personal adornment, a Nairobi practice that creates "a synergy of circuits and flesh that elevate the subject to superhuman status". The exhibit will be open until March 26.

About Patricia Fabricant 

This First Thursday, the gallery at 1 Main St. is celebrating the opening of Patricia Fabricant's month-long exhibition. The artist works primarily in gouache and oil, and her work explores color, line, and the tension between geometric and organic form. Fabricant's exhibit will be open through February 28.

About Stacks: Three Decades of NYFA Writing Fellows, with an Installation by Anne Muntges 

"Stacks" is an exhibition of published works written by New York Foundation for the Arts literary fellows, accompanied by a site-specific installation by Anne Muntges, which will be open through February 12. This First Thursday, fellows featured within the exhibition will read selections from their work, after which Anne Muntges will give an artist's talk.

About A Rendering in Seven Fits: International artists-in-residence 

The Triangle Arts Association is opening its studios for a special event this First Thursday, to open the exhibition 'A Rendering in Seven Fits', a collection of works-in-progress by international artists in residence. MFA students-in-residence from the École Supérieure d'Art de Clermont Métropole, in France, will present work inspired by the hidden stories embedded in our urban landscape. Featured artists are Bruno Silva (Portugal) and Elina Vainio (Finland).

About Cris Gianakos: RAMPWORKS 

MINUS SPACE is currently featuring New York City-based artist Cris Gianakos's solo exhibition RAMPWORKS. His new, large-scale installation and accompanying drawings draw from architectural discourse, challenge assumptions about historical usage of monuments, and conceptually tie together the past and present. Gianakos' work will be shown at MINUS SPACE from January 9 through February 20, from 6-9pm.  

About Sebastian Storz: situation winter break 

Conceptual Artist Sebastian Storz lives and works in Berlin. His exhibit was on view at Museum Quality from December 21-January 21, and will re-open this First Thursday.

About Marvel Architects: Brooklyn in Process 

Usagi NY is currently showing 'Brooklyn in Process', a guided look at work by the architecture firm Marvel Architects, curated to walk you through their design process, and explore how they found inspiration for built projects. Featured are the firm's recent projects in Brooklyn, including St. Ann's Warehouse in DUMBO, PierHouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park and McCarren Pool in Williamsburg. The exhibition will be open during Usagi's regular hours now through March 12.

About The Wonder Under, by Matthew Jensen 

Artist Matthew Jensen's A Wonder Under installation, located at 99 Plymouth St. now through March 31, presents a series of compositions of cut-out photographs featuring objects found in the surrounding parkland. The objects recall a range of historical periods- nineteenth-century porcelain, obsidian spear-points, and half-dollars scatter our temporal experience across centuries. Pieces of coal invoke the area's industrial past, and situate us within this historically rich environment.