May First Thursday

May 4
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

DUMBO’s First Thursday Gallery Walk is May 4, and we’ve got your guide to the robust line-up of openings, performances and cultural activity right here!

This month, United Photo Industries has two interesting projects in the neighborhood with receptions on First Thursday. At their gallery at 16 Main, you can see the work of (and meet!) Jamel Shabazz, who has photographed New York City for almost 40 years, capturing the change in our city. This is his last public show for the year, so don’t miss it. And at St. Ann’s Warehouse, stop by to see an exhibit by Sarah Hickson, which captures lives she met at temporary refugee camps of Northern France. After you gallery hop, stop in to Superfine–they are hosting an exhibition of INSIDERS1, a local accessories brand with New York flare; show starts at 9pm.

Plus, projected onto the Manhattan Bridge, Light Year will present “coGalleries presents,” featuring the work of three emerging artists, all dealing with political and social issues. 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 25: coGalleries Presents 

LIGHT YEAR 25: COGALLERIES PRESENTS Video Art Exhibit projected onto the Manhattan Bridge Thursday, May 4 6 - 10pm In the Pearl Street Triangle (Water St & Pearl St.) DUMBO, Brooklyn Curated by coGalleries Artists: Annique Delphine, Berna Reale and Nina E. Schönefel "LIGHT YEAR 25: coGalleries Presents" brings you the work of three emerging artists all dealing with political and social issues through various mediums. “Objectify Me”, Annique Delphine’s first short film articulated around the deconstruction of social norms regarding desire and objectification. In her performances and installations, Brazilian artist Berna Reale engages either her own body or those of willing participants to reflect


An exhibition of contemporary still life photographs, that draw inspiration from the Dutch Golden Age of still life.


Since 1999 INSIDERS1 has been creating the highest quality Leather Bags and Accessories, with NY & Brooklyn photography & Art Collages. Superfine is hosting a fashion show of INSIDERS1's Sigal de-Mayo at 9:00 of her work with the fine art images on the wall and all the example of how the images are then created into wearable art and fashion!

About Becky Hammer Carpenter at Mouth Indie Spirits + Wine Gallery 

Brooklyn-based graphic designer and illustrator Becky Hammer Carpenter will feature some works on the walls at Mouth.

About On the Passage: AICAD – NYSRP 

On the Passage (of a Few Persons Through a Rather Brief Moment in Time) is a group show of eighteen young artists from across the country who are currently participating in the New York Studio Residency Program in its final year. The artists have spent several months working together and in tangent with each other to create a site for collective action and reaction. Please join us for an exhibition of three and a half months of a multitude of investigations, discourse, and praxis.

About somthing about faces: ELEANORA KUPENCOW 

Eleanora's paintings in this show are depicting faces in her eyes come face to face with her vision. Wine and cheese will be served. Come early to meet her she will be haeding out to ariport by 7pm.

About Twenty Five Hours: Jesse Chun 

Jesse Chun's Twenty Five Hours transforms data on the Brooklyn waterfront and the East River’s tides into into visually engaging works of Concrete Poetry. Chun began the project’s research-intensive process by collecting information from diverse sources including tidal charts and predictions, historical archives, books, websites, and news articles. Using various methods of digital manipulation, erasure, screen printing, painting and drawing, she reinterpreted the found materials into an installation of text-based paintings on canvas, and pigment prints on paper and organza, that considers new translations of place, time, and dwelling. Join their opening reception. Light refreshments will be served.

About Sounds Unseen: A Photographic Memoir of The Calais Sessions: Sarah Hickson 

Join The Studio at St.Ann's for a reception of photographer Sarah Hickson. Between December 2015 and May 2016, photographer Sarah Hickson made a number of visits to the temporary refugee camps of Northern France to photograph The Calais Sessions - a live music project among musicians living in the UK, the ‘Jungle’ camp in Calais, and La Grande Synthe in Dunkirk. For the refugees she met, The Calais Sessions provided a welcome opportunity to tell their stories, to play and share the music from their homelands, or to pick up an instrument and join with other musicians. Sounds Unseen: A

About Contrapuntal: Maxine Henryson 

Combining large archival pigment prints with intimate photobooks, Contrapuntalpresents the work of Maxine Henryson. Featured are To See with My Own Eyes and Reflections in the Field of Consciousness, two poetic series photographed in Italy and Germany between 2011 and 2015. The exhibition includes seven 40-by-60-inch archival pigment photographs and three photobooks, 20, 7, and 14 feet in length. By photographing markers of complex historical contexts with elaborate use of color, Henryson explores the differences and similarities between Italian and German cultures. Intuitively capturing objects, interiors, figures, landscapes, religious sites, and views of nature, the artist transforms the ordinary into

About Invisible Float: MaryKate Maher 

In Invisible Float, Maher's first solo exhibition in NYC, she continues her exploration of materials that visually reference landscape. While working on the exhibition the artist drew inspiration from two extreme climates with unique geology and ongoing environmental challenges: the deserts of California near the Salton Sea, and the Icelandic tundra.

About Only Connect: Alison Owen 

Owen’s artwork is created with remnants and studio ephemera from other people’s art practices. Her practice is a form of conversation– a call and response between herself and the person who has contributed the materials. Only Connect is an expanded version of this type of exchange and includes the voices of A.I.R. Gallery NYC artists, National members, and current and former Fellows.

About WALDEN: S.B. Walker 

We are pleased to announce S.B. Walker's debut exhibition with the gallery, in conjunction with the publication of his book, Walden. Book signing by S.B. Walker for his new book, Walden, published by Kehrer Verlag. Walker's photographs illustrate the way this once pristine landscape is now viewed and used.  Using a large format camera, Walker captures both the grandeur and the cotidian one hundred years after Thoreau.

About Kentucky Derby Party & Art Auction Preview 

Join Smack Mellon and preview the artwork selection for the Smack Mellon annual Kentucky Derby Party & Art Auction.

About Main Window: Rene Lynch 

A Solo show at Main Window with Rene Lynch showcasing new oil paintings from, 2017.

About Sights in the City: Jamel Shabazz 

During the summer of 1980, Jamel Shabazz armed himself with a Canon AE1 SLR camera and began to photograph the landscape of his native New York City. Photographing in the streets put Shabazz right in the heart of all of the action; he carried his camera everywhere he went, from Harlem to Times Square, the Lower East Side to downtown Brooklyn, always set and at the ready. Like a fisherman seeking a fruitful catch, Shabazz ventured into locations full of life and uncertainty in hopes of capturing a unique moment. Join the Artist Reception with photographer Jamel Shabazz

About Triangle Arts Association Open Studio 

Triangle is an artist-founded non-profit art institution in New York City, working locally and globally since 1982. Our programs emphasize research, dialogue and experimentation through residencies and public programs.

About Temporal Topologies: Made in NY Media Center 

“It's natural to think that time can be represented by a line. But a line has a shape. What shape should we give to the line that represents time? This is a question about the topology, or structure, of time." Whether internalized like the body and mind or externalized like a landscape, the artists are encouraged to envision different components of how time can be portrayed or how the world is effected by time in some contemporary sense. Join them for free wine and beer, with artists in attendance!

About Coyotaje: Postcommodity 

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 Archway Lighthouse 

The Archway Lighthouse is a seasonal beer and wine concession stand in The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge created by Superfine's Tanya Rynd & Cara Lee Sparry. The Lighthouse season runs from April to October, Wednesdays - Sunday, Noon to 10pm.

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.