Art + Culture

October First Thursday

It’s the moment we’ve all be waiting for: the walls are built, the paint has dried, the work’s been hung. For DUMBO’s First Thursday Gallery Walk October 1, all of DUMBO’s amazing galleries will be open for business in their shiny spaces! We’ve got twelve galleries, four neighborhood spots, and the work of eighteen artists on display. Galleries will stay open ’til 9 – plenty of time to scope out new art and pop into one of DUMBO’s small shops. That’s right, beginning October 1, most retail in DUMBO will stay open until 9pm every Thursday for DUMBO After Hours!

And there’s more: Light Year is taking us on a journey from video art to VJing with a collection of videos that explore the dynamic relationship between contemporary video art, sonic art, live performance and cultural reflection. Projections start at dusk in Pearl Street Triangle and continue until 10pm.

Under the Archway we’re celebrating DUMB’Oktoberest with lager and sausage and a side of Sturm und Drang. We’ve got a #LiveAtTheArchway performance by the irreverent Opera on Tap, tasty eats by Landhaus, and of course, beer (+ wines, and bites) from The Lighthouse.

All events are open to the public; most events listed here are free.


About Angry Birds: October First Thursday 

Comic book superheroes and villains have long played an integral role in Johnny Romeo’s paintings. In ANGRY BIRDS, Romeo draws on a rich cast of comic book vicious vixens, ranging from Cat Woman to Bat Girl. Cheekily subverting our often male-centric associations with superheroes, Romeo’s alluringly aggressive heroines re-envision the comic book landscape. Painted with slick commanding lines and a palpable, physical intensity, the femme fatales captured by Romeo bristle with an insatiable sense of urgency and rebellion.

About Live at the Archway: Opera on Tap 

Every Thursday through October, the Archway under the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO comes alive with free performances! Live at the Archway – a curated series from the DUMBO Improvement District & The Lighthouse – showcases the best of DUMBO and Brooklyn talent, with music and more under the Archway. With beer, wine and bites from The Lighthouse, it’s the best place to be every Thursday. Live at the Archway is always free and always all ages. * OCTOBER 1 Live at the Archway presents DUMBO'ktoberfest with Opera on Tap "We like our wurst with a little angst, suffering, heartbreak, joy

About Heads Will Roll: October First Thursday 

Heads Will Roll is the fourth and final installment of Max de Esteban’s challenging and provocative Propositions series—a long term and rigorous investigation of society’s embracement of technologies, in particular, the dawn of the bio-cybernetic era.

About Paraspace: October First Thursday 

"the condition of hyperspace [that] is itself insane" - Barry Malzberg, Galaxies Participating Artists: Alfredo Salazar Caro, Andrea Wolf, Anton Marini & Danielle Ezzo, CHiKA, [DNASAb], Katie Torn, Nicolas Rupcich, Rosa Menkman, Sarah Rothberg

About This Ain’t Main St: October First Thursday 

To celebrate the launch of it's new location at 91 Water Street in Brooklyn, New York, Masters Prj is proud to announce a group exhibition, This Ain't Main St, curated by Todd Masters. A variety of media will be shown—painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, whatepaste—and a number of artists represented: Shepard Fairey, KAWS, Banksy, Massimo Vitali, Skewville, Kris Chatterson, Nick Flatt, The Yok, Sheryo & Amze Emmons.

About The Gray Question: October First Thursday 

MINUS SPACE is delighted to launch its thirteenth year with the solo exhibition Gabriele Evertz: The Gray Question. This is the Brooklyn-based artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery and it will feature a suite of new large-format paintings investigating the color gray.

About Structure: October First Thursday 

A solo exhibition by Michael Wolf, investigating the dichotomies of permanence and transience and sheltered vs. exposed. In the sculptures Wolf has been exploring archetypal forms of architectural structures and the sculptural possibilities of the forms. He has examined how openings can pierce and divide the structure, allowing shadows to be created that move with the changing light of the day.

About Three Seasons at Black Forest Farm and Jeskyne: October First Thursday 

Smack Mellon is pleased to present two solo exhibitions, Karin Giusti’s monumental installation Honorem: Three Seasons at Black Forest Farm and Michael Kukla’s first large scale site-specific project Jeskyne.

About Open Studios: October First Thursday 

Triangle invites you to our studios in Brooklyn to meet our current artists-in-residence and see what they have been working on. View works-in-progress and engage directly with the artists whose projects span painting, sculpture, film, photography, performance and more, including: Nadim Abbas (Hong Kong) Filip Cenek (Czech Republic) Gabriella Csoszó (Hungary) Wojciech Kosma (Poland) Yim Maline (Cambodia) Lucia Nimcova (Slovakia) Eng Rithchandaneth (Cambodia) Talk is Cheap: Unincorporated Language Laboratories (Colombia/Ecuador/United States) Choy Theanly (Cambodia) Triangle Arts Association is a NYC based non-profit arts organization founded in 1982 to support international and U.S. artists. Triangle’s core initiatives: Residencies, Workshops and Public

About Tokyo International Photography Competition 2015: October First Thursday 

A photographic exhibition celebrating the artists selected for the 3rd annual Tokyo International Photography Competition. The theme of the 2015 exhibition is "the Human Condition".

About Isamu Noguchi: October First Thursday 

Akari light sculpture by Isamu Noguchi Usagi NY invites a pop-up store of Akari light sculpture by Isamu Noguchi, in collaboration with the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, NY. The pop-up store offers a selection of his original lighting design at the gallery space and aims to showcase the well-considered design by Isamu Noguchi in an urban environment designed by a contemporary architect, Sou Fujimoto, setting a site-specific installation and introducing related materials on the works. Akari light sculpture was born in 1951, inspired by the Japanese traditional Gifu lanterns, which Noguchi saw during night fishing on the Nagara

About Tenacious Textures: October First Thursday 

Selections from the Collection of Joe Bloch will be on display including Anatomy and Architecture. Prints and other exclusive merchandise will be available for purchase for this event.

About Master Plan: October First Thursday 

Master Plan is an exhibition by organization Paper Jam Press Paper Jam Press is founded on the love of the process of printing and generally being happy. The posters are hand-printed in San Francisco on Vandercook letterpress, turn-of-the-century wood type letters that don't quite match. (They like it that way) Paper Jam Press was founded in 2009 by Arianna Orland as a homage to truth, love, typography and music.

About Light Year 6: “Open to Interpretation” 

LIGHT YEAR 6: Open to Interpretation Video Art Exhibit projected onto the Manhattan Bridge Thursday, October 1 7 - 10pm In the Pearl Street Triangle (Water St & Pearl St.) DUMBO, Brooklyn Works by: Cyriac Harris, Yannick Jacquet (Legoman), Chi Ka, Dev Harlan, Viktor Vicsek, Andrea Sztojánovits, Martin Daniel Gabor and Albin Bousquet “Open to Interpretation” is a publicly-presented video art show that explores the dynamic relationship between contemporary video art, sonic art, live performance and cultural reflection. Where does VJing end and Video Art begin? And how do music videos fit into this dynamic puzzle? Are there boundaries or just overlapping categories? VJing can best be