September First Thursday

September 7
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The art season starts right here in DUMBO on September 7th with our First Thursday Gallery Walk, and we’ve got your guide to the robust line-up of openings, performances and cultural activity right here!

This month, be sure to head over to A.I.R. Gallery during their four week four artist micro-exhibition series celebrating the gallery’s 45 year history. And don’t miss the Made in NY Media Center’s new virtual reality experience with BLINK VR’s projection dome. Bring your friends because this immersive VR exhibition is designed for groups!

Under the Archway, be mesmerized by the magic of flamenco at our free concert by Espiritu Gitano, with vocalists, dancers and more.

Plus, projected onto the Manhattan Bridge, Light Year will present “We The Hell Am I,” featuring four artists–two indigenous, two American–exploring the building blocks of identity and highlighting their fluidity as evolutionary armor.

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!

First Thursday is presented in conjunction with Art in DUMBO.

About Light Year 29: We the Hell Am I 

LIGHT YEAR 29: We the Hell Am I Video Art Exhibit projected onto the Manhattan Bridge Thursday, September 7 7 - 10pm In the Pearl Street Triangle (Water St & Pearl St.) DUMBO, Brooklyn Curated by Erin Joyce Projects Artists: Andrew Erdos, Nicholas Galanin, Liss LaFleur and Dylan McLaughlin. How do we create identity? Is it entirely of the self, or are there ancillary factors that influence the way we identify our persona. We The Hell am I, redresses and examines place, past histories, gender roles, traumas, contemporary mythologies, and movement through time and space as an amalgam and pastiche of complex identity construction. Featuring works

About Chantal Calato: Missed/Unseen Triangle 

Calato says her work is influenced by industrial waste, including "Niagara Fall's conflicted history." Her series "Missed" includes three oil on canvas paintings. Her tryptic "Unseen Triangle" represents three addresses in Brooklyn. On view August 3-October 9, 2017.

About Joseph O’Donoghue: A COOL 25 

Award winning artist Joey O'Donoghue presents A COOL 25, a compilation of 25 years of work involving sculpture, decor, jewelry, fashion, modeling, photography, tv, movies, videos, and cartoons. On view September 7-November 1, 2017.

About BRDG Studios Presents: BLINK VR 

As part of IFP Week 2017, the Made in NY Media Center has partnered with BRDG Studios to debut BLINK VR – a new virtual reality experience for groups, without the headset. BLINK VR is a rentable projection dome for groups to experience virtual reality together. Everyone loves VR but no one likes feeling foolish in a headset. VR can and should be experienced in groups and users should retain their dignity. A call for entries is now open – come to the opening on 9/7 to see the amazing content that's been selected for exhibition. Join the Media Center at the

About Patty Smith & Claire Fouquet: On the Other Side 

On the Other Side: Collaborative works by Patty Smith and Claire Fouquet, a dual artist show considers the suffering and triumphs of migrants, while reflecting on the contributions made by newcomers to the layers of historical, cultural, and experiential landscape. On view September 7-October 8, 2017.

About Joan Snitzer: Chromophore 

Joan Snitzer: Chromophore features new paintings and represents Snitzer's ongoing pursuit to express the poetic and dynamic relationship between our histories and our current visual surrounding. On view September 7-October 8, 2017.

About bas-Cohain, Gedeon, Kazuko, Weber: Four Weeks and Forty-Five Years 

Four Weeks and Forty-Five Years comprises a series of micro-exhibitions, each dedicated to a work or small set of works from a single artist who has been part of the gallery’s 45-year history, including Rachel bas-Cohain, Christine Gedeon, Kazuko, and Tenesh Weber. On view September 7-October 8, 2017.


Janet Borden, Inc. presents FRED CRAY: DISSOLVE, with an artist reception on Thursday, September 7, 5-8 pm. On view September, TBD.

About Ernesto Gonzalez and Steve West: “I really want to go home with you. How much am I worth?” part III 

Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to previous 68 Jay St Bar event, Gonzalez and West will once again be presenting original artworks (including Polaroids), studies and previously unshown works for purchase. The price of the pieces offered will be determined through a dialogue between guests and the artists. To challenge the traditional method of selling art, attendees will be encouraged to begin by offering what they believe the available artworks are worth, while factoring in what they can afford. On view September 7-September 9, 2017.

About BLOCH & CAIAZZA: September Open Studio 

Come see new work by Caiazza and Bloch. Originals, prints and gifts will be available. Free signed print for the first 20 guests. On view September 7-September 30, 2017.

About Art in General: Summer Residency Show 

Art in General's summer residency program is in its last month! During DUMBO First Thursday Gallery Walkm come meet their 4 residents from across Eastern Europe, and hear about and discuss their works-in-progress being developed as part of Art in General’s Summer Residency Program. Participating artists include: András Cséfalvay (Bratislava, Slovakia) is a video artist interested in alternative forms of storytelling that give voice to animal, cultural, human and object-based perspectives otherwise silenced by dominant world interpretation. Justyna Górowska (Skawa, Poland) is a performance artist whose work explores posthumanism and the boundaries between being and non-being. Gábor Kristóf's (Budapest, Hungary) practice examines the overlap

About Ryan Sartin: Escape 

Raised in the Midwest, Ryan Sartin is a conceptual abstract painter with emphasis on materials such as fabric, plastics, gold leaf, mud, and ash. A former touring drummer, Sartin finds inspiration in places visited and the various cultural values and meanings placed on objects and spaces. For years he was involved in the DIY art and music scene of Brooklyn, staging several multidisciplinary art spectacles. Combining familiar materials of the home such as upholstery, wallpaper, and bedding, his work merges interests of the everyday with themes of the phenomenon found within ceremonies, decoration, and mysticism. His process at times involves

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.