Art exhibitions in white walled gallery spaces are often described as “too sterile.” While they serve as a blank canvas so the viewer can focus on the artwork itself, sometimes the biggest distraction is the overwhelming emptiness surrounding the work.
Repurposing a space that isn’t a gallery can create a richer context for the artwork because it develops a relationship with the surroundings and this can be a unique and unforgettable experience for the viewer.
This past weekend, curators Alexa Hoyer and Elisabeth Smolarz produced an art exhibition in a florescent lit, wood paneled old medical office on Manhattan Ave in Greenpoint called “This Won’t Hurt a Bit.” It was anything but sterile. Continue reading →
This weekend (6/8-6/9) is the Grand Comics Festival from 11am-7pm at Bird River Studios (343 Grand St). Admission if FREE. There will be a ton of Brooklyn and several Greenpoint comic artists exhibiting.
Tonight, FridayJune 7th from 9-11pm, a video installation a photography exhibition called The Rink by Sarah Friedland and Ryan Joseph with music by Brian Time will be on display at Dobbin Project Space (50 Dobbin St, Storefront). RSVP.
Celebrating the New York premiere of The Rink documentary at the Brooklyn Film Festival 6:30pm, Friday June 7th at indieScreen in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
The Rink video installation will also be on view Saturday June 8th, 8pm-11pm at Dobbin Project Space.
The Rink documentary will also screen Sunday June 9th, 4pm at Windmill Studios in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Sing For Hope, a public art installation, has scattered artist-designed pianos around NYC parks – including our own McCarren Park near the Lorimer and Driggs entrance. This project’s “art for all” message invite everyone and anyone to play.
Artist Scott Michael Ackerman who painted our piano, calls it “More” and explains that, it’s been “an underlying thought in [his] head for awhile. To just do more with your time alive..listen more, love more, play more.. And just enjoy what surrounds you. Because it doesn’t stop.”
The piano will be in McCarren Park until June 16th, 2013.
WEDNESDAY 6/5 ♫ Bugs in The Dark / Gang @ Muchmore’s (2 Havemeyer St) 8pm, FREE ☺ The Regulars Comedy Show @ The Creek & The Cave (10-93 Jackson Ave.) 10-11:30pm, FREE
THURSDAY 6/6 ♦ Radiant Energy @ Beginnings (110 Meserole Ave) 7-10pm, A Two-Person Exhibition with Heather Culp and Caroline Hwang, a space for reflection, meditation, and beauty through photographs, fabric pieces and installations ♥ FitDrinks @ Awakening (607 Manhattan Ave) 8-10pm, $10, a monthly networking/cocktail party for fitness and wellness professionals to re-define the detox-retox-redux, Buy Tix ♫ Brooklyn Queen Day @ The Place Bar & Lounge (269 Norman Ave) 8pm, $6, All Ages, Up For Nothing / Fuctiphine, Jimmy Doyle & The Engineers / Yes Virginia, RSVP ♥ Opening Party @ Broken Land (105 Franklin St) 9pm, Celebrate the official opening with free Brooklyn Lager from 9 until they run out, cocktail specials, Alix Brown DJs, RSVP
FRIDAY 6/7 ♦ Relax – This won’t hurt a bit @ Medical Office (1002 Manhattan Ave.) 6-9pm, a group exhibition organized by Alexa Hoyer Elisabeth Smolarz ♦ On/Off Acid @ Calico (67 West St, #206) Opening Reception 7-9pm, curated by Martin Esteves and featuring works by Ailsa Cavers, Gary Cullen, Michael Lee, Max Reinhardt, and David B. Smith as well as short films about “the experience,” RSVP ♫ Craig Davis Band / Sexy Neighbors / Morningside Lane / The Tye Trybe @ Matchless (557 Manhattan Ave) 7pm, $10 * Animal Spirits @ East River Tattoo (1047 Manhattan Ave) 7:30-10pm, Tom Healy, Adam Fitzgerald and Dorothea Lasky will read from their newly released books, poets may be tattooed, tattooers may read poetry, or other combinations thereof, More info ♫LODRO / Life Size Maps / The Vandelles / Young Boys / Spires @ Secret Loft (247 N. 10th St) 9pm, $10, all you can drink kegs, post punk Vinyl DJ set, visual, kissing booth, RSVP ♫ Porches / Summer People / Lost Boy? / Heeney @ Shea Stadium (20 Meadow St) 8pm
SATURDAY 6/8 • Greenpoint Sidewalk Sale @ Franklin St, noon-6pm, a good old fashion neighborhood sidewalk sale, the streets will be flooded with vintage, furniture, sales, junk from the areas most beloved shops and artisans ♦♫ Crest Fest @ Crest Hardware (558 Metropolitan Ave) 1-8pm, a day of art, music, food, drinks, dancing, vendor market, free kids crafts and face painting, music by Pitchblak Brass Band / Aabaraki / Cold Fronts
Osekre & The Lucky Bastards / See Through, RSVP ♦ Peter Kyle Dance’s 100 Days @ Triskelion Arts (118 N. 11th St) 8-9:30pm, $15, exposing the artist’s versatility as a performer and testing his endurance, the work is an assemblage of impressions showcasing both expressive range and physical nuance, More info ♫ Sleepies, Street Shark, Rocket Launcher, Butter The Children @ Death by Audio (49 S 2nd St) 8pm, $7 ♫ Crocodiles / Chez Deep @ Union Pool (484 Union Ave) 9pm, $10
SUNDAY 6/9 • PS 132 Annual Kite Festival @ Citi Storage (Kent Ave and N. 11th) noon-5pm, Come fly a kite and spend a day of fun in the sun with amazing crafts, carnival rides, food, photo booth, awesome entertainment and raffles all to benefit our local Public School 132, More info * Alec Cumming and NYC Radio @ Word Brooklyn (126 Franklin St.) 4-5:30pm, FREE, Historian Alec Cumming discusses Brooklyn’s contribution to the city’s radio history, from the Yiddish stations of the ’30s & ’40s to Radio Soleil’s work in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, followed by a guided trip over to the historic radio site at Transmitter Park, More info
TUESDAY 6/11 ♫ The Menzingers / Fake Problems / Restorations / Captain / We’re Sinking @ Saint Vitus (1120 Manhattan Ave) 7:30pm, $15 • Bad Movie Presents Cool As Ice @ Berry Park (4 Berry St) 8pm, FREE, starring Vanilla Ice. Summer is heating up. Cool down… with Ice. He’s back with his brand new invention, a starring role in a Hollywood movie. Word to your mother.
WEDNESDAY 6/12 • OSA Community Committee Public Forum @ The Warsaw (261 Driggs Ave) 7-8:30pm, our chance as community members to bring your ideas for maintaining, improving and celebrating our parks in North Brooklyn, More info * Sailor Jerry Day – 102 Free Tattoos @ The Gutter (200 N 14th St) 7-11pm, 102 free tattoos in honor of the actual Normal “Sailor Jerry” Collins, the tattoo artist for whom the brand is named, choose your tattoo by throwing a dart – afterwards, a free shot of rum, RSVP
* Greenpointers’ Pick
♥ Pheremones likely
♦ Art Event
☺ Comedy Event
# Foodie Event
Have you ever wondered about the little elementary school at the corner of Norman and Eckford Streets? Three fun facts you should know: it was formerly a hospital; it is the oldest continually operating elementary school in Brooklyn; and the first ever benefit for the art education at PS 34 The Art Party happens this coming Wednesday May 22, 2013 at 7pm at From The Source (69 West St).
Come meet your neighbors, purchase amazing art, eat, drink, and dance in support of art education at PS 34 this Wednesday, May 22nd. Tickets at $40 and can be purchased at Cup at (79 Norman Ave), Greenpoint Toys (738 Manhattan Ave), or at the door.