Weekend Update: 04.12.24

By Peggy Roalf   Friday April 12, 2024


When the spring downpours taper off, artists across the tristate open their studio doors. Today, DART offers the first in a rush of opportunities to visit art makers at work and a couple of related programs; these take place this Saturday and Sunday unless noted. Stay tuned for more to come.


Dumbo Open Studios 2024, 1-6pm

Visitors will see work from artists who have worked in DUMBO and Vinegar Hill for decades, as well as those participating in artists residency programs. Neighborhood cultural powerhouses, including Triangle Arts [below], Sharpe-Walentas, Smack Mellon and New York Studio School will also host open houses, extended hours, and special events. For guides and info, click here here and here



Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program Annual Open Studios Weekend in Dumbo

Festivities kick off with a reception Friday, April 12 from 6-9 PM, and continue on Saturday, April 13, and Sunday, April 14 with open studio hours from 1-6 PM.

2023–2024 Studio Program Artists: Simon Benjamin, Gaby Collins-Fernández, Joy Curtis, Luba Drozd, Danielle Gottesman, Jesse Greenberg, Carl E. Hazlewood, Esteban Jefferson, Mo Kong, Shaun Pierson, Shikeith, Elaine Stocki, Jason Stopa, Kevin Umaña, Kemar Keanu Wynter, Oscar yi Hou, and Mie Yim

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury of artists and SWSP Artists Advisory Committee members.

20 Jay Street,Suite 720, DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY Info



Other Islands Book Fair at Pratt
We are excited to participate in the second edition of Other Islands Book Fair at Pratt Institute. Organized as a space to celebrate the many relationships between independent publishing and cultivating communities, Other Islands Book Fair gathers the work of community builders, local publishers, designers, artists, zine makers, independent bookshops, and publishers on Pratt’s Brooklyn campus. Other exhibitors include Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, dispersed holdings, Gong Press, Head Hi, Nightboat Books, Pratt’s Graduate Communications Design Department, Ugly Duckling Presse, Wendy's Subway, and more.

Numerous workshops on subjects ranging from zines, bookbinding, xalligraphy and pattern design to translations of all kinds and more are offered, free, for each ticketed session.

Pratt Institute Student Union, 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, NY  Info



Saturday, April 13, 3-7pm: Art Crawl Downtown 

The Powerhouse Arts District of Jersey City hosts the third iteration of this 14C event, featuring 9+ galleries, 15 open studios, an open house for the Project 14C artist residency program. In addition, the 14C offers a Sensory Friendly Tour for individuals with sensory sensitivities, those on the autism spectrum, and anyone who experiences crowd anxiety to enjoy the Art Crawl Downtown in a relaxed and comfortable setting. For maps and info click here



Looking ahead, Thursday-Sunday, April 25-28: New York Art Book Fair

Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair (NYABF) is the leading international event for the distribution of artists’ books, celebrating contemporary artists’ publishing and the medium’s rich history. 
Initiated in 2006, NYABF is an important gathering for artists’ book publishers to distribute their work, connect with broad audiences, and nurture new and longstanding relationships. The Fair offers visitors a unique experience to discover artists’ books and explore the full breadth of art publishing, with many artists responding directly to today’s challenging political and social landscape. This year, NYABF will partner with neighboring organizations and galleries to present the full calendar of discussions, performances, book launches, and special projects that highlight interdisciplinary publishing practices. 

New York Art Book Fair, 548 West 22nd Street, New York, NY Info