Bushwick Open Studios, organized by the non-profit Arts in Bushwick (AiB), has grown, over its eight years, into the city’s preeminent showcase of its creative talent. Centered around the Morgan L station, this year, it will feature over 600 individual open studios, group shows, and events, sprawling out to include sections of East Williamsburg, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Ridgewood. It kicks off on Friday, Friday, May 30, with a launch party at Radio Bushwick, with musical acts including Silverteeth, Culture Vulture, Life Sized Maps, Star Rover, and Broke MC. Then on Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1, participating artists will open their studio doors from 12-7pm. During this time, visitors will have the opportunity to speak with the artists and experience cutting-edge works of art first-hand. Detailed profiles of participating artists, including images of work, can be found in the artist directory.
Free maps will be available at a multitude of local businesses and galleries or “Hubs” to help guide visitors navigate the Open Studios. The full list of “Hubs” can be found on the AiB website.
While the most fun can be had randomly exploring the open studios and chatting with artists, AiB has organized a number of official showcases and events, which include:
BOS 2014 Launch Party, Friday, May 30, 8pm-4am, Radio Bushwick, 22 Wyckoff Ave., $10 Entry
Seeking Space Exhibition, Opening Reception Friday, May 30, 7pm-12am, Gallery Hours, May 31-June 1, 12-7pm, The Active Space, 566 Johnson Ave.
Being Bushwick Performance Art Showcase, Saturday, May 31, 6-9pm, 195 Morgan Ave.
Electronic Music Showcase, Saturday, May 31, 9pm-4am, Bizarre, 12 Jefferson St., No cover, ages 21 and over
AiB Panel Discussion: The Role of Art + Funding Progress, Sunday, June 1, 5-6pm, Brooklyn Fire Proof, 119 Ingraham St.
Panelists will include Ben Davis (Executive Editor, Artnet and author of 9.5 Theses on Art and Class), Hrag Vartanian (editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic), Deborah Brown (artist and director of Storefront Ten Eyck Gallery), Natalia Nakazawa (artist, EFA Studios Program Manager, Smack Mellon Art Ready Mentor), and panel moderator Alexis Clements (Hyperallergic).
CinemaSunday/BOS 2014 Closing Party, Sunday, June 1, 5pm-1am, Bizarre, 12 Jefferson St.
More info is available on the Arts in Bushwick website.