isn’t just a music festival, it’s an arts festival, with the “s” in “arts” hinting at a massive slate of gallery exhibitions, opening receptions, parties and performance art being offered by members of the Williamsburg Gallery Association
. Long one of the richest gallery districts in the city, Williamsburg’s dozens of arts spaces will open new shows, throw parties, host receptions, concerts and special events, and offer unique opportunities to meet artists throughout the festival. Everything kicks off tonight with Music in the Galleries
, a series of concerts at a dozen participating galleries throughout the area.
Friday is the monthly Second Friday
event, wherein art spaces stay open late handing out copious supplies of wine and beer, offering a first look at their latest shows and an opportunity to mingle with the artists. In an unusual spin on the theme, Like The Spice
(224 Roebling) will be hosting a sex toy party on Friday from 8-10pm, in keeping with the very sexy watercolors in their current exhibition by Reuben Negron. And what would a series of sexy art parties be without a massive, artsy afterparty? We’ll never have to find out, because the WGA’s monthly Second Friday Afterparty
takes place at My Moon (184 N 10th St) Friday night from 9pm to 2am with drink specials, DJs and a curated art slideshow from NURTUREart
While you recover, spend Saturday hanging out on the WGA block of car-free Bedford Avenue during Williamsburg Walks
, for which galleries have programmed performance art and installations from noon to 9pm. After opening his exhibition at Ch’i Contemporary
(293 Grand St), Joe Mangrum will be creating one of his massively colorful installations on Bedford at 2pm on Saturday. At Parker’s Box
(193 Grand St), Steven Brower will be performing final tests and launching his DIY astrophysics project Brower Propulsion Laboratory between 1 and 7pm Saturday and Sunday. At some point Saturday, you’ll also want to make your way over to Metropolitan Avenue between Lorimer and Union for the 8th annual Crest Fest & the Crest Hardware Art Show
. The massive opening kicks off at 1pm with over 100 participating artists (and 10 DJs) spread between the massive Crest space and nearby Macri Park (at Metropolitan and Union) for the refurbishing of which this year’s fest is raising funds.
Aside from those major special events, most galleries will be hosting smaller affairs like live performances from pianist Elizabeth Mabon at Figureworks
(168 N 6th St) Thursday from 7-9pm and Sunday from 2-4pm, or the latest in 3rd Ward
’s (195 Margan Ave) screening series on Sunday night at 7pm. And then of course there are the exhibitions themselves, which feature a spectacular slate of local and international artists working in all sorts of traditional and innovative media. For instance, there’s absurdist performance artist William Lamson presenting evidence of recent experiments – including an explosive banana mask and a drawing made by a kite – at Pierogi
(177 N 9th St). Another early favorite is the joint nature-themed exhibition by Melissa Pokorny and Julia Whitney Barnes at Front Room
(147 Roebling St), which features a green wall and playfully flawed sculptures of mundane scenes. Keep checking back throughout the festival for daily reviews of the Arts at Northside
events and exhibitions, and click here
for a complete list of events.