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September 2012 in Brooklyn


Hot on the heels of the Summer Olympics, the fall art season should begin with the announcement, “Artists take your mark …” because a race has definitely begun! September has a healthy smattering of festivals, premier among them being “GO: a community-curated open studio project” organized by the Brooklyn Museum on Sep 8th-9th. This Brooklyn-wide event will culminate, via attendee votes tallied electronically, in a 10-artist group exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum in December. Voters must “check in” to at least 5 artist studios before they can vote for their top 3 favorites. Register (artist and/or voter) and get more information (on the 1,780 participating artists, guidelines, apps, etc) at www.gobrooklynart.org. The other monumental September event is the Dumbo Arts Festival (Sep. 28 – 30th), a three-day celebration of art, music, and performance wherein over 500 artists will participate in a variety of indoor and outdoor exhibitions, open studios, public performance, etc. For full listings and details please go to www.dumboartsfestival.com.

Other smaller but no less interesting festivals this month would include the Brooklyn Book Festival that is hosted by a variety of Brooklyn Art venues including the Dumbo Arts Center and the Invisible Dog Art Center. The “Bookend” events run from Sep.17th through Sep. 23rd and include an exhibition of “New York Drawings” by artist / graphic novelist Adrian Tomine. “Cage Transmitted” is a festival-like series of lectures and performances celebrating the centennial of seminal American composer and artist John Cage offered throughout September at the Dumbo Arts Center. Organized in collaboration with Norte Maar, info can be found at www.nortemaar.org and/or www.dumboartscenter.org. Billed as a three-day mini-performance event, “Alien(s) in New York” is the curatorial effort of London based Bean and Benjamin Sebastian in fulfillment of Grace Exhibition Space’s “Guest Curators’ Series #1”. The full listing info for this exciting series, (Sep. 7th through Sep. 9th) with offerings from the UK, Germany and the US, can be found at www.grace-exhibition-space.com.

A list of additional greatness happening in Brooklyn includes “Wackadoodle”; a group show at Ethan Pettit Contemporary (includes Gili Levy, Jan Holthoff, and Henry G. Sanchez), “WWJD”; a solo show of Jack Early at Southfirst. Artist Barb Choit and Painter Sam Martineau at Rawson Projects, Kris Scheifele’s sculptural paintings at Janet Kurnatowski, influential Abstractionist Mark Dagley at Minus Space, and the bi-level Interstate Projects’ season opener Cheon pyo Lee, at their new location! Additionally, be sure to catch Peter Krashes vibrant paintings at Theodore:Art, Nick Kline’s haunting photographs at Open Source, “Word” group show at Corridor Gallery (includes Glen Ligon, Meg Hitchcock and Iviva Olenick), and the sculpture group show at BRIC Rotunda Gallery (curated by Jamie Sterns, including Carolyn Salas, MaryKate Maher and Arielle Falk). Lastly, enjoy the enveloping, participatory installation of Andrew Ohanesian at The Boiler, the mesmerizing finishes of Norman Mooney’s smoke drawings at Causey Contemporary and works by Kirsten Stoltmann and Brian Hubble at Sugar. For detailed location, hours, and opening info, please visit our listings and openings pages. —Enrico Gomez

—Enrico Gomez