Greenpoint Open Studios: Art in Unexpected Places

Kingsland Wildflowers is just one of this year’s unusual hosts of Greenpoint Open Studios

What qualifies art is hard to pin down, but just as slippery is qualifying what houses the art. Galleries take many shapes and forms, and Northern Brooklyn is heavily peppered with such diverse institutions ranging from warehouses and studios to parks and piers. Greenpoint Open Studios is a few short weeks away (June 2–3), and some of the featured artists may not be in the usual spaces. As is our annual tradition, we proudly offer you our guide to 2018’s Unusual Spaces.

Kingsland Wildflowers | 520 Kingsland Avenue
Saturday, June 2 | 1-8PM
Sunday, June 3 | 12-4PM
This secluded rooftop park in northwest Greenpoint along Newtown Creek will be showcasing the work of several artists. Kill two birds with one stone: explore an untouched area in the nabe and support local art. Not convinced? You can also check out artwork and chill out on Kingsland Wildflowers’ gorgeous green roof for a relaxing afternoon of sketching, drinking and watching the sun set over Manhattan.

Nha Minh. Photo: Megan Penmann
Nha Minh

Nha Minh Restaurant | 485 Morgan Avenue
This year, Greenpoint’s mainstay Vietnamese cafe is hosting Jim Damron and his playful Americana paintings.

Kate McQuillen and her dog Kassie in her Greenpoint garage studio. Photo: Ian Hartsoe
Kate McQuillen and her dog Kassie in her Greenpoint garage studio. Photo:
Ian Hartsoe

Garage Installation | 71 Sutton Street
Kate McQuillen will again be opening up her studio, which is in a garage of a home on residential Sutton Street: “Vibrant hues shifting into chromatic grays speak about the intersections of time and space, terminal points, and what lies beyond. Fuzzy, out-of-focus marks push a sense of desire, both to see and to feel; alien palettes create a feeling of displacement and immateriality.” This year she will also be hosting a screenprinting workshop! Details and signup info to come.

Josh Craig

Magick City | 37 Box Street
At the tip of Brooklyn, Magick City — a community art center — will be displaying video art and music by Josh Craig. Plus, more art by Amanda Morales, Mi$$ V (offering henna), Rhibot Art.

The Lot Radio

The Lot Radio | 17 Nassau Avenue
Brooklyn’s favorite outdoor radio studio will be showing the work of two photographers, Thomas Freteur and Arnaud Montagard.

An artist at a Go Green! event

Go Green! Art in Action | McCarren Park, Bedford and Lorimer
Greenpoint Open Studios has teamed up with Brooklyn’s 11th Go Green! Brooklyn Festival to spotlight a few artists in McCarren Park on Saturday, June 2. Expect a day of outdoor art, dance, workshops, and market scouts!

The Wedge

The Wedge | 29 Ash Street, Suite 111
This quirky wedge-shaped space will be hosting Danielle Roney and Jeffrey Conefry‘s sculptures.

CutLoose

CutLoose | 117 Dobbin Street
Hair salon meets DJ romper room meets art space CutLoose is an official Info Hub this year for GOS. Owner and stylist Siobhan Benson is a DJ herself, so there are vinyl turntables at the back of the space, and there’ll be tunes spinning all weekend. While you’re there you should also check out the walls, featuring permanent installations of surrealist work by local artist Elvis Barlow-Smith.

About Billy McEntee

Billy McEntee has been fortunate to work for arts non-profits in Boston, Denver, Berkeley, and now New York. His writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Brooklyn Magazine, Indiewire, HowlRound, Eclectica Magazine, and others. He's usually getting wine at Dandelion or eating cookies at Archestratus.

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