As with SoHo decades before, Dumbo went from being a decaying post-industrial neighborhood, to a destination for artists looking for cheap loft space, to an upscale neighborhood popular with tourists. And, like SoHo, Dumbo is rich in artist’s studios, non-profit art spaces, and art galleries.
Two Trees Management recently helped four local galleries relocate to storefront locations along Plymouth Street and the former Galapagos Art Space building (located on the corner of Main Street and Water Street). If it’s been a while since you immersed yourself in the local art scene, Dumbo is a great place to spend the weekend gallery hopping. Here’s a list to get you started.
Insider tip: All galleries will continue to be open late each month, from 6 to 9 p.m., for the DUMBO First Thursday Gallery Walk.
This cutting-edge contemporary photography gallery has called Dumbo home since 2007. Over the years, Klompching has showcased an impressive roster of artists, including Simon Roberts, John Blakemore, and Helen Sear. They’re inaugurating their airy new home on Water Street with a showcase celebrating Helen Sear’s work — stop by before July 2.
Klompching Gallery photo courtesy of Facebook.
Minus Space via Facebook
Minus Space specializes in contemporary reductive abstract art. Not sure what that is? Head to the gallery’s light-filled Main Street space and find out. Robert Swain’s color-drenched paintings will be on display until July 4.
United Photo Industries “The Fence” photo via Facebook
United Photo Industries
If you live or work in Dumbo, you’ve probably noticed “The Fence.” Launched in 2011, the art installation displays photographer-submitted pieces on a fence that winds 1,000 feet under the Manhattan Bridge. The art installation is the brainchild of United Photo Industries. A must-visit for shutter fiends, their Main Street gallery spotlights emerging photographers from around the globe. UPI is also the force behind Brooklyn Bridge Park’s annual Photoville photography festival.
Masters Projects via Facebook
This Water Street gallery houses an interesting mix of international contemporary art. Past exhibits have ranged from mixed-media to street art to sculpture.
A.I.R. Gallery via Facebook
When it opened in 1972, the A.I.R. (Artists in Residence) Gallery was the first all-female cooperative gallery in the United States. Located on Water Street, the permanent exhibition space supports the work of hundreds of women artists each year. A.I.R. also hosts interesting lectures on feminism and art.
Gallery GAIA via Facebook
Done with the Main Street art circuit? Take a (small) detour to Gaia Gallery. Located on Hudson Avenue, the intimate art space showcases emerging contemporary artists.