This past March, Bushwick Art Crit Group had its inaugural meeting led by local artist and organizer Christopher Stout in the gallery of Brooklyn Fire Proof East. On Wednesday, May 16, the gallery was again filled with artists and art lovers for a unique event within the Crit Group. 16 artists had 3 minutes each to introduce the audience to their work and what they will be showing during Bushwick Open Studios, followed by a 3 minute Q&A per artist.
BUSHWICK SAYS…is back. I document lives of Bushwick residents and strangers through random pictures, quotes, stories and anecdotes. This week I encountered self-proclaimed cosmonauts, a dactylic metal-head, and a self-reflective English teacher…from Vietnam.
With Bushwick Open Studios a mere 10 days away, many galleries are preparing for openings set for that wild weekend. But as we all know, Bushwick never sleeps and never takes a break from art happenings. Here’s a handful of creative events happening in the next couple of days…
For this week’s Listening Party we bring you a double treat in the form of: 1) great music for your ears, and 2) a raucous music video, filmed somewhere in Asia, definitely on the wrong side of the tracks. It features pole dancers, break dancers and some seriously heavy vibes from the artist called Dirty Beaches. Alex Zhang Hungtai, AKA Dirty Beaches, released his new double LP ‘Drifters/Love is the Devil’, yesterday on Zoo Music.
Loud, vile, discordant, disgusting. These are few of the adjectives that characterized jazz in the ’20s and punk in the ’80s. During the week that Cannes celebrated the roaring ’20s and Manhattan exhibited the rebels of punk in galas of fine champagne, Bushwick was turning up the volume, pumping up the colors, upping the vibe and leveling up with some Banji glitter served with cheap beers and BBQ. The Secret Project Robot set up its colorful dance floor to welcome loud bands, vile performers, discordant freestylers and disgusting drags. Niches of fans came together on a dance floor that was eventually stained with sweat and (fake) blood, their steps stomping on the staleness of the ordinary.
I Am A Negress of Noteworthy Talent will feature five short films whose topics range from African astronauts in Zambia to black women vampires. The common thread? All were created by emerging black women filmmakers, a demographic greatly underrepresented in the film world. When I asked lead organizer Wendy James why the focus is on black women filmmakers, she explained: “I feel like our voices are powerful and they can deconstruct our society…racial identity really influences our perspective and it creates a unique perspective.” Wendy feels that this event is about making a strong statement in a society where “there’s an effort to silence black women.”
I met my boyfriend six months ago and I’m crazy about him but last week he told me that every once in a while he likes to get a BJ from a guy. Now he says he’s bisexual. I’m angry that he waited so long to tell me. I feel like he waited until I was in love with him. Is there such a thing as bisexuality or is he really, as all my friends are telling me, on the way to gay?
- Girlfriend Walking
Bushwick Open Studios is happening again this year and it feels even more real with the directory of 569 registrants which just went live! You can browse this historically highest number of the registered shows (551 in 2012) as long as you want to, check out your listings, the listings of your friends, conspire, plan, and start getting really excited!!!
In case you just realized you want to take part in Bushwick Open Studios, you should read the guidelines before you register. At this point your listing will appear only online, not in the printed directory but it’s still well worth it!