The New York Studio Residency Program moved to DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass – a real estate name for an old neighborhood) in 2007 after 23 years in the Tribeca area of lower Manhattan. We chose our new neighborhood well; it has just been granted landmark status, it has been designated the fastest growing neighborhood in New York, and it is unique in allocating much of its real estate, such as our building, to artists and arts organizations. DUMBO’s current vitality is very much a function of its rich and varied cultural offerings. During the 1980s and 1990s artists and designers flocked to DUMBO to take advantage of the loft warehouse spaces and artists effectively transformed the neighborhood. Today, world-class visual and performing artists, art organizations, galleries, theater companies, and designers, continue to live and/or work in DUMBO. Sculptor and multimedia artist Vito Acconci, photographer Nelson Hancock and the avant-garde theater company the Wooster Group are just a few of the cultural jewels who call DUMBO home. The New York Studio Residency Program has also been recognized as such and is now included in all cultural listings.
Open Studios during the Art Under the Bridge Festival
Over the last few years the cultural presence in the area has grown tremendously. A myriad of galleries, performance spaces, and artists’ studios have opened and are attracting visitors and critical attention. The umbrella organization Arts at St. Ann’s moved into DUMBO during the fall of 2001 and has presented such illustrious musical acts as David Bowie, Laurie Anderson, and the Tindersticks, in the last year alone. Dance and theater companies who’ve made the Warehouse their New York home include the Elizabeth Streb Dancers, the Builders Association, the Ridge Theater, and the Wooster Group. In November and December of 2002, St. Ann’s drew crowds from far and wide for Estelle Parsons’ acclaimed production of Oscar Wilde’s Salome. Al Pacino, Marisa Tomei and Dianne Weist led the cast.
DUMBO Arts Festival
During the weekend-long DUMBO Arts Festival each Fall, thousands of visitors take advantage of the 200-plus arts events that go on both indoors and outdoors. The New York Studio Residency opens its studios to the large and eager public for two of the festival days, providing a look at the Program participants’ studio work. The visiting public can even formally vote its choice for the best artist with provided vote cards. The summer film series in Empire State-Fulton Ferry Park along the waterfront is also a popular attraction. As a night-time destination, DUMBO’s Lunatarium is one of the spaces that offers multimedia dance parties on weekend evenings.
DUMBO Art Center
DAC presents a year-round program of new exhibitions in its gallery, commissions site-specific art and provides educational programs for artists and high school students.
As one will gather from a visit, there is always something going on in DUMBO. A theater performance or a music concert. An art gallery opening or an outdoor film screening; an impromptu sidewalk performance or an outdoor public art installation; and of course, the view from here is itself a work of art.
Calendar of art events & artist resources in NYC
Go to the Vulture pages of New York Magazine for all New York City arts events: nymag/arts
|September||Opening of the New York Gallery Season in Bushwick, Chelsea, Lower East Side, Greenpoint, Upper East Side, Williamsburg and Dumbo.|
|New York Fashion Week and Fashion Night Out|
|October||Spectacular Fall foliage in extraordinary Central Park
Greenwich Village Halloween Parade
|November||New York City Marathon
Thanksgiving Day Parade
|December||The NYSRP is a group member of the Brooklyn Museum|
|February||College Art Association Annual Conference (New York) art panels and job interviews|
|March||SCOPE Art Show New York 2013|
|April||AIPAD International Photography Art Dealers Show|
|May||Frieze Art Fair|