More than 180 registered artists are slated to take part in this weekend’s Bushwick Open Studios, a decentralized festival celebrating the neighborhood’s unique community of artists and creators. The goal of the project, which takes place Sept. 28 through Sept. 30, is to lift up marginalized communities by providing a platform for visual and performing arts. To be included in the festival lineup, an artist need only submit their work on the Arts in Bushwick website for consideration — a hallmark of the project’s commitment to inclusivity and accessibility.
There are a slew of exhibitions and events scheduled throughout the two-day period. Here are a few highlights:
- Gratten Street Performance Art block party, presented by Pine Box Rock Shop. The event features music and performances from local artists.
- Visual art presentation from self-described glitter maximalist Rosalind Tallmadge and abstract figurative painter Sunkeun Kim, presented by The Prelude Project and John Doe Gallery and Studio. The showcase includes sculpture and other forms of visual art, as well as community conversations about the work.
- At Which the Flight: Exhibition of Paintings, Prints and Sound at Ground Floor Gallery. The exhibition features artwork that encourages audiences to reflect upon nature.
Check out the full calendar here. Read on for more free events happening this week in New York City.
The Bronx Native American Festival
Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
Sept. 30; 12 p.m.- 4 p.m.
The annual celebration honors the native cultures of the Americas through the presentation of oral histories. Officiated by Master of Ceremonies Bobby Gonzalez, the festival features performances by The Silvercloud Singers and an appearance from Grupo Higuayagua.
Movies Under the Stars: Purple Dreams
Jackie Robinson Park, Manhattan
Oct 2; 6 p.m.- 10 p.m.
Directed by filmmaker Joanne Hock, the documentary film “Purple Dreams” follows inner-city, at-risk students over a two and a half year period as they find meaning and purpose within arts education, specifically through the a performance of “The Color Purple.”
Antigone in Ferguson
Harlem Stage, Manhattan
Sept. 13 – Oct. 30
Following the 2014 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Theater of War productions began workshops to create an update on the Sophocles tragedy that focused on police brutality. What resulted is “Antigone in Ferguson,” a thoughtful and engaging work at Harlem Stage that tackles law enforcement, race relations and social justice with help from audience-driven discussions. Read an interview with the creator of the production here.
Pink: The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color
The Museum at FIT, Manhattan
Through Jan 5, 2019
Organized by the museum’s director and chief curator, Valerie Steele, this exhibition focuses on the cultural and social connotations connected with the stereotypical feminine hue. More than 80 ensembles from the 18th century to present day are on display, including works from Gucci, Christian Dior and more.
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Top Image: Courtesy of Eileen Costa, Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology