Today, I stopped by the Brooklyn Museum and picked up the signage and various promotional materials for the GOBrooklyn Art Open Studio weekend happening September 8 and 9. This going to be quite a big event. There are something like almost 2,000 artists all over Brooklyn participating and essentially competing for a chance to be in a show at the Brooklyn Museum.
I got copies of the map-booklet (its about 30 pages long!) and can see all the artists listed in my general area - the "Boerum Hill, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Gowanus, Park Slope, Prospect Heights" quadrant. There's no tally of the total number of artists in this area, but I count about 36 artists in our building alone, and another 9 on the same block. This is just for starters.
So it's safe to say that the Gowanus is a worthwhile stop on this tour.
Participating in this event has got me thinking about my connection to Brooklyn and how much it has changed over the years. Shockingly, I have lived here for nearly 23 years. In that span Brooklyn has gone from a place that Manhattanites were afraid of to a veritable mecca of food and art. It's great seeing the Brooklyn Museum doing something really daring and different with this tour -- really defining itself as a different kind of institution than, for example the Metropolitan Museum. I hope it's a success for the museum as much as for the rest of us.
It's going to be a crazy couple of weeks getting the word out and getting new art finished and set up. I hope everyone who's in Brooklyn that weekend (and even some Manhattanites, if they can behave) will come on the tour and see some great art!
Remember, the tour is Saturday, September 8 and Sunday, September 9, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
You can vote for your favorite artists! Check out the GOBrooklyn website to find out how!