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Art on the Hook

What do a Civil War-era Red Hook warehouse, live music and contemporary art have in common? Art in Free Fall, The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists’ Coalition’s Fall Group Art Show, which opens on Saturday and runs through Oct. 26. The exhibition will feature photography, sculpture, painting and much more, accompanied by live jazz, blue grass and other music. The month-long, weekends-only show is free, though the art is not; works range from a modest $25 to $30,000.

Art in Free Fall (499 Van Brunt St., south of Reed Street in Red Hook), weekends from Sept. 13-Oct. 26, 1–6 pm. Free. Call (718) 596-2506 for information or visit

The Back 40

The Brooklyn Museum’s renovated Contemporary Art Galleries launches a new era this fall with an exhibit, “21: Selections of Contemporary Art from the Brooklyn Museum,” which places 40 works on long-term view. Now you can ogle Andy Warhol’s Fragile Dress (1966), among others, almost every day of the week.

“21: Selections of Contemporary Art from the Brooklyn Museum” opens Sept. 19 at the Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Pkwy., between Underhill and Washington avenues in Prospect Heights), which is open Wed–Fri, 10 am–5 pm; and Sat–Sun, 11 am–6 pm. Suggested contribution is $8. Call (718) 638-5000 or visit for information.

Art for real men

Tired of celebrity-laden paparazzi pics? Want to know what the average Joe looks like? Check out photographer Blake Little’s solo show, “The Company of Men,” at DUMBO’s Wessel + O’Connor Gallery. Little, who does indeed photograph celebs for fancy glossy magazines, said this exhibit is all about photos that are “the antitheses of a celebrity shoot.”

“The Company of Men” runs Sept. 18–Nov. 11 at Wessel + O’Connor Gallery (111 Front St., between Washington and Adams streets in DUMBO). Hours: Wed-Sat, 11 am-6 pm. Call (718) 596-1700 for info.

Lookout below

The 12th annual “Art Under The Bridge Festival” will again transform DUMBO — the above-referenced neighborhood under the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges — into one giant art project. Everything will be fair game: event planners promise public art projects will be made on the water, in lobbies, elevators, sidewalks and anywhere else you can think of. Last year, that even meant a guy running down Water Street dressed in a pink, green, purple and black camouflage-style body sock. Yes, it’s art, people!

Studio canal

A walking-tour of the Gowanus Canal never smelled so good. Visit 28 artists’ studios to see what life is like for the brave souls toiling away in all those abandoned-looking factory buildings along Brooklyn’s foulest waterway.

Gowanus Artists Studio Tour, Oct. 18-19, 1–6 pm. Free. Call (718) 393-8383 or visit for a full map and information.

“Art Under The Bridge Festival” takes over DUMBO, Sept. 26–28. Free. Call (718) 694-0831 or visit for info.

Updated 5:08 pm, July 9, 2018
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Peter J. Ketchum from Prospect Heights says:
Your readers braving the Back 40 to go to the Brooklyn Museum could amble down Washington a few blocks and see a tough little I-think-I-can show (39 works) called "The Minstrel Show 2008" by Jamel Cupid at Gallery on Dean, 755 Dean Street. One short block left of Washington and slightly beneath the Brooklyn Museum!
Sept. 11, 2008, 3:40 pm

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