One of New York City’s largest artist enclaves is opening its doors to the public May 18-19, 2019. Industry City Open Studios offers the public a behind-the-scenes look into the customized creative spaces of Industry City’s many artists, makers, and manufacturers. The annual event, now in its sixth year, gives visitors a rare opportunity to access the artists’ studios as well as meet with the artists and experience the process of their work being produced firsthand.
The art scene at Industry City has continued to grow over the past six years and is currently home to more than 100 artists. The list of participating artists and makers features a diverse range of creatives, including painters, sculptors, photographers, performance artists, stained-glass artists, video artists, textile designers, woodworkers, jewelers, graphic designers, and other makers and manufacturers. A complete list of participants is available here.
“Industry City has been such a lively place to create – from the variety of artists and businesses to the community that’s formed from it – the place hums with activity,” said Tara Marchionna, a textile artist based at Industry City. “I’m excited to show my work during Open Studios since it gives a rare opportunity to exhibit to the public. Most people have never seen a loom, so to demonstrate my process in person is invaluable.”
“My career in public art requires me to work in many different disciplines including design, engineering, technology, politics, and business. It is great to be in such a diverse, creative atmosphere that reflects the multifaceted nature of my practice,” said Adam Frank, an artist, inventor and product designer based at Industry City.
Printed guides to help visitors plan their tours and locate studios of interest will be available in the Innovation Alley. The entrance is located at 238 36th Street, Building 2. The event will run from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily.
The campus is easily accessed via the D/N/R subway lines to 36th Street, the BQE 39th Street exit and more than ten different bus lines. Parking is available at 2nd Avenue and 35th Street. The event is happening alongside the Industry City Design Festival by WantedDesign, an international design showcase that is part of NYCxDESIGN. While at Industry City, visitors can enjoy food offerings from more than 30+ vendors and shop at a wide range of design retailers.
Industry City is a 6 million-square-foot mixed-use complex comprised of 16 buildings spanning 35 acres on the waterfront in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The property’s ownership – led by Belvedere Capital, Jamestown and Angelo Gordon & Co. – is transforming the complex, while cultivating a diverse tenant mix that fuses today’s burgeoning innovation economy with traditional manufacturing and artisanal craft. To date, the transformation has included over $400 million of infrastructure improvements, the addition of destination courtyards, experience-driven dining, retail and other amenitization and event programing. This work is paving the way toward a vibrant and diverse community of forward-thinking companies that support good-paying jobs for workers across skill and experience levels. Since the new partnership was forged in August 2013, businesses based at Industry city have grown by an average of 100 jobs per month, increasing employment from 1,900 jobs in 2013 to 7,500 jobs today. www.industrycity.com