Bushwick has become an epicenter of art, boasting some of the boldest, most cutting-edge galleries and performance spaces in the entire city. If you love art and you haven’t hopped on the L train, you’re totally missing out. Here are our five favorite art galleries in Bushwick. By Jessica Allen.
Founded in 2007, English Kills represents a bunch of artists, offering solo shows to the likes of Jim Herbert, Holly Faurot and Sarah H. Paulson, and Don Pablo Pedro, in a range of media, from paintings to drawings to installation-specific assemblages to performances. Wondering about the name? English Kills is a tributary of Newtown Creek, a Superfund site that runs through the neighborhood.
Representing some of the art world’s most luminous stars, Luhring Augustine has a sister outpost in Chelsea, showing the super-close ties between the two artsy nabes. (Indeed, the Chelsea location has been around since 1985.) Recent shows include new work by Josh Smith, Rachel Whiteread, Christopher Wool, Janine Antoni, and Philip Taaffe, in the areas of video, photography, drawing, painting, and sculpture.
Founded by artists in 2010, Microscope Gallery “addresses the unnecessary divide between the white box setting of the gallery and black box of the screening/performance venue.” Exhibitions and weekly events feature both new and established artists, who primarily work in the areas of digital, performance, sound, and moving images. Check the calendar for weekly lectures, performances, screenings, and readings.
A nonprofit gallery founded in 1986 by a group of artists, Momenta Art seeks to “encourage the examination of urgent contemporary issues through aesthetically sophisticated forms” via a series of inter-related programs. The gallery publishes an annual catalog, regularly holds educational programs and public events, boasts a substantial video library, and puts on exhibitions of work by underrepresented and emerging artists.
“Our name is our mission” goes the motto of NUTUREart, a gallery dedicated to exhibiting and promoting contemporary art, and that’s been on the scene since 1997. In addition to exhibitions and Muse Fuse, a salon-style discussion series, the gallery offers several programs that put young people and educators in touch with curators and artists. Also worth noting: 56 Bogart Street, also known as The BogArt, is home to several artist studios.