After taking a year off due to COVID-19, Gowanus Open Studios (GOS) returns stronger than ever for its 25th year. Hosted by Arts Gowanus on the weekend of October 16–17, Gowanus Open Studios is Brooklyn’s biggest celebration of local art and artists. More than 400 artists, businesses, and venues in greater Gowanus will open their doors, giving the public a rare glimpse inside the former factories, warehouses, and studio buildings of this vibrant neighborhood. Artists will be on hand to discuss their work, share their processes, and showcase their latest projects. Partner businesses in the neighborhood will be offering discounts.
In order to keep the creative community strong, vibrant, and connected, Arts Gowanus has included more than 50 artists who had no place to exhibit (many of them lost their spaces in 2020). This year’s open studios will have several locations for these artists; a number of them will be showing at 540 President St.
GOS 2021 features venues and studios from Atlantic Avenue to 23rd Street and from Hicks Street to 7th Avenue. Visitors are welcome to explore these spaces in any order. However, those unsure of where to begin may want to start with some of the biggest studio buildings, each of which boasts dozens of participating artists. From any of these, visitors will be in a good position to stop by smaller studios.
Suggested tours have also been curated by renowned curators, artists, and community leaders, found here at GOS 2021 Self-Guided Tours. An online directory and map offer background on artists as well as a walking guide to the neighborhood. Printed maps will be available at various locations, and signs and balloons will identify each open studio building.
The weekend will culminate in a closing party held at the Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse with music, food, drinks, performances, and a few special surprises. Don’t miss your chance to see the wide range of art being created in this unique and creative neighborhood.
For more information on Gowanus Open Studios 2021, visit artsgowanus.org.