September 30th – October 16th, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, September 30th, 6pm-10pm
In celebration of the tenth anniversary of Bushwick Open Studios, DAVID&SCHWEITZER Contemporary and Arts in Bushwick are thrilled to present Bushwick Open Studios’ annual open call exhibition Seeking Space, with this year’s official theme, Making The Future.
The exhibition’s opening reception on September 30 will coincide with the launch of Bushwick Open Studios weekend and the long-awaited release of Arts in Bushwick’s first publishing effort, the 400 page hardcover book entitled Making History Bushwick. The book will be available for purchase throughout the duration of the exhibition.
With Making History Bushwick and Seeking Space: Making The Future, Arts in Bushwick seeks to open a conversation about Bushwick’s future as a creative community. What does our future look like? What can it look like? How can we manifest the future we want to experience?
The two week exhibition will include curated performances and discussions during Bushwick Open Studios and the following two weekends. Visual art will be curated by Michael David and Julie Torres.
The show will double as the inaugural exhibition for DAVID&SCHWEITZER Contemporary, a new gallery at 56 Bogart Street by owner/directors Michael David and Keith Schweitzer.
Michael David is a painter and the founder/ curator of the recently closed Life On Mars Gallery and now Owner/Director/Curator of his latest project in Bushwick. His first one–person exhibition was at the historic Sidney Janis Gallery in 1981 and has exhibited internationally and was represented by M. Knoedler & Co. for over two decades. His work is included in the permanent public collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Jewish Museum in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among others. His work will be featured this September at Jewish Museum in Berlin in the exhibition the Golem.
Julie Torres is a Bushwick based artist and curator focused on community-expanding projects and collaborations. Like most artists living and working in Bushwick, Torres is indebted to AiB and to the neighborhood’s early artist-run art spaces — Pocket Utopia, English Kills, Norte Maar, Storefront, Famous Accountants, Laundromat, Centotto, Pioneers of Inspiration, Camel Art Space and Airplane to name a few — for generously supporting fellow artists and paving the way for so many others to organize and curate.
Loren Munk’s 2015 painting Bushwick Map will be the exhibition’s centerpiece, highlighting some of the present day pivotal figures and spaces that have molded the Bushwick art scene into what it is currently to give a starting point for discussion of our neighborhood’s future.
Saturday (Oct 15, 3pm-5pm): BOOK SIGNING of “Making History Bushwick”
Sunday (Oct 16, 3pm-6pm): PANEL DISCUSSIONS
3 – 4 PM: The Making of “Making History Bushwick”
Moderated by Hrag Vartanian with panelists from Arts in Bushwick past and present.
4:30-5:30 PM: Making Art History Outside the Mainstream Art World
Moderator: Lisa Corinne Davis
Panelists: Deborah Brown, Loren Munk, James Panero, Krista Saunders Scenna, Cynthia Tobar.