Bushwick, Brooklyn–Jason Andrew and Norte Maar bring back the late night in Bushwick with the tenth edition of Beat Nite featuring just 10 art spaces selected by guest curator Bushwick original, Austin Thomas artist and owner of Pocket Utopia. Beat Nite will be held Friday, February 28 with selected spaces will be open 6-10pm followed by a huge after party at The Narrows (the original home of Austin Thomas’s project space Pocket Utopia). Beat Nite is sponsored by Hyperallergic. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Austin Thomas, artist and gallerist (gallerartist) has selected a tour night of Bushwick / Ridgewood art spaces that ensures viewers a chance to experience the “buzz of creativity and the aura of being at the vanguard of contemporary production.”
My intention is not to define a night of neighborhood art openings but rather to collaborate on a happening of novel experiences in the broadest sense to include painting, sculpture, drawing and a wide range of visual and creative practices. -AT
From apartment gallery to alternative space, artist run spaces to established galleries, this installment of Beat Nite has it all! First time participants Orgy Park, Parallel Art Space, and Studio 10 will mix it up with venerable Beat Nite participants like English Kills.
Beat Nite made its neighborhood debut in February 2009, featuring all of Bushwick’s alternative art spaces and galleries—at the time, only seven. The event grew into a biannual occurrence offering an awesome neighborhood-wide event that many have labeled “half art stroll, half bar crawl.” With over 50 galleries and alternative spaces now in Bushwick/Ridgewood, since 2012 a special guest curator has been invited to select just 10 spaces from the community’s many great offerings.