Brooklyn is to the arts what Silicon Valley is to technology. Artists of all backgrounds and trades congregate in the New York borough, collaborating and expressing themselves for the enrichment of their patrons. If you appreciate physical or performance art and will be visiting Brooklyn soon, here are five spaces that should be on your radar.
A short walk from the Morgan Avenue L Train stop, 56 Bogart Street is a creative hub in the epicenter of Brooklyn’s hippest arts district. In 2005, 56 Bogart became a designated artist production studio space. Today, the Bushwick structure is home to a dozen art galleries, including Agape, Et Al Projects, Fuchs Project, and NurtureArt. There’s always something going on at 56 Bogart. But the BogArt buzzing with more activity than usual during Bushwick Open Studios, New York’s largest annual open studios event.
The Brick is a non-for-profit theater company and theater that supports independent artists and their productions while delivering cutting-edge performance art in an accessible manner. The Williamsburg theater, run out of a former auto-body shop, hosts a themed festival every summer, but is a bustling center of artistic innovation all year long.
Another black-box performance venue whose operating group shares its name with the performance space, The Bushwick Starr has drawn theatregoers from around New York to Bushwick since 2001. Performances span a diverse range of genres, but the theater is especially big on sustainability. It runs an eco-playwriting program and hosts an annual green theater festival.
While technically in Queens, this striking space is no more than five minutes’ walk from the Brooklyn border. Cross-disciplinary collaboration is The Knockdown Center’s specialty, which means the shows here are pretty unique. This impressive former door factory, which is frequently rented out for television shoots, weddings, and other events, hosts concerts, art exhibitions, theater productions, and more.
Another cultural center devoted to experimentation in music and other arts, Pioneer Works is home to several artists’ residencies and a radio station. Pioneer Works’ galleries, open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 6pm, are free to visit. The Red Hook venue also routinely hosts concerts and other cultural events. Check out the calendar to see what’s going on on at Pioneer Works during your visit.