A storied destination in the creative hub of Downtown, Brooklyn, The Invisible Dog Art Center hosts art exhibits, film screenings, readings, lectures, as well as dance, music and theatre performances.

The studio-cum-gallery’s name comes from its location—a former belt factory that randomly invented the popular novelty invisible dog collar in the 1960s. Today, its residency program fosters sculptors, photographers and even doodlers, who together manufacture unique works that push the boundaries of traditional gallery artistry. Ian Trask’s Blister Pack, for example, is a futuristic, transparent cube made of plastic packaging from outdated consumer goods.

Onsite performances cover a wide range of topics—recent examples include poetic meditations on LGBT rights movement’s racial divisions and simultaneous readings of translations of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya.

Each May, the Invisible Dog  hosts an open studio weekend, allowing guests to explore the resident artists’ work spaces free of charge. If you’re in town for the event, make sure to attend the cocktail reception, where you can meet the artists and learn more about their creative inspiration.

Working with various pop up shops, and the ever-rotating flow of artists, Invisible Dog is a mainstay on the ever-changing Brooklyn culture scene. For more information, check out the Invisible Dog website here.