Neighborhood Highlights

Must-See Red Hook

by Michael Hsu, 05/07/2014

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  • Look North Inuit Art Gallery
    275 Conover St., suite 4E, 347-721-3995
    Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition
    499 Van Brunt St., 718-596-2506/7
    Kentler International Drawing Space
    353 Van Brunt St., 718-875-2098
    Pioneer Works 
    159 Pioneer St., 718-596-3001
    Red Hook's art scene is eclectic and rapidly growing, and the galleries here are unique in their approach and mission. The Look North Inuit Art Gallery, for example, displays work by the roughly 30 art-producing Inuit communities in Canada's Arctic. You'll find traditional Inuit sculptures carved from various stones (serpentine, quartz, white marble) as well as photographic prints, paintings and etchings on display here. The current exhibition, for example, shows Zaria Forman's haunting monochromatic landscapes, rendered in chalk and pastel. The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, the borough's largest artist-run organization, promotes the work of local artists, with ongoing displays as well as three larger exhibitions and two national juried shows during the year. Also on Van Brunt, the Kentler International Drawing Space, located in the storefront of a former men's haberdashery, primarily features contemporary drawings and works on paper. Check the gallery's website for information on its monthly and bimonthly exhibitions, as well as regular talks by artists and curators. Pioneer Works functions as a multipurpose cultural institution, displaying a range of artwork and hosting both a film series (second Friday of each month) and open studios series (second Sunday of each month), the latter of which features free musical performances.

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