In case you missed it, New York’s largest open studios event occurred this past Spring weekend in one of New York’s most burgeoning art districts. Now in its 9 installment, Bushwick Open Studios delivered the same unsurpassed variety, fresh content, and general weirdness as it has in past years, but on an increasingly inclusive scale. Over 1000 artists opened up their studio doors to welcome an even greater number of arts enthusiasts and Bushwick first timers alike.
I represented the former as I spent my Sunday stumbling into private studios, homes, and dialogues with an array of individuals within the neighborhood’s creative community. Amongst these exchanges, some BOS veterans in fact expressed lament at the festival’s growing size. Coupled with the intended lack of curation, it can be difficult for organizers to stop the creeping elements of commercialism and theatricality (looking at you, Morgan Ave) and near impossible for participants to visit all of the “good” sites. However, there is nothing “bad” either.
While individual opinions will form on the quality of work shown and people may talk of dilution, that is not the concern of BOS. Rather, it is open up this otherwise segregated artist community and provide a fun platform to inspire beyond its typical reach. That may mean adding more artists and expanding beyond original map boundaries, but as long as the end result is increased energy and interaction amongst those within Bushwick’s creative community and those willing to step inside, I am already excited for BOS 2016.