Dumbo Arts Center: Art Under the Bridge Festival 2009 / 2009-09-26 / SML
SML Pro Blog: 13th Annual DUMBO Art Under the Bridge Festival NYC 2009
+ 01: Overview
+ 02: Ruza Bagaric
+ 03: Brooklyn Art Project
+ 04: James Cospito
+ 05: J. F. Bautista
+ 06: Ellen Driscoll
+ 07: Fernando Souto
+ 08: Agata Olek
+ 09: Dean Russo
+ 10: Choichun Leung

D.U.M.B.O. Art Under the Bridge Festival® is an annual art festival organized by the Dumbo Arts Center in New York City.

I have lived in Dumbo for the past 6 years, and it is only until very recently that I don't get a confused look from New Yorkers when I told them where I live. DUMBO (Wikipedia), an acronym for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass, is a neighborhood in the New York City, New York borough of Brooklyn. It encompasses two sections; one located between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, which connect Brooklyn to Manhattan across the East River, and another which continues east from the Manhattan Bridge to the Vinegar Hill area.

Until the 1890s, it was primarily a manufacturing district, housing warehouses and factories that made machinery, paper boxes and Brillo soap pads. With deindustrialization it began becoming primarily residential, when artists and other young homesteaders seeking relatively large and inexpensive loft apartment spaces for studios and homes began moving there in the late 1970s.

When the luxury condos start to go up due to the outrageous rent in Manhattan, the neighborhood in Dumbo becomes a really fun place to live in. When I go out for dinner, usually sitting at the bar at Superfine, next to me are people who belong to either one of these categories: artists, construction workers or the filthy rich. The clash of profession and social status makes for *really* interesting conversations, and this is also perhaps why the art coming from this neighborhood also provides unique personality of its own.

Every year, Dumbo Arts Center organized a three-day multi-site neighborhood-wide event called the Art Under the Bridge Festival. This is an event where many artists open their studios so you can look at their work and chat with the artists in a fun and casual setting. This year I went with Mac Farr (MMF) and found many inspirational work.


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