18th annual DUMBO Arts Festival transforms neighborhood into waterfront gallery

September 26, 2014 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Artist Megan Marlatt is turning her art on the critics with The Big Head Brigade. The big head versions of artists’ favorite power couple, New York Magazine’s Jerry Saltz and the New York Times’ Roberta Smith, will roam the festival, occasionally stopping to dance and check out the artwork.
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The DUMBO Arts Festival has announced its exciting 18th celebration of art on the waterfront, featuring “big headed” critics, hydroponic tomato plant sculptures, a traveling dance party, a tour of DUMBO’s industrial history and much more.

Sponsored by Two Trees Management Company, the DUMBO Arts Festival is an explosion of art throughout DUMBO for one weekend, Sept. 26-28, creating a serendipitous museum in the streets. More than 200,000 people are expected to flock to DUMBO, where the festival will unfold throughout six city blocks with more than 100 open studios and art throughout the neighborhood’s shops, parks, buildings, alleyways and more. 

“DUMBO is full of public art by extraordinary artists all year round, and I am thrilled that this year’s festival showcases our local artists as well as talents from around the world. The artists are bringing experimental and interactive pieces to DUMBO that are engaging and entertaining – there’s something here for everyone to experience,” said Lisa Kim, Two Trees’ director of Cultural Affairs.

News for those who live, work and play in Brooklyn and beyond

The DUMBO Arts Festival is the single largest free art event in New York City, bringing innovative and challenging artwork to a diverse audience and providing a career-making platform for artists from around the world. 

The festival highlights Brooklyn’s commitment to and presence in the arts community by presenting the best in local, national and international art amid the breathtaking backdrop of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline. Festivalgoers will enjoy indoor and outdoor visual art installations and exhibitions, digital and interactive art, visiting artists in studios, street murals and performances throughout the neighborhood.

The festival has been a mainstay of the arts calendar since its founding in 1997, and has recently been embraced by Brooklyn’s tech community as a place to present fun and experimental creative projects to a diverse audience. This year’s festival will be held Sept. 26 from 6 to 9 p.m., Sept. 27 from noon to 9 p.m. and Sept. 28 from noon to 6 p.m.

The 2014 festival is made possible by a number of invested local partners, including the DUMBO Improvement District, the developers of DUMBO Heights and Empire Stores, as well as returning partners M&T Bank, Chicago Title Insurance, East River Ferry and local patrons Leaf Medical and Mark Jupiter Furniture. 

-Visit dumboartsfestival.com for the full schedule and map of events.

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