Art Fest: GO Brooklyn

Well I never thought I would get to have a say in the line up for an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. My only experience as a curator is limited to the clothesline on the hallway where my kids’ creations are proudly displayed. Here’s a Nico original:

Anyway, this is all about to change thanks to GO, a community-curated open studio project. This weekend, from 11am til 7pm, artists all over Brooklyn will open the doors to their studios for everyone to come by and check out their work. After you’re done visiting all the studios in your itinerary, you get to nominate your three favorite artists, and the top ten will get included in a group show at the Brooklyn Museum, opening on December 1st, 2012. This is a really exciting formula that not only connects artists directly with the public, but also engages visitors beyond the studio tour.

You can browse the great GO Brooklyn website by category (painting, craft, sculpture, etc) or by neighborhood, and add artists to your itinerary as you go. You can view your itinerary as a list or on a Google map, which is pretty awesome and makes for easy planning. On the open studio days (remember, Sept 8 & 9) you will check in using the GO app or via text message, sending artists codes to BKLYN. Once you’ve checked into at least 5 studios you will receive nomination instructions via email.

It’s interesting how technology is such an integral part of the project (browse the website to create your itinerary, check in with your mobile device) but what it’s really about is the interaction that happens by getting people out to almost 1800 registered studios all over Brooklyn, from Sheepshead Bay to Greenpoint, where the artists are present. It’s a unique treat to see artists at their workplace. So GO outside this weekend, meet great artists, get inspired, and vote!