Freaturing Selected Bushwick/Ridgewood
Alternative Art Spaces and Galleries
Curated by James Panero
I am delighted to serve as the curator for "Beat Nite All Stars." Beat Nite is THE Bushwick art crawl. It's a neighborhood celebration where everyone's invited. I've always admired its energy, openness, and do-it-yourself drive. Beat Nite is Bushwick at its best. Come on out! You don't need a passport to get there. Register on its Facebook page here.
I'm honored that Jason Andrew of Norte Maar has tapped me to curate this latest edition. Beat Nite unites Bushwick and the larger art world in moving beyond the gilded graveyards of culture and recognizing a vital alternative spirit for contemporary art.
So what did I look for as curator? In part Beat Nite serves as an entry point for people new to the neighborhood. There's the basic question of what I would want them to see. The answer is, first, great art in great DIY spaces. Beyond that, I wanted a selection that would recognize important new venues while honoring the veterans that have given this neighborhood its voice. Finally, I looked for a spread that would encourage visitors beyond the Morgan and Jefferson Street subway stops out into the larger "Bushwick" community, which includes areas of East Williamsburg and Ridgewood.
I've called this evening "Beat Nite All Stars" for presenting the guiding lights of a glittering constellation. Plus, there's going to be an awesome after-party at English Kills. What's not to love?