If you’re a Brooklyn artist and you haven’t heard about GO: a community-curated open studio project facilitated by the Brooklyn Museum, you should absolutely register right now. GO offers artists a chance to have their work featured in a Brooklyn Museum exhibition next winter, but more importantly, it’s an rare opportunity to build a relationship with the broader Brooklyn community.
How does Go work? The second weekend of September, artists all over Brooklyn will open their studios to share their work with the community. This is an artwalk of stupendous scale, but it’s more than that – the masterminds behind the GO project hope for a genuine exchange of ideas between the artists and their neighbors. GO is meant to be provoke more intimate conversations and relationships within the Brooklyn community, based on art as the catalyst. This event isn’t so much about looking at art as allowing it to inspire a connection between people.
Artists must register to be considered for inclusion in the winter exhibition, because – suprise! – the public will be registering for the chance to vote on their favorite artists during the open studio tour. In December, museum curators will create a group exhibition featuring the artists nominated by the public over the artwalk weekend. I love this idea, because rather than simply observing the art on display, the community will be encouraged to consider a bit more deeply which artists and pieces move them. However, other members of the community have mentioned a concern that the nominations could turn into a popularity contest, and while I disagree, I’m interested in hearing what you think. Does the voting aspect turn you on or off?
According to the GO Tumblr blog, over 700 artist studios are located within Brooklyn’s 71 square mile footprint. The Brooklyn Museum’s event holds tremendous potential in terms of bringing people together and drawing more attention to the valuable impact art has in our communities. If you’re an artist who hasn’t registered yet, this is a personal appeal from me – please sign up! It’s a great opportunity to show your neighbors how great having art in their world really is.