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Bushwick Open Studios is this weekend. There is an overwhelming amount of ART happening and happenings, but I can recommend a couple things that I will definitely be attending:

1. Wappen Field by Michelle Jaffe

“Viewers are encouraged to step forward from behind and experience the helmet as if wearing it. …each helmet broadcasting different sounds. Ideas of the group experience dissolve and notions of anonymity, personal experience, protection and isolation are among those that emerge from the experience.” –Joseph Becherer, The Grand Rapids Press

Michelle took a sculptural crochet class of mine at Textile Arts Center and we have been in touch and talking art ever since. I was able to make a studio visit last month and preview Wappen Field. The layers of voice and sound were so captivating I stayed in the installation listening, unaware of time passing. The transporting and transforming comes not only from the sound but also from the “costume” the listener inhabits in order to hear. I am looking forward to experiencing it again with the lighting and other viewers.

2. Steven Schreiber.

This longtime dance photographer is showing his collages on Saturday and Sunday from 3p-7p. You might not find this on the official guide, so write these directions down:

2 Harrison Place, corner of Bogart
Take the L train to Morgan Ave., we’re right across the street!
2 Harrison Pl. at the corner of Bogart. On the second floor.
There’s also a door at 56 Bogart.


Speaking of which, Hyperallergic has curated a nice, concise guide. In addition there is an iphone app to help you navigate the neighborhood and all the art it has to offer. I will be biking around all afternoon–hope to run into you!


Written by Candice Thompson

After more than a decade in Brooklyn, Candice Thompson is now an Atlanta-based artist and writer. Prior to dancing with the Milwaukee Ballet Company and ad hoc Ballet, she trained with Kee Juan Han at the School of Ballet Arizona and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She founded LOLAstretch Dancewear in 2000 and has designed costumes for a variety of theater and dance companies across the country. She recently received a masters degree in Literary Nonfiction from Columbia University’s Creative Writing Program and more of her dance writing can be found in the pages of Dance Magazine, Pointe, and Dance Teacher.