DUMBO Art Festival This Weekend

The 11th annual Art Under the Bridge Festival, sponsored by the DUMBO Arts Center, takes place starting tomorrow evening and continuing through Saturday and Sunday.  The Festival will showcase a wide variety of painting, sculpture, installation, conceptual and performance art.  Among the events will be a demonstration of painting by Dondi the elephant, who will show off her talent at the intersection of Main and Water Streets on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 P.M.  During the hours 7 to 9 P.M. on all three days, New York Water Taxi will provide free rides from Fulton Ferry Landing, at the foot of Old Fulton Street, to view Project Glow, a series of light installations sited along the shore at Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park.  If you have tattered clothes, you can deliver them to Annette Tacconelli at 11 Jay Street (corner of Plymouth) on Friday, Saturday or Sunday from 7:30 to 9 P.M., where she "will be mending into the night, stitching holes closed by hand and with Second Sight."  Do you long to see your face on a mug shot, accused of some absurd crime?  Visit Aidan Moran on Washington Street between Plymouth and Water Streets on Friday from 6 to 9 P.M. or on Saturday or Sunday from 1 to 9 P.M.  For a dollar, you can take a ride on Jane's Carousel, located at 56 Water Street, which will be operating from 12 noon until 4 P.M. Saturday and Sunday. All proceeds benefit DUMBO Arts Center.  Finally, many DUMBO-based artists will be opening their studios to the public on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 6 P.M. 

Between the Art Festival and Atlantic Antic, there will be much to do on both sides of the Heights on what the weather folks say promises to be an outstanding weekend. 

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  • Bean

    I went to this last year, it was amazing. DUMBO completely opens up and you get to see what is being created behind all of those (normally) closed doors.

  • nabeguy

    Yes, you read that right. There will be a painting elephant, so bring the kids (and a jumbo pooper-scooper!)

  • DAG

    It really saddens me to hear that this poor elephant is performing at the Arts Fair. The owners need to turn her over to a sanctuary. Elephants need to walk about 40 miles a day. They develop terminal arthritis if they don’t have ample space to walk. (Most zoos have realized that they can’t provide this and are turning the elephants over to sanctuaries.) They are also pack animals who need the companionship of other elephants and they get depressed if they are made to live in isolation, as Dondi is (in a trailer). But I suppose, given Dondi’s circumstances, she would rather be out of the trailer and performing…