DUMbo has long been known for its indie art scene. today we have 140+ artist studios, dozens of galleries and public art on practically every corner. 

ARTWORK ON VIEW OUTDOORS

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THE DUMBO PROJECTION PROJECT

A neighborhood-wide video art series, projected onto the BQE and Bridges of Dumbo.

2024

Where else can you see trucks, taxis and subways passing by atop world class video art! Join us for beauty, whimsy and humanity all on display to brighten the dark days of winter. Presenting three Volumes between January 6-April 20, 2024, featuring 15 artists and 12 works. On view Thursdays – Saturdays from 4pm-10pm. 
DUMBO Archway Dumbo Reflector with live music in the background and people watching, drinking and having fun.

THE DUMBO REFLECTOR

Created by David Crumley
Currently on view in the Dumbo Archway

2016 – Present

The ultimate neighborhood welcome sign! The Dumbo Reflector was created in 2016 by artist David Crumley, in honor of the Dumbo Improvement District’s tenth anniversary. Using the Dumbo BID’s logo, its first iteratation functioned as a binary clock, told you the traffic conditions on the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, and functioned as a sort of Magic 8 Ball – responding to questions when tweeted at. 
 
Today, it anchors the Dumbo Archway, welcoming all to the neighborhood. 
DUMBO Projects and Public Art: The Archive - 2023 Barricade Art Work - All

BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK x DUMBO BARRICADE ART

By Acrylicize, Alexey Tishkin, Faye Harnest, Isa Marcello, Ji Yong Kim, Leysan Nigmatova, Mitzie Wong, Vanessa Alvarez Diaz and Williams B Perez.

Various locations throughout Brooklyn Bridge Park and Dumbo.

In summer 2023, the Dumbo Improvement District + Brooklyn Bridge Park unveiled the first cohort of Barricade Art Covers. Eleven designs by nine artists were chosen from an Open Call for works. These  works will be stationed throughout Brooklyn Bridge Park and Dumbo as placemaking in situ, as well as for street closures, at events, and for other purposes. See all artworks here, and read about the artists in the press release here.
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DUMBO WALLS: LOVE MURAL

By Cey Adams
Prospect Street at Adams Street

Part of the “Murals for the Movement” trio produced by Street Theory Gallery, the two-walled “Love Mural” was painted in 2021.
This is a project of the Downtown Brooklyn + Dumbo Art Fund, a partnership of the Dumbo Improvement District and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, as part of New York State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative, with additional support from NYC DOT Art.
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DUMBO WALLS: STEFAN SAGMEISTER +YUKO SHIMIZU

Jay Street Underpass, between York Street & Prospect Street

Part of the original Dumbo Walls series, these YES murals were painted in 2012. The project was presented by the DUMBO Improvement District and Two Trees Management Co in partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation Urban Art Program (NYCDOT), Jonathan LeVine Gallery, and the Wooster Collective.
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FAT BOY

By Leonard Ursachi

On View through October 2023
York Street at Adams Street

Fat Boy is one of Ursachi’s “bunker” sculptures. It contains three recessed, mirrored “windows”—referencing a bunker’s embrasures—but Ursachi based its form on a classical Western cherub, or putto. Fat Boy’s title refers to the WWII atomic bombs, Little Boy and Fat Man. With its twin references to Eros and war, Fat Boy speaks to complexities of desire and violence. This sculpture was installed in October 2022, with support from NYC DOT Art – and is the first public art work to grace the newly reconstructed York Street Triangle.
NYC DUMBO Improvement District - Small Business & Community - Public Art + Exhibition - Cam Mural

DUMBO WALLS: CRAIG ANTHONY MILLER

Bar and Grill Park
York Street at Pearl Street

Part of the original Dumbo Walls series, this mural by CAM was painted in 2012. The project was presented by the DUMBO Improvement District and Two Trees Management Co in partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation Urban Art Program (NYCDOT), Jonathan LeVine Gallery, and the Wooster Collective.
 
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DUMBO WALLS: CRAIG ANTHONY MILLER

Adams Street between York Street and Prospect Street

CAM created a second mural for the Dumbo Walls series, this time featuring his signature elephant and bird motifs, in 2018.
 
NYC DUMBO Improvement District - Small Business & Community - Public Art + Exhibition - Momo Mural

DUMBO WALLS: MOMO

York Street at Washington Street

Part of the original Dumbo Walls series, Momo’s epic Rainbow Wall was painted in 2012. The project was presented by the DUMBO Improvement District and Two Trees Management Co in partnership with the New York City Department of Transportation Urban Art Program (NYCDOT), Jonathan LeVine Gallery, and the Wooster Collective.
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UMBRELLAS + MURAL

By Liz Collins

Umbrellas Created in partnership with Sunbrella
Pearl Street Triangle

We commissioned Dumbo-based textile artist Liz Collins to create new shade umbrellas for our plazas. She partnered with Sunbrella to create custom fabrics, and painted a mural to match, the last mural to be painted on the Pearl Street Triangle before the final plaza is complete.
NYC DUMBO Improvement District - Small Business & Community - Public Art + Exhibition - Marka Mural

DUMBO WALLS: BACK TO THE ESSENCE

By Victor “Mark27” Quinonez
195 Gold Street

Part of the “Murals for the Movement” trio produced by Street Theory Gallery, ‘Back to the Essence’ was painted in 2021.

 

This is a project of the Downtown Brooklyn + Dumbo Art Fund, a partnership of the Dumbo Improvement District and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, as part of New York State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative, with additional support from NYC DOT Art.
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DUMBO WALLS: STANDING IN THE GAP

By Sophia Dawson
Front Street between Pearl and Adams Streets

Part of the “Murals for the Movement” trio produced by Street Theory Gallery, ‘Standing in the Gap’ was painted in 2021.
This is a project of the Downtown Brooklyn + Dumbo Art Fund, a partnership of the Dumbo Improvement District and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, as part of New York State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative, with additional support from NYC DOT Art.
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PEDRO’S MURAL

By Craig Anthony Miller
73 Jay Street

CAM has had a long mural residency on Pedro’s – one of Dumbo’s oldest businesses! This new piece was painted in 2022.
NYC DUMBO Improvement District - Small Business & Community - Public Art + Exhibition - apollo, luedji, casuarina, caique Mural

DUMBO WALLS: HERITAGE I&II

By Apolo Torres
Pearl Street Underpass
Between York Street & Prospect Street

Brazilian-based muralist Apolo Torres came to Dumbo in 2019, in partnership with Brasil Summerfest and NYC DOT Art.
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WATERTOWER

By Tom Fruin

20 Jay Street Roof, viewable from the street.

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AMPERSAND

Designed by Morris Adjmi Architects
Corner of Jay street & Front Street

ARTIST STUDIOS

Dumbo has 140+ artist studios – including residency programs and solo workspaces. Twice a year, you can visit our Open Studios events – once in the spring and once for a special Shop the Studios holiday event.

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SHOP THE STUDIOS: DECEMBER

Gifting unique art #FTW!

NYC DUMBO Improvement District - Small Business & Community - Public Art + Exhibition - Liz Collins - ZigZag Zurich Collection

OPEN STUDIOS: APRIL

140+ studios open their doors for one epic weekend.

GALLERIES

DUMBO’s gallery scene is thriving, decades after the artists first found this waterfront neighborhood. Today we have more than a dozen independently owned galleries – from fine art paintings to photography to world renowned non-profit gallery spaces like Smack Mellon.

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CURRENTLY ON VIEW

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FIRST THURSDAY GALLERY WALK

Galleries stay open late! New shows + walking tours every month.

Janet Borden, Inc.
Located in New York City since 1988, Janet Borden, Inc. maintains a reputation as one of the best photography galleries in the country.
91 Water St.
AICAD/New York Studio Residency Program
This sixteen-credit program is open to undergraduate and graduate art and design students in New York City
20 Jay Street
Klompching Gallery
Specializing in contemporary fine art photographs since 2007.
89 Water Street
New York Studio School Projects 
Committed to giving aspiring artists a significant education that can last a lifetime.
20 Jay Street, Suite 307
Two Coats of Paint
Offering an art blogazine, residencies, Clubhouse conversations, a catalogue & more.
55 Washington Street, #454
A.I.R. GALLERY
Supporting an open exchange of ideas and risk‑taking by women artists-since 1972.
155 Plymouth Street
Cuban Art Space
Promoting the work of Cuban artists, especially those living and working in Cuba, since 1972.
Cuban Art Space
Higher Pictures Generation
First shows (historical and contemporary) by artists working primarily in photography, video, and performance.
16 Main Street
Main Window
A public art installation space highlighting Brooklyn-based artists since 1980.
One Main Street
Minus Space
Specializing in contemporary reductive abstract art since 2003.
16 Main Street, Suite A
New York Foundation for the Arts
A nonprofit providing critical support, professional development tools, and resources for defining and achieving career success.
20 Jay Street, Suite 740
Triangle Arts Association
TAA provides life‑changing working environment for artists through studio based opportunities to create new work.
20 Jay Street
Platform Project Space
Established by Elizabeth Hazan, Platform showcases and supports the work of fellow artists.
20 Jay Street, #319
Undercurrent
Showcasing local and international contemporary artists with an inclusive subprogram of artists and creative entities of the Baltic states.
70 John Street
Smack Mellon
Founded in Dumbo in 1995, with a mission to support emerging, under-recognized mid-career and women artists.
92 Plymouth Street
Gallery Gaia
An intimate space in an intimate place, showing monthly exhibitions of contemporary art.
79 Hudson Ave
Elma
A non-profit artist-run space focusing on global-local artistic perspectives and critical approaches
216 Plymouth St
Artadia
A non-profit grantmaker and nationwide community of visual artists, curators, and patrons.
45 Main Street Suite 515
Loop of the Loom
Japanese Zen weaving dojo
197 Plymouth Street
SUPERFINE
One of Dumbo's oldest and most beloved establishments, with art, live music, pool and a delicious farm-to-table menu.
126 Front Street
USAGI
Japanese design shop x matcha bar x bookstore x art gallery makes Usagi one of Dumbo's most unique finds.
163 Plymouth Street
DUMBO Public Art Archive with colorful umbrellas and a couple of people sitting

PROJECTS + PUBLIC ART