DUMBO’s Smack Mellon Pairs Thought-Provoking Work With Picturesque Views

DUMBO’s Smack Mellon Pairs Thought-Provoking Work With Picturesque Views

In a recent post, I mentioned that when a college friend came into town for a visit our adventures took us gallery hopping in DUMBO. Well, the most impressive of the galleries has to be Smack Mellon—a large space (almost) smack dab on DUMBO’s waterfront.

The gallery, which is free to the public, gives a shout out toemerging, under-recognized, mid-career and women artists in all mediums. The gallery has had many homes in the neighborhood since its inception in 1995 before moving to 92 Plymouth Street—a converted boiler building across from Brooklyn Bridge Park and next to the Manhattan Bridge, with its industrial roots still evident in the space, including a giant concrete coal hopper stretching 70 feet in length and suspended 18 feet overhead by steel and concrete columns. A full renovation of the building transformed it into a 5,000-square-foot exhibition space—with a ceiling that soars to 35 feet and a number of windows on two levels, which provides picturesque views of Manhattan and the East River—as well as facilities for the gallery’s Artist Studio Program.  

On average, Smack Mellon produces five exhibitions a year; and when I visited the venue was winding down its most recent show, FOODshed—an exhibition of upstate/downstate New York artists who work with food and agriculture. Through several works, the exhibition examined the sustainable food movement and more.

You can check the gallery’s website to see what else Smack Mellon has on the agenda.


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