RED HOOK — Art and cycling are rolling in tandem this month as Red Hook gets set for its nighttime urban bike race.
Brooklyn nonprofit Slideluck is hosting a “bikeshow” with cycling-themed artwork on March 28, the official pre-race event for the Red Hook Criterium, a high-speed bike race scheduled for the following night.
Multimedia slideshows will feature work from about two dozen artists, including photographs, animation, sculptures and models, as long as they’re related to cycling or cycles, said Casey Kelbaugh, founder of Slideluck, which hosts community-based events combining food and art.
Artists can submit their work for the event through the March 19 deadline.
For the Red Hook “bikeshow,” Slideluck will roll out food trucks and fare from restaurants including Red Hook eatery Fort Defiance and the Brooklyn Brewery. There will also be live music.
“We try to get people excited about cycling and about art and food and community," he said.
Kelbaugh, who also cycles, discovered the Red Hook Criterium a few years ago after covering the race as a freelance photographer for The New York Times.
Slideluck hosted the first “bikeshow” in 2012 with a submission from the Criterium’s founder David Trimble. Artists’ slideshows from the previous event can be seen here.
“I think it’s absolutely the best form of transportation in New York City,” Kelbaugh said.
Slideluck will also arrange “meeting points” in the Lower East Side and Brooklyn Heights for cyclists riding to the event from different parts of the city.
“It’s really just more of a celebration of cycling and community,” he said.