PARK SLOPE — More than 150 artists will flood the neighborhood starting Thursday with free exhibits, music, dancing, films and even a virtual reality booth at the nine-day Art Slope festival.
The event will display art in both indoor and outdoor venues including restaurants, real estate offices and Tarzian Hardware on Seventh Avenue. Nine sculptures will be on view in Prospect Park, including an eye-catching translucent statue of a child hovering above the park's lake by artist Nicholas Papadakis.
“It’s come together amazingly,” said Art Slope founder Gilly Youner, who’s been organizing the festival for several months. “We had an incredible outpouring of people saying 'I want to be in this show.' We have an incredible range of art, both new and established.”
Attendees can take a self-guided tour of the festival's venues using online and printed maps.
The festival will also host a series of free performances and talks including a discussion by Ann Goldstein, the translator of the mysterious Elena Ferrante novels. Other highlights include performances by a choreographer who is also a chocolatier who drips liquid chocolate on herself during her dances.
At least 50 musical acts are slated to perform, from solo accordionists to rock bands, Youner said. One musician has created a "mystery box" that will play music from a hidden location in Park Slope, Youner said.
“Expect unexpected bits of art from all over the place,” Youner said. “You can look on the map but also look around to see what pops up that’s unexpected.”
Art Slope kicks off Thursday Sept. 16 with a free opening night party at Shapeshifter Lab in Gowanus. On Saturday, there will be a "wearable art walk" where anyone is invited to come dressed in costumes or masks. Art Slope ends Sept. 25.