The demise of Williamsburg’s art scene is exaggerated

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Art in Williamsburg? There’s an app for that.

The “Every Second Friday” gallery crawl now features a cellphone-based system to connect the neighborhood’s gallery offerings to Foursquare-, Twitter-, and Facebook-connected art lovers.

Even better, the art is worthy of the technology. This Friday’s walk includes a famine-curing installation of illustrated potatoes at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Society; Brian Dewan’s film strips, and David Scher’s mixed media works at Pierogi; Samuel Rousseau’s videos at Parker’s Box; and Peter Fox’s drippy paintings at Front Room.

But the highlight is “Re/Deconst­ructing History” at Like the Spice Gallery on Roebling Street, where director Marissa Sage got Eric Beltz, Matthew Craven, Joseph Heidecker, William Immer, and Jessica Stoller to contribute work that “challenges moments in world history and allows for a reassessment of historical facts,” Sage said.

“This exhibition summons the voyeur who yearns to explore and dissect the world rather than absorb it,” said Sage. “The modernist and the antiquarian can walk away from the show feeling well represented.”

And if you like it, you can use the app to tell your friends.

“Every Second Friday” gallery walk at various locations, including Like the Spice Gallery [224 Roebling St. at S. Second Street in Williamsburg, (718) 388-5388], Oct 14, 6-9 pm. For info, visit

Updated 5:27 pm, July 9, 2018
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