Art in Every Crevice: The Silent Barn is Back

Bushwick's arch-hipster curatorial collective is taking DIY legit. A look at life "in the stew."

But outside in the yard, the drywall balance sheet, leaning against the façade, all but dares passersby to question the Barn's resolve, its ability to make this DIY thing actually work. Red ink shows rent at $13,770. "Energy, water, and telepathy" clock in at $2,048. Waste management, insurance, repairs, and loan repayment bring the monthly nut to just under $19,000. Meanwhile, an "income" column, written in a hopeful blue, calculates $19,042 for "stewdio rent," "stew residency rent," door donations, daytime rentals, and "Barnacle subscriptions."

Gupta cocks his head and studies the numbers. "We have 10 years to get it right," he says. "This is, like, day four."

Shane Suski’s installation of Craigslist-sourced balloons.
Christopher Farber
Shane Suski’s installation of Craigslist-sourced balloons.
Weston Minissali of the band Cloud Becomes Your Hand, at Silent Barn’s January 5 show.
Christopher Farber
Weston Minissali of the band Cloud Becomes Your Hand, at Silent Barn’s January 5 show.

Corrections were made to this article to indicate that the Department of Buildings was responsible for the Silent Barn's initial closure and that Shane Suski created the balloon installation.

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