Meet the Artist: Orly Genger

On April 16th, the Brooklyn Museum will host its fourth annual Brooklyn Artists Ball in celebration of the borough’s creative community. Leading up to the event—which honors artists Jenny Holzer, Ai Weiwei, and Kehinde Wiley, and features a benefit auction, dinner, and dancing—we spoke with artists who’ve contributed to the cause about their local art scene, their donation, and who they hope to run into on the dance floor.

Our chat with Orly Genger follows:

Artsy: What is your personal relationship to Brooklyn? 

Orly Genger: I have had my studio in Brooklyn for the past four years. 

Artsy: Where are you based in Brooklyn—whether your home, studio, or both? 

OG: My studio is based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Artsy: And what’s exciting about the current Brooklyn art scene?

OG: It’s exciting that the art scene is constantly growing. 

Artsy: Can you name a few favorite local Brooklyn haunts—places to eat, drink, see art? 

OG: Samurai Mama, Cafe Mogador, Nights And Weekends, Five Leaves, Peter Pan Bakery, Brooklyn Bowl.

Artsy: What are some of the most important resources for Brooklyn artists? 

OG: It is a place where artists can afford to find space where their imagined dreams and projects can be actualized. The access to a large and diverse community of artists is an invaluable resource that is unique to Brooklyn. 

Artsy: Can you tell us a bit about the work you’re donating to the benefit auction, which will be supporting the museum and the Brooklyn artist community, and why that’s a cause you’re happy to contribute to?

OG: I am imagining the dinner table as a 40-foot-long runway for my “bachelor” sculptures to strut their stuff. I’ve always enjoyed the Brooklyn Museum and am happy to be able to contribute to the it. 

Artsy: At the Brooklyn Artists Ball, I want to dance with:

OG: Ellen Altfest.

Auction bidding begins April 7th at 12:00pm EST. Register to bid and explore the Brooklyn Artists Ball on Artsy

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