Artists are often seen as the first wave of gentrification in a neighborhood, but they can also use their creative power to bring attention to the issues in their communities.
Rotterdam design studio Atelier Van Lieshout’s “The CryptoFuturist and The New Tribal Labyrinth” is a large-scale installation that references factories and the industrial revolution.
The third edition of the exhibition, which opened on February 7, aims to "shine a light" on the borough through the work of artists who are based in parts of Park Slope, Gowanus, Sunset Park and Bay Ridge.
“Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving,” the largest U.S. exhibition in a decade devoted to the influential Mexican painter, will open on February 8.
Did you know that in the early days of animated features Brooklyn was the home to some top figures in the animation world?
Nonprofit dance and youth development center Dancewave is embarking on an extensive renovation that will result in a new community arts and culture center at its current address at 182 4th Avenue in Gowanus, just blocks from Barclays Center.
Artists, developers, gallery owners and community leaders will gather at Brooklyn Borough Hall Friday morning for a conference on creating and preserving art along the Brooklyn waterfront. The event, “Spaces and Places,” will explore the history of art in the borough. Artists and gallery owners will discuss how art has been made, shown and sold along the Brooklyn waterfront and the issues facing those who make and display art there.
Speakers include Tom Finkelpearl, commissioner of NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs; Deborah Schwartz, president of the Brooklyn Historical Society; Borough President Eric Adams; Anita Durst, artistic director of chashama; Kathleen Gilrain, executive director of Smack Mellon; Lisa Kim of Two Trees; and Greg O’Connell Jr. of the O’Connell Organization.
Artists and photographers who were part of the 2010 exhibition “The Gentrification of Brooklyn: The Pink Elephant Speaks,” will gather at the Brooklyn Historical Society tomorrow to discuss what it means to be a working artist — and maybe a gentrifier — living in the borough today. Dexter Wimberley, who curated the show at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, will lead the discussion.
Panelists will explore “how they’ve survived (or thrived) in the years since the exhibition, and share how their art has been influenced by the rapid changes in the borough,” according to BHS. Artists Oasa Sun DuVerney, Nathan Kensinger and Sarah Nelson Wright will speak, as well as MoCADA director James Bartlett. The free panel will run from 6:30 to 8:30 pm tomorrow evening at BHS, and tickets are available here. Above, a painting by Tim Okumura from the exhibition.
Photo by Tim Okumura for Fort Greene Focus
Dumbo artist Tom Fruin has installed another sparkling, stained glass sculpture in the shape of a water tower at 334 Furman Street in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The multicolored structure will be lit up at night and powered by a solar array on the roof of the building, which serves as the offices for Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation. The artist said the water tower should be illuminated by next weekend and will stay up for a year.
Fruin installed his first water tower on the roof of Dumbo’s 20 Jay Street two years ago, and it has quickly become an iconic part of the neighborhood’s skyline. Earlier this fall, the sculptor built a stained glass house on the waterfront in Brooklyn Bridge Park as part of Dumbo Arts Festival. The house was originally supposed to remain through March, but the artist told us the park is now letting it stay through September. Click through to see an interior shot of the water tower.