‘Speak Up! Women Art & Social Justice’ to Open at Basin Gallery, Red Hook

 

 

 

Image courtesy Connie Lee, Founder/President, Art Lives Here, Inc.

“Speak Up! Women Art & Social Justice” is a four person exhibition running from March 8 through April 21, 2024 at Basin Gallery & Studios in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Guest curated by artist/ curator Valeri Larko, this mixed media show features original artwork from: Rodriguez Calero , Airco Caravan, Daina Higgins and Arlene Rush. This show addresses women’s rights, as well as other social justice issues. All of the artists in this exhibition have been making important art for decades. They say the “future is female”, but with so many countries backsliding on women’s rights and other human rights, it is important to listen to these powerful women’s voices.

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Save the Date for a Solar Eclipse Viewing & Celebration to Take Place in April at The Green-Wood Cemetery

 

 

 

The next Solar Eclipse, Monday, April 8, 2024. Spot the diamond ring! © Stockphoto.com/drial7m1 via timeanddate.com

On April 8, 2024, The Green-Wood Cemetery will be the place to be for a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a giant viewing party to witness a partial solar eclipse. Presented with Pioneer Works and the Amateur Astronomers Association, with support from the Simons Foundation as part of its ‘In the Path of Totality’ initiative, this free event is expected to draw thousands of New Yorkers to view this awe-inspiring celestial alignment.

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Brooklyn Children’s Museum Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

 

 

 

Photo credit: Winston Williams, Brooklyn Children’s Museum

On Sunday, January 14, and Monday, January 15, Brooklyn Children’s Museum (BCM) invites families to come celebrate the life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a dynamic and engaging two-day program, “Celebrate MLK at BCM.” This special event will feature interactive performances, protest marches, community art programs, and volunteer projects for families to commemorate the values and convictions of Dr. King.

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Scott Avenue Associates Unveils Studio Skate Art Ice Rink by Artist Christopher Myers

 

 

 

Studio Skate Art Ice Rink. Image courtesy of the artist and Studio Skate

This winter, Scott Avenue Associates (SAA) presents the second edition of Feathers Studio Skate, its annual pop-up holiday community retreat. Open to the public from December 1 through January 15 at 99 Scott Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn, the destination features a 2,500-sq-ft ice rink activated by a new large-scale commission by artist Christopher Myers, as well as a marketplace, alpine café, underground speakeasy, and a private dining space available for rentals.

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Dates Set for Annual Atlantic Avenue Holiday Festivities!

 

 

 

The Annual Atlantic Avenue Holiday Festivities. Image courtesy AALDC.

Atlantic Avenue is getting ready for the merriest season of all with special events, gift deals, and SANTA! The Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) will host annual holiday events and programming. On Tuesday, November 21st, the community is invited to the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. The free public event will be held at the St. Cyril of Turov Belarusian Church, located at the corner of Bond Street and Atlantic Avenue.

The Annual Atlantic Avenue Holiday Festivities. Image courtesy AALDC.

The Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony will be officiated by Senator Chuck Schumer and New York City Council Member Lincoln Restler at 6 pm. Following the holiday greetings from elected officials, the charming Girl Scouts Troops 2133 and 2518, first and second-grade girls from P.S. 261 Philip Livingston will count down to the lighting of the tree. All in attendance can get into the holiday spirit and enjoy a live performance from the local public school Brooklyn High School of the Arts.

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The 48th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival ~ Sunday, October 1, 2023

 

 

 

Photo credit: Atlantic Avenue LDC

The Atlantic Antic™ Festival presented by Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) will be held on Sunday, October 1, 2023, 12-6 pm, rain or shine. Brooklyn’s oldest and largest street festival spans 10 blocks through the heart of Brooklyn, passing through the neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights, and Downtown Brooklyn.

For 48 years, Atlantic Avenue businesses and vendors from NYC and beyond have electrified the street with something for everyone including food, clothing, crafts, jewelry, and more. Attendees can stroll the avenue with friends and families to enjoy their favorite foods such as bbq, Asian buns, street corn, crepes, lemonade and fried ice cream!

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Join ‘Art Is Alive’ at Weeksville Heritage Center on September 16th

 

 

 

Join Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation on Saturday, September 16, 2023 between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. for the Art Is Alive Festival at Weeksville Heritage Center (158 Buffalo Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11213).

Back for its first year since covid hit in 2020, the multi-disciplined arts conference was established to present a multitude of art forms from an African and African diasporic experience to the community, to alleviate the financial barrier preventing some community members from participating in the cultural arts, and to thank the community at large for its continued support. This event is free to the public and welcomes attendees of all ages and backgrounds. You can RSVP via Eventbrite.

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Zaq Landsberg’s ‘Reclining Liberty’ to Pop-Up at Andrew Logan Projects, Red Hook through June 24th

 

 

 

Zaq Landsberg, ‘Reclining Liberty’ at Liberty State Park, NJ. Image courtesy Zaq Landsberg

We loved Zaq Landsberg’s Reclining Liberty in Morning Side Park, Harlem, and celebrated the monuments move to Liberty State Park. Now, she is packed and ready to return to New York for a brief stay in Red Hook!

Following Reclining Liberty…..here’s what we know. After a year on display in Liberty State Park, the 25-foot-long, 2,000 pound statue is moving indoors ~ into the Red Hook gallery space, Andrew Logan Projects located at 384 Van Brunt Street in Brooklyn for a short stay through June 24, 2023.

Follow Zaq Landsberg: Reclining Liberty from its beginning to its retirement at MoCa Arlington.

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Rosemary Meza-DesPlas: La Tercera y Última: Miss Nalgas USA at Amos Eno Gallery

 

 

 

Installation view, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas: La Tercera y Última: Miss Nalgas USA. Image courtesy of the artist and Amos Eno Gallery.

Amos Eno Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of work by Rosemary Meza-DesPlas: La Tercera y Última: Miss Nalgas USA. The exhibition is on view May 4 to June 4, 2023.

Grounded in intersectional feminism, this gallery installation addresses socio-cultural issues of ageism, beauty standards, and identity. La Tercera y Última: Miss Nalgas USA translates to “The Third and Last: Miss Buttocks USA,” referencing that this is Meza-DesPlas’ third and final manifestation of the creative project Miss Nalgas USA.

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Youth Takeover BRIC ~ An Event Showcasing Artwork & Films by Brooklyn Students

 

 

 

Dreams Are What We’re Made Of,, mural by Brownsville Academy High School and BRIC Arts Media. Photo credit: Eric Miles

BRIC, a leading arts and media institution, is pleased to announce the 34th annual Contemporary Art Student Exhibition, Emerging Creators, The World, Reflected In Your Eyes, an art exhibition curated by the Youth Curatorial Fellows, and Concrete Stories: BRIC’s Youth Media Festival produced by Youth Media Fellows. Youth Takeover, a reception and media event for the exhibitions and film festival, will take place on Thursday, May 25, 2023, from 5-8pm at BRIC House. The exhibitions will be on view through June 18, 2023.

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Chip Haggerty: Boy Meets World Opens at Julia Seabrook Gallery April 20th

 

 

 

Chip Haggerty, Untitled (planes), 2023. Mixed media on upcycled paper, 48 x 74 inches

Julia Seabrook Gallery brings Chip Haggerty – a brutish New England painter and reluctant outsider – in from the cold with his first ever New York City solo exhibition. The show, on view from April 20 through May 28, 2023, at Julia Seabrook Gallery, 660 Franklin Ave., Crown Heights, Brooklyn, will open with a reception on April 20 from 5-9 p.m. The artist will be present.

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Brooklyn Children’s Museum Marks the End of Ramadan Celebrating Eid al-Fitr on April 23rd

 

 

 

Council Member Shahana Hanif at Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s 2022 celebration Photo Credit: Winston Williams

Brooklyn Children’s Museum will host Celebrate Eid al-Fitr on Sunday, April 23, a fun-filled festival of food, music, dance, and art that will take place from 11 am to 4 pm.

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting. Traditionally, people celebrate the holiday by gathering with family and friends, exchanging gifts, and greeting each other. At Brooklyn Children’s Museum, visitors will learn the story of Eid al-Fitr, enjoy hands-on activities, and celebrate cultural traditions from across the Muslim world with Council Member Shahana Hanif and various cultural partners, artists, and performers.

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Brooklyn Children’s Museum Celebrates Holi on April 1st

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Winston Williams | Brooklyn Children’s Museum

To welcome the arrival of spring, Brooklyn Children’s Museum and Anja Dance Company will host Celebrate Holi, a celebration of renewal, color, and play, on Saturday, April 1.

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NYC Parks issues Request for Expressions of Interest to Activate Anchorage Plaza, Downtown Brooklyn

 

 

 

Anchorage Plaza in Downtown Brooklyn. Image via nycparks

NYC Parks announced today that a Request for Expressions of Interest (“RFEI”) has been issued for the temporary and seasonal implementation of programming, amenities, events, and development at Anchorage Plaza in Downtown Brooklyn.

Anchorage Plaza is surrounded by a busy and dynamic section of the Brooklyn Bridge, bound by Old Fulton, Front, York, Washington, and Prospect Streets with views of the Manhattan skyline. It is located between the vibrant and frequently visited historic districts of Brooklyn Heights and Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass (“DUMBO”) neighborhoods of Brooklyn.

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NYC Parks Removes Abandoned Vessels Littering Sheepshead Bay

 

 

 

Abandoned Boat Removal by NYC Parks in Sheepshead Bay. Image credit: NYC Parks/Malcolm Pinckney

Today, NYC Parks Chief of Waterfront and Marine Operations Nate Grove and City Council Member Inna Vernikov teamed up to remove three derelict vessels from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. Derelict, abandoned vessels and other marine debris are environmental hazards and create navigational and property damage risks, particularly when becoming dislodged during heavy weather events. 

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Mellon Foundation Grant Reimagines Lefferts Historic House in Community Conversation

 

 

 

Prospect Park Alliance, the non-profit that sustains the park in partnership with the City, has received a prestigious $275,000 Humanities in Place grant from the Mellon Foundation to advance its ReImagine Lefferts initiative, which seeks to re-envision the mission and programming at the park’s historic house museum to recognize its role as a site of dispossession and enslavement, and explore the stories of the Indigenous people of Lenapehoking whose unceded ancestral lands the house rests upon and the Africans who were enslaved by the Lefferts family.

The Alliance will engage the public around this initiative with a Community Conversation on Saturday, February 11, 2023, from 1-4 pm, at the Prospect Park Boathouse. Learn more and RSVP for this free event at prospectpark.org/reimagine-lefferts-conversation

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NYC Parks & NYC DDC Unveil Design for Shirley Chisholm Recreation Center in East Flatbush

 

 

 

Illustration of Shirley Chisholm Recreation Center courtesy NYC Parks

NYC Parks and NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) are proud to announce the design completion for the new, to-be-constructed Shirley Chisholm Recreation Center planned for East Flatbush, Brooklyn. This brand-new recreation center will include an indoor pool and public plaza, and serve as a hub for fitness, learning, and recreation.

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NYC Parks Issues Request for Proposals for Cafe’ at Cadman Plaza

 

 

 

Cadman Plaza. Image NYC Parks.

NYC Parks has released a Request for Proposals (“RFP”) for the operation, maintenance, and development of a new café at Cadman Plaza Park in Downtown Brooklyn. Cadman Plaza serves as a focal point for the entire Brooklyn Heights community and is an ideal location for a new café. The park is frequented by families, joggers, and dog-walkers, as well as commuters and local employees. The RFP offers a unique opportunity for a prospective proposer to transform an existing building into a brand-new café.

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Holidays on Atlantic Avenue!

 

 

 

Ready, set, shop! Holidays on Atlantic Avenue are in full swing offering unique gifts, promotions, and stunning festive window displays. Shoppers can explore Brooklyn’s vibrant neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, and Downtown Brooklyn all season long without the hassle of cardboard boxes at their door. Throughout December, visitors can enjoy shop and dine specials at local businesses, pop-up entertainment, and photo opportunities with Santa.

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NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Designates The Lesbian Herstory Archives in Brooklyn as an Individual Historic Landmark

 

 

 

On Tuesday, October 25, 2022, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) held a public hearing on the proposed designation of The Lesbian Herstory Archives at 484 Fourteenth Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The proposed individual landmark is culturally significant as the home since 1991 of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, the nation’s oldest and largest collection of lesbian-related historical material.

On November 22, 2022, LPC voted to approve The Lesbian Herstory Archives, located at 484 Fourteenth Street in Brooklyn, as an Individual Historic Landmark. It is the first individual landmark in Brooklyn designated for its LGBTQ+ associations.

“I am delighted Commission has designated the home of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, an important community space and a nationally important collection of LGBTQ+ historical materials,” said Landmarks Preservation Commission Chair Sarah Carroll. “For over 30 years, the building has been the site of the Archives’ essential role in preserving and telling the stories of a mostly unseen community of women, including many who have contributed to America’s cultural, political, and social history. This designation draws attention to the importance of the Lesbian Herstory Archives to New York City and the country’s history and to LGBTQ+ communities.”

There are 1,400 Individual Landmarks throughout this City.

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Pull Up a Stoop in Williamsburg with Risa Puno’s ‘Open Invitation’ October 25-29

 

 

 

Toast to NYC, Risa Puno in Williamsburg. Image courtesy Maker’s Mark.

Kentuckian-turned-New Yorker Risa Puno is known for her interactive art installations that encourage connection and empathy. In her new installation, the artist created an interactive public artwork inspired by the interconnectedness of urban living, as as well as the city’s iconic brownstone stoops that serve as sites for spontaneous social gatherings ~ a shared stoop, welcoming her fellow New Yorkers to sit, take a break from busy city life, and savor the moment  together.

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Inspired by Climate Week, ‘Repopulations: New Horizons’ Opens at Last Frontier in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

 

 

 

Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow’s “Am I Pretty Now?” by Jósa Goodlife

REPOPULATIONS: New Horizons is the second iteration of the Climate Week-inspired exhibition series REPOPULATIONS which focuses on environmentally-themed subjects and takes place yearly during the summer and early fall months. Curated by Daniela Holban, this exhibition is part of the larger NOoSPHERE Arts’ WE ARE NATURE Series: art events that make full use of the unique stage setting of the Kingsland Wildflowers bird sanctuary at Broadway Stages in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, to engage a diverse audience in environmental efforts through art.

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Frida Kahlo, The Immersive Biography, Coming to Brooklyn in October

 

 

 

Frida Kahlo, an immersive biography, will open its doors on October 27th, located at 261 Water Street in Brooklyn. The exhibition will take viewers on a journey through the life of one of the most influential artists of all time. Tickets go on sale September 23 at 10am.

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Bringing Attention to Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, Compère Collective Presents Alexandra Jamieson’s ‘Our Stories: Patterns & What We Inherit’

 

 

 

Alex Jamieson, Alex Nude Back in front of Painting. Image courtesy of the artist

Compère Collective will open its doors to Our Stories: Patterns & What We Inherit, an art exhibition by Alexandra Jamieson. For her first solo show, Alexandra Jamieson found inspiration in trauma healing therapies like EMDR, as well as scientific research into epigenetic inheritance, and the basic building blocks of human life, nucleotides. Patterns of healing, epigenetic trauma, and intergenerational expressions of hope, addiction, mental health crises, and loss are explored in this robust series of watercolors and mixed-media paintings. Her exhibition will be opening in September to honor Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

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The Atlantic Antic will Return to Brooklyn on October 2nd!

 

 

 

Photo credit: Atlantic Avenue LDC

The Atlantic Antic™ Festival, presented by Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC), is returning for its 47th year on Sunday, October 2, 2022. The annual festival is a veritable New York institution, beloved for its distinctive selection of vendors and activities as well as its focus on elevating local and small businesses from Atlantic Avenue and beyond. From noon until 6pm, rain or shine, the public is invited to enjoy a variety of merchandise, food and entertainment as they stroll along ten blocks in neighborhoods including Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn.

Save the Date ~ Little Amal Walks will arrive at The Atlantic Antic on October 2nd!

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NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Held a Public Hearing on Melrose Parkside Historic District in Brooklyn as a Historic Landmark

 

 

 

NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission public hearing on the Melrose Parkside Historic District. Image, Parkside Avenue (south side) LPC 2021.

On Tuesday, October 18, 2022, NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) held a public hearing on the proposed Melrose Parkside Historic District in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn.

The proposed Melrose Parkside Historic District is a remarkably cohesive and intact group of 38 single- and two-family row houses located on Parkside Avenue between Flatbush and Bedford avenues in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn.

A meeting will be scheduled in the near future for a vote.

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Sophia-Yemisi Adeyemo: Earth & Iron: Archival Visions of Land and Struggle to Open at BRIC House Project Room in September

 

 

 

Sophia-Yemisi Adeyemo, Rose of Sharon, 2021 courtesy of the artist and Project Room at BRIC House

Featuring new work by 2021-22 BRIClab: Contemporary Artist Sophia-Yemisi Adeyemo, Earth & Iron: Archival Visions of Land and Struggle brings together past and present notions of revolution, liberation, and land sovereignty. With painted and collaged images based on early twentieth-century colonial photography taken in West Africa and the Caribbean, Adeyemo-Ross reaches into the past to envision alternative futures.

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Rodrigo Valenzuela: New Works for a Post Worker’s World to Open at BRIC in September

 

 

 

Rodrigo Valenzuela, Weapon #30. Image courtesy of the artist and Asya Geisberg Gallery; Documentation Max Cleary

Rodrigo Valenzuela will construct an architectural setting for his photographs in the Gallery at BRIC House that will symbolically evoke issues arising from his imagery. This sculptural aspect to the exhibition will itself reflect the artist’s own labor, and harken back to his experience as a construction worker upon his arrival as an immigrant in the United States. In addition to photography, the exhibition will also include a new video and series of sculptures by the artist. The exhibition will be accompanied by public programs and by an illustrated catalogue with an essay by curator Elizabeth Ferrer. On view September 22, 2022.

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Inaugural Art Saturday in Industry City ~ July 23rd

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Industry City

Industry City (IC), the six million-square-foot, 35-acre creative community and home of the Brooklyn Design District, has announced its first-ever Art Saturday, an all-day campus-wide exhibition of art and design through the lens of individual artists.

The event will feature art tours, gallery openings, candle-making and kid flower-arranging workshops, Japanese pottery pop-ups, and more.

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Fred Wilson: Mind Forged Manacles/Manacle Forged Minds in Columbus Park, Brooklyn

 

 

 

Digital rendering of Mind Forged Manacles/Manacle Forged Minds, an upcoming public installation by artist Fred Wilson. The sculptural mockup is situated in Brooklyn’s Columbus Park.

On June 28th, More Art unveiled Mind Forged Manacles/Manacle Forged Minds, Fred Wilson’s first ever large-scale public sculpture, opening at the plaza in Columbus Park, Brooklyn on Tuesday June 28, 2022 and closing a year later, in June 2023. The installation features a 10-foot-tall sculpture, composed of layers of decorative ironwork, fencing and statues of African figures. This project is funded in part through the Downtown Brooklyn + Dumbo Art Fund, under New York State’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI), and is exhibited through NYC Parks’ Art in the Parks program.

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NYC Parks Cuts the Ribbon on a New Cafe’ at McCarren Park, Brooklyn

 

 

 

New Cafe’ at McCarren Park. Image credit: NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

NYC Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue today joined the operators of the new McCarren ParkHouse, Aaron Broudo and Belvy Klein, and community members to cut the ribbon on the new café at McCarren Park in Brooklyn.

“We are thrilled to herald the start of the summer season, while continuing New York City’s ongoing recovery, by welcoming the opening of a brand new café at McCarren Park,” said Commissioner Donoghue. “New Yorkers can now enjoy a delightful outdoor dining experience in North Brooklyn’s largest public park. I am also pleased that this historic building has been completely restored with new sustainable elements and, in addition to the café, will serve as a new hub for NYC Parks’ North Brooklyn Maintenance & Operations and Parks Enforcement Patrol staff.”

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Birdhouses ‘For the Birds’ at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

 

 

 

‘Habitat’ by Mary Frank – Shakespeare Garden.

For the Birds is a multidisciplinary exhibition and program series inspired by the Garden’s resident birds, as well as For the Birds: The Birdsong Project,” a multialbum set of original recordings celebrating birds by 200-plus artists, compiled by Randall Poster.

Through both scientific and artistic lenses, For the Birds explores the connections between birds and plants.

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The Second Annual Arts Gowanus ArtWalk will Turn Atlantic Ave into NYC’s Largest Public Art Gallery Beginning June 18th

 

 

 

Image courtesy Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC)

On June 18, the Arts Gowanus ArtWalk returns to the streets, parks and businesses of Atlantic Avenue, giving the public the opportunity to enjoy works from over 100 local artists in a self-guided tour of 70-plus locations in the community.

The second-annual showcase, created through the collaboration non-profit organizations Arts Gowanus, Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District and the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation, will highlight the talent of Brooklyn artists while supporting local businesses along a 1.5 mile route extending from Fourth Avenue to the waterfront.

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33rd Annual Contemporary Art Student Exhibition Returns to BRIC in May, 2022

 

 

 

Students of IS 30 creating “Nothing Can Dim The Light Which Shines From Within”, 2021 ~ Photo credit: Mollie Roth

BRIC, a leading arts and media institution, is pleased to announce its 33rd annual student exhibition, Re: generation, celebrating the creativity of K-12 graders who represent a network of over 2,000 students across 43 schools and three community centers around Brooklyn. With the return of students to full-time, in-person learning for New York City Public Schools in September 2021, the need for community re-building was necessary more than ever. With the support of BRIC’s Youth Education residency programs and its 30 teaching artists and professional educators, classrooms in participating schools became spaces in which students could reconnect and express themselves through visual arts and media. On view from May 19 to June 12, 2022, with an opening reception May 21, the exhibition explores topics of identity, activism, current events, mental health, community, and the characteristics that shape one’s personal and communal identities.

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First Artist-in-Residence at Green-Wood Cemetery, Heidi Lau, Unveils Installation ‘Gardens As Cosmic Terrains’ in The Catacombs

 

 

 

Heidi Lau: Gardens as Cosmic Terrains at Green-Wood Cemetery. Image courtesy Stacy Locke at Green-Wood.

The Green-Wood Cemetery today announced a new installation by the Cemetery’s first artist in residence, Heidi Lau. Gardens as Cosmic Terrains, inspired by Lau’s explorations of the Cemetery, was created specially for the Catacombs, which are usually closed to the public. The installation opens on Saturday, May 7th.

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Get Ready for Art in Dumbo’s First Thursday Art Walk, March 3rd

 

 

Art in Dumbo announced the date for the next First Thursday Gallery Walk ~ March 3rd from 6:00 to 8:00pm. Highlights include: Insider’s Tour; Mark Tribe at Minus Space; Susan Meiselas at Higher Pictures Generation; the art history talk at Cuban Art Space and more.

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Japan Village Unveils Massive Second-Floor Expansion ‘The Loft’ at Industry City

 

 

 

Industry City’s Japan Village, a sprawling hub of Japanese cuisine, has today announced a massive second-floor upward expansion of its current location. Dubbed ‘The Loft’ at Japan Village, the new retail concept looks to further celebrate the strong Japanese community in Brooklyn, inviting visitors to experience Japanese culture and products first-hand.

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Check Out the New ‘Flatbush Central’ a Marketplace Celebrating the Caribbean ~ Grand Opening, May 13th

 

 

 

Flatbush Central. Image courtesy of Urbane

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), Housing Development Corporation (HDC), BRP Companies, and Urbane have announced the opening and rebranding of Flatbush Central—formerly Flatbush Caton Market—the revitalized marketplace which has been part of the fabric of the community for more than 20 years.

The Grand Opening took place on Friday, May 13th, 2022 with remarks from Mayor Adams, elected officials and others. The opening celebration invites the community to enjoy steel drum/Haitian folk music performances, stilt walkers, chef demos and food tastings, dance and printmaking classes, tours of the newly revitalized marketplace, and more during a weekend-long block party-style event, kicked off with remarks from elected officials and key stakeholders of the project.

Continuing the Celebration, Flatbush Central Caribbean Marketplace will host a weekend-long celebration ahead of the annual West Indian Day Parade! Friday, September 2nd through Monday, September 5, 2022.

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NYC Parks and DOT Announce Completion of Conceptual Plans for Greenways in Brooklyn and Queens

 

 

Photo credit: NYC Parks

NYC Parks and DOT today announced the completion of two conceptual planning studies for greenways in Brooklyn and Queens. TheDestination: Greenways! studies identified gaps in the existing greenway routes and ways to improve and transform key greenspaces into both a destination and a thoroughfare to increase access. The study outlined opportunities for investments in key areas in Central Queens and along Brooklyn’s southwest shoreline, with a focus on connecting existing fragmented greenway segments. This week, Parks will host virtual meetings to report back to the community on the results of the study.

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Kris Rumman: Till Human Voices Wake Us, And We Drown ~ at Urban Glass, Brooklyn

 

 

 

Body-Building, 2021. Glass and stained sycamore branch with flexible adhesive and zippers

Till Human Voices Wake Us, And We Drown, a solo exhibition of work by  Palestinian-American interdisciplinary artist Kris Rumman, will be on view at UrbanGlass from January 19 – April 8, 2022. Curated  by Zeljka Himbele, the exhibition inaugurates UrbanGlass’ Curator-at-Large program, which will give an invited curator the opportunity to develop innovative concepts and public programs for 4 annual exhibitions presented in UrbanGlass’ Robert Lehman Gallery. The program’s goal is to address critical cultural issues and to contribute to the contemporary art and design dialogue through the material of glass.

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Brooklyn Public Library in Partnership with The Lenape Center presents the Exhibition ‘Lenapehoking’

 

 

 

Image: Bandolier Bag, 2014, Joe Baker. Fabric, wool, glass beads, 24 inches L, 7inch- wide strap: Bag is 8 1/4inches H, 9″ W, Courtesy of the artist.

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) and The Lenape Center announced today Lenapehoking, the first-ever Lenape-curated exhibition in New York featuring masterworks by Lenape artists past and present. The new exhibition, opening January 20 and on view through April 30 at Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center, includes never-before-seen beaded bandolier bags from the 1800s, a newly created turkey feather cape, culinary tapestries from a seed rematriation project in the Hudson Valley, and more.

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The Art Students League + ChaShaMa presents ‘Searchlight’ at One Brooklyn Bridge Park

 

 

 

Web Banner Option B Miho Hiranouchi, Being., 2021 Watercolor, charcoal, pastel, oil ink, 22 x 48 in.  Image courtesy of the artist

 The Art Students League’s Exhibition Outreach program presents its first student exhibition of 2022, in partnership with ChaShaMa and featuring 25 artists exploring themes of mystery, magic, and light. Titled Searchlight, the exhibition is organized by guest Curator Samuel Rowlett, a League alumnus, and is on view at One Brooklyn Bridge Park January 6–March 10, 2022. The exhibition plays in a range of shadowed depths and colorful surfaces, taking viewers from the small, quiet space of a computer screen to the vast landscape of an entire world. A glowing thread weaves its way through each work on view; it runs through a cloud-covered sun in winter and chases a pair of friends ambling through a forest. Light, and the ways in which it can be filtered and interpreted, appears before us in steel thorns, in driftwood textured with beeswax, and in rich abstractions. What is this guiding light in search of? Where will it take us?

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BRIC House Presents its Fall 2021 Exhibitions ~ Athena LaTocha: In the Wake of… and Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira: The mountain I am, Urku ñuka kani

 

 

 

Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira, The mountain I am, Urku ñuka kani, video still, 2021

BRIC House will open its doors to two Fall 2021 Exhibitions, Athena LaTocha: In the Wake of …  and Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira: The mountain I am, Urku ñuka kani on September 29th.

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‘Caught Up in a Lockdown Art Affair’ at TW Fine Art ~ Brooklyn Outpost

 

 

 

Carles García O’Dowd, Covid People: Commuter, 2020, ink on paper, 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches

TW Fine Art is pleased to present Caught Up in a Lockdown Art Affair, a group exhibition of works created by fifteen artists over the last 18 months of the global pandemic. COVID-19 and the ensuing lockdowns shook people from their regular routines, and while many artists took a break from their practices and studios, others embraced this time to lean into their creative work, pushing their output further than ever before. This show celebrates these new works, and the bright spot that came out of an otherwise difficult year. Caught Up in a Lockdown Art Affair will be on view at TW Fine Art’s Brooklyn Summer Outpost (514 Atlantic Ave) from August 24, 2021 through September 30, 2021, with a public opening event on August 24 from 6:30pm to 10pm EST.

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Artwork on Racial Justice to be Projected onto Brooklyn Public Library, June 21st

 

 

 

Penda Diakité (USA-Mali). Made In America, 2018 Collage, acrylic, spray paint on wood panel, resin finish 36 x 48 in. Courtesy of the artist and Pitroda Art.
Pitroda Art will present its final public installation of artwork by 15 artists participating in Movement: Art for Social Change, the annual juried exhibition that celebrates artists as champions of positive social change. The 14 artworks, selected by a renowned jury and responding to the theme of racial justice and equity, will be projected onto The Brooklyn Public Library on June 21, 2021.

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Artist Rosemary Meza-DesPlas Addresses the Art of Marching ~ the Physical Body as a Political Force in the Exhibition, Marching Across Your Lawn

 

 

 

Marching Across Your Lawn, The Grass is on Fire, 2020; Hand-sewn human gray hair on black twill fabric; 32 × 37 in; 81.3 × 94 cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

Researching the history of women-led marches, Meza-DesPlas considers the role of the individual within a demonstration. Vast numbers of clamorous bodies in motion translate to a robust show of strength and determination; however, eventually, the individual goes home to their daily existence. When the protest is over, the pussy hats put away, signs disposed of and costumes packed up – is political activism embraced as an ongoing individual practice? Figurative artworks, with minimized or nonexistent facial features, convey the individual subsumed by the larger group. Compositionally, these feminine bodies reflect the varying tempos and pauses of a demonstration thus illustrating the visual structure of marching. Meza-DesPlas’ nude figures exude vulnerability yet defiance; furthermore, they allude to art historical images of partially nude women representing political ideology.

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Brooklyn Public Library Launches ‘Whispering Libraries’ ~ an Outdoor Audio Experience Across the Borough

 

 

 

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) today launched Whispering Libraries, a curated, audio experience taking place outdoors at 10 library branches and across Brooklyn. Designed to share art and culture throughout the streets of Brooklyn, Whispering Libraries invites the public to listen to curated playlists of music, poetry, oral histories, podcast excerpts, spoken literature, and more, streamed through hidden speakers starting as early as 7:30 a.m. and playing up to five times a day on weekdays and select Saturdays.

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Breathing Pavilion by Ekene Ijeoma arrives on The Plaza @300 Ashland, Brooklyn

 

 

 

Breathing Pavilion by Ekene Ijeoma. Photo credit: Kris Graves courtesy Van Alen Institute

At this time of great hardship and loss, Breathing Pavilion by Ekene Ijeoma offers a public space for communal meditation, self-reflection, and interconnectedness.

Breathing Pavilion comprises a 30-foot circle of 20 illuminated inflatable columns. These columns slowly modulate in brightness to illustrate a deep breathing technique designed to bring calm. Sit or stand around the pavilion, syncopating your breath with the lights and attuning yourself to a shared rhythm.

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