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 will take place on Friday, May 13th, 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.

10:30am ~ Steelpan performers and traditional Yoko Jumbie stilt walkers will welcome attendees; 11am, remarks from Mayor Adams and elected officials. Click HERE for a full lineup of events that will take place through Saturday, May 14th.

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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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Gillie and Marc unveil Ruth Bader Ginsburg Bronze in Brooklyn as part of Statues for Equality

 

 

 

Image via citypointbrooklyn.com

A bronze statue of the late United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg created by the sculpture artists Gillie and Marc will be unveiled in Brooklyn. the sculpture will be a permanent installation at the City Point development in Brooklyn, and was unveiled on March 12, 2021.

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Public Art Addressing Anti-Asian Racism ~ Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya: I Still Believe in Our City

 

 

 

Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya

Addressing anti-Asian racism in our city, artist, Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya seized the moment, creating portraits of Asian people with the wording, I Am Not Your Scapegoat and This is Our Home Too. The project, entitled I Still Believe in our City’ is a series of 45 individual pieces of artwork, located in this cities busiest places ~ subway stations in Brooklyn.

Congratulations to Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya for making the cover of Time Magazine, The Story Behind Time’s Cover on Anti-Asian Violence and Hate Crimes, March, 2021.

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NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Voted to Designate Angel Guardian Home in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn as an Individual Landmark

 

 

 

Angel Guardian Home, 6301 12th Avenue, Brooklyn. Image courtesy NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission

On Tuesday, November 10, 2020, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) voted to designate the main building of the Angel Guardian Home as an Individual Landmark. The enthusiastic vote registered 16 in favor with zero opposition, along with 71 letters in favor. This architecturally distinctive building serves as a reminder of the important role played by religious social service organizations in Brooklyn’s early 20th century history. This would be the first landmark in this area.

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NYC Parks Asks Brooklynites to Help Reimagine Five Parks

 

 

Jackie Robinson Park. Photo credit: NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

NYC Parks Asks Brooklynites to help reimagine five parks in the Borough. Community members can register and participate virtually through registration starting today. Along the way, check out images of Parks improvements already completed.

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New Installation at Prospect Park Bandshell by Collaborative Duo, Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine

 

 

 

BRIC and Prospect Park Alliance new art installation. Image courtesy David Andrako

A new art installation landed at the Prospect Park Bandshell this month, created by the collaborative duo, Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine. Titled, Inspired By “What Is Left,” the text-based installation quotes the late poet Lucille Cliftonand offers the Brooklyn community a message of resilience and perseverance.

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NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission Designates Its First Historic District in East Flatbush ~ The East 25th Street Historic District

 

 

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New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) held  a public hearing on the proposed East 25th Street Historic District in Flatbush, Brooklyn and this week, voted to designate this historic district in East Flatbush. The new historically designated district is a cohesive group of 56 Renaissance Revival style row houses built by a single developer, the Henry Meyer Building Company, between 1909 and 1912. Located on East 25th Street between Clarendon Road and Avenue D, this is the first historic district in East Flatbush.

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Bound Up Together: On the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment at Smack Mellon

 

 

Image: Stephanie J. Woods, When the Hunted Become the Hunters (still), 2020, moving audio photograph, 07:39 min. Courtesy of the artist.

Bound up Together: On the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment was organized in the months leading up to the 2020 presidential election, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and as Black Lives Matter protests erupted around the world. The exhibition centers on the achievements that granted some women the right to vote and the pervasive and enduring intersections of racism, sexism and misogyny that disfigure American culture and society.

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NYC Parks Celebrates Early Completion of a Section of the Shore Road Bike Path

 

 

 

NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

NYC Parks is celebrating the early completion of a $575,000 transformation of the Shore Road bicycle path in Brooklyn. The approximately 2100 ft span of fresh pavement was finished four months ahead of schedule and was funded by City Council Member Justin Brannan. Continue reading “NYC Parks Celebrates Early Completion of a Section of the Shore Road Bike Path”

World’s Biggest Bounce New York Might be Arriving This Summer!

 

 

 

All images courtesy The Big Bounce America

COVID-19 Update ~ Originally schedule for July, 2020, The Bounce House might be arriving in Brooklyn for two weekends ~ July 24 & 25 and July 31 & August 1, 2021. Check the COVID-19 Update link for news & purchase tickets.

The Big Bounce America, home of the Guinness Certified ‘World’s Biggest Bounce House,’ will be going coast-to-coast inflating in 44 cities across the country, and rolling into the Big Apple ~ over 13,000 square feet of it ~ for two weekends, beginning July 18th!

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The Chronicles of New York City ~ Artist JR @ Domino Park in Williamsburg

 

 

 

photo: AFineLyne

In the Summer of 2018, do you remember seeing a fifty-three-foot long trailer tuck (the mobile studio) in your neighborhood? The trailer truck spent a month driving through all five boroughs, checking out numerous locations, taking photographs of people from all walks of life who wished to participate in French-artist, JR’s project, The Chronicles of New York, which coincides with his current retrospective, JR: Chronicles, at Brooklyn Museum of Art.

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Beyond the Walls ~ Conversations with the National Black Theatre at Apple Williamsburg ~ January 31, 2020

 

 

Image via National Black Theatre

As part of the Today at Apple series, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre (NBT) and Apple Williamsburg offer an evening of conversation and exploration with artists including Jillian WalkerMakeba RaineyJaimee Todd and Jonathan McCrory discussing the use of the arts, tech and indigenous practices to create visual representations of black womanhood and continue the rich legacy of the Black arts community. A panel discussion with the artists will be followed by an live demonstration with Todd showcasing her creative process in the Procreate painting app and her use of layering, color and other techniques to create abstract portraits. Attendees will then have a chance to gain hands-on experience with Procreate by using iPads and Apple Pencil to interact with Todd’s work and create and share their own art as well on the Apple store’s brilliant 4K video wall.

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NYC Parks + Green-Wood Experts to Preserve Old Gravesend Cemetery

 

 

 

Image via findagrave.com added by BKGeni 2008

NYC Parks Citywide Monuments Conservation Program (CMCP) conservators and summer apprentices, collaborating with Green-Wood Cemetery experts, will be resetting and restoring weathered and toppled gravestones at Old Gravesend Cemetery,

Check NYC Parks website for free tours of this site. Next up, Sunday, October 17th, 2021 from 11am to 1:00pm by Urban Park Rangers.

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Industry City Brooklyn ~ Open Studios May 18-19

 

 

 

EverGreene Architectura Arts – Studio.

One of New York City’s largest artist enclaves is opening its doors to the public May 18-19, 2019. Industry City Open Studios offers the public a behind-the-scenes look into the customized creative spaces of Industry City’s many artists, makers, and manufacturers. The annual event, now in its sixth year, gives visitors a rare opportunity to access the artists’ studios as well as meet with the artists and experience the process of their work being produced firsthand.

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Bonnie Collura + Rachelle Mozman Solano Bring Thoughtful & Colorful Exhibits to Smack Mellon

 

 

 

“Bonnie Collura,, Prince, 2019, installation view. Image courtesy of Smack Mellon. Photo by Etienne Frossard.

Smack Mellon currently has two thoughtful and colorful solo exhibitions running concurrently ~ Bonnie Collura, Prince and Rachelle Mozman Solano, Metamorphosis of Failure. Smack Mellon.

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Artist Mark di Suvero installation ‘Paintbrush’ arrives on the Pratt Brooklyn Campus Library

 

 

 

Mark di Suvero new installation at Pratt’s Brooklyn campus. Image credit: Katherine Brown via pratt.edu

Drawn from inspiration from the work of French artist, Henri Matisse, sculptor Mark di Suvero began working on a series of new sculptures ~ one of them, Paintbrush, recently installed on the Pratt Brooklyn campus in front of the main entrance to the library. Paintbrush is a temporary installation, on loan from the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery.

Ziemia Arrives in McGolrick Park, Brooklyn

 

 

3′ diameter ceramic orb atop a native plant garden in McGolrick Park, along Russel St. between Nassau Ave and Driggs Ave. Image via ziemia.nyc

Ziemia is an art installation that sits in a garden filled with native plants in Msgr. McGolrick Park, Brooklyn.  Translated from Polish, Ziemia means ‘Earth” ~ and the beautiful story behind its creation is told below.

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Hot Summer Nights! Free Outdoor Concert Series

 

 

Image courtesy of Hot Summer Nights!

Every Saturday evening from July 7 to July 28th, the Kingsborough Lighthouse Bandshell will be swinging under the stars with the free concert series, On Stage At Kingsborough.

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Prospect Park’s Flatbush Ave Perimeter Getting a New Look

 

 

 

Rendering of new Flatbush Ave entrance to Prospect Park. Image courtesy prospectpark.org

Prospect Park Alliance and NYC Parks are breaking ground on a restoration of the Flatbush Avenue perimeter, and unveil a design for the new entrances.

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Brooklyn Museum to Exhibit the Maezawa $110.5 Million ‘Basquiat’

 

 

 

Jean Michel-Basquiat, Untitled (1982). Courtesy of Sotheby’s New York. Image via news.artnet.com

“Billionaire Japanese collector Yusaku Maezawa has revealed that the Brooklyn Museum will be the first stop on a world tour of his blockbuster Jean-Michel Basquiat painting, which he bought for $110.5 million at Sotheby’s last spring. The work will be the subject of a show titled “One Basquiat,” which will run from January 26 to March 11.”

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Life in a Shipping Container ~ a Williamsburg Home

 

 

 

All images via dezeen.com

A few years ago, Summer Streets placed a shipping container on Park Avenue near 42nd Street, and created a swimming pool and cabana area, enjoyed by the public.  Over the years, we’ve seen several creative uses for the sturdy, steel constructs. But this Williamsburg home, created from shipping containers, really caught our eye and imagination, creating terraces and privacy at every level.

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Tyrone Mitchell: Dreams, Discourse & Speculation. A Selection of Works at Atelier212 Gallery in Brooklyn

 

 

Image via Tyrone Mitchell, Sculptor on Facebook

“Tyrone Mitchell: Dreams, Discourse & Speculation. A Selection of Works” at Atelier212 Gallery, Brooklyn for a limited engagement

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Katie Mertz: The Brooklyn Glyphs at 80 Flatbush

 

 

 

The two buildings that make up 80 Flatbush.  Photo taken November 7, 2017

The Controversial project at 80 Flatbush received approval from the City Planning Commission, and demolition of the entire building will commence in the summer of 2019.

In the meantime, Brooklyn-born artist, Katie Merz was commissioned to create her signature glyphs across the entire facade at 80 Flatbush in 2017.  #BrooklynGlyphs in images we will remember.

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Brooklyn Photographs at BRIC

 

 

Sergio Purell, courtesy of the artist and ARt3 Gallery, Brooklyn via bricartsmedia.org

Eleven photographers come together to celebrate Brooklyn from the late 1960s to present day. Walk through a childhood in Williamsburg in the 1960s, Halloween in the 1970s, and Bushwick street life in the 1980s. Turning a page, the exhibit will also address gentrifying landscapes, examining the importance of photography as documentation, and reflecting on the continuous changes in these neighborhoods.

September 7 to October 29, 2017

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