Proteus Gowanus is an interdisciplinary gallery and reading room. Named for the Greek sea god of change and the adjacent Gowanus Canal, Proteus Gowanus acts as an interpreter of culture and place, deepening the community’s sense of context and connection.

Current Exhibition

Coming Next: Gowanus Marketplace

May 9 – July 11, 2015

Trade Routes

February 28, 2015 – May 2, 2015

Trade Routes, the third exhibition of the COMMERCE theme year, compiles art, artifacts and books that reference the movement of commerce around the globe. The exhibition focuses on past and present infrastructures and pathways of commerce, from the winds and tides that were the first determinants of inter-cultural trade to technological breakthroughs that fuel global trade and leave their mark wherever they go. [more]

Archival Exhibits

Our exhibition spaces include archival installation that accrue and slowly evolve: Hall of the Gowanus and Reanimation Library. Come and spend a quiet hour or two browsing the books, studying old maps, examining curious artifacts.



Since its inception, Proteus has created or hosted many Projects-in-Residence, located in spaces adjacent to the central gallery. Some of these projects grew directly from our yearlong exhibitions, while other initiatives were invited to join based on their shared love of books, their wide-ranging intellectual curiosity, and their desire to engage the community in inclusive interdisciplinary explorations.

Reanimation Library
Fixers’ Collective
Writhing Society
Hall of the Gowanus
bkbx [Brooklyn Box]
D’Amico Laboratory
Arts Gowanus


Study Hall

Proteus Gowanus invites you to join Study Hall, a place for contemplation, study and work. Members use the Proteus galleries and reading rooms to work in quiet community with others in a setting filled with art, artifacts and books. [more]

Ongoing Events

Writhing Society

Wednesdays at 7pm

The Writhing Society, open to writers and non-writers alike, practices methods of constrained writing invented by the French group Oulipo and others. [more]

Fixers Collective

Third Thursday of every month

The Fixers Collective is a social experiment in improvisational fixing. Bring your broken thing and together we will see what can be done. [more].

Space Rental

Proteus Gowanus rents out all or some of its galleries for events, readings, photo shoots, product launches and parties. Our book- and art-filled rooms offer intimate spaces for gathering, as well as a larger area for presentations. [more]


Upcoming Events

Opening: Gowanus Marketplace

Saturday, May 9, 6-9pm

This final exhibition of the COMMERCE year explores the intersection of artistry and industry along the Gowanus Canal, featuring the work of Gowanus-based artists, artisans, and makers in a re-imagined Old World marketplace.[more]

Opening: To be Looked at and Read

Saturday, May 9, 6 – 9pm

This bkbx opening exhibition features Caroline Carlsmith, Wah-Ming Chang, Cathy C. Cook, Carrie Cooperider, Charles Fetherolf, Stefanie Koseff and José Antonio Suárez Londoño. [more]

The Gleaners and I: A Documentary

Thursday, May 14, 7pm
Suggested Donation

Director Agnès Varda deals with the issue of wealth and poverty in modern day France by exploring the world of gleaners and pickers. Gleaners are people who search farmers’ fields for produce the mechanical harvesting equipment may have left behind. 

Spice Trade Perfumes Workshop

Saturday, May 16, 1 –  4pm
Fee: $125   

Aromatherapist and Herbal Alchemy Apothecary founder, Julianne Zaleta, will lead this hands-on blending workshop exploring the fragrant spices, resins and balsams discovered by the early Spice Trade explorers of antiquity. Space limited. [more]