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

The Water Year Is Closed

Proteus Gowanus will reopen in September with a new yearlong theme, COMMERCE. During the September, ’14 – July, ’15 period, we will produce interdisciplinary exhibitions on Currency, Labor and Trade Routes and host numerous events, workshops and performances. We look forward to seeing you after Labor Day!

Archival Exhibits

Our exhibition spaces include several archival installation that accrue and slowly evolve: Hall of the Gowanus, Reanimation Library, and Morbid Anatomy 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 eight 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.

bkbx [Brooklyn Box]
Fixers’ Collective
Hall of the Gowanus
Morbid Anatomy
Reanimation Library
Writhing Society


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]

Drawing the Gowanus: a Zone A Workshop

Saturdays 10 am – 12 pm

An introduction to drawing techniques, including charcoal, graphite,  pen and ink and collage, artist and instructor Lado Pochkhua leads this workshop for parents and/or children, 8-16 years old.  [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

Proteus Gowanus Is Closed for the Summer

The Fixers Collective will continue to meet on the third Thursday of each month and the Writhing Society will meet every Wednesday evening. See our Projects In Residence for more information.

Study Hall Will Remain Open All Summer

If you need a quiet (and cool) place to work this summer, become a member of Study Hall and work in quiet companionship with others throughout the summer months. [more]