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


September 6 – November 30, 2014

From September 2014 through July 2015, Proteus Gowanus is presenting exhibitions exploring the theme, COMMERCE. We began with Currency, an exhibition examining money as a representation of value. For the weekend of November 22, we host a two-day pop-up show, The Greens, Water Wheel, and Bosco Mall, in dialogue with our theme. On December 6, we will open our next Commerce exhibition, Labor, exploring the structures, sounds and relationships of work which affect almost every aspect of our lives. The exhibition considers personal indebtedness, unemployment, invisible work and imprisonment through art, artifacts, books and sound.



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 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.

Arts Gowanus
bkbx [Brooklyn Box]
Fixers’ Collective
Hall of the Gowanus
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

New Art + Finance + Commerce = Enriching!

Saturday, November 22, 4 – 8pm

Join us for The Greens, Water Wheel, and Bosco Mall,  a show within a show by RISD artists in dialogue with the Commerce theme at Proteus Gowanus. The show will be followed by Leigh Claire La Berge’s short talk The Work of Finance in the Corporate University in conversation with BFAMFAPhD and visitors. [more]

Garlic! Ceramic for Foodies by Tani Takagi

Thursday, December 4, 6 – 8pm

Join bkbx for the opening reception of this exhibition by Tani Takagi and invited guests. The work focuses on this ancient, yet essential food, and will include a variety of ceramic garlic bowls and containers, and paintings of garlic. [more]

Labor – the 2nd Exhibition of the Commerce Year

Saturday, December 6, 6 – 8pm

Labor will explore the relationships of labor as they impinge upon our sense of personal indebtedness, undergird the structures of our lives and are implicated in our interpersonal relationships.