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.
February 28, 2015 - April 19, 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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
Opening Reception for Trade Routes Exhibition
Saturday, February 28, 6-8pm
Join us for wine and conversation as we launch the third exhibition of the COMMERCE year: Trade Routes, focusing on past and present infrastructures and pathways of commerce, from the winds and tides that were the first determinants of inter-cultural trade to the technological breakthroughs that fuel global trade today and leave their mark wherever they go. [more]
In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee: A Documentary
Thursday, March 12, 7pm
In this film on the international adoption trade, Cha Jung Hee, a Korean adoptee who came to the US in 1966, was told to keep her true identity a secret from her new American family. But why had her identity been switched? And who was the real Cha Jung Hee? [more]
The Past Is the Future: Economic Alternatives from Contemporary Maya
Sunday, March 15, 6pm
What is wealth? Social anthropologist Kristina Baines presents thoughts on the movement between a traditional reciprocal labor system to a cash economy, and back again in a Maya community in Belize. [more]