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.
April 13-June 30
Battle Ground, the third and last exhibit of our yearlong Battle theme, will explore the pathos of the Battle of Brooklyn, stimulating our collective memory, evoking parallels between past and present, while focusing on the complexity, moral ambiguity, and devastation of this important Revolutionary confrontation. Historical imagery, rendered meaningless by over-use and political manipulation, will be revived in new forms. [more]
Battle Pass - Revolution IV
April 25-June 25
Location: The Old Stone House, 3rd Street and 5th Avenue, Brooklyn
This, the fourth revolution of the Proteus Gowanus project, Battle Pass, is a mixed-media installation opening at The Old Stone House, a 17th century Dutch house, now a museum, that was the site of the culminating moments of the Battle of Brooklyn. Admission is free.
Yearlong Theme from Fall through Spring, 2013-14: WATER!
The first show of the Water year will be "Containment," curated by Tammy Pittman. Please send submissions by July 17 to firstname.lastname@example.org, following these guidelines.
Our exhibition spaces include several archival installations that accrue and slowly evolve: Hall of the Gowanus, Reanimation Library, Morbid Anatomy Library and the Museum of Matches. 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.
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]
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]
A Walt Whitman Reading & Musical Performance
Saturday, June 8, 5pm
The Walt Whitman Project presents poetry, song and Whitman memorabilia. Directed by Greg Trupiano, WWP Artistic Director. The afternoon event will include wine and....
A reading of Whitman’s Brooklyn-related work, including The Centenarian’s Story, Whitman’s poem about the Battle of Brooklyn;
Related musical selections performed by contralto Nicole Mitchell;
A presentation of Whitman memorabilia by collector Ed Centeno;
An open audience reading of your favorite Whitman pieces. Bring your favorite poems! Whitman anthologies will be on hand to read from. [more]