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 - 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]
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]
Gowanus Canal Collage Workshop
Saturday and Sunday, April 18 & 19, 9am – 5pm
Two-Day Fee: $300
Artist Elizabeth O’Reilly will lead this workshop investigating various collage techniques used throughout art history. Students will experiment with collage and photomontage, studying artists such as Picasso and Alex Katz. You will draw from the canal on Saturday and, on Sunday, use the drawings for a collage project of your own. Further details here: www.elizabethoreilly.com
The Gleaners and I: A Documentary
Thursday, May 14, 7pm
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
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. Participants will learn how to blend these precious oils into your own bespoke perfume in a process similar to those the ancients used. Each participant will leave with two bottles of perfume.[more]