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.
Yearlong Theme, Sept. 2013- July 14: WATER!
The first show of the Water year, on exhibit until December 29 is "Containment," exploring how we seek to control water, not only to hold, preserve, enjoy and consume but also to deter, thwart and impede it. [more]
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.
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]
Closed Thanksgiving Weekend
Thursday, November 28 - Sunday, December 1
Proteus Gowanus will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and for the following three days. We wish you all a merry Thanksgiving and hope you eat yourself silly.
Battle Pass Workshop at MOMA
Wednesday, December 7, 12 - 3pm
Join Proteus Gowanus artists at MOMA to investigate the ambiguity and complexity of the subject of war through the Battle Pass project, based on the 1776 Revolutionary War battle at Gowanus Creek in Brooklyn. Sign up for the workshop on the MOMA courses site, enter the code 'proteus' and get nearly half off the workshop fee.
Holiday Fair at Proteus Gowanus
Saturday and Sunday, December 14 and 15, 12-6pm
Our annual holiday fair, is the perfect place to purchase unique, niche, and off-the-beaten-path gifts for those hard-to-please folks on your shopping list WHILE supporting Proteus Gowanus. Art books, snow globes, crafts and various obscurities. Get it done while having fun!