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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

Trade Routes

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 the 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. [more]

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.

 

Projects-in-Residence

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.

Reanimation Library
Proteotypes
Fixers’ Collective
Writhing Society
Hall of the Gowanus
bkbx [Brooklyn Box]
D’Amico Laboratory
Arts Gowanus

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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]

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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

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 the 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. [more]

In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee: A Documentary

Thursday, March 12, 7pm
$5 admission

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
$5 admission

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]