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 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]

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.



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


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]


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

Mobile Salons and Trailer Parks

Friday, March 27, 7pm

The Institute of Mobile Research founder Lauren Cannon will moderate a discussion with two innovators in the mobile art and commerce realms: MIT Media Lab Fellow and artist Kim Holleman on her “Trailer Park” project and Caroline Destefano, owner of the mobile hair salon Studio in Motion. [more]

Bkbx Opening Reception: Inside/Outside

Thursday, April 2, 6-8pm

Bkbx [Brooklyn Box], project-in-residence at Proteus Gowanus, presents Inside/Outside, new ceramics and drawings by Anne-Marie McIntyre.

More From the Institute for Mobile Research

Friday, April 3,  7pm

The Institute for Mobile Research hosts two speakers who are making change in the non-food sector of the mobile industry.  Esther Robinson from ArtHome will discuss ArtBuild Mobile Spaces and Justin Levinson, Makeshift magazine’s Hacker-in-Chief, will discuss his research into mobile entrepreneurship in the New York City underground economy. [more]

 Sunday, April 12, 1-4pm

The Institute welcomes food vending entrepreneur and Street Vendor Project volunteer coordinator Jared Domingos during IMR’s daytime office hours. Domingos will answer specific questions from visitors in a one-on-one setting about running a mobile food (truck/cart) operation and the legalities of mobile vending.