Friday, May 3rd, 7:30 pm,
Join us for a presentation by vintage fashion and fabric expert Janice Everett on battle wear of yore.
What has the charge of the light brigade got to do with cardigans? How did French soldiers’ underwear become a multi-billion dollar industry? Why did an article of World War I airmen’s military uniform end up on fashion runways? And what is the connection between Napoleon, rubber boots and Billy Connolly? Find out more about the relationship between battle and fashion at this fascinating presentation. [continue reading...]
Saturday, April 13, 7:00 pm
Please join us for opening reception of Battle Ground, the third and last exhibit of our yearlong Battle theme. Battle Ground 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. [continue reading...]
Posted in Events on April 8, 2013 • Tagged andrew keating, angela kramer, battle, battle of brooklyn, christina kelly, eva melas, eymund diegel, katarina jerinic, komar and melamid, paul benney, peter bonner, robert gould, robert sullivan, robyn love, sasha chavchavadze
Saturday, April 6 from 1-4pm
Location: the Waterfront Museum, 290 Conover Street, Pier 44, Red Hook
Free and open to children ages five and up with their families
Led by artist Eva Melas, this workshop explores the important role ships played in the Battle of Brooklyn. In the summer of 1776, Red Hook residents could see the imposing fleet of more than 400 British ships bearing down on Brooklyn. Gen. George Washington later rounded up humble vessels to make his retreat to Manhattan from Brooklyn Heights.
Participants in this family workshop will make their own improvised armada from objects found in Brooklyn today, such as coffee cups and cardboard packaging. Weather permitting, the toy boats will be test launched from the deck of the Waterfront Museum barge. [continue reading...]
Anna Halberstadt and Mikhail Iossel:
A Reading of Poems and Stories
Saturday, March 2, 5pm
As part of our yearlong theme, Battle, Anna Halberstadt and Mikhail Iossel will read their poems and stories.
Halberstadt will read poems that touch on the legacy of second-generation Holocaust survivors from the former Soviet Union. Iossel will read stories that deal with the interconnected nature of memory and imagination, past and present.
Mikhail Iossel, a professor of English at Concordia University in Montreal, is the author of Every Hunter Wants to Know. He is the co-editor of the anthologies Amerika: Russian Writers View the United States and Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia. His stories have been published in literary magazines in the US and abroad, translated into several foreign languages, and anthologized in Best American Short Stories and elsewhere. He is the recipient of the Guggenheim Foundation and NEA fellowship, among other awards.
Anna Halberstadt is a clinician, teacher and administrator of mental health clinics specializing in the adaptation of immigrants, with a special interest in immigrants from the former Soviet Union and other Eastern Block countries. As well as many publications in her field, her poetry has been accepted by Cimarron Review, St. Petersburg Review and Tiferet, as well as translated for Lithuanian journals like Literatura ir Menas and Shiaures Athenai.
Saturday, January 12, 7pm
Secret Wars, the second exhibition in Proteus Gowanus’ yearlong exploration of Battle, explores the cryptic ways of warfare waged behind the cloak of invisibility. From neurophysical conflict deep inside the human amygdala, to the broadcast signals used by spies and intelligence agencies, to the everyday observation of ordinary citizens by omniscient bureaucracies, Secret Wars reveals covert communications hiding in plain sight.
Posted in Events on December 29, 2012 • Tagged Anna Livia Lowendahl-Atomic, battle, bryan m wilson, David Goren, Front404, J Morgan Puett, Joy Garnett, Katie Marie Coble, Nene Humphrey, Renee Ridgway, secret wars, smudge studio, tammy pittman, thomas ross miller
Sunday, November 25, 12-6pm
$5 per player
As part of our yearlong theme, Battle, and in conjunction with our current exhibition, War of Words, we are pleased to launch the War Games Room, a space to play at war with your favorite friends and enemies. You can play on a handmade Risk game, designed by Ryan Jones with New York City boroughs, not nations, vying for the upper hand. Also featured will be a magnetized Diplomacy board assembled by Tom LaFarge, a beautiful hand-tooled game of Connect Four by Nick DeFriez [continue reading...]
Saturday, December 8, 7pm – CANCELLED
Free wine for a $2 donation
Join us for the first in our Battle film series, curated by Joseph Martin. The topic is relevant: class warfare using words for weapons. The Servant (1963), starring Dirk Bogarde, was written for the screen by Harold Pinter. It is the first of three films written by Pinter and directed by Joseph Losey and is arguably the jewel of the Losey/Pinter collaboration, a slow-burn of a movie about the complex — and eventually toxic — relationship between manservant Barrett (Dirk Bogarde) and his upper-class employer Tony (James Fox). [continue reading...]
Saturday, September 15, 7pm
This year, from September through July, we investigate the theme, Battle, starting with the exhibition, War of Words.
Battle and war metaphors “infiltrate” our lingua franca. They are used to explain all sorts of things from existential dilemmas (“inner conflict”) to health issues (“cells attack”), sports moves (“launch a blitz”) and politics (“the war on women”) to name just a few.
Is it possible that conflict is at our very core? Do we fashion our language to reflect and represent this conflict at every turn?
War of Words grew out of these questions and presents art, artifacts and books that explore ideas of conflict of all sorts as filtered through the not-so-precise lens of language.
Artists in the exhibition are Rosaire Appel, Stephanie Brody Lederman, Carrie Cooperider, Paula Gaetano-Adi, Steve Clay of Granary Books (presenting the collaborative works of bpNichol and Barbara Caruso), Ligorano/Reese, Anli Liu, Angelo Pastormerlo, William Powhida, Lance Rutledge, Reed Seifer, and Cody Trepte.
Also included are a myriad of artists and writers who have participated in the hive-mind project entitled “Yes or No.”
And, finally, a collection of artifacts and books will be on display to explore the topic further.War of Words was curated by Diane Bertolo in collaboration with Proteus Gowanus. Bertolo will be our guest blogger for the duration of the exhibition. Please visitProteoscope for words and images “triggered” by this exhibition.
Posted in Events on September 5, 2012 • Tagged angelo pastormerlo, anli liu, barbara caruso, battle, bpnichol, carrie cooperrider, cody trepte, diane bertolo, granary books, Lance Rutledge, ligorano/reese, paula gaetano-adi, reed seifer, rosaire appel, stephanie brody lederman, steve clay, war of words, william powhida
Revised Deadline: September 10, 2012
Please join us in creating a collaborative artwork as part of the War of Words exhibition opening September 15.
We are constantly drawing lines in the sand to delineate “us from them.” Zero or One. Black or White. Yes or No.
Yes or No explores this ubiquitous binary conflict by bringing together elements from a multitude of makers. While each piece is autonomous, the sum total reflects the hive mind at work.
How to Play
1) First make the big decision. Choose either “Yes” or “No.” Really, only one of these two words…think carefully! [continue reading...]
Reception/performance/workshop: Sunday, March 11, 5:30 pm
“Do you hear the clank of the muskets? …In the midst of you stands an encampment very old…”
—Walt Whitman, “The Centenarian’s Story”
Join us for the opening reception of Battle Pass, an interdisciplinary homage to the Revolutionary Battle of Brooklyn. Revolution I includes a collaborative installation (on view through March 31), and a reception workshop and performance. These events will take place at GRIDSPACE, a Crown Heights art space, located at 112 Rogers Avenue/corner of Sterling.