Though not officially part of the Brooklyn Utopias series, curator Katherine Gressel announces a new 2-month exhibition at the Old Stone House opening August 13. Visit the Current Exhibitions page for more information!
In Search of One City: Sensing (In)equality
An art exhibit at the Old Stone House & Washington Park
Katherine Gressel, Curator
Exhibition dates: August 13-October 10, 2015
Exhibition Opening: Thursday, August 13, 6-9pm
VIP/press preview: Thursday, August 13, 10am
Exhibiting Artists: Artist Volunteer Center & With Food in Mind, Daniel Bejar, Mildred Beltre & Oasa DuVerney,Jennifer Dalton, Laura Hadden & Tennessee Watson, Brian Fernandes-Halloran, Sue Jeong Ka, Kenneth Pietrobono, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Dread Scott, Jody Wood
Location: The Old Stone House & Washington Park, 5th avenue between 3rd and 4th street, Park Slope. Hours: Friday 3-6pm; or by appointment, (718) 768-3195 or firstname.lastname@example.org. www.theoldstonehouse.org
“The state of our city, as we find it today, is a Tale of Two Cities – with an inequality gap that fundamentally threatens our future.” –Bill de Blasio, State of the City address, February 10, 2014
With a title Loosely based on the New York City mayor’s well-known campaign phrase, In Search of One City intends to promote continued dialogue around this timely topic, exploring artists’ role in investigating, navigating, and mitigating income inequality, with a focus on New York City. The exhibition will include both artists who expose and critique the systems that perpetuate income inequality, and artists and arts groups engaging with underrepresented communities towards developing new models and services for a more equitable city. Each artwork reflects or encourages deep looking, listening and outreach on the part of participating artists, communities and viewers to promote a greater understanding of inequality without resorting to specific political commentary or obvious contrasts between “haves” and “have nots.” In Search will instead privilege gray areas and moments of discomfort as artists straddle both ends of a socioeconomic spectrum or attempt (sometimes futilely) to transcend complex barriers.
Projects include video, installations and public art by Dread Scott, Jennifer Dalton and Kenneth Pietrobono exploring predatory financial systems; Kameelah Rasheed’s posters advising the poor on how to “suffer politely,” Laura Hadden and Tennessee Watson’s jukebox of interviews with workers that are inversely proportional in length to the workers’ wages; Mildred Beltre and Oasa DuVerney’s new guide to tenants rights and community art, and Jody Wood’s documentation of her mobile beauty salon serving homeless shelters across the country.
In Search of One City is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC). Funding has also been made possible by the Puffin Foundation, LTD. In-kind support by Artist & Craftsman.
Postage stamp Image: Daniel Bejar, Forever (Brooklyn, NY), 2015
You can now order a full-color Brooklyn Utopias: In TRANSITion catalog documenting all the work in the exhibition, complete with panoramic photos of the entire show by photographer Hugh Crawford, and beautiful documentation of Emily Weiskopf’s Unparallel Way outdoor sculpture by photographer Robert Levine. The book also contains all the interpretive exhibition text by curator Katherine Gressel, plus statements by Old Stone House Executive Director Kim Maier, Transportation Alternatives Deputy Director Noah Budnick, and Streetsblog editor-in-chief Benjamin Fried.
Follow this link to order your book on Lulu.com. All proceeds help support future Brooklyn Utopias exhibitions.
Haven’t had a chance to see Brooklyn Utopias: In TRANSITion yet? Recommended by multiple media (News 12 Brooklyn: “a way to think differently about your next subway or bus ride”) the gallery exhibition and corresponding outdoor sculpture by Emily Weiskopf have also been highlighted in DNAInfo, Gothamist, Brownstoner, and Archetizer. See complete press coverage HERE.
Our new January 10 closing event will offer a final opportunity to discuss the exhibit with the artist and curators. Artist Marie Christine Katz will also present the culminating performance of “Knitting… i need you” an ongoing interactive project. Through several scheduled events over the course of the exhibition’s run, Katz collected community members’ transportation stories while also offering knitting lessons and conducting a Twitter guided walk Let’s Take a Walk at OSH. At the closing party, Katz will recount stories told during these knitting sessions, while creating a temporary installation of knitted material. Leading up to the final event, Katz will hold several additional knitting and storytelling sessions:
The closing event will also unveil a new full-color exhibition catalog by curator Katherine Gressel, documenting the exhibit and public art, and expected to be available for –pre order in early January 2014.
Thanks Bob Levine for these wonderful photos of the Brooklyn Utopias: In TRANSITion exhibition at the Old Stone House 2nd floor gallery, and the new Emily Weiskopf public sculpture on the 4th Avenue traffic median, in partnership with the NYC DOT.
Unparallel Way by Emily Weiskopf, installed on the traffic median on 4th Avenue between 3rd and 5th Streets: Photos by Bob Levine
Exhibition photos by Bob Levine
We are thrilled to report that the Emily Wiekopf’s sculpture Unparallel Way has now been installed on the 4th avenue traffic median between 3rd and 5th streets! It will be on view for the next 11 months.
Check out recent press coverage about the project and the Brooklyn Utopias: In TRANSITion exhibition!
About the project:
Brooklyn Utopias: In TRANSITion, in partnership with the Old Stone House and the NYC Department of Transportation’s Urban Art Program (DOT), is pleased to present a temporary public art installation on 4th Avenue by Emily Weiskopf. In New York City, we often walk, ride, drive, or bike side-by-side unconsciously leading parallel lives. By raising the yellow lines that separate Fourth Avenue’s traffic lanes, Unparallel Way questions and heightens awareness of these paths we all follow, suggesting alternatives in a playful perspective. By encouraging going with the flow and contemplating our surroundings, the sculpture also symbolizes efforts to calm Fourth Avenue traffic.
Official unveiling ceremony and press conference: Monday, October 28, 11am at the traffic median.
Photo of the completed piece, courtesy of NYC DOT:
Installation photos by Bob Levine: