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Artists Open Call: Naval Cemetery Landscape Seeks Installations

Naval Cemetary Landscape (via Brooklyn Greenway Initiative)

The Brooklyn Greenway Initiative and the Brooklyn Navy Yard announced an open call for artists to display their works at the former Naval Hospital Cemetry, now a public greenspace known as the Naval Cemetery Landscape at 63 Williamsburg St. W. The budget for installation and materials is up to $1,000 and the application deadline is July 15th.


The 1.7-acre greenspace opened to the public in May 2016 after being fenced off for decades. The site was an active cemetery through 1910 where more than 2,000 deceased U.S. Navy and Marine Corps servicemen were buried until being relocated to Cypress Hills National Cemetary in 1926, according to the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

More details on the artist selection criteria from the Brooklyn Navy Yard:

SELECTION CRITERIA

Proposals for potential artworks cannot disturb or penetrate the ground as it is a burial site.

The concepts or subjects of the artwork must relate to the ecological, historical, or cultural context of the Naval Cemetery Landscape. Works that enhance or emphasize the sacred and natural quality of the space are strongly encouraged.

Works cannot obstruct the boardwalk or access to the space in any way. If the proposed piece is a time based performance medium it must be able to occur during operating hours (10am-4pm). Any ticketed performances must be free to the public unless paid performances are approved in writing by BGI.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

· A written description of proposed artwork, including: title, medium, dimensions (height x width x depth), weight, installation method and anchoring procedure; and a short statement clearly articulating how artwork related to NCL’s historical, ecological and/or cultural context (not to exceed 250 words)

· If proposing existing work: photographs or slides of artwork; include reference to human scale.

· If proposing a new work: working drawings or photograph of maquette to scale.

· Artist’s statement and resume

· Proposed location for the installation within the Naval Cemetery Landscape

· Up to ten images of the artist’s previous work. All images must be clearly labeled with the name of the artist, title of the work, media and dimensions.

· Budget not to exceed $1,000

RELEVANT DATES:

· Application due: July 15

· Finalists notified about studio visits/interviews by: August 6

· Final selection/artists notified by: August 16

· Studio visit/work-in-progress check-in: Mid-September

· Installation period: October 16 – 18

· Presentation Day: October 19

· Deinstallation period: October 20 – 29 (Exact date and deinstallation details to be finalized with artists and NCL staff).

RESPONSIBILITIES

ARTIST RESPONSIBILITIES:

When exhibiting at NCL, the artist assumes responsibility for funding the project, as well as for obtaining insurance and site remediation. Other artist responsibilities include:

· Propose high quality art that responds to guidelines.

· Provide funding for fabrication, installation, maintenance, insurance, and site restoration.

· Obtain necessary insurance policies naming the City of New York as additional insured.

· Some projects may require technical reports prepared by a licensed engineer.

· A security deposit, which will be returned to the exhibitor upon restoration of the site.

· Oversee installation of artwork (tools, materials and equipment not provided by BGI).

· Coordinate with BGI and BNYDC for publicity.

· Monitor and maintain the artwork during the display period.

· Oversee de-installation of artwork and site remediation.

· Grant Brooklyn Greenway Initiative / Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation the right to a royalty-free, perpetual license to use any depictions of the artwork for non-commercial purposes (credit will be given to the exhibitor).

BGI RESPONISBILITIES:

· Review, select and coordinate projects recommended by the advisory committee based on Selection Criteria.

· Prepare legal documents for signature by artist or organization.

· Grant artist sole ownership and copyright of the final design and artwork.

· Provide general coordination assistance with press, mailing, and other city agencies.

· Produce identifying signage to display at the Naval Cemetery Landscape for event. Alternative signage can be produced at cost to the exhibitor, subject to BGI approval.

 

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Greenpoint artist welcomes celebrities at gallery opening

Katherine McMahon, a Greenpoint-based artist, recently opened her show at Site:Brooklyn Gallery in Gowanus, which attracted a number of entertainment celebrities. The show, which also features works by artist/actor Kathrine Narducci (A Bronx Tale, “The Sopranos”), has welcomed many high-profile guests, including actors Debi Mazar, Bobby Cannavale, Drena DeNiro and “Real Housewives of New Jersey” cast member Danielle Staub. The show, “Katherine & Kathrine: Portraits,” will be up until July 13. Katherine, who splits her time between East Hampton and Brooklyn, prepared many of her works at the neighborhood’s Jave Studios. Take a look at glitzy crowd from the opening below!

All photos by Robert Carlo.

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Pride party Permanent Water comes to Wythe Hotel June 27

 

The Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Avenue) will host Permanent Watera party kicking off World Pride weekend on Thursday June 27 that, produced with TREVORHOUSE, will celebrate Brooklyn’s vibrant LGBTQ community.

This year, a portion of the ticket sales will benefit the charity Immigration Equality, which advocates for and represents LGBTQ and HIV-positive immigrants seeking safety, fair treatment, and freedom.

The evening will feature cocktails, complemented by thoughtful performances by BMAJR, Magnolia Polaris, Guido, Gallexii, Bri Blvck, Crazyexgalpal, Venïson Man, Precious Okoyomon and a few surprise guests. The event will also have astrology readings.

Complimentary welcome cocktails from Milagro Tequila will be given out from 8–9 PM, so come early and stay late. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased here.

Additionally, Wythe Hotel is pleased to announce that artist Jack Early is set to display his latest work, Jacksicles, in the hotel lobby starting June 25 through October in celebration of Pride month.

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Thursday Spotlight: Tommy Kha and the “negotiation between worlds”

To complement last Thursday Spotlight’s article on Meena Hasan, today, we speak wtih fellow artist Tommy Kha who, alongside Meena, is deconstructing identity through their joint show at LAUNCH F18 Gallery in Tribeca. Tommy, a Greenpointer of multiple years, is a photographer who elevates the mundane and finds touches of surreality and the bizarre in the quotidian (as evidenced from some samples sprinkled around his Instagram).

Greenpointers: You live in Greenpoint, I hear! What’s it been like to work in a community so rich in visual artists?
It’s odd, this is the beginning of my fourth year here and only now, I feel I can settle in and unpack my anxiety and work. I’ve lucked out to be near my schoolmates that my existential status feels less isolating. It’s a sight to see spaces like DAAB, the Java Project, the Greenpoint Gallery, and my artist friends pushing up against stones and making work, in turn, I find myself pushing as well.

Your current show at LAUNCH F18 Gallery in Tribeca wrestles with the effects of imperialism. Can you discuss the pieces you contributed to this exhibition?
I wanted to go in the opposite direction as my previous iterations of my self-portrait work, being given the space to present work less about performed Otherness but being a product of colonialism. I’m more concerned with the direct experiences my mother and family members has had.

The portraits I’ve made of her from our long-form collaboration are alongside photographs she made back in 1984, the year she successfully fled Vietnam (Old Country), which is something g of a familial trait — my great-grandparents fled 1930s China (Older Country). I didn’t know she made photographs at some point, it’s striking for me to see them because

I view photography and art differently than my mother’s generation, whose life’s experiences were contingent on survival and non-conforming (my mother went through an indoctrination camp).

Additionally, I’ve included newsprints for people to take, on one side are Southern landscapes and interiors, on the other side is an illegible article recalling my aunt’s murder, fading over the four images, which I never quite resolved her death. Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Meena Hasan and “Post-Colonial Legacy”

Courtesy of LAUNCHF18

Meena Hasan’s newest show at LAUNCH F18 is, what she brilliantly and comically calls, a “kaleidoscopic onion.” To understand that, one must first understand her vivid works that stem from diverse compositions and series but are now in giddy and ponderous conversation with each other in one show. She shares this LAUNCH F18 exhibition with the Tommy Kha, who, alongside Meena, is exploring imperialism through a contemporary lens. To learn more about Meena and her work that “investigates and reveals Asian American experiences,” read on, follow her Instagram, and visit “Other Echoes Inhabit The Garden” at LAUNCH F18!

Greenpointers: You’re a Greenpointer yourself, I hear! How has the neighborhood treated you. Any favorite spots?

Meena Hasan: Yes, I’ve been in Greenpoint for about six years and I love it. I am hesitant to tell too much, since one of the greatest characteristics of Greenpoint is that the best spots feel secret, tucked away and well supported by local patrons. Northside Bakery has amazing Polish food – schnitzels and stuffed cabage are my go to. I am always on the hunt for good curry and am lucky to have a legit take-out Indian food spot nearby, Moharani, run by Bangladeshis. They use all the right spices and do not water down their food like most places. I also discovered the Lite Bites lunch hour, they have insanely tasty Trinidadian curries and rotis during the week, but you have to hit it before 2pm to get the choicest morsels. Possibly the best hot sauce I’ve ever had too (in the US). Not to get all romantic about it, but the distinct flavors really do unveil themselves slowly on your tongue, in your throat and belly, like a raga, and trying to decipher their recipe is great fun.

Your current show at LAUNCH F18 Gallery in Tribeca deals with “post-colonial legacy,” the press release says. Can you dive into the works you contributed to this exhibition?

This show, titled “Other Echoes Inhabit The Garden” unfolded over time. I like to think of it as a kaleidoscopic onion of distinct shapes and ideas reflecting each other across and through the room. Each of the works that I included is from a different series that I have been working on for the past few years and it’s fantastic to see them all hanging out together. Included are a first-person perspective or PoV painting as I call the series of putting on gold bangles, a small paper sculpture of my grandmother’s earrings, a portrait of my mother’s nape and a large hanging paper piece that investigates and transforms a Chintz pattern (a calico textile made in South Asia for the British). Also included are two small gouaches on cardboard that were made as meditations in between the making of the above pieces.

The show was an experiment in many ways, a chance to juxtapose the many distinctions not only within my pieces but also those in contrast to Tommy’s works, with the hope that they would converse, open up and find meaning through their interaction, that they would “echo” in other words. This could be like any group show, but in our case it was particularly significant given our shared desire to investigate and reveal Asian American experiences through our works. Tommy and I, like all children of immigrants, and honestly like the majority of individuals in the world, have inherited the post-colonial legacies of our families. The show seeks to pay respect to this inheritance and, particularly, the matriarchs who have shaped and raised us, whose influence pervades the works and, of course, our daily lives as well. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Open Studios: Official 2019 Schedule

It all starts tonight: Greenpoint Open Studios is here! Over the next three days, hundreds of local artists will open their homes, workspaces, and studios to expose their craft and showcase their work. Join us for a weekend of community and art, get your steps in walking from studio to studio, and — as always — support local artists!

For a full rundown of the weekend’s festivities, see our exciting schedule of events below:

GOS 2019 Launch Party
TONIGHT, Friday June 7
7:30 PM–Midnight

Greenpoint Open Studios 2019 will launch at Brooklyn Bazar (150 Greenpoint Avenue) with music, dancing, full bar with frozen cocktail specials, and creative activities like live painting, art installations, video projections, and more. FREE swag bag full of art supplies for registered artists and the first 100 visitors courtesy of Blick Art Materials will be provided. All are welcome, and the event is free — just register here.

Greenpoint Open Studios 2019
Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9
Noon–6 PM

For one weekend, 300+ local artists and designers open up their Greenpoint, Brooklyn studios to the public to showcase work in a variety of mediums. From paintings, sculptures, film, photography, weaving/textiles, to ceramics, and more, there are seasoned artists to be visited and emerging artists to be discovered in the northernmost tip of Brooklyn. Map out your journey with our online guide!

GOS 2019 Wrap Party
Sunday, June
9
6:30–9 PM

Join local creatives to wind down the art-filled weekend festivities of Greenpoint Open Studios 2019 with food and drinks at One Bedford! We will be spinning records, projecting artwork by GOS 2019 participants, and making fresh watermelon soju cocktails. Register for free here.

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Your Art-Filled Weekend Starts Tonight With Greenpoint Open Studios! (6/7)

2018 Greenpoint Open Studios Launch Party at Java Studios
2018 Greenpoint Open Studios Launch Party at Java Studios.

The weather will be wonderful, and we are happy to host a weekend full of celebrating local arts in North Brooklyn. We can’t wait to kick off the Greenpoint Open Studios 2019 festivities! Everyone is welcome at Brooklyn Bazaar (150 Greenpoint Ave) tonight (June 7th) starting at 7:30pm with an explosion of music, dancing, a full bar with frozen cocktail specials, and of course live art installations!

As in past years, we expect a night full of creative energy where the entire space will come alive with art and music.

At tonight’s shindig, you can expect video projections by Nick Koller, tapestries by Katie Westmoreland, textile art by Aruni Aharmakirthi, live painting by Katrina Eugenia, and a fantastic IG-worthy wall of balloons by Brooklyn Party People. Plus more to be announced!

And, there’ll be FREE swag bags of art supplies for registered artists and the first 100 visitors courtesy of Blick Art Materials.

Not to mention, the party is totally FREE and will kick off the weekend’s festivities.

Of course, this is just a glimpse of what’s in store for the rest of the weekend when 350+ local artists open up their spaces to the public. Rain or shine, we’ve got some amazing talent in the ‘hood and a non-stop celebration is in order.

On Saturday (6/8) and Sunday (6/9) you can visit HUNDREDS of local artist studios, and navigate via the online map or pick up a printed brochure at any of these North Brooklyn info hub locations:

RSVP for Friday’s Launch Party on Facebook

We’ll see you there!

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Greenpoint Open Studios Kicks Off This Weekend! (June 8-9)

Get ready for Greenpoint Open Studios, an epic showcase of local art. Over the course of one weekend (this year June 8-9), hundreds of local artists open their studio doors to the public for an exciting peek inside their craft. It’s an uncurated, free event that allows visitors to get a glimpse of the process and space where the artwork is created while engaging directly with its creators.

Brooklyn has a long-standing reputation for being a hotbed of creativity and GOS is going to represent its northernmost tip in true Greenpoint fashion—by keepin’ it real—providing an open platform for showcasing the various expressions of our creative community’s imagination and skills. This year, we have more than 350 artists participating, and an exciting lineup of events. Continue reading

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The McGolrick Park Roam: GOS Self-Guided Tour

Bisected by the rumbling BQE and hugged by Newton Creek, the southeastern parcel of Greenpoint is a hot spot for a self-guided Greenpoint Open Studios walking tour. Are you up for an adventure off the beaten path? Ready to see some fabulous art and get to know Greenpoint’s industrial southeastern edge?
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Your Guide for Special Events This Weekend (6/8-6/9) for Greenpoint Open Studios!

Blast from the past: Juan Miguel Marin adding a new piece to his ongoing series titled “Drawing Under The Influence” live outside of his studio at The Pencil Factory during GOS in 2018.

Back for its sixth year and stronger than ever, Greenpoint Open Studios will bring the neighborhood an art-filled weekend this Saturday and Sunday (June 8th & 9th) with more than 350 local artists opening up their studios to the public — plus parties, special events, and some stellar artist-organized workshops. We will also, hopefully, be bringing the sunshine. Continue reading

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