I recently visited the Brooklyn Museum, where the forgotten Williamsburg Murals are on display in the building cafe. Jazz-like rhythms echoed through the hallway as I shared an intimate moment focusing on the details of each painting. The most interesting thing about them is their historical context. They’ve been through a lot. Continue reading
One of the most thought-provoking art shows I’ve seen this season is Wangechi Mutu’s “A Fantastic Journey,” housed in the phenomenal Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. Sunday March 9th, is the last day to see it, so get moving!
Mutu’s swarming, contorted collages create alien female forms from found images, magazine cutouts, and paint. Mutu was born in Nairobi and her concern with transnationalism has a strong presence in her collages, as does her view of American culture and mass consumerism from a place of outsiderness. There is a definite ode to African dance in the work, fused with American gender-based images like polished lips from fashion magazines, body parts from porn stills, and even war photographs. The result are post-apocalyptic portraits of mutilation, consumerism, rebirth, and womanhood that are shocking and fascinating to see up close. Continue reading
Our pals at Brooklyn Brewery just turned 25. And to celebrate, they decided to reflect on the creative power that makes this borough so unique by releasing a fancy Silver Anniversary Lager, with limited edition labels from 4 local artists that brewery co-founder, Scott Hindy, met as he grew Brooklyn Brewery from a start up to a serious craft beer producer. Continue reading
Did you know that are over 200 artists in Greenpoint are going to open their studios to the public on September 8-9? GO is a new project at the Brooklyn Museum, taking place in neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn. During GO, Brooklyn-based artists will open their studios to the community on September 8–9, 2012. Community members registered as voters will visit studios and nominate artists for inclusion in a group exhibition to open at the Museum on Target First Saturday, December 1, 2012. Visit the GO website to learn about how you can take part in this borough-wide project: www.gobrooklynart.org
Also join us this Monday August 13th from 6 – 8pm at Diamond Bar (43 Franklin St) for an artists + voters Meetup. This is a great opportunity for fellow artists to meet + mingle and share ideas on spreading the word to friends, fans, and family and encourage them to register on the website, browse over 1800 artists opening their studios Sept 8 + 9 and vote for their favorite artists during the weekend.