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The Forgotten Murals of Williamsburg

© Brooklyn Museum

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

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Last Week to See Wangechi Mutu at the Brooklyn Museum

Le Noble Savage, 2006. © Wangechi Mutu

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!

Once upon a time she said, I’m not afraid and her enemies began to fear her The End, 2013. © Wangechi Mutu

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

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Brooklyn Brewery Collaborates with Local Artists for 25th Anniversary

Magical "Silver" Brew

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

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GO Brooklyn Art, Greenpoint Artist: Zoe Pettijohn Schade Stratifies Order and Disorder

A petite, bright white studio overlooking the trees of Eagle Street is the clean, calm home to Zoe Pettijohn Schade’s intricate and phenomenally executed gouache paintings.
The tin-ceiled building was previously used as a display space for J Josephs Sons Furniture on Manhattan Avenue; patches of remarkable, however weathered, wallpaper in the staircase hallway hint at a more glamorous past. These bits of history unwittingly revealed appropriately echo the retrospective and layered nature of Pettijohn Schade’s work.
This past weekend Jen and I had the opportunity to visit Pettijohn Schade’s studio for a preview of what she will be showing at this weekend’s GO Brooklyn Art Festival. Her multi-layered paintings immediately conjure a mid-century aesthetic but are in fact, both directly and indirectly inspired from patterns and shapes anonymously executed in the 1670s which she discovered during her travels in France. Clearly motivated by the long, rich, and somewhat mystifying history of these ancient paintings, Pettijohn Schade has respected and wrangled these patterns to make them her own. Continue reading
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GO Artist Meet-Up: 8/13 @ Diamond

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.

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