Alicia Grullon, “Battle of Brooklyn (3 Re-enactors and Visitor)” (2016)

BRIC is pleased to present Reenactment, on view January 18 through February 25 at BRIC House, Downtown Brooklyn’s largest contemporary art gallery. An Opening Reception will take place on January 17 from 7-9pm that is free and open to the public.

This group exhibition — curated by Jenny Gerow, Assistant Curator at BRIC —will examine the aesthetics and politics of historical reenactment in contemporary art. In traditional reenactments, events like the American Revolution and Civil War are embodied by amateur performers using storytelling and props, all too often approaching history as unchangeable and absolute. Through work in performance, video, and photography, this exhibition looks at six artists of color who are unsettling cultural mythologies and origin stories, and who approach history as fluid. The histories represented range from the Battle of Brooklyn to the refugee crisis in Syria, exploring race, identity, and representation, and asserting the lived experiences of people left out of history.

The exhibition features work by Crystal Z. Campbell, Ken Gonzales-Day, Maria Hupfield, Alicia Grullón, Farideh Sakhaeifar, and Marisa Williamson.

Associated public programs include Coffee & Conversation, a Saturday tour and gallery talk on February 3 at 12pm; and a Performance & Discussion by some of the artists on February 7 & 9 at 7pm.

BRIC is located at 647 Fulton Street in Downtown Brooklyn. Gallery hours are Monday – Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 12-6pm; closed Mondays. Admission is FREE.

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Special thanks to DKLB BKLN for support of this exhibition.