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Visit Gowanus this weekend to see the cutting edge of artist practices out of Brooklyn, like Valerie A. Gladstone’s doll, “Revolution,” which is a doll of a revolutionary black woman soldier with a gun. Over 400 studios and spaces will welcome visitors for the 25th edition of Arts Gowanus Open Studios. Only once a year can we get such unfettered access to the neighborhood’s capacious old factories and warehouses, now converted into working spaces for artists and creative collectives.
Open studio events can be overwhelming. There is a long list of artists whose names you may not recognize. Meandering down industrial streets and unfamiliar territory off the beaten path can be exhilarating, but also frustrating. Getting turned around or lost at some point is almost inevitable — but maybe it’s part of the fun.
A big bottle of water, snacks in the bag, and good walking shoes dramatically improve the experience.
It’s long been my custom to focus on a theme instead of attempting to see everything. Here are three thematized itineraries to give you a head start.
Seize this moment to see new work and meet new people you don’t yet know.
Several artists are coaxing the staid genre of portraiture into portraying the psychological and racial paradoxes of our times. For example: How do we grapple with or avoid and feel fine despite the immigrant crisis at the southern border? Mateo Guitierrez provocatively probes this question in “And I Feel Fine / Y Me Siento Bien #2 (Parkland, Florida / San Antonio, Secortez, Guatemala)” (2021).
From there, delve into the practices of Carol M Adams, Syma, Katelyn Alain, Stephanie Amend, David Andersson, David Atkin, Austin Sapien, Jonathan Blum, Ali Dachis, Jas Pinturas, Anna Friemoth, Kae Gabrielle, Valerie A Gladstone, Matteo Gutierrez, Caroline Otis Heffron, Jessica Rose Jardinel, Jason Leinwand, Audrey Lyall, Ronnie Mae Painter, Katrina Majkut, Kate Muehlemann Cataldo, Mayumi Nakao, Ibou Ndoye, Jessie Novik, Keun Young Park, Laziza Rakhimova, Brie Spiel, Tamara Staples, Giustina Surbone, Mariel Tepper, Mayana Nell Torres, Tamangoh Vancayseele, and Susan Yung.
As climate change and severe weather worsen, many artists are reconceptualizing the landscape in a quest for new visual metaphors. For example, Sandra Giunta depicts the disappearing coral reefs in sculptures like “Coral Reminder 50.”
Her peers in this effort include Ariane Ahlman, Jongwon Bae, Kim Maxine Baglieri, Omer Ben-Zvi, Lauren Alyssa Bierly, Owen Bissex, Peter Bornstein, Lloyd G. Campbell, Heejung Cho, Yehudit Feinstein-Mentesh, Caleb Freese, Sandra Giunta, Stanley Greenberg, Lauren Monaco, Peter Patchen, Alison Putnam, Joyce Riley, Aubrey Saget, Steve Shohl, Bonnie Steinsnyder, Chris Weller, and Cindy Zaglin.
Abstraction isn’t dead. There continues to be so much space for innovation. With all the pain and chaos in our world today, it can be healing to just stop overthinking and relax into the sumptuousness of color, form, and pattern. For example, there is chromatic voltage and movement in Colin P Strohm’s “Years and Years of Matter Out of Place” (#100).
Also expanding the genre are Jo-Ann M. Acey, Natale Adgnot, Scott Albrecht, Alitha Alford, Michael Amendolara, Paige Beeber, Robert Bloom, Andrew Boos, Ellen Chuse, Jim Conti, Timothy Corbett, Abby Goldstein, Sandye Renz, Hannah Robinett, Cynthia Ruse, Toni Ann Serratelli, Helen Shu, Mike Sorgatz, Colin P Strohm, Shira Toren, Robert Walden, Rachel Wren, Heidi Yockey, and Madeline Zappala.
Gowanus Open Studios is organized by Arts Gowanus. The studios will be open from noon until 6pm on Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17.
“Black infants in America are now more than twice as likely to die as white infants—11.3 per 1,000 black babies, compared with 4.9 per 1,000 white babies, according to the most recent government data—a racial disparity that is actually wider than in 1850, 15 years before the end of slavery, when most black women were…
he ownership of images has a long and nuanced legal history, which has evolved dramatically in recent years as cultural standards and photographic technologies have rapidly advanced
The show, which honors the 50th anniversary of an exhibition history once ignored, continues a series of projects documenting Wilmington’s contemporary art scene.
Renty and his daughter Delia. Renty was an enslaved African, kidnapped from the Congo, sold and forced into slave labor on the South Carolina plantation of B.F. Taylor
What is the relation between possessing a person, possessing their image, and dispossessing their progeny
As a scholar of African American history and photography whose work has focused on the status of violent images in museums and archives, I fully support the validity of Ms. Tamara Lanier’s claim and the amicus brief.
Two K-12 art teachers will each receive a $1,000 cash gift and an additional $500 to put toward classroom art supplies. Nominations are due October 31.
The daguerreotypes of Renty Taylor, Delia, Drana, Alfred, Jack, George Fassena, and Jem remained in an unused storage cabinet until 1975, when it was discovered by an employee of the Peabody Museum.
I am writing in support of the amicus curiae brief submitted by Professor Ariella Aïsha Azoulay of Brown University for the full restitution of the daguerreotypes of Renty Taylor and his daughter Delia, currently held by Harvard University, to their familial descendant, Tamara Lanier.
We cannot be indifferent to the long-lasting effects of photography. The photographs at the center of Lanier v. Harvard are relentless in making Renty and Delia Taylor work and perform as slaves. The pain inflicted on them has not ceased. Photography has the capacity to propagate harm, and we have the moral obligation to interrupt…