Support Hyperallergic’s independent arts journalism.
Constructed from reclaimed windows in a vacant lot, the new Glass House exhibition space at the Invisible Dog Art Center on Bergen Street in Brooklyn appears like a DIY greenhouse, but from within the art is given a lightness against the walls of illumination.
The Invisible Dog itself, located in a former warehouse next door, is a massive, concrete and brick-heavy space that can feel a little closed off from the street. And when Anne Mourier, one of the resident artists at the art center, was working with the gallery on a solo show, it became clear that her delicate art in miniatures and mixed media work involving bits of debris was going to get shadowed by the gallery itself.
So Mourier, collaborating with Invisible Dog director Lucien Zayan, worked to design this new gallery space, which opened on September 7 with her first solo exhibition — a gathering of mixed media related to her childhood memories of cleaning and the often false appearance of a happy home, called Cleaning It Up. Naturally, as few artists get the chance to actually design the gallery where their art will be shown, it’s an ideal fit between the airy space and the ephemeral-feeling art with its little brooms poised to whisk away any dust that wanders in.
When I stopped by the Glass House this past weekend, Zayan told me that he hopes the gallery also fills another purpose in conjunction with the main gallery. Most of the artists who have applied for solo shows at the Invisible Dog since it opened in 2009 have been men, and while there have been exceptions, there’s been a lack of women artists represented with their own exhibitions, so the aim is to make female artists the focus of the Glass House, while of course not excluding them from the main gallery.
Zayan also said that they anticipate doing performances in the space, using the transparency as a component. Yet for now, it’s matched with Mourier’s playful, sculptural pieces, and what seems most successful from spending some time at the space is the openness to the sidewalk. People walking by, perhaps curious about the new structure suddenly appearing where there had only been gravel before, kept stopping by and looking with curiosity at this little glass space with its rough wood edges grasped around the panes letting in the sun. It will be interesting to see how another exhibition fits into the Glass House, and how other women artists will take on such a beautiful, but ultimately wall-less in terms of a traditional gallery, space.
Anne Mourier: Cleaning It Up is at the Invisible Dog Art Center’s Glass House (adjacent to 51 Bergen Street, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn) through November 9.
The autumn holiday of Sukkot continues to offer solace and community for new generations.
Equity should be discussed in the form of European and American institutions partnering with the Benin government to create sustainable museums.
This exhibition in Great Falls, Montana addresses the concept of intention in contemporary fiber art and its complex relationship with the history of women’s art as craft.
Yamasaki’s most well-known projects — the twin towers and the Pruit-Igoe housing project — were both destroyed on national television.
An exquisitely illustrated and enlightening new book reveals the screen’s unique role in Japanese history and culture from its origins to the 20th century.
Explore new avenues in artistic practice and scholarship amongst a diverse cohort of peers while gaining leadership skills both academically and professionally.
Find the perfect gifts for friends and family.
There is nothing extraordinary about Murphy’s subjects and yet there is something inexplicably disturbing about her paintings and drawings.
In this exhibition, curated by Patrick Flores and presented by Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Paiwan artist Sakuliu reflects on interspecies co-sharing and coexistence.
Participatory photography aims to counter the pitfalls of photography as an exploitative or voyeuristic medium.
This week, a Frank Stella is installed as a public artwork in NYC, the women behind some iconic buildings, looting Cambodia, fighting anti-boycott laws, and more.
An Original Copy of US Constitution Sells for $43.2 Million, Becoming Most Expensive Document Ever Sold
MoMA board member Ken Griffin went well over asking for the document, beating out cryptocurrency enthusiasts who crowdfunded to purchase it.