For its 13th edition, Beat Nite sets its sights on a different part of Brooklyn, highlighting the artistic community of Gowanus.
It’s two weeks before Gowanus Open Studios, an annual celebration of the artistic community in one of Brooklyn’s foremost industrial neighborhoods. But instead of putting the finishing touches on paintings, many artists with Gowanus studios are busy scouring real estate listings.
The narrative impulse in painting is nothing new.
Amy Giovanna Rinaldi’s sculptures look like they’re frozen mid-metamorphosis.
Brooklyn’s Interference Archive is showcasing the work of the women who occupied the area surrounding England’s cruise missile installation, reshaping British public opinion and attracting international attention to the nuclear arms race.
Most days the underside of the Smith-9th Street subway bridge over the Gowanus Canal is a tangle of ungainly gray beams, but this week it has been aglow in bold colors every night.
Over the weekend, more than 300 artists opened up their work spaces to the public for the 18th annual Gowanus Open Studios.
The intensified activism of the 1960s fueled by the Vietnam War and struggles over class inequality, women’s rights, and black liberation drove the rapid growth of the underground press. Between 1965 and 1969, the five indie counterculture newspapers scattered across the United States multiplied to over 500 around the country, representing and communicating the voices of feminists, the Black Panther Party, gay activists, psychedelic aficionados, and other social movement groups with their art and design as radical as their messages. Rebel Newsprint: The Underground Press at Interference Archive in Gowanus is digging into this historic period with over 100 newspapers from across the sixties underground.
Anyone on the mailing list for the Brooklyn Lyceum, the arts venue on the border of Park Slope and Gowanus at Fourth Avenue and President Street, has probably noticed the increasing agitation from owner Eric Richmond over the building’s foreclosure auction. The auction of the building (at 227-231 Fourth Avenue) is scheduled for today, according to the Kings County Supreme Court.