Exhibitions: Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond

Paul Ramírez Jonas (Honduran American, b. 1965). The Commons, 2011. Cork, pushpins, notes contributed by the public, 153 x 128 x 64 in. (388.6 x 135.1 x 162.6 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Koenig & Clinton Gallery. © Paul Ramírez Jonas. Photo Paul Ramírez Jonas

October 3, 2014–January 4, 2015

Reflecting the rich creative diversity of Brooklyn, Crossing Brooklyn presents work by thirty-five Brooklyn-based artists or collectives. The exhibition and related programming take place in the galleries and on the grounds of the Museum, as well as off-site in the streets, waterways, and other public spaces of the borough.

Emphasizing artistic practices that engage with the world, the exhibition includes artists who aim to expand their focus and have an impact beyond the studio and the museum. The resulting work defies easy categorization, taking on diverse forms that include public and private action, the use of found or collected objects, and interactive and educational events, among others. Alongside the drawings, paintings, photographs, sculptures, installations, videos, and performances on view are several site-specific works.

While acknowledging Brooklyn’s heightened profile, Crossing Brooklyn presents a multigenerational picture that recognizes the borough’s long-established role as a creative center. Other themes explored in the exhibition include history and memory, place and geography, community, nostalgia, exchange, ephemerality, and politics, both local and remote.

For a full list of the artists included in the exhibition, please see the press release.

Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond is organized by Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art, and Rujeko Hockley, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Brooklyn Museum. A catalogue including a roundtable conversation among several longtime Brooklyn artists accompanies the exhibition.

Support for this exhibition is provided by Lambent Foundation, Sotheby's, TerraCRG, and Brooklyn Brewery.

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Additional support provided by Hildemarie and Alex Ladouceur.

Media sponsor
Northside Media Group



Cross Brooklyn with this video highlighting the exhibition.