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

Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing and Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, 5th Floor

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

Media

In Conversation

Curators Eugenie Tsai and Rujeko Hockley, as well as other experts, answer visitor questions about Crossing Brooklyn.

Eugenie Tsai and Rujeko Hockley

Video

Cross Brooklyn with this video highlighting the exhibition.

Events

Project EATS: Human Energy Hub

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Linda Goode Bryant and Project EATS: Human Energy Hub

Get a good workout and pedal a bicycle to generate power for future use by Project EATS.

Tatlo: Department of Accumulated Thoughts: Brooklyn Edition

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Tatlo: Department of Accumulated Thoughts

Take part in a survey about your everyday thoughts and routines.

Gordon Hall: "Read me that part a-gain, where I disin-herit everybody"

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Gordon Hall: Read me that part

Artist Gordon Hall's lecture-performance considers the lecture format as a creative medium.

Curator Talk

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Curators Eugenie Tsai and Rujeko Hockley speak about the exhibition. Part of Target First Saturday.

Tatlo: Department of Accumulated Thoughts: Brooklyn Edition

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Tatlo: Department of Accumulated Thoughts

Take part in a survey about your everyday thoughts and routines.

Community Talk

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Project EATS artist Linda Goode Bryant leads a conversation with other urban farmers about growing food in New York City. Part of Target First Saturday.

Performance

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Jazz percussionist Ches Smith presents a unique musical score to activate artist David Horvitz's installation. Part of Target First Saturday.

Nobutaka Aozaki: Smiley Bag Portrait

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Nobutaka Aozaki: Smiley Bag Portrait

Artist Nobutaka Aozaki draws your portrait with a Sharpie marker on a smiley face–emblazoned plastic bag.

Arty Facts: Visiting Artist Series with Miguel Luciano

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Artist Miguel Luciano leads a lesson that combines self-portraiture and kite-making.

Arty Facts: Visiting Artist Series with Miguel Luciano

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Artist Miguel Luciano leads a lesson that combines self-portraiture and kite-making.

Gallery Tour

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Join a Museum Guide for a free tour of the exhibition.