BIO
BRIC’s contemporary art programs capture a rich cross section of ideas, voices and artistic mediums that reflect Brooklyn’s diverse community of artists.

Exhibitions at BRIC House
Each season, the gallery presents exhibitions of emerging and mid-career artists, collaborative projects, and solo shows that reflect the borough’s diversity.

Public Programs
BRIC hosts a series of free, drop-in public programs, curated in conjunction with exhibitions on view, to animate participation around the artworks on display. Popular events include Ripple, a literary reading series, artist talks, and performances that stimulate discussion about exhibition-related topics, and Family Days, themed art-making workshops for art lovers of all ages which run throughout the year.

Education
BRIC’s contemporary art education programs take place in a variety of exciting settings, including classroom-based residencies for K-12 students, after school and at BRIC Rotunda Gallery. We partner with public schools in the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in Brooklyn with a focus on underserved communities where there is little or no funding for enrichment activity.

Opportunities for Artists
Opportunities for artists are integral to BRIC's contemporary art program. With the Emerging Curator Program, BRIC fosters emerging curatorial talent via an annual open call for exhibition proposals. The BRIC Contemporary Artist Registry is a comprehensive online resource on visual artists living and working in Brooklyn. Through the BRIC Media Arts Fellowship, BRIC's community media and contemporary art programs work together to provide training and equipment for Brooklyn-affiliated artists interested in exploring video as an artistic medium.
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EVENT

Housewarming: Notions of Home from the Center of the Universe


Dates:
Thu Oct 03, 2013 10:00 - Sun Dec 15, 2013

Location:
Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

BRIC is pleased to present Housewarming: Notions of Home from the Center of the Universe, the first exhibition of the 2013-14 season and the inaugural exhibition presented in BRIC Arts | Media House, BRIC’s new 40,000-square-foot multidisciplinary arts and media complex located at 647 Fulton Street in the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District. Housewarming will be a celebratory show, introducing the public to BRIC’s new 3,000-square-foot gallery space with its monumental interior stoop, while exploring the concept of “home” from a number of broad vantage points. Eight of the 12 artists featured in the exhibition will present works commissioned by BRIC; three of the works in the show are site-specific. Curated by BRIC’s Director of Contemporary Art, Elizabeth Ferrer, Housewarming will be on view October 3 through December 15, 2013, with a special opening reception held on October 9 from 7-9pm.
Artists Njideka Akunyili, Sonya Blesofsky, Margaret Reid Boyer, Drew Hamilton, Katarina Jerinic & Chad Stayrook, Esperanza Mayobre, Abraham McNally, Garry Nichols, Keisha Scarville, Vargas-Suarez Universal and Nathan Wasserbauer explore the idea of “home” as a flexible, variable concept revealed in a myriad of ways, and influenced by an individual’s history and personal accumulation of places. The works exhibited will range in scale and medium – from Vargas-Suarez Universal’s monumentally scaled, digitally printed mural to be mounted on the façade of BRIC House and spanning over 30 feet, to the intimate, wall-mounted sculptures of Abraham McNally measuring, for the most part, less than one foot.


EVENT

Never Can Say Goodbye


Dates:
Wed Jun 26, 2013 19:20 - Wed Jun 26, 2013


BRIC presents . . .
Never Can Say Goodbye:
A farewell celebration for the BRIC Rotunda Gallery space as we prepare our move to BRIC House!
June 26, 2013, 7-9pm
BRIC Rotunda Gallery
33 Clinton Street, Brooklyn Heights
FREE, RSVP’s appreciated: aclark@bricartsmedia.org

Never Can Say Goodbye will be a farewell celebration for the BRIC Rotunda Gallery space as BRIC’s Contemporary Art program prepares its move to BRIC House this summer!
For 20 years, 33 Clinton Street has been the home of BRIC Rotunda Gallery, BRIC’s contemporary art space. Over 100 exhibitions and countless public programs and school visits have taken place in this award-wining space designed by architects Smith-Miller + Hawkinson. As BRIC’s contemporary art program prepares (along with all of BRIC) to move to its new home at BRIC House late this summer, we invite all of our friends and supporters to help us say a fond farewell to the space. This goodbye party and last hurrah will include food and drink, DJ’ed music, a monumental slide show on our amazing history, participatory art projects, fun photo opportunities, a free raffle of BRIC goodies, and some relocation giveaways. For more information, visit www.BRICartsmedia.org.


EVENT

The 25th Annual Contemporary Art Education Student Exhibition


Dates:
Wed Jun 05, 2013 16:15 - Fri Jun 14, 2013

BRIC presents . . .
The 25th Annual Contemporary Art Education Student Exhibition
Through June 14, 2013
BRIC Rotunda Gallery
33 Clinton Street, Brooklyn Heights
Tues-Sat, Noon-6pm
FREE

BRIC is proud to present The 25thAnnual BRIC Contemporary Art Education Exhibition of student artwork. Curated by Hawley Hussey, BRIC’s Director of Contemporary Art Education, the exhibition marks 25 years of presenting artwork created in a wide variety of media by students in grades pre-K through high school in public schools across Brooklyn as well as in Queens and the Bronx. This year’s exhibition will include artistic contributions by over 1,000 students from 14 partnering public schools. For 25 years, BRIC has presented this exhibition of student art as a culmination of the work completed in our public school residencies. This year’s show will focus on highlighting the intersection between contemporary artists and the public school community. For more information, visit www.BRICartsmedia.org.

Image: The 25thAnnual BRIC Contemporary Art Education Exhibition, Photo: Abby Clark, courtesy of BRIC


EVENT

Inside Cultural Fluency


Dates:
Thu Apr 04, 2013 19:00 - Thu Apr 04, 2013

Location:
Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn presents . . . Inside Cultural Fluency
Thursday, April 4, 2013, 7-9pm
BRIC Rotunda Gallery
33 Clinton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
FREE

This public program is presented in conjunction with the Cultural Fluency: Engagements with Contemporary Brooklyn exhibition at BRIC Rotunda Gallery. Join the artists and curator of the show for Q&As and a discussion on inhabiting and impacting the city through art. Artist Aisha Cousins will also direct one of her interactive performance art scores, originally written as part of her project From Here I Saw What Happened and I Could Not Understand (aka the Obama Skirt Project). Participating in the Q&As will be the BedStuy Story Skirters – a group of women who have been re-performing Cousins' project based on a pop culture practice found in many African countries of wearing clothes that depict political leaders. For more information, visit the BRIC website: www.bricartsmedia.org


EVENT

Forty-Seven Easy Poundcakes Like grandma Used To Make


Dates:
Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:00 - Sat Apr 27, 2013

Location:
Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

Forty-Seven Easy Poundcakes Like grandma Use to Make is an installation of a series of forty-seven digital drawings by Brooklyn interdisciplinary artist Nyeema Morgan. The drawings are amalgamations of forty-seven variable "easy poundcake" recipes gathered from the results of online Google searches, and including the artist's grandmother's recipe. All forty-seven recipes were sequentially edited into one another with redirected word placement and negated superfluous text. The resulting forty-seven drawings are completely unique, despite identical procedures, and information.