Brooklyn has been a cradle for artists from every corner of the world. The streets, the community, and the multiculturalism continues to inspire scores of artists. That is why this borough is now considered a creative center of NYC. In a new exposition at the Brooklyn Museum thirty-five artists have contributed to “Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy and Beyond” to highlight the region’s diverse originality. Organized by Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein, Curator of ContemporaryArt, and Rujeko Hockley, Assistant Curator, the exhibit showcases this deepening talent pool.
The great room brings together the various works. A life-size statue of a horse chairs resides in the center of the room. This high pedestal sculpture made by Paul Ramírez Jonas has a bulletin board where the visitors can pin whatever they want. If you stand right by the horse and you look up you will see a vinyl kites decorated with Kenya children portraits. Miguel Luciano is the artist that also made another work for the exposition called “Pimp My Piragua”.
In this exhibition you can find works that are very different to each other and to the traditional art exhibition. The artists are trying to involve the viewer, interaction is paramount. One great example is Nobutaka Aozaki work called “Smiley Bag Portrait”. This artist walks through the city to invite pedestrians to sit for a free portrait in a New York City characteristic smiley Bag. His work is comprised of the bag portrait stand and it goes with a video of all the people who were participating in this project.
If you leave aside the central room and you venture to the adjoining rooms you can enjoy a dreamlike world of video projections. One of these rooms welcomes Kambui Olujimi. His work consists in a clouds projection in slow motion seen from a kaleidoscope.
If you want to discover more artists and their work don’t miss the opportunity and visit the Brooklyn Museum. The exposition is showing there through January 4, 2015.
Full press release here: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/press/uploads/Crossing_Brooklyn_Press_Release_rev2.pdf