BRIC PRESENTS “BRIC BIENNIAL: VOLUME II, BED-STUY/CROWN HEIGHTS EDITION," NOVEMBER 10 – JANUARY 15
Second Brooklyn Biennial Features Work Of Over 40 Artists Across Four Brooklyn Cultural Institutions Including BRIC, Brooklyn Public Library, FiveMyles and Weeksville Heritage Center
BRIC is pleased to present the BRIC Biennial: Volume II, Bed-Stuy/Crown Heights Edition, the largest and
most ambitious exhibition organized by BRIC to date. This second edition of this initiative will be centered at
BRIC House, with portions of the show also on view at important cultural institutions and art spaces in the
neighborhoods covered by the show: the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, FiveMyles, and
Weeksville Heritage Center. For the second edition of the BRIC Biennial, the focus is on artists based in the
rapidly changing neighborhoods of Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights.
Curated by Elizabeth Ferrer, Vice President of Contemporary Art, BRIC; and Jenny Gerow, Assistant
Curator, the work of hundreds of artists based in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights were reviewed in
order to select the approximately 40 included in this exhibition. The bulk of the BRIC Biennial will be exhibited
at BRIC House and will focus on the theme “Affective Bodies,” drawing from affect theory, which places
emphasis on bodily experience rather than on learned knowledge. Artists exhibited at Weeksville Heritage
Center will be grouped under the theme “The Lived City,” considering how people’s lives and experiences
endow urban spaces with emotional resonance. The exhibition at the main branch of the Brooklyn Public
Library, “Translations and Annotations,” will include the work of artists who use existing texts and documents
as source material. By processes of alteration, annotation, translation, and reinterpretation, these artists endow
these texts with new, emotional quality, relevant to their lives and to the time in which we live. And finally,
FiveMyles will present “In Flux,” a series of performance artists.
Overall, the BRIC Biennial highlights the significance of Brooklyn as the place where New York artists create
work and develop their careers. By focusing on a small geographic area, comprehensive research can be
undertake on artists in the selected neighborhoods, highlighting those who are making important creative
contributions with their work.
Given BRIC’s focus on providing platforms for Brooklyn’s emerging and mid-career artists, and the vast
changes that have occurred in the borough these past few years, this theme highlights artists who address the
lived experience of these neighborhoods. BRIC’s curatorial commitment has been to showcase a wide range of
artists, from those who have lived in these neighborhoods their whole lives to recent arrivals, all negotiating the
fraught space of community upheaval.
BRIC House (647 Fulton St, Brooklyn)
November 10, 2016 – January 16, 2017
An immersion in the world’s rhythms would be one way to summarize the task of representing shared affect. To
pay attention to the “affective” is to see how my body negotiates yours as we pass each other on the street; it is
to notice how a neighborhood changes imperceptibly; it is to be aware of how our identities shape our everyday
experiences of the world. The term “affect” is an attempt to describe all of the minor, often unnoticed, shared
experiences of living in our bodies and in our communities. An emphasis on the affective allows us to track
some shared thematic concerns, among them, how we respond to our environment, and to each other.
Participating artists at BRIC House include: Lala Abaddon | Aisha Tandiwe Bell | Jen Bervin | The Black Lunch
Table | Brooklyn Hi Art Machine | Brandon Coley Cox | Zachary Fabri | Rachel Frank | Aaron Gilbert | Asuka
Goto | Phoebe Grip | Ilana Harris-Babou | Maria Hupfield | Sara Jimenez | Rachelle Mozman | Kambui Olujimi |
Nkiruka J. Oparah | Rachel Ostrow | Macon Reed | sol'sax | Jakob Kudsk Steensen | William Villalongo
“Translations and Annotations”
Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library (10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn)
November 16, 2016 – January 31, 2017
“Translations and Annotations” brings together five artists who document the personal and political possibilities
of reading and drawing upon existing texts as artistic practices. The artists displayed in the Central Library use
existing texts and documents as source material that they reinterpret, annotate, and translate to reflect on issues
like personal loss, social issues, and reimagining the self. In conversation with the exhibitions at BRIC House
and Weeksville Heritage Center, these artists explore the affective dimensions of textuality by putting on
display the marginalia produced in the process of reading, which map the reader’s own references and critique.
These artists also pursue tactics of appropriation and reinvention, while considering forms or writing and
reading that have emerged with the advent of the digital. With the ability to hyperlink and tag, and the
emergence of electronic databases that are supplying physical libraries, the experience of writing and reading
becomes pointedly personal, refusing the perceived linearity of the bound book.
The exhibition at the Brooklyn Public Library also includes a Special Project by photographer Hidemi Takagi, a
study of the central role of barbershops in African American urban neighborhoods.
Participating artists at Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library include: Kumasi J. Barnett | Aaron G. Beebe |
Asuka Goto | | Hidemi Takagi | Chris Nosenzo
“The Lived City”
Weeksville Heritage Center (158 Buffalo Avenue, Brooklyn)
November 12, 2016 – January 6, 2017
In taking up the theme of “The Lived City,” the exhibition at Weeksville Heritage Center focuses on artists
whose work addresses themes of community, the city, and the affective infrastructures that shape the
negotiations of public space. Art works include celebrations of black life and community, reflections on
violence and the penal system, and manifestations of popular culture. These works blur the boundaries between
the white cube of the gallery and the thriving culture of Brooklyn’s streets, and provide nuanced insights into
what it means to share this city with each other. Fittingly, the site of the exhibition, the Weeksville Heritage Center, represents one of the oldest free AfricanAmerican communities in the United States, pre-dating the Civil War, and serving as a center for social justice and abolition organizing in the 19th century. Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights later became predominantly African-American neighborhoods with a rich cultural legacy from the jazz era of the 1930s to the thriving hip hop and underground performing arts scene of today. The exhibit at Weeksville is reflection of this history through contemporary artists who live and work in the neighborhood.
Participating artists at the Weeksville Heritage Center include: Chloe Bass | The Black Lunch Table | Adrian
Coleman | Adama Delphine Fawundu | Russell Frederick | Duron Jackson | Olalekan Jeyifous | Mckendree Key |
Baseera Khan | Stan Squirewell | sol’sax
FiveMyles (558 St Johns Pl, Brooklyn)
All Performance take place at 7pm and are FREE
Participating artists at FiveMyles include: Jonathan Allen | Keisha-Gaye Anderson | Anti/Matter Collective |
Asylos Company | Bell and Clixby | Hot Hands | Andrea Haenggi | Maiko Kikuchi | Grey Mcmurray | Sari
Nordman | Renegade Performance Group | Malik Nashad Sharpe