Nkiruka J. Oparah, study n 080415, 2015, digital collage
Nkiruka J. Oparah, study n° 080415, 2015, digital collage

The BRIC Biennial: Volume II, Bed Stuy/Crown Heights Edition is the largest and most ambitious exhibition organized by BRIC to date, highlighting the significance of Brooklyn as the place where New York artists create work and develop their careers.

This second edition of this initiative will be centered at BRIC House, beginning Friday, November 11, with portions of the show also on view at cultural institutions and art spaces in the neighborhoods, including Weeksville Heritage Center, the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, and FiveMyles Gallery.

The work of hundreds of artists based in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights were reviewed, and 40 were selected for the exhibition.

This second edition 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 the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, “Translations and Annotations,” will include the work of five 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. (On view at BPL January 31, 2017.) And finally, FiveMyles will focus on presenting a series of performance artists.

Delphine Fawundu – hip hop ladies


BRIC House: 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

Brooklyn Public Library: Kumasi J. Barnett | Aaron G. Beebe | Asuka Goto | Hidemi Takagi | Chris Nosenzo

FiveMyles: 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

Weeksville Heritage Center: 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

TOURS of the exhibition for individuals and groups will be available on Wednesdays from 10:30am-12:30pm. For more information, click here.


Photo: Hidemi Takagi

Fri & Sat, Nov 11 – Dec 10, 7pm | In Flux Performances: A series of performances including dance, theater, puppetry, spoken word and music. See detailed schedule here. (FiveMyles)

Fri, Nov 11, 7pm |  Hammer of Witches, Pears of Anguish: Witch Hunts Past, Present, Future: A conversation with author Silvia Federici  (BRIC House)

Sat, Nov 12, 12pm | The Black Lunch Table Recording Session, #Blacklivesmatter Roundtable – open to all! (Weeksville)

Sat, Nov 12, 4pm | The Black Lunch Table Recording Session, open to artists, educators, and art and art history students of the African Diaspora, to discuss issues directly affecting their community. (Weeksville)

Sat, Nov 16, 6-9pm | The Black Lunch Table Wikipedia Edit-a-thon (Weeksville)

Fri, Dec 2, 7pm | The Book of Everyday Instruction, Chapter Five: Protect and Preserve: A lecture-performance by Chloë Bass (Weeksville)

Wed, Dec 7, 7pm | Hammer of Witches, Pears of Anguish: Witch Hunts Past, Present, Future: Mugwort Magic: Plant medicine for healing in and out of time, with Sabina Ibarrola. (BRIC House)

Sat, Dec 10, 1-4pm | The Black Lunch Table Wikipedia Edit-a-thon (BRIC House)

Sun, Dec 11, 4-7pm | Closing Reception for Jonathan Allen’s Maelstrom (FiveMyles)

Sat, Dec 17, 3pm | Hammer of Witches, Pears of Anguish: Embodying Healing: A workshop of participatory movement and dance. (BRIC House)

Sat, Dec 17, 1-5pm | Bodies in Motion: An Afternoon of Dance and Performance Art (BRIC House)


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