‘Brooklyn Photographs’ displays the work of eleven artists illuminating Brooklyn’s neighborhoods, their tradition, cultural, social diversity and their transformation with new populations emerging

Photo credit: George Malave, Fire Hydrant Spray, 1968

Brooklyn Photographs, a group exhibition capturing life and traditions in various Brooklyn neighborhoods from the 1960s to the present, will be on view at BRIC from Thursday, September 7 through Sunday, October 29. The exhibition displays a rich cross-section of ideas, voices and artistic media that represent Brooklyn’s diversity in photography.

“With some 75 photographs spanning the period from the late 1960s to the present day, this exhibition presents a remarkable panorama of life in Brooklyn among diverse communities – Bushwick, Williamsburg, Park Slope and Crown Heights to name a few,” said Curator and Vice President Contemporary Art Elizabeth Ferrer.

The exhibition features the work of eleven photographers including Yolanda Andrade, Stefanie Apple, Nelson Bakerman, Leigh Davis, Max Kozloff, George Malave, Meryl Meisler, Patrick D. Pagnano, Sergio Purtell, Larry Racioppo, and Frederick Russell. The work of each artist reflects on specific themes such as childhood in Williamsburg in the 1960s, Halloween in the South Slope the 1970s or Bushwick street life in the 1980s, Brooklyn artists and the microcosm of street, and chronicles the borough’s rapidly gentrifying landscape and tensions that may arise from it.

“All of this work documents moments in time that have largely disappeared, thus manifesting a fundamental reality in our borough – change. Nevertheless, throughout these images we see a remarkable sense of humanity and optimism, a sense of Brooklyn in continual evolution,” said Ferrer.

The opening reception, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Wednesday, September 6, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Free public programs, including artist talks and panel discussions, will accompany the exhibition.

Brooklyn Photographs, September 7 – October, 29
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00am to 6:00pm; Sunday, 12:00pm –  6:00pm, and closed Mondays.| free| BRIC, 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA

Opening Reception
Wednesday, September 6 | 7:00pm | free

Coffee and Conversation – Artist Talk
Saturday, September 16 | 12:00pm | free
Breakfast treats and a gallery talk led by George Malave, Meryl Meisler, and Larry Racioppo, photographers who chronicled Brooklyn from the late 1960s to the present day.

Panel Discussion: Street Photography, Encounters with a Camera
Wednesday, Oct 4 | 7:00pm| free
Artists from Brooklyn Photographs discuss their practice and issues around photographing others in the public sphere. Moderated by essayist and journalist, Garnette Cadogan.

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Andrea Leonhardt

“Made in Germany,” Andrea Leonhardt is the managing editor for BK Reader. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in American studies and education, and a master’s...

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