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BRIC announces "OPEN (C)ALL: Up For Debate" Exhibition

BRIC is pleased to announce its second open call exhibition, "OPEN (C)ALL: Up For Debate," which will feature over 130 Brooklyn artists whose work embodies hopes and aspirations for the future, given this time of urgent social and political issues and the upcoming Presidential elections. Submissions to this exhibition were open to all members of BRIC’s online Contemporary Artist Registry, with each artist submitting a single work of art – related to the theme and within guidelines – to be included in the show. Over 250 artists submitted to the open call, and 132 artists will be included in the show.
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BRIC announces World Premiere of THE SPINNING WHEEL

BRIC is pleased to present the world premiere of "The Spinning Wheel," an explosive multimedia performance, along with an interactive gallery exhibition, by hip hop theater artist and musician Baba Israel. Created in collaboration with UK based director Leo Kay and musician Yako 440, "The Spinning Wheel" remixes and reinterprets the 50-year legacy of Israel’s late father, steve ben israel (1938–2012), a political activist and member of The Living Theatre, an iconic, avant-garde theater group. Through spoken word, video, and live music, Baba Israel not only animates the radical, countercultural impulses of New York City during the 1960s and ‘70s, but also, lovingly pays tribute to his father.
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BRIC announces "Handmade Abstract" Exhibition

BRIC is pleased to present "Handmade Abstract," an exhibition of 13 artists at varying stages of their careers who are dedicated to the visual language of abstraction and who ground their work in everyday, physical realities. The exhibition will focus on artists who employ a broad range of materials and processes, and who imbue their work with a sense of the handmade, tactile, and quirky. Many of the artists use found or recycled materials, and many use fabrication techniques and materials drawn from the worlds of handicraft or domesticity.
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BRIC Announces 2015 Media Arts Fellows

BRIC is pleased to announce the 12 artists who have been selected to receive the 2015 Media Arts Fellowship, an award which makes BRIC's state-of-the-art media facilities and training programs available to professional Brooklyn-affiliated visual artists who have an interest in furthering their practice through multimedia and technology. This year’s application process saw a record number of applicants vying for the Fellowship, which is awarded from January – December 2015. BRIC’s Media Arts Fellowship is open to artists who live or work in Brooklyn and who have a strong desire to explore media as a distinct medium or as part of an interdisciplinary approach to art-making. Experience in video/multimedia production is encouraged but not required. Fellows are then selected by a jury including BRIC's Contemporary Art and Media Education staff, as well as a rotating member of BRIC’s Artist Advisory Committee, which this year included Rachel Steinberg. Those selected to receive the 2015 Media Arts Fellowship include: Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Angela Beallor, Katie Cercone, Enid Crow, Luba Drozd, Katya Grokhovsky, CHiKA, Mona Kamal, Kyoung eun Kang, Luiza Kurzyna, Shane Morrissey, and Jonathan Sims.
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BRIC and Brooklyn Historical Society Announce "Mapping Brooklyn" Exhibition

BRIC and Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) are pleased to co-present "Mapping Brooklyn," a new exhibition featuring contemporary art works that use mapping and cartography as themes alongside actual historic maps. Curated by Elizabeth Ferrer, Vice President of Contemporary Art at BRIC, and spanning the galleries at BRIC House (647 Fulton Street) and Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont Street), "Mapping Brooklyn" explores the myriad ways that maps can represent practical matters such as wayfinding, property ownership, population shifts and war strategy, while also navigating the metaphorical, the psychological and the personal. At both venues, historic maps and contemporary works will be in dialogue, suggesting common themes—the desire to explore, chart, and analyze territory—and highlighting the innovative ways that contemporary artists use mapping, cartography and exploration, to reveal data, ideas and emotions.
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BRIC Announces OPEN (C)ALL:The Artist's Studio Exhibition

BRIC will mount its first open-call exhibition, "OPEN (C)ALL: The Artist’s Studio," from January 14 to February 8, 2015. The exhibition will be presented in the 3,000-square-foot Gallery of BRIC House and will be open to all members of the online BRIC Contemporary Artist Registry or to those artists who join the BRIC Artist Registry during the exhibition submission period (through Jan 7, 2015). BRIC’s Registry is free and open to artists who were born, live, or work in Brooklyn. For the "OPEN (C)ALL" exhibition, Registry artists may submit a single work of art of their choosing and representing their practice. All work submitted within guidelines will be shown, while space is available.
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BRIC Announces 2014–2015 Winners of "Fireworks" Residency Program

BRIC is pleased to announce the 2014–2015 winners of "Fireworks," BRIC’s residency and commission program. "Fireworks" is designed to bring together artists of different disciplines who share a vision in development of new, large-scale multidisciplinary work. BRIC provides technical and financial resources to facilitate the collaborative development of creative projects that cross or erase artistic boundaries. The 2014–2015 winners are Aisha Cousins, Greg Tate, and Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber for their project "Brer Rabbit The Opera: A Funky Meditation On Gentrification" and Baba Israel, YAKO 440 and Leo Kay for their project "The Spinning Wheel."
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BRIC presents the "BRIC Biennial: Volume I, Downtown Edition"

BRIC proudly announces the launch of a major new initiative, the "BRIC Biennial," which will present Brooklyn artists creating work in a variety of different media and demonstrate the significance of Brooklyn as a vital center for art making and innovation, perhaps the most important in the world today. Each edition of the "Biennial" will focus on different geographic neighborhoods, providing the curators an opportunity to dig deeply and discover the diversity of talent to be found throughout the borough. The "BRIC Biennial: Volume 1, Downtown Edition," will survey artists based in Downtown Brooklyn and adjacent neighborhoods such as Fort Greene and Boerum Hill, a fitting focus given the location of BRIC House in Downtown Brooklyn. Volume I of the "BRIC Biennial" will include 27 artists who encompass different generations and cultural backgrounds and work with diverse artistic formats and themes. The exhibition will be on view from Sept 20-Dec14, 2014, with an opening reception on Sept 19, from 7-9pm.
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BRIC Presents "Transcommunality: Laura Anderson Barbata, Collaboration Beyond Borders"

BRIC is pleased to present "Transcommunality: Laura Anderson Barbata, Collaboration Beyond Borders" this summer at BRIC House, July 10 - August 31. The exhibition documents the work of Mexican-born, New York-based artist Laura Anderson Barbata; focusing on the decade-long project she pursued with stilt-walking communities in Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, and Brooklyn. Her project highlights the vitality of the moko jumbie stilt walking tradition and demonstrates the possibility of using this storied art form as a platform for social contemporary performance, group participation and protest.
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BRIC, Mark Morris, and Irondale present "Brooklyn Creative Arts Lab" Summer Youth Program, July 7-26

Three of Brooklyn’s leading arts and cultural institutions–BRIC, Irondale Ensemble Project and Mark Morris Dance Group–have teamed up to create Brooklyn Creative Arts Lab (BCAL), a new summer arts program that invites youth, ages 10-13 (rising 6-8th graders), to engage in an exceptional, multidisciplinary experience. Thirty-six participants will explore dance, media, theater and visual art under the direction of professional artists in the various forms. BCAL will take place July 7-26, weekdays from 9am-4pm (extended day options available).

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