Leslie Griesbach Schultz has announced that she will step down as President of BRIC, the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn and a major incubator and supporter of Brooklyn artists and media-makers. Schultz, who has led BRIC since 2005, will remain at BRIC until June 2018, when the organization begins a yearlong celebration of its 40th anniversary. BRIC’s Board of Directors has begun a nationwide search for her replacement.
The Leading Presenter of Free Cultural Programming in Brooklyn Presents a Wide Range of Performances, Exhibitions, Artist Residencies, Original TV Shows, Podcasts and More Reflecting the Diversity of the Borough
The acclaimed Festival brings together globe-trotting jazz legends, groundbreaking emerging jazz artists from Brooklyn and beyond, and grows in third year to include a full week of programming, much of it free. Plus performances by Maceo Parker, The Sun Ra Arkesta directed by Marshall Allen, Vijay Iyer, The Terri Lyne Carrington Band, GoGo Penguin and more.
Downtown Brooklyn Arts Management Fellowship Is Conceived in Partnership by BRIC, Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG), The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) and Theatre for a New Audience (TFANA) Following 2016 Diversity Study by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
BRIC is pleased to announce that, as part of its BRIC TV initiative, and in partnership with WNYC,itwill present Class Divide: Breaking the Pattern of School Segregation, a live-broadcast, town hall-style discussion, December 1 at 7:00pm.
Innovative Non-Profit TV Network’s New Season Includes the Return of Favorites Such as the Daily “BK Live,” the “#BHeard Town Hall Series,” “BK Stories,” and Caveh Zahedi’s “The Show about the Show,” Plus a New Investigative Series
BRIC Launches BRIC Radio, a New Brooklyn-Focused Podcast Network
BRIC is pleased to present Look up here, I’m in heaven, a group exhibition of unconventional portraits featuring paintings, works on paper, and mixed-media work by David Antonio Cruz, Yashua Klos, Tschabalala Self, and Yoon Ji Seon. Genres are cut up and new materials enter the conversation, unraveling the traditional understanding of portraiture as a singular representation of an individual. By countering old narratives which had long framed the representation of persons of color—of privilege and exclusion, vulnerability and typecasting—the four artists foreground their diverse perspectives and question how identity unfolds.
Due to unanticipated travel issues, which resulted in his band not able to make it to the U.S., Senegalese singer-guitarist-percussionist Baaba Maal has been forced to cancel his appearance at the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival. As such, BRIC has decided to cancel the entire June 16 concert, and hopes to have Baaba and Lakou Mizik back sometime in the future. Baaba will still sit in with Mumford & Sons at the Forest Hills Stadium on Friday, June 17.
BRIC is pleased to present "Whisper or Shout: Artists in the Social Sphere," an exhibition of eight artists and one collective whose work seeks to generate dialogue about some of the most critical social justice issues of our day, including police violence, gentrification, homelessness, poverty, and workers’ rights, among others. Featuring work by Sol Aramendi, Matt Black, Taeyoon Choi, Alicia Grullón, Brendan Fernandes, Interference Archive, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Shaun Leonardo and Kenneth Pietrobono, the exhibition highlights the various forms of communication used by artists to convey their message and catalyze change.
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.
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.