BRIC OPEN Festival /

The Portrait is Political

A trio of exhibitions will be on view at BRIC House during the BRIC OPEN.


April 24 - May 12, 2019
Tue-Fri, 11am - 7pm
Sat & Sun, 11am-5pm
Closed Mondays


FREE Admission


Gallery at BRIC House
647 Fulton Street
(Enter on Rockwell Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
United States
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  • Liz Collins

  • Texas Isiah

  • Jaishri Abinchandani

The Portrait is Political

This trio of exhibitions will be on view at BRIC House during the BRIC OPEN.


The overarching theme, The Portrait is Political, alludes to the fact that all three exhibitions on view in the Gallery focus on artists and subjects who represent marginalized, under-recognized communities in Brooklyn. The first step in social justice - the theme of the 2019 BRIC OPEN - is validation of the individual; the portrait is a key means of recognizing individual lives. The three exhibitions are as follows:

Jaishri Abinchandani, Jasmine Blooms At Night
A solo exhibition of small-scale paintings by a noted Brooklyn-based artist portraying South Asian American feminists in the local community who are making a large social impact. Painted on circular and triangular panels, the paintings are elaborated with materials and decorative elements drawn from South Asian visual traditions.

Photographs by Texas Isaiah
Texas Isaiah is a visual narrator from Brooklyn who currently resides on the West Coast. Their work explores gender, race, and sexuality by inviting the sitter to participate in the photographic process. The invitation constructs a space to begin and continue collaborative visual dialogues about legacy, self-empowerment, emotional justice, protection, and topophilia (the affective bond between people and place). Texas Isaiah is invested in the possibilities of what it can mean to be seen, loved, and cared for when you have your photograph taken.

The Other Is You: Brooklyn Queer Portraiture curated by artist Liz Collins
Liz Collins will curate a group exhibition of portraits by some 35 Brooklyn LGBTQ artists, to be displayed salon style on the large center wall of BRIC’s gallery. The exhibition will feature artists at varied stages in their career and working with a wide array of media.  Seen in sum, the works will create a celebratory sense of community. In addition, Collins, who is both an artist and designer, will design a gathering space/viewing lounte in the center of the Gallery.

ARTISTS: Marina Ancona, Leilah Babirye, Deborah Bright, Geoffrey Chadsey, Lia Clay, Gal Cohen, David Antonio Cruz, TM Davy, Leah DeVun, Mohammed Fayaz, Camilo Godoy, Naima Green, Cristóbal Guerra, Jonathan Grassi, John Jurayi, Doron Langberg, Joseph Liatela, Brittany Maldonado, Xavier McFarlin, Melody Melamed, Jeanine Oleson, Isaac Pool, Antonio Pulgarin, Amy Ritter, Oscar J Rivera, Gabriel Garcia Roman, Em Rooney, Michael Sharkey, Tony Whitfield, Jasmine Weber, Courtney Webster & Meg Turner, Kristine Woods, Zhiyuan Yang, and Res
Information on an earlier iteration of this show at the LGBTQ Center in NY:

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The 3,000 square-foot Gallery in BRIC House has soaring 18-foot ceilings that permit major exhibitions focusing on emerging and mid-career artists and curators.