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


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  • Jamine Weber, The Other Is You: Brooklyn Queer Portraiture

  • Texas Isaiah

  • Jaishri Abichandani

EXHIBITION ON VIEW: Apr 24, 2019 - May 12, 2019

OPENING RECEPTION: Wed, Apr 24, 2019 from 7-9PM

CURATED BY: Elizabeth Ferrer, Jenny Gerow, & Liz Collins

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 Abichandani, 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.

Texas Isaiah,
Dear Los Angeles
Love, Brooklyn

Texas Isaiah is a visual narrator from Brooklyn who is currently based in Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and NYC. His 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
This is an exhibition of portraits by some 37 Brooklyn LGBTQ artists, displayed salon style on the large center wall of BRIC’s gallery. The exhibition features artists at varied stages in their career and working with a wide array of media.  Seen in sum, the works create a celebratory sense of community. In addition, Liz Collins, who is both an artist and designer, designed a gathering space/viewing lounge in the center of the Gallery. This exhibition contains nudity.
Curator: Liz Collins
Assistant Curators: Anna Parisi and Sol Nova

ARTISTS: Marina Ancona, Leilah Babirye, Deborah Bright, Geoffrey Chadsey, Lia Clay, Gal Cohen, David Antonio Cruz, TM Davy, Leah DeVun, Mohammed Fayaz, Daphne Fitzpatrick, Camilo Godoy, Naima Green, Cristóbal Guerra, Jonathan Grassi, John Jurayj, Doron Langberg, Joseph Liatela, Brittany Maldonado, Xavier McFarlin, Melody Melamed, Jeanine Oleson, Isaac Pool, Antonio Pulgarin, Daniel Rampulla, Amy Ritter, Gabriel Garcia Roman, Em Rooney, Michael Sharkey, Lauryn Siegel, 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:

SELECT PRESS: DAZED Brooklyn Paper | ARTnews | Bedford + Bowery | BKReader

Lead support for BRIC's Contemporary Art Program is generously provided by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
Lead special 40th Anniversary support provided by Lambent Foundation.
Additional support provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.
BRIC’s contemporary art program benefits from generous private funding from Alloy Development, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, B&H Photo Video, Bloomingdale’s, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Con Edison, JP Morgan Chase, M&T Bank, The Robert Lehman Foundation, the Oppenheim Family Fund, Scherman Foundation, TD Bank, Tiger Baron Foundation, and Pia and Jimmy Zankel, as well as numerous individual supporters.
Generous public support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the Regional Economic Development Council; Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl; New York State Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon; Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams; New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, the Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council, New York City Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo, and New York City Council Members Alicka Ampry-Samuel, Inez Barron, Justin Brannan, Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Rafael L. Espinal, Mathieu Eugene, Brad Lander, Stephen Levin, Darlene Mealy, Antonio Reynoso, Mark Treyger, and Jumaane Williams.


Venue Information:

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. 

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