How we perceive ourselves, visually and mentally, is integral to our sense of personal identity. The artists in this exhibition all in some way deal with issues of identity, and the overarching presence of tradition, but this is not to say that they are all analogous. What art provides is a series of strategies, with varying choices such as of medium, figurative (or non-figurative) mode, or collaborative or individual practice. With such a vast array of practical considerations there are a multitude of possible outcomes. What makes this collection coherent and significant is that despite the works visual, and sometimes phenomenological, differences, there is a discernable common effort to either break down the presumed canon, establish new understandings of representation and identity to replace old ones, or both.
Get to know Lia Camille Crockett, the Associate Producer of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, with this Q&A!
"I was excited by the opportunity to work with such diverse artists and not be stuck in one genre or scene. I also appreciate how committed this Festival is to being accessible to all people, which is really important to me. Traditions can develop around these types of long-running annual events, which become seeped into people's memories and culture. I find that really special."
It’s BRIC first ever B Free Awards! We decided it was time to celebrate what makes Brooklyn Free Speech Television programming unique, original, momentous, and AWESOME. Take a trip down memory lane with us!
A selection of films from BRIC's fourth annual Concrete Strories:Brooklyn Youth Media Festival which took place on May 31, 2017.The Festival showcases media produced by Brooklyn-affiliated youth under the age of 21, celebrating talented young media makers who are telling their stories through short films, documentaries, and animations. During the Festival screenings, eleven winning films were shown, and the media makers behind these films were honored. View a selection of the winning films!
What do you think when you hear the words B Free? A few things that come to mind for us are soaring high, unlimited possibilities, freedom of speech, and of course, the B Free Awards. Take a trip down memory lane with us!
BRIC is pleased to announce the eight recipients of our BRICworkspace visual artist residency program for the summer of 2017. BRICworkspace provides professional, practicing artists with free studio space, a stipend for materials, and visits with curatorial staff from BRIC and other local institutions, and an open studio event. The residency program is now in its fourth year and is open to artists who live, work, or were born in Brooklyn. This summer, thanks to a generous new donation of space by Alloy Development, we were able to double the number of artists in residence, from four to eight. Awardees include an all-female roster of artists Nicole Awai, Esperanza Cortés, Lucia Cuba, Phoebe Grip, Katya Grokhovsky, Katherine Toukhy, Jamie Warren, and Monika Weiss.
BRIC, the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, is pleased to announce that it won two (2) New York Emmy Awards at the 60th Annual New York Emmy® Awards on Saturday, May 6, 2017. What makes this win extra special is that both of BRIC's media initiatives brought home one trophy each. One for BRIC TV, the Brooklyn-focused nonprofit cable channel and digital network BRIC launched to acclaim last year, and one for a community-produced show produced through BRIC’s Brooklyn Free Speech public access initiative.
Brooklyn-based artist Luke Alexander Atkinson uses painting to capture what he finds beautiful and interesting in the world. Through his travels and studies in places as far away as St. Petersburg, Russia, and as close by as Long Island City, Atkinson has been able to explore his technique, create paintings on a large and small-scale that capture the scenes and the people around him. We sat down with Atkinson to talk about his practice and life in Brooklyn.
BRIC Registry artist Caitlin Foster is a Bushwick-based artist whose hand-drawn patterns, textile designs, and illustrations are both expansive and intricate, drawing on both the natural and imaginary worlds. Read our interview with her.
Exactly one month ago today, on Saturday, April 1, there was something special in the air. It was different, something reminiscent of creation and celebration, community and achievement, pride and excitement. What was it? It was the 4th Annual B Free Awards, Brooklyn Free Speech’s celebration of the thousands of hours of programming created by its dedicated producers— and it did not disappoint one bit!
The theme of the 2017 B Free Awards was “Celebrating Women’s Voices” and the evening’s signature colors of pink and gold beautifully complemented the various attires. Red carpet hosts Jessica Mason and Angela-Renee Coakley made sure everyone got their “15 minutes of fame” while guests were enjoying the food delicacies.
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Continue reading the blog below, then view all of the photos from that special night here!
Relive B Free Awards 2017 by watching the awards ceremony here!