Summer 2016 Season at BRIC House

Jun 8, 2016 • 5:45 PM



  • Live performance art, music and dance programs at BRIC Gallery in conjunction with main exhibit Look up here, I’m in heaven (June 30 – August 14)


  • Dance Party and social dance class How We Got to the Funk led by Urban Bush Women explores African American social dance from 1955 to modern day (July 25)


  • Brooklyn Poetry Slam event hosted by Mahogany L. Browne, with music by DJ Jive Poetic (July 11)


  • Film Screenings by BRIC FLIX featuring premieres, shorts and web series, each followed by a discussion with the filmmakers, artists and curators (June 15 & July 19)


  • Eight B-SIDE live in-studio music series, featuring performances from Brooklyn’s hottest emerging and established musicians including Huntertones (June 2), Strange Names (June 9), Sid Sriram (June 16), Kendra Foster (June 23), Ohene Cornelius (June 30), George Clanton (July 7), Arlene Gould (July 14), Higher Energy (July 28)


  • Media Education Launch Event celebrates the expansion of BRIC’s media education program, including five orientation sessions for prospective students and expert media talks


BRIC is pleased to announce free programming for its summer 2016 season at BRIC Arts | Media House, the organization’s 40,000SF home in Downtown Brooklyn. The season includes over 30 free events including film, dance and contemporary art. BRIC is the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City. With offerings ranging from evening concerts to daytime family programming, BRIC House has quickly become one of New York City’s most inviting and accessible spaces to experience the arts.


Contemporary Art programming at BRIC spotlights emerging and mid-career artists of exceptional talent, reflecting the diversity of Brooklyn.


Look up here, I’m in heaven

June 30 – August 14

Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 29, 7-9pm

Gallery at BRIC House Gallery, FREE

Featuring paintings, works on paper, and mixed-media work by David Antonio Cruz, Yashua Klos, Tschabalala Self, and Yoon Ji Seon, Look up here, I’m in heaven will focus on work by artists who construct portraits using unconventional media and pictorial formats.  While race, cultural identity, and contemporary realities are central elements of the work on view, these artists create imagery that transcends the here and now to establish a more transcendent sense of self.  Curated by Elizabeth Ferrer, Vice President of Contemporary Art, and Jenny Gerow, Assistant Curator

In conjunction with the exhibition, a series of performance art, music, and dance programs will take place in the gallery. All are Free w/ RSVP, on Wednesday nights at 7pm.

July 6:             An Evening of Performance Art

Performances by exhibition artists David Antonio Cruz, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, and David Thomson


July 20:           Panel Discussion

Join artists from Look Up Here, I’m in Heaven, including David Antonio Cruz and Tschabalala Self, as they talk about themes and subjects addressed in the exhibition and their individual work.              


July 27:           Marguerite Hemmings: we free Explore liberation and healing through social dance with the Jamaican-born choreographer


Aug 3:             An evening of music with Brooklyn Raga Massive: Africa Meets India

Artist collective Brooklyn Raga Massive  presents an innovative convergence of classical Indian raga melody and traditional Zimbabwean song.


Aug 10:           Summer Art Social

Celebrate the summer with BRIC's contemporary art program. Join us for an evening of performance and music, celebrating the work of multiple visual artists.  The evening will include open studios with our summer artists-in-residence, performance art, a tour of the exhibition on view, and an open-mic tribute to shape-shifters Prince and David Bowie. Snacks, refreshments and a cold treat will be served.


Additional programming: Throughout this installation there will be Friday Lunchtime Yoga & Live Music with Bend & Bloom  (July 8 – August 12, 1-2pm) FREE with RSVP



Trokon Nagbe: Communion

June 30 – August 14

Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 29, 7-9pm

Trokon Nagbe is a Brooklyn-based multi-disciplinary artist and former BRIC Visual Artist in Residence who was born in Liberia, West Africa. Marrying performance and sculpture, Nagbe’s large-scale works on paper and plastic are ripped, burned, and chewed to the point where the resulting object expresses both the destructive energy as well as fragile state of one’s body and soul. His installation in the Project Room will include sculpture, sound, and video.

This installation is conceived in dialog with the concurrent gallery exhibition Look up here, I’m in heaven.



Tai Hwa Goh: Leaks

June 6 – August 21

Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 29, 7-9pm

Tai Hwa Goh creates brightly colored, delicately layered installations from hand-printed paper. The title of her installation, Leaks, references the unintended and therefore undesired openings for fluid to escape a container. Leaks can also be seen as the point where the contents of a container and exterior material can be exchanged. For her installation at BRIC, Tai Hwa Goh uses BRIC House as a metaphorical body or container of the brimming creative minds of the people that walk its halls and inhabit its spaces. Her installation is an open expression of the intended leaks at BRIC House: the emotions, creativity, and paradigms that the hallway struggles to contain.

The installation is conceived in dialog with the concurrent gallery exhibition Look up here, I’m in heaven.



Performing Arts programming at BRIC features a wide array of music, dance, theatre and inter-disciplinary residencies and performances.


How We Got to the Funk

Monday, July 25, 7:15-9:15pm

BRIC House Ballroom, FREE with RSVP

Co-presented with Urban Bush Women

This social dance class and dance party, led by Urban Bush Women’s Founder and Visioning Partner Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, is a fun, participatory examination of history through the lens of African American social dances from 1955 through the present. No experience required.



BRIC TV is an award-winning cable TV channel and digital network created by BRIC and based in its state-of-the-art media facilities in downtown Brooklyn. With an audience of influential tastemakers and a reach of millions, we are the voice of the borough — reflecting the best that Brooklyn has to offer and telling Brooklyn’s story to itself and the world at large. BRIC TV is Brooklyn without boundaries. Programming airs live on (Time Warner Cable 756, Cablevision 70, Verizon 46 and live-stream) and posts to YouTube daily.


BHeard Town Hall

June 14, 7-9PM, FREE with RSVP

Topic - Pride 20/20: LGBTQ Civil Rights

During national Gay Pride Month, BRIC TV joins forces with Housing Works in creating a powerful dialogue around LGBTQ rights over the next four years. Panelists include: Councilman Ritchie Torres, Buzzfeed News writer, Meredith Talusan, Ali Forney Center executive, Carl Siciliano and many more.



Most Thursdays at 7:30PM


BRIC TV’s live intimate, in-studio music series, featuring performances from Brooklyn’s hottest emerging and established musicians. Come sit in the studio and get lost in sound.


June 2:            Huntertones

June 9:            Strange Names

June 23:          Kendra Foster

June 30:          Ohene Cornelius

July 7:             George Clanton

July 14:           Arlene Gould



BRIC presents programming that crosses the borders of art, performance and media.




A free film screening and conversation series that presents premieres, shorts, new media projects, and web series that all reflect the diversity and vibrancy of Brooklyn. Each screening is followed by a discussion with the filmmakers, artists, curators, and more.


TropiChat: Latin-o-American, the Brooklyn Edition

June 15, 7PM, FREE with RSVP

BRIC House Stoop

This is a special edition of the conversational series, TropiChat featuring Latino filmmakers that call Brooklyn home. The event will bring together some key representative local Latino filmmakers to engage in a critical dialogue about film practices, professional challenges, identity labels, and what it means to be a Latino filmmaker in New York in 2016.

In partnership with Cinema Tropical and the New York Latino Film Summit


Afripedia x New York

July 19, 7PM, FREE with RSVP

BRIC House Stoop

Afripedia x New York captures some of the most creative minds in fashion, music, film, and more in New York City. This event will feature short films from Senegalese photographer Delphine Diallo, Ethiopian editor Missla Libsekal from Another Africa and Somalian/Australian world champion hoop master Marawa.

In partnership with the African Film Festival


Brooklyn Poetry Slam

July 11, 7pm, FREE with RSVP

BRIC House Stoop

Hosts Mahogany L. Browne and DJ Jive Poetic showcase local poets who will be participating in the 2016 National Poetry Slam. Come send-off these poets in style, and celebrate the Brooklyn Slam Team. There will also be open mic.



Brooklyn Free Speech is a premiere, state-of-the-art media center where filmmakers, television artists, and organizations come to learn and create innovative media. Every week we showcase over 650 hours of TV shows, film, and shorts created by Brooklyn-based community producers that reflect their perspectives on the world. Watch in Brooklyn on Cablevision, Time Warner, and RCN; watch in all five boroughs on Verizon FiOS; watch online at



B Scene is a film and television screening series that showcases community produced work curated by BRIC.  We proudly join Weeksville Weekends to present work that is reflective of Brooklyn’s media makers in a way that is uniquely Brooklyn Free Speech       


B Scene @ Weeksville

June 11, 2-3.30pm, FREE with RSVP

Weeksville Heritage Center

158 Buffalo Avenye, Brooklyn NY 11213

Theme: The Legacy of Community Media

Join Brooklyn Free Speech as we celebrate the legacy of community media by hosting our first open call screening got crowdfunded, community-produced shorts.  Anthony Riddle,, BRIC’s Director of Community Media will be a featured panelist and speak about the culture and future of access.


B Scene @ The Bishop

August 29, 3-9pm, FREE with RSVP

The Bishop Gallery (916 Bedford Ave)

Theme: Dating & Relationships

BScene at The Bishop presents "It’s Complicated" Dating and Relationships in 2016. In the new age of technology, how do we navigate through the dating scene. This media screening series will feature discussions about dating and relationships with a diverse panel of media makers, an author, relationship experts, and of course you, the audience.



BRIC offers high-quality, free and low-cost media education courses that give you the tools you need to navigate the ever-changing world of media and technology. With courses ranging from television studio production to video editing, you’ll gain valuable production skills so that you can create your own television show and/or web series.


Media Education Launch Event

June 14, 1-3pm, FREE with RSVP

BPL DeKalb Branch

790 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11221

BRIC celebrates the expansion of our media education partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library. This event will mark the launch of these new services at the DeKalb branch of the library.


Media Education Orientation Sessions

June 7 – August 2, FREE with RSVP

BRIC House


June 7              6:30-8:30pm

June 18            11am-1pm

July 5               6:30-8:30pm

July 23             11am-1pm

August 2         6:30-8:30pm


BRIC Media Talks

These inspiring talks feature professional producers, directors, documentary filmmakers, editors, and new media producers sharing their perspectives and stories with the community.


Media Talk: Interview Techniques with Sally Herships

July 28, 6:30pm, FREE with RSVP

BPL Central Library

10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn NY 11238


Media Talk: Innovative New Technologies

August 16, 6pm, FREE with RSVP

BRIC House


About BRIC
BRIC is the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City. We present and incubate fresh work by artists and media-makers who reflect the diversity that surrounds us.  BRIC programs reach hundreds of thousands of people each year.

Our main venue, BRIC Arts | Media House, offers a public media center, a major contemporary art exhibition space, two performance spaces, a glass-walled TV studio, and artist work spaces.

Some of BRIC’s most acclaimed programs include the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in Prospect Park, several path-breaking public access media initiatives, including the newly-renamed BRIC TV, and a renowned contemporary art exhibition series.  BRIC also offers education and other vital programs at BRIC House and throughout Brooklyn.

In addition to making cultural programming genuinely accessible, BRIC is dedicated to providing substantial support to artists and media makers in their efforts to develop work and reach new audiences.

BRIC is unusual in both presenting exceptional cultural experiences and nurturing individual expression.  This dual commitment enables us to most effectively reflect New York City’s innate cultural richness and diversity. 

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Support for BRIC House

BRIC’s programs benefit from generous public funding from 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; Mayor Bill de Blasio, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl; New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, the Brooklyn Delegation of the New York City Council and New York City Council Members Inez D. Barron, Robert Cornegy, Laurie Cumbo, Mathieu Eugene, Vincent J. Gentile, Brad Lander, Stephen Levin, Darlene Mealy, and Jumaane Williams; and the office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

Additional private support is provided by Astoria Bank, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Bay and Paul Foundations, Bloomingdale’s, Con Edison, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Educational Foundation of America, Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Ford Foundation, Forest City Ratner Companies, The Hearst Foundations, Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, Lambent Foundation, Laurence W. Levine Foundation, New York Community Trust; NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, Oppenheim Family Foundation, Pierhouse, Shubert Foundation, and the Andy Warhol Foundation, as well as numerous individual supporters. BRIC’s media programs are made possible by generous funding from Verizon, Cablevision, and Time Warner Cable.

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