The Brooklyn Navy Yard recently launched a public art exhibit with the theme Atmosphere for Invention, which reflects both the site’s history and its inventive spirit today. This live virtual program will visit the studios of artists Jackie Meier, Paul Campbell, and Tracy Wuischpard, who will be joined by curator Carli Beseau, and they will share how they created works of public art that foster healing, beauty, regeneration, and community.
February 23 marks 220 years since the founding of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, but 2021 also marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, the non-profit organization that manages the city-owned industrial park. In this birthday celebration, we will look back at the decades-long transformation of the Yard from a military shipbuilding installation into a dynamic and diverse hub of manufacturing, technology, design, and opportunity that hosts more than 500 businesses and 11,000 good-paying jobs. We will be joined by staff from BNYDC, who will share new projects and initiatives, insights on the growth of the Yard in recent years, and how the businesses have navigated the pandemic.
- The Unlikely Founding of the Brooklyn Navy Yard
- Made at the Yard Marketplace
- Building 77 Food Manufacturing Hub
- Atmosphere for Invention public art
- A Moment Materialized collection
- Brooklyn Navy Yard artist interviews
- Astoria Ferry guide • Brooklyn Navy Yard neighborhood guide
- Crye Precision • Tarform Motorcycles • Smart Design • Lafayette 148
Please join our friends at the Brooklyn Navy Yard for a virtual opening of new public art, Atmosphere for Invention, now on view in Buildings 77 and 92. The program will include the premiere of a short video featuring all nine artists and their new works, as well as remarks, virtual cheers and toasts, and Q&A. The Brooklyn Navy Yard has initiated a public art program for artists seeking to create site-specific installations in public spaces. With the cultural sector among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, the initiative serves to economically uplift members of the Yard’s creative community while also providing the community with art activations to enjoy around the site. Each of the works on view use elements of color, texture, and light to establish a dialogue with the history of the site as well as its evolving ecosystem of people, labor, and infrastructure. Together, the works capture the innovative spirit of the Yard and its forward-looking future. Artists on view include Tatiana Arocha, Beth Campbell, Paul Campbell, JC Cancedda, Noël Copeland, Monique Luchetti, Jackie Meier, Lindsay Walt, and Tracy Wuischpard.
- WATCH the full program (registration required)
- Virtual tour of the exhibition
- See the works of Atmosphere for Invention
- Brooklyn Navy Yard public art on NY1
Sarah Olson is a Brooklyn-based painter, performance artist, and mother. Grounded by her love and respect for place and human experience, Sarah’s insightful work hits you with the clarity and personal resonance of dreams; color, lines, and partially familiar images blend together creating a sense that the world is more beautiful than you might know, and that you belong in it. This program will look at Sarah’s New York-focused work, her “live painting” performances, and most recent installation, “RISE ALL BOATS: A World Water Map,” in which she collaborates with James Baldwin scholar Khadija Kamara to chart ancestral, deliberate and involuntary human migration through performative drawing. Sarah will also guide us through a fun drawing lesson, teaching us to draw the earth as seen from space! Suitable for kids, parents and all curious adults.
Join our conversation with Brooklyn Navy Yard-based artist and restauranteur Charlotta Janssen. In this current historical moment, where we face a dual crisis of pandemic and unrest over racial injustice, Charlotta finds herself and and her work intersecting with both. Born to German parents in Maine, she had a peripatetic childhood, living in Iran and winding up back in Germany to study art, but she eventually dropped out to travel the world as an an artist and street performer, landing in New York in 1995. For over 20 years she has run French bistro Chez Oskar in Bed-Stuy while continuing her art career, and following the 2008 election, she began a series of works inspired by mugshots of the Freedom Riders and other civil rights activists.
Skip ahead to 5:40 for beginning of the program.
Steph Mantis is a multi-disciplinary artist and designer who’s work explores nostalgia and often employs a sense of play in every day objects. Best known for her wildly popular “Cat Butt Magnets,” “Pizza Night Light,” and “Forever Pizza,” Steph is a featured designer with world-leading home accessory brand Kikkerland, and her products have broken global sales records for the company. Growing up in a restaurant family in Biddeford, Maine, Steph learned to appreciate food for its fundamental rituals and potential as a creative platform. Her work re-frames the ordinary in extraordinary ways, creating pieces that inspire one to reflect on big-picture questions while playfully marveling at life’s fascinating detail, and always suggesting that there is more than meets the eye. Join us for what promises to be a tasty peak into Steph’s creative process. Steph Mantis products are available at The MoMa Store, Urban Outfitters, Bed Bath & Beyond, Nordstrom, and Target.
Brooklyn Navy Yard-based artist Paul Campbell started to experiment with painting with his children’s toys in 1998 and has since explored the tension and balance between chaos and control. His abstract paintings that start with unpredictable patterns on the canvas created by the movements of toys, including remote control cars, tiny motorcycles, and koosh balls. Paul will share his work from his recent exhibitions in Wuhan, China and Snug Harbor Cultural Center on Staten Island, and share techniques for how people can draw inspiration from his creative process and use toys and other household objects to create their own paintings at home.
For our penultimate Brooklyn Navy Yard Seasonal Photography Tour of 2017, we asked another Yard-based artist to make selections for the year-end finalists. Nick Golebiewski is a visual artist who makes large-scale gouache paintings – a type of opaque watercolor – of New York cityscapes. His “Nick’s Lunchbox Service” is daily drawing series in which he draws the landscape in front on him, and is definitely worth checking out on his Instagram feed. The series is in its fourth year and has been featured as a Twitter Moment, in collaborations online with the Jewish Museum, the Museum at Eldridge Street, and Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, and through the “Walk & Draw” tours he’s led with the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.>> Continue reading
On our Brooklyn Navy Yard Photography Tours, we’re always encouraging people to look for the unexpected. Even on streets we’ve walked down a thousand times, there may be something new, or something very old you never noticed before.
Walking down the halls of the enormous Building 3, constructed in 1917 and one of the Yard’s largest buildings, I recently found something very unexpected. I walked into Triple J Bedding, a distributor of linens to hotels and hospitals across the country; stacks of sheets, blankets, and towels were stacked floor to ceiling with just narrow passages between them. After wending my way through this cavern, I found a little oasis at the back – the studio of artist Jeff Britton.>> Continue reading
Last week we held our final Brooklyn Navy Yard Seasonal Photography Tour of 2016 (don’t worry if you missed it – our next one will be on January 22). Stay tuned because after we receive the last three finalist photos from this round, we’ll be unveiling the online voting for the year-end People’s Choice Award, and these finalists will be put on display in the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92.
On this Election Day, our photography judge gets to make a much more pleasant and interesting selection than most of us casting our ballots at polling places. This season’s judge is Thyra Heder, an artist, author, illustrator, and woman of many talents who has called the Yard home for many years. If you’re a fan of children’s books, you may have seen her wonderful debut Fraidyzoo (on sale in the BLDG 92 gift shop), which she followed up with The Bear Report.>> Continue reading