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People’s Choice is a people and community-powered category that’s a part of Public Access TV’s biggest night— the B FREE AWARDS.
Now in its 5th year, the B FREE AWARDS was created with one goal in mind— to celebrate and honor the diverse voices that every week air over 650 hours of community-produced TV on Brooklyn Free Speech Television and Brooklyn Free Speech Radio.
“In Between Daylight” is a site-specific installation that references ideas of danger, fear and risk taking in an environment that may be beautiful, disorienting and haunting all at the same time. The piece calls attention to what immigrants and refugees may experience while crossing treacherous political and geographical borders in forests, jungles and bodies of water across the world, filled with hope to reach an unpredictable future. For many this future may mean living in “negative spaces” with obscured identities, undocumented, in darkness and only to be seen in between daylight.
Cecile Chong has received fellowships and residencies including the Joan Mitchell Center, Wave Hill Winter Workspace, the Lower East Side Printshop, MASS MoCA Studios, Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, The Center for Book Arts, Socrates Sculpture Park, AIM – Bronx Museum, Urban Artist Initiative NYC, Aljira Emerge and the Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant. Solo exhibitions include Selena Gallery, BRIC House, Emerson Gallery Berlin, Germany, Honey Ramka Project Space, Figuresworks, Praxis International Art Project Space, Corridor Gallery and ArtSPACE. She received an MFA from Parsons The New School for Design in 2008, an MA in education from Hunter College, and a BA in Studio Art from Queens College. Her early schooling took place in Ecuador, Macau and China. Cecile lives and works in New York and is currently part of the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Program.
“Unreality Bomb “ is a term first coined by Roger White in a seminal book on contemporary art titled The Contemporaries. White used this term to characterize a painting that had pieces deliberately removed from it, as a stylistic choice. White’s statement describes the work chosen for this exhibition; work that has an unseen layer removed from it by artificial and fictional means, to create an impression of space.
With Unreality Bomb the painter/curator Alex Sewell presents a survey of painting and sculpture that concerns itself with the combination of abstract and figurative expression. The work is influenced by the artists’ emotions and results in self-revealing images, creating impressions of a vulnerable sincerity.
Eric Ashcraft paints careful arrangements of mundane objects connected together, balancing on or hanging from each other, against monochrome backgrounds, producing an unsettling effect. Many of these images pass on the artist’s anxieties, as in his “Still Life with Brain”.
Dan Fig uses geometric patterns that are suddenly interrupted with concrete scenes from a personal narrative told through a series of superimposed images. The location and time of the image remain unknown, but it seems clear that the story told through the work is an intimate one.
The fragmented or exaggerated self-portraits by Paul Gagner are instilled with a comical sense of unease. They give a window into the artist’s daily experience with a refreshing lack of complacency.
Maggie Goldstone’s paintings depict tender scenes of bathing and self-care, as well as memories with specific people or animals that are named in the painting’s titles. The bold, often uniformly colored yet richly textured backgrounds create an impression of intimacy within the paintings, bringing forward subject, and facilitating the viewer’s empathy with the depicted human or animal.
In his videos, Jake Brush uses identifiable objects (strawberries, houses, body parts,
picket fences) that overlap, slide, or crowd the screen, creating comical, whimsical, and
sometimes grotesque associations of ideas.
Duy Hoàng’s lyrical plant-based installations, using transparent plastic sheets and cups, spike the viewer’s curiosity – one inevitably wants to know more about the secrets held by these small containers.
Like organisms in their own right, Jessica Tawczynski’s paintings seems to draw on the residual information of an ever-developing landscape. Painted planes juxtapose suggesting a much larger world that stretches beyond the painting.
Volunteer with Behind the Book (www.behindthebook.org), a non-profit literacy organization that inspires New York City public school students to explore stories and empower their voices. Through our innovative programs, which are part of the class curricula, accomplished authors visit high-needs pre-K-12 classrooms to guide students in creating their own writing projects based on the theme of the author’s book.
You need no experience or training to volunteer. As a coach, you’ll support and encourage students as they work on their projects.
This field trip needs your help in Crown Heights. To sign up, contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the program code. We’ll provide the address, directions, and other information when you’re confirmed:
Date: Thursday, March 22nd
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Volunteer Role: Field Trip Chaperone
About the workshop: Kindergartners will visit the library where author Rita Meade works to hear her read Edward Gets Messy, a sweet, silly book about a finicky pig who finds joy in being messy. To provide students more access to a book-affirming place, Rita will also show them interesting parts of the library, and play music from the librarian band she performs with. Chaperones will travel with the class to the location, then engage students during the visit.
For dates of other workshops around New York City, please visit http://www.behindthebook.org/current-volunteer-opportunities/
To join our team and receive announcements of new classroom programs and other opportunities as they’re scheduled, please complete our brief questionnaire at http://www.behindthebook.org/join-us/volunteer/
New York City Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Exhibition, The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education, Friday, March 23, 6-8 PM ET (free, opening reception). Free, full exhibit runs until May 29, 2018.
Camouflage: A Comedy Show is one of the best monthly shows in NYC, according to the New York Times and Time Out New York. Our show has featured acts including Nikki Glaser, Daily Show Correspondents Roy Wood Jr. and Dulcé Sloan, Impractical Joker’s Sal Vulcano, SNL’s Chris Redd, as well as countless others from Comedy Central, Late Night and beyond. “Camo” has a chill, house-party vibe complete with pay-what-you-want beer and free pizza courtesy of our sponsors, Two Boots Williamsburg. Hosted by Lucas Connolly.
Andy Haynes (Comedy Central Half Hour, Conan, Fallon)
Emmy Blotnick (head writer The President Show, Comedy Central)
Drew Michael (writer SNL, Comedy Central Half Hour)
Chloé Hilliard (Comedy Central, MTV, Last Comic Standing)
Hosted by Lucas Connolly
*** Line-Up subject to change***
Doors open at 8:30 PM
Show starts at 9:00 PM
This month’s show is at Big Irv’s in Williamsburg off the Lorimer stop (L)
381 Hooper St (Corner of Hooper and South 1st St)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Beam Center will put kids’ hands on tools of all sorts at its ninth annual Inventgenuity Festival. To explore this year’s theme, NOSE/KNOWS, Beam Center’s artists and makers will lead kids in workshops and demonstrations in mold-making, electronics, building, printmaking and more all to raise money to support its Summer Day Camp scholarship fund. The big Festival Project will be The Ol’ Factory, an unconventional assembly line where kids will fabricate noses of their own design and add them to one of the biggest schnozzes they’ve ever seen. We can’t wait to see what everyone nose!
As a festive spring fundraiser, the members of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra will present a special chamber concert with food and drink at South Oxford Space in Fort Greene. The orchestra’s principals will play the Beethoven String Trio in Eb major (Opus 3) for violin, viola, and cello. Also on the program: the Ravel Piano Trio in A minor, 2 selections from the Franck violin sonata and the Rachmaninoff cello sonata. There will be a reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres afterwards. Seating is limited; tickets are $40.00 and can be purchased online at https://brooklynsymphonyorchestra.org/current-season/2018/3/24/chamber-concert
This summer, young artists ages 3-7 will unleash their imaginations and learn about music and dance from the African Diaspora. Join us for this free summer camp info session to learn more about the program, meet the teaching artists, and get a taste of the camp experience.
Our two camp themes are infused with song, story, percussion, and a variety of crafts:
1. Hakuna Matata: Kings, Lions and Other African Wonders (July 9-20)
Let’s journey through the wonders of Africa and its many cultures! Movement, song, and crafts take us to Mali to meet the original Lion King. We’ll also meet the animals of the savannah and the wetlands.
2. Singing Frogs and Talking Fish: Diving through the Caribbean Sea (July 23-Aug. 3)
Let’s frolic through the Caribbean Sea! With song, dance, food, steel drum-making and more, campers learn about Haiti, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and other Caribbean locales.
Future info session dates:
* Sunday, April 22: 12:30-1:30pm
* Sunday, May 20: 12:30-1:30pm
* Sunday, June 17: 12:30-1:30pm