The Brooklyn Museum Invites Brooklyn Artists to Open Their Studios for Community Members and Curators to Collaborate on an Exhibition.
May 18, 2012, Brooklyn,---The Brooklyn Museum is launching a
borough-wide initiative in which Brooklyn-based artists will be invited
to open their studios, allowing community members to visit and nominate
artists for inclusion in a group exhibition to be held at the Museum.
Brooklyn Museum curators will visit the studios of top nominated artists
to select works for the exhibition. The open studio weekend for GO: a
community-curated open studio project will be held September 8 and 9.
The exhibition will open during Target First Saturday on December 1,
2012, and will be on view through February 24, 2013.
Web and mobile technology will be a central component bringing artists
and community together to share information and perspectives on art. All
participants (artists, voters, and volunteers) will be able to create a
personal online profile at the project's website, www.gobrooklynart.org.
Artist profiles will include photos of each artist and their studio,
along with images and descriptions of their work. Volunteers will be
connected with their respective neighborhoods online, and voters will
have profiles that track their activity during the open studio weekend
and provide a platform on which to share their perspectives.
The project organizers are Sharon Matt Atkins, Managing Curator of
Exhibitions, and Shelley Bernstein, Chief of Technology. GO: a
community-curated open studio project is inspired by two predecessors:
ArtPrize, an annual publicly juried art competition in Grand Rapids,
Michigan, and the long tradition of open studio events that take place
each year throughout Brooklyn.
This exhibition is made possible by Deutsche Bank.
"GO is a wide-ranging and unique project that will transform how
Brooklyn communities engage in the arts by providing everyone with the
chance to discover artistic talent and to be involved in the exhibition
process on a grassroots level. Through the use of innovative technology,
GO provides every Brooklyn resident with an extraordinary opportunity
to participate in the visual arts in an unprecedented way," says
Brooklyn Museum Director Arnold L. Lehman.
The project will launch on May 18 with volunteer registration.
Volunteers will identify and work with local groups and businesses
within specific neighborhoods to engage artists and potential studio
visitors. The Brooklyn Museum will also partner with the Brooklyn Arts
Council, open studio organizations, the Brooklyn Borough President's
Office, and Heart of Brooklyn to promote participation in GO. The New
York City Housing Authority will also play an important role in engaging
residents living in public housing developments in Brooklyn.
Artists will have an opportunity to register their studios at www.gobrooklynart.org
in June. Artist registration will be followed by voter registration in
August and early September. In October, Sharon Matt Atkins and Eugenie
Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art, will make
studio visits to the top nominated artists to select the work for the
exhibition. Curators and community members will engage in a public
dialogue about the selection of work.
GO continues the Brooklyn Museum's long tradition of highlighting the
borough's community of artists. Since its 2004 exhibition, Open House:
Working in Brooklyn, the largest survey to date of artists working in
Brooklyn, the Museum has continued its commitment to Brooklyn artists
with exhibitions by Fred Tomaselli, Lorna Simpson, and an upcoming
exhibition by Mickalene Thomas, among others, and the current Raw/Cooked
series of five exhibitions by under-the-radar Brooklyn artists.
A pioneer in crowd-sourced exhibitions, the Brooklyn Museum also
presented Click! A Crowd-Curated Exhibition (2008), a photography show
in which nearly 3,500 community members evaluated the work of 389 local
photographers. More recently, Split Second: Indian Paintings (2011)
invited the Museum's online community to participate in the selection of
works to be shown in an installation of Indian paintings.
"With more artists working in Brooklyn than ever before, this project
offers artists and communities alike the chance to engage with one
another and participate in the exhibition process," state the
The project's website can be found at www.gobrooklynart.org and will be updated throughout the process until the exhibition's opening in December 2012.