Brooklyn Utopias: Park Space/Play Space

Brooklyn Utopias: Park Space, Play Space brings together 19 artists and arts groups to consider the history, politics, and planning surrounding public parks and recreation spaces in Brooklyn and beyond. Exhibiting artists tackle issues such as parks’ relationship to eminent domain and gentrification, the process behind public space design, and debates involving the use (or mis-use) of public/private space raised by the recent Occupy protests. Projects in all media include abstract “utopian” maps, whimsical visions of imaginary play spaces, a virtual reality park design smartphone app, and photo and video journaling Brooklyn’s lesser-known natural environments.

The exhibit corresponds with re-opening of the newly renovated Washington Park/J.J. Byrne Playground — the green hub surrounding OSH.

Exhibition Opening: Thursday, April 5, 2012, 7:30-9:30pm
Patrons’ Reception and Curator/Artist tour: 6:30-7:30pm–with kickstarter pledges of $10 and up! BECOME A PATRON NOW!

And be sure to join us for our  Park Space/Play Space events!

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Saturday, April 28,  5 – 8 pm: Circle Rules Federation brings you a new kind of football
Saturday, April 28 , 5-7 pm:   Collective sky-gazing with Kat Shchneck 
Saturday, April 28, 5-7:30 pm:  Public Voice/Public Dream mural workshop with Triada Samaras and CORD
Saturday, May, 19, 12 pm:  Eminent Domain Bike Tour with Bettina Johae
Saturday, May 19, 5-10 pm:  Interactive Games with Gigantic Mechanic
Saturday, May 19, 5-7 pm:  Augmented Reality Workshop with Will Pappenheimer
Saturday, June 16: 5 pm: Pining For You – a collective wedding ceremony celebrating queer culture with artist Tracy Candido
Tuesday, June 19: 7 pm: A closing reception and discussion with the Old Stone House, Groundswell and the Center for Urban Pedagogy.

Project Director and Curator: Katherine Gressel

Aritst Selection Committee: Katherine Gressel, Curator; Jonathan Kuhn, Director of Arts & Antiquities, NYC Parks Department; and Kim Maier, Executive Director, Old Stone House.

Exhibiting Artists: Stephanie Beck, Lynn Cazabon, Center for Urban Pedagogy, Tamara Gayer, Christine Gedeon, Groundswell Community Mural Project, Rebecca Hackemann, Husk, Bettina Johae, Karen Kaapcke, Jess Levey, Cheryl Molnar, Will Pappenheimer, Marina Zamalin

Brooklyn Utopias: Park Space, Play Space is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).