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Appropriating Revolution

August 17, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - October 8, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

A contemporary art exhibition at the Old Stone House & Washington Park, curated by Katherine Gressel
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday, August 17, 6-9 p.m.
Exhibition dates: August 17-October 8, 2016
Hours: Fridays 3-7 p.m.; or by appointment
Call 718-768-3195 or email info@theoldstonehouse.org

Exhibiting Artists: Lauren Frances Adams, Jim Costanzo [Aaron Burr Society], Gen HoweRobert Gould, Alicia Grullon, Nsenga Knight

With outdoor public art installations by: Gen Howe, Anthony Heinz May

To mark the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, the Old Stone House & Washington Park (OSH) is pleased to present Appropriating Revolution, a two month exhibition and events series asking: How are artists incorporating (and sometimes reinterpreting) the symbols of past revolutions to inform their current socially-engaged work?

Revolutions have historically been both catalyzed and commemorated by iconic images, texts and actions–often manifested by artists and artisans. OSH itself serves as a powerful symbol of revolution, as a reconstructed Dutch colonial farmhouse on the land where the 1776 Battle of Brooklyn took place. In conjunction with the opening of OSH’s new permanent interactive exhibition, Old Stone House: Witness to War, Appropriating Revolution brings together contemporary artists inspired by the unique history of the House and of other past revolutions in
their efforts to address the most important issues of today. In a contemporary political climate where the term “revolution” (defined as “the overthrow of a government or social order in favor of a new system”) risks association with either polarizing rhetoric or cynical complacency, is there an especially appropriate role for artists to play by bringing the tactics and triumphs of the past to the forefront of our conversations?

This exhibition is sponsored, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts.


August 17, 2016 @ 6:00 pm
October 8, 2016 @ 6:00 pm