Curated by Katherine Gressel and RedMoon Arts, Inc., Land Markings brings together four New York based artists of Indigenous heritage: Jeremy Dennis, Dennis RedMoon Darkeem, Ella Mahoney & Natasha Smoke Santiago, who have created works commenting on the past, present and future of land use in the areas surrounding OSH.

Their work explores such topics as the acknowledgement and preservation of local Indigenous cultural sites in Brooklyn and New York State; under-recognized histories of local trade and land transfer; and land use issues facing contemporary Indigenous and other BIPOC communities. 

A central theme in all the work is the importance of recognizing the continued presence and influence of Indigenous communities in the New York area, and the seizure of colonized land from its original inhabitants. Yet the work also suggests the limitations of mere acknowledgment, in some cases proposing or supporting models of indigenous sovereignty and sustainability that defy a singular narrative or type of mark-making. Many of the works on view combine traditional craft with contemporary art practices, while rejecting cultural assimilation and asserting the importance of craft, performance and storytelling in maintaining ties to land and community and as a form of activism.

Much of the art is site-specific and created for this exhibition, including Jeremy Dennis’s photos and map of culturally-significant Native American sites in Brooklyn; Dennis RedMoon Darkeem’s interactive gumball machine featuring trade items found on OSH land in the 1600s; Natasha Smoke Santiago’s ceramic tile made in the Iroquois pottery tradition documenting local trade history; and Ella Mahoney’s outdoor banners that draw from her Aquinnah Wampanoag background to imagine a decolonized future for the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Land Markings precedes the upcoming redesign of the Old Stone House’s permanent exhibit to include its Lenape history.  Today, despite the displacement of its original Lenape residents, New York City still has one of the largest intertribal indigenous communities in the country Land Markings is the first in a series of exhibits and programs at OSH that will provide opportunities for contemporary Indigneous artists to connect a greater awareness of the past to critical conversations about Brooklyn’s future, including fair and sustainable uses of our natural and built environment.  

The exhibition will be on view Fri – Sun from Noon – 3 pm until October 11.

Please note that the Great Room is on the second floor and unfortunately is not wheelchair accessible.

Image: Dennis RedMoon Darkeem.

Local artist Rich Garr leads this safe [masked, socially distant] open-air exploration through the Gowanus waterfront. He is a longtime area interdisciplinary artist focusing on public art and community. Every month he collages together this art-centric walking tour responding equally to both current events and history.

Departing from The Old Stone House the walk lasts about 1.5 hours and ends at or near the Gowanus Dredgers boathouse and unique food and drink options.

Swoon, Mast, Wolf Tits and other renowned and street artists are often featured, as are historical landmarks, architectural gems, hidden art spaces, and the work of anonymous “green guerillas” and graffiti artists. While old pollution lingers, so do new issues surrounding gentrification and re-zoning. The area is changing rapidly, and this tour features real-time information & insight. This “socially distant” walk along the water passes historic businesses, hip new bars & cafes, and quirky art & recreational spaces (i.e. shuffleboard, fencing and ax throwing).

Get your tickets here!

Learn how to turn cotton into yarn and fabric with local artist, Iviva Olenick, using cotton grown in Washington Park in collaboration with Director of Gardens, Sam Lewis.

Stop by between 11am-1pm on Saturday, October 9th during the Kings County Fiber Festival for a demonstration of ginning, carding, spinning and to try your hand at weaving.

Sponsored in part by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by BAC (the Brooklyn Arts Council).

The Kings County Fiber Festival returns to OSH & Washington Park for it’s 10th year!

Spend the day with natural fiber artists, crocheters, dyers, felters, knitters, quilters, spinners and weavers in the annual fiber festival. The full day event will include a marketplace for independent fiber artists from the tri-state area.

During the Festival, we host the “Make Warm Hats for the Homeless” hat drive. Make a hat for someone who really needs your help this winter. Bring your hat donation, in an individual plastic bag, to the Festival donation table. We will deliver the hats to group homes, shelters and soup kitchens within New York City. Last year we collected over 600 hats.

Apply to be a vendor here.

Featured photo: ShirstyCat.

Artists of all skill levels (including beginners) are welcome to join us in the Great Room on the 2nd floor of the Old Stone House for this 3 hour session with a professional life model. The session will include short and long poses.

Bring your favorite supplies(no oils or sprays please) and get sketching! Drawing boards will be provided.

Seating is limited and proof of vaccination is required for entry.

Unfortunately the Great Room is not wheelchair accessible.

Get your ticket via Eventbrite.