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Mannes Moments is a series of eight intimate, monthly concerts curated and performed by students from the Mannes School of Music.
Formed initially as a performance opportunity during the Part-Time Faculty strike that affected all members of the Mannes community in fall 2022, Mannes Moments is being run in spring 2023 by the students in the spirit of building community and spreading hope after such a difficult time.
This collection of concerts is free to the public; everyone is welcome. RSVP on Eventbrite using this link.
Please note that the space is not wheelchair accessible.
Old Stone House concert dates:
February 8th, March 8th, April 12th, and May 10th at 7 pm

Join us in the OSH Great Room for a final look at Belonging. Artists Kimberly Bush, Stephanie Eche, and Traci Johnson will discuss their textile art processes and philosophies with curator Grace Freedman.

To attend, please click here to RSVP on Eventbrite.

 

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:

Belonging is a contemporary visual art exhibition highlighting 3 Brooklyn artists (Kimberly Bush, Stephanie Eche and Traci Johnson) who create work with fiber, cloth, thread and other textiles.

Textiles are having a “moment” in contemporary art. After decades of being excluded or dismissed as merely utilitarian, textiles are now embraced by major museums, blue-chip galleries and even department store window designers (see Traci Johnson’s recent commission at Bergdorf’s). Why now? Many textile artists use their work to explore healing, trauma and familial or cross-cultural understandings, which seems especially relevant as we transition through the COVID pandemic. Textiles are soft, warm, inviting and represent a feeling of safety to which many people respond immediately. Viewing these intricately woven and mended materials, even without touching, can evoke a sense of home and provide emotional comfort. Belonging taps into that sense of solace, community and joy after a time of grief and sadness.

With common threads, this intergenerational and diverse group of artists weaves together personal meditations that reflect broadly on connectedness, family, community and activism through fiber art. These year(s) of the pandemic have taught us that everything is attached and interconnected, like fibers and fabric. All beings need each other to survive and thrive; we all need to belong.

The rich and varied textures of the textile work on view include knots, tufted rugs, felted wool, and subtle stitches in a mix of natural and bombastic colors. The Old Stone House is a historic home that provides a welcoming backdrop and a contemplative space to discover the fine art handiwork.

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Kimberly Bush (she/her) is an artist and art therapist with over 30 years experience. Her practice of weaving fibers, mending torn and frayed edges, sewing fabric patches and pieces together, figuratively and literally, demonstrates the interconnectedness among humans. IG @kimberlybrooklyn

Stephanie Eche (she/her) uses found materials and natural fibers to create sculptures that investigate cultural identity, time, and memory. Her processes are intentionally labor and time-intensive, allowing her to reflect on the erasure of indigenous cultures as a result of colonization and capitalism, including the assimilation of her Chicana family. IG @stephanie_eche

Traci Johnson (they/them) is an artist and fashion model who presents bold, colorful abstract sculptural creations that bring a sense of euphoria and vibrant energy to the exhibit. The works embody the texture, softness and comfort of textiles while promoting healing, self-acceptance and self-love; they truly create a safe space for all. IG @kailuaa @rugsbykailuaa

 

ABOUT THE CURATOR:

Grace R. Freedman, PhD (she/her) is a founder of Why Not Art which celebrates the vitality of the Brooklyn arts community by presenting interdisciplinary art shows in alternative spaces to reach expanded and diverse audiences. Contact: grace@whynotart.com; 718-858-4847, IG @whynotartnyc

 

All Artworks are for Sale and a portion of the proceeds support The Old Stone House.

This exhibition is made possible, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Prospect Park Alliance presents a Community Conversation as part of ReImagine Lefferts, an initiative to re-envision the mission and programming of this historic house museum to recognize the role the house played as a site of dispossession and enslavement, and explore the stories of the Indigenous people of Lenapehoking whose unceded ancestral lands the house rests upon and the Africans who were enslaved by the Lefferts family. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently awarded a prestigious $275,000 Humanities in Place grant to the Alliance, which is making this work possible.

In this Community Conversation, new research will be shared with attendees about the Indigenous history and legacy of African enslavement at the site and surrounding areas for feedback and guidance about how best to commemorate and communicate this important history. The event includes presentations, creative workshops, and discussions about how the museum can honor centuries of resilience and resistance of Indigenous and enslaved peoples in what became Brooklyn.

This event is free and open to the public at the Boat House in Prospect Park. Reservations are required.

Use this link to reserve your spot.