Public Perspectives Exhibition Series
The Public Perspectives Exhibition Series provides a creative forum for Brooklynites to have an active voice at the Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) by presenting community-curated exhibits. Every spring, BHS issues an annual open call for exhibition proposals from Brooklyn-based individuals, school and community groups, and non-profit organizations. Each season three recipient groups are selected by a panel of cultural and community representatives. Public Perspectives enables BHS to encourage community involvement not only in the content of exhibitions, but also in the selection process. The awardees collaborate with BHS staff to develop and mount their exhibitions.
Public Perspectives is made possible through the generous support of the Lily Auchincloss Foundation and FHL Bank. Additional support is provided by the Kress Foundation and HBO.
Public Perspectives is currently on hold due to a scheduled interior renovation project and to pursue further funding. BHS is committed to this community-centered program and intends to resume exhibits, likely in 2013. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be notified of future opportunities.
October 1, 2009 - January 24, 2010
Brooklyn Utopias?, curated by Katherine Gressel. An invited group of artists respond to the
question of Brooklyn's future by presenting their differing visions of an ideal Brooklyn.
February 4 - August 29, 2010
Tivoli: A Place We Call Home, curated by Delphine Fawundu. Multi-media exhibition of photographs,
video and words documenting the tenants of Tivoli Towers in the Crown Heights
neighborhood at the onset of gentrification, as the building faces the threat of removal of its affordable
housing program status.
September 16, 2010 - August 24, 2011
Painting Brooklyn Stories of Immigration and Survival, curated by Nina Talbot. In collaboration with Professor Rachel Bernstein
of New York University's Public History program, striking stories of Brooklyn residents
are portrayed through paintings, oral histories and personal effects, lending individual insights
into broader social aspects of life in Brooklyn.
James and Karla Murray, Counter/Culture – The Disappearing Face of Brooklyn’s Storefronts. A vibrant photographic and narrative collection of Brooklyn’s rapidly vanishing neighborhood storefronts. September 10 – December 28, 2008.
Rebecca Layton, Sarah Bostwick and Karla Wozniak, Brooklyn Redrawn Three Brooklyn artists depict the visual and societal complexity of the borough’s urban built environment. January – April 2009.
Andrew Urban and David Madden, Brooklyn and the History of Chinese Immigration. Investigates how Brooklyn residents responded to Chinese immigration in the 19th century, and the 20th century development of a Chinatown in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. May – August 2009.
Sacred Hearts: A Journey of Italian Catholics in the Borough of Churches. Curator: John L. Heyer II, in cooperation with Sacred Hearts and St. Stephen Parish and the Italian Apostolate of the Diocese of Brooklyn. September 7 – December 30, 2007.
Lost in Transition: South Brooklyn, Williamsburg and Coney Island. Curators: Rebecca Krucoff and the Urban Memory Project. January 11 – April 27, 2008.
Gowanus Transformations. Curators: Christine Mackellar, Margaret Maugenest, and Friends and Residents of the Greater Gowanus (FROGG). May 9 - August 24, 2008.
2006-2007 Inaugural Season
From Synagogue to Church: Converted Brooklyn Houses of Worship. Curators: Ellen Levitt and Howard Dankowitz
A Drum Beats in Brooklyn: A Photography Exhibition Celebrating the Drum-Based and African Influenced Traditions of Brooklyn. Curators: She Shootin’ Photography Collective - Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Nsenga Knight, Delphine Fawundu-Buford, Kerika Fields, Ava Griffiths
Up From Flames: Mapping the Recovery of Bushwick, 1977-2007. Curators: Adam J. Schwartz, Meryl Meisler, Josh Lapidus, and students from the Academy of Urban Planning
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