Weekend notePad: 09.13.2019

By Peggy Roalf   Friday September 13, 2019

Brooklyn’s free pop-up photography village, Photoville, has returned to Brooklyn Bridge Park this week with an impressive lineup of 85 exhibitions featuring more than 600 artists.

The festival, now in its eighth year, showcases the work of local, national and international photographers inside repurposed shipping containers beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, as the Brooklyn Eagle reports. It’s the brainchild of DUMBO nonprofit United Photo Industries.

From the organizers: For the 8th year in a row, we're thrilled to present container exhibitionsoutdoor installationsnighttime screeningspanel discussionsworkshopsguided walking toursdrop-in activitiesspecial eventseducation day for NYC schools and more—all completely free and open to the public!

From Among the exhibition highlights is Latin American Fotografia 7: LOS DIEZ, featuring images made by international photographers. The exhibition was judged by an international jury of top creatives who commission photography for use in magazines, advertising, books, posters, packaging, and promotion. Info

The organization also curates “THE FENCE,” a photo wall in Brooklyn Bridge Park that has expanded to eight cities across the nation. More from the Brooklyn Eagle here

Photovilleis located at the Brooklyn Bridge Plaza at the corners of Water Street and New Dock Street, in Dumbo. Directions Photo above courtesy of Photoville




On Sunday, September 15thWave Hill opens its fall exhibitions, with a reception from 2 to 4:30 pm. Four solo projects for the Sunroom Projects Space in Glyndor House, where Emily Oliveira has created a vibrant installation using large-scale, textile pieces, sculpture and video to transform the Sunroom into a devotional space for a decolonized, queer utopia 1,000 years into the future.

In the Sun Porch, Duy Hoàng has installed a sculptural event in a laboratory-like setting. Hoàng creates a shelter, using intersecting Paracords and tree branches to juxtapose found objects, such as fallen plants and photographs of fauna and flora sourced from Wave Hill. Also, on view is the exhibition Figuring the Floral, which features artists who employ flowers to explore representations of identity—constructing narratives on race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation and aging.

Starting at 3:30PM, a musical piece by Afro-Polka Ensemble will be performed by four musicians, in the Abrons Woodland. They will interpret eight, contested rivers by weaving and improvising with voice, percussion and bass guitar. The performers are Maciek Schejbal from Poland—musical direction and percussion; Kaïssa Doumbè from Cameroon—voice; Samuel Torres from Colombia—percussion; and Jerome Harris from the US —bass guitar.

Wave Hillis located at West 249th Street and Independence Avenue in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. Directions Photo above: Kate Bae, Possible, Between and Together, 2019 Sunroom Project Space; courtesy of Wave Hill 




Meanwhile in Long Island City, Socrates Sculpture Park presents a neighborhood walking tour led by featured artist Rafael Domenech as part of his community-engaged sculpture project Las Palabras Son Muros [Pavilion for Astoria]. Tonight at 6pm – join Rafael at Sixteen Oaks Grove, for a tour covering a distance of approximately one mile, and ending at Socrates. Along the route, Rafael will engage participants in a discussion about psycho-geography – the effects of the environment on the emotions and behavior of individuals.

Socrates Sculpture Parkis located at 32-01 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City, NY. Directions Photo above: Las Palabras son Muros [Pavilion for Astoria] by Rafael Domenech; photo courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park




Continuing at the New York Botanical Garden—but only until the end of the month—is Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle MarxRoberto Burle Marx (1909–94) was a force of nature in Brazil—through his bold landscapes, vibrant art, and passionate commitment to plant conservation. His powerful modernist vision produced thousands of gardens and landscapes, including the famous curving mosaic walkways at Copacabana Beach in Rio and the beautiful rooftop garden at Banco Safra in São Paulo. 

Burle Marx’s designs blend the intellectual rigor of European modernism with the wealth of the rainforest while creating places for people to be together. In his words: “The communal garden, square, or park will have increasing importance with time, as we search for an acceptable equilibrium within the instability of our current system.” His work shows that landscape design is not just about creating beauty, but also forging community and, on a larger scale, shaping a national identity. Info

The New York Botanical Garden is located at 2900 Southern Boulevard in the Bronx. Directions Photo above courtesy of the New York Botanical Garden




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