NURTUREart began by putting on shows in borrowed space - empty Lower East Side storefronts, the corporate lobby of Citibank, the United Nations. Today they maintain their own gallery space here at 56 Bogart. For 15 years this non-profit organization has been supporting and promoting new artists and curators. Here’s a tour of where they’ve been and where they’re going.
We all remember the joy (and sometimes dread) that came with high school yearbook superlatives. Luckily for us, we have graduated from the cliched references, such as “best hair” and “most likely to succeed,” and moved on something a little more… Bushwick. Find the identifier that best fits you, your mood, and your own artistic sensibilities.
“You always have to go bigger,” said artist and cultural entrepreneur Peter Hopkins, announcing his exciting plans to turn the empty warehouse at 299 Meserole St into a cultural center of the East Williamsburg and Bushwick area. “Art schools, museums, cultural institutions… We have a chance to do things differently here in Bushwick,” he continued. 299 Meserole has announced its soft launch on May 14, and a plan to play a major role during the upcoming Bushwick Open Studios. The building will feature several exhibitions curated by local, as well as international galleries and VCU School of Art. Present will be also collections of zines, books, as well as feminist symposium on self-pleasure.
The next time you visit the studio building at 56 Bogart, let your wanderings take you as far back on the first floor as you can go. If you go down the hallway that leads to Fuchs Projects make a sharp left and make your way to the back of the building. Keep going, because you are on the right track to et al Projects. If this gallery is not on your cultural radar yet, it’s time you took notice! Your journey will be rewarded as it will lead you to the wonderful solo exhibition of Tim Zercie and his bright and colorful, almost monstrous creations. The show is a collection of larger than life fabric constructions that seem to actually leap off their walls and defy their very two-dimensionality. I had the good fortune to experience the lively and unique exhibition during its opening, which coincided with Bushwick Armory Night. As one of a number of other participating galleries in the Bogart building alone, Tim Zercie’s A Family Conjuration was a standout exhibition for a night abounding with competition. (more…)
Bookworms rejoice! Mellow Pages, a new library and reading room in Bushwick, will open its doors on Thursday, February 21 at 7PM with beers and impromptu readings. Book lovers can hang, drink and read, while members can check out books for a suggested donation of $20 for an annual membership. But don’t worry, there are also plenty of ways to get around the membership fee.
There is nothing wrong with spending half a day shamelessly indulging yourself with art, wandering and experiencing. For this lovely purpose, let me recommend the 56 Bogart building located right across the street from Morgan L train stop. The building is home to numerous artist studios, but mainly to 10 galleries on the ground floor and at the basement level. The high concentration of art at 56 Bogart makes the building a go-to destination when you acutely need large quantities of great art. Here is what to see right now:
Are you shamefully hiding your body under layers of ugly sweaters after a series of Holiday eating extravaganzas? Does your 2013 resolution list contain a lot of exercise but you can’t seem to be able to identify the right workout for you? Breathe in, breathe out, straighten your spine, we’ve got you covered. How about an art workout? Run around the art openings this weekend, spring and hop above the hurdles. And you better sprint because there is a LOT to see…
We are pretty bummed here at Bushwick Daily that we have to break this sad news. The Bogart Salon is closing down. One of the most distinctive galleries at 56 Bogart and in the neighborhood as well, has released a note addressed to their friends and supporters last night. “After a remarkable year The Bogart Salon will be closing on Monday, October 29th,” writes the gallery director and the curator of the galleries in the building, Peter Hopkins. Peter Hopkins doesn’t explain the details of his abrupt end at 56 Bogart. In order to obtain an explanation, we tried to reach the owners of the building Ted Hovivian and Adrienne Saccone by phone, however we didn’t have any luck.
Peter Hopkins regrets to end the 14 months at The Bogart Salon. However he is promising some exciting news for the future: relocating to another location in Bushwick and an “even bolder and more expansive vision for art and culture.” (more…)