November 11 - December 17, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 11, 5 - 8pm
Artist Panel: Sunday, December 17, 4pm


Matthew Blackwell, Nancy Cohen, Elisa D’Arrigo, Laura Dodson, 
Nancy Grimes, Natasha Hesketh, Stephanie Hightower, 
David Hornung, Loren Munk, Thomas Nozkowski, Fara’h Salehi, Lee Tribe

Curated by Mario Naves

As a literary allusion, the French term "bête noire"--loosely translated as "bugaboo", "bane" or "pest"--hones in on a quality that is, by turns, vexing and irresistible. The paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures featured in this exhibition illuminate the conceit by embodying forms, narratives and frames of mind that pique and, perhaps, consternate the eye, haunting it in ways that refuse ready interpretations.

“There are any number of ways artists can make their work felt--to connect with the viewer, and have that engagement matter”, writes curator Mario Naves. “The artists featured in ‘Bete Noire’ do so by embracing contradiction and idiosyncrasy; they delve into thematic and stylistic notions that court the illogical, the humorous, the intensive and unexpected. As a result, the work promises a raft of complications and, with them, pleasures that are no less curious.”

Click here to view the exhibition catalogue.


Thursday through Sunday, 1pm to 6pm; or by appointment. 


Take 2, 3, or 4 trains to Franklin Avenue. Walk two blocks against the traffic on Franklin. Walk ¾ block to 558 St. Johns Place. FiveMyles is within easy walking distance from the Brooklyn Museum.


FiveMyles is in part supported by the New York State Council for the Arts, Public Funds from the New York City Dept. of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, Council Member Laurie Cumbo, the Greenwich Collection, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, and HumanitiesNY