Join Tony Whitfield to celebrate the opening of his installation in the FiveMyles PlusSpace. Whitfield examines the idea of "home" from a LGBTQ perspective, using artifacts and memories drawn from his personal experience.
Join artist Sara Jimenez, curator Kim Whitener, and poet Keisha-Gaye Anderson as they discuss Jimenez' installation and its relationship to memory, the search for one roots, memory, and art.
Live music from a diverse group of NYC artists; singers, rappers, and poets; networking, and tasty drinks made by our personal bartender! There will be a DJ spinning a variety of tracks from old to new music, and a band vibing the whole evening. Organized by Alia Pierre.
Doors open 4:30 pm
Open bar 5-6 pm
Event starts 6 pm SHARP
$10 admission fee
#BlackGirlLit: Between Literature, Performance & Memory is an evening of performance art that brings together the work of Boston-based artist, curator and writer Dell M. Hamilton alongside the work of: Ayana Evans (New York/Chicago), Tsedaye Makonnen (Washington, D.C.), Marcelline Mandeng (Baltimore/Philadelphia), Helina Metaferia (San Francisco), and Bryana Siobhan & Kal Gezahegn (Boston).
Riffing off the hashtag anthem #BlackGirlMagic coined by fashion designer & blogger Auntie Peebz and the double meaning of the term “lit” - (short-hand for ‘literature’ or ‘to turn up’), Hamilton has organized this performance art program to feature work that pivots off of the written and oral traditions of black feminist/womanist frameworks. As such their artistic practices as well as collective cis/trans/queer subjectivities grapple with and against representations of language, blackness, gender, and performativity to connect the echoes from the past to new narratives of the present.
Image: Dell M. Hamilton, Linger, Medicine Wheel/Spoke Gallery, Boston, 2013. Photo credit: Lee Thurston
Apartment 4D is an interactive play for young audiences told through radio, shadows, puppetry and video.
The audience is invited to attend an open house for an apartment in a rapidly gentrifying New York neighborhood, and discover the story of the previous inhabitants through the objects they left behind and via secret audio transmissions.
Performance on May 19th and 20th at 7pm.
More info here.
An exhibit by graffiti legends Bama • W.A.P. • Flint 707• Lava I & II • Coco • TB1 • Flint ... • Snake I • OUI • Charmin • Chic
With special musical guests Marvin Gibbs • Dennis Diamond • D.J. Undertaker Ash
Tue. 17th and Wed. 18th, 6 to 11pm.
Join us for the closing reception and final performances of Baby, said Alice B. Toklas. . ., an experiment in self-performing theater by Hanne Tierney. A panel discussion will take place at 4pm with Norman Frisch, art historian and scholar, and artist Hanne Tierney.
The 15 min. performances will take place from 1pm to 6pm.
The Interlude Project presents rotating exhibitions on the 500 ft-long plywood wall that protects a construction site adjacent to FiveMyles.
Join Interlude artists George Cochtrane, Jess Frederick and Barbara Norman for a joint reception to celebrate their exhibits as part of Interlude.
An experiment in self-performing theater by Hanne Tierney.
This 15-minute performance takes place in the studio adjacent to the FiveMyles gallery space. It can be activated on-demand by simply pressing the "start" button. The engineering of the robot brain was designed by Oskar Strautmanis. For more information, click here.
Unstrung, a concurrent installation of performance objects from Tierney's previous works, is on view in the gallery.
On view: April 23rd - May 15th
Opening reception: Saturday, April 23rd, 5-8pm
Discussion and closing reception: Sunday, May 15th, 4pm
Performances on demand: Fri- Sun from 1 – 6pm
Gallery viewing: Thu – Sun, 1 – 6pm
Closing Reception: Saturday, May 7th, 5-8pm
Fences & Neighbors is a mixed media installation inspired by Janet Goldner’s research trip to Arizona in 2014.
A woven barbed wire fence divides the gallery. On the far side is a projected video about real and imagined abundance and stories of migrants. Viewers can see the video through the fence without being able to access the other side. On the near side of the fence are photographs of what the migrants left behind - their families, their food, their culture.
As the fever pitch around migration mounted, Goldner wanted to go see for herself. Working with the Tucson Arts Brigade and the US Department of Arts and Culture, she spent a week on and around the border. The 30 ft. high fence separating Nogales, Arizona from Nogales, Sonora, made of surplus military steel from the runways in Iraq, was particularly impressive and disturbing. They say that good fences make good neighbors. But what if our neighbors are fleeing violence and poverty?
Migration is a recurring theme for Goldner. Her large scale public sculpture, Most of Us Are Immigrants was installed in Sara Roosevelt Park in the late 1990’s. It is now in the collection of the Islip Museum on Long Island.
A concert installation featuring Creative Capital Awardee
Queen GodIs as she introduces the book of lyte w/ evɘ. chapter one.
Join us for this interactive, multi-media experience & conversation to follow.
the book of lyte is a collection of poems, prose, prayers & personal narrative inspired by Women & Gender Non-conforming MC's. A humble nod to respected rap pioneer, MC Lyte, the work delivers a rare and provocative narrative that deconstructs genre with gender and explores the complex voices that have influenced a generation.
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5pm: Exhibit opening
A five hour film installation, about traveling to Nevada in 2015, with video and audio disintegration and noise. Accompanied (almost) by the music of Stevie Wonder, the Band and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.
Already Chosen Live brings you a night of fun with a special R&B Night in Brooklyn. Come out to enjoy some of New York's rising new vocalists live.
An interactive video installation featuring the "Cloud Tunnel", by Jeanne Wilkinson
Opening reception: Thursday, March 24th, 5-8pm
On view: Fri. March 25th and Sat. March 26th, 1-6pm
In this installation, projections come from opposite sides of the room and meet in the middle on two parallel scrims (sheets of translucent fabric). This creates a pathway called the “Cloud Tunnel” where people can move and interact with the imagery. One image stream features the "Painted People", former Barbies and Kens now part of a mysterious clan of wanderers, in their dark flight over the world on various companion animals. The other projection features imagery from Wilkinson’s art and travels.
Read Jeanne Wilkinson's interview in the Huffington Post about her work and her exhibit at FiveMyles.
Multimedia Performances and Installations by: McKenzie Angelo, Anthony Rosado, Chazz Giovanni Bruce, Wayne Arthur Paul, STEFA
Music by: Lamar Stephens
This is a town meeting and art share for organizations, tenant councils, local residents, and POC identified artists currently engaged in the fight against displacement and racial and economic inequality. This is a space for questioning, healing through storytelling, coalition building, information sharing, and artistic expression.
*Community lunch (food will be provided) with facilitated conversation
As rent skyrockets, join curators anthonywash.rosado and McKenzie Angelo Seecharan (MAS) and engage with interactive multimedia performances and installations that reflect on progress through the lens of gentrification. With the audience, they will critically look back in order to move forward. This is an effort to put in motion a city that centers and values black lives.
Installation on view through March 18, Thu. - Sun, 1-6pm.
On view: February 27 & 28, 1-6pm
Opening reception: Saturday, February 27, 4-6pm
Marline Nkounkou came to Brooklyn after an unstable childhood in West Africa where she witnessed widespread violence against women and children. Today, she is working with immigrant youth at Atlas:DIY in Sunset Park and is a Fellow at FiveMyles through a program funded by the Brooklyn Community Foundation's Invest in Youth initiative.
At FiveMyles, she will present the results of the past 9 months of fellowship: an exhibition about Atlas:DIY and Sanctuary for Families, entitled Stay Strong.
I think that only a youth is fully able to understand another youth's challenges in life, because we all go through it. Even though adults were once teenagers, they cannot always understand the challenges that we youth go through, because we all grow up in different periods of time and in different environments. It can also be hard for a young person in difficulty to trust and talk to an adult about their own challenges. But I know by experience that many NGOs exist to help and support young people in difficulty, and I know that talking to these adults can save one's life.
So I decided to use photography to show people the different activities that happen at these NGOs. I believe that if people are able to look at the pictures they might realize for themselves the big positive impact that these different organizations can have in their life without me speaking. These photographs can be a powerful tool to help save life, and to educate my fellow friends, family, youths about the reason why they should not be afraid to reach out for help when dealing with difficult challenges in their lives. - Marline Nkounkou
The Invest in Youth Initiative is a program organized and funded by the Brooklyn Community Foundation. It creates 10-month fellowship for 20 youth paired with top youth-serving nonprofits in Brooklyn. Fellows work as a group and gather monthly to advise on the Brooklyn Community Foundation Youth strategy.
A performance by Anonymous Ensemble
Written and performed by Jessica Weinstein with Anonymous Ensemble
At the intersection of fiction and biography, a ten foot tall folk singer-songwriter named Ellipsa MG dissects and weaves together the many strands of a life into an intricate sound and video landscape controlled by the live audience.
Anonymous Ensemble creates new theater and live film that is profoundly interactive. We give voice and agency to our audiences as collaborators in our explorations of the human condition and the limitless possibilities of imagination. We have created and performed new work in NYC, Greece, Australia, and the UK since 2002, with our artistic home at Montgomery Gardens in Crown Heights since 2008. www.anonymousensemble.org
Hours: 8pm to 9:30pm
Suggested donation: $10 at the door
NO PLACE LIKE HOME, an installation by Marcus Jahmal in the FiveMyles PlusSpace.
Opening reception: Thursday, January 14, 2016, 5-8pm
Closing reception: Saturday, February 20, 2016, 6-9pm
Gallery hours: Thursday to Sunday, 1pm to 6pm, or by appointment.
558 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238
The home is often a place of refuge and a vessel used in the pursuit of inner spirituality. In this series of interiors and sculpture, Marcus Jahmal establishes a visual self analysis with the intention to open a dialogue with viewers from a person to person vantage point. This is explored through examining the seemingly mundane objects and scenarios that serve dual purposes in his everyday life.
Join artist Amanda Turner Pohan, curator Carl E. Hazlewood, and art historian Joan Snitzer as they discuss how science and the arts can overlap, in the setting of Pohan's current exhibit at FiveMyles. Moderated by Hanne Tierney.
DESIRING TO BE DATA FOR OTHERS
New work by Amanda Turner Pohan
Curated by Carl E. Hazlewood
Amanda Turner Pohan's practice seems a cool and rational one—at first. It is based on precise scientific manipulation of chemistry, with additional aural and visual elements. While her installation appears clean, methodical, a presentation organized with minimalist clarity and order, one senses a vague urgency to quantify the unquantifiable. More info here.
Sofar Sounds is a live music experience taking place in unique spaces in over 200 cities worldwide. Founded in 2009, Sofar Sounds has been a global platform, bridging the gap between art and appreciation. A night with Sofar is one rich in experience and culture. For more information, check out www.sofarsounds.com/nyc
Join us for the opening of new Interlude exhibitions, with work by Amy Lowey, Jack Adams, and Jessica Simms, as well as the unveiling of a new SpaceProgram short-term exhibition of work by fellows of the BAU Institute.
A movement meditation by Gelan Lambert. The work speaks to spiritual renewal, hope, fearlessness and courage in the midst of uncertainty. This is the last part of a four-point performance that started at FiveMyles on January 1, 2015.
A pre-holiday night of spoken word and live music hosted by Alia Pierre and A.M.P (Art Music People).
Doors open at 6pm
Open Bar from 6pm to 8pm
Music starts at 8pm
Green Earth Poets Cafe's presents a poetry event for the holiday season called "Love Conquers All" . The event co-host is NYS Senator Jesse Hamilton, and it promises to be an artistically fun filled evening featuring the visual art of Wayne Pearce and Whitney Harris, Belly Dancers Annalise Aziz and Nilah, and Spoken word open mic poetry performances centered around Love. More info at www.greenearthpoetscafe.com
Lee Breuer, Eric Marciano and Theater Fanatic invite you to an afternoon of New Stuff at FiveMyles for a reading from Lee Breuer’s new book “True Crit” and two screenings of works in progress.
Lee Breuer reads “True Crit” – from his new book “Pataphysics Penyeach”. This is an homage to the unsung Einstein of metaphysics, Alfred Jarry with his Pataphysics added a dimension to double talk making it triple talk before overdosing on ether. His last request was for a toothpick.
A screening of the work-in-progress of a new feature film documentary essay on Clarence Fountain, the legendary front man and leader of the Grammy Award winning Blind Boys of Alabama and the star of “Gospel at Colonus”. Rich in music, dreams and the word.
A screening of a work-in-progress of a Theater Fanatic “Kino/Theater” film of “La Divina Caricatura”. As the production of the show presented at LaMaMa in 2013 was described in the NY Times as, "“La Divina” is indeed unusual: strange, singular, perfectly self-contained and so wondrous that it may leave you in a daze. Don’t say you haven’t been warned”.
Lee and Eric’s Kino/Theater show strives to take “La Divina” to the next circle (or stage)…
Film screening | 135 min | Doors open at 6:30pm | Screening starts at 7:30pm
Film by Vaintino Filmworks and The Group
Shadows in the box is the the exploration of the life and times of mercurial existentialist photographer, Thomas Clark.
As an artist, Thomas Clark started his career at eleven years old when his mother, Gloria Clark, offered him an eight millimeter movie camera as a birthday present. From the steps of his St Albans House, home of many cultural american icons, including John Coltrane, Fats Waller and Ella Fitzgerald, to name a few, to the border of Nepal and India more than forty years later, this amazing photographer graced the streets of the world with an uncanny sense for still images in motion. Streets after streets, in New York, in San Francisco, in LA, in Warsaw and more, Thomas roamed within an idea: What if these faces, encounters, scenes and places where linked together by an invisible force, that primal force in the universe, a force called love? As he gained confidence with the technique, the camera became an extension of his mind, heart and soul, as if it was capturing the elusive magic of the canvas of life itself.
Mathematician Robert Sibner, movement artist Rossana Martinez, curator Rachel Nackman, and artists Jim Osman, Creighton Michael and Claire Seidl will discuss the exhibition and the different aspects of the circle in their fields and work.
Image: Mara Held, detail of Salve 6