Cultural Fluency: Engagements with Contemporary Brooklyn


Martin McCormack, The Great New York City Mapping Project

Cultural Fluency: Engagements with Contemporary Brooklyn  brings together six artists whose active and purposeful engagements with the city embody its culture: David Court, Aisha Cousins, Malesha Jessie, Hiroki Kobayashi, Martin McCormack, and Mark Reigleman. The exhibition is part of a wider dialogue examining the creative exchange between urbanism and art practice. In the spirit of Cultural Fluency, the newspaper/exhibition catalogue includes conversations with the artists as well as with contributors from different fields.

Curated by artist Erin Gleason, the exhibition, ranging from public artwork and photography to “guerrilla opera bombs”, highlights artwork that depicts Brooklyn while also altering our perceptions of and experiences in the borough. The artists featured all regularly operate at the intersections of art, place, and community, often with an innate political awareness.

The exhibition is conversational and participatory not only by engaging the public in the gallery space itself, but by expanding the dialogue through its communication materials. Newspaper contributors Laurie CumboMatthew DelegetKaren Demavivas, Keith GillThomas LeeserSyreeta McFadden, and Hanne Tierney discuss the relationships between politics, community, architecture, poetry, and performance with their art and with the city.

On Thursday, April 4, 2013, Inside Cultural Fluency extends the dialogue further. The public program night features Q&As with the artists and the Bed-Stuy Story Skirters (a group of Brooklyn women who have been re-performing Aisha Cousins’ The Obama Skirt Project), as well as interactive performance art scores directed by Cousins.

The public is invited to visit and participate in the online forum culturalfluency. info, whereby Cultural Fluency will continue to grow beyond the confines of a gallery exhibition. By regularly including new interviews and conversations across fields and globally, the blog will continue to examine the creative exchange between the city and art practice.

"Cultural Fluency: Engagements with Contemporary Brooklyn" is presented by BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn.

March 14 - April 27, 2013

BRIC Rotunda Gallery

33 Clinton St

Brooklyn, NY 11201


Gallery Hours: Tues - Sat, 12-6pm

Public Program: Thurs April 4, 7-9pm

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March 13, 2013 at 7pm - April 27, 2013
BRIC Rotunda Gallery
33 Clinton St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
United States
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