Brooklyn Gets a Biennial
One of the largest communities of artists in the United States finally has a biennial. The BRIC Arts Media House will host the first volume in its new, neighborhood-specific Biennial this fall, beginning with an exhibition devoted to artists based in and around its local neighborhood of Downtown Brooklyn.
Slated to run from September 20 to December 14, the inaugural "BRIC Biennial" will feature works by 27 artists curated by BRIC's contemporary art vice president Elizabeth Ferrer and assistant curator for contemporary art, Jenny Gerow, along with guest curators Fawz Kabra and Leslie Kerby. The lineup of artists includes Scherezade Garcia, Nina Katchadourian, Nene Humphrey, Niv Rozenberg, Penelope Umbrico, and Martha Wilson.
It's unclear where exactly the long-overdue BRIC Biennial will fit into the global rankings of biennials, but it will undoubtedly give New York City's two predominant recurring survey shows—the often New York-centric Whitney Biennial and MoMA PS1's quinquennial "Greater New York"—some serious competition.
The Brooklyn Museum, which might have seemed like the logical institution to mount a frequent exhibition of the borough's best art, is doing its own Brooklyn survey this fall. Titled "Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond," it will run October 3 to January 4, 2015, and feature 35 artists from all over Kings County.