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Art Opening: “Appropriating Revolution”

Aug 17, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

| Free

A contemporary art exhibition at the Old Stone House & Washington Park
Exhibition Opening: Wednesday, August 17, 6-9 p.m
Exhibition dates: August 17-October 8, 2016
Hours: Fridays 3-7 p.m.; or by appointment. Call 718-768-3195 or email info@theoldstonehouse.org.

Katherine Gressel, Curator
Exhibiting Artists: Lauren Frances Adams, Jim Costanzo [Aaron Burr Society], Alicia Grullon, Gen Howe, Robert Gould, Nsenga Knight
With outdoor public art installations by: Gen Howe, Anthony Heinz May

To mark the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, the Old Stone House & Washington Park (OSH) is pleased to present “Appropriating Revolution,” a two-month exhibition and events series asking: How are artists incorporating (and sometimes reinterpreting) the symbols of past revolutions to inform their current socially-engaged work?

Revolutions have historically been both catalyzed and commemorated by iconic images, texts and actions–often manifested by artists and artisans. OSH itself serves as a powerful symbol of revolution, as a reconstructed Dutch colonial farmhouse on the land where the 1776 Battle of Brooklyn took place. In conjunction with the opening of OSH’s new permanent interactive exhibition, “Old Stone House: Witness to War,” “Appropriating Revolution” brings together contemporary artists inspired by the unique history of the House and of other past revolutions in their efforts to address the most important issues of today. In a contemporary political climate where the term “revolution” (defined as “the overthrow of a government or social order in favor of a new system”) risks association with either polarizing rhetoric or cynical complacency, is there an especially appropriate role for artists to play by bringing the tactics and triumphs of the past to the forefront of our conversations?

Artworks include Jim Costanzo’s (aka Aaron Burr Society’s) “Free Money” and Whiskey Rebellion paraphernalia and performances that call attention to “Hamilton” villain Aaron Burr’s lesser-known progressive economic policies, which resonate with contemporary critiques of big banks and fueled Costanzo’s participation in the 2011 Occupy movement and its offshoots. Mixed media artworks by Robert Gould, Lauren Frances Adams and street artist Gen Howe borrow from images and texts from local and international revolutions to comment on such contemporary issues as displacement, gentrification, racial and economic inequalities, and the importance of memory. Alicia Grullon and Nsenga Knight appropriate language—both verbal and gestural—in their protest and speech reenactments and public interventions that breed empathy with past rebels and change agents, from fugitive slaves to Malcolm X. Free events led by Aaron Burr Society and Alicia Grullon will also invite the public to model revolutionary actions, including staging a contemporary “Whiskey Rebellion” and creating personalized protest signs.

Other Free Public Events:
Tuesday, September 20, 7-9pm: “Why I Shot Hamilton” Performance and whiskey
distillation demo /tasting with Jim Costanzo [Aaron Burr Society]
Sunday, October 2, 1-3pm: Performance/workshop: “Pick It!” protest sign making with Alicia Grullon

Funded, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts
Image: Jim Costanzo


Aug 17, 2016
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Katherine Gressel