Save Gowanus Ballroom Fundraiser, photo courtesy of Eric Harvey Brown
In the wake of hurricane Sandy, we walked out of the Gowanus Ballroom exhausted from a long night fighting what had become a losing battle in a state of complete defeat. As we crossed the bridge to get a cup of coffee, we saw a gang box full of our tools floating under the bridge out into the bay. The canal was littered with Gowanus Ballroom’s internal working parts. Exhausted from the fight, we were too beat to try to throw a rope on the box to save a few thousand dollars worth of tools. We had to let it go and look for a cup of coffee instead. It was such a small aspect of the whole situation. With no insurance and no power, we relied on the helping hands of friends and people who love this place to make clean-up a reality.
To help jump-start our recovery, we teamed up with FlutuArte to host a fundraiser to benefit both organizations. We owe a special thanks to everyone who helped get us through the tough times after the storm’s destruction of our neighborhood and home.
FlutuArte brought together artists from all over the world to refurbish and decorate family owned fishing boats in a small community of fisherman and their families near Rio de Janeiro. In Brooklyn, artists recreated the project with replicas of fishing boats and extensive documentation of the original project.
FlutuAndo from Maxine Nienow on Vimeo.
Entertainment for the evening provided by Sweet Soubrette, Big Volcano, ON, Shayfer James and Sara Zar, Will McEvoy, Apocalypse Five and Dime, Hungry March Band, Pendulum Swings, Matthew Silver, the Great Performer, Consumata, Morgan O’Kane, Flambeaux Fire, aerialists Dana Abrasssart, Juanita Cardenas, Francis Stalling, Preeya Bhajandas, Kae Burke, Rachel Hsiung, Sara Jordan, and Lisa Natoli, stilting performances by Justin Aubuchon, Christine Geiger, Dana Abrassart, and Maxine Nienow, life-size boat installations by Benoit Verbeke, aquatic paintings by Browning Kay, live painting by FlutuArtists Nicolina and Maxine, collaborative live art by the Free Art Society, with Walker Fee, Pérola M. Bonfanti, and Zorrilla Monsoon. visuals by Adam Weinberg, video by Pérola M. Bonfanti, and Maxine Nienow, and face painting by Piyali Banerjie.
SOUND & UV LIGHTING PROVIDED BY DANIEL PANZER OF ARTIST RESPONSE TEAM (A.R.T.)