Gowanus Open Studios Opening Celebration and HONK NYC Gala – October 18, 2013
Kick off the Gowanus Open Studios weekend in style with a gala celebration, stunts, and HONK NYC extravaganza at the Gowanus Ballroom!
Meet the GOS participating artists before they open their studios, and get a jump start on a weekend of great art, viewing work by some of the Gowanus Ballroom’s favorite artists. Dance the night away to an amazing lineup of brass bands as HONK NYC marches right into the heart of Gowanus.
Featuring artwork by:
Adehla LeeDuke Riley
Matthew William Robinson
Kristin KuncDavid Aronson
Natalie Rae Good
Adrian LandonEthan Spigland
Open to the public.
VENUS SQUARE MARS – September 28, 2013
The Celestial Heavy Weights are up to their antagonizing ways again. Super Natural weapons have knocked us from the serenity of our lotus position. We chant in our makeshift temple with static tongues, our calm crew of inspired mortals, sending out cryptic messages into the past-present-future. This is our peace offering…
Welcome the cool fall weather with a fantastic night of music at the Gowanus Ballroom. Hektor Fontanez of Twi The Humble Feather curates an exceptional lineup. Don’t miss it!
7:30 – VINTAGE PRINCE
8:10 – PHI THI THACH
8:50 – CLOUDS
9:30 – 75 DOLLAR BILL
10:30 – BODY PARTS
11:10 – DUMP
DUMP – Twenty years ago, James McNew was still the new guy in Yo La Tengo, hand-coloring the covers of 7-inch singles seemed like a totally reasonable thing to do, and tape hiss was more than a badge of pride– it was a sign of membership to an international society of home-recording introverts who all listened to each other. That was the environment into which the first two solo albums McNew made under the name Dump emerged, timidly and elegantly. They’re modest, geeky records, and they foreground McNew’s idiosyncrasies (like his thin, high-pitched voice, which has pretty much the same failings and lovability as Neil Young’s) and tastes in other people’s music. But theirs is the kind of modesty that complements McNew’s formidable gifts.
75 DOLLAR BILL – Rick Brown was born in San Francisco, CA and is a clerical worker at a law school in NYC. Che Chen was born in New Haven, CT and works for a cancer diagnostics company in Stonybrook, NY. They met via myspace and started playing together as 75 Dollar Bill approximately eight years later. Brown plays percussion and homemade horns and Chen plays electric guitar.
BODY PARTS – New York based art spaz laugh rock music cult meant for the more serious ears in the room.
ANTHONY LEBRON presents CLOUDS – Clouds is LeBron’s first solo project outside of his work with Twi the Humble Feather. For years he had wanted to compose for multiple guitars and this is an opportunity to do just that, in this case 3 compositions for 4 electric guitars. The track ‘Air’ is an ambient composition arranged with various sound archives dating from 2002. ‘Clouds’ is also inspired by the band Los Arcos. Think minimal electric guitar meets Bach on steroids.
PHI THI THACH – Phi Thi Thach brings her own brand to the DIY industry that can largely be categorized by its dramatic efforts to live free of traditional tempo or measure without completely losing it. Under a Cloudless Sky is her first full length, one that sets a standard of uncommon movement that will either prove novel or timeless upon further personal examination. Each song operates on a set of organic principles that feel less defines and more experienced. It’s the kind of music you either feel or you don’t. Regardless, a true listen will evoke a meditative state that draws on common fidelity to connect.
Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival at the Gowanus Ballroom – Sunday, July 1th, 6pm
The Gowanus Ballroom is proud to present an amazing array of performance art. Artists from all over the world descend on Brooklyn and transform the Ballroom with zany and vaguely inappropriate interruptions, happily forced interactions, and transcendent performances that won’t disappoint. Join us for an action packed night of theatrics and explore the Gowanus Ballroom as you’ve never seen it before!
Two of our favorite performance artists, Matthew Silver and Esther Neff, have joined forces to curate The Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival (BIPAF) with this all-star night at the Gowanus Ballroom.
BIPAF is a mass performance happening July 4–28 at venues throughout Brooklyn. Performance artists, curators, critics, gallery directors, cultural organizers, and many others are working together to perform a festival, framing the organization and the festival itself as a work of constructive institutional critique. We are pleased to support this groundbreaking series with an iteration at the Gowanus Ballroom.
Whitney V. Hunter
Courtney Leigh Novak
Curated by Matthew Silver, Esther Neff, and other participating artists.
Sara Valentine’s Voluption and Gowanus Ballroom present
Extra Action Marching Band, Vic Thrill, Flying Teeth
Admission: $15 in Mermaid Attire, $20 in Street Clothes
Saturday, June 22nd, 6pm ’til late at Gowanus Ballroom, 55 9th Street, Brooklyn
The post-Mermaid Parade hang you’ve always wanted to attend.
A delectably conjured evening of beguiling and curious entertainment.
Hop on the F Train at Stillwell Avenue after the parade ends and make your way to the Gowanus Ballroom for this post-Mermaid Parade indulgence.
Help yourself to some roast pig, cooked on Gowanus Ballroom’s own spit.
Cool down in the wading pool.
Ride Ben Cerf’s art bikes, “Pirates of the Broadway.”
Strut your homemade fins and finery in the fashion show and costume contest, hosted by Editrix Abby.
Delight in the tricks of magician Solomon.
Musical performances by very special guests:
- Returning to NYC for the first time in six years, Extra Action Marching Band, the Bay Area’s notorious, spectacular drum and bugle corps that never fails to blow minds.
- Brooklyn’s own folk hero, Vic Thrill, playing a special set of SHAMANIC, ANARCHIC ELECTRO-TERRESTRIAL MERMUSIC.
- NYC’s Flying Teeth, the “supergroup” fronted by Aaron Diskin of Golem and featuring Simon Cheffins of Extra Action Marching Band (and former Crash Worship) and Tim Monaghan of Golem on complementary drum kits.
- Legendary Apple Records singer/songwriter Brute Force, on the baby grand.
- Donkee, from San Francisco
And for your pleasure:
Master of Ceremonies and Sea Shanty Chanteur: Ben Cerf (NYC)
Aerial by Liron Dan (NYC) and Sandia Delavibora (SF)
Performance art by Matthew Silver (NYC)
Aquatic soundtrack by DJ Steve Pagan (NYC)
Bklyn Hooper Celia K and Friends
Plus: a screening of Extra Action Marching Band’s short film, “The Burning Wigs of Sedition,” a story of wealth redistribution on the high seas.
Extra Action Marching Band: extra-action.com
Vic Thrill: victhrill.com
Flying Teeth: flying-teeth.bandcamp.com
Brute Force: brutesforce.com
Matthew Silver: maninwhitedress.com
DJ Steve Pagan: soundcloud.com/
Form and Substance
An exhibition of projection mapping, video, active paintings, sculptures, and installations, curated by Integrated Visions & Carolyn Devlyn-Antuna
May 10–12, 2013
55 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Bryan & Michelle Dodson // Integrated Visions
Davy & Kristin McGuire
Joanie Lemercier // AntiVJ
John Ensor Parker
Laura Ramirez // Optika
Red Paper Heart
Integrated Visions describes their work as embracing “the technique of our age. Projection mapping utilizes specialized software to create a projected image that perfectly fits any desired surface. When done right, the result is magical.”
You won’t want to miss this extraordinary transformation of the Gowanus Ballroom as it is filled with shimmering light and the energy of movement. FORM and SUBSTANCE will coincide with the Frieze Art Fair at Randall’s Island, New York.
FORM and SUBSTANCE is made possible in part by Mister Artsee, Gowanus Ballroom, DWP Live, Dassara Ramen, and RamenWerk. Additional sponsorships, and partnerships in media, transportation, accomodations, and logistics are welcome. All donations are tax-deductible. For additional information regarding sponsorship, please email email@example.com or call 347.761.5017.
Copyright © Mister Artsee 2005 | Copyright © 2012 Integrated Visions Productions, LLC
Gowanus Ballroom at the National Arts Club
March 7–17, 2013
The National Arts Club
15 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003
National Arts Club
Gowanus Ballroom resident curators Kristin Kunc and Courtney Jordan have been invited to curate an exhibition at the National Arts Club. Body Politic aims to upset the status quo of figurative art by showing the unexpected, peculiar, haunting, and carnal interpretations of the human body. Featuring works by more than twenty established and emerging artists:
Saskia Ozol Eubanks
Jane LaFarge Hamill
Oh Joon B. Kwon
Allison MaletzNat Meade
Holly Ann Sailors
CIRQUE DE IDIOTAROD
Despite mother nature’s efforts, awesome is not hard to come by at Gowanus Ballroom. On January 26th, we will prove that fact yet again, hosting a Save the Gowanus Ballroom extravaganza with all the proceeds going to keep our art and performance space alive. You’ve helped us survive the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, but we’re not out of the woods yet.
Come on out to show your support, help us keep the lights on, and have some good old fashioned fun. We’ll be joined by some amazing performers, including Morgan O’Kane, Imaginary Weapons, Big Volcano, Matthew Silver the Great Performer, and others, extreme aerialists, silliness, dirtiness, food, drink, and of course, fire. As a bonus, this iteration of the Save Gowanus Ballroom series will double as a post-event celebration for a certain group of shopping cart-wielding, costume-wearing, race-running friends. If you know what we mean…then you know what we mean. And be sure to watch your head as shopping carts fly through the air courtesy of our homemade Cart-A-Pult.
Get all the info via facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/events/398777493539877/
Go ahead and clear your calendar because you are going to be ours aaaaaaaaall night. See you there!
7:00pm – Hungry March Band
8:00pm – Big Volcano
9:00pm – Morgan O’Kane
10:00pm – Universe
11:00pm – Imaginary Weapons
12:00 Midnight – Sullied Accolades
1:00am – Charming Disaster
With performances throughout the night by:
Matthew Silver, The Great Performer
Panoply Performance Laboratory
Dr. Adventure and his Continuing Adventures
Aerial flying acrobatics
A riot of mobile artforms
The soon-to-be famous “Cart-a-pult”
Projectile Fire Sculpture by Dan Glass
Saturday, January 26th
$10 before 8pm
$20 after 8pm
Race wristbands get in for FREE
Bar all night (incl. 50 gallons of Hot Cider!)
Charity Drive to support Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts in the Rockaways, organized by the Rockaway Renegades! We’ll be collecting the following goods, please consider donating:
- Bottled water
- Cleaning supplies (bleach, antibacterial cleaners, mops, brushes, paper towels, etc.)
Please note: we do NOT need food donations, but are desperate for water and cleaning supplies.
OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT THE GOWANUS BALLROOM:
- Donate via PayPal!
Finally, thank you to the dozens of friends and family who have already donated their time, money, energy, and support towards our recovery! We couldn’t do it without you.