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The History of a Boroughscape — Brooklyn’s architecture has been reactive to the seismic cultural and political shifts of the changing times, from the rapidly modernizing post-industrial landscape of the early-to-mid 20th century all the way to present day issues with gentrification affecting cultural visibility in an increasing number of neighborhoods. This history is profoundly expressed in the photography on display in BRIC’s new “Brooklyn Photographs” exhibition, a collection of works from eleven photographers...
"Our first speaker received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She probably received the last one ever, thanks to Trump." Those were moderator Michael Reynolds’s opening remarks at NYC's New Literature from Europe Festival on December 7, 2016. He chuckled at his own joke, but none of the artists in the audience laughed. Because of Donald Trump, the Republican Congress, and the very real possibility of a Republican Supreme Court, Brooklyn's arts...
DIY venues in Brooklyn were at one point a dime a dozen, popping up all over youth-heavy areas like Williamsburg and more recently Bushwick, giving the many NYC-based scenes a safe-haven to create and share their artwork and perform their music. But while rising rent prices have been forcing these venues to shut down or relocate elsewhere (obligatory R.I.P. 285 Kent), one multi-faceted space has been cultivating buzz in the Ridgewood, Queens area. Trans-Pecos, run by...
Earlier this week, we ran our feature on the state of Brooklyn culture. Here is a more extended version of the conversation that we had with Hyperallergic Senior Editor Jillian Steinhauer about what lies ahead for our borough.  What's your opinion of the state of Brooklyn culture right now in the art world? Is it flourishing or floundering or somewhere in between? I think Brooklyn art is definitely flourishing right now—in fact, it might be flourishing too much. The...

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