Brooklyn Waterfront Artists To Open Summer Turmoil Exhibition


Out of Order
Jessica Fox, “Graffiti Girl.” (Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition)

The nonprofit Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, an organization of hundreds of artists who host exhibitions out of an O’Connell Organization warehouse in Red Hook, will open its summer exhibition, “Out of Order,” on July 26.

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The series will feature more than 800 works by over 200 artists with depictions of crises both personal and political and offer up free food and music events out of the two-floor space at 499 Van Brunt Street on the waterfront, according to a release from the organization.

“The show will contain works critical and comical, traditional and digital, flat and 3D,” says a prepared announcement from the organization. “There is a special juried section, ‘World Out of Order,’ where problems such as homelessness, poverty and hunger are addressed and 25 percent of the sales will be donated to charities.”

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Glarissa Gerber, “Yma.” (BWAC)

The organization started as a tight-knit group of Dumbo artists in 1978, but they didn’t have a permanent home until developer Greg O’Connell stepped in, said Jane Gutterman, the organization’s arts administrator.

“We started as a very small organization and we didn’t have a space,” Ms. Gutterman said. “Then 20 odd years ago, he gave us a space—first a smaller portion of the space and now 25,000 square feet. It’s really wonderful.”

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Charlotta Janssen, “Arrested July 13, 1961, Jackson, MS: Eddie Austin, 18.” (BWAC)

Next Saturday, the exhibition starts at 2 p.m. with a chance to meet the artists, drink chocolate-infused cocktails and take in live jazz music. A separate, 100-work collection called “Color” will also open that day, with a Solomon Guggenheim Museum judge announcing the winner of a contest aimed at the question, “What is color?”