"The Pink Elephant Speaks"- An Exhibit about Gentrification & Displacement Opens at MoCada on Thursday Night

Image Credit: Tim Okamura, Stay Strong, 2009. Oil, spray paint on canvas, 76 X 84 in

Footsteps from the Atlantic Yards this exhibit opens Thursday night at MoCada. Be sure to check their website for lots of interesting events over the weekend and beyond.

The Gentrification of Brooklyn: The Pink Elephant Speaks
February 4, 2010 - May 16, 2010

This exhibition, guest curated by Dexter Wimberly, will examine how urban planning, eminent domain, and real estate development are affecting Brooklyn's communities and how residents throughout the borough are responding. The exhibition will include the works of several Brooklyn-based artists, as well as those who have been forced to relocate as a result of gentrification. In addition to works of art featured at MoCADA, there will be a schedule of public programs taking place throughout Brooklyn.

Artists in the exhibition include (alphabetically):
Josh Bricker(Installation), Valerie Caesar (Photography), Oasa DuVerney (Drawing), Zachary Fabri (Video), Rosamond S. King (Installation), Irondale Ensemble(Theater Performance), Nathan Kensinger (Photography), Jess Levey(Photography / Video Installation), Christina Massey (Painting), Musa (Sculpture), Tim Okamura (Painting), Kip Omolade (Painting), John Perry(Painting), Adele Pham (Video), Michael Premo / Rachel Falcone (Photography / Multimedia), Gabriel Reese (Painting), Marie Roberts (Painting), Ali Santana (Music Video), Monique Schubert (Mixed-media), Alexandria Smith (Painting), Sarah Nelson Wright (Installation).

In addition, there will be a vignette of work on display from two local high schools (The Brooklyn Community Arts and Media High School and The Secondary School for Research) where students have been documenting the impact of gentrification on their neighborhoods over the past few years through photos and essays.

Public Programs
Opening "Set it Off" Reception
Thursday, February 4, 2010
6:00pm - 9:00pm Free to the public
MoCADA (80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, NY)

Please join us for the first viewing of the highly anticipated exhibition, The Gentrification of Brooklyn: The Pink Elephant Speaks. This is your opportunity to see what everyone in Brooklyn will be talking about this year. This reception will include a public art performance, a musical set by Brooklyn-based author and DJ, Rich Burroughs, the opportunity to meet the featured artists and a presentation by the exhibition's curator and Brooklyn native, Dexter Wimberly.

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