• The Hole Picture: An Intergenerational Dialogue on Erotics & Porn in Lesbian-Feminist Queer Cinema

    On Saturday March 26, Issue Project Room presents a screening of porn from another perspective and film panel discussion with filmakers & an art historian.
    The details:
    “The feminist reception and production of pornography has had a complicated & fascinating trajectory, a discourse of representation often bound by the logic of the male gaze. The Hole Picture brings together a selection of socio-sexual films & videos by artists Barbra Hammer, A.K. Burns and A.L. Steiner that celebrate desire and redefine notions of queer sexuality and the lesbian body. Presenting a multigenerational overview of representation, this screening and panel discussion will focus on contemporary artistic practices which incorporate avant-garde visions of sexuality and erotics, dissecting the trope of pornography itself. Screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers, moderated by art historian Kelly Dennis, author of Art/Porn: A History of Seeing and Touching. This event is presented in collaboration with MIX NYC.”
    Dyketactics, 1974, 4 minutes, Barbara Hammer
    Menses, 1974, 4 minutes, Barbara Hammer
    Multiple Orgasm, 1976, 6 minutes, Barbara Hammer
    Women I Love, 1976, 22 minutes, Barbara Hammer
    Superdyke Meets Madame X, 1977, 20 minutes, Barbara Hammer
    Community Action Center, 2010, 69 mins., A.K. Burns + A.L. Steiner
    Check out more about each film here: IssueProjectRoom.org
     
  • Big Rick & the his South Brooklyn Tales

    If you’ve ever walked around Park Slope / Gowanus then you’ve seen a fedora wearing man surrounded by a group of people who clearly is gesticulating some kind of amazing story. His eyes are bright and his smile is endearing, but you can tell he’s tough…Brooklyn tough.This man is Big Rick, also known as Rick Kadlub. Big Rick has a tour company that tells the history and urban legend of the greatest boro in the world, Brooklyn. By living in the Brooklyn for 45 years and with his love of the boro Big Rick has earned keen insight into the area.
    Big Rick in a sense embodies Brooklyn. He’s got the walk, the talk, and clearly the look. Recently artist have begun to notice his unique character and have tried to capture his look through various forms of media. Over at the Brooklyn Central library you can find an great photo of Big Rick by photographer Joe Delano (also featured above) in the exhibit Brooklyn Portraits by Brooklyn Photographer;you can find drawings done by local Sketch-Artist at both Mission Dolorous and Canal Bar. There are probably more images of Big Rick out there, but are not yet known by GYFO.
    If you’ve never been on Big Rick’s tour or even had a moment with the icon you have a chance to catch him telling his stories tomorrow at Root Hill Cafe. Big Rick will be telling the “South Brooklyn Tales” for (what seems to be) one night only. Check it out.
     
  • Industrial Zoned – Gowanus aka South West Brooklyn

    These signs have been appearing up and down 3rd Avenue indicating an “Industrial Zone”.

    This is from the Mayor’s office of Industrial and Manufacturing Business section or imb.

    The nyc.gov, which is listed on the sign, says imb is…
    “…dedicated to addressing the needs of New York’s industrial and manufacturing businesses.”
    Looks like the city is putting a lot of investment into the booming industry within the Gowanus area by dedicating this part of Brooklyn to Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation. That seems like good news for the many businesses that have been around for years in the area and for the new textile groups that have recently moved in. The imb site says that these areas of the cities will be used to…
     

    “…foster high-performing business districts by creating competitive advantages over locating in areas outside of New York City.”

    Within Gowanus the designated Industrial area only covers below 3rd Street and West of 3rd Avenue. The area above 3rd Street are covered by an Ombudsman.
    For more details head over to nyc.gov for more details.
     
  • Brooklyn Dodgers in the Gowanus

    Few people know that some important baseball was played in the Gowanus. And still more people don’t know that the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers played just down the street from where the Canal is now.
    At the end of 19th century Park Slope’s Washington Park (J.J. Byrne Park) was a bit different from it is today. Part of the park was actually caddy corner to where it is now, across 4th Avenue and contained a baseball stadium. The players were even said to use the Old Stone House as a clubhouse. This stadium was first made from just wood, but later, in the early 20th century, some additional structures were added that we made of brick.

     

    Just imagine a beautiful spring day walking to the corner of 4th Ave and 3rd Street to a game featuring the Brooklyn Atlantics, who would later become the Brooklyn Dodgers. –Keep in mind you’d have to step around construction for the 4th Ave Subway by 1908. The game would begin and the Atlantics/Dodgers would send baseballs flying onto 3rd Avenue. Gowanus was the place to be for baseball!

     

    By 1912 the Atlantics were officially the Dodgers and their stardom had outgrown the small Washington Stadium. In 1913 the team moved to the well know Ebbets Field. The stadium was used for two more years for baseball games, but then remained empty until 1922 when Con Ed purchased the land. Con Ed tore down most of the wooden structure, but left the brick walls, until recently. In 2002 despite a plea by Society for American Baseball Research Con Ed declared it would destroy the wall. The demolition of the historic walls began in late 2010 and the last bricks are slowly being removed right now. Soon the last memories of this beloved stadium in Washington Park will be erased. Head to 3rd Avenue and catch the last glimpse of history.
    Soon to be last brick of the wall
    Wall from the old stadium
    View of where the stadium entrance use to be

    View of where the outfield use to be

     

     
  • Positively 9th Street – Online Exhibitions

    Francis Sills "Kentile Floors" • Oil on linen • 22 x 28

    Object Image Gallery in Park Slope has brought local artist together to create an exhibit just on 9th Street and areas nearby, called Positively 9th Street.
    With skillful and beautiful precision painters: Michael Calabrese, Jeff Faerber, Laura Fantini, Stephen Gardner, Mark Oliver, Francis Sills, and Robert Weis capture the emotional landscape of 9th street and surrounding areas. There are some amazing images of things in and around Gowanus Canal that are especially moving.

    Check out the online exhibit here. Positively 9th Street

    *Francis Sills work can be found here or at www.francissills.com

     
 

Gowanus, Brooklyn

The crack between two hipster neighborhoods, home to the now superfunded Canal, the flash point for the new 'Buy Local' and textile revolutions, & filled with brilliant bohemians. . . this is Gowanus & it’ll awesome your face off.
 
 
 
 
 

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