APRIL-JUNE 2007 ART EXHIBITIONS AT BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY On display from Tuesday, April 24, through Saturday, June 16

April 23, 2007

The following exhibitions at Brooklyn Public Library’s (BPL) Central Library, located at Grand Army Plaza, are free and open to the public. For more information on this location, please call 718.230.2100.

The Real Story of the Superheroes, in the Grand Lobby, features photos of Latino immigrant workers in New York City dressed as superheroes. The artist, Dulce Pinzón, believes that these workers are unrecognized heroes, reasoning that they work hard for very low wages, which they save at great sacrifice to send to families in Mexico who rely on them to survive. Pinzón was born in Mexico City and has exhibited her work around the world. She was the winner of the prestigious Jovenes Creadores grant in 2002 and a fellow in photography from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2006.

People's Democratic Republic of Brooklyn, in the Lobby Gallery, is a site-specific installation of handmade passports. The 111 passports, with images of Brooklyn through the decades, have no owners and pages which leave space for future owners to personalize them. The artist, Youme Landowne, wants everyone to take responsibility and authority for their “legality” and citizenship, while remembering those that came before. Her first book, Se La Vi (That is Life), was an American Library Association (ALA) Notable Book and won the Jane Addams Award, among others. She currently teaches in the Lang Mural Project at the New School and is a lead muralist for Groundswell Murals in Brooklyn.

Women's Work, in the Balcony Cases, addresses this topic with artist’s books and an installation. The books suggest the three stages of a woman’s life, and the installation of book objects utilize multicultural proverbs about women, depicting a prevailing misogyny that is funny as it is painful. The artist, Robbin Ami Silverberg, received the 1995 New York Foundation for the Arts award for artist books and a prize in Korea at the 2005 International Artist Book Fair. She is the director of Dobbin Mill, a hand papermaking mill, and Dobbin Books, a collaborative artist book studio, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

A Drum Beats in Brooklyn: The Annex, in the Youth Wing, features photography celebrating the drum-based and African-influenced traditions of Brooklyn. A panoramic view of traditional drum gatherings, it shows how each is uniquely Brooklyn. It is curated by The She Shootin’ Photography Collective.

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