FREE ART EXHIBITIONS AT BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY

September 14, 2006

September 14, 2006 – Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) invites the public to enjoy three, free, acclaimed exhibitions – The Negro Baseball Leagues & Memories of a Childhood in Brooklyn, WAKE, and Mapping Memory –on view at Central Library, located at Grand Army Plaza, October 3 through November 26, 2006.

The Negro Baseball Leagues & Memories of a Childhood in Brooklyn, displayed in the Grand Lobby, features African-American artist Lou Grant's series of striking oil depictions of Negro League baseball players that Grant observed in Brooklyn during the 1930s and ‘40s. Born in Brooklyn in 1934, Grant was an amateur baseball player, who attended Negro League games as a child, at a time when Negro League players were not featured as sports heroes. Grant's paintings are animated and boldly chromatic, including "Low Ball Hitter," which captures the energetic motion of a player pivoting forward and swinging in vibrant colors. Included in Grant's exhibition are vivid paintings of people from Grant's childhood in Brooklyn's Sheepshead Bay neighborhood that recall a tradition of posed family portraits in which the subjects are dressed in their Sunday best.

WAKE, a site-specific installation by painter, printmaker and glass artist Carrie Iverson commemorates Americans and Iraqis who have lost their lives during the Iraq War. Ms. Iverson commented about her work, "I wanted to show Iraqis as well as U.S. soldiers, to present a more complete picture. My hope in creating this piece is to show the cumulative effect of so many lives lost, yet still reflect each casualty’s individuality. I think it is important to see the faces of the dead so that they can be respected and remembered." This stunning memorial is on display in the Lobby Gallery. Additionally, BPL invites the public to attend a free artist talk with Carrie Iverson on Tuesday, November 7, at 6 PM in the Lobby Gallery.

Mapping Memory by A.C. Berkheiser and Elysa Voshell is a collaborative exhibition of artists' books that explores the effects of Alzheimer's disease. Exhibited together in the Balcony Cases, these artists’ books create a dialogue about how reading visual and textual narratives can evoke the inscription and erasure of memory.

Subway directions to BPL's Central Library:
2 or 3 to Grand Army Plaza or Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum of Art station or
Q to 7th Avenue. For additional information on this location, please call 718.230.2100 or visit www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org.

For more information on BPL's exhibitions or to schedule an interview with the artists or Barbara Wing, BPL's Manager of Exhibitions, please contact Ruth Anne Wagner, Publicist, BPL: 718.230.2767; ruth@brooklynpubliclibrary.org.

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