Raw/Cooked – Five Ten-Week Long Exhibitions By Emerging Artists at Brooklyn Museum of Art

1 Aug

A major series of five ten-week-long exhibitions of works by emerging Brooklyn artists will be presented at the Brooklyn Museum from September 2011 through September 2012. The project titled Raw/Cooked and supported by Bloomberg, will launch on September 16th with an exhibition of the work of Bushwick-based artist Kristof Wickman that will be on view through November 27, 2011.

Kristof Wickman – Self Portrait, 2010

The Museum will will showcase artists recommended by an advisory board of leading Brooklyn artists including Ron Gorchov, Michael Joo, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Amy Sillman, and Mickalene Thomas, each of whom proposed several promising artists. Curator Eugenie Tsai will be making the final selection. Available to the artists will be a variety of spaces of their choosing which allows no limits to the artistic imagination. The artists may create projects that respond to the unique architecture or history of the building and even it’s collections.

The works considered may be in any medium and in order to be considered for this project an artist may not have gallery representation or have participated in a major museum exhibition.

Museum Director Arnold L. Lehman states “Raw/Cooked represents heightened commitment by the Brooklyn Museum to its long history of nurturing and exhibiting Brooklyn-based artists.” ”We are extremely grateful to Bloomberg for working with the Museum to conceptualize this program and provide critical support in making possible this groundbreaking project for us and for our community of artists.

“The artistic community in New York is so rich and diverse. Many talented up-and-coming artists rarely have an opportunity for a major museum show. Raw/Cookedspotlights the burgeoning Brooklyn art scene through a premier platform that will give Brooklyn artists, selected by their peers, increased exposure and recognition,” said Lex Fenwick, CEO, Bloomberg Ventures.

Kristof Wickman, recommended by Paul Ramirez Jonas, is an object maker and a skilled builder and materials manipulator. He makes casts of everyday objects, often intertwining them with the human body in unusual, and sometimes humorous, ways. Wickman will be presenting several of these sculptures along with new works he is creating specially for Raw/Cooked. On recent visits to the Museum, he discussed the possibilities of working with objects in the Museum’s collection. His work will be presented in the Mezzanine Gallery, possibly with additional pieces in the front lobby.

The four additional exhibitions, of artists still to be selected, will be on view November 4, 2011-January 19, 2012; January 27-April 8, 2012; April 13-June 24, 2012; and June 29-September 9, 2012.

Raw/Cooked continues the Brooklyn Museum’s long tradition of collecting and presenting work by both up-and-coming and established Brooklyn artists including the presentation of the extended series of Working in Brooklyn exhibitions, and continuing with the major survey exhibition Open House, in 2004, which brought together the work of 200 Brooklyn artists.

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