For two years, our Brooklyn studio artist artist Kenneth E. Parris III traveled with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and documented their final world tour through drawings.
See their interview with Imagista http://vimeo.com/80320954#at=0
See the complete exhibition at the Mayson Gallery
Apply for the Bronx Artist Housing Initiative!
chashama has partnered with the Mid Bronx Senior Citizen’s Council (MBSCC) to offer artists subsidized, affordable housing in exchange for community service.
We’re looking for artists with engaging proposals and a history of community involvement. Click to learn more in our housing application.
submitted by: Anna Chan
Visiting an artist’s studio can be a very intimate experience. Even the first steps into an artists’ creative space are taken hesitantly. These moments were no different at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park, where chashama held its annual Open Studios. The atmosphere was quiet and focused as visitors sprawled the enormous Terminal grounds in order to visit the 85 artists currently creating works in chashama’s subsidized studio spaces.
With curiosity, visitors took two or three attempts at entering studios, sticking their heads in cautiously at first as if they were looking at something they were not supposed to.
It is not just visitors who benefit from an open studios event such as this one. Artists get to experience how their onlookers view their work differently. Visual artist Suyeon Na asked visitors what they thought of her prominent display of paintings exhibiting sparsely dressed dolls, each of which had a bandaged injury. Suyeon seemed to enjoy the various interpretations and reactions to her works.
Throughout the maze of studios, visitors chatted excitedly with fellow art enthusiasts and artists alike, clinking glasses and swapping anecdotes. “This is the best Open Studios ever,” one visitor was overheard saying.
Artists were happy to talk about their works, some of which were still in progress. Other artists chose to show a full body of work from the most prominent moments of their artistic career. Still others used the opportunity to promote their upcoming exhibitions and future plans.
One of the many highlights of the Open Studios event was the curation of a ‘pop-up’ show entitled Potluck Situation, curated by Alicia DeBrincat. This secluded exhibition space within the seemingly neverending rows of studios added a different kind of environment to that of the studio spaces. The exhibition included the works of five chashama studio artists: Alberte Bernier, Suyeon Na, Maia Cruz Palileo, Kristin Reed, and S Wren. Working with different media, the exhibition reflected the thrilling excitement of a potluck.
Photos by: Marcus Green, Anna Chan
chashama is hosting the Harlem Art Factory Fest: a Weekend-Long Celebration of Art, Performances, and Open Studios!
Join artists from all over the city for a public arts extravaganza as they present their works in 2 blocks of Harlem’s historic Factory District.
Come and enjoy murals, art exhibitions, video installations and unique performances throughout 9 unconventional spaces activated from 125th Street to 127th Street between Amsterdam Ave and Morningside Ave. You can also stop by the open studios of 29 artists at 461 W 125th St.
The event is FREE and open to the public!
461 W 126th St, New York, NY 10027
Saturday, October 12, 12-6PM + Sunday, October 13, 12-6PM
You can find a detailed list of scheduled programming and locations at:
We hope to see you there!