Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description BAMart—BAM’s visual art program—is pleased to announce the final selections for BAMart: Public, a year-long initiative aimed at enlivening the BAM campus and its surrounding district through the commission of four distinctive public artworks from emerging and established artists. The four artists chosen from more than 100 submissions worldwide are Glen Baldridge, Ed Purver, Timothy Hull and Future Expansion Architects, and Showpaper (with contributions by Adam Void & Gaia, Cassius Fouler & Faust, Leon Reid IV & Noah Sparkes, Ryan C. Doyle & Swoon, and UFO 907 & William Thomas Porter). The pieces will be installed in early June with a public opening on Tuesday, June 19 from 6-8pm in the Dorothy W. Levitt lobby of the Peter Jay Sharp building at 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn. Each site-specific work utilizes a wide range of media and materials.
The BAMart: Public curatorial committee chose works that offer new and stimulating ideas about how to introduce art into public spaces and engage those who visit and pass by on a daily basis. BAMart allotted four locations within the BAM Cultural District that feature either blank vertical scapes or open spaces: BAMart’s curatorial committee reviewed more than 100 submissions from artists all over the world before settling on the finalists who all happen to be from Brooklyn. Using a point system, the final selections were based on degree of visual impact on the BAM Cultural District, artistic merit, and project feasibility, including initial installation, durability, and cost. Grants given for individual projects were $17,500. Showpaper received $29,000 for a collaborative effort with multiple artists and a smaller project scale.
The BAM Cultural District is the vibrant multicultural area surrounding BAM, situated between Downtown Brooklyn and the historical residential neighborhood of Fort Greene. It attracts over 650,000 visitors and arts patrons every year and, with its rich arts community, is a nexus for the experimental and avant-garde. The district continues to grow as more theaters, music venues, and project spaces move into the area.