5 Brooklyn Arts Institutions You Can Support Today


COVID-related closures and cancellations have continued to disrupt plans this winter, but many of Brooklyn’s arts institutions are still welcoming locals and tourists alike with unique exhibits and programming.

From an exhibit of Asian art spanning a century to a collection of paintings by a former NYPD officer, here are five Brooklyn art institutions featuring stunning works you can visit today.

Gallery established

75 6th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217

Johnny Thornton, director of the Established Gallery, says that at a time when the pandemic has shut many people down, art has given a window into something else.

“I think art, not just in times of a pandemic but anytime it makes this city, is what keeps it so vibrant and alive.”

Johnny Thornton of the Established Gallery. Photo: Christopher Edwards for BK Reader.

First opened in 2019, the Established Gallery is a short walk from the Barclays Center and is currently hosting the ‘Guiding Lights’ exhibition, by painter Rick Secen, through January 30.

Secen, who describes himself as a relative newcomer to the art scene, said his works in the show were inspired by the “darkness” and “isolation” people experienced at the start of the pandemic.

“I wanted to create a show that had no barriers,” Secen told BK Reader. “I didn’t want it to be enigmatic. I just wanted to create a show that people could feel and understand that the artist who made it said “I feel your isolation”.

Secen has chosen to convey the hope he sees in the community through our “deep connection with the light”.

“Light is very important to me, and I think sharing that light is kind of the center of this whole show.”

Dorsey Art Gallery

553 Rogers Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11225

Founded in 1970 by framer and beloved patron of the arts, Lawrence Peter Dorsey, the Dorsey Art Gallery has nurtured and showcased the work of local African American artists for decades. It’s 37and The annual holiday auction is underway, with works by established and emerging artists still for sale on the gallery’s website.

Five Myles

558 Place Saint-Jean. Brooklyn, NY 11238

Five Myles, an arts and performance space in Crown Heights, is known for its diverse programming and has been serving the community with diverse offerings for over 20 years.

“It’s always been wide open. What we do is anything that looks very interesting,” Hanne Tierney, director of Five Myles, told BK Reader.

“We’re not for profit, and that’s the good thing, we don’t have to sell. So I really feel that my mission is just to show the art, to show the art that is made, the one that makes it.

“All in a Day’s Work,” the exhibit running at Five Myles from Jan. 8 to Feb. 6, features the work of former NYPD officer Herold Patrick Alexis and MTA track worker Marvin Franklin, who was killed by a train in 2007. The exhibit features the views of the two artists while working for the city.

Gallery Richard Beavers

408 Marcus Garvey Blvd., Brooklyn, NY 11216

Led by its namesake Richard Beavers, the Richard Beavers Gallery opened in 2007 in Bed-Stuy. The contemporary art gallery is known for supporting emerging black artists. You can take a virtual tour of the gallery’s “In Search of Brotherhood” exhibition by artist Xavier Daniels, whose works are inspired by his relationship with his younger brother.

BK Reader Editor C. Zawadi Morris interviews Richard Beavers (and his son) at the Richard Beavers Gallery 9th Anniversary Celebration

Crazy Gallery

410 Jefferson Avenue #1. Brooklyn, New York, NY 11221

Located in a brownstone in Bed-Stuy, Fou Gallery is a female-owned space that focuses largely on works by artists of Asian descent.

His current exhibit, “Crafting the Past from the Future,” runs from January 15 to March 13. The traveling exhibition features works by Chinese and Japanese artists dating from the early 20and century to the present day.

The opening of the exhibition will take place on February 5 at the gallery from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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