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05 September 2007

"PLAY," Exhibition in Brooklyn New York

Proteus Gowanus invites you to the opening reception for the yearlong interdisciplinary exhibit


Friday, September 14, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

“You shall not bite, or not bite hard, your brother’s ear.”
Johan Huizinga, Homo Ludens, (1944)

It is with great excitement that we launch our 2007/2008 interdisciplinary theme “Play” at Proteus Gowanus. This year we will explore the versatile meanings of “Play,” investigating its history and future as the bedrock of culture; its regenerative power as the creative basis of every discipline and as the spark that ignites the child’s imagination; and its darker role in our entertainment-obsessed culture. The exhibit will include an array of play-related art, artifacts, objects, books and events (Check our website for details), and will unfold over the course of the year generated by suggestions of visitors to the gallery, a growing number of “PG Correspondents,” and by the rich interdisciplinary resources of nine collaborating non-profit organizations.

We introduce the year with the Play Book, not a catalog, but a book to be played with - a loose compilation of artist-designed games, play-related text and images, including pages of anagrams and palindromes, ponderings on the meaning of play, conundrums by Lewis Carroll, and a short play by Gertrude Stein. A description and pre-publication subscription offer is available on our website. The Play Book is the first of a series of publications called Proteotypes that grow out of Proteus Gowanus programs.

Proteus Gowanus is also pleased to announce:
Two new permanent installations of an archival nature have joined The Museum of Matches, A Cold War Room in the space adjacent to Proteus Gowanus: The Reanimation Library, an independent library serving artists, writers and cultural archeologists; and Anonima, an archive of art, books and ephemera from a 1960’s artist collaborative.

The Play exhibit and programs will be co-curated by Maddy Rosenberg and PG Co-Founder/Director Sasha Chavchavadze.

Play Correspondents include: artist/animator Pahl Hluchan; artist/filmmaker Jeanne Liotta; Brooklyn Museum Librarian/Curator of Books Deirdre Lawrence; toy designer/historian/educator Karen Hewitt; and author/video game expert Heather Chaplin.

Play Participants include: Rosaire Appel, Gerard Barbot, The Brooklyn Museum Library, Cabinet Magazine, Ted Chafee, Heather Chaplin, Chris Cogburn, Donn Davis, Susan Dunkerley, Joanna Ebenstein, The Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club, Marty Greenbaum, Melissa Henley, Karen Hewitt, The Kentler International Drawing Space Satellite Flatfile of Contemporary Prints, Halona Hilbertz , Pahl Hluchan, Sharon Horvath, Leslie Kerby, Jenni Knight, Tom La Farge, Jeanne Liotta, Desi Minchillo, David Moore/Bing and Ruth, Place in History, Shervone Neckles, Debra Pearlman, Alan Rosner, Lance Rutledge, Sally Sturman, The Institute For Figuring, Dan Torop, Ugly Duckling Presse, Paulus Van Horne, Vertical Player Repertory, Wendy Walker, Jane Zweibel, 99 Hooker.

The Artistsbook in the exhibition: Eileen Arnow-Levine, Carol Barton, Mindy Belloff, Doug Beube, Mark Staff Brandl, Stephanie Brody-Lederman, Catya Plate, Libby Clarke, Lucinda Cobley, Beatrice Coron, Maureen Cummins, Sandra C. Fernandez, Anne Gilman, Geoff Green, Martha Hayden, Bob Heman, Susan Hensel, Kumi Korf, David Lantow, Andre Lee, Jill Mckeown, Veronica Morgan, Florence Neal, Heidi Neilson, Susan Newmark, Sarah Nicholls, Donna Maria deCreeft, Amee Pollack Laurie Spitz, Purgatory Pie Press - Dikko Faust and Esther Smith, Evelyn Eller, Maddy Rosenberg, Susan Rotolo, Elsie Sampson, Miriam Schaer, Susan Share, Shirley Sharoff, Carolyn Shattuck, Robbin Ami Silverberg, Karina Aguilera Skvirsky, Micki Watanabe Spiller, April Vollmer, Debra Weier.

Proteus Gowanus
543 Union Street @ Nevins Street Gate
Brooklyn, NY 11215

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