What If You Could Travel into a Painting?
Inspired by artist Ellen Chuse’s art, Dark Matter, in the gallery
The work of painter Ellen Chuse has large, dark shapes surrounded by brightly painted colors. Ellen asks us to consider whether these spaces might be deep holes, or portals into another dimension, or heavy spots that are sitting on the surface. What do you see? If you could travel into these paintings what would you find? Discover your special place when you create artwork with art educators Susan Greenstein and Janet Pedersen. We’ll work with black & white paper, white pencils and oil pastels to explore magical spaces that might be outer space or the deep sea or a unique location of your own invention.
Great for kids ages 5-12
Victoria Brand on Shakuhachi Flute
440 Gallery invites you to join us for an afternoon of music in the gallery--a joining of inspiring sound to accompany artist Ellen Chuse's meditations on form and color. Tori Yuraku Murray-Brand will perform a solo program of traditional Japanese music on the Shakuhachi bamboo flute. Tori originally trained classically as a Western flute player and for the past seventeen years she has been playing the Japanese flute. She is a student in the Kyo-Shin-An dojo of James 如楽 Nyoraku Schlefer, a Brooklyn-based musician, composer and grand master of the shakuhachi. Tori was awarded the jin-shi-han license to teach shakuhachi as well as her Japanese name, 優楽Yuraku. A Crown Heights resident, she is associate director of scholarship development at The Juilliard School.
A Staged Reading of the West End Chronicles with Barbara Confino & Company. The story of three New York cats and their human whose adventures, debates, and inspired zaniness will not fail to delight anyone who takes pleasure in a mildly philosophical, thoroughly irrepressible, and utterly nonsensical look at life.
440 Gallery is pleased to present Luminous Paradox, new work by Karen Gibbons, a mixed media artist who has shown her work extensively throughout NYC. Luminous Paradox opens at the 440 Gallery, located at 440 Sixth Avenue in Brooklyn, on Thursday, March 22, and will run through April 22, 2018.
440 Gallery presents Mending an installation of work by Nancy Lunsford and JoAnne McFarland on view during Black History Month and Women’s History Month.
Making Art out of Type, Letters & Words
Inspired by Artist Vicki Behm’s Retrospective Show
When we look at Vicki Behm’s new show, we notice that she cleverly incorporates words and letters in many of her drawings. Her work surprises us and makes us smile when we see how she mixes up type and fonts in different styles and sizes. Join 440 Gallery art educators Susan Greenstein and Gail Flanery to make artwork that celebrates the use of typography and images. We will take our inspiration from Vicki’s art and work with materials that provide a wide selection of type to create with. How will you combine your image with words and type? Will you choose to hide letters in your picture or will you turn letters into actual things? Whatever you decide to do, you’ll have a lot of fun using letters in new and unusual ways.
Perfect for kids ages 5-12, suggested donation $10
One Breath Rising presents poet Patrick Rosal, the author of four books of poetry, most recently Brooklyn Antediluvian, which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Award and winner of the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Rosal’s other three books are Boneshepherds, My American Kundiman, a winner of the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award, and Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive, winner of the Asian American Writers Workshop Members’ Choice Award. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, and the Fulbright Scholar Program. He is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Rutgers University-Camden where he directs the MFA Program.
440 Gallery is proud to present Vicki Behm: A Retrospective, a gallery-wide solo exhibition. In the long arc of her career, Vicki Behm has shifted easily between the restrained elegance of architectural commissions to quirky line drawings that immortalize the beauty and sheer joy of extraordinarily ordinary things. Vicki’s hand-drawn journals are treasure troves of personal documentation and convey an intimate, wide-eyed look at a life lived in real time.