Thursday, March 08, 2012

Battle Pass - Revolution 1

I had a number of plays on the word "cockade" that I wanted to use for a title for this post but I thought they might draw some unwanted visitors to the blog, so here it is: the straight-up information.  

Please come if you can!

Battle Pass: An Interdisciplinary Homage to the Revolutionary Battle of Brooklyn
Opening Reception, Sunday, March 11th, 5:30 p.m. at Gridspace in Crown Heights
"Do you hear the clank of the muskets?
...In the midst of you stands an encampment very old..."
                                                                                               Walt Whitman, "The Centenarian's Story"
Proteus Gowanus is pleased to announce the first in a series of public installations, workshops and performances paying homage to the Revolutionary Battle of Brooklyn at selected battle sites throughout Brooklyn. A collaborative group of artists, writers, historians and urban planners will draw parallels between past and present as they explore the complexity and devastation of war. The project marks an early start on our next theme year: BATTLE.
The first, biggest and arguably most important battle of the Revolutionary War is sometimes forgotten in the very neighborhoods where it occurred; the fields and marshes of 1776 are now a post-industrial urban landscape that includes a Federal Superfund site.  Battle Pass: Revolution I at Gridspace is located several hundred feet from Bedford Pass, once a rocky outcropping that played a decisive role in the Battle of Brooklyn.
Battle Pass – Revolution I
A collaborative installation, workshop and performance
at GRIDSPACE, a Crown Heights art space
112 Rogers Avenue/corner of Sterling
Installation by Sasha Chavchavadze, Eva Melas, Robyn Love, and Angela Kramer Murphy
The reception will include:
A cockade-making workshop with Robyn Love
A Battle Pass performance by Paul Benney
The installation can be seen 24 hours a day in the GRIDSPACE storefront window from March 2nd – March 31st
To reach GRIDSPACE  take the 2, 3, 4 or 5 train to Franklin
Coming soon: Battle Pass – Revolution II
Installation date to be announced
A public art installation and performance at the corner of Smith and Bergen Streets inspired by ship masts known as “liberty poles” that were planted
in the ground by American Revolutionaries becoming a symbol of resistance,
and by Walt Whitman’s poem, “The Centenarian’s Story,” describing the Battle of Brooklyn.

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