The project, "Raw/Cooked," supported by Bloomberg, launched on September 16 with an exhibition of the work of Bushwick-based artist Kristof Wickman, which will be on view through November 27, 2011.
The exhibition will also feature four additional artists whose work will be displayed starting in November and going until June of 2012.
Candidate artists were recommended by an advisory board of leading Brooklyn artists and the five to be shown will be selected by Eugenie Tsai, the John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum.
The Museum will offer the selected artists a variety of unconventional spaces that make possible a wide range of art interventions.
It is set up so that artists can create projects that respond to the unique architecture or history of the building and/or its collections.
“"Raw/Cooked" represents heightened commitment by the Brooklyn Museum to its long history of nurturing and exhibiting Brooklyn-based artists,” said Museum Director Arnold L. Lehman.
“We are extremely grateful to Bloomberg for working with the Museum to conceptualize this program and provide critical support in making possible this groundbreaking project for us and for our community of artists.”
The museum is proud of the exhibition since many talented up-and-coming artists rarely have an opportunity for a major museum show.
“The artistic community in New York is so rich and diverse. Raw/Cooked spotlights the burgeoning Brooklyn art scene through a premier platform that will give Brooklyn artists, selected by their peers, increased exposure and recognition,” said Lex Fenwick, CEO of Bloomberg Ventures.
Kristof Wickman, recommended by Paul Ramirez Jonas, is an object maker and a skilled builder and materials manipulator.
He makes casts of everyday objects, often intertwining them with the human body in unusual, and sometimes humorous, ways.
Wickman will be presenting several of these sculptures along with new works he is creating specially for Raw/Cooked.
On recent visits to the Museum, he discussed the possibilities of working with objects in the Museum’s collection.
His work will be presented in the Mezzanine Gallery, possibly with additional pieces in the front lobby.
The four additional exhibitions, of artists still to be selected, will be on view November 4, 2011-January 19, 2012; January 27-April 8, 2012; April 13-June 24, 2012; and June 29-September 9, 2012.
Wickman’s exhibition is on view until November 16. The Brooklyn Museum is located at 200 Eastern Parkway.