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Proteus Gowanus

Map & Directions 543 Union St.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
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718-427-2200
  • Sun, Sat 12pm-6pm, Thu-Fri 3pm-6pm

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Village Voice's Description

This mammoth gallery conglomerate occupies an entire warehouse space, where it commissions or absorbs a series of resident and rotating conceptual projects. Named after the Greek sea god and neighboring canal, it has been integral in transforming the otherwise lackluster Gowanus neighborhood into an emergent artistic destination. Located in a former box factory from 1900, its rough facade can be confusing and intimidating, but once inside its a wonderland of functional mini musuems like the Morbid Anatomy Library and the Observatory collective. It's situated in a rather industrial stretch of Brooklyn, but high-end restaurants, bars, and boutique shopping are a short walk away in nearby Carroll Gardens.

Merchant's Description

Proteus Gowanus is an interdisciplinary gallery and reading room housed in a former 1900 box factory along the Gowanus Canal. Exhibits of art, artifacts and books organized around a yearlong theme are exhibited in The Proteus Room, our central gallery space.

In adjacent spaces, eight additional projects-in-residence have grown out of our thematic exhibitions and partnerships. These projects share with Proteus a love of books, a wide-ranging intellectual curiosity, and a desire to engage the community in their multifarious investigations.

Like Proteus, the Greek sea god who could change form, Proteus Gowanus is an ever-changing organism. It is located at the edge of the Gowanus Canal, a similarly evolving post-industrial waterfront area with a thriving artistic community and a history dating to the Revolutionary War and before.

 
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  • Lindsey R. on 05/07/11

    This space will blow your mind with its off-the-wall workshops (I taxidermied a rat!), fascinating lectures, and inspiring gallery/library. Many of the events are free or cheap!

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