AUGUST 1ST, 2017

As July comes to a close so does our 8th Season of programming. We use August for rehearsal residencies and to prepare for the opening of Season 9 in September. Starting September 7 we have a powerful line-up of exhibitions performances and events to share with you. 

This year has shown once again that given the space funding resources and trust to experiment artists produce outstanding work. We are so proud of the work we have presented and supported. In Season 8 our projects were strengthened through partnerships with Immediate Medium Quebec Council for The Arts Tilt Kids Festival FIAF French Institute Alliance Française Cultural Services of French Embassy in US PS122 ArKtype Princeton University and Brooklyn Arts Exchange – BAX. 

Our audience continues to grow – participants come from our local neighborhood the five boroughs as well as across the country and around the world. The variety of our programming brings people with diverse interests to the space creating valuable opportunities for cross-pollination. Season 8 brought a record number of young people to The Invisible Dog and we will expand our programs for the under 18 set in Season 9. 

Our budget remains consistent because of our strong earned and contributed income streams. We always know what our baseline is because of the revenue earned from rentals and studio fees and from there we can make responsible transparent decisions regarding how best to support the artists with whom we work. This independent funding model allows us flexibility to respond to artists needs and to commission and present timely projects. 

We are grateful for the fidelity of our artists and supporters especially the ongoing support of our individual donors. We are committed to keeping the majority of our events free to attended. We are strong. We are flexible. We are many. And we are growing. And soon we will be 10 years old. Stay with us and join us if you haven’t yet. We’re always open for you.

Lucien Zayan




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A Future For The Invisible Dog Art Center

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Dear Friends,

In 2009, 51 Bergen Street became the Invisible Dog Art Center. This is the story of how our building was transformed through love and hard work; a long-term romance like any other. What emerged from this love was a very unique way of operating an art space. We began as a self-sustaining business in which the building’s innate resources were used to generate income that would allow us to best maintain the building and provide space and time for artists to fill it with their creative dreams. The foundation of our story is marked by three elements: an enormous inflatable ant that showed us that our space has incredible capacity for containing an artist’s imagination; a few hard-working artists renting studios who would forever be our lifeblood; and a chandelier, created from the discarded materials from the building’s former life as a belt factory that would invoke the image of grand theaters in Europe and forever remind us of our proud history as space for production. And from there we grew: 27 artists-in-residence; a robust annual season of performing, visual and multi-disciplinary projects; residencies for artists from around the city and the globe; strong relationships with partner organizations; and no end to the number of artists, at various career levels, creating new work in our beloved space. In that way, as much as we have grown, our love for this building, YOUR love for this building, has remained a constant and a rudder. The most daunting limitations of this building are the key to its greatest generosity, and we will never stop loving it because of that inspiring tension.

Over the years, our recognition has expanded to include prominent critics to artists who seek us out, knowing that we genuinely provide space for experimentation with a consistent demand for rigor and care. But recently, we received a new level of recognition. In June we were informed that the process we started almost two years ago to become a 501c3 is now complete! The Invisible Dog Art Center is now a fully incorporated, non-profit organization. Our project, the community that has rallied around it, and our method is now irrefutable. We arrived at this permanence organically; we didn’t start the Invisible Dog with the goal of being a non-profit. We arrived at this goal through our dedication to supporting artists with the physical resources they need to do their best — and the understanding that we could grow that support to include financial resources so that they could deepen their practice and do more within our walls. It’s thanks to you – our community, our partners, our artists, and our supporters – that we have achieved this important status. And it’s with your belief in us that we will use is to continue to increase access to arts and culture within our building.

We live in a disturbing moment. Every day we are reminded of the violent consequence of generations of injustice. Images of fascism flicker on our screens and revolution seems to be inevitable – but what, or more so, who, will be the cost? It is clear that our systems aren’t serving us, are leading us to greater destruction. We need our creativity to help us envision a new way of working, a more equitable way of sharing resources. For this reason, now more than ever, we believe in the power of creative expression and education. Without education, we cannot help but perceive all difference as a threat. We believe that art provides people with the means celebrating difference and creating an inclusive world, an ever expanding home for us all. The Invisible Dog will continue to be a place for artistic exploration and community building. As a 501c3, we hope to grow our funding to better support these pursuits and the people generating them. We will strive to continue our program development with care – for artists, for audience – and we will stay true to our values.

One way that you can continue to support us is to make a now 100% tax deductible donation during our annual appeal in October. We hope that now that all donations will be tax deductible that you will consider making a larger contribution if you can.

And, we’ll continue to be here for you. We invite you to seek us out, to engage in our space, to bring us your most creative, most expansive dreams.

We’ll do the same.

Lucien Zayan, Founder – Director
Risa Shoup, Board of Directors Member

Photo by Juan Sarmiento G.

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2FIK, Julie Tremblay, Daniel Hellmann. Opening Reception October 31, 2015

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New York-based artists and brothers, Steven and William Ladd, have dedicated the past thirteen years to collaborating on hand sewn boxes containing meticulously constructed environments related to their shared memories. Their values- Spend your life doing what you love, Be focused and disciplined, Collaborate- are embedded in their work, and indeed, in their lives.

When closed and stacked, the boxes become sculptural Towers, majestic works of art, at rest until the Towers are dismantled and contents revealed. It is often through a rhythmic and choreographed performance that the brothers open the boxes and arrange them in their landscape formations. The landscapes are often composed of found materials that the brothers have worked- sewn, beaded, scrolled, rolled, stacked- into tightly organized environments that reference memories from their lives.

Materials from The Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn- a former belt and buckle factory turned into a major hub for art and artists may have been their largest influx of materials yet. Lucien Zayan, the director of that space, generously made all of the leftover trimmings and trinkets of the space available to the artists to fuel years of creativity.  Relationships are at the heart of the brothers’ work, and their relationship with The Invisible Dog, and Lucien, have fostered a rich and powerful collaboration.

In 2011, the Ladd brothers had their first solo museum exhibition at the Contemporary Museum Hawaii.  Using a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts (2010), they were given the entire museum—over 5,000 square feet—to showcase new works featuring Ant Infestation – a large Tower that opens to reveal a beautiful landscape of hand-beaded trees with an infestation of 600 small cast ants.

Following their hugely popular and critically acclaimed Hawaii show, the brothers began working on a new series, entitled Shaboygen, focused on their shared high school memories presented at the Invisible Dog Art Center, and internationally at Essl Museum of Contemporary Art, Austria, 2012. For this body of work the brothers pushed the scale of the boxes. And, for the first time, some of the boxes were mounted on the wall, representing a major shift in the presentation of the works, which have traditionally been placed on the floor and viewed from above.

The brothers then had an exhibition of around 500 objects at The Mingei International Museum in their museum solo, Function + Fantasy.  This exhibition traces those threads through the artists’ work over the past thirteen years.

In October 2014, Steven and William had a solo exhibition at the newly constructed Parrish Art Museum in the Hamptons, New York. Here their works showed their exploration of shared memories from their grade school, whose name became the show’s title- Mary Queen of the Universe.

Job Opportunity – Venue Manager – Part Time Job

Job Opportunity – Venue Manager – Part Time Job {0}


The Invisible Dog seeks a dynamic Venue Manager

Artist Relations

* form strong, positive relationships with the artists working in the building
* welcome artists; answer basic questions about the facility; act as intermediary between artists and Director
* collect and organize necessary technical and artistic information from artists in advance of exhibitions and performances; deliver this information to Director promptly, consistently and concisely
* supply partners, renters, et al with necessary information about the venue — as directed by, and at the sole discretion of, the Director

Patron Hospitality

* welcome patrons; inform them about exhibitions; maintain an open and friendly atmosphere in the space
* act as an intermediary between the Director and the public
* answer questions about the space and programming

Facilities Management & Communications

* closely observe building; track changes and alert appropriate staff as needed when issues arise
* light maintenance of the main gallery and Glass House: sweep, restock bathroom supplies, wash storefront window, etc.
* select and hire interns for fall and spring
* write introductory newsletter text (roughly 2x, per month, due 5PM on the Sunday before it is to go out)
* assist Director with outgoing correspondence
* receive and organize deliveries
* deliver mail to artist mailboxes on second floor

Necessary Skills

* Friendly and good sense of humor
* Reliable and strict adherence to rules and regulations
* Highly organized and detail-oriented
* Strong understanding of social media including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
* Familiarity with WordPress in order to assist with updating the website
* Extremely punctual
* Strong command of English language – written and spoken
* Comfortable working alone and self-directed

Important to Note

* We are not looking for a “professional.” This position is not contingent on a specific level of past work experience in the arts. However, we do expect applicants to have passion for the arts and culture, a working knowledge of the NYC arts ecosystem, and a strong desire to forge good relationships with artists, patrons, cultural partners and the space itself.
* This position requires you to work closely with the Director. Collaboration is key to the success of the Invisible Dog. We have been growing steadily since our opening in 2009. In the last few years, we have made a concerted effort to increase programming, develop an individual donor base, and cultivate relationships with private and public foundations. The Venue Manager will have an opportunity to give feedback and participate in the future growth of this dynamic institution.

To Apply:
Send resume, cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications for this position, three references to Director Lucien Zayan

Applications are due by 5pm on Friday April 10th.



JANUARY 9-11 – THEATER PERFORMANCE – A small group of audience members surveils a dancer who is simultaneously: 1) watching reenactments of scenes from 2001: A Space Odyssey, 2) participating in a mash-up of some of the most canonical social science experiments of the last 50 years. Occasionally, an eight-foot-high wooden wheel assists dancers as they rotate in the sagittal plane with their nose as the axis. Each rotation tests the viability of the constructed environment the dancers inhabit and allows the audience to reconsider the nature of stability. Knee aprons, one-way surveillance glass, Mormon temple rituals, and a wooden bikini help prepare the audience for shifts in perspective and other revelations related to death.

Co-Presented by The Invisible Dog and Gibney Dance, Part of American Realness Festival

Duration: 35mn – Very limited capacity

Tue January 9, 1:15pm, 2:00pm, 2:45pm, 3:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:15pm, 8:00pm, 8:45pm

Wed January 10, 1:15pm, 2:00pm, 2:45pm, 3:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:15pm, 8:00pm, 8:45pm

Thu January 11, 1:15pm, 2:00pm, 2:45pm, 3:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:15pm, 8:00pm, 8:45pm

Book tickets here (soon)

The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn
Single Tickets $25 / Festival Pass $20 /

Performances of The Rehearsal Artist for American Realness 2018 are made possible with support from The Invisible Dog Art Center, Performance Space 122, and Gibney Dance.

The Rehearsal Artist is a National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by Performance Space 122 in partnership with The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, On The Boards, Women and Their Work, University of Colorado Boulder and NPN. The Creation & Development Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). Additional support for The Rehearsal Artist was provided in part by The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Rehearsal Artist was developed in part by Live Arts Bard at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University, as well as the Center for Humanities in the Arts and IRISS Project Society research funding at the University of Colorado Boulder

FAD Market Holiday Edition

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DECEMBER 9-10, 11am to 7pm – This holiday season, find the perfect gift for everyone at FAD Market – a roving Fashion, Art and Design pop-up marketplace. Visit The Invisible Dog Art Center and meet over 50 thoughtfully selected independent designer makers showcasing handcrafted jewelry, apparel, bath and body care, tableware and home furnishings. Discover unique holiday gifts and snag one-of-a-kind stocking stuffers at FAD Market this winter!

Free admission. Open to all ages.

This event is part of FAD Market’s Holiday Edition, a four-part traveling series that revisits their favorite locations from 2017. Look forward to a rotating roster of over 180 designers across three carefully curated makers’ markets and FAD’s first-ever Artisanal Food Gift Market. It’s a fun-filled holiday bonanza not to be missed!

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The goal is not to simply do a cool project that will get cleaned up by the city or thrown away, but to make something – even something temporary – that will change how a place works and is perceived. And once that change has been made, to figure out how it can be made again or made permanent.

Nate Berg, The Complete Guide to Tactical Urbanism

Dear Supporters, Dear Friends


We could tell you again how overwhelmed we are by your support, how excited we are to give the money we raised to the artists presented this season, how grateful we are to be part of such an amazing community of donors, artists, and institutional partners. But you know that.

We want to tell you what we learned: when we asked you to help us raise $25,000, each individual donor gave an average of 25% more than last year, and we raised $33,000

You have given us a mandate: you gave more to us because you want us to do more for you.

We promise you, not just more artists, not just more events, but more opportunities to change how the arts, our building, our neighborhood, and all of us together interact to be a permanent home for creativity and culture.

Lucien Zayan, Director & Risa Shoup, Associate Director