Brooklyn, NY – Friday January 18th, 2013

We are thrilled to announce the opening of two new cultural spaces (and two old friends of the Invisible Dog) next door at 47 Bergen Street:  Recession Art and Beam Center.

With the arrival of these organizations, and the opening of their first permanent locations in Brooklyn, we can now consider Bergen Street a creative hub within the borough. In addition to our 35 artists-in-residence, and multidisciplinary arts program, we are very happy to provide our community with new ways to experience culture with the addition of Recession Art and Beam Center. The combined programming of The Invisible Dog, Recession Art and Beam Center will be sure to draw audiences from all five boroughs as well. In the coming months we will announce dynamic collaborative projects with these organizations.

Founded in 2009 by sisters Emma and Ani Katz, Recession Art is one of the original partners of the Invisible Dog, having inaugurated the third floor gallery at 51 Bergen Street at the art center’s Grand Opening in October 2009. Since then, Recession Art has presented semiannual group shows at the Invisible Dog Art Center, which will continue in 2013.

At 47 Bergen Street, Recession Art will present solo exhibitions by Featured Artists, curated Open Call exhibitions, and a rotating selection of affordable paintings, photography, prints, drawings, handmade books, and art objects. Recession Art will be open 1-7 pm Wednesday-Saturday and 1-5 pm on Sunday.

For its Grand Re-Opening on March 9, Recession Art will present a solo exhibition by photographer Danny Ghitis focusing on his work documenting New York’s Harlem Valley.

Beam Center has also presented events at the Invisible Dog since we opened in 2009. Last April Beam Center began running their Inventgenuity Workshops in the basement of the Invisible Dog. With a space of their own they’ll further their mission of helping young people shape their world and futures through the practices of physical creation and collaboration. Beam Center’s Inventgenuity Festival takes place on the top floor at the Invisible Dog on January 26 & 27 and there’s still time to register for winter Inventgenuity Workshops starting on February 4.

The Invisible Dog Art Center opened in October 2009, a raw space in a vast converted factory building with a charmed history and an open-ended mission: to create, from the ground up, a new kind of multidisciplinary arts center. Long-term collaborations with artists are integral to The Invisible Dog, where we endeavor to create a new kind of artistic community. We bring together artists at all career stages, offering them unique opportunities for involvement. Over the last four years, we have evolved organically, developing with and alongside our diverse roster of collaborators.

The building at 51 Bergen Street is integral to The Invisible Dog’s identity. Built 150 years ago, the 30,000 square-foot building housed working factories until the 1990s, when the last factory shut down, and the detritus from 100 years of industry was left to rot. The building was unused until 2008, when it was discovered by Lucien Zayan. The last factory, which made belts, had a hit in the 1960s with the “invisible dog” party trick, which gave the nascent art center its name.

For more information, please contact:
Lucien Zayan Founder/Director, The Invisible Dog Art Center
Emma Katz Executive Director, Recession Art
Brian Cohen Co-Director