History: The Invisible Dog 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 interdisciplinary arts center. Over the last year, over 32, 000 people have attended our events: visual art exhibits; dance, theater, and music performance; film screenings; literary; arts and poetry; and more. Adaptation: The first principle of the Invisible Dog’s curation was that all artists should use the space… more

The Invisible Dog Art Center is thrilled to announce the season, running from September to December of 2010

Sunday September 12th – 11am to 7pm
The Fair is a wild new take on the traditional County Fair, a day-long celebration of art and food grown in Brooklyn! Festivities engage all the senses: hear live music performed by local Bang on a Can marching band Asphalt Orchestra; taste delicacies prepared by local chefs inspired by ingredients from Brooklyn farms; view specially commissioned work exploring the culture of agriculture by local artists; get a feel for materials needed to produce your own food in workshops by Brooklyn Food Coalition; participate in a Blue Ribbon Competition hosted by GreenThumb; and browse a marketplace with some of Brooklyn’s small-batch artisanal food purveyors curated by Greenpoint Food Market. Cap it off with The Food Experiments’ live cooking competition-Brooklyn Roots-featuring savory samples and refreshing drinks from Brooklyn Brewery, Six Points Brewery, Red Hook Wines, Brooklyn Oenology, Kings County Distillery and others . more info

Sunday September 12th – 11am to 7pm
To celebrate and compliment the culinary events of Farm City, the 29 artists of The Invisible Dog will host a special Open Studios event. On top of opening their studios to visitors to view their art in the space it is created, artists will be serving up their own favorite flavors in the form of food and beverages. Come taste their art, come see their food at this multi-sensorial event more info

Thursday September 16th – 8pm – Premiere
The Invisible Dog’s theatre space (located on the basement level) will host a new play, written by James Holland, directed by Michael Petraneck, and produced/featuring Marion Attal along with Lindsey Ashlen and Monroe Robertson. Portrayed tells the story of twins in their twenties, Mary and Trevor (Attal and Robertson), who literally have nothing in their lives, despite their quest for immortality and an undying determination to be grand at something. As a note, each evening the play will be told once in the American theatrical tradition, then again in the French tradition, essentially creating two plays from one. more info

Saturday September 25th – 6 to 10pm – Opening party
Co-presented by The Invisible Dog Art Center and Crossing the Line, artist Richard Garet will unveil a new immersive visual sonic installation called Electrochroma. In a dedicated room built in the back of the gallery, Garet combines kinetic light images from 16mm film, abstract imagery, electronic music, and a mist of fog to create an environment intended to generate experiential physical and psychoacoustic responses. The 52-minute projected installation, with a surround-sound symphony of molded experimentation, profound bass echoing, modulated frequencies, static noises, white noise, and sine waves, will play on the hour throughout the day. Electrochroma is a time-based contemporary landscape, created in a digital environment utilizing several software processes to generate and manipulate sound from the light-based image. The project continues the artist’s interest in the phenomena found and produced in time-based media, and human beings’ relationship with both artificial and natural environments. His audiovisual exploratory steps are focused on concept and function, material and process, listening, viewing, and experience. more info

Saturday October 2nd – 6 to 10pm – Opening party
Ever since Marcel Duchamp posed for Man Ray as “Rrose Sélavy,” artists have used the pseudonym as a form of anonymity that allows complete freedom of expression. Art has increasingly become a commodity and artists’ names are branded to their galleries and institutions. As such, name recognition, as a means of branding, has become an all too important aspect of art. The Pseudonym Project playfully destabilizes the viewers and challenges them to confront their own reading and evaluation of a piece of artwork without giving them the security of knowing the names and thus, the notoriety of the artist. All of the participants – including the curator, artists and volunteers – have chosen pseudonyms in order to remain anonymous until the conclusion of the show. No one is trying to hide; instead, they are participating in a tongue-in-cheek dialogue with the viewer.The Pseudonym Project includes eleven emerging and established artists from the United States and abroad. These artists have been involved in many prestigious exhibitions including shows at the New Museum in New York, the Venice Biennale, the New York Performa, the Tate Gallery in London, the Istanbul Biennial, the Whitney Museum in New York, the Museum of Modern Art Vienna, the Berlin Biennial, Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Leo Castelli Gallery in New York, and Galleria Massimo. Their names will not be divulged until the conclusion of the exhibition. This exhibition is part of The Invisible Dog PLUS-ONE Curation series. more info

October 21st and 22nd
Brooklyn Beta just might be the most important thing on your calendar. Yes, much more important than your birthday. It is a new, two-day event being held this October in (are you sitting down?) Brooklyn. Brooklyn Beta is bringing together a small group of web designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and the like for a day of inspirational talks and lots of great conversation. There is also a pre-conference day of fun-filled workshops. They will be making photos, videos, and other conference content available on this site for those who can’t make it. more info

Friday October 15th
The MacDowell Colony awards Fellowships to exceptionally talented artists of all disciplines, providing time, space, and an inspiring environment in which to do creative work. Founded in 1907 by Edward MacDowell and Marian MacDowell, his wife, the Colony is now an international arts center of 32 studio buildings based in Peterborough, NH. Fellows receive room, board, exclusive use of a studio, and the benefits of working in a multidisciplinary community of artists. The sole criterion for acceptance is talent, as determined by a panel of experts in each discipline. The MacDowell Colony was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1997 for “nurturing and inspiring many of this century’s finest artists.” The Colony Fellows Reunion party is an annual event held each fall. It brings together former Fellows to socialize, reconnect, and raise money to help give other artists the residency opportunities that they have enjoyed at MacDowell more info

Wednesday October 27th – 8pm – Premiere
Creating illustrious environments, Yanira Castro crafts worlds in unexpected places. Her newest work, Wilderness is a performance and audio installation with live piano performed by Michael Dauphinais. For this iteration*, Wilderness unfolds in a dark field set in a warehouse where the audience and dancers are contained. Ranging from stark and emotional to highly formal the work features performers Luke Miller, Peter Schmitz, Darrin Wright, Pamela Vail, and Kimberly Young with sound design by Stephan Moore and light and set design by Roderick Murray. more info

Saturday October 30th
A troupe of professional entertainers and theater makers, The National Theater of the United States of America contains seven members with countless collaborators. Created in 2000, they collaboratively conceive, build and execute works of theater through the dedicated convergence of our ideas, aesthetics, skills and passions. Through multiplicity of voice and vision, they create unified, intoxicating, space-specific theatrical universes which audiences complete. Together, they confront the culture and history that we all breathe, promoting multiple perceptions, questions and often producing conflicting conclusions. more info

Saturday November 13th – Opening party
Recession Art is an arts organization devoted to helping emerging artists show and sell their work while giving art lovers and collectors of all incomes an opportunity to buy original work at affordable prices. They believe that in spite of hard economic times, artists and art lovers don’t have to put their passions on hold! They aim to break open the traditional gallery model and make showing, buying, and enjoying art more accessible for people who have been hit by the recession. Recession Art is pleased to announce its fall 2010 show, What is the Where?, curated by Risa Shoup and Art Director Ani Katz. What is the Where? will show work by emerging artists responding to the relationship between location, identity, and perception. more info

Wednesday November 17th
Zero Film Festival will return to The Invisible Dog Art Center again this November for the 2nd annual Zero Film Festival. Transforming The Invisible Dog Art Center into an engaging and novel screening space, the Zero Fest will hold nightly events featuring the best self-financed films the world has to offer. Zero Film Festival is the first and only festival exclusive to self-financed filmmakers, and is founded on principles of inclusivity and community. more info

December 11th – 12th – 13th
The Invisible Dog is excited to host the final exhibition for the art competition The Celeste Prize, which is an international art prize and a network for arts professionals. Celeste Prize is organised by an Italian, non-profit cultural association, ‘Associazione Culturale L’Albero Celeste’, founded by Steven Music in 2005. more info

Saturday December 24th – 6 to 10pm – Opening party
The Invisible Dog is proud to welcome artist Thierry Dreyfus. Working with light for the past thirty years, French artist Thierry Dreyfus sees it like « a material that doesn’t settle on any surface but rather finds an echo in volumes. Light murmurs, holds back or screams; yet it remains silent ». Starting off as a light-assistant for the Opera back in the 1980s, he then collaborated on the long run with fashion’s most influential designers such as Helmut Lang, Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons), Francisco Costa (Calvin Klein) or Hedi Slimane (Dior Homme)… In parallel, Thierry Dreyfus experimented with Light, ranging from two-dimensional photography to 3D objects and stand-alone installations staged in five dimensions : « If my images try to depict the suspension of time and its weightlessness, my objects play around the perception of light. As for installations, they explore light as a material, offering the visitor a mean to experience another state of being ».Since the reopening of Le Grand Palais in 2005 – which some 500,000 visitors lived through – all of Thierry Dreyfus’ installations have followed the same set-up in Paris, Versailles, San Francisco, Basel or Shanghai: a thread / frame of light that shapes and guides a participative audience, in a direct or indirect way. “Filling emptiness, playing with reflections and ‘mise en abime’, triggering the visitor’s attention to reach him intimately through a static or dynamic experience, are all recurring elements of my work.” October 2010, for the Nuit Blanche, he imagines a light-installation inside cathedral Notre Dame de Paris. more info