2019 Exhibitions

Our 2019 exhibition program focuses on the concept of “America” and the American identity through exhibitions of artists from North and South America. At a time when understanding and appreciating the history and culture in the Americas is particularly important, this program aims to encourage engagement with art representing a variety of life experiences. Artists in this program offer diverse perspectives that explore different facets of the American identity, broadening our concept of “America” and drawing attention to individuals and communities that are overlooked, erased or threatened by the public and the current political administration.

Exhibitions will include:
Nicholas Galanin
Ronny Quevedo
Monica Jahan Bose
Annie Wong
Maximiliano Siñani
Camilo Godoy



Nicholas Galanin

February 14 – March 23, 2019
Opening Reception: Feb 14th, 7-9pm

Nicholas Galanin, Inert, 2009

Nicholas Galanin’s work offers perspective rooted in connection to land and an intentionally broad engagement with contemporary culture. For over a decade, Galanin has been embedding incisive observation into his work, investigating and expanding intersections of culture and concept in form, image and sound. Galanin’s works embody critical thought. They are vessels of knowledge, culture and technology – inherently political, generous, unflinching, and poetic.

Galanin’s concepts determine his materials and processes. His practice is expansive and includes numerous collaborations with visual and recording artists. He is a member of two artist collectives: Black Constellation and Winter Count. Galanin embeds incisive observation and reflection into his work; investigating and expanding intersections of culture and concept in form, image and sound. He engages past, present and future; through two and three dimensional works and time-based media; exposing intentionally obscured collective memory and barriers to acquisition of knowledge.Creating images and sound moving in time and animals fixed in space. He splinters tourist industry replica carvings into pieces, destroying commodification of culture and evidencing the damage. His carving practice includes customary objects, petroglyphs in sidewalks and coastal rock, masks cut from anthropological texts, and engraving handcuffs used to remove Indigenous children from their families. Beyond the walls of his studio, Galanin designs and fabricates ceramic riot gear, arrows in flight, and curio masks covered in delftware patterns, employing materials and processes to expand and forward dialogue on what artistic production is and how it can be used to envision possibility.

Galanin apprenticed with master carvers and jewelers, earned his BFA at London Guildhall University in Jewelry Design, and his MFA in Indigenous Visual Arts at Massey University in New Zealand, he lives and works with his family in Sitka, Alaska.

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2018 Fundraiser

2018 Fundraiser | Buy Tickets | Special Guests | Silent Auction November 30, 2018 7-10pm 234 Butler St, Brooklyn Tickets on sale now! Bring the big purse this year for all the amazing art! Join us to celebrate an amazing 11 years of Open Source–and raise money to support our future programming! Early bird tickets […]

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