New space at Gowanus Arts Building

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Since 2008 Open Source has presented a variety of programming focused on dialogue, social engagement and experimentation. In 2017 Open Source Gallery will partner with Spoke The Hub to present exhibitions and workshops at a new space in the Gowanus Arts Building at 295 Douglass Street in Brooklyn. We look forward to a new opportunity to expand our audience and grow our programming.

In our new space space, Open Source will have two classrooms in which we will continue to offer our most popular workshops such as BitBots, Boat Building and Soap Box. Our educational program, KOKO Open Source, works with children’s natural interests and imagination. With a philosophy that encourages self-directed projects, peer-to-peer learning and creative play, we have worked with children across New York City to create innovative and inspiring projects. As our programming has grown over the past several years, we have begun new workshops which we will continue to refine in this new space, such as our Power Up series, which has been made possible through collaborations with Spoke the Hub and the Brooklyn Urban Garden School. Power Up explores the possibilities of technology and sustainability and we look forward to continuing this collaboration and offering new workshops. Our new classrooms will also double as a Makerspace where both adults and youth will collaborate on projects, operating as a community center with regular hours and offering the tools needed to experiment, create and build.

Open Source will also occupy a gallery space that will expand on our programming at 306 17th Street, where we will continue to present exhibits. We are always looking for new ways to grow our community, show new work and engage the public through compelling art projects. At the Gowanus Arts Building we will present site-specific, socially-engaged work by local, national and international artists, building on our mission of supporting artists and creating conversation within our community.

In addition to the expansion of Open Source programming, the renovations in the Gowanus Arts Building will offer many new opportunities for our community including a green roof where Brooklyn Grange will farm and lead an environmental education center, new dance studios for Spoke the Hub, new practice spaces and a performance space for the Brooklyn Music Factory, a new theater space and greater accessibility for those with disabilities. We are excited to move into the Gowanus Arts Building and collaborate with these amazing groups who share our mission of accessible arts programming, as well as our support of sustainability and community.

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Liinu Grönlund: It could have been

It could have been | Press release | Artist talk February 25-April 8, 2017 Opening reception: February 25, 7-9pm Artist talk: February 27, 7-9pm “But at the risk of sounding anti-human–some of my best friends are human!–I will say that it is not, in the end, what’s most worth attending to. Right now, in the […]


2017 Exhibitions
Francesco Simeti: Swell
Sana Obaid
Andrew Snyder
Omar López-Chahoud
Kimberly Mayhorn


The Middle Passage
Soup Kitchen 2016
2016 Exhibitions
Another Space: Permanent Construction
i Collective: Once Upon Unfolding Times
Dimensions Variable: Multidisciplinary
South Slope Derby 2016
Boa Mistura: Spread Love, It’s The Brooklyn Way
SiTE:LAB: Nothing Is Destroyed Transgression
Rawiya: In Her Absence I Created Her Image
HAI: Sole Exchange
Videokaffe: Para-sites & Proto-types
Prosjektrom Normanns: Transcendental Tactility
/rive: Anamorphosis
Soup Kitchen 2015
Mira Gaberova: Statue of Everything
Savas Boyraz: Back Drop
Cristian Bors & Marius Ritiu: Venus von Hamburg
Soap Box Derby 2015
Sara Morawetz: How the Stars Stand
Whitney Lynn: Rummage
Yun-Woo Choi: Endless, Seamless
Jasmine Murrell: Some Impossibility Without A Name
Tirtzah Bassel: I Want To Hold You Close
B. David Walsh: Extracted Bedroom Project
Lena Lapschina: Yes/No
Soup Kitchen 2014
Sofia Szamosi: Eat Me
Corina Reynolds: Northwestern Expansion
Emanuele Cacciatore: A Conversation with Consequence
Box Car Workshops and Derby 2014
Mark Stilwell: The Super Defense Force vs The Tittanno Beast (The Power of the Constructonauts)
Hubert Dobler: Roundabout
Arne Schreiber: Your Stripes
Katerina Marcelja: Fragment Series
Fuse-Works: Some Assembly Required
Anja Matthes: Out-Sight-In In-Sight-Out
Soup Kitchen 2013
Katarina Poliacikova: Until We Remember The Same