Recap: “CENTRAL BOOKING Artists: Their Practice and the Influence of the Brooklyn Waterfront”

Thank you to everyone who attended the first breakfast talk of our 2023 Spring semester, featuring artists from CENTRAL BOOKING, a non-traditional gallery showcasing exhibitions and events that are often involved with the environment and social justice issues. In collaboration with the New York Historical Society, CENTRAL BOOKING is hosting an exhibition called “On the Waterfront: A View from the Coast (Line)” from March 3, 2023 – April 23, 2023. The exhibition ranges from sculpture to painting to poetry to stop motion and incorporates themes of environment and history… all inspired by the Brooklyn waterfront!

Several of the exhibit’s featured artists — C Bangs, Desiree Alvarez, and Susan Rostow — along with CENTRAL BOOKING founder and curator, Maddy Rosenberg, joined us last Friday morning for a dynamic discussion about their work.

The exhibit is open to the public. Visit CENTRAL BOOKING’s website to learn more!

Please take a look at the recording of the event now on youtube!  highlights of the event are below!

Below are some key highlights from our latest Breakfast Talk! Click the links to learn more about the panelists and to follow their ongoing work!

The artists’ work explores the development of the Brooklyn Waterfront across time and space. The themes featured in the “On the Waterfront Exhibit” range from puzzle pieces representing layers of time weaving past and present to maps inspired by colonial-era understandings of space, its limits, and its possibilities. 

The artists work with media ranging from painting to sculpture to fabric to deconstructed doll houses to stop motion video. Artists have worked individually as well as collaboratively on the exhibit to present a variety of representations during the Breakfast Talk, from clipper ships and solar sails to eco-poetry about oysters.

Maddy Rosenberg is a Brooklyn born and based artist/curator, with an active international exhibition and curatorial career. Her studio work extends over a number of media, including oil painting, artist’s books, printmaking, toy theater, animation, and installation. Rosenberg’s work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. and Europe. In 2009, she founded CENTRAL BOOKING, an interdisciplinary gallery focusing on her curatorial interests in artist’s books and art and science. Rosenberg received a National Endowment for the Arts grant for Dialogue, a six-venue project in New York and Paris. Public collections include MoMA, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Brooklyn Museum, Fogg Museum, Yale University, Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Gallery, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and Salzburg Museum. She received a BFA from Cornell University and an MFA from Bard College.

Desirée Alvarez is a New York-based painter and poet. Her work has received grants and awards from New York Foundation for the Arts, American Academy of Arts and Letters, and Foundation for Contemporary Art. Her second book, Raft of Flame, 2020, received the Lake Merritt Poetry Prize from Omnidawn. She teaches at City Tech, CUNY and The Juilliard School.

C Bangs merges art and science in traditional and non-traditional media. Her work is included in public and private collections and books and journals. Public Collections include MoMA and the Brooklyn Museum, artist book collections, Institute for Interstellar Studies, Custer Institute, Library of Congress, NASA’s MSFC, British Interplanetary Society, New York City College of Technology, Pratt Institute, Cornell University, and Pace University.

Susan Rostow is an interdisciplinary artist who uses printmaking, sculpture, animation, and installation to create her work. She is a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant. Rostow’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, Peru, Korea, and Japan. Her work is in public and private collections Including the Allan Chasanoff Bookwork Collection, Yale University Art Gallery, and the Library of Congress, National Print Archives.