Wednesday, June 01, 2011

At Soapbox Gallery, an exhibition of Atlantic Yards photos, clips, emphemera

At the Soapbox Gallery, a window space at 636 Dean Street between Carlton and Vanderbilt Avenues, the current exhibit (through June 8) is "When the Ground Breaks," by Elaine Angelopoulous.

(Click on photo to enlarge)


Here's her description:
A giant window map with arranged artifacts and ephemera loaned from residents of the neighborhoods surrounding Atlantic Yards pays homage to the local community dedicated to challenge big business and government dealings surrounding the Atlantic Yards Project. Elaine Angelopoulos will conduct public events that focus on the construction project in process and in direct view across the street of Soapbox Gallery. Local residents are invited to record their stories to serve as an archive of their experiences on how the neighborhood has changed.
Ok, but the real kick comes from seeing the juxtaposition--hinted in the photo but more clear when you visit--of Forest City Ratner's happy Atlantic Yards brochures (and AY ephemera like basketball keychains) with documents and photos that suggest the larger controversy.

The video installation

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