While the Brooklyn Museum embraces and abandons certain controversial group exhibitions organized elsewhere, it's continuing to make the best of its location in the country's richest art community. This morning the museum announced a new year-long cycle of five ten-week exhibitions highlighting the work of emerging local artists, to launch in September with a show by Bushwick-based sculptor Kristof Wickman.
The five-part series of exhibitions, entitled Raw/Cooked, will begin with the Wickman exhibition that runs September 16-November 27, and will continue through September 2012. Wickman will create several new pieces for the show—which will be installed in the Mezzanine Gallery with additional works potentially being placed in the front lobby—inspired by objects in the museum's collection. The second exhibition in the Raw/Cooked series will open on November 4, the third on January 27, the fourth on April 13, and the last on June 29, closing out the series on September 9, 2012.
Artists presented in the series were recommended by an advisory board of leading Brooklyn-based artists—including Ron Gorchov, Michael Joo, Paul Ramirez Jonas, Amy Sillman, and Mickalene Thomas—and selected by the museum's Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art, Eugenie Tsai.
In an accompanying press release, Brooklyn Museum director Arnold L. Lehman said: "Raw/Cooked represents heightened commitment by the Brooklyn Museum to its long history of nurturing and exhibiting Brooklyn-based artists."