There was so many fun things going on in the city last weekend (to sum it up: Le Grand Continental at the Seaport was totally endearing, the Coney Island Mermaid Parade was an absolute blast; the Staten Island Lumen Festival was not worth the ferry schlep, we had to skip Pride on Sunday to pull a to-be-revealed stunt with Charlie Todd and his Improv Everywhere crew, and you should definitely see Brave), that you may have missed the Photoville NYC exhibition over in sprawling Brooklyn Bridge Park. But if you're around this coming weekend, Thursday through Sunday, and if you like very good photography, and unique New York City events, or if you just feel like doing something different, we highly recommend this admirably ambitious–dozens of photographers from all over the world! workshops, lectures, and nighttime projections! all housed in shipping containers!–"photo destination".
Photoville NYC at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Photoville NYC has been installed on the "uplands" of Pier 3, which basically means the cement expanse between the Brooklyn Heights Promenade (and the BQE) and the East River, all a few blocks south of DUMBO. Here are more than 30 mini-galleries, set up within shipping containers, each featuring the works of a different photographer, or collective, from all over the world. It's a big, varied, and meaty exhibition at Photoville, and we really liked most of what saw, including Cruel and Unusual, an intimate look inside prisons around the world; Stephen Dupont's stark and haunting portraits of Raskols: The Gangs of Papua New Guinea; The Wonder of Woman, showcasing works by 28 Dutch photographers; and Rock Paper Photo, a great collection of music photos from the 1960s to today.
André Feliciano's Greenhouse at Photoville
One of the best things at Photoville may not be photos at all, but rather Brazillian artist André Feliciano's truly stunning Greenhouse, made up of some 3,000 plastic "camera flowers". This is an unbelievably elaborate installation, as Feliciano recreates 20 varieties of plants–tulips, lilies, sunflowers, to name three–using brightly, beautifully colored tiny plastic cameras. And with the natural light, the brilliant background, a little bench inside, the whole thing makes for a great photo-op. Appropriately enough.
Even More at Photoville NYC 2012
In addition to the shipping container galleries, Photoville also has on the display the finalists of a world-wide competition, all hung on the Photoville fence, which runs between Pier 3 and Pier 1, and gives you something to look at as you make your way across the post-industrial waterfront landscape… that is, in addition to enjoying the spectacular views of the downtown Manhattan skyline. There are also lots of panels and lectures and such, as well as interactive exhibits and even a dog run. And because this is New York City in the year 2012, Photoville has food trucks, including the great Frites 'n' Meats, from which we can personally vouch for the excellent-ness of both namesake food categories. Oh, and also? Beer garden!
Photoville NYC in Brooklyn Bridge Park Details
The Photoville NYC exhibition will be around this Thursday and Friday, June 28 and 29, from 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., on Saturday the 30th from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., and on Sunday July 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information and a complete schedule of this weekend's special events, please see the Photoville NYC 2012 website, here.