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Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Up From Flames, New Community Curated Exhibit Maps
Bushwick’s Rise from Ruins

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 2007, Brooklyn, NY – Uncovering the sordid history of the now hip neighborhood of Bushwick. Brooklyn Historical Society’s new exhibit Up From Flames, shows how Bushwick has risen from ashes.

Up From Flames: Mapping the Recovery of Bushwick 1977-2007
Curated by Adam J. Schwartz, Meryl Meisler, Josh Lapidus, Tim Evans and students from the Academy for Urban Planning

On view from May 23 to August 26, 2007

Opening reception on Thursday, June 7, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Today, Bushwick is one of Brooklyn's “hottest” neighborhoods, abuzz with construction, renovation, and aspiration. With a burgeoning arts scene and convergence of Latin American people, Bushwick is truly one of Brooklyn’s most dynamic communities. Thirty years ago, however, Bushwick was a very different place. In the aftermath of a 1977 blackout in NYC, rife burning and looting took place and finally caught the attention of the city and the country after a period of neglect. It was during those darkest hours that Bushwick’s recovery began, and it continues to this day.

'Up From Flames' literally maps out this success of urban planning and community strength. The installation brings the mapping process to life through a mix of maps, primary documents - including important articles from the NY Daily News and The New York Times - and interviews with public officials and residents of the area. Most intriguingly, the painting and drawing on photography by renowned NYC artist Meryl Meisler will be displayed. Meisler’s work, which captured the ruins of Bushwick, also hints at the new life that has grown up from flames. This exhibit conveys how far Bushwick has come, and looks to where the neighborhood is headed.

The curators of 'Up From Flames' all share interest and experience in Bushwick.

Adam J. Schwartz,
a teacher at IS349 School for Math, Science, and Technology, was the creator of the project. Over the last year, he has carried out the documentary and biographical research, interviewing dozens of Bushwick voices, from past to present.

Meryl Meisler
is a photographic based mixed media artist. She documented the transformation of Bushwick from 1982 – 1994 while working as an art teacher in the neighborhood. Meisler’s art has been exhibited locally and internationally, in venues such as the Whitney Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and the throughout the MTA Subway system.

The Academy for Urban Planning,
sponsored by the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment (BCUE), played an important service learning role in the curatorial process.

Josh Lapidus

led the 11th grade in creating GIS maps to track a range of quantitative changes in Bushwick’s last 30 years.

Tim Evans
led the 10th grade in the qualitative task of mapping the historical narrative through news articles and oral history. They were supported in this work by program manager Meredith Phillips, who brought the project together. The student work created for this show was done by the 10th and 11th grade students at the Academy for Urban Planning. This included carrying out interviews with family members to capture the most local of histories, and made their own walking tours to highlight neighborhood’s historical points. The work of these students shows their dedication to the community’s past and future.

Initiated in 2006, the Public Perspectives Exhibition Series at BHS provides Brooklynites with an active voice within the Society by lending insight into the creative ideas and views of the borough's community members. Three projects were selected by a panel of cultural and community members in response to an open call to Brooklynites for submissions of exhibition proposals for the 2006/2007 season.

Founded in 1863, the Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) is a museum, library, and educational center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn's rich 400-year past, while recording and reflecting upon the future of our culturally rich borough. BHS is open Wednesday through Sunday, 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and children and children under 12 are free.

Kate Evans Heiberg
Development and Communications Associate
Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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