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New Public Art Transforms Scaffolding to Celebrate Brownsville's Residents, History

The works of three local artists are on display at the site of a new housing development in Brownsville.
Sophia Victor’s portraits on Chester Street.

A new public art exhibition called "Brownsville Reflections: Past, Present, Future," was unveiled in Brooklyn last week.

Displayed on numerous construction sheds for a new affordable housing development site in Brownsville, located at 326 Rockaway Ave., the art exhibition features the work of three local artists.

Showcased on one of the structures are several pictures of Brownsville residents by photographer Laurent Chevalier. Through his work, Chevalier says that his goal was to contribute new perspectives of Black America and the African Diaspora into the canon.

Presented on another side is painter Jocelyn “SuperGoode” Goode’s art piece, "The Return of the Horse Whisperers," a creation that utilizes mythological imagery to exemplify “the strength, resilience, and empowerment of the women of Brownsville,” according to a release.

Finally, a series of portraits from muralist Sophia Victor can be found on the last display, with each painting depicting a NYC resident who has faced and overcame significant life challenges.

The newly displayed art installation was the result of a collaboration between public art organization ArtBridge, real estate firm Slate Property Group and community development nonprofit RiseBoro Community Partnership.

The project was made possible by City Canvas, a NYC initiative that transforms the city’s temporary protective structures into platforms for artwork.

“We are thrilled to partner with Slate and RiseBoro to showcase the brilliant work of three local artists,” said Stephen Pierson, executive director of ArtBridge. 

“ArtBridge’s goal is not only to beautify the City's 300+ miles of construction fencing — we want to showcase local artists, while exploring and celebrating themes and cultures that are specific to the neighborhood of each exhibition. With Slate’s and RiseBoro’s support, along with the community-engaged processes of each of the three artists, we very much succeeded in this mission.” 

The murals will be on display for the duration of the housing development’s construction period, which is expected to be completed sometime in summer 2025.


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