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September 22, 2009


An art exhibit and conference looks at what development has meant—and will mean—for New York's most romanticized borough.

by Robert Neuwirth

"Dreamland Pavilion: Brooklyn and Development," a conference on October 3rd at Kingsborough Community College, and a related art exhibit on the campus, "The Soul is the Size of Elsewhere," are attempts to capture this inchoate reality.

Eben Wood, an assistant professor of English at Kingsborough and one of the prime movers behind the conference and exhibition, suggests that the concept of development is more complex than we generally admit—particularly when seen against the borough's diverse cityscape of 2.5 million people. "The word 'development' at the same time represents actual changes in the borough and is supposed to express the meaning of those changes," he says.

The exhibition aims at creating a documentary portrait of the rapidly changing fabric of Brooklyn. Shards of steel scavenged from the Ward Bakery—a building demolished to make way for the Atlantic Yards project—cascade across several pedestals.

Norman Oder, whose blog on the Atlantic Yards development has been a key resource for information and analysis of that real estate deal, will present his view of the PR war over the project.

'Dreamland Pavilion' will be held in the Rotunda of the Marine and Academic Center building at Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard in Manhattan Beach) on Saturday, Oct. 3rd. Admission is $25 ($30 at the door; discounts available for students; and organizers insist, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.) 'The Soul is the Size of Elsewhere' can be seen in the gallery on the ground floor of the nearby Arts and Sciences Building.


Additional coverage...

Atlantic Yards Report, On October 3, Atlantic Yards will be part of the "Dreamland Pavilion" conference at Kingsborough CC

From the program:

Atlantic Yards

“Who’s Planning Brooklyn? An Alternate Point of View”
Eve Baron, The Municipal Art Society of New York

“The Yards Development Workshop Unity Plan”
Marshall Brown, Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture

“Atlantic Yards: Brooklyn’s Most Controversial Development Through the Lens of Public Relations and News Coverage”
Norman Oder, Independent Journalist

“Miss Brooklyn, Tough Kids, and Digital Project™, or, Atlantic Yards and the Cultural Logic of Monopoly Rent”
Stuart Schrader, CUNY Graduate Center

Moderator: Ted Hamm, Brooklyn Rail

Posted by eric at September 22, 2009 10:45 AM