Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
The Invisible Dog Art Center celebrates its 6th Season and the start of a decade. Support us and donate now!
383 backers pledged $37,000 to help bring this project to life.

About

THE INVISIBLE DOG SEASON 6 project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$37,000

383

The Invisible Dog celebrates its 6th Season and the start of a decade.

I can’t understand how people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.  – John Cage

No one could have predicted the magnitude of impact that the Invisible Dog Art Center would have on Bergen Street, on the careers of the artists it has supported and presented, or on the NYC artistic community when Lucien Zayan first noticed 51 Bergen Street and created a proposal to transform it into a multi-disciplinary art center.

100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture, Invisible Dog Founder, Lucien Zayan 
Brooklyn Magazine, 2014

Our tradition is the non-traditional, but our success is reliably consistent. The story of the Invisible Dog is a fantastic tale whose truth is undeniable: Lucien Zayan fell in love with the building, in October 2009 the Invisible Dog Art Center was born, and now, in October 2014, after 5 years of building a program in this magical brick and wood building, we begin our decade!

We have been working with artists who are now enjoying major museum exhibitions – you can find Ryan Frank at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT,  Steven & William Ladd at both the Mingei in San Diego and the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, Prune Nourry's Terracotta Daughters in Paris, NYC, Beijing, and Mexico City and Anne Mourier at Venice Biennial 2015. Similarly, performing artists who got their start at the Invisible Dog are now in major American theaters and global festivals: Mac Premo at the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast, 2Fik in the Dublin Fringe Festival, 600 Highwaymen at Noordezon, Crossing the Line, and in Paris...

And in no way could this have happened without you. In 2012 - watch the video - we saw the need for increased support to help meet the needs of the artists we work with, and Kickstarter supporters helped us to succeed in raising our goal of $25,000 – the first time an arts institution had funded their entire season on Kickstarter! In 2013 - watch the video - we opened the Glass House, and increased our roster of cultural partners, and grew our exhibition, performance and events schedule – and you helped us to raise well beyond the $25,000 goal.

This year, we will continue to grow our program and our building, and with your help, we are confident that we can exceed our goal for a third time – maybe even double it!

The Best Place to Expand Your Mind 
The Village Voice, Best of Awards

For our sixth season we want to do something new. Starting in October, The Invisible Dog is going to undergo some exciting structural changes. We are redesigning the interior, and we have commissioned longtime artist-in-residence, Mac Premo (whose work we exhibited last spring), to create a special installation for our new facade. Our front door will no longer just be an entryway to art – it will be a work of art!

Throughout the season we will debut exhibitions, performances and other cultural events that you won’t be able to see anywhere else in New York City. Our artists will continue to challenge discipline and material, and we will continue to trust that the result from these experiments will be beautiful, provocative, and in need of our space. And we’ll do it all from our beloved 51 Bergen Street, with an open door and a smile for you every time you walk in.

Our building is older than any artist we present or audience member we welcome in our space, and multidisciplinary art centers are not exactly unique in NYC, but there’s something special about The Invisible Dog. Culture is born here. Together we have transformed an old factory and a neighborhood into a fertile crescent of art and design. And we all did it together.

If we could do this in just 5 years – the next 5 must be limitless.

Thank you for your support!

Lucien Zayan & Risa Shoup

Limited edition of Tattly™  designed by Jon Burgerman
Limited edition of Tattly™ designed by Jon Burgerman

Thank you to Mac Premo who produced this awesome movie with the generous participation of Adrianna Dufay, Ann Lupo and Peter Treiber.

And a special Thanks to Jon Burgerman for his special appearance and participation!

Some of our awesome rewards.

Invisible Dog Vintage Poster 14 x 9
Invisible Dog Vintage Poster 14 x 9
Your name handwritten by Korean artist Youjung Byun and made with japanese brush pen and Ink on watercolor paper
Your name handwritten by Korean artist Youjung Byun and made with japanese brush pen and Ink on watercolor paper
Getaway in one of our studio- apartments
Getaway in one of our studio- apartments
Claudia Paneca - Dasein. 2014. Handbuilt porcelain
Claudia Paneca - Dasein. 2014. Handbuilt porcelain

Art work by Steven and William Ladd
Art work by Steven and William Ladd
Art Work by Sayeh Sarfaraz
Art Work by Sayeh Sarfaraz

Risks and challenges

There are risks inherent to programming cultural presentations and managing a facility as large and old as ours. We typically program one year ahead of time, and in the months leading up to an opening, the scope of the project may change demanding a change in scheduling or venue. Our building is well-maintained, but as with any structure, occasionally repairs need to be made that might delay or alter our programming. However, we are well-aware of the types of challenges we face, and as we have been in business for four years, we have developed a strong ability to make decisions in the present that offset risk in the future. Moreover, our staff has over a decade of producing experience, and as such, we know how to meet challenges calmly and with an innovative approach to solutions.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Public listing on the special Thank You page of the Invisible Dog website – everyone will know that you are a super cool supporter of the Invisible Dog!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    57 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $30 or more About $30

    Your name on our donor wall with text designed by hand by Korean artist Youjung Byun using Japanese brush pen and ink on watercolor paper + public listing on our website + an awesome tattoo new from Tattly™, designed by Jon Burgerman featuring the stunning visage of either Director, Lucien Zayan or Associate Director, Risa Shoup

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    104 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Treat yourself! A very special gift from the Invisible Dog to pamper yourself + your name one our donor wall designed by artist Youjung Byun + Jon Burgerman’s Tattly™ featuring Risa or Lucien + your name on our Thank You page!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    58 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $75 or more About $75

    The Invisible Dog vintage poster. A very unique piece for limited donors [Size 14 x 9]. Plus: your name on the donor wall + a Tattly™ featuring Risa or Lucien + your name on our Thank You page!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 20 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Take a complete tour of the Invisible Dog! As you know, we only offer open-studios once a year, but with this reward, you can pick the date you would like to visit us, and we will give you a VIP tour of our entire building complete with visits to the studios of some of our artists in residence - and, of course, a ride in our cavernous freight elevator! + your name one our donor wall designed by artist Youjung Byun + Jon Burgerman’s Tattly™ featuring Risa or Lucien + your name on our Thank You page!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    39 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    2 VIP tickets to a performance of your choice during our winter season + a complete tour of the Invisible Dog + your name on the donor wall + a Tattly™ featuring Risa or Lucien + your name on our Thank You page

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    17 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $300 or more About $300

    Your name on one of the bricks in our foyer so the world can see what a dedicated supporter you are + your name on the donor wall + a Tattly™ featuring Risa or Lucien + your name on our Thank You page!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    6 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $400 or more About $400

    Have your name featured prominently in the elevator - the most unique space at the Invisible Dog -designed by Youjung Byun. A brick holds up the building, but the elevator gives us our character. And get our Tattly™ and your Thank You page

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    One of our most popular rewards: your name on one of our ground floor pillars for everyone to see your amazing contributions are + your name on the donor wall + a Tattly™ featuring Risa or Lucien + your name on our Thank You page!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 9 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $800 or more About $800

    A 3-night-getaway in one of our studio- apartments. Mingle with our artists, and see a more intimate side of the work we do. You can use this stay for yourself or for your out-of-town guests. Plus: your name on the donor wall + a Tattly™ featuring Risa or Lucien + your name on our Thank You page! (Limit: 5)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,500 or more About $1,500

    A unique porcelain sculpture from one of our Season 6 exhibiting artists, Claudia Paneca, whose exhibition State of Matter is on view in The Glass House through October 18. Born in Cuba, and living and working in exile in NYC, Claudia’s work invites you to meditate on the nature of matter. She is focused on the essential rituals of life: what origin do we share, what are our common ways of living. Plus: your name on the donor wall + a Tattly™ featuring Risa or Lucien + your name on our Thank You page!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $2,000 or more About $2,000

    Be in residence at the Invisible Dog for one whole week. For 7 days and nights you will stay in one of our beautiful studio apartments -- wake up to croissants from Bien Cuit, take a stroll in Brooklyn Bridge Park, and experience the Invisible Dog from the inside out. You can use this stay for yourself or for your out-of-town guests. Plus: your name on the donor wall + a Tattly™ featuring Risa or Lucien + your name on our Thank You page! (Limit: 5)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    A larger donation will get you a larger sculpture from Season 6 exhibiting artist, Claudia Paneca. Claudia’s beautiful porcelain pieces will remind you of the vital fragments of a life not-yet begun. Plus: your name on the donor wall + a Tattly™ featuring Risa or Lucien + your name on our Thank You page! (Limit: 1)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge $3,500 or more About $3,500

    A one-of-a-kind assemblage from Season 6 exhibiting artist, Sayeh Sarfaraz. Created entirely from Legos, this sculpture is at once approachable and provocative. Sarfaraz takes her inspiration from the history of conflicts between the State and the People in the Middle East and Iran. This unique piece will inspire important conversations for all who see it. Plus: your name on the donor wall + a Tattly™ featuring Risa or Lucien + your name on our Thank You page!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    A new piece from esteemed members of the Invisible Dog family, Steven & William Ladd, whose exhibition MARY QUEEN OF THE UNIVERSE opens at the Parrish Museum of Art on October 25. Steven & William have exhibited at the Invisible Dog several times, most recently with SHABOYGEN. They will present CHAPEL at the Invisible Dog in September 2015. Take home one of their sculptures, and take home a small piece of the Invisible Dog – most of their materials were salvaged from the unused fabric from the Invisible Dog’s former life as a belt factory. Plus: your name on the donor wall + a Tattly™ featuring Risa or Lucien + your name on our Thank You page!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Select this reward

    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    Become a lead sponsor of our annual Spring exhibition featuring all of our artists-in-residence. We will earmark this donation to help offset the costs of install including materials for the artists and marketing support. See your name attached to one of our most successful annual events and help advance the careers of all our talented artists. Plus: your name on the donor wall + a Tattly™ featuring Risa or Lucien + your name on our Thank You page! (Limit: 2)

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  17. Select this reward

    Pledge $10,000 About $10,000

    Sponsor the entire season. We will mention your name (or the name of your company - this is a great corporate giving opportunity) on all of our promotional materials and our website. Your donation will go directly to paying for artists' fees, materials and equipment. Not only will we give you the rewards entitled to other donation levels, but we will also offer you the space for a private event -- with some special surprises as well.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (31 days)