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
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.
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
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