This Must Be the Place
This Must Be the Place is a burgeoning art space centering around community creativity and founded in the practices and spirit of the Diner Journal. Located above Marlow and Sons in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the space is a hub for our community within the restaurants as well as the neighborhood and city at large to come together and celebrate each other's talents, stories, paintings, collaborations and imaginations.
My name is Anna and I am Editor In Chief of the Diner Journal. Over the last four years the Journal has evolved from a venue for us at Diner, Romans and Marlow and Sons and Daughters to document our journeys understanding ethical and sustainable food ways to a platform to explore art, literature, poetry, braising, baking, fermenting and making. The Journal has become an investigation into our inspirations. We have recently begun expanding those inspirations upstairs at TMBTP.
The Journal is a series of sparks. This now is a Place for classes, art, performance, performance art, dancing, eating, drinking, artist residencies and wild inspiration. We want to invite everyone to join us at the table. Uniquely, we endeavor to create and maintain a free space. This means all funds generated in the space, with the exception of art work sold, are donation only and go straight to the artist, instructor, poet, baker. All money from sold art work also goes directly to the artist but they are allowed and encouraged to price their work as they see fit. We look to fund one year, 12 art shows, many a dreamy night.
Our first exhibit was a group show that showcased work from our staff. It was simple, straightforward, exhilarating as well as diverse in its medium and scope. Man, it was fun. I was delighted to see the sheer magnitude of talent that I have to pleasure of working with each day. Since then we have had the honor of hosting a litany of brilliant makers: Marley Freeman's solo painting show, Reading Boyishly, the Nitty Gritty curated by Anni Rossi, Making Sense: A Night of Synesthesia presented by Megan Auster-Rosen as well as yoga and pilates classes, lectures by In Pursuit of Tea, performance art by Roses and Beans, and musical interludes by Ofir Ganon and more.
What the Money Does
Funds raised will recoup the restaurant for heat, electricity, wine and snacks donated, art materials, paint, lighting, etc. Funds raised here by the kickstarter community will keep TMBTP a free community space. As of right now myself and a few other volunteers are the staff. We try to run it with a really open policy and mind. The space is more about fostering creativity than curating, so it's been pretty fun so far! Basically I just get to say yes to people's ideas, which is a real pleasure.
March 2nd:"Cats Like Us" - An exhibition of new work from Mel Shimkovitz
April 5th: "The Clearing" - New Drawings by Blaze Lamper
Something to Look At
Images of Marley Freeman's solo show, Reading Boyishly, at TMBTP. Photos by Chris Austin.
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