A View from the Coast (Line)

CENTRAL BOOKING in Collaboration with the New-York Historical Society






On the Waterfront project based around the Brooklyn Waterfront Ecosystems



March 3 – April 23, 2023



On the Waterfront – A View From the Coast (Line) 


Curator: Maddy Rosenberg



Participating Artists


Desirée Alvarez

C Bangs

Elena Berriolo

Sabra Booth

Graciela Cassel

Margaret Craig

Judith Eloise Hooper

Helena Kauppila

Diane Lavoie

Ellen Levy

Patricia Olynyk

Maddy Rosenberg

Susan Rostow

Paul Tecklenberg



Following CENTRAL BOOKING’s collaborations with the New York Academy of Medicine and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Maddy Rosenberg invited a group of artists to collaborate on a project with the New-York Historical Society.To begin the project, she selected artists to join her in the Luce Center collection and Library for research residencies that informed the work they created for an exhibition on the Brooklyn waterfront in 2023. These residencies began with an orientation at N-YHS with the Museum Director and Curators on October 10, 2019, and continued through 2022.

The fourteen participating artists used this research as a jumping-off point to make site-specific installations, utilizing elements of built-in architecture and the natural aging of the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition (BWAC) space, all resonating with the content of the exhibition. The subject is the historical ecosystems of the waterfront along the Brooklyn Harbor through Buttermilk Channel, inclusive of the waters that both divide and unite the land masses. The life along the harbor integrates the wildlife, land and neighborhoods of human-made architectural elements, creating a changing environment over time. The New-York Historical Society collections preserve many of the earlier roots along the way to the transformations we live with today.

The participants are mostly New York based international artists, but several came from other parts of the country and Europe to research at N-YHS, ultimately building their installations in situ. In addition to their research residencies at N-YHS, each artist has up to two weeks on site at BWAC to finish creating and installing the final work. At the end of this period, the exhibition officially opens on March 3rd, 2023.

Besides the opening reception, the events include an art and science panel discussion involving artists in the exhibition with specific scientists and other specialists who have expertise in fields related to environmental justice and architectural ecosystems. Heather Wolf of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and author of “Birding at the Bridge,” will offer a talk and walk with her own component to the exhibition, “Discovering the Birds of the Brooklyn Waterfront.” Additionally, artist and curator tours will be scheduled throughout the exhibition, as well as other relevant performances highlighting the deep history of the waterfront communities.


481 Van Brunt St., Door 7A, Red Hook, Brooklyn
Saturday and Sunday – By Appointment




CENTRAL BOOKING’s On the Waterfront – A View From the Coast (Line) project
Sponsored by Caroll Gardens Association