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 1 – 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

Steven Gawoski

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.

Rosenberg has seen numerous exhibitions they have presented in their space in Manhattan and on Governors Island, while further finding inspiration in the collections that are part of the Luce Center. To begin the project, she selected artists to join her in the Luce Center collection and Library for research residencies to inform the work they will create for an exhibition at BWAC Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition in 2023. These residencies began with an orientation at NYHS with the Museum Director and Curators on October 10, 2019, and continued through 2021.

The fifteen participating artists will use this research as a jumping-off point to make site-specific installations, utilizing elements of built-in architecture and the natural aging of the 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 are coming from other parts of the country and Europe to research at NYHS, ultimately building their installations in situ. In addition to their research residencies at NYHS, each artist may have up to two weeks on site at BWAC to finish creating and installing the final work. At the end of this period, the exhibition will open officially on March 1st, 2023.

Besides an opening reception, the event will include an art and science panel discussion involving artists in the exhibition with specific scientists who have expertise in fields related to the environment and architectural ecosystems. Heather Wolf of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and author of Birding at the Bridge, will be offering a talk and walk with her own component to the exhibition, “Living Art Along the Brooklyn Waterfront: Migratory Birds.” Additionally, artist and curator tours will be scheduled throughout the exhibition, as will other relevant performances highlighting the waterfront communities’ deep history. As always, we will publish a catalog under the CENTRAL BOOKING imprint to document the project.



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