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A People’s Monument to Anti-Displacement Organizing

by Betty Yu and Noah Fischer on April 18, 2016
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“Gentrification is displacement and replacement of people for profits”

-definition from the School of Echo Los Angeles

This definition of gentrification sits at the top of A People’s Monument to Anti-Displacement Organizing, a new collaboratively produced art piece that is viewable as a part of the Third Wave of the AgitProp! Show at the Brooklyn Museum. In the words of its curators, Agitprop! “connects contemporary art that advocates for social change with many activist movements throughout the 20th century,”

The Monument currently functions as a community educational board with a narrative that will change as actions or new information arises around Mayor de Blasio’s rezoning plans. It features a black-led activist group called Movement to Protect the People (MTOPP) that is struggling against rezoning in highlights in Crown Heights.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Let’s Keep Gentrifiers Out of Our Museums

by Paddy Johnson and Michael Anthony Farley on November 16, 2015
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This Tuesday, New York artists, activists and renters head out to protest the Brooklyn Real Estate Summit at The Brooklyn Museum. The summit will be where some of the city’s biggest real estate moguls convene to discuss how they can best raise rents so high that it will push working and middle class residents out of the city. It’s essential to attend this protest and will almost certainly be very, very fun. There will be a satirical performance/protest of the Brooklyn Museum’s latest “exhibition”, Double Crossing Brooklyn plus Reverend Billy Talent will perform.  

Other events on the horizon: Tonight Justene Williams promises complicit spectatorship, with her installation made of cardboard and paper sets and crazy costumed performers. If you miss it tonight, not to worry: she’ll perform it every day at noon for the rest of the week.  For those who love to hear about architecture, Bjarke Ingels will discuss how he and his firm B.I.G. are transforming New York at Cooper Hewitt Tuesday night. Expect to hear about ideas of play. And finally, apartment gallery shows are the rage: we’ve listed two openings this Friday, one in the Upper East Side and another in—you guessed it —Bushwick. Get out and see these shows.

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Artists Petition the Brooklyn Museum to Dump the Real Estate Summit

by Paddy Johnson on November 6, 2015
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Many artists are not happy about the Brooklyn Museum’s decision to host the Brooklyn Real Estate Summit. Readers can count us among them—as a full disclaimer, we have been working with many in this group to help organize a response. There is now an open letter and petition being circulated on Change.org with a list of demands, all of which are in line with the communities they serve. The most important one, imo, is to start engaging directly with the community to make real commitments to affordable space.

The full petition after the jump.

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Jimmy Van Bramer Signs Bill to Support Artists and Small Businesses

by Paddy Johnson on October 30, 2015
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The Small Business Jobs Survival Act (SBJSA) is gathering steam in New York. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer has just signed on to the bill, which seeks to give commercial tenants a few more chips at the bargaining table. In the face of ever increasing rents, many believe the SBJSA couldn’t be more needed. Among other things, the bills give tenants in good standing the right to renew their lease for an additional 10 years, and allows artists to bring the dispute to binding arbitration by a third party.

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