Invisible Dog Art Center51 bergen street, Brooklyn, NY, , Brooklyn, NY 11201
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HOURS: Thursday to Saturday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
NEIGHBORHOOD: Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
When Lucien Zayan rented the building at 51 Bergen St. in Boerum Hill in 2009, the three-story factory was falling apart and filled with junk. In less than a year, Zayan, who moved to New York from France to start the center, transformed the building into The Invisible Dog Art Center with two exhibition spaces and twenty-five artists studios. The center puts on about a dozen shows per year, with exhibitors ranging from emerging local artists to established European artists.
From 1970 to 1995, the building functioned as a belt factory. The company’s claim to fame came in the late ’70s with the invention of the invisible dog leash, which Zayan named the art center after. When factory operations shut down, the materials remained and collected dust for over a decade. Now the belts, buckles, and beads have found their way into the artwork of many artists in residency. Zayan replaced and renovated essential parts of the building, but left most of the interior raw, allowing for artists and organizations to design their own exhibition space.
The center has grown into a community space with different groups offering workshops, performances, and parties nearly every day of the week.
READER REVIEW (1)
What Lucien has done to this building is nothing short of amazing. In my opinion, he created one of the most beautiful and unique art galleries in the whole city. Plus, he is the sweetest, most helpful person you could ever meet! No matter when you stop by, he’s most likely to be there, and will undoubtedly engage you in conversation. The exhibits put on at the center are eclectic and interesting, ranging from short shows by Recession Art, to six month long installations on the ground floor. Truly a great art space not to be missed.
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