August 7, 2006

On display from Tuesday, August 15 – Sunday, October 1, 2006 

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) features four exhibitions on display from Tuesday, August 15 through Sunday, October 1, 2006, at its Central Library at Grand Army Plaza. The exhibitions – Coney Island Dreamers, The Coney Island History Project Memory Booth, Progressions and Cock-a-Doodle MOOOO! – are free and open to the public.

Coney Island Dreamers, in the Grand Lobby, features sideshow banners of the inventors, eccentrics and visionaries who made Coney famous; documentary photographs by Charles Denson for The Coney Island History Project; and multi-media artworks by Philomena Marano and Richard Eagan, artists and cofounders of the nonprofit Coney Island Hysterical Society. This exhibition contrasts the iconic mythical Coney Island with the reality of the neighborhood as it exists today. Charles Denson, executive director of the Coney Island History Project, grew up in Coney Island. He began documenting the neighborhood when he was a teenager and continued to do so for four decades. Native Brooklynites Richard Eagan and Philomena Marano formed the coney Island Hysterical Society in 1982 to preserve the visual culture of America's famous amusement beach.
In Progressions, in the Second Floor Balcony Cases, Erica Mapp presents artist's books that are abstract, geometric and based on the Fibonacci numbers two, three, five and eight. By following this number sequence that codifies the progression of growth spirals, Mapp incorporates some of the harmony of nature into her art, while sticking to geometric abstraction. A native of Trinidad, she studied art in New York City and has taught art and writing in the metropolitan area for many years.
The Coney Island History Project Memory Booth,in the Lobby Gallery, gives you the opportunity to share your stories of Coney Island. Visit the Memory Booth to sign up for a session to record (in sound) your own experiences of this historic amusement park. The Memory Booth is a site-specific version of the History Project's "Luna Park" mobile recording studio located on the Coney Island Boardwalk. Plus, enjoy additional art work by Philomena Marano, Richard Eagan and Charles Denson.
On view in the Youth Wing are paintings and drawings by Keith DuQuette. His exhibition, Cock-a-Doodle MOOOO! A Mixed-Up Menagerie & Other Books, features a selection of finished paintings and drawings from his books for young readers. He has also included notes, character sketches, picture reference, page diagrams, book drafts and color studies in hopes of showing the journey he goes through from his initial idea to the finished book. Keith DuQuette draws on his early influences in creating picture books for young readers. He and his wife Virginia live in Brooklyn, New York.

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