September 4, 2008

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Malika Granville, Associate, Marketing & Communications
Brooklyn Public Library
Phone: 718.230.2211



Brooklyn, NY, [DATE] – From Coney Island to Puerto Rico, the newest exhibitions at Central Library are as diverse as Brooklyn itself. These exhibitions are free and open to the public. Central Library is located at 10 Grand Army Plaza. For more information, please call 718.230.2100.

September 9 – November 1:

Coney Island: Beyond the Boardwalk, in the Grand Lobby, features photographic portraits by Steve Hoffman of Coney Island residents that reflect both the positive and negative changes that this community has seen in the last few years. Hoffman’s work has been shown at Brooklyn Museum and Museum of the City of New York, and has been published in City Limits magazine.

Woodcuts and Related Images, in the Foyer Gallery Cases, showcases woodcut prints by Rebecca Aidlin that incorporate calligraphic line, text, monoprint and rubbings, along with the color studies and woodblocks used to create them. Aidlin is a freelance book designer and helps organize group exhibitions with the other artists at her studio in Brooklyn. She has exhibited her own work frequently in several neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn.

Páginas de una Herencia (Pages of a Heritage), in the Foyer Gallery Cases, feature prints and silk screens by Felix Plaza that pay homage to the ancestors of this artist and printmaker. Plaza has exhibited his work throughout New York and Yugoslavia, winning the Juror’s Award for printwork at the Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, New York. He also does outreach for Brooklyn Public Library.

At Gleason’s Gym, in the Youth Wing, consists of original artwork from a picture book by Ted Lewin, author and illustrator, which portrays the gym where such legendary champions as Muhammad Ali and Jake LaMotta practiced. Lewin has been a freelance illustrator and author for 52 years. He was also a professional wrestler.

Beneath the Surface, in the Second Floor Balcony Cases, displays artists’ books and mixed media works by Shervone Neckles that investigate the parallel between personal family photos and the historical representation of the “black” image in popular culture. Neckles is currently an art educator at The Joan Mitchell Foundation. She has held residencies in areas as diverse as the Youlou Arts Foundation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the West Indies, The Center for Book Arts in New York, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. She also recently won a grant from The Joan Mitchell Foundation and the Cornelia Tomas Scholarship from Teachers College at Columbia University.

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