Proteus Gowanus Interdisciplinary Gallery, Battle Pass Project, Battle of the Brooklyn
This spring, Proteus Gowanus Interdisciplinary Gallery has organized a series of family workshops as part of the Battle Pass project, a series of installations, performances and workshops that mark sites of the Battle of Brooklyn. The workshops will take place in conjunction with the Proteus Gowanus spring exhibition, "Battle Ground," which will open on Saturday, April 13 and which will explore issues of conflict, history, and memory.
This series of three free family workshops will explore history through art, and will investigate different aspects of the Battle of Brooklyn, the biggest battle of the American Revolutionary War, which took place across a large swath Brooklyn in 1776. The workshops will occur at three different Brooklyn locations-each associated with the battle in some way.
The workshops are free and open to children ages five and up and their families. These are drop-in workshops, and no reservations are required, but space is limited.
The Waterfront Museum
290 Conover Street, Pier 44, Red Hook
Taught by artist Eva Melas
Saturday, April 6, 2013
1:00 to 4:00pm
We will be exploring the important role ships played in the Battle of Brooklyn at the Waterfront Museum, located on a barge in Red Hook. In the summer of 1776, local residents would have seen the imposing British fleet from Red Hook; Washington later rounded up more humble vessels in order to retreat to Manhattan from Brooklyn Heights. Participants in this family workshop will make their own improvised armada from objects found in Brooklyn today, such as coffee cups and cardboard packaging. Weather permitting, we will test launch our boats from the deck of the barge.