The Forum @ St. Ann’s


Launched in 2012, The Forum  @  St. Ann’s is a parish initiative that seeks to engage the wider community in conversations about art, ideas, and civic life.

Our mission is to welcome diverse audiences from New York City and beyond with thoughtful and timely programming. Organized by volunteers, the Forum has mounted a series of successful art exhibitions, film screenings, poetry and book readings, panel discussions, and recitals that have attracted significant interest and attendance.

A wide variety of artists, authors, musicians, performers and speakers, many of them Brooklynites, have welcomed the opportunity to share their work with new audiences at St. Ann’s. The program’s use of the historic church interior for a range of events, including large scale exhibitions of daring and compelling visual artwork in the sanctuary, has been embraced by our community.

Image: Artist Talk, “In the Beginning,” an exhibition by artist Athena LaTocha

Featured Event

Sunday School

“Landscape of Paradise:
Golden Floating Path”

An Exhibition by Scherezade Garcia
Through Friday, December 15, 2017

Artist’s Reception with Scherezade Garcia
Sunday, November 12, 3:30 pm

The Forum @ St. Ann’s is presenting “Landscape of Paradise: Golden Floating Path” by artist Scherezade Garcia, featuring a dramatic installation exploring the theme of migration, and invoking the suffering of migration journeys made under duress. The exhibition may be viewed Tuesday-Thursday, 12:00-3:00 pm, Sunday 9:00 am-1:00 pm, and by appointment at through December 15.

The public is also invited to an Artist’s Reception with Scherezade Garcia which will take place on Sunday, November 12, at 3:30 pm with opportunity to view the exhibition and join a discussion with Garcia.

Scherezade Garcia is an interdisciplinary visual artist born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and based in New York. In her work she addresses contemporary allegories of history and processes of colonization and politics, which frequently evoke memories of faraway home and the hopes and dreams that accompany planting roots in a new land.

Her works appropriate and transform objects and symbols, including life preservers, inner tubes, suitcases, mattresses, tents, umbrellas, religious iconography and newspapers.

For “Landscape of Paradise,” Garcia has configured inner tubes of various sizes “dipped” in gold and attached with electrical ties to allude to the pain and suffering endured by refugees and migrants. The assemblage suggests an archipelago, alluding to the many “islands” in New York and elsewhere in the world where communities of once wandering and lost individuals hope to discover a paradise that so often eludes them.

Garcia holds an AAS from Altos de Chavón School of Design, a BFA from Parsons-The New School and an MFA from the City College of New York. She has exhibited extensively here and abroad and her work is in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, El Museo del Barrio, The Housatonic Museum, Museo de Arte Moderno de Santo Domingo and private collections. Her personal papers are in the collection of the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution. Garcia is a faculty member of the Parsons School of Design in New York.

Past Events

From the Inside Out: America’s Broken Criminal Justice System. Discussion by activists and experts Yusef Salaam, Marlon Peterson, Heather Ann Thompson, and James Forman Jr. Presented in collaboration with Dear America.A Bookend Event of the 2017 Brooklyn Book Festival

The Scribe of Siena, Author Melodie Winawer and Scholar Neslihan Şenocak in Conversation. A Bookend Event of the 2017 Brooklyn Book Festival

Perfect Wave, an evening of music featuring singer songwriter Josephine Foster, percussionist Michael Zerang, musician Ka Baird and vocalist Nick Hallett.

Keeping It 100 — Challenging School Segregation, a presentation of Epic NEXT’s Laundry City, written and performed by NYC public high school students, hosted in partnership with New York Appleseed and The Century Foundation.

“Queer Conflicts,” hosted in collaboration with the Bureau of General Services, Queer Division booksellers, and “When the Bell Tolls,” hosted in collaboration with Green-Wood Cemetery, panels bringing together activists, writers, and historians in two Bookend events presented as part of the 2016 Brooklyn Book Festival.

600 Highwaymen,Summer Artists-in-Residence, including four open rehearsal showings of “The Fever,” a work in progress

Hymn to Life: Timothy Donnelly’s Epic Poem Hymn to Life Read and Sung, a work-in-progress concert version of stanzas 1-23, David Skeist, Composer, James Rutherford, Director, Laura Butler Rivera, Choreographer with Mixed Chorus. In collaboration with M-34 Productions

Facing America
Facing America: Portraits of Refugees Resettling in the U.S., an exhibition of photographs by Hidemi Takagi, commissioned by the Forum.

Memorials to Shattered Myths: Vietnam to 9/11, book launch and lecture by author Harriet F. Senie, art historian.

Bee Space, Exhibition of Glass Works by Emma Stein, Exhibition by artist Emma Stein

Music of the Masters: Wagner, Strauss, Berlioz, Menotti, Recital by dramatic soprano Korin Kormick

Back to Life: Resurrection Reimagined, Exhibition with NYFA featuring artists Desirée Alvarez, Felix R. Cid, Jamie Diamond, Sinéad Cullen, David Sandlin, Michael Greathouse, Ellen Grossman, Katya Grokhovsky, Jen P. Harris and Hidemi Takagi

I Am the Vine, You Are the Branches, Exhibition by artist Nancy Azara

Facing America
Old Love, New Love: Songs of Romance through the Ages, a concert by vocalist Michael Winther.

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