This past weekend, I took myself on a date to visit Proteus Gowanus, a gallery that's just a short jaunt from my home in Brooklyn. It is a gorgeous space that is tucked away in an old warehouse, and it has rotating exhibitions that contain mixed media variations on a selected theme. Currently, the theme is "Library," and each piece explores the ideas of cataloguing, titles, or reading. A second room houses the "Museum of Matches," another wonderful show that tells the story of Cold War Russia, albeit non-linearly, through ephemera, excerpts, and assemblages. Finally, it must be mentioned that the gallery has a tightly edited shop which sells such delights as limited run books, beeswax bottles, and slippers made from a questionable material. I will certainly be back.
(Thank you, Joanna!)