Jenny Gerow, BRIC

About Jenny Gerow, Curator of Contemporary Art at BRIC

Jenny Gerow is the Curator of Contemporary Art at BRIC, a not-for-profit cross-disciplinary organization based in Downtown Brooklyn that presents and incubates work by New York based artists. Gerow graduated with an MA in Art History from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Literature from the University of Virginia. She has previously held positions at the International Center of Photography and the Detroit Institute of Arts. At BRIC she has curated the group exhibitions Death Becomes Her, Public Access/Open Networks, and Reenactment; and the solo exhibition Mary Mattingly: What Happens After. She has also co-curated three iterations of the BRIC Biennial. Gerow leads BRIC’s contemporary art fellowships, residencies, and open call artist opportunities. She has presented talks and collaborated with numerous New York institutions including Dieu Donnè, Lower East Side Printshop, Residency Unlimited, A Blade of Grass, Electronic Arts Intermix, Wassaic Project, Sugar Hill Children’s Museum, Green-Wood Cemetery, and Trestle Gallery.

How long has BRIC been based in Brooklyn?

BRIC’s Contemporary Art Gallery was the first of its kind supporting Brooklyn-based artists when it opened in 1981! Throughout BRIC’s 40+ year history as an institution that is deeply rooted in Brooklyn, we’ve been in DUMBO a couple of times. When our Downtown Brooklyn home was under construction from 2011-2013, our offices were located in DUMBO. We’ve also had BRIC artists in studios at 20 Jay Street since 2020.

What do you enjoy about being based in DUMBO?

I love the easy access to studios and arts nonprofits, and as a parent, exit strategies that include the carousel, pirate ship playground, and the water.

What makes DUMBO’s art community different from other arts neighborhoods in the city?

This neighborhood has long provided critical support to emerging and mid-career artist residency programs like AIR, Triangle, Sharpe-Walentas, and Smack Mellon.

What artists are you excited to see at the 2022 DUMBO Open Studios? 

I’m especially excited to see our BRIClab 2021/2022 Contemporary Art residents Nyugen Smith, Sophia-Yemisi Adeyemo-Ross, Golnar Adili, Bahareh Khoshooee, and Johannah Herr open their studios to the public at 20 Jay Street (Suite #M04)!

I also can’t wait to see the participants in BRIC’s Bridge Space program – Jin Yong Choi, Iliana Emilia Garcia, Chang Sujung, Sophie Byerley, Lili Chin, and Nicole Awai – open their studios at 20 Jay Street (Suites #302 and #736).

What else should visitors not miss during their visit to DUMBO Open Studios 2022? 

Higher Pictures has been showing some really incredible artists: Keisha Scarville and Nona Faustine. Their Susan Meiselas exhibition up right now is also a knockout!

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Visit the current BRIClab Contemporary Art residents at 20 Jay M04.