Culture Briefs: Verrazano exhibit, textile art and Brooklyn Open mic


The Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway) will debut a brand new exhibition, Judith Scott – Bound and Unbound on Friday, October 24. The exhibition will run through March 29, 2015 in the museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art on the fourth floor.

Scott’s work is celebrated for its astonishing visual complexity. In a career spanning just 17 years, she has developed a unique and idiosyncratic method to produce a body of work of remarkable originality, using yarn, thread, fabric, and other fibers to envelop found objects into fastidiously woven, wrapped and bundled structures.

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The New York Transit Museum’s newest exhibition Spanning the Narrows: The Verrazano Bridge at 50will celebrate the span’s half-century anniversary from Saturday, November 1 through Fall, 2015, with a timeline beginning well before its groundbreaking.

In conjunction with the exhibition, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 13, the Transit Museum will bring together renowned New York journalists and authors, Gay Talese and Sam Roberts, to discuss Talese’s book The Bridge which chronicles the politics, engineering and intimate human drama involved in the creation of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Roberts and Talese will be joined by Joe Spratt, an iron worker whose grandfather worked on the Verrazano’s construction. A book signing will follow this free program.

MTA Bridges and Tunnels Archivist Mary Hedge will lead public tours of the exhibition at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 5 and Saturday, December 13. The tours are free with paid museum admission ($7 adults, $5 children and seniors).

For information about events at the Transit Museum (99 Schermerhorn Street), contact 718-694-4915.


Join the Brooklyn Public Library on Monday, November 3 for its monthly Brooklyn Open, an open mic series for teens, at the Central Library (10 Grand Army Plaza).

The Brooklyn Open is a safe space for poets, spoken word artists, emcees, scholars and activists to share their powerful and important voices. These events are run by youth, for youth, with youth DJs, youth hosts and a monthly featured poet.

Presented in partnership with Urban Word NYC, November’s Brooklyn Open will take place at 5 p.m. in the Dweck Center. For more information, visit

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