The Invisible Dog Art Center and Court-Smith BID Formation Effort are thrilled to join forces and present a commissioned site-specific art installation by NYC based artist Magda Love, named In Unity There is Strength. In a permanent and common effort to revitalize Smith street and the neighborhood, these two local and active organizations have offered curatorial advice, space and financial support to the artist in order to create a unique mural made up of 6 monumental panels from 250 to 254 Smith street, Brooklyn.
The project has received the support of The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.
In a thoughtful statement, artist Magda Love speaks about her project: “This mural wishes to celebrate the history and the heritage of our beloved Borough. A visual ode to Brooklyn, to their residents that come and have been coming since the 1800’s from all different parts of the globe. Our neighborhoods filled of joy and stories of unity, diversity, and community has made Brooklyn a beautiful unique place to live and to visit. Its residents have been enjoying learning about each other, becoming more cultured, more loving, more united, more engaged in their communities. We know our strength is our diversity.This art piece is a homage to the beautiful and rich legacy of our communities, our landmarks, our parks, our coastlines. Brooklyn has earned a very special place in the hearts its residents, and I am honored to celebrate through public arts how fortunate I am to call again, Brooklyn my home.”
Photo by Kathi Littwin
About Magda Love
Magda Love is a talented artist and a determined social activist. Her vibrant paintings and murals aim to inspire people to recognize the value in shared personal experience and emotional connectivity. Based between New York and Miami, Magda literally paints the town. When she’s not toppling large walls you can find her beautifying smaller white ones, in some of the world’s most interesting galleries.
Magda’s unique perspective, and thirst for colorful expression, is rooted firmly in her upbringing in Argentina. With a school teacher mother and a sculptor father, the give and take between learning and teaching was ingrained, as was the necessity and majesty of personal expression. Magda Love’s prodigious output and ever-blossoming talent continue to flourish. In 2015 she was invited to give a mural painting demonstration, on stage, at TedX Fulton Street. She is currently working to finish the largest mural in NYC history.
Magda Love utilizes her work to promote love and community, and she is determined to raise awareness about social and environmental issues. She has worked with organizations like Street Art For Mankind where she was selected to speak at the United nations Headquarters to share her experience in working and painting murals with girls rescued from sex trafficking in Cambodia with Together 1 Heart and Beauty For Freedom. She is an ongoing collaborator with educational institutions such as City As School-High School, where she teaches workshops and mentors students. She has also done shows at the iconic Lower East Side, Extra Butter and landmark South Street Seaport.
Magda Love has been awarded with multiple residencies like Gowns print Lab in Brooklyn and Graffiti World in San Miguel de Allende Mexico. She also was a selected artist by the Rockaway Artist Alliance, in partnership with MOMA Ps1 and National Endowment of Arts to create a mural at Fort Tilden National Park. Love was recently featured in new series Red Bull Documentaries Mavens, focusing in inspiring narratives of powerful influencer women making marks in their communities through the realms of arts and entertainment.
Magda Love work has been featured in Gothamist, MTV, MSN latino, NY Ink, Red Bull Tv, Complex Magazine, The Source Magazine, Mass Appeal, Vibe, Hypebeast, TimeOut NY, Bustle, Juxtapoz, Artnews, Brooklyn Street Art, 12oz Prophet, Street Art NYC, Sun Sentinel, Miami Art Scene, Miami New Times, and many others, as well as the documentary films Artphibia, 12 Canvasses and Art is Life.
More about Magda Love http://magdalove.nyc/
Court-Smith BID Formation Effort is a group of local property owners, business owners, and residents who have banded together in order to establish a BID on Court Street and Smith Street in the Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, and Carroll Gardens neighborhoods of Brooklyn. BIDs (Business Improvement Districts) exist across New York City in order to deliver services above and beyond what is provided by New York City. A BID along Court and Smith Streets will help create a cleaner, better cared for, more vibrant, more festive, greener, and safer neighborhood. With your support, we can establish this BID and have a positive impact on our neighborhood for years to come!
The Invisible Dog Art Center opened in October, 2009, a raw space in a vast converted factory building with a charmed history and an open-ended mission: to create, from the ground up, a new kind of interdisciplinary arts center. Over the last two years, over 50,000 people have attended our events: visual art exhibits; dance, theater, and music performances; film screenings; literary arts and poetry readings; lectures; community events; Invisible Dog is also the work space of 27 artists in residence.
The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce is the largest and fastest-growing Chamber of Commerce In New York. It was named 2017 Chamber of the Year by the Business Council of New York State. The Chamber promotes economic development across the borough and serves as an advocate for its member businesses. Its mission is to promote a healthy and robust business environment throughout Brooklyn.
250–254 Smith St., Brooklyn, 11201