The “Brooklyn arts scene” is a vague term thrown around by real estate agents, based on the notion that art is made in some Bushwick loft when its residents aren’t on molly brandishing glowsticks. Crossing Brooklyn: Art From Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond, an exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum and various other public spaces in the borough, challenges that notion. This is not just artwork from when Brooklyn started to become cool in the late Nineties, nor is it only the work of white artists commonly and unfairly credited with making Brooklyn a hub for the arts. Highlights include Nobutaka Aozaki’s audience-participatory piece, in which he draws portraits on the smiley faces of “Thank You” bags, and Brendan Fernandes’s neon-light renditions of African masks. This is an exhibit to make this specter of a “Brooklyn arts scene,” well, seen.
Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m. Starts: Oct. 3. Continues through Jan. 4, 2014