In our partnership with the Brooklyn Museum's GO Visit Studios initiative, we encourage you to scope out the art scene you never knew existed in the Brighton Beach area. Then, check out our very own installation beachside, up and running in the afternoon and in the spotlight at our dance party at 10PM.
Open Artist Studios Brighton Beach is a Brooklyn neighborhood that you may not associate with a vibrant art scene, YET. Before joining us at the NY Aquarium, explore the studios and works of local artists. Check out detailed information about the artists in and around Brighton Beach as well as a map of their locations.
GO is a new project at the Brooklyn Museum, taking place in neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn. During GO, Brooklyn-based artists will open their studios to the community on September 8–9, 2012. Community members registered as voters will visit studios and nominate artists for inclusion in a group exhibition to open at the Museum on Target First Saturday, December 1, 2012. Visit the GO website to learn about how you can take part in this borough-wide project.
Brighton Is Cool, Ocean Is Hot A large-scale site-specific installation comprised of 36 window air conditioners installed on the sand beach, working in unison. As the sculpture inscribes itself into the maritime landscape, its physical presence and actual social and spatial contexts become dialectical counterparts. Its appearance and deconstructed function, determined by negation, produce a situation of logical discrepancy.
7:00PM-10:00PM NY Aquarium LIVE
Enjoy the Open Bar and Nosh provided by our sponsors at the Aquarium's Aquadeck, let the inspired video projections over the aquarium deck take you on a journey, and watch the incredible line-up of performers.
Amazing Water: An Artist’s Perspective Brighton Beach always was and remains today first and foremost a beach, a destination that celebrates one of nature’s most powerful elements: Water. The ocean waves, ebbing and flowing onto the Brighton shores have continued to captivate visitors and residents alike. Inside the Sea View Gallery, six accomplished artists explore the beauty and essential nature of our planet’s lifeblood, through a variety of artist mediums.
Y-Love Brooklyn-based African-American Gay Jewish hip-hop artist Y-Love's approach to Judaism is from a very niche vantage that is, in some respects, parallel to that of post-Soviet Jewish emigres. In approaching the Jewish identity as someone raised without it, the trend lies in the explicit pursuit of happiness and spirituality that Y-Love found in Orthodox Judaism. His non-threatening intro to the faith in his music via soul speak makes his spiritual conceptualization universal.
Kira Soltanovich Born in the former Soviet Union and raised by immigrant parents in San Francisco, Kira Soltanovich has plenty to laugh about. "Like most kids, my parents took me to Disneyland ... not for the rides, for the lines. They assumed there would be food at the end of them." A staple on the comedy scene for over a decade, Kira has worked in the entertainment world as a writer, actor and producer. Her first television option was with New Line Television for the hybrid comedy, Were You Not Scott Baio? which she created with her writing partner. Currently, you can catch her on Showtime in the critically acclaimed comedy special Hot Tamales Live. Recently, Kira shot her own half hour comedy special for the Showtime Network called Here Comes Trouble. She was a recurring character on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as the voice of "The Phony Photo Booth." And she is a joke writer for the comedy legend Joan Rivers on the TV Land hit How did You Get So Rich? A Series Regular for four seasons on the Oxygen and nationally syndicated show, Girls Behaving Badly, she has also appeared as a sketch player on such shows as a Jimmy Kimmel Live and Fresh Baked Videos on Spike. And also, listen for Kira as the voice of Carla in the animated series, Iggy Cool. You can catch her on two FOX shows,Red Eye and Reality Binge. Currently, Ms. Soltanovich can be seen as a Series Regular on Trapped in TV Guide for the TV Guide Channel, and she recently performed in The World Stands Up for the BBC. She has shot several pilots this year for Comedy Central, The Food Network and VH1, including a brand new Celebrity, Sports and Entertainment pilot called "Box Seat" with Dennis Rodman and Jose Conseco. Kira has hosted shows on FOX, E!, and VH1. She headlines clubs and colleges, and tours the world entertaining troops in USO shows. Kira has performed in a myriad of comedy competitions and festivals, including Last Comic Standing, The Cape Town International Comedy Festival, Comedy Central Laugh Riots, and at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal.
ENSMB Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band was formed from the most talented deadbeats and drifters that could be rounded up, this group of raucous and rambunctious musicians will honk, wail, blow, beat, bounce, scream and serenade their way into your hearts. Playing anything that won’t break from vigorous use; their instrumentation is a unique blend of brass, winds, violin, accordion and an eclectic rhythm section. ENSMB combines the rich musical history of the circus and the vagabond peoples of Europe with the raw energy of avant-garde jazz and the irreverence and fun of today's Vaudeville for a sound that is somehow familiar yet like no other. Label them anyway you like! Call them avant world fusion, call them experimental big band, call them gypsy steamfunk, call them circus noise!
The Clox Formed in Brooklyn, NY in 2007, the band has it’s roots in Kazakhstan, where lead vocalist and guitarist Denis Orynbekov was a professional soccer player. After starting his own music project in 2005, he received a large amount of support and eventually moved to New York City in 2007 with drummer Ruslan Baimurzin to pursue music. After meeting rhythm guitarist and songwriter Igor Reznik, the band released their first independent album, “Ready to Starve” in 2010. The Clox are currently working on their second album, “Civilian“, due out later this year.
Alina Simone A singer and writer born in Kharkov, Ukraine and based in Brooklyn, her album Everyone Is Crying Out To Me Beware, which covers the music of Soviet punk-poet Yanka Dyagileva, was described as either "haunting" or "haunted" by more than a dozen publications, including The New Yorker, Spin, NPR and Pitchfork. Alina is also the author of You Must Go and Win, her novel that whimsically dissects the Russian emigre identity.
The Lady Aye While having formed American roots generations ago, the Lady Aye still embraces her Jewkrainian identity multidimensionally, for one in participating in the Eastern European tradition of the sideshow. She is an award-winning sideshow performer (rare double blockhead, fire eater, escapist, pain-proof girl, sword swallower, and grinder girl) and MC, who has worked with everyone from Rob Zombie to Cirque du Soleil. The Lady Aye has performed all over the US, been chosen as a finalist for Stoli Originals Casting Call competition, won the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus’ First of May award and Michael Showalter's "No Punchline Punchline" Contest. Her TV appearances include: Discovery Channel's "Oddities", Comedy Central's "Tom Papa: Live from New York," and the WB's "Gossip Girl.” In addition, her press accolades include USA Today, AOL, Bust Magazine and the Village Voice's Best of New York 2006. She is currently working on her autobiography, Pain-Proof: Becoming the Lady Aye, which is represented by the Einstein Thompson agency.
Amour Obscur A Brooklyn-based gypsy punk band offering a theatrical performance that draws from the striking visual aesthetics of the Weimar cabaret and American sideshow. Mixing unique instrumentation—vocals, accordion, upright bass, trombone, mandolin, tenor banjo and percussion—and original composition that draws upon such eclectic influences as traditional Romani music, Kurt Weill, Americana, and klezmer…to contemporary dance music—Amour Obscur creates a sound that reflects the experience of the underground for artists, hobos, neo-gypsies & revelers everywhere.
Masha Pekurovksy A Ukraine-born, Israeli-American currently based in New York. Masha is an emerging VJ artist and a Founding Partner of GlitchFairy. Her company provides event specific video art for club parties, live music performances , dance and theater productions. With strong background in design, Masha is particularly interested in exploring visual perception, composition and depth.
Norreport Based in Chicago, this IDM trio made up of Jason Appel, Evan Blesoff, and Ray Grigas. Their cinematic tracks are often performed with projections that mix psychedelia and Dziga Vertov-style film and score relationships.
10:00PM+ The Beach
From the Aquarium, we're heading out onto the Beach for a DJ-spun dance party with two of Brooklyn's finest MC's. Dance amidst fire spinners and the fresh beachside art installation, Brighton Is Cool, Ocean Is Hot.
DJ Spinach Born in Siberia and spending most of his childhood in Moldova, DJ Spinach organizes some of the best concerts and parties in NYC. His music interests vary from Ska, Reggae and Rocksteady to Surf and Psychobilly, from Swing and Twist to Polka and Gypsy pop. “I love setting the dance floor on fire using my unique mixture of world rhythms,” he says. He holds bi-monthly theme parties called “Swingin’ Penguin” electro swing party and an annual “Starinnije chasi” 80′s Soviet pop party, which attract hundreds of elated party-goers each time. Currently he is launching his own record company: JewFro Records.