We Know Not Exactly Where or How
August 24 – October 5, 2013
Open Source Gallery
306 17th St.
Frederick Law Olmsted, the man responsible (along with Calvert Vaux) for designing Prospect Park and Central Park, believed parks were a civic experience that relied on community involvement. South Slope's Open Source Gallery honors Olmsted's vision in the interactive exhibition We Know Not Exactly Where or How. For the occasion, the space has essentially been transformed into an indoor park, complete with grass, trees and planters. The venue is set to host community-based performances, workshops and picnics, including a participatory patchwork picnic blanket project with local artists Athena Kokoronis and Jan Mun at 3pm on Thursday. Check open-source-gallery.org a full schedule of events. Even when no programming is scheduled, the gallery is an inviting area that can be used to unwind for a bit. The name of the exhibition comes from Olmsted himself, who, after visiting England's Isle of Wight in 1850, stated: "gradually and silently the charm comes over us; we know not exactly where or how." For more information, visit open-source-gallery.org.