Brooklyn

United States



Address:
135 Broadway
New York
11211
Phone: (718) 486-6012
Fax: (718) 486-6012
Website: www.wahcenter.net

Williamsburg Art & Historical Center

MISSION

In October 1996, Yuko Nii founded the non-profit, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, based upon her “Bridge Concept.” That concept envisions a multifaceted, multicultural art center whose mission is to coalesce the diverse artistic community, and create a bridge between local, national and international artists, emerging and established artists, and artists of all disciplines. She also wanted to preserve the WAH Center’s building, a French Second Empire masterpiece, and make it a functional part of the cultural community of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Thus through the international language of art we come to understand each other to create a more peaceful and integrated world. The WAH Center is truly a force for peace and understanding and it’s concept is incorporated in its acronym: “WAH” in Japanese means “peace, harmony or unity.”

VISION

The WAH Center distinguishes itself among local art organizations as a creative laboratory for innovation in the visual arts. Accordingly, WAH Center makes great works by living artists of diverse groups (local, national and international) accessible to diverse audiences by using a variety of innovative approaches to the fine art & performing art using science and technology and uses the interpretation of art to express opinions about environmental and social concerns. We also want to present shows that reveal our historical context, for humans of today are a product of their past.


INNOVATION

The WAH Center will exemplify not only innovative leadership in the international art community, but other creative fields as well, ... [ Read all ]


Permanent Collection

Contemporary art collection including Judy Chicago, Faith Ringgold, Yayoi Kusama, Toshiko Takaezu and about 400 works by many other outstanding artists.


Exhibitions

WILDLIFE IN THE POST-NATURAL AGE
September 7-28, 2012
Reception: Sept. 14, 6-9 PM
Curated by Cara DeAngelis

Images of and concerned with wildlife are thriving in the heart of American cities, from New York to San Francisco. In September, American artists come together in Brooklyn with this exhibit to share what "Wildlife in the Post-Natural Age" looks like. The works range from drawing, to painting, video animation, sculpture, and photography. The artists are widely varied in their approach, but all have an integral connection to the overarching theme.

The show focuses on work that addresses the interplay between wildlife and our domesticated selves and spaces. It probes the persistence of wildlife in American culture and individual imagination through the work of a diverse group of city-based artists. The varied works evoke a reconsideration of the term "wild" in what Gary Snyder has called a Post-Natural Age, and the role that artists are playing in exploring these issues.


Previous Exhibitions

"Brave Destiny," world's largest show of living surrealist/visionary artists.

"Paradise Lost Festival," the world's largest celebration for John Milton's 400th birthday.
"A HELLUVA PARTY" New York Times

WOMEN FORWARD: "Women Forward, a terrific exhibition of Women artists...will explore the importance of female artists in contemporary society"
Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York, March 7, 2009

More information & exhibition history:
www.wahcenter.net


Exhibitions (8)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

THE GRAND HARVEST
International Juried Show with Awards!
Curated & Juried by Yuko Nii & Terrance Lindall
October 27 - December 9, 2012
Dear Artists and Our Friends,

We are going to have a GALA DINNER with Live Music after the Opening Reception of the Grand Harvest show, during which time we will announce the Award Recipients.

We need to know how many people we are expecting for the dinner so that we can make an advance order for special dishes from our local restaurants. Have more fun by bringing your family and friends and join our celebration dinner and the related events!

Please RSVP for the AWARDS DINNER, Oct. 27, 6-8 PM.

GALA DINNER with Live Music by vocalist Nora McCarthy & pianist Joshua Wolff: 6-8 PM
(see below)

Tickets General $35, Artists $30

AWARDS TO BE ANNOUNCED, both cash and purchase awards


Cost

Suggested donation
Performances: varies, $10-15


Opening hours

Friday & Monday 1-5 PM
Saturday & Sunday 1-6 PM


Getting there

M & J trains to Marcy Avenue
L train to Bedford Avenue




Museum internal and external photos (2)

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News and events

Dear Artists and Our Friends,

We are going to have a GALA DINNER with Live Music after the Opening Reception of the Grand Harvest show, during which time we will announce the Award Recipients.

We need to know how many people we are expecting for the dinner so that we can make an advance order for special dishes from our local restaurants. Have more fun by bringing your family and friends and join our celebration dinner and the related events!

Please RSVP for the AWARDS DINNER, Oct. 27, 6-8 PM.

GALA DINNER with Live Music by vocalist Nora McCarthy & pianist Joshua Wolff: 6-8 PM
(see below)

Tickets General $35, Artists $30

AWARDS TO BE ANNOUNCED, both cash and purchase awards


FAQ's

In late 1996 the artist Yuko Nii bought the Kings County Savings Bank Building on the south side at the foot of the Williamsburg Bridge and founded the not-for-profit Williamsburg Art & Historical Center (WAH Center) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, based upon her Bridge Concept. That concept envisions a multifaceted, multicultural art center whose mission is to coalesce the diverse artistic communities, and create a bridge between local, national and international artists, emerging as well as established artists of all disciplines. Nii also wanted to preserve the WAH Center’s building, a French Second Empire masterpiece, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and a New York City Landmark, and make it a functional part of the cultural community of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY. Since the creation of the WAH Center numerous articles about the WAH Center and Nii have been written in local, national and international magazines and newspapers. Nii has also appeared on many television and radio programs.


Membership

The WAH Center has created a membership program, the WAH Salon Art Club. Every year the members participate in the annual January Salon Exhibition, and we will have the 11th annual Salon Exhibition in January, 2010. Depending upon the members good standing, we offer a solo show in our small gallery. We also offer the members of high artistic merit a solo show at our affiliated exhibition space at the Amarin Café in Greenpoint.


Venue hire

Rent the WAH Center

The Center offers RENTAL SPACE for art exhibits, performances, rehearsals, weddings, film location shots, and any suitable event...at reasonable prices by hour, day, week or month.
Contact the WAH Center:
(718) 486-7372
(718) 486-6012
wahcenter@earthlink.net