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The Invisible Dog Art Center

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  3. Address : 51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

The Invisible Dog Art Center is housed in a three-story former factory building in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Built in 1863, our 30,000 square foot facility has been the site of various industrial endeavors - most notably a belt factory that created the famous Walt Disney invisible dog party trick, from which the organization took its name. The building remained dormant from the mid 1990's until our founder, Lucien Zayan, opened The Invisible Dog in 2009.

The Invisible Dog is dedicated to the integration of forward-thinking innovation with respect for the past. The building was restored for safety in 2009, and has been maintained over the years, but otherwise preserved intact from its original 1863 form. The rawness of the space is vital to the space’s cultural identity, and its inherent openness lends itself to highly flexible use and multidisciplinary programming. With Mr. Zayan at its helm, the organization is buoyed by the wealth of nearly three decades of his leadership experience, including high-level curatorial and cultural management positions he has previously held at some of the foremost art institutions overseas.

The center’s ground floor is used for exhibitions, performances and public events, featuring artists and curators from New York and around the world. This floor also includes a new pop-up shop, designed by artist-in-residence Anne Mourier, conceived as a new home for independent, commercial designers in various fields. The second floor and part of the third floor are divided into over 30 units of subsidized artist studios. The facility’s third level is a luminous and spacious open floor, used for exhibitions, performances, festivals and private events. Finally, adjacent to the main building is the Glass House, a brand new, seasonal exhibition space dedicated to featuring the work of female-identified artists.

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