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Alive with Art 2014

a Benefit for Brooklyn Arts Council




6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Please join Brooklyn Arts Council we celebrate an outstanding Brooklynite whose multi-faceted career and exceptional talents exemplify the vibrancy of our borough's cultural community.


José Parlá

Internationally renowned, cutting edge Brooklyn-based visual artist

Sponsored by:

Brooklyn Bridge Realty
Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
Con Edison
Excel Builders & Renovators, Inc.
TD Bank

Cocktails and Hors D'oeuvres

Festive Attire

Tickets start at $300.

Centerpiece designed by Carlos Mare







José Parlá is a Brooklyn-based artist that has been exhibiting internationally since 2000. Parlá is a polyglot of stories and memories who engages in the sub-cultures and values of urban life, and shares the natural world of the elsewhere community he observes and documents by creating a body of work that is at once universal, engaging, glorious, and mind-expanding to see.

In addition to his 70-foot-long painting at Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center, Parlá has also made permanent mural paintings at BAM FISHER - Brooklyn Academy of Music, NY; André Balazs' CHILTERN FIREHOUSE, London, UK; North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library by SNØHETTA; and at Concord City Place, City of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In 2013, Parlá was invited to participate in dialogues held as part of NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio’s Talking Transitions initiative with Manon Slome, Chief Curator of No Longer Empty; and spoke with Anne Pasternak of Creative Time at the Standard Hotel’s Standard Talks: Outside the Lines event, moderated by Sunny Bates.  At The Museum of Modern Art’s Pop Rally program, Parlá participated in a dialogue hosted by curator Sarah Suzuki with GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, historian Alan Ket, and Adam Mansbach, New York Times-bestselling author.

Recently, Parlá’s solo exhibitions have taken place in Tokyo, Japan with Yuka Tsuruno Gallery and Haunch of Venison in London.  The artist’s work is in the permanent collections of The British Museum, London; POLA Museum of Art, Hakone, Japan; and The Burger Collection in Hong Kong. In 2012, the 11th Havana Biennial selected the Wrinkles of the City: Havana, Cuba project, which was completed in the same year for a vertically integrated collaboration between Parlá and French artist JR, and exhibited in 2013 at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York City.  Parlá and JR co-directed a documentary by the same title that was awarded the Grand Prize for Documentary Short and Best U.S. Premiere Documentary Short in 2013 at The Heartland Film Festival, Indianapolis, IN. This year, for the Caldera Arts Program at The Portland Art Museum Parlá collaborated with participating youth for his Signature Roots workshop and installation.  Parlá started painting in the early 1980s, exhibiting his works in the streets of Miami, and studied at Miami Dade Community College, New World School of the Arts and Savannah College of Art & Design.



Alive with Art will feature centerpieces designed by sculptor/painter Carlos Mare. Carlos is an important figure in the early 1980s NYC subway art movement who gained notoriety in the highly acclaimed documentary Style Wars. In 1985, he pioneered a novel version of urban graffiti as modernist sculpture in metal. As an artist his work moves between abstract sculptural construction and “interventions” with influences from style writers and established artists and architects alike, among them Stella, Ghery and di Suvero.

He has been appointed as a U.S Cultural Ambassador and was a 2011-12 NYU Steinhardt School H2ED Scholar in Residence, where his lectures A.L.L (Advocacy, Literacy, Legacy) for ARTS and Urban Modernism Art for the Next Century were conceived. His commercial accomplishments include designing the Annual BET Award. In 2006, he won a Webby Award for the Style Wars website, and he worked closely with Robert DeNiro on the making of the film The Good Shepherd.

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