SCOTT DUNCAN AT PF GALLERY JULY 31- AUGUST 29

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On Thursday July 31st PF Gallery will be hosting an opening reception for Scott Duncan’s Touba,his documentary project about Sufi Islam in Senegal. A special screening of the film Touba will be presented Thursday night and the full photography show will be up on the gallery walls through August 29th.

Scott Duncan describes Touba this way:

“Touba, reveals a different face of Islam, one which is so essential in these culturally divisive times. This exhibit chronicles the annual Grand Magaal pilgrimage of one million Sufi Muslims to the holy Senegalese city of Touba. The pilgrims travel from all over the world to pay homage to the life and teachings of Cheikh Amadou Bamba. His non-violent resistance to the French colonial persecution of Muslims in the late 19th century inspired a national movement and doctrine. Until this day, freedom of religious expression through pacifism is still practiced by millions of his followers. In light of what’s been happening recently in Mali and the region, these are lessons the world can learn.

In Touba I was enchanted by the vibrant colors, the hot yellow sun, and of course the kindness, generosity and open spirit of the pilgrims. Locals welcomed the pilgrims into their homes for rest and refreshment. Strangers shared what scarce food and water there was to offer. Since my first visit, I have returned to Touba seven times. I befriended the Mouride leadership and gained their trust, and through them, I was honored with unprecedented access to capture the Grand Magaal as a true insider. With this access, I was able to create intimate portraiture of the people of Touba.
This body of photographs was created to honor this special city and its people, and to share the one-of-a-kind experience of Touba with you.”

Scott Duncan is a Director/Cinematographer whose passion for filmmaking and photography knows no boundaries. Over the span of Duncan’s 22-year career, he has received 13 Emmy Awards and 29 nominations, most notably for Individual Achievement in Cinematography and Best Documentary.

Scott’s childhood in St. Croix, USVI has helped to shape his unique impression of the world he sees and the images he creates. Earning his BFA in Photography at the School of Visual Arts, Scott honed his technical skill and eye for captivating an audience with his artistic use of composition, color and light.

More about Touba from Indiewire, the Hollywood Reporter & IndieNYC.

COLE BARASH : TALK STORY BOOK LAUNCH

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Like most of us, Cole Barash grew up on a steady diet of action packed Hawaiian surf imagery. Unlike most of us, he took the chance to explore that scene deeper when given the opportunity. Blending a documentarian’s journalistic impulse with an artist’s desire to approach things from nontraditional angles, Cole spent a season on the North Shore in the company of a series of mythical characters like the young surfing phenom and North Shore product John John Florence.

On Thursday night Picture Farm Gallery is excited to present the book launch for Talk Story, a body of work that pulls the viewers deeper “behind all the action” in a refreshingly thoughtful way.

Thursday, July 24 2014 from 6 to 10 PM

FIVE MINUTES (OR SO) WITH BIG ORGANIC

PF Gallery Big Organic : Mike Ming & Naomi Kazama from Picture Farm on Vimeo.

AN INVITATION TO CHEER

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It wasn’t so long ago that the people of Williamsburg had a ready-made, family friendly space for World Cup viewing, but with the demise of Zebulon (long may she live) the hole in our heart has only grown wider at the thought of not being able to coral the neighborhood love in one place.
And at Picture Farm we have a few abiding passions, the beautiful game (and enjoying that with our kids) chief among them. And while we may all root for different teams during the world Cup (we’re an exotic bunch, see) we all agree that we’d like to root for them together. With our kids. And our friends. And their kids. And their friends.
Chris Bren and Bill Swartz are dreaming up a community-neighborhood-family friendly viewing situation in the PF Gallery space. Every game of the World Cup will just happen to be on in the gallery. We cordially invite you to join us for a celebration of le foot.
More info coming soon, so stay tuned.

MAY POP UP : LIVE SCREEN PRINTING WITH STRANGE : MAY 17 & 18

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We are proud to present our next pop up weekend special: Artists Naomi Kazama and Mike Ming will exhibit selected works in conjunction with Zak Bush’s Revisions show and Patagonia’s release of Damnation.

They will be live screen printing on all manner of fabric. Naomi’s mission is to promote sustainability through use of organic materials and Strange will be providing organic cotton t-shirts and Patagonia will be donating returned clothing for printing.

This is an encore performance, and if you missed the first time around, now’s our chance.

And this coming weekend Naomi and Mike will be performing their magic at the Patagonia Bowery surf shop…

ONE NIGHT ONLY PAOLA CITTERIO POP UP INSTALLATION MAY 30

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PF Gallery will have a one night only viewing of Paola Citterio’s project “Viral Colonization.” We are duly honored that she decided PF Gallery would be a perfect place to mount this fleeting but significant event, titled SOLOFIFTY, and it is truly the sort of experience you’d hope to stumble upon on a Friday night in Brooklyn.

MI ESCUELITA ART SHOW POP UP MAY 31

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It has turned into an annual event here at the PF Gallery to host the Mi Escuelita Student Art show this time of year. It’s always a hilariously ambitious project and the art is always incredible.

Stop by Saturday 11:00-2:30 (during the day) to bask in the warm glow of children’s dreams.

SURFRIDER NYC CHAPTER AT PF GALLERY MAY 21

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We’re excited to be hosting Surfrider’s next chapter meeting in the Picture Farm gallery space, Wednesday May 21st. Come join us and hear from their guest speakers Jill Webber from Parks Department and Sarah Knapp from OutdoorFest, and updates on LNG, plastic bag legislation, and water testing campaigns.

HUCK CURATOR Q&A : IT DOESN’T NOT WORK

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Our friends in London at Huck magazine rung up the other day sniffing around about the IDNW community design event we’re hosting this weekend at PF Gallery. Read the hole thing at HUCK.

Huck Curator Q&A : It Doesn’t Not Work

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Our friends in London at Huck magazine rung up the other day sniffing around about the IDNW community design event we’re hosting this weekend at PF Gallery. Read the hole thing at HUCK.