Rendering of BAM Strong, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s expansion and renovation project. Photo: Mitchell Giurgola Architects LLP.

Brooklyn Academy of Music to Open New Exhibition Space

The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) has announced plans to open a new 1,100-square-foot gallery dedicated to visual art this fall. The exhibition space is part of an expansion project that will connect the organization’s three spaces on Fulton Street in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn. Called BAM Strong, the initiative, which was made possible with a lead gift from BAM trustee Brigitte Vosse, will also fund building improvements that will allow for greater accessibility.

Designed by Mitchell Giurgola with construction by Hunter-Roberts Construction Group, the Rudin Family Gallery, which was named for the family of the donor, collector, and honorary BAM trustee Beth Rudin DeWoody, will connect BAM’s Harvey Theater and ground-floor space at 230 Ashland Place. Larry Ossei-Mensah, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit’s senior curator, will serve as the gallery’s guest curator.

BAM will also renovate Harvey Theater’s outer lobby and construct an elevator that will take visitors up to the 115-year-old venue’s balcony. On the theater’s second floor, BAM will add a new patron lounge that will open on to a sculpture terrace situated on top of the gallery. Details about the space’s first installation will be announced in the coming months.

“We are deeply grateful for the support of the many partners who made the BAM Strong project possible, including the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York City Council, and the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President,” BAM board chair Adam E. Max said in a statement.

“We are thrilled that the project will provide our always adventurous institution with new opportunities—from visual art programming, to easier access to affordable seats, to new spaces for our audiences to gather. Having our Fulton Street spaces united under one canopy also reflects the evolution of BAM and the growing Brooklyn Cultural District.”