Saturday February 24th, the culminating 30-day exhibition opens– with a parade and a marching band to lead the way from Sunset Park to the opening reception– in which all 200 portraits & oral histories of South(ern) Brooklyn by artist Rusty Zimmerman will be shown together for the first and only time, hosted by Industry City. Thereafter, the paintings belong to the people who sat for them, & their audio will be shared with the Center for Brooklyn History for consideration to their permanent collection of oral histories of Brooklyn.

That Saturday, at 2:30pm, I’ve invited all 200 people in this big picture– with their family, friends, neighbors, & the public– to meet me at Sunset Park and walk to the venue together. A few hundred residents of over 20 neighborhoods South of Prospect Park, walking down the road together with a marching band & NYPD escort– to say hello, to see their portraits together, to honor the threads that connect them, to celebrate South Brooklyn, and to give this place and its people their flowers.

Parade start: 2:30pm, 4200 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232

Parade end: The Free Portrait Project: 900 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11232 (Industry City, Bldg 8)

Reception: 3-6PM, FREE & open to the public. On display through March 25th, 2024, 7 days/week, 10:00a.m. – 6:00p.m.

To sponsor the parade & exhibition, email to request a benefits package.


Past Exhibitions: 2023/2024

Barclays Center: one-night Pop-up with Brooklyn Nets

Midwood: BKLYN Public Library: 975 East 16th St. at, Avenue J, through 2023;

Kensington: BKLYN Public Library:  4207 18th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218; On view through Dec. 1st;

Sunset Park: Cafe Nube, 940 4th Ave

McKinley: Brooklyn Public Library: 6802 Fort Hamilton Pkwy

Mill Basin: Brooklyn Public Library: 2385 Ralph Ave

Industry City: The Saloon, 68 34th St, BK, NY 11232; Building 6, 2nd Floor;

Boro Park: Brooklyn Public Library: 1265 43rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11219

Bay Ridge: Brooklyn Public Library, 7223 Ridge Blvd; through January, 2024;

Windsor Terrace: Brooklyn Public Library: 160 E 5th St, Brooklyn, NY 11218; through November, 2023;

Red Hook: Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition: 481 Van Brunt St