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Ismaelly Peña is a designer and curator. She received a Bachelor in Architecture from Woodbury University and is a graduate of the Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices (CCCP) program at GSAPP, Columbia University. While at Columbia she focused her research and thesis on the representation of socially engaged architecture and art. She is interested in the role that designers and artists play in affecting social change and has collaborated with artists such as Mary Miss and more recently with REV-People's Production House.

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Located in an industrial area of Sunset Park, the Brooklyn Army Terminal may appear to be factory remnant of a bygone era but it is actually one of Brooklyn’s hidden treasures. Designed by architect Cass Gilbert and completed in September 1919, the terminal was once the largest military supply base in the United States. Today, two buildings on the site have been re-purposed by the organization Chashama into studio spaces for more than 93 artists.


For those interested in alternatives to mainstream art galleries and museums, Thomas Hisrchhorn’s latest installation “Gramsci Monument” in the South Bronx Forest Houses presents a provocative and enriching experience. Hirschhorn recently participated in the ICP Triennial, which we reviewed in May and created the monumental installation Concordia, Concordia at Gladstone Gallery in Chelsea.

Commissioned by the renowned Dia Art Foundation, the “Gramsci Monument” is Hirchhorn’s fourth in a series of monuments that commemorate admired philosophers: Spinoza, Deleuze and Bataille and Gramsci. After a thirty-five day collaborative construction phase, the artist and the community inaugurated the Monument this past July, open now seven days a week.