visiting Exhibits


Free Portrait Project: Crown Heights

opens September 25

The Free Portrait Project: Crown Heights, created by Rusty Zimmerman, creates a portrait of a place through its people. Zimmerman's oil-painted portraits of 200 Crown Heights residents acts as a physical record of the neighborhood amid shifting demographics. The project upends a tradition of portraiture reserved for a wealthy few by giving these paintings to people from all walks of life.

Participants applied and were nominated to receive Zimmerman's four-hour live portraits, which will be on display at Brooklyn Children's Museum from September 25 to October 23. In partnership with the Brooklyn Historical Society and the Weeksville Heritage Center, Zimmerman recorded oral histories during each session, which will also be available for listening during his exhibition. 

Rusty Zimmerman (American, b.1979) is a portrait painter raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and the Bay Area of California. He is the Founder and Artist of the Free Portrait Project, and the portrait and poster artist to Governor Andrew Cuomo. Zimmerman lives and works in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.