Get us in your inbox


'Ugly Beauties' by Curry J. Hackett

  • Art
Ugly Beauties
Photograph: Cameron Blaylock

Time Out says

Ugly Beauties is a new art installation that prompts the viewer to think about society at large.

A new public art installation by artist Curry J. Hackett has just taken over The Plaza at 300 Ashland in Brooklyn, and it's as futuristic as art gets these days: the piece, dubbed Ugly Beauties, features panoramic, AI-generated images of Black folks among various native weeds.

According to an official press release, the work, on display through May 2, highlights a “metaphorical connection between society’s perception of these species and its treatment of Black people.”

Upon approaching the structure, the viewer will immediately notice the juxtaposition of the various elements depicted, prompting all to think of our perception of what is beautiful and what is part of society at large.

“Ugly Beauties expands on Downtown Brooklyn Partnership’s commitment to activating its
shared spaces with art installations that enliven the public realm and capture the spirit of the
neighborhood,” said Regina Myer, President of Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, in a statement. “With residents, shoppers, workers, diners, and other visitors rushing around the neighborhood, we hope this piece will impart a moment of reflection and help Brooklynites to realize the beauty all around them. ”

Anna Rahmanan
Written by
Anna Rahmanan


You may also like
You may also like