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Ghouls come to Gowanus gallery – Brooklyn Paper

Ghouls come to Gowanus gallery

Haunted haus: MF Gallery owners Martina Secondo Russo and Frank Russo are throwing a ghoulish evening of costumes and art.
Photo by Bess Adler

Some grown-ups will find any excuse to get dressed up in a fun costume — they’ll even go to an art gallery.

A Gowanus art space already known as “the death metal band of Brooklyn art showrooms” is hosting a costume party that’s the perfect place for both adult art lovers and Hallow’s eve enthusiasts to come together for the spookiest time of the year.

“A lot of the artists we work with are normally into that kind of thing,” said MF Gallery’s Martina Secondo Russo of the occult and horror-themed art pieces that will be on display. “Either their work is already along those lines, or we ask them to create some things and they’re happy to oblige.”

Russo claims a night gazing at grotesque art work is a great way to extend Halloween beyond one night — and test run costumes before the big night.

“If you can’t decide what costume to wear, you can wear one to this party and one on Halloween, or text your makeup out, or whatever,” said Russo, an artist who started the MF Gallery with her husband Frank.

In the place of wine, the gallery will have a keg, and instead of standard gallery-goer garb, visitors will have the chance to don costumes and dance to punk rock.

And on the walls will be pieces of art fit for a haunted house, such as creepy sculptures of oozing skeletons or devilish spiked and hairy eyeballs — all for sale.

Brooklyn, it seems, is uniquely suited for the scariest of festivities.

Russo said they exported the party to an outpost of their gallery in Genova, Italy, but Italians, unlike Brooklynites, still view that holiday as something only for little kids.

“It’s not like here — where adults go all out and roam the streets or go to bars in costume,” she said.

The 10th Annual Halloween Art Show at the MF Gallery [213 Bond St. between Baltic and Butler streets, (917) 446–8681, mfgallery.net] Oct. 13 at 7 pm. Free.

Reach reporter Eli Rosenberg at erosenberg@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2531. And follow him at twitter.com/emrosenberg.

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