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Micro Museum is a giant at 25 years • Brooklyn Paper

Micro Museum is a giant at 25 years

Micro Museum founders Kathleen and William Laziza celebrated a career high point — the 25th anniversary of their edgy exhibition space — last month on Smith Street.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

Weako watercolors need not apply — unless they’re abscessed awesomely with acid.

Micro Museum, Brooklyn’s tiny exhibition space with a big personality, marked its 25th anniversary last month by showing visitors why it’s a hybrid hotbed for more than 600 edgy and innovative artists, some of whom strut their cool stuff in town and around the world.

Founders Kathleen and William Laziza uncorked the champagne and poured the virtuosity.

There was live music by Fredrix LIVEnDIRECT, and How We Met Quintet, videoart by Flood Basalt and the Guillotine, a peek at one of the longest running kinetic sculptures in the tri-state area, and performance art cooked up by Muffinhead, who describes her personal style as, “If you were watching cartoons one day and your TV exploded — that’s pretty much my look.”

The Lazizas — she’s an interdisciplinary artist, he’s a systems engineer who moonlights as an artist — also offered a trip down memory lane, showing past clips from their TV show, “Spontaneous Combustion,” which airs monthly on Brooklyn Community Access Television.

Think of the museum, which features touch-sensitive sculptures, wearable art pieces and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 78 RPM record collection, as sustenance for the emerging artist, Kathleen Laziza told us after the Sept. 29 party.

“There’s a long arc to the development of an artist, and you don’t make a masterpiece every single time, so you need to be in a world that gives you a chance.”

We’d say that nurturing approach has made the Micro Museum a giant.

Micro Museum [123 Smith St. between Dean and Pacific streets in Downtown, (718) 797-3116; open Saturdays, noon-7 pm].

And it wouldn’t be a Micro Museum show without Muffinhead interacting with the help.
Photo by Stefano Giovannini

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