Guest Curator: Debra Simon

Debra Simon 
Vice President
Arts & Events 
Brookfield Office Properties

www.artsbrookfield.com

Free art exhibitions and programs are not what you would expect to find within the stately buildings of Manhattan’s financial district. However, more office workers and visitors find themselves enjoying surprise performances by artists such as Mr. Taka Kigawa. The acclaimed pianist treated his audience to a number of Debussy’s Preludes in the lobby of 1 Liberty Plaza. This building is situated near Wall Street and is owned by a real estate corporation, Brookfield Office Properties.
In 1988, the corporation created a cultural branch called Arts Brookfield. Today, the organization is run by Debra Simon, a former dancer who cultivated years of experience in cultural planning and marketing at the Alliance for Downtown New York. Ever since its establishment, Brookfield Office Properties have earned a reputation as a key player for the integration of art and business.
Arts Brookfield spends approximately $1 million per year for the production of their free dance, theatrical, musical, and visual exhibitions set against the backdrop of their New York office buildings. In addition to this local program, Arts Brookfield also operates sister programs in Toronto, Calgary, Denver, Houston, and Los Angeles. The additional spending comes up to $2 million dollars. Altogether, the programs present about 400 free events annually for an audience of about 350,000 people.

Anna Ogier-Bloomer
The pool at my mother's apartment is where she oftened socialized, Indian Creek Apartments, Cincinnati
Categories: Curate NYC. Tags: azekria, cvassallo, dmarrow, dsimon, and wvsinderen. borough: Brooklyn. Art Medium: Photography.
Annette Tacconelli
Moving Still
Categories: Curate NYC. Tags: 150 and dsimon. borough: Brooklyn. Art Medium: Sculpture.
Carter Hodgkin
Eighth View of the Blue Vortex (still from animation)
Categories: Curate NYC. Tags: 150, dsimon, fneal, and lmichael. borough: Manhattan. Art Medium: Film/Video.
CJ Nye
Waste Not [and] Want Not
Categories: Curate NYC. Tags: ahunt and dsimon. borough: Manhattan. Art Medium: Installation, Mixed Media, Painting, and Sculpture.
Diana Teeter
The Man In White
Categories: Curate NYC. Tags: dsimon and pazt. borough: Queens. Art Medium: Photography.
Don Lisy
Feeble Engines Of Despotism
Categories: Curate NYC. Tags: dsimon and jsteranko. borough: Brooklyn. Art Medium: Painting.
Ellie Irons
Invasive Pigments Sampler
Categories: Curate NYC. Tags: aschwartz, bshertz, dsimon, ljohnstone, rthomas, and snewman. borough: Brooklyn. Art Medium: Mixed Media.
Ignacio Campo Salinas
Lotus 5
Categories: Curate NYC. Tags: 150 and dsimon. borough: Brooklyn. Art Medium: Painting.
Jin-kang Park
Loop
Categories: Curate NYC. Tags: bdanderson and dsimon. borough: Manhattan. Art Medium: Installation, Mixed Media, Photography, and Sculpture.
John Day
Reforestation
Categories: Curate NYC. Tags: 150, dsimon, and jsramirez. borough: Queens. Art Medium: Installation.
Joseph Morris
Immanence
Categories: Curate NYC. Tags: dsimon. borough: Brooklyn. Art Medium: Installation, Mixed Media, and Sculpture.
Kevin Bright
TIME
Categories: Curate NYC. Tags: dharper, dsimon, lomensah, tkohler, and vcoliver. borough: Brooklyn. Art Medium: Drawing.
Michael Kelly Williams
A Folk Opera from Abeokuta
Categories: Curate NYC. Tags: 150, 60bay, dsimon, and fneal. borough: Manhattan. Art Medium: Mixed Media.
Mireille Liong
Crown of Locs
Categories: Curate NYC. Tags: dsimon, kfeirtag, and ljohnstone. borough: Brooklyn. Art Medium: Photography.
Robin Feld
Moral Combat
Categories: Curate NYC. Tags: 60bay, dsimon, and kfeirtag. borough: Brooklyn. Art Medium: Painting.
Ryan Turley
SPECTACLE
Categories: Curate NYC. Tags: dsimon. borough: Manhattan. Art Medium: Installation and Sculpture.
Stephen Cox
In Search of America #14
Categories: Curate NYC. Tags: dsimon, fneal, and mfancy. borough: Manhattan. Art Medium: Drawing.
Tegan M Brozyna
Tectonics
Categories: Curate NYC. Tags: 60bay, dsimon, and lross. borough: Brooklyn. Art Medium: Mixed Media and Painting.