The Bensonhurst Review was founded in 2011 with the goal of examining and celebrating art in dialogue with both contemporary and classical forms, movements, and themes. A growing community of directors, writers, poets, painters, actors, dancers, composers and musicians gathers in its pages and at its performances.
In Bensonhurst, Brookyln, (2011) friends gathered weekly in a little railroad apartment on 24th avenue; the long rambling conversations and artistic exchanges formed the early whispers of The Bensonhurst Review.
Andrew Joseph Marotta founded the magazine as a forum for emerging artists of various genres. Each issue revolves around a theme used to contextualize the contemporary art world and commemorate past movements.
The issues are also accompanied by a theatrical presentation, or showcase. The showcases are staged readings or adaptations of the writing published in each issue, which broadens the experience of the journal and engages with ideas of theater and art presentation.
The Bensonhurst Review continues to grow and transform through the themes explored by our editors’ and artists’ voices. With a finger on the pulse of our moment, with great respect to the past, and all the possibilities of the next issue, we welcome you to The Bensonhurst Review.
30th April, 2017
The purpose of Art is to enrich life as it unfolds moment by moment. To uncover wonder in the ordinary. To pose questions that spiral toward wisdom. To catalyze half-moments of the sublime in our longings. To nurture beauty in a way which we may discover and rediscover our hungry souls. To remember that all things must die.
We are not Humanists because we wrestle with morality; we are not Feminists because we begin with inclusivity; we are not Marxist because we are broke as a joke; we are not Capitalists because we ask for ten bucks admission; we are not Freudian because we are curious about your dreams; we are not Jungian because we are inspired by myth and spirit; we are not Christian because we are American; we are not Buddhists because we plunge into detached and empty spaces; we are not Atheists because we question God; we are not Existentialists because we take responsibility; we are not Deterministic because we are dashing toward our fate; we are not Postmodernists because we reject overarching truths; we are not Scientists because we embrace naturalism; we are not Romantics because we are nostalgic; we are not Idealists because we have soul; we are not Activists because we believe in democracy; we are not Scholars because we read and write in journals; we are not Nietzschean because we strive for personal excellence; we are not Gypsies because we look toward the stars; we are committed Artists at very-very-profoundly strange and confusing moment in History. Philosophy is merely the glue that binds our knowledge.
To be an artist is to remain open and curious to life. The Bensonhurst Review is a platform of inquiry, creativity, expression, and performance that celebrates this belief. We use the practical mechanisms of creating a ‘zine’ alongside a theatrical showcase as a way of building community. The values of our community revolve around creativity and knowledge. To wipe the dust off old and ancient ideas. To infuse our lives with meaning and magic. To be perpetually surrounded by art and artists. To bring vitality, hope, and love into our world rather than art serving as a temporary relief from daily misgivings. That is what the Bensonhurst Review stands for.
The Bensonhurst Review Crew