Ties between artists, curators and community in the urban context are the main idea behind Black And White. The organizers maintain two basic programs: Artist-in-Residency and Exhibition.
Tatyana Okshteyn, the Ukraine-born founder of the Gallery, treats her occupation in a similar way to raising a family, giving maximum support and care to artists capable of giving an alternative to the mainstream. She belongs to the family of filmmakers, architects, writers and musicians. Upon migrating to the United States in 1980, she chose to study capitalist economics as an unusual way of exploring American culture. As time went by, nature-born interest for art took over and led Ms. Okshteyn and her husband, artist Shimon Okshteyn, to opening their own art gallery in a unique Williamsburg site (2002) with courtyard treated as an outdoor gallery. Since then, they have been keeping the original concept of unity between the art space and city space.
In 2006, a gallery in Chelsea was added in order to support emerging artists, while the one in Williamsburg was kept for showcasing newcomers and experimental works. The next step was establishing Black And White Project Space three years later as one more tool for supporting artists, making them less depending upon changing economic environment.
Nowadays location in Bushwick is neighbors with Socrates Sculpture Park, P.S.1, and Sculpture Center. Keeping urban environment creative and truly social—this is how the Black And White mission can be described.