About Proteotypes

Proteotypes is the publishing arm of Proteus Gowanus, a collaborative interdisciplinary gallery and reading room in the Gowanus district of Brooklyn, dedicated to the assembling, in several media, of apparently incongruous ideas or forms to construct surprising yet meaningful compounds and dialogues.

Proteotypes’ mission is to extend some of what happens at Proteus Gowanus — themed shows of artwork, satellite exhibits, archival material, events, and workshops — into the field of printed matter. So our first book, Play, was the companion to a yearlong theme of PLAY, and our third, The Social Vision of Alfred T. White, reassembled as essayists many of the speakers of an event, Alfred T. White Day, celebrated at Proteus Gowanus.


The collaborative’s interests are very diverse; they include but are not limited to the literary. Instead they come about organically as collaborators bring in new ideas, and this has already happened several times. Proteotypes does not accept manuscript submissions as such, but if you have an idea for a collaboration and are willing to invest the time and work to develop it here, then a publication might grow out it. Please address those ideas to either Wendy Walker or Tom La Farge, Proteotypes/Proteus Gowanus, 543 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215, or at .

Besides Proteus Gowanus, our mother ship, Proteotypes partners with several other groups working nearby: Reanimation Library, Morbid Anatomy Library, and Observatory.

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