brooklynmuseum Our first visitor-inspired installation is now on display in the interactive section of 'Double Take: African Innovations.' One of the most recurrent themes visitors shared with us dealt with gender and we chose two objects with this in mind. Curator @bkln_afrpac has paired beautiful, but surprising, representations of gendered beauty, which challenge received ideas about gender roles. The female sculpture, by a Luba artist, is a representation of political power and leadership, while the male work, by a Baule artist, is a vision of male beauty, meant for a female patron. #BKMAfricanart 20h

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brooklynmuseum #Maythe4thBeWithYou! A long time ago in a galaxy far far away, Darth Director #ArnoldLehman dressed up in celebration of a new exhibition, "#StarWars: The Magic of Myth." Revisit our 2002 show at bit.ly/1ERGDOS, you must. 22h

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brooklynmuseum The artist of this work chose the subject of a picnic to describe the ideal coexistence of nature and civilization. How are you coexisting with nature on this beautiful Spring day? [Detail. #ThomasCole (American, 1801-1848). A Pic-Nic Party, 1846.] #BKMAmericanart 2d

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brooklynmuseum “The amazing thing about this table is that we think that tubular metal furniture began with Marcel Breuer in the Bauhaus, but this object made out of tubular brass was created 40 years earlier in Meriden, Connecticut.“ Learn more about #BKMdecarts objects on curator Barry Harwood’s #nycxd tour at the Museum, and at his @WantedDesign panel discussions, both on May 9th! 2d

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brooklynmuseum An Economy of Grace was the first series by @KehindeWiley entirely dedicated to the female figure, and it takes up many of the signature themes of his work. It is as transglobal as it is diachronic; it is as saturated with true beauty and glamour as it is postured and theatrical. It is realness with a twist. Learn more about this series today at our screening of @pbsofficial's documentary on the subject at #targetfirstsaturday. [Detail. #KehindeWiley (American, b. 1977). The Two Sisters, 2012.] 3d

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brooklynmuseum Great moment captured by a recent visitor of one of the many skateboarders who frequent the Museum plaza on beautiful days like today. | 🔄 @cgullung channeling #jeanmichelbasquiat @ #brooklynmuseum 3d

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brooklynmuseum Last week, #BKMconservation identified mummified remains—which were previously thought to be an Ibis—as a falcon. It turns out the bird isn't alone, there are other falcon remains in our collection including this the ones contained in this this bronze coffin from the Late Period (664–332 B.C.E.). For those interested in this discovery and it's connections, head to our our tumblr to learn a little more: bit.ly/1EVObSE 4d

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brooklynmuseum “From time to time, the story of the donor is as interesting and important as the story of the work. Bert Schaffner, a passionate collector of Indian art in particular, collected this work in his youth and gave it to the Museum in celebration of his own ninetieth birthday. He was also a very prominent psychiatrist, one of the earliest doctors committed to treating patients with AIDS, and a gay-rights advocate starting as long ago as the 1950s.”— #ArnoldLehman for #DiverseWorks [Detail. Indian. Stalling Elephant, mid 17th century.] #BKMAsianart 4d

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brooklynmuseum On deli counters in the 1940s, this commercial meat slicer would have evoked cleanliness, efficiency, and modernity. In an exhibition, it becomes an almost abstract piece of streamlined design. @whitneymuseum we celebrate your new home in the Meatpacking District with this housewarming post – congratulations! [#EgmontArens (American, 1887-1966). Meat Slicer, ca. 1935.] #BKMdecarts #NewWhitney 4d

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brooklynmuseum "Basquiat's use of language reveals his ability to observe and describe what he sees in people, places, ideas, and things of whatever type as an exceptionally skilled racanteur. Words are tool and material for him. He meditates on them. Though famous as a figurative painter, he is, above and beyond all else, quintessentially, a poet." - Christopher Stackhouse [Jean-Michel Basquiat (American, 1960–1988). Untitled Notebook Page, 1980–81. Ink on ruled notebook paper, 9 5/8 x 7 5/8 in. (24.5 x 19.4 cm). Collection of Larry Warsh. Copyright Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, all rights reserved. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Photo: Sarah DeSantis, Brooklyn Museum] #basquiatnotebooks #nationalpoetrymonth 5d

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brooklynmuseum “Today on the corner of Greenpoint Ave. and West St. in Greenpoint still stands the Faience Manufacturing Company’s building, which is now slated to be turned into condominiums. But from 1881-1892, Faience was a major Brooklyn maker and manufacturer. They produced some of the finest and most elaborate porcelains made in the United States at that time for an elite market. Now they're all gone, but between 1850 and World War I there were a dozen potteries in #Greenpoint and they produced everything from utilitarian sanitary wares to these elaborate objects like this Ewer.” Learn more about #BKMdecarts objects on curator Barry Harwood’s #nycxd tour at the Museum, and at his @WantedDesign panel discussions, both on May 9th!
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brooklynmuseum BKM employees had a special treat today during our staff tour of Diverse Works: "Director's Choice, 1997-2015." #ArnoldLehman, himself, walked us through the exhibition sharing his personal anecdotes along the way. If you know anything about Arnold, you know it was an entertaining tour! See the exceptional works collected during his tenure now on view in #DiverseWorks! 6d

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brooklynmuseum #ZaneleMuholi: Isibonelo/Evidence—opening Friday, May 1—features several of @muholizanele’s ongoing projects about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) communities, both in her home country, South Africa, and abroad. To celebrate the opening of this exhibition, the artist will participate in both a Conversation on Thursday and an Artist Talk and walk-through on Friday. Those who attends Thursday's Conversation (moderated by @tlynnfaz) will have the opportunity to attend a preview of the exhibition a day before it opens. Check our web calendar for details on both events! bit.ly/bkmevents [Zanele Muholi (South African, born 1972). Zanele Muholi, Vredehoek, Cape Town, 2011 (2011). Zanele Muholi. Courtesy of Stevenson Cape Town/Johannesburg and Yancey Richardson, New York] 6d

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brooklynmuseum This month at #targetfirstsaturday, we celebrate the work of #KehindeWiley, whose larger-than-life paintings feature people of color striking art-historical poses amid ornate floral backgrounds. We'll be kicking off the night with @chargaux, a classically trained artist duo whose lush compositions will make you feel like you've stepped into one of Wiley’s paintings. @NewMuseum Triennial darling, @julianahuxtable will also be here spinning industrial, gritty and futuristic beats. Finally, the self-proclaimed “dark rapper, dark villain, dark lord of the fashion world" @zebrakatz will rap () up the night. More on this lineup at bit.ly/1PXwuEe | Photo: @chargaux, courtesy the artists. 6d

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brooklynmuseum @muholizanele has been in the museum all week installing her upcoming show and educating staff on her powerful work. Recently, staff members had the special honor of hand-writing quotes from the survivors of anti-gay violence in South Africa, people whose portraits appear in the show. This powerful piece of the exhibition speaks to Muholi’s mission to let the world know of black queer and trans people’s “resistance and existence at the height of hate crimes in SA and beyond.” See Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence when it opens Friday, May 1. #BKMeducation #ZaneleMuholi 7d

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brooklynmuseum @nycxdesign’s citywide celebration of design is just around the corner (May 8th-19th) and we’ve partnered with two major fairs to celebrate design in Brooklyn during the opening weekend. We teamed up with @wanteddesign at Industry City in Sunset Park & @bklyndesigns at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint to provide free shuttle service between the Museum and both fairs May 9th-10th (details at bit.ly/nycxdesign15). Leading up to design week, #BKMdecarts curator, Barry Harwood be sharing a few design objects from our collection. Stay tuned! #nycxd #wanteddesign #bklyndesigns #BKMdecarts 7d

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brooklynmuseum For May’s #targetfirstsaturday we are celebrating the final month @kehindewiley’s special exhibition, Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, a show that has inspired praise from across the art world as well as some of the best #artselfies to date. Taking cues from Wiley’s practice, we are highlighting artists who insert new and alternative narratives into art and history through an evening of live music, film, dance, and interactive activities. See you Saturday! [#KehindeWiley (American, b. 1977). The Sisters Zénaïde and Charlotte Bonaparte, 2014. Kehinde Wiley (Photo: Robert Wedemeyer, courtesy of Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California)] bit.ly/targetfirstsaturday 1w

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brooklynmuseum #ZaneleMuholi meshes her work in photography, video, and installation with human rights activism to create visibility for the black lesbian and transgender communities of South Africa. See the most comprehensive museum presentation of Muholi’s works to date, "Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence" opens this week. | 🔄 @emily_sieu_liebowitz The great @muholizanele having her portrait taken in front of her Faces and Phases project. Her exhibition opens @brooklynmuseum May 1. 1w

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brooklynmuseum @brooklynbotanic's cherry blossom festival, Sakura Matsuri, has returned this weekend and we're celebrating with many of ourJapanese woodcut prints like this #EishiChobunsai from the Edo period. If you're going to the festival, be sure to stop by the Museum (we're right next door!) -- Bonus points for those with #TakashiMurakami-inspired costumes. [Detail: Eishi Chobunsai (Japanese, 1756-1829). Cherry Blossom Viewing at Gotenyama Hill, ca. 1794] #BKMAsianart 1w

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brooklynmuseum Poetic and painterly qualities are integrated in Basquiat's work. He uses words to invest his painted and drawn images with multiple meanings, from the everyday to the erudite, and in turn, his writing style is highly descriptive and imagistic, as if he is painting very precise scenes with carefully chosen words. [Jean-Michel Basquiat (American, 1960–1988). Untitled Notebook Page, 1980–1981. Ink marker on ruled notebook paper, 9 5/8 x 7 5/8 in. (24.5 x 19.4 cm). Collection of Larry Warsh. Copyright Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat, all rights reserved. Licensed by Artestar, New York. Photo: Sarah DeSantis, Brooklyn Museum] #basquiatnotebooks #nationalpoetrymonth 1w

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