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User Image brooklynmuseum Posted: Jan 14, 2018 1:59 PM (UTC)
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Get ready for the most fun, engaging family fundraiser in NYC. On January 21, our Beaux-Arts Court will be transformed for one into an art-filled party zone full of the coolest kid’s activities led by Brooklyn-based artists and our renowned educators. Come take part in a custom treasure hunt created by @kaws or a life-drawing class by @Jeremyville Studio. All proceeds support the Museum’s groundbreaking education programs and help us continue to make our collections, exhibitions, and low-cost public programs accessible to our entire Brooklyn community. Click link in bio for tickets. Design by @jimmymezei

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“You were a talented child, you came to live in our town.” We continue our #BowieCity tour with a quick trip to Bowie’s old downtown stomping ground. Bowie lived in SoHo from 1999 to 2016 and made the most of his extended neighborhood, with morning walks in Washington Square Park and Chinatown, visits to local bookstores, and stops at favorite cafes. As he once said “I can’t imagine living anywhere else. I am a New Yorker.” Next stop, Brooklyn! At long last, #DavidBowieisBKM opens Mar 2 @brooklynmuseum. ⠀

Cutout Image: David Bowie, 1973. Photograph by Masayoshi Sukita. © Sukita/The David Bowie Archive. Photos: #BrooklynMuseum / @thebrookelynway
User Image brooklynmuseum Posted: Feb 23, 2018 2:09 PM (UTC)
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After a hugely popular nine-year international tour which included a stop at the Brooklyn Museum, Judy Chicago’s #TheDinnerParty went back into storage in 1988, and it was offered to the University of the District of Columbia in 1990. As U.S. Congress controlled the University’s budget, funding for the artwork’s home became a flashpoint for national political debate. Live on C-SPAN, congressmen deemed the work “pornographic” and “offensive,” with few vocal supporters, and Congress ultimately voted to deny the funding to the University. This fallout meant the work remained without a permanent home, until 2002 when the Brooklyn Museum announced the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art with a preview exhibition. The work has been on view since the Center’s 2007 inauguration. Only one more week to explore the roots of this iconic work—#dinnerpartyroots closes March 4!
User Image brooklynmuseum Posted: Feb 22, 2018 8:52 PM (UTC)
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#BlackHistoryMonth may be winding down but you can keep celebrating Black Joy beyond February with our latest @spotify playlist by our friends at @everydayppl. Tune in at link in bio. 🎧⠀
User Image brooklynmuseum Posted: Feb 22, 2018 4:00 PM (UTC)
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In the 13th century, Korean potters developed a distinctive method for decorating celadon ceramics. Shallow incisions were cut into the light gray body of the vessel and then filled with white or black clay. After polishing, the decorations remained flush with the surface, as if they had been painted on. The whole piece was then covered with celadon glaze and fired. The new technique was likely inspired by metalwork of the period, in which bronze and other alloys were inlaid with silver and gold. #artsofkorea #한국미술 ⠀⠀
User Image brooklynmuseum Posted: Feb 21, 2018 6:14 PM (UTC)
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"Construction workers in their living quarters. Seen in this image is a window salvaged from the old city. I became fascinated by these artifacts and collected them to realize the large installation Mecca Windows, on view in this exhibition." —#AhmedMater #أحمدماطر
User Image brooklynmuseum Posted: Feb 20, 2018 2:03 PM (UTC)
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A little #bluesday inspiration from #BKMEuropeanart: Thomas Moran is best known for his landscapes of the American West’s mountain ranges and canyons, but this late work is one of several marine views that he painted after a 1906 trip to England’s Cornwall coast. He was strongly influenced here by the British Romantic artist J. M. W. Turner, who had created many tempestuous seascapes lit by sunsets. Moran placed an intense orange sun at the center of his composition and painted its light fading out to a range of lavenders and blues in the cloudy sky. #infinitebluebkm 🔵
User Image brooklynmuseum Posted: Feb 19, 2018 1:43 PM (UTC)
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We are thrilled that Robert Longo’s portrait of Barack Obama has just entered our collection! With the buzz around the recently revealed official presidential portrait by another BKM favorite Kehinde Wiley, this President’s Day is all about the art. Longo’s portrait is a meticulously rendered charcoal drawing and over 8 feet tall. It is non-traditional and enigmatic: while the head and shoulders project strength and solidity in crisp detail, Obama’s body dissipates into evanescent marks. And it makes for excellent dialogue with our beloved portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart. Happy President’s Day!⠀
User Image brooklynmuseum Posted: Feb 18, 2018 10:13 PM (UTC)
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The final and most dimensional plate at #TheDinnerParty belongs to the only woman who was still alive when her table setting was completed, Georgia O’Keeffe. The plate representing O’Keeffe lifts itself up from the table, suggesting the increased freedom of expression possible for O’Keeffe, her female contemporaries, and the women following in her footsteps. To Chicago, The Dinner Party is a challenge to continue to change the way history is written and women are represented— a model for future work. #dinnerpartyroots
User Image brooklynmuseum Posted: Feb 18, 2018 2:19 PM (UTC)
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The Head of Sorrow is one of Rodin’s most often recycled body fragments and appears four times in The Gates of Hell. The anguished face is androgynous, allowing Rodin to reuse it for both male and female figures. A small version is found on the male figure in ⇨ Paolo and Francesca, and the larger version appeared in ⇨ The Prodigal Son. #rodin100
User Image brooklynmuseum Posted: Feb 17, 2018 8:45 PM (UTC)
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👋 Buffalo! #WeWantedaRevolution opens today @albrightknox and will be on view until May 27. The exhibition features a wide array of work, including performance, film, and video art, as well as photography, painting, sculpture, and printmaking by a diverse group of artists and activists who lived and worked at the intersections of avant-garde art worlds and radical political movements during this period. If you have a friend in town who you think will enjoy this show, tag them and tell them to show up. #bkmtours
User Image brooklynmuseum Posted: Feb 17, 2018 1:48 PM (UTC)
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“All the majesty of a city landscape, all the soaring days in our lives.” The observation deck at @rockcenternyc offers panoramic views of Manhattan’s skyline from 70 stories up. It’s an inspiring sight for any Earthling out on the town. #bowiecity #davidbowieisbkm

Cutout image: Original photography for the Earthling album cover, 1997. Photograph by Frank W Ockenfels 3. © Frank W Ockenfels 3. Photo: @brooklynmuseum / @thebrookelynway
User Image brooklynmuseum Posted: Feb 16, 2018 10:40 PM (UTC)
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#FeministFlashbackFriday | The core group of “The Dinner Party” workers participated in consciousness-raising exercises and “rap sessions,” allowing them to better facilitate the completion of the project and simultaneously, to encounter and incorporate feminist methodology into their lives and work. The core team included Project Coordinator Diane Gelon, Installation Designer Ken Gilliam, Head of Needlework Susan Hill, Head of Research Ann Isolde, Head of Ceramics Judye Keyes, and ceramics specialist Leonard Skuro, among others. See #dinnerpartyroots before it closes April 4.⠀
User Image brooklynmuseum Posted: Feb 16, 2018 4:17 PM (UTC)
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Happy #LunarNewYear and #YearoftheDog! You may know that the traditional East Asian lunar calendar year consists of a 12-year cycle with each year corresponding to a particular animal in the zodiac, but did you know that each lunar year is also associated with one of the five elements: gold or metal, wood, water, fire and earth? 2018 is year of the Earth Dog! People born during a Dog year, like the animal, are sympathetic, intelligent, honest, loyal and faithful. Earth Dogs specifically are responsible and pragmatic, cautious and alert. #新年快乐 #狗年吉祥⠀🐕
User Image brooklynmuseum Posted: Feb 15, 2018 2:04 PM (UTC)
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"This cafe is in Al‘Awali, outside Mecca, on the road to Taif. I’ve spent a lot of time here, and many people gather together to relax, watch soccer, and drink tea." —#AhmedMater #أحمدماطر
User Image brooklynmuseum Posted: Feb 14, 2018 9:07 PM (UTC)
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NYC teens! Pop out to our first Teen Night of 2018, 🔥Basqui who? Basqui that?🔥 On Friday, Feb 16 @ 5-7:30pm. Brought to you by @bkmteens and inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat’s art and legacy, we will be featuring many artists, thinkers and vendors including @keion211 @stripeliketommy @maassai_ @orgornothing @pinkbandanaznyc @houseofdiablos @theicarusproject @jaynajani 💛 Come thru and find out more about #onebasquiat #bkmteens 🔈@Spazzmodius ft. @Maassai_
User Image brooklynmuseum Posted: Feb 14, 2018 2:05 PM (UTC)
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Swipe ➡️ for examples of 💘 across our collections this #valentinesday.
User Image brooklynmuseum Posted: Feb 13, 2018 8:10 PM (UTC)
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Congratulations to @kehindewiley and @asherald on their incredible portraits of @barackobama and @MichelleObama! During the unveiling Obama joked, “I tried to negotiate less gray hair… smaller ears… Maybe the one area where there were some concessions was…his initial impulse to elevate me… mounting me on horses… and I had to explain that I’ve got enough political problems without you making me look like Napoleon. We’ve got to bring it down just a touch.” We love Obama’s reference to this beloved painting in our #bkmcontemporary collection! #bhm
User Image brooklynmuseum Posted: Feb 13, 2018 2:42 PM (UTC)
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A little #bluesday inspiration from #BKMAsianart: The Gita Govinda is a poem written by the twelfth-century poet Jayadeva. It describes the tumultuous love between the god Krishna and the milkmaid Radha. With its melding of romantic and religious sentiments, the Gita Govinda explores an important form of bhakti (devotion), in which a worshipper’s intense relationship with god is compared to a passionate love affair. This illustration from the poem shows Krishna three times: alone; cavorting with a group of women; and then finally reunited with his beloved Radha. #infinitebluebkm 🔵
User Image brooklynmuseum Posted: Feb 12, 2018 7:46 PM (UTC)
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Now part of the #bkmcontemporary collection, Shifting the Gaze by #TitusKaphar is based off a 17th c. Dutch painting by Frans Hals and draws attention to the less visible narratives of our past. Created on stage during the artist’s recent #TEDtalk (link in bio), Kaphar veiled a family in broad white paint strokes—shifting our gaze onto a young black servant and exploring art’s ability to convey the power and privilege of its subjects. We’re excited to announce that this work will be presented as part of our new #OneBrooklyn spotlight series, which closely examines a single artwork from our collection. Sit tight as we confirm the perfect dates for this presentation!
User Image brooklynmuseum Posted: Feb 11, 2018 8:41 PM (UTC)
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Over the course of five years more than 400 volunteers traveled to The Dinner Party studio in Santa Monica, aiding in research, ceramics, needlework, graphics, photography, and, eventually, in organizing the installation’s tour. The acknowledgement panels include photographs and names of these contributors—including Chicago’s own mother, who helped type up research cards. Many were eager to participate in a “once-in-a-lifetime” feminist project and develop their artistic skills. #dinnerpartyroots