Thursday, February 10, 2022

The Brooklyn Museum

Southern Landscape (Southern Flood) by Eldzier Cortor


New York City is home to several world class art museums. The Met, MOMA, and The Whitney would each make any city proud. There is one more world class museum in the city, one that is often overlooked -The Brooklyn Museum

 Elisa.rolle, , via Wikimedia Commons

The Brooklyn Museum is the third largest art museum in New York City. Its roots stretch back to the 1823, when the Brooklyn Apprentices Library was formed. In 1843, the library became part of the Brooklyn Institute, and began to stage exhibitions of art and lectures on many subjects. In 1890, the Institute reorganized as the Brooklyn Institute for Arts and Sciences, and included the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. During the 1970’s all four parts of the institute became independent entities.

Brooklyn Museum - Prospect Park (1910) via wikicommons

In 1897, The Brooklyn Museum moved into its permanent home on Eastern Parkway. The Neo-classical building was designed by the firm of McKim, Mead and White, the premier New York architectural firm of its time. In 2004, a major renovation of the main lobby was completed, creating space for some larger major works to be permanently exhibited.

The museum offers many important exhibitions every year, but I visit regularly because I love its permanent collection. In particular, I am drawn time and again to the American Art galleries. Works by American artists spanning back to native peoples before colonization are on display. It is here that I find my favorite piece in the museum - Niagara Falls by Louis Rémy Mignot.

The Peaceable Kingdom by Edward Hicks

Seated Couple by a Jalisco artist

Jaguar Effigy Vessel by a Jama-Coaque artist

Art versus Law by David Gilmore Blyth

Niagara Falls by Louis Rémy Mignot

Composition (After the Storm) by Ooloosie Saila

Out of Doors Study by John Singer Sargent

Old Blue Tiled Mosque by Edwin Lord Weeks

An Interesting Game by Frederick Arthur Bridgeman

Pennsylvania Station Excavation by George Weslley Bellows

Self-portrait in a teapot by Jonathan Lessuck

My other regular stop is the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, where I spend time at the permanent home of Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party. The ceremonial banquet is staged to celebrate the lives and memories of important women in history. Thirty-nine place settings have been created, each one with an embroidered runner, unique utensils and goblets, and a china-painted porcelain plate, all decorated in styles to commemorate the individual woman being honored. The table is placed on a tiled platform that has the names of an additional 999 women inscribed in gold.

The Brooklyn Museum holds a special place in my heart. When I was a teacher, I spent eight years at a high-school that used Brooklyn, along with other museums around the city, as teaching resources, presenting themselves as additional classrooms and primary sources. The museum is a great place to explore a wide range of art.

Nuts and Bolts:
The Brooklyn Museum is located at 200 Eastern Parkway, and can be visited via the 2, 3 or 4 train taken to the Eastern Parkway - Brooklyn Museum station.

Entrance fees are Adults $16/ seniors, students and visitors with disabilities $10. There are additional fees for special exhibits. 




1 comment:

  1. There are many treasures there but I keep visiting the Judy Chicago exhibit. It is captivating and such a unique way of displaying the achievement of women over the millennia. Just that one room totally captivates me.