Brooklyn Museum

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What excited me about the small exhibition currently on view at the Brooklyn Museum featuring a sampling of letters and lists from the writer Lorraine Hansberry — along with a wonderful audio recording of a conversation between her and Studs Terkel — was the way in which it showcased her voracious intellect.

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Post image for Single Point Perspective: Dead Man Rising

Viewing the WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY show currently at the Brooklyn Museum offers a test of emotional restraint as well as the inclination to aestheticize. If the number of images is daunting, the sum of human pain on display registers as a body blow.

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Post image for Is Wikipedia the Next Frontier for Museums?

Last year, Alexandra Thom spent ten illustrious months on Wikipedia. Thom, with a grant from the Kress Foundation, helped fill the gaps about art and culture on Wikipedia using the collection of the Brooklyn Museum and the expertise of its curatorial department.

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Post image for The Utopian Vision of Jean Paul Gaultier

Sailor stripes, corsets, and men’s skirts are not just the cheeky trademarks of a brilliant designer, but tools for a deeper excavation of culture.

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Post image for Crows in the Dining Room and Other Messy Histories

In three of the period rooms at the Brooklyn Museum, something is amiss.

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Post image for Sacklers Endow Sackler Center Sackler Family Curator

Everything Sackler changes, and everything Sackler stays the same.

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Post image for An Artist Takes Feminism to the Stoops

“It’s a utopian vision of Brooklyn, isn’t it?” A friend asked this as we stood in the middle of her Prospect Heights block, watching people swirl around us, and I agreed. There appeared to be representatives of so many different races, ethnicities, genders, and economic classes, all packed into that one block, Park Place between Underhill and Vanderbilt Avenues.

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Museums

When Visiting a Museum Is an Adventure

by Allison Meier on September 24, 2013

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Do you prefer the journey you want to go on, or the one you need to take? That was the question posed at the conclusion of my check in to the Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure (IPA), an experience at the Brooklyn Museum as part of the Beat Festival.

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Post image for Rock Hard: LaToya Ruby Frazier’s Photo Excavations

LaToya Ruby Frazier’s elegiac installation at the Brooklyn Museum is entering its final week, and if you haven’t already, it’s time to make the acquaintance of this dauntless artist.

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Post image for The Quixotic Visions of Bruce High Quality at the Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn’s beloved Bruce High Quality Foundation (BHQF) is having a retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum. This is an insider show from a group that tries very hard to appear like outsiders while being completely fluent in artspeak, which is increasingly being known as International Art English.

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