Archive for 2010

Brooklyn’s Finest: Nitasha Kawatra

This week is my last at the Brooklyn Museum, and so I thought we’d do a special edition of “Brooklyn’s Finest” this month by way…

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Architectural Fragments in the Brooklyn Museum Collection

We understand that you may have questions about the recent article in The Atlantic Monthly about the Museum’s Architectural Fragment collection. To begin, The Brooklyn…

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Teen Night Events Planning Committee

This year, with the help of my colleague, Museum Educator, Keonna Hendrick, we’ve created the Brooklyn Museum Teen Night Events Planning Committee. The committee consists…

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Fashion Design and Costume History in the Library’s Collection

The fashion plates, magazines, photographs, and scrapbooks now on view in the Library display cases complement two exhibitions: Healing the Wounds of War: The Brooklyn…

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Remix American High Style with Polyvore!

I’ll admit that I get inspiration from somewhat odd places and three weeks ago, inspiration struck as I was reading the New Yorker and came…

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Object of the Month: May 2010: Infinity II (Shinso)

Often as I walk through the Asian galleries, I see people sitting on the bench in front of this porcelain sculpture, just sort of blissing…

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Brooklyn’s Finest: Bob Nardi

It’s time for second installment of Brooklyn’s Finest, where you can meet a different member of the Brooklyn Museum staff every month. Today we’ll meet…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for May 2010: Odessa Begay

May’s 1stfans artist for the Twitter Art Feed is Odessa Begay, who has probably merged “twitter” and “art” in the most literal way by illustrating…

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A Piñata grows in Brooklyn

This year’s Brooklyn Ball will feature several art history-inspired works of food to make the evening fun and interesting for all who attend. The most…

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Wilbour in Egypt: The Maiden Voyage of The Seven Hathors

In her introductory blog Deirdre discussed Charles Edwin Wilbour, the American Egyptologist whose collections form the backbone of the Museum’s Egyptian holdings. This post is…

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Cross-posting the Collection to Wikimedia Commons and the Internet Archive

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:  it’s simply not enough to publish assets on our own website—we cannot expect people to come…

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Object of the Month: April 2010: Pair Statue of Nebsen and Nebet-ta

It is pretty timely that this month’s object for discussion is the Pair Statue of Nebsen and Nebet-ta .  I absolutely adore this sculpture because…

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Brooklyn’s Finest: Mary Jane Nee

I recently came across the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s excellent “Meet the MIA” set on Flickr, and I couldn’t help but go through all the…

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Mobile Meetup at Target First Saturday

As I mentioned last week, we’re hosting an informal meetup to celebrate the launch of the mobile website and Gallery Tag!  If you are coming…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for April 2010: Joanie Gagnon San Chirico

After a month of staff tweets (feel free to provide feedback below!), Shelley and I have a great few months of artists tweets lined up…

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Gallery Tag!

As I mentioned yesterday, the creation of a mobile website allows us to grow, so today we are taking advantage of that by introducing a…

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Mobile Web

Today we are releasing a mobile version of our website and are happily following in the footsteps of our colleagues at the Powerhouse Museum and…

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BklynMuse: failing fast, retooling faster = version 2

This year, I had the privilege of speaking at Webstock and one of the things I learned from listening to the other speakers was the…

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Wilbour: One Man’s Obsession with Egypt

It’s a well known fact that the Brooklyn Museum has a great Egyptian collection but did you know that we have one of the best…

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Open for business, but when?

Our role in Visitor Services is to represent the voice and perspective of the visitor and the team I work with is responsible for many…

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Collection Online: Opening the Floodgates

Today, we are going from 12,598 records to more than 94,000 in our collection online and this increase represents a substantial change in the way…

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A token of appreciation…

As part of a monthly program, a couple weeks ago the Development staff of the Brooklyn Museum came together to hear a presentation by Radiah…

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The End of the Season

In this last dig diary for 2010 I want to acknowledge the hard work, skill and patience of some of the most important members of…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for March 2010: Jennifer Bantz

We’re going to try something different for the March edition of the 1stfans Twitter Art Feed. Instead of featuring an artist, we’re going to feature…

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The season’s almost over

The base of this sphinx east of the precinct entrance is made up mainly of re-used blocks dating to Dynasties 25-26. The one under the…

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Egyptian Objects Before Egyptology: Discoveries in the Wilbour Library

My work in the Wilbour Library involves keeping an eye out for books the Library needs, and carrying out archival research into the history of…

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Brooklyn Museum Collection Labs

Today, we are taking a page from Google and releasing a labs environment for our collection online.  Having the collection online for 18 months has…

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It’s Hot!

A general view of the excavation area on Thursday around noon. What you can’t see is how hot it is: 100°F on the site every…

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A new project and a few surprises

To the ancient Egyptians, magic (heqa in ancient Egyptian) was a potent force that could be used by deities and humans to influence the mortal…

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More brick

A view south from the precinct’s north enclosure wall of the whole area where we are now working. At the left are Chapel D and…

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Survey and changes after the first year of 1stfans

Going into our second year of 1stfans, Shelley and I wanted to do a survey to see how members felt about the first year of…

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The First Harvest in the Wilderness

Valerie Hegarty’s evocation of Asher B. Durand’s 1855 painting The First Harvest in the Wilderness in her benefit print for the 1stfans program adds another…

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Live Tweeting Mummy Wrapping and Conservator Q&A Tuesday!

If you were following us on Twitter last June, you probably remember us live tweeting as a group of mummies were taken to North Shore…

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The Week of the Brick

Tracing mud brick takes skill, patience and lots of scraping and brushing. It is paying off for Ayman and his team, though. By Tuesday, they…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for February 2010: Man Bartlett

February’s 1stfans Twitter Art Feed artist is Brooklyn’s own Man Bartlett. Man’s work includes drawings (mostly of circles), paintings, sculpture, and, as those on twitter…

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Patricia Cronin and Harriet Hosmer Meet Across Generations

In the Herstory Gallery, Patricia Cronin’s luminous watercolors series has captivated many visitors since the exhibition opened last June. This is the last weekend to…

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We’re up and running

   On Sunday, Abdel Aziz began looking for more of the mud brick found last week. He had no luck, as the northern part had…

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Teaming up with 20×200 and Valerie Hegarty for 1stfans

I grow more convinced every day that unique partnerships and creative incentives are the key to acquiring and retaining members. With 1stfans, Shelley and I…

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Highlights from the Pacific Islands Collection on the Web

In the spirit of recent discussions about making our collection more available to view online, I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight a small…

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The Start of Another Season

The Brooklyn Museum Mut Expedition’s 2010  season of fieldwork is just getting underway. Once again we will be posting a blog each Friday describing the…

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Working Guidelines for the Copyright Project

“Any analysis of ownership and duration must be performed on a case-by-case basis for each work.” Copyright & Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for Digitization for U.S….

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Little Images, Big Art

Some of you may have noticed how, over time, some of the small images on our site—the ones with the “Why is this image so…

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Copyright is complicated

Copyright is complicated. What’s protected? What’s not? And it’s even more complicated for art, where the work may not be dated and there are questions…

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Doing the Right Thing

Did you know that today is the first annual World’s Fair Use Day? We’ve been toiling over an ongoing project to better identify the rights…

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