Details of four works in the Connecting Cultures installation, from top: Korumbo Gable Painting, 20th century, unidentified Abelam artist; Girl in a Japanese Costume, circa 1890, William Merritt Chase; Mosaic Head Pendant, 700–800, unidentified Maya artist; and Life-Death Figure, circa 900–1250, unidentified Huastec artist
Great Hall, 1st Floor
This innovative, cross-cultural installation was developed to create new ways of looking at art by making connections between cultures as well as objects. Located in the Museum’s first-floor Great Hall, it provides for the first time a dynamic and welcoming introduction to the Museum’s extensive collections, featuring pieces that represent peoples throughout time and around the world.
Connecting Cultures is organized around three main themes: “Connecting Places,” “Connecting People,” and “Connecting Things.” In viewing the juxtaposition of thematically linked works, visitors are invited to consider the importance of place, of self-representation in art, and of the role that objects play in supporting personal and cultural identity. Works on display include Gaston Lachaise’s monumental Standing Woman, Nick Cave’s Soundsuit, and kero cups used in Andean ritual.
Connecting Cultures: A World in Brooklyn was a joint effort of the Brooklyn Museum’s curators, organized by Kevin Stayton, Chief Curator. The installation was designed by Matthew Yokobosky, Chief Designer at the Brooklyn Museum.
Generous support for this long-term installation was provided by Lisa and Dick Cashin.
Incredible. Love that I can see Standing Woman, Niagara Falls and the Buddha all in one spot.
To connect the world in one room is like building a bridge to spirits whose walks of life would be walked on paths that would have never intertwined but lived all the same. You see a Rodan, and then you see a Buddhist God, and then you see a giant modern sneaker, and you realize that we are really all the same, just people, idolizing, forever immortalizing, taking our efforts of creativity, in order to show what has fulfilled our hearts content. You see that "giant sneaker" is as important as anything else in this room, Keep on connecting, please, our souls desire it!
choice content but the narrative of this curation is a little underwhelming, tell us a story! love many of the pieces though
Im a high school teacher, this room really inspired me on things I can do in my classes. Thank you!