Exhibitions: Brainerd Photographs

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    Brainerd Photographs

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    • October 11, 1940: A third showing of photographic prints from the collection of over 2,500 negatives made by George B. Brainard of Brooklyn, between 1870 and 1880, and now in possession of the Brooklyn Museum, goes on public view October 11 to run just over three weeks. In addition to Brooklyn views, which include two sections, Prospect Park and Coney Island, there are sections of views from Long Island, Staten Island, Albany and Troy, and two prints from New Jersey.

      A new feature inaugurated this time is a frame of six unidentified scenes. The public is asked to pick out the subject, if possible. The first person appearing at the Museum and making satisfactory identification will receive a print from the negative as a reward. Although Brainard was meticulous about putting the label on the envelope in which the negative was kept, the fortunes of the collection have been such that some of the envelopes have gone to pieces, thus leaving some gaps in the Museum’s information. As more unidentified prints appear from time to time, a similar practice will be followed.

      These exhibitions are a part of the work which is constantly going on of making prints of the 2,500 negatives to discover their subject matter in positive form. This collection is one that was brought to light when a house on Gates Avenue was emptied several years ago, and the negatives were deposited with the Brooklyn Museum.

      Brainard was a resident of Brooklyn, and began working as an amateur photographer in 1858, at the age of thirteen. In 1878 he was a Deputy Water Purveyor. He spent a great deal of time in the 1870’s photographing scenes in Long Island, Staten Island, Manhattan, Bronx, up-state New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Philadelphia and Delaware.

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1939 - 1941. 10-12/1940, 173. View Original

    • October 11, 1940: BROOKLYN
      Brooklyn - From Bridge Tower
      #1425, 1428, 1431

      Brooklyn Bridge

      Erie Basin
      #1794, 1799

      West Brighton

      View of Brooklyn

      Washington Street

      Adelphi Academy

      Public School #3

      Ice on Logs at Hunt’s Dock

      Church of the Redeemer

      The Dump

      Morris House

      City Hall

      Painter on Brooklyn Bridge

      Public School #15

      Christmas Letter Carrier

      Building Brooklyn Bridge

      Brighton Beach

      Pipe Yard, Gowanus

      Storage Reservoir from the Dam

      Pipe Yard, Gowanus Bay

      Up the Trout Brook, New Lots

      Football - Fort Greene

      Photograph of a Painting of Brooklyn

      Washington’s Headquarters

      City Hall Park from Window

      Down the Meadow Lane, New Lots

      Fort Greene Park

      Ice on Hunt’s Dock

      Sleigh at 3rd Avenue

      Fort Greene Park

      De La Paine House

      Geese on Fourth Avenue

      Rag Picker

      Underhill Avenue

      Coal Shoveler

      Street Tinware Man

      Hogs at Dump

      Ducks in Gutter

      Candy Man

      Bay Ridge
      #728, 724, 702, 723

      Distant View - Fort Hamilton

      Flatbush, from Reservoir

      Building Group in Flatbush

      L. A. Wilbour House - Flatbush

      Entrance to Flatbush

      Railroad Station, Flatbush

      Storey’s Wife’s Father’s House

      The Wyckoff House - Flatbush

      Dutch Reformed Church - Flatbush

      Cortelyou House - Flatbush

      Methodist Church – Flatbush

      Group of Houses and Street

      Lott’s Mill - Flatbush
      Photograph of sketch by W.H. Story

      Johnny Smith’s Boat House

      Repaving Clinton Street

      Buffalo Bill

      Clinton Street, Brooklyn

      Montague Street - Bridge

      Soap Fat Man

      Repairing Clinton Street

      Packard House, Remsen Street

      Conelquot River at Club House
      # 581

      Club House

      Life Boat - Amagansett

      Ely’s Artesian Well (?)

      From Hill - Flanders, L.I.

      Distant View of Blue Point, L.I.

      Creek at Ashmonague, L.I.

      Beach at Ashmonague, L. I.

      Station at Babylon

      Meeting House Creek - Aquebogue

      Belle Pago, L.I.

      Sandbank of Belle Pago Brick Yard

      Cider and Sorghum Mill - Aquebogue

      Congregational Church, Aquebogue

      Club House - Long Island

      Station at Club House - L.I.

      Church - Amagansett

      Claybeds of Belle Pago Brick Yard

      New Brighton, Staten Island
      #1566, 1567

      North Shore, Staten Island
      #1560, 1559

      Elm Park, North Shore

      Staten Island

      Elm Park, Staten Island

      Lake at Prospect Park
      #1747, 1758

      Prospect Park
      #1589, 729, 1538

      A Breakdown

      Snow Scene - Prospect Park
      #267, 708, 1000, 1430, 270

      Sheep - Prospect Park

      Deer - Prospect Park

      Bridge Prospect Park

      Mt. Prospect Engine

      Storage Reservoir, Gate Chamber

      Prospect Park, View from Mountain

      Prospect Hill Residence

      Skating - Prospect Park

      Payne's Bust - Prospect Park

      Gate House, Prospect Hill Reservoir

      Prospect Hill Reservoir

      View from Prospect Hill Reservoir

      Tablet at Prospect Hill Reservoir

      Coney Island
      #1135, 714, 1127, 2136

      Beach - Coney Island
      #275, 2119, 2116

      Coney Island Railroad Station

      Wreck on Beach - Coney Island
      November 3, 1874

      Steamboat Landing - Coney Island

      One-Legged Athlete at Coney Island

      Coney Island from Little Pier

      Coney Island Brighton Beach Railroad Station

      North View of Coney Island

      Coney Island East from Iron Pier

      Swings at Coney Island

      Little Wader at Coney Island

      Entrance to Iron Pier - Coney Island

      Mastadon - Albany, N.Y.

      River at Albany, N.Y.

      Albany, New York
      #1134, 1140

      Second Street, Troy, New York

      River & Grand Division, Troy, N.Y.

      Holy Cross Church, Troy, N.Y.

      One River Street, Troy, N.Y.

      At the Bridge - Troy, New York

      View near Communipow, New Jersey

      Children at Bridge

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1939 - 1941. 10-12/1940, 174-6. View Original 1 . View Original 2 . View Original 3

    • October 19, 1940: The Brooklyn Museum’s plans for the greater part of the 1940-41 season and the first part of the 1941-42 season have just been announced.

      The principal exhibitions of the year begin with “Art Finds a Way,” a graphic comment on the subject of skilled work, about which there is so much discussion today, and will demonstrate the great skills man has developed through the years in producing useful objects that have become recognized as objects of art. This exhibition, arranged under the direction of Dr. Herbert J. Spinden, Curator of the Department of American Indian Art and Primitive Cultures, will be made up principally from the Museum’s collections augmented by several loans. It will run from November 1 through January 2.

      Also opening in November is an exhibition of Children’s Clothing, showing the development for the last 125 years and the emergence from slavish copying of adult costume into special designs for the younger generation. Materials for this exhibition will also come principally from the Museum’s collection, enhanced by a few loans. This show is being arranged by Mrs. Michelle Murphy, Supervisor of the Department of Education, and will extend from November 9 through January 12.

      On the 23rd of January, “Paganism and Christianity in Egypt - The Art of Egypt from the First to the Tenth Century,” will open. It will be the first purely Coptic showing arranged in this country. This is being prepared by the Museum’s Department of Egyptology. The exhibition will close on March 9.

      A show for which the Museum is internationally famous, the Biennial Water Color Exhibition, will open on March 27 and close May 11. It will be arranged under the supervision of John I. H. Baur, Curator of the Department of Painting and Sculpture.

      Another exhibition arranged from the Costume collections will be a showing of millinery, past and current, from March 8 through April 20, which will also be arranged by Mrs. Michelle Murphy, Supervisor of the Department of Education.

      The last large exhibition of the season will be made up of art from the printing press, to demonstrate the problems of those who are producing art every day, week and month for the great public, and the process involved in doing so. This exhibition is being arranged by a committee composed of Ralph Halker, architect, George Welp, art director, and Edward A. Wilson, illustrator, together with representatives of the Museum.

      Following the Silk Screen Prints exhibition, arranged by the Print Department, which opened September 20 and will run through October 20, is “The Stage is Set”, running from October 4 through November 17, made up of reproductions of theatre, opera and ballet subjects selected from Library material. As the result of the continual work which is going on in the Photographic Department at the Museum of the printing of negatives from the George B. Brainard Collection of 2,500 views of this part of the country, a third showing of prints will be put on view October 11 and will continue through November 3.

      On the 24th of October the Print Department will hang an exhibition of Current Campaign Cartoons by artists well known in this field, which will continue through December 1. During the same period but opening a day later, October 25, a gift in the form of a group of pressed glass, collected by Mrs. William Greig Walker and presented to the Museum as the result of a subscription fund, will be shown for the first time. The 138 items are all impressed with subjects relating to persons and events that held public interest in the United States, and to some extent in Europe, between 1820 and 1940. The title of the exhibition is “History in Pressed Glass.

      “The Nativity in Art,” made up of reproductions of 15th Century woodcuts and medieval manuscripts, will be put on view November 22 to continue through January 5. This exhibition was arranged by Miss Alice Ford, a member of the Art Reference Library staff. A showing of Recent Accessions will open on December 5 and extend through January 12. In this same period the exhibition called “Forever Young” will be shown. The latter will be composed of illustrations for children’s books, arranged by the Print Department. January 18 through February 2 the annual showing of the work of Brooklyn artists, restricted this year to water colors, will be arranged by John I. H. Baur, Curator of the Department of Painting and Sculpture, and there will be another exhibition in January of other views of Brooklyn and Long Island from the George B. Brainard Collection, from January 9 through February 9.

      For the 1941-42 season the following exhibitions are already planned: Paintings by John Quidor (1801-1881), and also a collection of works by William S. Mount (1807-1868), both arranged by John I. H. Baur, Curator of the Department of Painting and Sculpture; and “Colonial Art of Latin America,” prepared under the supervision of Dr. Herbert J. Spinden, Curator of the Department of American Indian Art and Primitive Cultures.

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1939 - 1941. 10-12/1940, 181-3. View Original 1 . View Original 2 . View Original 3

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