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
      #1784

      Erie Basin
      #1794, 1799

      West Brighton
      #276

      View of Brooklyn
      #1424

      Washington Street
      #1767

      Adelphi Academy
      #1309

      Public School #3
      #1332

      Ice on Logs at Hunt’s Dock
      #1310

      Church of the Redeemer
      #1603

      The Dump
      #1391

      Morris House
      #1314

      City Hall
      #1303

      Painter on Brooklyn Bridge
      #1803

      Public School #15
      #248

      Christmas Letter Carrier
      #1592

      Building Brooklyn Bridge
      #1614

      Brighton Beach
      #1609

      Pipe Yard, Gowanus
      #1334

      Storage Reservoir from the Dam
      #1337

      Pipe Yard, Gowanus Bay
      #719

      Up the Trout Brook, New Lots
      #838

      Football - Fort Greene
      #1790

      Photograph of a Painting of Brooklyn
      #1435

      Washington’s Headquarters
      #1312

      City Hall Park from Window
      #711

      Down the Meadow Lane, New Lots
      #831

      Fort Greene Park
      #1743

      Ice on Hunt’s Dock
      #1313

      Sleigh at 3rd Avenue
      #1812

      Fort Greene Park
      #1827

      De La Paine House
      #1306

      Geese on Fourth Avenue
      #1792

      Rag Picker
      #1599

      Underhill Avenue
      #1347

      Coal Shoveler
      #1810

      Street Tinware Man
      #1824

      Hogs at Dump
      #1616

      Ducks in Gutter
      #2191

      Candy Man
      #1736

      Bay Ridge
      #728, 724, 702, 723

      Distant View - Fort Hamilton
      #832

      Flatbush, from Reservoir
      #1597

      Building Group in Flatbush
      #387

      L. A. Wilbour House - Flatbush
      #383

      Entrance to Flatbush
      #177

      Railroad Station, Flatbush
      #709

      Storey’s Wife’s Father’s House
      #639

      The Wyckoff House - Flatbush
      #1315

      Dutch Reformed Church - Flatbush
      #386

      Cortelyou House - Flatbush
      #713

      Methodist Church – Flatbush
      #417

      Group of Houses and Street
      #421

      Lott’s Mill - Flatbush
      Photograph of sketch by W.H. Story
      #179

      Johnny Smith’s Boat House
      #2178

      Repaving Clinton Street
      #1796

      Buffalo Bill
      #2202

      Clinton Street, Brooklyn
      #1793

      Montague Street - Bridge
      #1763

      Soap Fat Man
      #1604

      Repairing Clinton Street
      #1788

      Packard House, Remsen Street
      #1744

      LONG ISLAND
      Conelquot River at Club House
      # 581

      Club House
      #560

      Life Boat - Amagansett
      #1621

      Ely’s Artesian Well (?)
      #1622

      From Hill - Flanders, L.I.
      #577

      Distant View of Blue Point, L.I.
      #615

      Creek at Ashmonague, L.I.
      #600

      Beach at Ashmonague, L. I.
      #984

      Station at Babylon
      #608

      Meeting House Creek - Aquebogue
      #500

      Belle Pago, L.I.
      #613

      Sandbank of Belle Pago Brick Yard
      #610

      Cider and Sorghum Mill - Aquebogue
      #501

      Congregational Church, Aquebogue
      #499

      Club House - Long Island
      #582

      Station at Club House - L.I.
      #578

      Church - Amagansett
      #1620

      Claybeds of Belle Pago Brick Yard
      #611

      STATEN ISLAND
      New Brighton, Staten Island
      #1566, 1567

      North Shore, Staten Island
      #1560, 1559

      Elm Park, North Shore
      #1564

      Staten Island
      #1561

      Elm Park, Staten Island
      #1568

      PROSPECT PARK
      Lake at Prospect Park
      #1747, 1758

      Prospect Park
      #1589, 729, 1538

      A Breakdown
      #2238

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

      Sheep - Prospect Park
      #1542

      Deer - Prospect Park
      #1821

      Bridge Prospect Park
      #1050

      Mt. Prospect Engine
      #1362

      Storage Reservoir, Gate Chamber
      #1335

      Prospect Park, View from Mountain
      #1539

      Prospect Hill Residence
      #1474

      Skating - Prospect Park
      #1765

      Payne's Bust - Prospect Park
      #715

      Gate House, Prospect Hill Reservoir
      #1544

      Prospect Hill Reservoir
      #1540

      View from Prospect Hill Reservoir
      #1541

      Tablet at Prospect Hill Reservoir
      #1546

      CONEY ISLAND
      Coney Island
      #1135, 714, 1127, 2136

      Beach - Coney Island
      #275, 2119, 2116

      Coney Island Railroad Station
      #277

      Wreck on Beach - Coney Island
      November 3, 1874
      #706

      Steamboat Landing - Coney Island
      #701

      One-Legged Athlete at Coney Island
      #2111

      Coney Island from Little Pier
      #271

      Coney Island Brighton Beach Railroad Station
      #389

      North View of Coney Island
      #2127

      Coney Island East from Iron Pier
      #274

      Swings at Coney Island
      #2114

      Little Wader at Coney Island
      #2117

      Entrance to Iron Pier - Coney Island
      #2113

      ALBANY & TROY
      Mastadon - Albany, N.Y.
      #955

      River at Albany, N.Y.
      #1142

      Albany, New York
      #1134, 1140

      Second Street, Troy, New York
      #1574

      River & Grand Division, Troy, N.Y.
      #1578

      Holy Cross Church, Troy, N.Y.
      #1572

      One River Street, Troy, N.Y.
      #1576

      At the Bridge - Troy, New York
      #1581

      NEW JERSEY
      View near Communipow, New Jersey
      #1517

      Children at Bridge
      #1737

      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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