Exhibitions: Art School Alumni Exhibition

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    Art School Alumni Exhibition

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    • September 4, 1957: You are invited to a press opening on Monday, September 16, from 2 to 5 p.m. to preview the following exhibitions:

      Art of the South Pacific, opening on September 17. A completely new presentation of the primitive arts of these little known peoples; 95 vigorous pieces probably executed during the past century, including feathered masks, painted wood figures, household utensils and tools, etc. Illustrated catalog. First floor.

      Alumni Exhibition, opening on September 17. Oils, watercolors, sculpture, graphics and ceramics by former students of the Brooklyn Museum Art School. Some are shown by invitation, some chosen by juries. The exhibition will remain on view through October 13. First floor.

      Photographs are available.

      Very Sincerely,

      Betty Chamberlain
      Community Development Office

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1953 - 1970. 1957, 050. View Original

    • Fall 1957: Juries for the forthcoming Alumni Exhibition will meet at the Brooklyn Museum on September 9. All Alumni are invited to submit work in the following categories: oils, watercolors, drawings, graphics, ceramics and sculpture. Three or four prizes will be given in each of these categories, prize money and merchandise have been donated by interested business firms. The exhibition will be on view in the Museum’s Special Exhibitions Galleries from September 24 through October 13.

      The juries consist of the following:

      Painting and Graphics:
      Sam Adler
      Isabel Bishop
      Victor Candell

      Ceramics and Sculpture:
      Sidney Gordin
      Jane Hartsook
      Irvin Schwartz, Curator of the Museum’s Decorative Arts Department

      Entries may be brought to the Museum on September 6 and 7 between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1953 - 1970. 1957, 048. View Original

    • Winter 1957: Old Polish Prints - A Christmas Exhibition will open December 3 to remain on view in a second floor gallery through January 26. A dozen woodcuts made by unknown folk artists of the 18th and 19th centuries are colorful and charming interpretations of Saints and Madonnas, such as Holy Mary Zdzieszewskiey, and Saint Katearzini. These prints are modern restrikes from the original blocks and are on extended loan to the Museum from Dr. Irena Piotrowska. They are similar in their decorative, popular, somewhat primitive approach, as if made in a single locality where inter-influence was easy; several show Polish churches with domes in the backgrounds, others include stylized lightning bolts, clouds, floral decorations. The imaginative minds of these artists have taken certain liberties with the accepted versions of the Saints’ lives and symbols, and have re-interpreted them to tell a more dramatic story.


      Swedish Christmas Program by the Folk Festival Council - December 14, at 3 p.m. Open to the public.

      “The Shoemaker and the Elves” will be presented by the Department of Parks Marionette Theater on:

      Friday, December 27 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
      Saturday, December 28 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

      Free tickets to these performances are available in person at the Museum’s Education Office, for children only. No more than 25 tickets will be issued to any one group.


      The Annual Brooklyn Museum Art School Faculty Exhibition will open in the School Gallery (West wing of the Museum) on December 9, to be on view through January. Each faculty member is exhibiting one work; these are for sale, with a percentage of the proceeds to be donated to the Art School Scholarship Fund , a worthwhile and a worthy Christmas present source.

      Also on sale at the School until Christmas are ceramics and enamels by the School. These include jewelry of enameled copper pins, pendants, etc. - and ceramic bowls, vases, ashtrays, plates. Prices start at 75 cents.

      A Holiday Studio Party will be held at the School on Friday, December 20, starting at 8:30 p.m. with music, dancing, refreshments. Although this is for faculty, students, alumni, and their friends only, the press will also be admitted if they wish to portray in words or photographs the Christmas fun of artists amateur and professional, old and young, in the surroundings of their workshops and their works of art.

      Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1953 - 1970. 1957, 056-57. View Original 1 . View Original 2

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    The Brooklyn Museum Art School opened at the Brooklyn Museum in 1941 and was transferred to the Pratt Institute's Continuing Education Division in 1985. While not a degree-granting institution, its chief purpose was the training of professional artists, although it also offered classes for amateurs. The Art School organized regular group and one-person exhibitions, which were held in the school's gallery and classrooms in the Museum's west wing.
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