A New Brooklyn Museum: The Master Plan Competition
- Dates: March 11, 1988 through September 5, 1988
- Collections: Contemporary Art
August 18, 1987: The exhibition A New Brooklyn Museum: The Master Plan Competition has been postponed and rescheduled for March 11 through July 4, 1988. Any future mention of the exhibition should carry these new dates.
A New Brooklyn Museum: The Master Plan Competition documents the recent architectural competition held by The Brooklyn Museum to develop a master plan to complete its unfinished Beaux-Arts building by McKim, Mead & White and to guide its future into the next century. The exhibit includes 60 architectural boards and five models submitted by the five finalists in the competition.
Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1971 - 1988. 1987, 080. View Original
Spring 1988: A New Brooklyn Museum: The Master Plan Competition, an exhibition documenting the recent architectural competition held by The Brooklyn Museum to develop a master plan to complete its unfinished Beaux-Arts buidling by McKim, Mead & White and to guide its future into the next century, will open December 18 and be on view through March 7, 1988. It will include 60 architectural boards and five models submitted by the finalists in the competition: Atkin, Voith and Associates with Rothzeid Kaiserman Thompson & Bee; Kohn Pederson Fox; Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in association with Vitetta Group/Studio Four; Voorsanger and Mills Associates; and the winner, Arata Isozaki & Associates/James Stewart Polshek and Partners. Supplementary materials will focus on McKim, Mead & White’s original design and place the Museum and the competition in a historical context.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a book on the competition which is being co-published by The Brooklyn Museum and Rizzoli International. The book will include an introduction on recent museum design by Reyner Banham, noted architecture critic and author of many books on modern architecture who has recently been appointed Sheldon H. Solow Professor of the History of Architecture, The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.
Moreover, it will contain essays on the architectural history of the Museum by Leland Roth, architectural historian and author of several books on McKim, Mead & White who is Associate Professor of Art History, School of Architecture and Allied Arts, University of Oregon, and Joan Darragh, Vice Director for Planning, The Brooklyn Museum. It will also reproduce each architectural board in full, many in color, and provide a full treatment of the competition, with a synopsis of the program guidelines provided to the architects and design statements that show how each of the five finalists tried to meet those criteria.