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You’ll be connected with a team of art historians and educators who know our collection, can answer your questions, and can give you recommendations on what to see next. 

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I'm looking at a pile of clothes with a vaguely feminine form. What makes these found object arrangements museum quality?
Thoughtful question. With this work, as with many, many contemporary works that utilize found objects and materials, it is really the intent and the idea of the artist that makes them of interest to collectors and museums.
The artist, Shinique Smith, was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt. Her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. The title "Mitumba" is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Smith has a series of sculptures like this.
Ok, I see that. Is the Santa Claus an original part of it?
Yes, her bundles include fabric scraps, clothing and toys and it was a complete piece when it was gifted to the Museum in 2009.
Thanks!
You're welcome!
I'm going to be volunteering here soon and I need to learn more about the collections. How many mummies are here? Is the mummy still in Nespanetjerenpere's container?
Their are four mummies on view. "Mummy and Cartonnage of Hor," "Anthropoid Coffin of Thothirdes," "Inner Cartonnage of Gautsesheni," and "Cartonnage and Mummy." Nespanetjerenpere's cartonnage is empty, the mummy has been lost.
Hor and Gautsesheni are inside of their cartonnages so you can't actually see the mummies themselves, but those two are in there. You can see Thothirdes and one more unnamed mummy. Those would be the two the kids are really after!
Exactly where is the collar that is discussed in discription below?
The collar you're referring to is like a broad necklace. The area from Nespanetjernepere's neck to the top of the winged-ram deity, underneath the wig, is all the wesekh collar.
Okay, thank you!
You're welcome!
Is this "The Peaceable Kingdom" the only one that exists? I thought I had seen it before elsewhere but bigger?
You're right! This isn't the only version of Edward Hicks 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. From about 1820, the self-taught artist and Quaker preacher Edward Hicks painted approximately sixty versions of 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. The other versions are scattered at many different institutions across the nation. So you very well have seen a larger one.
Hi! I am wondering if you have any information regarding the commission of this work?
Hello, thanks for using the ASK app today. I have just been researching this mosaic window, it's so fascinating!
This work was created for the Charles Merrill Memorial Chapel at the Brooklyn Home for Aged Men. A woman named Abigail Merrill commissioned it in 1911 in memory of her husband, Charles. The window remained in the chapel until the 1960s when the chapel was torn down. The window came here as a gift from various donors to the Museum.
Neat, thanks!
You're welcome!
Marine mosaics are extremely captivating! I would love to hear your perspective on the window as well. It's truly an under appreciated style!
I am so intrigued by the window and just Brigham's style overall. The fact that he was using found materials, especially natural materials, well before it was popular in the arts to do so is fascinating to me. I also love that he followed in the footsteps of the big names in stained glass-Tiffany, Lamb-and created objects like lampshades and jewelry, as they were, but in the marine mosaic style. He's definitely under appreciated, I agree!
How long did this take to make?
While we don't know the exact number of man-hours put into this amazing El Anatsui work, I can tell you he hires and trains local craftsmen to assist with his projects. The work is made of aluminum and copper wire on which discarded bottle caps are then strung. I imagine it would take many people and many hours to create a finished project.
Wow!
The Fallen Angels is such a dramatic work! I encourage you to get as close as you can and look at how the artist, Salvatore Albano, handles flesh. He makes it seem so soft and realistic for being carved out of stone. This is a technical masterpiece of carving stressing how the figure can be seen in the round from all angles.
I like what you're doing there with the light and shadows against the geometric abstractions of the Brooklyn Works Progress Administration murals!
Times have changed in Williamsburg since these were made, that's for sure. The artist, Ilya Bolotowsky, was painting this mural for a narrow basement room used as a community lounge for the apartment building's residents. He intended those diagonals, horizontals and free-floating spaces to create a greater sense of space. The head of the WPA, Burgoyne Diller, wanted abstract works for this room. He felt it was appropriate for a space designed for recreation and leisure. (The prevailing style of the 1930s was a heroic figurative style showing people at work -- not a relaxing choice for a lounge area!)
How did they get the cloth to stay stiff like that?
The cloth has been gessoed, with a type of glue-like primer, to make it stiff and to keep its shape.
Who designed this?
This was designed by Terence Main, an American designer. This particular chair was designed to recall skeletal forms.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

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Here's what people are asking.

I'm looking at a pile of clothes with a vaguely feminine form. What makes these found object arrangements museum quality?
Thoughtful question. With this work, as with many, many contemporary works that utilize found objects and materials, it is really the intent and the idea of the artist that makes them of interest to collectors and museums.
The artist, Shinique Smith, was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt. Her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. The title "Mitumba" is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Smith has a series of sculptures like this.
Ok, I see that. Is the Santa Claus an original part of it?
Yes, her bundles include fabric scraps, clothing and toys and it was a complete piece when it was gifted to the Museum in 2009.
Thanks!
You're welcome!
I'm going to be volunteering here soon and I need to learn more about the collections. How many mummies are here? Is the mummy still in Nespanetjerenpere's container?
Their are four mummies on view. "Mummy and Cartonnage of Hor," "Anthropoid Coffin of Thothirdes," "Inner Cartonnage of Gautsesheni," and "Cartonnage and Mummy." Nespanetjerenpere's cartonnage is empty, the mummy has been lost.
Hor and Gautsesheni are inside of their cartonnages so you can't actually see the mummies themselves, but those two are in there. You can see Thothirdes and one more unnamed mummy. Those would be the two the kids are really after!
Exactly where is the collar that is discussed in discription below?
The collar you're referring to is like a broad necklace. The area from Nespanetjernepere's neck to the top of the winged-ram deity, underneath the wig, is all the wesekh collar.
Okay, thank you!
You're welcome!
Is this "The Peaceable Kingdom" the only one that exists? I thought I had seen it before elsewhere but bigger?
You're right! This isn't the only version of Edward Hicks 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. From about 1820, the self-taught artist and Quaker preacher Edward Hicks painted approximately sixty versions of 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. The other versions are scattered at many different institutions across the nation. So you very well have seen a larger one.
Hi! I am wondering if you have any information regarding the commission of this work?
Hello, thanks for using the ASK app today. I have just been researching this mosaic window, it's so fascinating!
This work was created for the Charles Merrill Memorial Chapel at the Brooklyn Home for Aged Men. A woman named Abigail Merrill commissioned it in 1911 in memory of her husband, Charles. The window remained in the chapel until the 1960s when the chapel was torn down. The window came here as a gift from various donors to the Museum.
Neat, thanks!
You're welcome!
Marine mosaics are extremely captivating! I would love to hear your perspective on the window as well. It's truly an under appreciated style!
I am so intrigued by the window and just Brigham's style overall. The fact that he was using found materials, especially natural materials, well before it was popular in the arts to do so is fascinating to me. I also love that he followed in the footsteps of the big names in stained glass-Tiffany, Lamb-and created objects like lampshades and jewelry, as they were, but in the marine mosaic style. He's definitely under appreciated, I agree!
How long did this take to make?
While we don't know the exact number of man-hours put into this amazing El Anatsui work, I can tell you he hires and trains local craftsmen to assist with his projects. The work is made of aluminum and copper wire on which discarded bottle caps are then strung. I imagine it would take many people and many hours to create a finished project.
Wow!
The Fallen Angels is such a dramatic work! I encourage you to get as close as you can and look at how the artist, Salvatore Albano, handles flesh. He makes it seem so soft and realistic for being carved out of stone. This is a technical masterpiece of carving stressing how the figure can be seen in the round from all angles.
I like what you're doing there with the light and shadows against the geometric abstractions of the Brooklyn Works Progress Administration murals!
Times have changed in Williamsburg since these were made, that's for sure. The artist, Ilya Bolotowsky, was painting this mural for a narrow basement room used as a community lounge for the apartment building's residents. He intended those diagonals, horizontals and free-floating spaces to create a greater sense of space. The head of the WPA, Burgoyne Diller, wanted abstract works for this room. He felt it was appropriate for a space designed for recreation and leisure. (The prevailing style of the 1930s was a heroic figurative style showing people at work -- not a relaxing choice for a lounge area!)
How did they get the cloth to stay stiff like that?
The cloth has been gessoed, with a type of glue-like primer, to make it stiff and to keep its shape.
Who designed this?
This was designed by Terence Main, an American designer. This particular chair was designed to recall skeletal forms.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

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Here's what people are asking.

I'm looking at a pile of clothes with a vaguely feminine form. What makes these found object arrangements museum quality?
Thoughtful question. With this work, as with many, many contemporary works that utilize found objects and materials, it is really the intent and the idea of the artist that makes them of interest to collectors and museums.
The artist, Shinique Smith, was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt. Her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. The title "Mitumba" is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Smith has a series of sculptures like this.
Ok, I see that. Is the Santa Claus an original part of it?
Yes, her bundles include fabric scraps, clothing and toys and it was a complete piece when it was gifted to the Museum in 2009.
Thanks!
You're welcome!
I'm going to be volunteering here soon and I need to learn more about the collections. How many mummies are here? Is the mummy still in Nespanetjerenpere's container?
Their are four mummies on view. "Mummy and Cartonnage of Hor," "Anthropoid Coffin of Thothirdes," "Inner Cartonnage of Gautsesheni," and "Cartonnage and Mummy." Nespanetjerenpere's cartonnage is empty, the mummy has been lost.
Hor and Gautsesheni are inside of their cartonnages so you can't actually see the mummies themselves, but those two are in there. You can see Thothirdes and one more unnamed mummy. Those would be the two the kids are really after!
Exactly where is the collar that is discussed in discription below?
The collar you're referring to is like a broad necklace. The area from Nespanetjernepere's neck to the top of the winged-ram deity, underneath the wig, is all the wesekh collar.
Okay, thank you!
You're welcome!
Is this "The Peaceable Kingdom" the only one that exists? I thought I had seen it before elsewhere but bigger?
You're right! This isn't the only version of Edward Hicks 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. From about 1820, the self-taught artist and Quaker preacher Edward Hicks painted approximately sixty versions of 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. The other versions are scattered at many different institutions across the nation. So you very well have seen a larger one.
Hi! I am wondering if you have any information regarding the commission of this work?
Hello, thanks for using the ASK app today. I have just been researching this mosaic window, it's so fascinating!
This work was created for the Charles Merrill Memorial Chapel at the Brooklyn Home for Aged Men. A woman named Abigail Merrill commissioned it in 1911 in memory of her husband, Charles. The window remained in the chapel until the 1960s when the chapel was torn down. The window came here as a gift from various donors to the Museum.
Neat, thanks!
You're welcome!
Marine mosaics are extremely captivating! I would love to hear your perspective on the window as well. It's truly an under appreciated style!
I am so intrigued by the window and just Brigham's style overall. The fact that he was using found materials, especially natural materials, well before it was popular in the arts to do so is fascinating to me. I also love that he followed in the footsteps of the big names in stained glass-Tiffany, Lamb-and created objects like lampshades and jewelry, as they were, but in the marine mosaic style. He's definitely under appreciated, I agree!
How long did this take to make?
While we don't know the exact number of man-hours put into this amazing El Anatsui work, I can tell you he hires and trains local craftsmen to assist with his projects. The work is made of aluminum and copper wire on which discarded bottle caps are then strung. I imagine it would take many people and many hours to create a finished project.
Wow!
The Fallen Angels is such a dramatic work! I encourage you to get as close as you can and look at how the artist, Salvatore Albano, handles flesh. He makes it seem so soft and realistic for being carved out of stone. This is a technical masterpiece of carving stressing how the figure can be seen in the round from all angles.
I like what you're doing there with the light and shadows against the geometric abstractions of the Brooklyn Works Progress Administration murals!
Times have changed in Williamsburg since these were made, that's for sure. The artist, Ilya Bolotowsky, was painting this mural for a narrow basement room used as a community lounge for the apartment building's residents. He intended those diagonals, horizontals and free-floating spaces to create a greater sense of space. The head of the WPA, Burgoyne Diller, wanted abstract works for this room. He felt it was appropriate for a space designed for recreation and leisure. (The prevailing style of the 1930s was a heroic figurative style showing people at work -- not a relaxing choice for a lounge area!)
How did they get the cloth to stay stiff like that?
The cloth has been gessoed, with a type of glue-like primer, to make it stiff and to keep its shape.
Who designed this?
This was designed by Terence Main, an American designer. This particular chair was designed to recall skeletal forms.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

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Here's what people are asking.

I'm looking at a pile of clothes with a vaguely feminine form. What makes these found object arrangements museum quality?
Thoughtful question. With this work, as with many, many contemporary works that utilize found objects and materials, it is really the intent and the idea of the artist that makes them of interest to collectors and museums.
The artist, Shinique Smith, was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt. Her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. The title "Mitumba" is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Smith has a series of sculptures like this.
Ok, I see that. Is the Santa Claus an original part of it?
Yes, her bundles include fabric scraps, clothing and toys and it was a complete piece when it was gifted to the Museum in 2009.
Thanks!
You're welcome!
I'm going to be volunteering here soon and I need to learn more about the collections. How many mummies are here? Is the mummy still in Nespanetjerenpere's container?
Their are four mummies on view. "Mummy and Cartonnage of Hor," "Anthropoid Coffin of Thothirdes," "Inner Cartonnage of Gautsesheni," and "Cartonnage and Mummy." Nespanetjerenpere's cartonnage is empty, the mummy has been lost.
Hor and Gautsesheni are inside of their cartonnages so you can't actually see the mummies themselves, but those two are in there. You can see Thothirdes and one more unnamed mummy. Those would be the two the kids are really after!
Exactly where is the collar that is discussed in discription below?
The collar you're referring to is like a broad necklace. The area from Nespanetjernepere's neck to the top of the winged-ram deity, underneath the wig, is all the wesekh collar.
Okay, thank you!
You're welcome!
Is this "The Peaceable Kingdom" the only one that exists? I thought I had seen it before elsewhere but bigger?
You're right! This isn't the only version of Edward Hicks 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. From about 1820, the self-taught artist and Quaker preacher Edward Hicks painted approximately sixty versions of 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. The other versions are scattered at many different institutions across the nation. So you very well have seen a larger one.
Hi! I am wondering if you have any information regarding the commission of this work?
Hello, thanks for using the ASK app today. I have just been researching this mosaic window, it's so fascinating!
This work was created for the Charles Merrill Memorial Chapel at the Brooklyn Home for Aged Men. A woman named Abigail Merrill commissioned it in 1911 in memory of her husband, Charles. The window remained in the chapel until the 1960s when the chapel was torn down. The window came here as a gift from various donors to the Museum.
Neat, thanks!
You're welcome!
Marine mosaics are extremely captivating! I would love to hear your perspective on the window as well. It's truly an under appreciated style!
I am so intrigued by the window and just Brigham's style overall. The fact that he was using found materials, especially natural materials, well before it was popular in the arts to do so is fascinating to me. I also love that he followed in the footsteps of the big names in stained glass-Tiffany, Lamb-and created objects like lampshades and jewelry, as they were, but in the marine mosaic style. He's definitely under appreciated, I agree!
How long did this take to make?
While we don't know the exact number of man-hours put into this amazing El Anatsui work, I can tell you he hires and trains local craftsmen to assist with his projects. The work is made of aluminum and copper wire on which discarded bottle caps are then strung. I imagine it would take many people and many hours to create a finished project.
Wow!
The Fallen Angels is such a dramatic work! I encourage you to get as close as you can and look at how the artist, Salvatore Albano, handles flesh. He makes it seem so soft and realistic for being carved out of stone. This is a technical masterpiece of carving stressing how the figure can be seen in the round from all angles.
I like what you're doing there with the light and shadows against the geometric abstractions of the Brooklyn Works Progress Administration murals!
Times have changed in Williamsburg since these were made, that's for sure. The artist, Ilya Bolotowsky, was painting this mural for a narrow basement room used as a community lounge for the apartment building's residents. He intended those diagonals, horizontals and free-floating spaces to create a greater sense of space. The head of the WPA, Burgoyne Diller, wanted abstract works for this room. He felt it was appropriate for a space designed for recreation and leisure. (The prevailing style of the 1930s was a heroic figurative style showing people at work -- not a relaxing choice for a lounge area!)
How did they get the cloth to stay stiff like that?
The cloth has been gessoed, with a type of glue-like primer, to make it stiff and to keep its shape.
Who designed this?
This was designed by Terence Main, an American designer. This particular chair was designed to recall skeletal forms.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

I'm looking at a pile of clothes with a vaguely feminine form. What makes these found object arrangements museum quality?
Thoughtful question. With this work, as with many, many contemporary works that utilize found objects and materials, it is really the intent and the idea of the artist that makes them of interest to collectors and museums.
The artist, Shinique Smith, was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt. Her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. The title "Mitumba" is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Smith has a series of sculptures like this.
Ok, I see that. Is the Santa Claus an original part of it?
Yes, her bundles include fabric scraps, clothing and toys and it was a complete piece when it was gifted to the Museum in 2009.
Thanks!
You're welcome!
I'm going to be volunteering here soon and I need to learn more about the collections. How many mummies are here? Is the mummy still in Nespanetjerenpere's container?
Their are four mummies on view. "Mummy and Cartonnage of Hor," "Anthropoid Coffin of Thothirdes," "Inner Cartonnage of Gautsesheni," and "Cartonnage and Mummy." Nespanetjerenpere's cartonnage is empty, the mummy has been lost.
Hor and Gautsesheni are inside of their cartonnages so you can't actually see the mummies themselves, but those two are in there. You can see Thothirdes and one more unnamed mummy. Those would be the two the kids are really after!
Exactly where is the collar that is discussed in discription below?
The collar you're referring to is like a broad necklace. The area from Nespanetjernepere's neck to the top of the winged-ram deity, underneath the wig, is all the wesekh collar.
Okay, thank you!
You're welcome!
Is this "The Peaceable Kingdom" the only one that exists? I thought I had seen it before elsewhere but bigger?
You're right! This isn't the only version of Edward Hicks 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. From about 1820, the self-taught artist and Quaker preacher Edward Hicks painted approximately sixty versions of 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. The other versions are scattered at many different institutions across the nation. So you very well have seen a larger one.
Hi! I am wondering if you have any information regarding the commission of this work?
Hello, thanks for using the ASK app today. I have just been researching this mosaic window, it's so fascinating!
This work was created for the Charles Merrill Memorial Chapel at the Brooklyn Home for Aged Men. A woman named Abigail Merrill commissioned it in 1911 in memory of her husband, Charles. The window remained in the chapel until the 1960s when the chapel was torn down. The window came here as a gift from various donors to the Museum.
Neat, thanks!
You're welcome!
Marine mosaics are extremely captivating! I would love to hear your perspective on the window as well. It's truly an under appreciated style!
I am so intrigued by the window and just Brigham's style overall. The fact that he was using found materials, especially natural materials, well before it was popular in the arts to do so is fascinating to me. I also love that he followed in the footsteps of the big names in stained glass-Tiffany, Lamb-and created objects like lampshades and jewelry, as they were, but in the marine mosaic style. He's definitely under appreciated, I agree!
How long did this take to make?
While we don't know the exact number of man-hours put into this amazing El Anatsui work, I can tell you he hires and trains local craftsmen to assist with his projects. The work is made of aluminum and copper wire on which discarded bottle caps are then strung. I imagine it would take many people and many hours to create a finished project.
Wow!
The Fallen Angels is such a dramatic work! I encourage you to get as close as you can and look at how the artist, Salvatore Albano, handles flesh. He makes it seem so soft and realistic for being carved out of stone. This is a technical masterpiece of carving stressing how the figure can be seen in the round from all angles.
I like what you're doing there with the light and shadows against the geometric abstractions of the Brooklyn Works Progress Administration murals!
Times have changed in Williamsburg since these were made, that's for sure. The artist, Ilya Bolotowsky, was painting this mural for a narrow basement room used as a community lounge for the apartment building's residents. He intended those diagonals, horizontals and free-floating spaces to create a greater sense of space. The head of the WPA, Burgoyne Diller, wanted abstract works for this room. He felt it was appropriate for a space designed for recreation and leisure. (The prevailing style of the 1930s was a heroic figurative style showing people at work -- not a relaxing choice for a lounge area!)
How did they get the cloth to stay stiff like that?
The cloth has been gessoed, with a type of glue-like primer, to make it stiff and to keep its shape.
Who designed this?
This was designed by Terence Main, an American designer. This particular chair was designed to recall skeletal forms.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

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Here's what people are asking.

I'm looking at a pile of clothes with a vaguely feminine form. What makes these found object arrangements museum quality?
Thoughtful question. With this work, as with many, many contemporary works that utilize found objects and materials, it is really the intent and the idea of the artist that makes them of interest to collectors and museums.
The artist, Shinique Smith, was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt. Her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. The title "Mitumba" is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Smith has a series of sculptures like this.
Ok, I see that. Is the Santa Claus an original part of it?
Yes, her bundles include fabric scraps, clothing and toys and it was a complete piece when it was gifted to the Museum in 2009.
Thanks!
You're welcome!
I'm going to be volunteering here soon and I need to learn more about the collections. How many mummies are here? Is the mummy still in Nespanetjerenpere's container?
Their are four mummies on view. "Mummy and Cartonnage of Hor," "Anthropoid Coffin of Thothirdes," "Inner Cartonnage of Gautsesheni," and "Cartonnage and Mummy." Nespanetjerenpere's cartonnage is empty, the mummy has been lost.
Hor and Gautsesheni are inside of their cartonnages so you can't actually see the mummies themselves, but those two are in there. You can see Thothirdes and one more unnamed mummy. Those would be the two the kids are really after!
Exactly where is the collar that is discussed in discription below?
The collar you're referring to is like a broad necklace. The area from Nespanetjernepere's neck to the top of the winged-ram deity, underneath the wig, is all the wesekh collar.
Okay, thank you!
You're welcome!
Is this "The Peaceable Kingdom" the only one that exists? I thought I had seen it before elsewhere but bigger?
You're right! This isn't the only version of Edward Hicks 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. From about 1820, the self-taught artist and Quaker preacher Edward Hicks painted approximately sixty versions of 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. The other versions are scattered at many different institutions across the nation. So you very well have seen a larger one.
Hi! I am wondering if you have any information regarding the commission of this work?
Hello, thanks for using the ASK app today. I have just been researching this mosaic window, it's so fascinating!
This work was created for the Charles Merrill Memorial Chapel at the Brooklyn Home for Aged Men. A woman named Abigail Merrill commissioned it in 1911 in memory of her husband, Charles. The window remained in the chapel until the 1960s when the chapel was torn down. The window came here as a gift from various donors to the Museum.
Neat, thanks!
You're welcome!
Marine mosaics are extremely captivating! I would love to hear your perspective on the window as well. It's truly an under appreciated style!
I am so intrigued by the window and just Brigham's style overall. The fact that he was using found materials, especially natural materials, well before it was popular in the arts to do so is fascinating to me. I also love that he followed in the footsteps of the big names in stained glass-Tiffany, Lamb-and created objects like lampshades and jewelry, as they were, but in the marine mosaic style. He's definitely under appreciated, I agree!
How long did this take to make?
While we don't know the exact number of man-hours put into this amazing El Anatsui work, I can tell you he hires and trains local craftsmen to assist with his projects. The work is made of aluminum and copper wire on which discarded bottle caps are then strung. I imagine it would take many people and many hours to create a finished project.
Wow!
The Fallen Angels is such a dramatic work! I encourage you to get as close as you can and look at how the artist, Salvatore Albano, handles flesh. He makes it seem so soft and realistic for being carved out of stone. This is a technical masterpiece of carving stressing how the figure can be seen in the round from all angles.
I like what you're doing there with the light and shadows against the geometric abstractions of the Brooklyn Works Progress Administration murals!
Times have changed in Williamsburg since these were made, that's for sure. The artist, Ilya Bolotowsky, was painting this mural for a narrow basement room used as a community lounge for the apartment building's residents. He intended those diagonals, horizontals and free-floating spaces to create a greater sense of space. The head of the WPA, Burgoyne Diller, wanted abstract works for this room. He felt it was appropriate for a space designed for recreation and leisure. (The prevailing style of the 1930s was a heroic figurative style showing people at work -- not a relaxing choice for a lounge area!)
How did they get the cloth to stay stiff like that?
The cloth has been gessoed, with a type of glue-like primer, to make it stiff and to keep its shape.
Who designed this?
This was designed by Terence Main, an American designer. This particular chair was designed to recall skeletal forms.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Exhibitions on the Fourth Floor

Rest rooms are on the first, second, and third floors; those on the first and third floors are wheelchair accessible. The second-floor rest rooms can be reached only via the stairs from the Schapiro Wing on the third floor. Water fountains are near the first- and third-floor rest rooms.

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk on the first floor.

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Here's what people are asking.

I'm looking at a pile of clothes with a vaguely feminine form. What makes these found object arrangements museum quality?
Thoughtful question. With this work, as with many, many contemporary works that utilize found objects and materials, it is really the intent and the idea of the artist that makes them of interest to collectors and museums.
The artist, Shinique Smith, was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt. Her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. The title "Mitumba" is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Smith has a series of sculptures like this.
Ok, I see that. Is the Santa Claus an original part of it?
Yes, her bundles include fabric scraps, clothing and toys and it was a complete piece when it was gifted to the Museum in 2009.
Thanks!
You're welcome!
I'm going to be volunteering here soon and I need to learn more about the collections. How many mummies are here? Is the mummy still in Nespanetjerenpere's container?
Their are four mummies on view. "Mummy and Cartonnage of Hor," "Anthropoid Coffin of Thothirdes," "Inner Cartonnage of Gautsesheni," and "Cartonnage and Mummy." Nespanetjerenpere's cartonnage is empty, the mummy has been lost.
Hor and Gautsesheni are inside of their cartonnages so you can't actually see the mummies themselves, but those two are in there. You can see Thothirdes and one more unnamed mummy. Those would be the two the kids are really after!
Exactly where is the collar that is discussed in discription below?
The collar you're referring to is like a broad necklace. The area from Nespanetjernepere's neck to the top of the winged-ram deity, underneath the wig, is all the wesekh collar.
Okay, thank you!
You're welcome!
Is this "The Peaceable Kingdom" the only one that exists? I thought I had seen it before elsewhere but bigger?
You're right! This isn't the only version of Edward Hicks 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. From about 1820, the self-taught artist and Quaker preacher Edward Hicks painted approximately sixty versions of 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. The other versions are scattered at many different institutions across the nation. So you very well have seen a larger one.
Hi! I am wondering if you have any information regarding the commission of this work?
Hello, thanks for using the ASK app today. I have just been researching this mosaic window, it's so fascinating!
This work was created for the Charles Merrill Memorial Chapel at the Brooklyn Home for Aged Men. A woman named Abigail Merrill commissioned it in 1911 in memory of her husband, Charles. The window remained in the chapel until the 1960s when the chapel was torn down. The window came here as a gift from various donors to the Museum.
Neat, thanks!
You're welcome!
Marine mosaics are extremely captivating! I would love to hear your perspective on the window as well. It's truly an under appreciated style!
I am so intrigued by the window and just Brigham's style overall. The fact that he was using found materials, especially natural materials, well before it was popular in the arts to do so is fascinating to me. I also love that he followed in the footsteps of the big names in stained glass-Tiffany, Lamb-and created objects like lampshades and jewelry, as they were, but in the marine mosaic style. He's definitely under appreciated, I agree!
How long did this take to make?
While we don't know the exact number of man-hours put into this amazing El Anatsui work, I can tell you he hires and trains local craftsmen to assist with his projects. The work is made of aluminum and copper wire on which discarded bottle caps are then strung. I imagine it would take many people and many hours to create a finished project.
Wow!
The Fallen Angels is such a dramatic work! I encourage you to get as close as you can and look at how the artist, Salvatore Albano, handles flesh. He makes it seem so soft and realistic for being carved out of stone. This is a technical masterpiece of carving stressing how the figure can be seen in the round from all angles.
I like what you're doing there with the light and shadows against the geometric abstractions of the Brooklyn Works Progress Administration murals!
Times have changed in Williamsburg since these were made, that's for sure. The artist, Ilya Bolotowsky, was painting this mural for a narrow basement room used as a community lounge for the apartment building's residents. He intended those diagonals, horizontals and free-floating spaces to create a greater sense of space. The head of the WPA, Burgoyne Diller, wanted abstract works for this room. He felt it was appropriate for a space designed for recreation and leisure. (The prevailing style of the 1930s was a heroic figurative style showing people at work -- not a relaxing choice for a lounge area!)
How did they get the cloth to stay stiff like that?
The cloth has been gessoed, with a type of glue-like primer, to make it stiff and to keep its shape.
Who designed this?
This was designed by Terence Main, an American designer. This particular chair was designed to recall skeletal forms.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Exhibitions on the Third Floor

Also on the Third Floor: Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium

Rest rooms are on the first, second, and third floors; those on the first and third floors are wheelchair accessible. The second-floor rest rooms can be reached only via the stairs from the Schapiro Wing on the third floor. Water fountains are near the first- and third-floor rest rooms.

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk on the first floor.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

I'm looking at a pile of clothes with a vaguely feminine form. What makes these found object arrangements museum quality?
Thoughtful question. With this work, as with many, many contemporary works that utilize found objects and materials, it is really the intent and the idea of the artist that makes them of interest to collectors and museums.
The artist, Shinique Smith, was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt. Her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. The title "Mitumba" is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Smith has a series of sculptures like this.
Ok, I see that. Is the Santa Claus an original part of it?
Yes, her bundles include fabric scraps, clothing and toys and it was a complete piece when it was gifted to the Museum in 2009.
Thanks!
You're welcome!
I'm going to be volunteering here soon and I need to learn more about the collections. How many mummies are here? Is the mummy still in Nespanetjerenpere's container?
Their are four mummies on view. "Mummy and Cartonnage of Hor," "Anthropoid Coffin of Thothirdes," "Inner Cartonnage of Gautsesheni," and "Cartonnage and Mummy." Nespanetjerenpere's cartonnage is empty, the mummy has been lost.
Hor and Gautsesheni are inside of their cartonnages so you can't actually see the mummies themselves, but those two are in there. You can see Thothirdes and one more unnamed mummy. Those would be the two the kids are really after!
Exactly where is the collar that is discussed in discription below?
The collar you're referring to is like a broad necklace. The area from Nespanetjernepere's neck to the top of the winged-ram deity, underneath the wig, is all the wesekh collar.
Okay, thank you!
You're welcome!
Is this "The Peaceable Kingdom" the only one that exists? I thought I had seen it before elsewhere but bigger?
You're right! This isn't the only version of Edward Hicks 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. From about 1820, the self-taught artist and Quaker preacher Edward Hicks painted approximately sixty versions of 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. The other versions are scattered at many different institutions across the nation. So you very well have seen a larger one.
Hi! I am wondering if you have any information regarding the commission of this work?
Hello, thanks for using the ASK app today. I have just been researching this mosaic window, it's so fascinating!
This work was created for the Charles Merrill Memorial Chapel at the Brooklyn Home for Aged Men. A woman named Abigail Merrill commissioned it in 1911 in memory of her husband, Charles. The window remained in the chapel until the 1960s when the chapel was torn down. The window came here as a gift from various donors to the Museum.
Neat, thanks!
You're welcome!
Marine mosaics are extremely captivating! I would love to hear your perspective on the window as well. It's truly an under appreciated style!
I am so intrigued by the window and just Brigham's style overall. The fact that he was using found materials, especially natural materials, well before it was popular in the arts to do so is fascinating to me. I also love that he followed in the footsteps of the big names in stained glass-Tiffany, Lamb-and created objects like lampshades and jewelry, as they were, but in the marine mosaic style. He's definitely under appreciated, I agree!
How long did this take to make?
While we don't know the exact number of man-hours put into this amazing El Anatsui work, I can tell you he hires and trains local craftsmen to assist with his projects. The work is made of aluminum and copper wire on which discarded bottle caps are then strung. I imagine it would take many people and many hours to create a finished project.
Wow!
The Fallen Angels is such a dramatic work! I encourage you to get as close as you can and look at how the artist, Salvatore Albano, handles flesh. He makes it seem so soft and realistic for being carved out of stone. This is a technical masterpiece of carving stressing how the figure can be seen in the round from all angles.
I like what you're doing there with the light and shadows against the geometric abstractions of the Brooklyn Works Progress Administration murals!
Times have changed in Williamsburg since these were made, that's for sure. The artist, Ilya Bolotowsky, was painting this mural for a narrow basement room used as a community lounge for the apartment building's residents. He intended those diagonals, horizontals and free-floating spaces to create a greater sense of space. The head of the WPA, Burgoyne Diller, wanted abstract works for this room. He felt it was appropriate for a space designed for recreation and leisure. (The prevailing style of the 1930s was a heroic figurative style showing people at work -- not a relaxing choice for a lounge area!)
How did they get the cloth to stay stiff like that?
The cloth has been gessoed, with a type of glue-like primer, to make it stiff and to keep its shape.
Who designed this?
This was designed by Terence Main, an American designer. This particular chair was designed to recall skeletal forms.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Our Second Floor galleries are currently closed for renovations.

Also on the Second Floor

Rest rooms are on the first, second, and third floors; those on the first and third floors are wheelchair accessible. The second-floor rest rooms can be reached only via the stairs from the Schapiro Wing on the third floor. Water fountains are near the first- and third-floor rest rooms.

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk on the first floor.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

I'm looking at a pile of clothes with a vaguely feminine form. What makes these found object arrangements museum quality?
Thoughtful question. With this work, as with many, many contemporary works that utilize found objects and materials, it is really the intent and the idea of the artist that makes them of interest to collectors and museums.
The artist, Shinique Smith, was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt. Her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. The title "Mitumba" is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Smith has a series of sculptures like this.
Ok, I see that. Is the Santa Claus an original part of it?
Yes, her bundles include fabric scraps, clothing and toys and it was a complete piece when it was gifted to the Museum in 2009.
Thanks!
You're welcome!
I'm going to be volunteering here soon and I need to learn more about the collections. How many mummies are here? Is the mummy still in Nespanetjerenpere's container?
Their are four mummies on view. "Mummy and Cartonnage of Hor," "Anthropoid Coffin of Thothirdes," "Inner Cartonnage of Gautsesheni," and "Cartonnage and Mummy." Nespanetjerenpere's cartonnage is empty, the mummy has been lost.
Hor and Gautsesheni are inside of their cartonnages so you can't actually see the mummies themselves, but those two are in there. You can see Thothirdes and one more unnamed mummy. Those would be the two the kids are really after!
Exactly where is the collar that is discussed in discription below?
The collar you're referring to is like a broad necklace. The area from Nespanetjernepere's neck to the top of the winged-ram deity, underneath the wig, is all the wesekh collar.
Okay, thank you!
You're welcome!
Is this "The Peaceable Kingdom" the only one that exists? I thought I had seen it before elsewhere but bigger?
You're right! This isn't the only version of Edward Hicks 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. From about 1820, the self-taught artist and Quaker preacher Edward Hicks painted approximately sixty versions of 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. The other versions are scattered at many different institutions across the nation. So you very well have seen a larger one.
Hi! I am wondering if you have any information regarding the commission of this work?
Hello, thanks for using the ASK app today. I have just been researching this mosaic window, it's so fascinating!
This work was created for the Charles Merrill Memorial Chapel at the Brooklyn Home for Aged Men. A woman named Abigail Merrill commissioned it in 1911 in memory of her husband, Charles. The window remained in the chapel until the 1960s when the chapel was torn down. The window came here as a gift from various donors to the Museum.
Neat, thanks!
You're welcome!
Marine mosaics are extremely captivating! I would love to hear your perspective on the window as well. It's truly an under appreciated style!
I am so intrigued by the window and just Brigham's style overall. The fact that he was using found materials, especially natural materials, well before it was popular in the arts to do so is fascinating to me. I also love that he followed in the footsteps of the big names in stained glass-Tiffany, Lamb-and created objects like lampshades and jewelry, as they were, but in the marine mosaic style. He's definitely under appreciated, I agree!
How long did this take to make?
While we don't know the exact number of man-hours put into this amazing El Anatsui work, I can tell you he hires and trains local craftsmen to assist with his projects. The work is made of aluminum and copper wire on which discarded bottle caps are then strung. I imagine it would take many people and many hours to create a finished project.
Wow!
The Fallen Angels is such a dramatic work! I encourage you to get as close as you can and look at how the artist, Salvatore Albano, handles flesh. He makes it seem so soft and realistic for being carved out of stone. This is a technical masterpiece of carving stressing how the figure can be seen in the round from all angles.
I like what you're doing there with the light and shadows against the geometric abstractions of the Brooklyn Works Progress Administration murals!
Times have changed in Williamsburg since these were made, that's for sure. The artist, Ilya Bolotowsky, was painting this mural for a narrow basement room used as a community lounge for the apartment building's residents. He intended those diagonals, horizontals and free-floating spaces to create a greater sense of space. The head of the WPA, Burgoyne Diller, wanted abstract works for this room. He felt it was appropriate for a space designed for recreation and leisure. (The prevailing style of the 1930s was a heroic figurative style showing people at work -- not a relaxing choice for a lounge area!)
How did they get the cloth to stay stiff like that?
The cloth has been gessoed, with a type of glue-like primer, to make it stiff and to keep its shape.
Who designed this?
This was designed by Terence Main, an American designer. This particular chair was designed to recall skeletal forms.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

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Parking is available in the lot behind the Museum, off Washington Avenue. On Target First Saturdays, there's a flat rate of $6 starting at 5 p.m. Park your bicycle in the rack behind the building, next to our sculpture garden.

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Here's what people are asking.

I'm looking at a pile of clothes with a vaguely feminine form. What makes these found object arrangements museum quality?
Thoughtful question. With this work, as with many, many contemporary works that utilize found objects and materials, it is really the intent and the idea of the artist that makes them of interest to collectors and museums.
The artist, Shinique Smith, was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt. Her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. The title "Mitumba" is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Smith has a series of sculptures like this.
Ok, I see that. Is the Santa Claus an original part of it?
Yes, her bundles include fabric scraps, clothing and toys and it was a complete piece when it was gifted to the Museum in 2009.
Thanks!
You're welcome!
I'm going to be volunteering here soon and I need to learn more about the collections. How many mummies are here? Is the mummy still in Nespanetjerenpere's container?
Their are four mummies on view. "Mummy and Cartonnage of Hor," "Anthropoid Coffin of Thothirdes," "Inner Cartonnage of Gautsesheni," and "Cartonnage and Mummy." Nespanetjerenpere's cartonnage is empty, the mummy has been lost.
Hor and Gautsesheni are inside of their cartonnages so you can't actually see the mummies themselves, but those two are in there. You can see Thothirdes and one more unnamed mummy. Those would be the two the kids are really after!
Exactly where is the collar that is discussed in discription below?
The collar you're referring to is like a broad necklace. The area from Nespanetjernepere's neck to the top of the winged-ram deity, underneath the wig, is all the wesekh collar.
Okay, thank you!
You're welcome!
Is this "The Peaceable Kingdom" the only one that exists? I thought I had seen it before elsewhere but bigger?
You're right! This isn't the only version of Edward Hicks 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. From about 1820, the self-taught artist and Quaker preacher Edward Hicks painted approximately sixty versions of 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. The other versions are scattered at many different institutions across the nation. So you very well have seen a larger one.
Hi! I am wondering if you have any information regarding the commission of this work?
Hello, thanks for using the ASK app today. I have just been researching this mosaic window, it's so fascinating!
This work was created for the Charles Merrill Memorial Chapel at the Brooklyn Home for Aged Men. A woman named Abigail Merrill commissioned it in 1911 in memory of her husband, Charles. The window remained in the chapel until the 1960s when the chapel was torn down. The window came here as a gift from various donors to the Museum.
Neat, thanks!
You're welcome!
Marine mosaics are extremely captivating! I would love to hear your perspective on the window as well. It's truly an under appreciated style!
I am so intrigued by the window and just Brigham's style overall. The fact that he was using found materials, especially natural materials, well before it was popular in the arts to do so is fascinating to me. I also love that he followed in the footsteps of the big names in stained glass-Tiffany, Lamb-and created objects like lampshades and jewelry, as they were, but in the marine mosaic style. He's definitely under appreciated, I agree!
How long did this take to make?
While we don't know the exact number of man-hours put into this amazing El Anatsui work, I can tell you he hires and trains local craftsmen to assist with his projects. The work is made of aluminum and copper wire on which discarded bottle caps are then strung. I imagine it would take many people and many hours to create a finished project.
Wow!
The Fallen Angels is such a dramatic work! I encourage you to get as close as you can and look at how the artist, Salvatore Albano, handles flesh. He makes it seem so soft and realistic for being carved out of stone. This is a technical masterpiece of carving stressing how the figure can be seen in the round from all angles.
I like what you're doing there with the light and shadows against the geometric abstractions of the Brooklyn Works Progress Administration murals!
Times have changed in Williamsburg since these were made, that's for sure. The artist, Ilya Bolotowsky, was painting this mural for a narrow basement room used as a community lounge for the apartment building's residents. He intended those diagonals, horizontals and free-floating spaces to create a greater sense of space. The head of the WPA, Burgoyne Diller, wanted abstract works for this room. He felt it was appropriate for a space designed for recreation and leisure. (The prevailing style of the 1930s was a heroic figurative style showing people at work -- not a relaxing choice for a lounge area!)
How did they get the cloth to stay stiff like that?
The cloth has been gessoed, with a type of glue-like primer, to make it stiff and to keep its shape.
Who designed this?
This was designed by Terence Main, an American designer. This particular chair was designed to recall skeletal forms.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

We're committed to making our galleries and facilities accessible to everyone.

  • We are fully wheelchair accessible. Check our online and printed floor plan for details.
  • If you need a wheelchair during your visit, they're available for free at the coat check in the lobby.
  • Companions of people with disabilities are admitted for free.
  • The parking lot behind the Museum is fully accessible. There's a free, 15-minute grace period for pickups and dropoffs.
  • If you need an assistive-listening device, they're available for free at our Admissions Desk, on the first floor.

We also offer a wide range of services for our visitors of all ages with special needs.

  • For those who have low or no vision, guided visits that include verbal descriptions can be scheduled for both adult and school groups, with advance notice. We also offer Sensory Tours, monthly public tours designed to accommodate and engage both sighted and non-sighted visitors. Verbal descriptions of collection highlights are available via Art Beyond Sight.
  • For those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, American Sign Language interpretation for both adult and school group tours can be arranged, with advance notice.
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We hope that you'll get in touch with us via email or at 718.501.6229 if you have questions about any of the above services, or if you'd like to make advance arrangements.

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Here's what people are asking.

I'm looking at a pile of clothes with a vaguely feminine form. What makes these found object arrangements museum quality?
Thoughtful question. With this work, as with many, many contemporary works that utilize found objects and materials, it is really the intent and the idea of the artist that makes them of interest to collectors and museums.
The artist, Shinique Smith, was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt. Her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. The title "Mitumba" is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Smith has a series of sculptures like this.
Ok, I see that. Is the Santa Claus an original part of it?
Yes, her bundles include fabric scraps, clothing and toys and it was a complete piece when it was gifted to the Museum in 2009.
Thanks!
You're welcome!
I'm going to be volunteering here soon and I need to learn more about the collections. How many mummies are here? Is the mummy still in Nespanetjerenpere's container?
Their are four mummies on view. "Mummy and Cartonnage of Hor," "Anthropoid Coffin of Thothirdes," "Inner Cartonnage of Gautsesheni," and "Cartonnage and Mummy." Nespanetjerenpere's cartonnage is empty, the mummy has been lost.
Hor and Gautsesheni are inside of their cartonnages so you can't actually see the mummies themselves, but those two are in there. You can see Thothirdes and one more unnamed mummy. Those would be the two the kids are really after!
Exactly where is the collar that is discussed in discription below?
The collar you're referring to is like a broad necklace. The area from Nespanetjernepere's neck to the top of the winged-ram deity, underneath the wig, is all the wesekh collar.
Okay, thank you!
You're welcome!
Is this "The Peaceable Kingdom" the only one that exists? I thought I had seen it before elsewhere but bigger?
You're right! This isn't the only version of Edward Hicks 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. From about 1820, the self-taught artist and Quaker preacher Edward Hicks painted approximately sixty versions of 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. The other versions are scattered at many different institutions across the nation. So you very well have seen a larger one.
Hi! I am wondering if you have any information regarding the commission of this work?
Hello, thanks for using the ASK app today. I have just been researching this mosaic window, it's so fascinating!
This work was created for the Charles Merrill Memorial Chapel at the Brooklyn Home for Aged Men. A woman named Abigail Merrill commissioned it in 1911 in memory of her husband, Charles. The window remained in the chapel until the 1960s when the chapel was torn down. The window came here as a gift from various donors to the Museum.
Neat, thanks!
You're welcome!
Marine mosaics are extremely captivating! I would love to hear your perspective on the window as well. It's truly an under appreciated style!
I am so intrigued by the window and just Brigham's style overall. The fact that he was using found materials, especially natural materials, well before it was popular in the arts to do so is fascinating to me. I also love that he followed in the footsteps of the big names in stained glass-Tiffany, Lamb-and created objects like lampshades and jewelry, as they were, but in the marine mosaic style. He's definitely under appreciated, I agree!
How long did this take to make?
While we don't know the exact number of man-hours put into this amazing El Anatsui work, I can tell you he hires and trains local craftsmen to assist with his projects. The work is made of aluminum and copper wire on which discarded bottle caps are then strung. I imagine it would take many people and many hours to create a finished project.
Wow!
The Fallen Angels is such a dramatic work! I encourage you to get as close as you can and look at how the artist, Salvatore Albano, handles flesh. He makes it seem so soft and realistic for being carved out of stone. This is a technical masterpiece of carving stressing how the figure can be seen in the round from all angles.
I like what you're doing there with the light and shadows against the geometric abstractions of the Brooklyn Works Progress Administration murals!
Times have changed in Williamsburg since these were made, that's for sure. The artist, Ilya Bolotowsky, was painting this mural for a narrow basement room used as a community lounge for the apartment building's residents. He intended those diagonals, horizontals and free-floating spaces to create a greater sense of space. The head of the WPA, Burgoyne Diller, wanted abstract works for this room. He felt it was appropriate for a space designed for recreation and leisure. (The prevailing style of the 1930s was a heroic figurative style showing people at work -- not a relaxing choice for a lounge area!)
How did they get the cloth to stay stiff like that?
The cloth has been gessoed, with a type of glue-like primer, to make it stiff and to keep its shape.
Who designed this?
This was designed by Terence Main, an American designer. This particular chair was designed to recall skeletal forms.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

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Here's what people are asking.

I'm looking at a pile of clothes with a vaguely feminine form. What makes these found object arrangements museum quality?
Thoughtful question. With this work, as with many, many contemporary works that utilize found objects and materials, it is really the intent and the idea of the artist that makes them of interest to collectors and museums.
The artist, Shinique Smith, was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt. Her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. The title "Mitumba" is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Smith has a series of sculptures like this.
Ok, I see that. Is the Santa Claus an original part of it?
Yes, her bundles include fabric scraps, clothing and toys and it was a complete piece when it was gifted to the Museum in 2009.
Thanks!
You're welcome!
I'm going to be volunteering here soon and I need to learn more about the collections. How many mummies are here? Is the mummy still in Nespanetjerenpere's container?
Their are four mummies on view. "Mummy and Cartonnage of Hor," "Anthropoid Coffin of Thothirdes," "Inner Cartonnage of Gautsesheni," and "Cartonnage and Mummy." Nespanetjerenpere's cartonnage is empty, the mummy has been lost.
Hor and Gautsesheni are inside of their cartonnages so you can't actually see the mummies themselves, but those two are in there. You can see Thothirdes and one more unnamed mummy. Those would be the two the kids are really after!
Exactly where is the collar that is discussed in discription below?
The collar you're referring to is like a broad necklace. The area from Nespanetjernepere's neck to the top of the winged-ram deity, underneath the wig, is all the wesekh collar.
Okay, thank you!
You're welcome!
Is this "The Peaceable Kingdom" the only one that exists? I thought I had seen it before elsewhere but bigger?
You're right! This isn't the only version of Edward Hicks 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. From about 1820, the self-taught artist and Quaker preacher Edward Hicks painted approximately sixty versions of 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. The other versions are scattered at many different institutions across the nation. So you very well have seen a larger one.
Hi! I am wondering if you have any information regarding the commission of this work?
Hello, thanks for using the ASK app today. I have just been researching this mosaic window, it's so fascinating!
This work was created for the Charles Merrill Memorial Chapel at the Brooklyn Home for Aged Men. A woman named Abigail Merrill commissioned it in 1911 in memory of her husband, Charles. The window remained in the chapel until the 1960s when the chapel was torn down. The window came here as a gift from various donors to the Museum.
Neat, thanks!
You're welcome!
Marine mosaics are extremely captivating! I would love to hear your perspective on the window as well. It's truly an under appreciated style!
I am so intrigued by the window and just Brigham's style overall. The fact that he was using found materials, especially natural materials, well before it was popular in the arts to do so is fascinating to me. I also love that he followed in the footsteps of the big names in stained glass-Tiffany, Lamb-and created objects like lampshades and jewelry, as they were, but in the marine mosaic style. He's definitely under appreciated, I agree!
How long did this take to make?
While we don't know the exact number of man-hours put into this amazing El Anatsui work, I can tell you he hires and trains local craftsmen to assist with his projects. The work is made of aluminum and copper wire on which discarded bottle caps are then strung. I imagine it would take many people and many hours to create a finished project.
Wow!
The Fallen Angels is such a dramatic work! I encourage you to get as close as you can and look at how the artist, Salvatore Albano, handles flesh. He makes it seem so soft and realistic for being carved out of stone. This is a technical masterpiece of carving stressing how the figure can be seen in the round from all angles.
I like what you're doing there with the light and shadows against the geometric abstractions of the Brooklyn Works Progress Administration murals!
Times have changed in Williamsburg since these were made, that's for sure. The artist, Ilya Bolotowsky, was painting this mural for a narrow basement room used as a community lounge for the apartment building's residents. He intended those diagonals, horizontals and free-floating spaces to create a greater sense of space. The head of the WPA, Burgoyne Diller, wanted abstract works for this room. He felt it was appropriate for a space designed for recreation and leisure. (The prevailing style of the 1930s was a heroic figurative style showing people at work -- not a relaxing choice for a lounge area!)
How did they get the cloth to stay stiff like that?
The cloth has been gessoed, with a type of glue-like primer, to make it stiff and to keep its shape.
Who designed this?
This was designed by Terence Main, an American designer. This particular chair was designed to recall skeletal forms.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

Exhibitions on the First Floor

Also on the First Floor

  • Admissions Desk
  • Museum Shop
  • Dining (The Norm restaurant and bar; BKM Café and Bowl)

Rest rooms are on the first, second, and third floors; those on the first and third floors are wheelchair accessible. The second-floor rest rooms can be reached only via the stairs from the Schapiro Wing on the third floor. Water fountains are near the first- and third-floor rest rooms.

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk.

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Here's what people are asking.

I'm looking at a pile of clothes with a vaguely feminine form. What makes these found object arrangements museum quality?
Thoughtful question. With this work, as with many, many contemporary works that utilize found objects and materials, it is really the intent and the idea of the artist that makes them of interest to collectors and museums.
The artist, Shinique Smith, was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt. Her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. The title "Mitumba" is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Smith has a series of sculptures like this.
Ok, I see that. Is the Santa Claus an original part of it?
Yes, her bundles include fabric scraps, clothing and toys and it was a complete piece when it was gifted to the Museum in 2009.
Thanks!
You're welcome!
I'm going to be volunteering here soon and I need to learn more about the collections. How many mummies are here? Is the mummy still in Nespanetjerenpere's container?
Their are four mummies on view. "Mummy and Cartonnage of Hor," "Anthropoid Coffin of Thothirdes," "Inner Cartonnage of Gautsesheni," and "Cartonnage and Mummy." Nespanetjerenpere's cartonnage is empty, the mummy has been lost.
Hor and Gautsesheni are inside of their cartonnages so you can't actually see the mummies themselves, but those two are in there. You can see Thothirdes and one more unnamed mummy. Those would be the two the kids are really after!
Exactly where is the collar that is discussed in discription below?
The collar you're referring to is like a broad necklace. The area from Nespanetjernepere's neck to the top of the winged-ram deity, underneath the wig, is all the wesekh collar.
Okay, thank you!
You're welcome!
Is this "The Peaceable Kingdom" the only one that exists? I thought I had seen it before elsewhere but bigger?
You're right! This isn't the only version of Edward Hicks 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. From about 1820, the self-taught artist and Quaker preacher Edward Hicks painted approximately sixty versions of 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. The other versions are scattered at many different institutions across the nation. So you very well have seen a larger one.
Hi! I am wondering if you have any information regarding the commission of this work?
Hello, thanks for using the ASK app today. I have just been researching this mosaic window, it's so fascinating!
This work was created for the Charles Merrill Memorial Chapel at the Brooklyn Home for Aged Men. A woman named Abigail Merrill commissioned it in 1911 in memory of her husband, Charles. The window remained in the chapel until the 1960s when the chapel was torn down. The window came here as a gift from various donors to the Museum.
Neat, thanks!
You're welcome!
Marine mosaics are extremely captivating! I would love to hear your perspective on the window as well. It's truly an under appreciated style!
I am so intrigued by the window and just Brigham's style overall. The fact that he was using found materials, especially natural materials, well before it was popular in the arts to do so is fascinating to me. I also love that he followed in the footsteps of the big names in stained glass-Tiffany, Lamb-and created objects like lampshades and jewelry, as they were, but in the marine mosaic style. He's definitely under appreciated, I agree!
How long did this take to make?
While we don't know the exact number of man-hours put into this amazing El Anatsui work, I can tell you he hires and trains local craftsmen to assist with his projects. The work is made of aluminum and copper wire on which discarded bottle caps are then strung. I imagine it would take many people and many hours to create a finished project.
Wow!
The Fallen Angels is such a dramatic work! I encourage you to get as close as you can and look at how the artist, Salvatore Albano, handles flesh. He makes it seem so soft and realistic for being carved out of stone. This is a technical masterpiece of carving stressing how the figure can be seen in the round from all angles.
I like what you're doing there with the light and shadows against the geometric abstractions of the Brooklyn Works Progress Administration murals!
Times have changed in Williamsburg since these were made, that's for sure. The artist, Ilya Bolotowsky, was painting this mural for a narrow basement room used as a community lounge for the apartment building's residents. He intended those diagonals, horizontals and free-floating spaces to create a greater sense of space. The head of the WPA, Burgoyne Diller, wanted abstract works for this room. He felt it was appropriate for a space designed for recreation and leisure. (The prevailing style of the 1930s was a heroic figurative style showing people at work -- not a relaxing choice for a lounge area!)
How did they get the cloth to stay stiff like that?
The cloth has been gessoed, with a type of glue-like primer, to make it stiff and to keep its shape.
Who designed this?
This was designed by Terence Main, an American designer. This particular chair was designed to recall skeletal forms.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

I'm looking at a pile of clothes with a vaguely feminine form. What makes these found object arrangements museum quality?
Thoughtful question. With this work, as with many, many contemporary works that utilize found objects and materials, it is really the intent and the idea of the artist that makes them of interest to collectors and museums.
The artist, Shinique Smith, was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt. Her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. The title "Mitumba" is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Smith has a series of sculptures like this.
Ok, I see that. Is the Santa Claus an original part of it?
Yes, her bundles include fabric scraps, clothing and toys and it was a complete piece when it was gifted to the Museum in 2009.
Thanks!
You're welcome!
I'm going to be volunteering here soon and I need to learn more about the collections. How many mummies are here? Is the mummy still in Nespanetjerenpere's container?
Their are four mummies on view. "Mummy and Cartonnage of Hor," "Anthropoid Coffin of Thothirdes," "Inner Cartonnage of Gautsesheni," and "Cartonnage and Mummy." Nespanetjerenpere's cartonnage is empty, the mummy has been lost.
Hor and Gautsesheni are inside of their cartonnages so you can't actually see the mummies themselves, but those two are in there. You can see Thothirdes and one more unnamed mummy. Those would be the two the kids are really after!
Exactly where is the collar that is discussed in discription below?
The collar you're referring to is like a broad necklace. The area from Nespanetjernepere's neck to the top of the winged-ram deity, underneath the wig, is all the wesekh collar.
Okay, thank you!
You're welcome!
Is this "The Peaceable Kingdom" the only one that exists? I thought I had seen it before elsewhere but bigger?
You're right! This isn't the only version of Edward Hicks 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. From about 1820, the self-taught artist and Quaker preacher Edward Hicks painted approximately sixty versions of 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. The other versions are scattered at many different institutions across the nation. So you very well have seen a larger one.
Hi! I am wondering if you have any information regarding the commission of this work?
Hello, thanks for using the ASK app today. I have just been researching this mosaic window, it's so fascinating!
This work was created for the Charles Merrill Memorial Chapel at the Brooklyn Home for Aged Men. A woman named Abigail Merrill commissioned it in 1911 in memory of her husband, Charles. The window remained in the chapel until the 1960s when the chapel was torn down. The window came here as a gift from various donors to the Museum.
Neat, thanks!
You're welcome!
Marine mosaics are extremely captivating! I would love to hear your perspective on the window as well. It's truly an under appreciated style!
I am so intrigued by the window and just Brigham's style overall. The fact that he was using found materials, especially natural materials, well before it was popular in the arts to do so is fascinating to me. I also love that he followed in the footsteps of the big names in stained glass-Tiffany, Lamb-and created objects like lampshades and jewelry, as they were, but in the marine mosaic style. He's definitely under appreciated, I agree!
How long did this take to make?
While we don't know the exact number of man-hours put into this amazing El Anatsui work, I can tell you he hires and trains local craftsmen to assist with his projects. The work is made of aluminum and copper wire on which discarded bottle caps are then strung. I imagine it would take many people and many hours to create a finished project.
Wow!
The Fallen Angels is such a dramatic work! I encourage you to get as close as you can and look at how the artist, Salvatore Albano, handles flesh. He makes it seem so soft and realistic for being carved out of stone. This is a technical masterpiece of carving stressing how the figure can be seen in the round from all angles.
I like what you're doing there with the light and shadows against the geometric abstractions of the Brooklyn Works Progress Administration murals!
Times have changed in Williamsburg since these were made, that's for sure. The artist, Ilya Bolotowsky, was painting this mural for a narrow basement room used as a community lounge for the apartment building's residents. He intended those diagonals, horizontals and free-floating spaces to create a greater sense of space. The head of the WPA, Burgoyne Diller, wanted abstract works for this room. He felt it was appropriate for a space designed for recreation and leisure. (The prevailing style of the 1930s was a heroic figurative style showing people at work -- not a relaxing choice for a lounge area!)
How did they get the cloth to stay stiff like that?
The cloth has been gessoed, with a type of glue-like primer, to make it stiff and to keep its shape.
Who designed this?
This was designed by Terence Main, an American designer. This particular chair was designed to recall skeletal forms.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

By Subway

2/3 to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum. Transfer to 2/3 from 4/5 (at Nevins Street) and B, D, Q, N, R, and LIRR (at Atlantic Terminal-Barclays Center). See a subway map. Make sure to check with the MTA for any service changes, especially on the weekend.


By Bus

The closest bus stops are:

B41 and B69 at Grand Army Plaza

B45 at St. Johns Place and Washington Avenue

Check with the MTA for the most up-to-date bus information.


By Car

From Manhattan:

Brooklyn Bridge; left at Tillary Street; right on Flatbush Avenue for about 1.5 miles to Grand Army Plaza; about 2/3 around Plaza; right on Eastern Parkway. We're at the first intersection (Eastern Parkway and Washington Avenue). Or: Manhattan Bridge enters directly onto Flatbush Avenue.

From Westchester, the Bronx, Queens, or Connecticut:

Robert F. Kennedy Bridge (Triborough) to Brooklyn Queens Express (BQE); Manhattan Bridge exit to Tillary Street; left onto Flatbush Avenue and proceed according to the directions from Manhattan.

From Staten Island and southern or central New Jersey:

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to Gowanus Expressway (Route 278 towards Manhattan); exit to 38th Street; left on Fourth Avenue for about 2 miles; right on Union Street; 5 blocks to Grand Army Plaza; go 1/2 around Plaza; right on Eastern Parkway. We're at first intersection (Eastern Parkway and Washington Avenue).

From northern or north central New Jersey:

George Washington Bridge/Holland or Lincoln Tunnel to Manhattan; follow directions from Manhattan.

From Long Island:

Grand Central Parkway to Jackie Robinson Parkway; exit at Bushwick Avenue; left at third traffic light to Eastern Parkway; about 3 miles to Washington Avenue. We're across intersection at left.


Parking

On-site parking is available in the lot behind the Museum, off Washington Avenue. On Target First Saturdays there's a flat rate of $5 beginning at 5 p.m.


Bikes

Park your bicycle at the racks behind the Museum, next to the Sculpture Garden. Bikes are parked at your own risk; we don't accept responsibility for vandalism or theft.

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Here's what people are asking.

I'm looking at a pile of clothes with a vaguely feminine form. What makes these found object arrangements museum quality?
Thoughtful question. With this work, as with many, many contemporary works that utilize found objects and materials, it is really the intent and the idea of the artist that makes them of interest to collectors and museums.
The artist, Shinique Smith, was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt. Her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. The title "Mitumba" is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Smith has a series of sculptures like this.
Ok, I see that. Is the Santa Claus an original part of it?
Yes, her bundles include fabric scraps, clothing and toys and it was a complete piece when it was gifted to the Museum in 2009.
Thanks!
You're welcome!
I'm going to be volunteering here soon and I need to learn more about the collections. How many mummies are here? Is the mummy still in Nespanetjerenpere's container?
Their are four mummies on view. "Mummy and Cartonnage of Hor," "Anthropoid Coffin of Thothirdes," "Inner Cartonnage of Gautsesheni," and "Cartonnage and Mummy." Nespanetjerenpere's cartonnage is empty, the mummy has been lost.
Hor and Gautsesheni are inside of their cartonnages so you can't actually see the mummies themselves, but those two are in there. You can see Thothirdes and one more unnamed mummy. Those would be the two the kids are really after!
Exactly where is the collar that is discussed in discription below?
The collar you're referring to is like a broad necklace. The area from Nespanetjernepere's neck to the top of the winged-ram deity, underneath the wig, is all the wesekh collar.
Okay, thank you!
You're welcome!
Is this "The Peaceable Kingdom" the only one that exists? I thought I had seen it before elsewhere but bigger?
You're right! This isn't the only version of Edward Hicks 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. From about 1820, the self-taught artist and Quaker preacher Edward Hicks painted approximately sixty versions of 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. The other versions are scattered at many different institutions across the nation. So you very well have seen a larger one.
Hi! I am wondering if you have any information regarding the commission of this work?
Hello, thanks for using the ASK app today. I have just been researching this mosaic window, it's so fascinating!
This work was created for the Charles Merrill Memorial Chapel at the Brooklyn Home for Aged Men. A woman named Abigail Merrill commissioned it in 1911 in memory of her husband, Charles. The window remained in the chapel until the 1960s when the chapel was torn down. The window came here as a gift from various donors to the Museum.
Neat, thanks!
You're welcome!
Marine mosaics are extremely captivating! I would love to hear your perspective on the window as well. It's truly an under appreciated style!
I am so intrigued by the window and just Brigham's style overall. The fact that he was using found materials, especially natural materials, well before it was popular in the arts to do so is fascinating to me. I also love that he followed in the footsteps of the big names in stained glass-Tiffany, Lamb-and created objects like lampshades and jewelry, as they were, but in the marine mosaic style. He's definitely under appreciated, I agree!
How long did this take to make?
While we don't know the exact number of man-hours put into this amazing El Anatsui work, I can tell you he hires and trains local craftsmen to assist with his projects. The work is made of aluminum and copper wire on which discarded bottle caps are then strung. I imagine it would take many people and many hours to create a finished project.
Wow!
The Fallen Angels is such a dramatic work! I encourage you to get as close as you can and look at how the artist, Salvatore Albano, handles flesh. He makes it seem so soft and realistic for being carved out of stone. This is a technical masterpiece of carving stressing how the figure can be seen in the round from all angles.
I like what you're doing there with the light and shadows against the geometric abstractions of the Brooklyn Works Progress Administration murals!
Times have changed in Williamsburg since these were made, that's for sure. The artist, Ilya Bolotowsky, was painting this mural for a narrow basement room used as a community lounge for the apartment building's residents. He intended those diagonals, horizontals and free-floating spaces to create a greater sense of space. The head of the WPA, Burgoyne Diller, wanted abstract works for this room. He felt it was appropriate for a space designed for recreation and leisure. (The prevailing style of the 1930s was a heroic figurative style showing people at work -- not a relaxing choice for a lounge area!)
How did they get the cloth to stay stiff like that?
The cloth has been gessoed, with a type of glue-like primer, to make it stiff and to keep its shape.
Who designed this?
This was designed by Terence Main, an American designer. This particular chair was designed to recall skeletal forms.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

I'm looking at a pile of clothes with a vaguely feminine form. What makes these found object arrangements museum quality?
Thoughtful question. With this work, as with many, many contemporary works that utilize found objects and materials, it is really the intent and the idea of the artist that makes them of interest to collectors and museums.
The artist, Shinique Smith, was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt. Her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. The title "Mitumba" is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Smith has a series of sculptures like this.
Ok, I see that. Is the Santa Claus an original part of it?
Yes, her bundles include fabric scraps, clothing and toys and it was a complete piece when it was gifted to the Museum in 2009.
Thanks!
You're welcome!
I'm going to be volunteering here soon and I need to learn more about the collections. How many mummies are here? Is the mummy still in Nespanetjerenpere's container?
Their are four mummies on view. "Mummy and Cartonnage of Hor," "Anthropoid Coffin of Thothirdes," "Inner Cartonnage of Gautsesheni," and "Cartonnage and Mummy." Nespanetjerenpere's cartonnage is empty, the mummy has been lost.
Hor and Gautsesheni are inside of their cartonnages so you can't actually see the mummies themselves, but those two are in there. You can see Thothirdes and one more unnamed mummy. Those would be the two the kids are really after!
Exactly where is the collar that is discussed in discription below?
The collar you're referring to is like a broad necklace. The area from Nespanetjernepere's neck to the top of the winged-ram deity, underneath the wig, is all the wesekh collar.
Okay, thank you!
You're welcome!
Is this "The Peaceable Kingdom" the only one that exists? I thought I had seen it before elsewhere but bigger?
You're right! This isn't the only version of Edward Hicks 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. From about 1820, the self-taught artist and Quaker preacher Edward Hicks painted approximately sixty versions of 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. The other versions are scattered at many different institutions across the nation. So you very well have seen a larger one.
Hi! I am wondering if you have any information regarding the commission of this work?
Hello, thanks for using the ASK app today. I have just been researching this mosaic window, it's so fascinating!
This work was created for the Charles Merrill Memorial Chapel at the Brooklyn Home for Aged Men. A woman named Abigail Merrill commissioned it in 1911 in memory of her husband, Charles. The window remained in the chapel until the 1960s when the chapel was torn down. The window came here as a gift from various donors to the Museum.
Neat, thanks!
You're welcome!
Marine mosaics are extremely captivating! I would love to hear your perspective on the window as well. It's truly an under appreciated style!
I am so intrigued by the window and just Brigham's style overall. The fact that he was using found materials, especially natural materials, well before it was popular in the arts to do so is fascinating to me. I also love that he followed in the footsteps of the big names in stained glass-Tiffany, Lamb-and created objects like lampshades and jewelry, as they were, but in the marine mosaic style. He's definitely under appreciated, I agree!
How long did this take to make?
While we don't know the exact number of man-hours put into this amazing El Anatsui work, I can tell you he hires and trains local craftsmen to assist with his projects. The work is made of aluminum and copper wire on which discarded bottle caps are then strung. I imagine it would take many people and many hours to create a finished project.
Wow!
The Fallen Angels is such a dramatic work! I encourage you to get as close as you can and look at how the artist, Salvatore Albano, handles flesh. He makes it seem so soft and realistic for being carved out of stone. This is a technical masterpiece of carving stressing how the figure can be seen in the round from all angles.
I like what you're doing there with the light and shadows against the geometric abstractions of the Brooklyn Works Progress Administration murals!
Times have changed in Williamsburg since these were made, that's for sure. The artist, Ilya Bolotowsky, was painting this mural for a narrow basement room used as a community lounge for the apartment building's residents. He intended those diagonals, horizontals and free-floating spaces to create a greater sense of space. The head of the WPA, Burgoyne Diller, wanted abstract works for this room. He felt it was appropriate for a space designed for recreation and leisure. (The prevailing style of the 1930s was a heroic figurative style showing people at work -- not a relaxing choice for a lounge area!)
How did they get the cloth to stay stiff like that?
The cloth has been gessoed, with a type of glue-like primer, to make it stiff and to keep its shape.
Who designed this?
This was designed by Terence Main, an American designer. This particular chair was designed to recall skeletal forms.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

I'm looking at a pile of clothes with a vaguely feminine form. What makes these found object arrangements museum quality?
Thoughtful question. With this work, as with many, many contemporary works that utilize found objects and materials, it is really the intent and the idea of the artist that makes them of interest to collectors and museums.
The artist, Shinique Smith, was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt. Her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. The title "Mitumba" is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Smith has a series of sculptures like this.
Ok, I see that. Is the Santa Claus an original part of it?
Yes, her bundles include fabric scraps, clothing and toys and it was a complete piece when it was gifted to the Museum in 2009.
Thanks!
You're welcome!
I'm going to be volunteering here soon and I need to learn more about the collections. How many mummies are here? Is the mummy still in Nespanetjerenpere's container?
Their are four mummies on view. "Mummy and Cartonnage of Hor," "Anthropoid Coffin of Thothirdes," "Inner Cartonnage of Gautsesheni," and "Cartonnage and Mummy." Nespanetjerenpere's cartonnage is empty, the mummy has been lost.
Hor and Gautsesheni are inside of their cartonnages so you can't actually see the mummies themselves, but those two are in there. You can see Thothirdes and one more unnamed mummy. Those would be the two the kids are really after!
Exactly where is the collar that is discussed in discription below?
The collar you're referring to is like a broad necklace. The area from Nespanetjernepere's neck to the top of the winged-ram deity, underneath the wig, is all the wesekh collar.
Okay, thank you!
You're welcome!
Is this "The Peaceable Kingdom" the only one that exists? I thought I had seen it before elsewhere but bigger?
You're right! This isn't the only version of Edward Hicks 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. From about 1820, the self-taught artist and Quaker preacher Edward Hicks painted approximately sixty versions of 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. The other versions are scattered at many different institutions across the nation. So you very well have seen a larger one.
Hi! I am wondering if you have any information regarding the commission of this work?
Hello, thanks for using the ASK app today. I have just been researching this mosaic window, it's so fascinating!
This work was created for the Charles Merrill Memorial Chapel at the Brooklyn Home for Aged Men. A woman named Abigail Merrill commissioned it in 1911 in memory of her husband, Charles. The window remained in the chapel until the 1960s when the chapel was torn down. The window came here as a gift from various donors to the Museum.
Neat, thanks!
You're welcome!
Marine mosaics are extremely captivating! I would love to hear your perspective on the window as well. It's truly an under appreciated style!
I am so intrigued by the window and just Brigham's style overall. The fact that he was using found materials, especially natural materials, well before it was popular in the arts to do so is fascinating to me. I also love that he followed in the footsteps of the big names in stained glass-Tiffany, Lamb-and created objects like lampshades and jewelry, as they were, but in the marine mosaic style. He's definitely under appreciated, I agree!
How long did this take to make?
While we don't know the exact number of man-hours put into this amazing El Anatsui work, I can tell you he hires and trains local craftsmen to assist with his projects. The work is made of aluminum and copper wire on which discarded bottle caps are then strung. I imagine it would take many people and many hours to create a finished project.
Wow!
The Fallen Angels is such a dramatic work! I encourage you to get as close as you can and look at how the artist, Salvatore Albano, handles flesh. He makes it seem so soft and realistic for being carved out of stone. This is a technical masterpiece of carving stressing how the figure can be seen in the round from all angles.
I like what you're doing there with the light and shadows against the geometric abstractions of the Brooklyn Works Progress Administration murals!
Times have changed in Williamsburg since these were made, that's for sure. The artist, Ilya Bolotowsky, was painting this mural for a narrow basement room used as a community lounge for the apartment building's residents. He intended those diagonals, horizontals and free-floating spaces to create a greater sense of space. The head of the WPA, Burgoyne Diller, wanted abstract works for this room. He felt it was appropriate for a space designed for recreation and leisure. (The prevailing style of the 1930s was a heroic figurative style showing people at work -- not a relaxing choice for a lounge area!)
How did they get the cloth to stay stiff like that?
The cloth has been gessoed, with a type of glue-like primer, to make it stiff and to keep its shape.
Who designed this?
This was designed by Terence Main, an American designer. This particular chair was designed to recall skeletal forms.
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Here's what people are asking.

I'm looking at a pile of clothes with a vaguely feminine form. What makes these found object arrangements museum quality?
Thoughtful question. With this work, as with many, many contemporary works that utilize found objects and materials, it is really the intent and the idea of the artist that makes them of interest to collectors and museums.
The artist, Shinique Smith, was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt. Her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. The title "Mitumba" is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Smith has a series of sculptures like this.
Ok, I see that. Is the Santa Claus an original part of it?
Yes, her bundles include fabric scraps, clothing and toys and it was a complete piece when it was gifted to the Museum in 2009.
Thanks!
You're welcome!
I'm going to be volunteering here soon and I need to learn more about the collections. How many mummies are here? Is the mummy still in Nespanetjerenpere's container?
Their are four mummies on view. "Mummy and Cartonnage of Hor," "Anthropoid Coffin of Thothirdes," "Inner Cartonnage of Gautsesheni," and "Cartonnage and Mummy." Nespanetjerenpere's cartonnage is empty, the mummy has been lost.
Hor and Gautsesheni are inside of their cartonnages so you can't actually see the mummies themselves, but those two are in there. You can see Thothirdes and one more unnamed mummy. Those would be the two the kids are really after!
Exactly where is the collar that is discussed in discription below?
The collar you're referring to is like a broad necklace. The area from Nespanetjernepere's neck to the top of the winged-ram deity, underneath the wig, is all the wesekh collar.
Okay, thank you!
You're welcome!
Is this "The Peaceable Kingdom" the only one that exists? I thought I had seen it before elsewhere but bigger?
You're right! This isn't the only version of Edward Hicks 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. From about 1820, the self-taught artist and Quaker preacher Edward Hicks painted approximately sixty versions of 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. The other versions are scattered at many different institutions across the nation. So you very well have seen a larger one.
Hi! I am wondering if you have any information regarding the commission of this work?
Hello, thanks for using the ASK app today. I have just been researching this mosaic window, it's so fascinating!
This work was created for the Charles Merrill Memorial Chapel at the Brooklyn Home for Aged Men. A woman named Abigail Merrill commissioned it in 1911 in memory of her husband, Charles. The window remained in the chapel until the 1960s when the chapel was torn down. The window came here as a gift from various donors to the Museum.
Neat, thanks!
You're welcome!
Marine mosaics are extremely captivating! I would love to hear your perspective on the window as well. It's truly an under appreciated style!
I am so intrigued by the window and just Brigham's style overall. The fact that he was using found materials, especially natural materials, well before it was popular in the arts to do so is fascinating to me. I also love that he followed in the footsteps of the big names in stained glass-Tiffany, Lamb-and created objects like lampshades and jewelry, as they were, but in the marine mosaic style. He's definitely under appreciated, I agree!
How long did this take to make?
While we don't know the exact number of man-hours put into this amazing El Anatsui work, I can tell you he hires and trains local craftsmen to assist with his projects. The work is made of aluminum and copper wire on which discarded bottle caps are then strung. I imagine it would take many people and many hours to create a finished project.
Wow!
The Fallen Angels is such a dramatic work! I encourage you to get as close as you can and look at how the artist, Salvatore Albano, handles flesh. He makes it seem so soft and realistic for being carved out of stone. This is a technical masterpiece of carving stressing how the figure can be seen in the round from all angles.
I like what you're doing there with the light and shadows against the geometric abstractions of the Brooklyn Works Progress Administration murals!
Times have changed in Williamsburg since these were made, that's for sure. The artist, Ilya Bolotowsky, was painting this mural for a narrow basement room used as a community lounge for the apartment building's residents. He intended those diagonals, horizontals and free-floating spaces to create a greater sense of space. The head of the WPA, Burgoyne Diller, wanted abstract works for this room. He felt it was appropriate for a space designed for recreation and leisure. (The prevailing style of the 1930s was a heroic figurative style showing people at work -- not a relaxing choice for a lounge area!)
How did they get the cloth to stay stiff like that?
The cloth has been gessoed, with a type of glue-like primer, to make it stiff and to keep its shape.
Who designed this?
This was designed by Terence Main, an American designer. This particular chair was designed to recall skeletal forms.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

I'm looking at a pile of clothes with a vaguely feminine form. What makes these found object arrangements museum quality?
Thoughtful question. With this work, as with many, many contemporary works that utilize found objects and materials, it is really the intent and the idea of the artist that makes them of interest to collectors and museums.
The artist, Shinique Smith, was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt. Her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. The title "Mitumba" is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Smith has a series of sculptures like this.
Ok, I see that. Is the Santa Claus an original part of it?
Yes, her bundles include fabric scraps, clothing and toys and it was a complete piece when it was gifted to the Museum in 2009.
Thanks!
You're welcome!
I'm going to be volunteering here soon and I need to learn more about the collections. How many mummies are here? Is the mummy still in Nespanetjerenpere's container?
Their are four mummies on view. "Mummy and Cartonnage of Hor," "Anthropoid Coffin of Thothirdes," "Inner Cartonnage of Gautsesheni," and "Cartonnage and Mummy." Nespanetjerenpere's cartonnage is empty, the mummy has been lost.
Hor and Gautsesheni are inside of their cartonnages so you can't actually see the mummies themselves, but those two are in there. You can see Thothirdes and one more unnamed mummy. Those would be the two the kids are really after!
Exactly where is the collar that is discussed in discription below?
The collar you're referring to is like a broad necklace. The area from Nespanetjernepere's neck to the top of the winged-ram deity, underneath the wig, is all the wesekh collar.
Okay, thank you!
You're welcome!
Is this "The Peaceable Kingdom" the only one that exists? I thought I had seen it before elsewhere but bigger?
You're right! This isn't the only version of Edward Hicks 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. From about 1820, the self-taught artist and Quaker preacher Edward Hicks painted approximately sixty versions of 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. The other versions are scattered at many different institutions across the nation. So you very well have seen a larger one.
Hi! I am wondering if you have any information regarding the commission of this work?
Hello, thanks for using the ASK app today. I have just been researching this mosaic window, it's so fascinating!
This work was created for the Charles Merrill Memorial Chapel at the Brooklyn Home for Aged Men. A woman named Abigail Merrill commissioned it in 1911 in memory of her husband, Charles. The window remained in the chapel until the 1960s when the chapel was torn down. The window came here as a gift from various donors to the Museum.
Neat, thanks!
You're welcome!
Marine mosaics are extremely captivating! I would love to hear your perspective on the window as well. It's truly an under appreciated style!
I am so intrigued by the window and just Brigham's style overall. The fact that he was using found materials, especially natural materials, well before it was popular in the arts to do so is fascinating to me. I also love that he followed in the footsteps of the big names in stained glass-Tiffany, Lamb-and created objects like lampshades and jewelry, as they were, but in the marine mosaic style. He's definitely under appreciated, I agree!
How long did this take to make?
While we don't know the exact number of man-hours put into this amazing El Anatsui work, I can tell you he hires and trains local craftsmen to assist with his projects. The work is made of aluminum and copper wire on which discarded bottle caps are then strung. I imagine it would take many people and many hours to create a finished project.
Wow!
The Fallen Angels is such a dramatic work! I encourage you to get as close as you can and look at how the artist, Salvatore Albano, handles flesh. He makes it seem so soft and realistic for being carved out of stone. This is a technical masterpiece of carving stressing how the figure can be seen in the round from all angles.
I like what you're doing there with the light and shadows against the geometric abstractions of the Brooklyn Works Progress Administration murals!
Times have changed in Williamsburg since these were made, that's for sure. The artist, Ilya Bolotowsky, was painting this mural for a narrow basement room used as a community lounge for the apartment building's residents. He intended those diagonals, horizontals and free-floating spaces to create a greater sense of space. The head of the WPA, Burgoyne Diller, wanted abstract works for this room. He felt it was appropriate for a space designed for recreation and leisure. (The prevailing style of the 1930s was a heroic figurative style showing people at work -- not a relaxing choice for a lounge area!)
How did they get the cloth to stay stiff like that?
The cloth has been gessoed, with a type of glue-like primer, to make it stiff and to keep its shape.
Who designed this?
This was designed by Terence Main, an American designer. This particular chair was designed to recall skeletal forms.
ASK App ASK Team

Curious about how we developed ASK Brooklyn Museum? The project team is blogging regularly on BKM Tech, and we've open sourced our code on Github.