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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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Here's what people are asking.

Who is this artist?
This work is by Egyptian artist Ganzeer. You may have read on the label that he is a graffiti artist who rose to prominence during the Egyptian revolution in 2011.
The name Ganzeer is Arabic for "bicycle chain" and he says he chose that name because he likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. Here's a quote from Ganzeer: “We are not the driving force. We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
Cool, thanks.
You're welcome.
This has the Star of David, is there any indication of a connection with East African Jewish heritage?
Hi, good eye and great question! The Ethopian Orthodox Church, the religion that this pendant comes from, has existed since 330 CE and throughout it's long history has been influenced by a multitude of religions. Christianity and Judaism are very prominent in the teachings and symbols of the religion, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church places emphasis on the Hebrew Bible, and even the Egyptian Coptic church, have remained somewhat significant. So yes, there is certainly a connection there.
I see, thanks!
You're very welcome! Feel free to send other questions you have as you explore the Museum today.
What are the headdresses these men are wearing?
Hi there! I'm happy to see you're checking out our new exhibition, this photograph is by Frederic Brenner, who was also the driving force behind the "This Place" project.
It seems that these headdresses are merely called "hoods" or "scarves"---I have not yet found an official name for them. Brenner has said that men who are part of a certain ultra-Orthodox sect within Judaism will wear these hoods to keep them from seeing things they should not see in public in the modern world.
Thanks.
You're welcome!
Love the sign work by Steve Powers.
I'm glad you're enjoying it! Powers and the other sign painters of ICY SIGNS were trained in the art of traditional sign painting. If you head into the larger Coney Island exhibition nearby, you'll see examples of traditional/original Coney Island signage.
Do the other sign painters work as professional painters?
Yes, indeed! In fact, some of them don't even consider themselves "artists," only sign painters.
Cool! Could you tell me what the neon sign says?
Yes! It says "SHAMEAK." That's the tag for one of the ICY SIGNS team members.
Awesome! Thanks!
You're welcome!
Do you know the story behind "Palace Hotel 2009" by Frederic Brenner?
Yes, let me take a second to type that out for you! It's one of his key images in this show.
It's located on Agron Street in Jerusalem and it was originally built by the Supreme Muslim Council in order to highlight the presence of Muslims in Jerusalem. It opened in 1929 and closed in 1935.
Then it was leased by the British Government and became an office building. It later came under the ownership of the State of Israel and after that it was bought by a large company that began renovating it as a luxury hotel again in 2006. It has gone through many phases and changes, just like the region where it's located. It was formerly the Palace Hotel, and now it is the Waldorf-Astoria.
Brenner is showing the construction from the rear of the building, I believe, and we're seeing the rubble behind the original facade.
I love learning how similar expressions of unionized ideas come from all over the world.
I agree! I really like those introductory sections of this exhibition, showing the 20th-century tradition of art calling for social change. Much of it still seems very timely! Are you familiar with Tina Modotti's photography?
No, but I I have seen this particular picture recently.
This photo was new to me when the show opened, and now I like it, too. Many of Modotti's photos were reproduced in political journals and magazines, so they reached a really wide audience.
What is Agitprop?
It's a term that dates back to the Russian Revolution of 1917, and it combines the words for "agitation" and "propaganda." It refers to art that makes a call for political or social change.
It often takes the form of printed materials like posters or flyers that can be made in large numbers and distributed to the public. It also includes works that are made to be shown in public spaces, as well as art in the form of actual events or performances.
What's this piece by Ganzeer about?
It combines motifs that the artist has used over the course of several years, up to late 2015. He usually distributes his art as stickers, stencils, and prints.
He likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. He says that he feels like a "bicycle chain" -- “We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
How was it actually applied to the wall? Was it painted here?
It is one large vinyl image with several digital prints layered on top. It was installed here by in-housestaff (the artist was not present) and the Museum's conservation team was very involved in the process.
Hi there! Welcome to "This Place." How are you liking the exhibition so far?
Josef Koudelka's contribution to the project focuses on the wall that divides the region. He says, referring to the Berlin Wall, "You know, I grew up in Czechoslovakia, behind a wall. I always wanted to get to the other side. I know what a wall is about."
Yes, but who painted it and what is "this place"? It's not just a wall, it's an abandoned building.
It is actually a large-print photograph, not a painting. If you look closely, you will see the wall out of the window on the right and the hole in the wall on the left.
"This Place" refers to Israel and the West Bank, the region that all of the work in the show focuses on.
Throughout this series of photographs, Koudelka photographed the many different components that make up the wall: the razor wire, the checkpoints, access roads, etc.
I know it's a photograph, but what is the painting on the wall in the photo?
Oh, I see, sorry I misunderstood! This image depicts a Crusader map mural painted on the walls of a building in Kalia Junction, near the Dead Sea. The structure dates from either the British Mandate period (1923-1948) or later Jordanian era (1948-1967).
Hi! I am in the "This Place" exhibit. Is there a site where I can read a description about each of the photos?
Hi there, so happy you're checking out our new exhibition! While the official website of the project does not describe every photo you will see (there are over 600 in the exhibition!), you can definitely check it out for much more info on each photographer and their individual project: http://www.this-place.org/
Of course, you can also send us a question about what you see! We are happy to help!
Thanks Megan! I was looking for descriptions about each piece, but thank you!
Unfortunately, I don't think each, individual piece is described anywhere! My best recommendation would be to read the artist's statements about their projects and then to decipher the photos from there--knowing what the photographer's goal was really helps to unpack the photographs, I think.
Thanks!
Of course---enjoy and let us know if you have questions!
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.

Who is this artist?
This work is by Egyptian artist Ganzeer. You may have read on the label that he is a graffiti artist who rose to prominence during the Egyptian revolution in 2011.
The name Ganzeer is Arabic for "bicycle chain" and he says he chose that name because he likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. Here's a quote from Ganzeer: “We are not the driving force. We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
Cool, thanks.
You're welcome.
This has the Star of David, is there any indication of a connection with East African Jewish heritage?
Hi, good eye and great question! The Ethopian Orthodox Church, the religion that this pendant comes from, has existed since 330 CE and throughout it's long history has been influenced by a multitude of religions. Christianity and Judaism are very prominent in the teachings and symbols of the religion, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church places emphasis on the Hebrew Bible, and even the Egyptian Coptic church, have remained somewhat significant. So yes, there is certainly a connection there.
I see, thanks!
You're very welcome! Feel free to send other questions you have as you explore the Museum today.
What are the headdresses these men are wearing?
Hi there! I'm happy to see you're checking out our new exhibition, this photograph is by Frederic Brenner, who was also the driving force behind the "This Place" project.
It seems that these headdresses are merely called "hoods" or "scarves"---I have not yet found an official name for them. Brenner has said that men who are part of a certain ultra-Orthodox sect within Judaism will wear these hoods to keep them from seeing things they should not see in public in the modern world.
Thanks.
You're welcome!
Love the sign work by Steve Powers.
I'm glad you're enjoying it! Powers and the other sign painters of ICY SIGNS were trained in the art of traditional sign painting. If you head into the larger Coney Island exhibition nearby, you'll see examples of traditional/original Coney Island signage.
Do the other sign painters work as professional painters?
Yes, indeed! In fact, some of them don't even consider themselves "artists," only sign painters.
Cool! Could you tell me what the neon sign says?
Yes! It says "SHAMEAK." That's the tag for one of the ICY SIGNS team members.
Awesome! Thanks!
You're welcome!
Do you know the story behind "Palace Hotel 2009" by Frederic Brenner?
Yes, let me take a second to type that out for you! It's one of his key images in this show.
It's located on Agron Street in Jerusalem and it was originally built by the Supreme Muslim Council in order to highlight the presence of Muslims in Jerusalem. It opened in 1929 and closed in 1935.
Then it was leased by the British Government and became an office building. It later came under the ownership of the State of Israel and after that it was bought by a large company that began renovating it as a luxury hotel again in 2006. It has gone through many phases and changes, just like the region where it's located. It was formerly the Palace Hotel, and now it is the Waldorf-Astoria.
Brenner is showing the construction from the rear of the building, I believe, and we're seeing the rubble behind the original facade.
I love learning how similar expressions of unionized ideas come from all over the world.
I agree! I really like those introductory sections of this exhibition, showing the 20th-century tradition of art calling for social change. Much of it still seems very timely! Are you familiar with Tina Modotti's photography?
No, but I I have seen this particular picture recently.
This photo was new to me when the show opened, and now I like it, too. Many of Modotti's photos were reproduced in political journals and magazines, so they reached a really wide audience.
What is Agitprop?
It's a term that dates back to the Russian Revolution of 1917, and it combines the words for "agitation" and "propaganda." It refers to art that makes a call for political or social change.
It often takes the form of printed materials like posters or flyers that can be made in large numbers and distributed to the public. It also includes works that are made to be shown in public spaces, as well as art in the form of actual events or performances.
What's this piece by Ganzeer about?
It combines motifs that the artist has used over the course of several years, up to late 2015. He usually distributes his art as stickers, stencils, and prints.
He likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. He says that he feels like a "bicycle chain" -- “We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
How was it actually applied to the wall? Was it painted here?
It is one large vinyl image with several digital prints layered on top. It was installed here by in-housestaff (the artist was not present) and the Museum's conservation team was very involved in the process.
Hi there! Welcome to "This Place." How are you liking the exhibition so far?
Josef Koudelka's contribution to the project focuses on the wall that divides the region. He says, referring to the Berlin Wall, "You know, I grew up in Czechoslovakia, behind a wall. I always wanted to get to the other side. I know what a wall is about."
Yes, but who painted it and what is "this place"? It's not just a wall, it's an abandoned building.
It is actually a large-print photograph, not a painting. If you look closely, you will see the wall out of the window on the right and the hole in the wall on the left.
"This Place" refers to Israel and the West Bank, the region that all of the work in the show focuses on.
Throughout this series of photographs, Koudelka photographed the many different components that make up the wall: the razor wire, the checkpoints, access roads, etc.
I know it's a photograph, but what is the painting on the wall in the photo?
Oh, I see, sorry I misunderstood! This image depicts a Crusader map mural painted on the walls of a building in Kalia Junction, near the Dead Sea. The structure dates from either the British Mandate period (1923-1948) or later Jordanian era (1948-1967).
Hi! I am in the "This Place" exhibit. Is there a site where I can read a description about each of the photos?
Hi there, so happy you're checking out our new exhibition! While the official website of the project does not describe every photo you will see (there are over 600 in the exhibition!), you can definitely check it out for much more info on each photographer and their individual project: http://www.this-place.org/
Of course, you can also send us a question about what you see! We are happy to help!
Thanks Megan! I was looking for descriptions about each piece, but thank you!
Unfortunately, I don't think each, individual piece is described anywhere! My best recommendation would be to read the artist's statements about their projects and then to decipher the photos from there--knowing what the photographer's goal was really helps to unpack the photographs, I think.
Thanks!
Of course---enjoy and let us know if you have questions!
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.

Explore our permanent collection or a special exhibition on a guided group tour led by one of our friendly and experienced Museum Guides, or on your own with a self-guided group tour. These tours are for adult groups with at least 10 people, last about one hour, and can be tailored to meet the interests and needs of your group.

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Here's what people are asking.

Who is this artist?
This work is by Egyptian artist Ganzeer. You may have read on the label that he is a graffiti artist who rose to prominence during the Egyptian revolution in 2011.
The name Ganzeer is Arabic for "bicycle chain" and he says he chose that name because he likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. Here's a quote from Ganzeer: “We are not the driving force. We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
Cool, thanks.
You're welcome.
This has the Star of David, is there any indication of a connection with East African Jewish heritage?
Hi, good eye and great question! The Ethopian Orthodox Church, the religion that this pendant comes from, has existed since 330 CE and throughout it's long history has been influenced by a multitude of religions. Christianity and Judaism are very prominent in the teachings and symbols of the religion, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church places emphasis on the Hebrew Bible, and even the Egyptian Coptic church, have remained somewhat significant. So yes, there is certainly a connection there.
I see, thanks!
You're very welcome! Feel free to send other questions you have as you explore the Museum today.
What are the headdresses these men are wearing?
Hi there! I'm happy to see you're checking out our new exhibition, this photograph is by Frederic Brenner, who was also the driving force behind the "This Place" project.
It seems that these headdresses are merely called "hoods" or "scarves"---I have not yet found an official name for them. Brenner has said that men who are part of a certain ultra-Orthodox sect within Judaism will wear these hoods to keep them from seeing things they should not see in public in the modern world.
Thanks.
You're welcome!
Love the sign work by Steve Powers.
I'm glad you're enjoying it! Powers and the other sign painters of ICY SIGNS were trained in the art of traditional sign painting. If you head into the larger Coney Island exhibition nearby, you'll see examples of traditional/original Coney Island signage.
Do the other sign painters work as professional painters?
Yes, indeed! In fact, some of them don't even consider themselves "artists," only sign painters.
Cool! Could you tell me what the neon sign says?
Yes! It says "SHAMEAK." That's the tag for one of the ICY SIGNS team members.
Awesome! Thanks!
You're welcome!
Do you know the story behind "Palace Hotel 2009" by Frederic Brenner?
Yes, let me take a second to type that out for you! It's one of his key images in this show.
It's located on Agron Street in Jerusalem and it was originally built by the Supreme Muslim Council in order to highlight the presence of Muslims in Jerusalem. It opened in 1929 and closed in 1935.
Then it was leased by the British Government and became an office building. It later came under the ownership of the State of Israel and after that it was bought by a large company that began renovating it as a luxury hotel again in 2006. It has gone through many phases and changes, just like the region where it's located. It was formerly the Palace Hotel, and now it is the Waldorf-Astoria.
Brenner is showing the construction from the rear of the building, I believe, and we're seeing the rubble behind the original facade.
I love learning how similar expressions of unionized ideas come from all over the world.
I agree! I really like those introductory sections of this exhibition, showing the 20th-century tradition of art calling for social change. Much of it still seems very timely! Are you familiar with Tina Modotti's photography?
No, but I I have seen this particular picture recently.
This photo was new to me when the show opened, and now I like it, too. Many of Modotti's photos were reproduced in political journals and magazines, so they reached a really wide audience.
What is Agitprop?
It's a term that dates back to the Russian Revolution of 1917, and it combines the words for "agitation" and "propaganda." It refers to art that makes a call for political or social change.
It often takes the form of printed materials like posters or flyers that can be made in large numbers and distributed to the public. It also includes works that are made to be shown in public spaces, as well as art in the form of actual events or performances.
What's this piece by Ganzeer about?
It combines motifs that the artist has used over the course of several years, up to late 2015. He usually distributes his art as stickers, stencils, and prints.
He likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. He says that he feels like a "bicycle chain" -- “We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
How was it actually applied to the wall? Was it painted here?
It is one large vinyl image with several digital prints layered on top. It was installed here by in-housestaff (the artist was not present) and the Museum's conservation team was very involved in the process.
Hi there! Welcome to "This Place." How are you liking the exhibition so far?
Josef Koudelka's contribution to the project focuses on the wall that divides the region. He says, referring to the Berlin Wall, "You know, I grew up in Czechoslovakia, behind a wall. I always wanted to get to the other side. I know what a wall is about."
Yes, but who painted it and what is "this place"? It's not just a wall, it's an abandoned building.
It is actually a large-print photograph, not a painting. If you look closely, you will see the wall out of the window on the right and the hole in the wall on the left.
"This Place" refers to Israel and the West Bank, the region that all of the work in the show focuses on.
Throughout this series of photographs, Koudelka photographed the many different components that make up the wall: the razor wire, the checkpoints, access roads, etc.
I know it's a photograph, but what is the painting on the wall in the photo?
Oh, I see, sorry I misunderstood! This image depicts a Crusader map mural painted on the walls of a building in Kalia Junction, near the Dead Sea. The structure dates from either the British Mandate period (1923-1948) or later Jordanian era (1948-1967).
Hi! I am in the "This Place" exhibit. Is there a site where I can read a description about each of the photos?
Hi there, so happy you're checking out our new exhibition! While the official website of the project does not describe every photo you will see (there are over 600 in the exhibition!), you can definitely check it out for much more info on each photographer and their individual project: http://www.this-place.org/
Of course, you can also send us a question about what you see! We are happy to help!
Thanks Megan! I was looking for descriptions about each piece, but thank you!
Unfortunately, I don't think each, individual piece is described anywhere! My best recommendation would be to read the artist's statements about their projects and then to decipher the photos from there--knowing what the photographer's goal was really helps to unpack the photographs, I think.
Thanks!
Of course---enjoy and let us know if you have questions!
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 renovating our second floor to bring you a better experience, which means the Libraries and Archives are closed to the public until fall 2017. If you're a researcher who would like to access our resources, send us an email and we'll do our best to assist you.

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Here's what people are asking.

Who is this artist?
This work is by Egyptian artist Ganzeer. You may have read on the label that he is a graffiti artist who rose to prominence during the Egyptian revolution in 2011.
The name Ganzeer is Arabic for "bicycle chain" and he says he chose that name because he likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. Here's a quote from Ganzeer: “We are not the driving force. We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
Cool, thanks.
You're welcome.
This has the Star of David, is there any indication of a connection with East African Jewish heritage?
Hi, good eye and great question! The Ethopian Orthodox Church, the religion that this pendant comes from, has existed since 330 CE and throughout it's long history has been influenced by a multitude of religions. Christianity and Judaism are very prominent in the teachings and symbols of the religion, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church places emphasis on the Hebrew Bible, and even the Egyptian Coptic church, have remained somewhat significant. So yes, there is certainly a connection there.
I see, thanks!
You're very welcome! Feel free to send other questions you have as you explore the Museum today.
What are the headdresses these men are wearing?
Hi there! I'm happy to see you're checking out our new exhibition, this photograph is by Frederic Brenner, who was also the driving force behind the "This Place" project.
It seems that these headdresses are merely called "hoods" or "scarves"---I have not yet found an official name for them. Brenner has said that men who are part of a certain ultra-Orthodox sect within Judaism will wear these hoods to keep them from seeing things they should not see in public in the modern world.
Thanks.
You're welcome!
Love the sign work by Steve Powers.
I'm glad you're enjoying it! Powers and the other sign painters of ICY SIGNS were trained in the art of traditional sign painting. If you head into the larger Coney Island exhibition nearby, you'll see examples of traditional/original Coney Island signage.
Do the other sign painters work as professional painters?
Yes, indeed! In fact, some of them don't even consider themselves "artists," only sign painters.
Cool! Could you tell me what the neon sign says?
Yes! It says "SHAMEAK." That's the tag for one of the ICY SIGNS team members.
Awesome! Thanks!
You're welcome!
Do you know the story behind "Palace Hotel 2009" by Frederic Brenner?
Yes, let me take a second to type that out for you! It's one of his key images in this show.
It's located on Agron Street in Jerusalem and it was originally built by the Supreme Muslim Council in order to highlight the presence of Muslims in Jerusalem. It opened in 1929 and closed in 1935.
Then it was leased by the British Government and became an office building. It later came under the ownership of the State of Israel and after that it was bought by a large company that began renovating it as a luxury hotel again in 2006. It has gone through many phases and changes, just like the region where it's located. It was formerly the Palace Hotel, and now it is the Waldorf-Astoria.
Brenner is showing the construction from the rear of the building, I believe, and we're seeing the rubble behind the original facade.
I love learning how similar expressions of unionized ideas come from all over the world.
I agree! I really like those introductory sections of this exhibition, showing the 20th-century tradition of art calling for social change. Much of it still seems very timely! Are you familiar with Tina Modotti's photography?
No, but I I have seen this particular picture recently.
This photo was new to me when the show opened, and now I like it, too. Many of Modotti's photos were reproduced in political journals and magazines, so they reached a really wide audience.
What is Agitprop?
It's a term that dates back to the Russian Revolution of 1917, and it combines the words for "agitation" and "propaganda." It refers to art that makes a call for political or social change.
It often takes the form of printed materials like posters or flyers that can be made in large numbers and distributed to the public. It also includes works that are made to be shown in public spaces, as well as art in the form of actual events or performances.
What's this piece by Ganzeer about?
It combines motifs that the artist has used over the course of several years, up to late 2015. He usually distributes his art as stickers, stencils, and prints.
He likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. He says that he feels like a "bicycle chain" -- “We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
How was it actually applied to the wall? Was it painted here?
It is one large vinyl image with several digital prints layered on top. It was installed here by in-housestaff (the artist was not present) and the Museum's conservation team was very involved in the process.
Hi there! Welcome to "This Place." How are you liking the exhibition so far?
Josef Koudelka's contribution to the project focuses on the wall that divides the region. He says, referring to the Berlin Wall, "You know, I grew up in Czechoslovakia, behind a wall. I always wanted to get to the other side. I know what a wall is about."
Yes, but who painted it and what is "this place"? It's not just a wall, it's an abandoned building.
It is actually a large-print photograph, not a painting. If you look closely, you will see the wall out of the window on the right and the hole in the wall on the left.
"This Place" refers to Israel and the West Bank, the region that all of the work in the show focuses on.
Throughout this series of photographs, Koudelka photographed the many different components that make up the wall: the razor wire, the checkpoints, access roads, etc.
I know it's a photograph, but what is the painting on the wall in the photo?
Oh, I see, sorry I misunderstood! This image depicts a Crusader map mural painted on the walls of a building in Kalia Junction, near the Dead Sea. The structure dates from either the British Mandate period (1923-1948) or later Jordanian era (1948-1967).
Hi! I am in the "This Place" exhibit. Is there a site where I can read a description about each of the photos?
Hi there, so happy you're checking out our new exhibition! While the official website of the project does not describe every photo you will see (there are over 600 in the exhibition!), you can definitely check it out for much more info on each photographer and their individual project: http://www.this-place.org/
Of course, you can also send us a question about what you see! We are happy to help!
Thanks Megan! I was looking for descriptions about each piece, but thank you!
Unfortunately, I don't think each, individual piece is described anywhere! My best recommendation would be to read the artist's statements about their projects and then to decipher the photos from there--knowing what the photographer's goal was really helps to unpack the photographs, I think.
Thanks!
Of course---enjoy and let us know if you have questions!
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.

Who is this artist?
This work is by Egyptian artist Ganzeer. You may have read on the label that he is a graffiti artist who rose to prominence during the Egyptian revolution in 2011.
The name Ganzeer is Arabic for "bicycle chain" and he says he chose that name because he likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. Here's a quote from Ganzeer: “We are not the driving force. We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
Cool, thanks.
You're welcome.
This has the Star of David, is there any indication of a connection with East African Jewish heritage?
Hi, good eye and great question! The Ethopian Orthodox Church, the religion that this pendant comes from, has existed since 330 CE and throughout it's long history has been influenced by a multitude of religions. Christianity and Judaism are very prominent in the teachings and symbols of the religion, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church places emphasis on the Hebrew Bible, and even the Egyptian Coptic church, have remained somewhat significant. So yes, there is certainly a connection there.
I see, thanks!
You're very welcome! Feel free to send other questions you have as you explore the Museum today.
What are the headdresses these men are wearing?
Hi there! I'm happy to see you're checking out our new exhibition, this photograph is by Frederic Brenner, who was also the driving force behind the "This Place" project.
It seems that these headdresses are merely called "hoods" or "scarves"---I have not yet found an official name for them. Brenner has said that men who are part of a certain ultra-Orthodox sect within Judaism will wear these hoods to keep them from seeing things they should not see in public in the modern world.
Thanks.
You're welcome!
Love the sign work by Steve Powers.
I'm glad you're enjoying it! Powers and the other sign painters of ICY SIGNS were trained in the art of traditional sign painting. If you head into the larger Coney Island exhibition nearby, you'll see examples of traditional/original Coney Island signage.
Do the other sign painters work as professional painters?
Yes, indeed! In fact, some of them don't even consider themselves "artists," only sign painters.
Cool! Could you tell me what the neon sign says?
Yes! It says "SHAMEAK." That's the tag for one of the ICY SIGNS team members.
Awesome! Thanks!
You're welcome!
Do you know the story behind "Palace Hotel 2009" by Frederic Brenner?
Yes, let me take a second to type that out for you! It's one of his key images in this show.
It's located on Agron Street in Jerusalem and it was originally built by the Supreme Muslim Council in order to highlight the presence of Muslims in Jerusalem. It opened in 1929 and closed in 1935.
Then it was leased by the British Government and became an office building. It later came under the ownership of the State of Israel and after that it was bought by a large company that began renovating it as a luxury hotel again in 2006. It has gone through many phases and changes, just like the region where it's located. It was formerly the Palace Hotel, and now it is the Waldorf-Astoria.
Brenner is showing the construction from the rear of the building, I believe, and we're seeing the rubble behind the original facade.
I love learning how similar expressions of unionized ideas come from all over the world.
I agree! I really like those introductory sections of this exhibition, showing the 20th-century tradition of art calling for social change. Much of it still seems very timely! Are you familiar with Tina Modotti's photography?
No, but I I have seen this particular picture recently.
This photo was new to me when the show opened, and now I like it, too. Many of Modotti's photos were reproduced in political journals and magazines, so they reached a really wide audience.
What is Agitprop?
It's a term that dates back to the Russian Revolution of 1917, and it combines the words for "agitation" and "propaganda." It refers to art that makes a call for political or social change.
It often takes the form of printed materials like posters or flyers that can be made in large numbers and distributed to the public. It also includes works that are made to be shown in public spaces, as well as art in the form of actual events or performances.
What's this piece by Ganzeer about?
It combines motifs that the artist has used over the course of several years, up to late 2015. He usually distributes his art as stickers, stencils, and prints.
He likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. He says that he feels like a "bicycle chain" -- “We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
How was it actually applied to the wall? Was it painted here?
It is one large vinyl image with several digital prints layered on top. It was installed here by in-housestaff (the artist was not present) and the Museum's conservation team was very involved in the process.
Hi there! Welcome to "This Place." How are you liking the exhibition so far?
Josef Koudelka's contribution to the project focuses on the wall that divides the region. He says, referring to the Berlin Wall, "You know, I grew up in Czechoslovakia, behind a wall. I always wanted to get to the other side. I know what a wall is about."
Yes, but who painted it and what is "this place"? It's not just a wall, it's an abandoned building.
It is actually a large-print photograph, not a painting. If you look closely, you will see the wall out of the window on the right and the hole in the wall on the left.
"This Place" refers to Israel and the West Bank, the region that all of the work in the show focuses on.
Throughout this series of photographs, Koudelka photographed the many different components that make up the wall: the razor wire, the checkpoints, access roads, etc.
I know it's a photograph, but what is the painting on the wall in the photo?
Oh, I see, sorry I misunderstood! This image depicts a Crusader map mural painted on the walls of a building in Kalia Junction, near the Dead Sea. The structure dates from either the British Mandate period (1923-1948) or later Jordanian era (1948-1967).
Hi! I am in the "This Place" exhibit. Is there a site where I can read a description about each of the photos?
Hi there, so happy you're checking out our new exhibition! While the official website of the project does not describe every photo you will see (there are over 600 in the exhibition!), you can definitely check it out for much more info on each photographer and their individual project: http://www.this-place.org/
Of course, you can also send us a question about what you see! We are happy to help!
Thanks Megan! I was looking for descriptions about each piece, but thank you!
Unfortunately, I don't think each, individual piece is described anywhere! My best recommendation would be to read the artist's statements about their projects and then to decipher the photos from there--knowing what the photographer's goal was really helps to unpack the photographs, I think.
Thanks!
Of course---enjoy and let us know if you have questions!
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 Fifth 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.

Who is this artist?
This work is by Egyptian artist Ganzeer. You may have read on the label that he is a graffiti artist who rose to prominence during the Egyptian revolution in 2011.
The name Ganzeer is Arabic for "bicycle chain" and he says he chose that name because he likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. Here's a quote from Ganzeer: “We are not the driving force. We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
Cool, thanks.
You're welcome.
This has the Star of David, is there any indication of a connection with East African Jewish heritage?
Hi, good eye and great question! The Ethopian Orthodox Church, the religion that this pendant comes from, has existed since 330 CE and throughout it's long history has been influenced by a multitude of religions. Christianity and Judaism are very prominent in the teachings and symbols of the religion, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church places emphasis on the Hebrew Bible, and even the Egyptian Coptic church, have remained somewhat significant. So yes, there is certainly a connection there.
I see, thanks!
You're very welcome! Feel free to send other questions you have as you explore the Museum today.
What are the headdresses these men are wearing?
Hi there! I'm happy to see you're checking out our new exhibition, this photograph is by Frederic Brenner, who was also the driving force behind the "This Place" project.
It seems that these headdresses are merely called "hoods" or "scarves"---I have not yet found an official name for them. Brenner has said that men who are part of a certain ultra-Orthodox sect within Judaism will wear these hoods to keep them from seeing things they should not see in public in the modern world.
Thanks.
You're welcome!
Love the sign work by Steve Powers.
I'm glad you're enjoying it! Powers and the other sign painters of ICY SIGNS were trained in the art of traditional sign painting. If you head into the larger Coney Island exhibition nearby, you'll see examples of traditional/original Coney Island signage.
Do the other sign painters work as professional painters?
Yes, indeed! In fact, some of them don't even consider themselves "artists," only sign painters.
Cool! Could you tell me what the neon sign says?
Yes! It says "SHAMEAK." That's the tag for one of the ICY SIGNS team members.
Awesome! Thanks!
You're welcome!
Do you know the story behind "Palace Hotel 2009" by Frederic Brenner?
Yes, let me take a second to type that out for you! It's one of his key images in this show.
It's located on Agron Street in Jerusalem and it was originally built by the Supreme Muslim Council in order to highlight the presence of Muslims in Jerusalem. It opened in 1929 and closed in 1935.
Then it was leased by the British Government and became an office building. It later came under the ownership of the State of Israel and after that it was bought by a large company that began renovating it as a luxury hotel again in 2006. It has gone through many phases and changes, just like the region where it's located. It was formerly the Palace Hotel, and now it is the Waldorf-Astoria.
Brenner is showing the construction from the rear of the building, I believe, and we're seeing the rubble behind the original facade.
I love learning how similar expressions of unionized ideas come from all over the world.
I agree! I really like those introductory sections of this exhibition, showing the 20th-century tradition of art calling for social change. Much of it still seems very timely! Are you familiar with Tina Modotti's photography?
No, but I I have seen this particular picture recently.
This photo was new to me when the show opened, and now I like it, too. Many of Modotti's photos were reproduced in political journals and magazines, so they reached a really wide audience.
What is Agitprop?
It's a term that dates back to the Russian Revolution of 1917, and it combines the words for "agitation" and "propaganda." It refers to art that makes a call for political or social change.
It often takes the form of printed materials like posters or flyers that can be made in large numbers and distributed to the public. It also includes works that are made to be shown in public spaces, as well as art in the form of actual events or performances.
What's this piece by Ganzeer about?
It combines motifs that the artist has used over the course of several years, up to late 2015. He usually distributes his art as stickers, stencils, and prints.
He likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. He says that he feels like a "bicycle chain" -- “We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
How was it actually applied to the wall? Was it painted here?
It is one large vinyl image with several digital prints layered on top. It was installed here by in-housestaff (the artist was not present) and the Museum's conservation team was very involved in the process.
Hi there! Welcome to "This Place." How are you liking the exhibition so far?
Josef Koudelka's contribution to the project focuses on the wall that divides the region. He says, referring to the Berlin Wall, "You know, I grew up in Czechoslovakia, behind a wall. I always wanted to get to the other side. I know what a wall is about."
Yes, but who painted it and what is "this place"? It's not just a wall, it's an abandoned building.
It is actually a large-print photograph, not a painting. If you look closely, you will see the wall out of the window on the right and the hole in the wall on the left.
"This Place" refers to Israel and the West Bank, the region that all of the work in the show focuses on.
Throughout this series of photographs, Koudelka photographed the many different components that make up the wall: the razor wire, the checkpoints, access roads, etc.
I know it's a photograph, but what is the painting on the wall in the photo?
Oh, I see, sorry I misunderstood! This image depicts a Crusader map mural painted on the walls of a building in Kalia Junction, near the Dead Sea. The structure dates from either the British Mandate period (1923-1948) or later Jordanian era (1948-1967).
Hi! I am in the "This Place" exhibit. Is there a site where I can read a description about each of the photos?
Hi there, so happy you're checking out our new exhibition! While the official website of the project does not describe every photo you will see (there are over 600 in the exhibition!), you can definitely check it out for much more info on each photographer and their individual project: http://www.this-place.org/
Of course, you can also send us a question about what you see! We are happy to help!
Thanks Megan! I was looking for descriptions about each piece, but thank you!
Unfortunately, I don't think each, individual piece is described anywhere! My best recommendation would be to read the artist's statements about their projects and then to decipher the photos from there--knowing what the photographer's goal was really helps to unpack the photographs, I think.
Thanks!
Of course---enjoy and let us know if you have questions!
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.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Who is this artist?
This work is by Egyptian artist Ganzeer. You may have read on the label that he is a graffiti artist who rose to prominence during the Egyptian revolution in 2011.
The name Ganzeer is Arabic for "bicycle chain" and he says he chose that name because he likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. Here's a quote from Ganzeer: “We are not the driving force. We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
Cool, thanks.
You're welcome.
This has the Star of David, is there any indication of a connection with East African Jewish heritage?
Hi, good eye and great question! The Ethopian Orthodox Church, the religion that this pendant comes from, has existed since 330 CE and throughout it's long history has been influenced by a multitude of religions. Christianity and Judaism are very prominent in the teachings and symbols of the religion, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church places emphasis on the Hebrew Bible, and even the Egyptian Coptic church, have remained somewhat significant. So yes, there is certainly a connection there.
I see, thanks!
You're very welcome! Feel free to send other questions you have as you explore the Museum today.
What are the headdresses these men are wearing?
Hi there! I'm happy to see you're checking out our new exhibition, this photograph is by Frederic Brenner, who was also the driving force behind the "This Place" project.
It seems that these headdresses are merely called "hoods" or "scarves"---I have not yet found an official name for them. Brenner has said that men who are part of a certain ultra-Orthodox sect within Judaism will wear these hoods to keep them from seeing things they should not see in public in the modern world.
Thanks.
You're welcome!
Love the sign work by Steve Powers.
I'm glad you're enjoying it! Powers and the other sign painters of ICY SIGNS were trained in the art of traditional sign painting. If you head into the larger Coney Island exhibition nearby, you'll see examples of traditional/original Coney Island signage.
Do the other sign painters work as professional painters?
Yes, indeed! In fact, some of them don't even consider themselves "artists," only sign painters.
Cool! Could you tell me what the neon sign says?
Yes! It says "SHAMEAK." That's the tag for one of the ICY SIGNS team members.
Awesome! Thanks!
You're welcome!
Do you know the story behind "Palace Hotel 2009" by Frederic Brenner?
Yes, let me take a second to type that out for you! It's one of his key images in this show.
It's located on Agron Street in Jerusalem and it was originally built by the Supreme Muslim Council in order to highlight the presence of Muslims in Jerusalem. It opened in 1929 and closed in 1935.
Then it was leased by the British Government and became an office building. It later came under the ownership of the State of Israel and after that it was bought by a large company that began renovating it as a luxury hotel again in 2006. It has gone through many phases and changes, just like the region where it's located. It was formerly the Palace Hotel, and now it is the Waldorf-Astoria.
Brenner is showing the construction from the rear of the building, I believe, and we're seeing the rubble behind the original facade.
I love learning how similar expressions of unionized ideas come from all over the world.
I agree! I really like those introductory sections of this exhibition, showing the 20th-century tradition of art calling for social change. Much of it still seems very timely! Are you familiar with Tina Modotti's photography?
No, but I I have seen this particular picture recently.
This photo was new to me when the show opened, and now I like it, too. Many of Modotti's photos were reproduced in political journals and magazines, so they reached a really wide audience.
What is Agitprop?
It's a term that dates back to the Russian Revolution of 1917, and it combines the words for "agitation" and "propaganda." It refers to art that makes a call for political or social change.
It often takes the form of printed materials like posters or flyers that can be made in large numbers and distributed to the public. It also includes works that are made to be shown in public spaces, as well as art in the form of actual events or performances.
What's this piece by Ganzeer about?
It combines motifs that the artist has used over the course of several years, up to late 2015. He usually distributes his art as stickers, stencils, and prints.
He likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. He says that he feels like a "bicycle chain" -- “We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
How was it actually applied to the wall? Was it painted here?
It is one large vinyl image with several digital prints layered on top. It was installed here by in-housestaff (the artist was not present) and the Museum's conservation team was very involved in the process.
Hi there! Welcome to "This Place." How are you liking the exhibition so far?
Josef Koudelka's contribution to the project focuses on the wall that divides the region. He says, referring to the Berlin Wall, "You know, I grew up in Czechoslovakia, behind a wall. I always wanted to get to the other side. I know what a wall is about."
Yes, but who painted it and what is "this place"? It's not just a wall, it's an abandoned building.
It is actually a large-print photograph, not a painting. If you look closely, you will see the wall out of the window on the right and the hole in the wall on the left.
"This Place" refers to Israel and the West Bank, the region that all of the work in the show focuses on.
Throughout this series of photographs, Koudelka photographed the many different components that make up the wall: the razor wire, the checkpoints, access roads, etc.
I know it's a photograph, but what is the painting on the wall in the photo?
Oh, I see, sorry I misunderstood! This image depicts a Crusader map mural painted on the walls of a building in Kalia Junction, near the Dead Sea. The structure dates from either the British Mandate period (1923-1948) or later Jordanian era (1948-1967).
Hi! I am in the "This Place" exhibit. Is there a site where I can read a description about each of the photos?
Hi there, so happy you're checking out our new exhibition! While the official website of the project does not describe every photo you will see (there are over 600 in the exhibition!), you can definitely check it out for much more info on each photographer and their individual project: http://www.this-place.org/
Of course, you can also send us a question about what you see! We are happy to help!
Thanks Megan! I was looking for descriptions about each piece, but thank you!
Unfortunately, I don't think each, individual piece is described anywhere! My best recommendation would be to read the artist's statements about their projects and then to decipher the photos from there--knowing what the photographer's goal was really helps to unpack the photographs, I think.
Thanks!
Of course---enjoy and let us know if you have questions!
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.

Who is this artist?
This work is by Egyptian artist Ganzeer. You may have read on the label that he is a graffiti artist who rose to prominence during the Egyptian revolution in 2011.
The name Ganzeer is Arabic for "bicycle chain" and he says he chose that name because he likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. Here's a quote from Ganzeer: “We are not the driving force. We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
Cool, thanks.
You're welcome.
This has the Star of David, is there any indication of a connection with East African Jewish heritage?
Hi, good eye and great question! The Ethopian Orthodox Church, the religion that this pendant comes from, has existed since 330 CE and throughout it's long history has been influenced by a multitude of religions. Christianity and Judaism are very prominent in the teachings and symbols of the religion, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church places emphasis on the Hebrew Bible, and even the Egyptian Coptic church, have remained somewhat significant. So yes, there is certainly a connection there.
I see, thanks!
You're very welcome! Feel free to send other questions you have as you explore the Museum today.
What are the headdresses these men are wearing?
Hi there! I'm happy to see you're checking out our new exhibition, this photograph is by Frederic Brenner, who was also the driving force behind the "This Place" project.
It seems that these headdresses are merely called "hoods" or "scarves"---I have not yet found an official name for them. Brenner has said that men who are part of a certain ultra-Orthodox sect within Judaism will wear these hoods to keep them from seeing things they should not see in public in the modern world.
Thanks.
You're welcome!
Love the sign work by Steve Powers.
I'm glad you're enjoying it! Powers and the other sign painters of ICY SIGNS were trained in the art of traditional sign painting. If you head into the larger Coney Island exhibition nearby, you'll see examples of traditional/original Coney Island signage.
Do the other sign painters work as professional painters?
Yes, indeed! In fact, some of them don't even consider themselves "artists," only sign painters.
Cool! Could you tell me what the neon sign says?
Yes! It says "SHAMEAK." That's the tag for one of the ICY SIGNS team members.
Awesome! Thanks!
You're welcome!
Do you know the story behind "Palace Hotel 2009" by Frederic Brenner?
Yes, let me take a second to type that out for you! It's one of his key images in this show.
It's located on Agron Street in Jerusalem and it was originally built by the Supreme Muslim Council in order to highlight the presence of Muslims in Jerusalem. It opened in 1929 and closed in 1935.
Then it was leased by the British Government and became an office building. It later came under the ownership of the State of Israel and after that it was bought by a large company that began renovating it as a luxury hotel again in 2006. It has gone through many phases and changes, just like the region where it's located. It was formerly the Palace Hotel, and now it is the Waldorf-Astoria.
Brenner is showing the construction from the rear of the building, I believe, and we're seeing the rubble behind the original facade.
I love learning how similar expressions of unionized ideas come from all over the world.
I agree! I really like those introductory sections of this exhibition, showing the 20th-century tradition of art calling for social change. Much of it still seems very timely! Are you familiar with Tina Modotti's photography?
No, but I I have seen this particular picture recently.
This photo was new to me when the show opened, and now I like it, too. Many of Modotti's photos were reproduced in political journals and magazines, so they reached a really wide audience.
What is Agitprop?
It's a term that dates back to the Russian Revolution of 1917, and it combines the words for "agitation" and "propaganda." It refers to art that makes a call for political or social change.
It often takes the form of printed materials like posters or flyers that can be made in large numbers and distributed to the public. It also includes works that are made to be shown in public spaces, as well as art in the form of actual events or performances.
What's this piece by Ganzeer about?
It combines motifs that the artist has used over the course of several years, up to late 2015. He usually distributes his art as stickers, stencils, and prints.
He likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. He says that he feels like a "bicycle chain" -- “We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
How was it actually applied to the wall? Was it painted here?
It is one large vinyl image with several digital prints layered on top. It was installed here by in-housestaff (the artist was not present) and the Museum's conservation team was very involved in the process.
Hi there! Welcome to "This Place." How are you liking the exhibition so far?
Josef Koudelka's contribution to the project focuses on the wall that divides the region. He says, referring to the Berlin Wall, "You know, I grew up in Czechoslovakia, behind a wall. I always wanted to get to the other side. I know what a wall is about."
Yes, but who painted it and what is "this place"? It's not just a wall, it's an abandoned building.
It is actually a large-print photograph, not a painting. If you look closely, you will see the wall out of the window on the right and the hole in the wall on the left.
"This Place" refers to Israel and the West Bank, the region that all of the work in the show focuses on.
Throughout this series of photographs, Koudelka photographed the many different components that make up the wall: the razor wire, the checkpoints, access roads, etc.
I know it's a photograph, but what is the painting on the wall in the photo?
Oh, I see, sorry I misunderstood! This image depicts a Crusader map mural painted on the walls of a building in Kalia Junction, near the Dead Sea. The structure dates from either the British Mandate period (1923-1948) or later Jordanian era (1948-1967).
Hi! I am in the "This Place" exhibit. Is there a site where I can read a description about each of the photos?
Hi there, so happy you're checking out our new exhibition! While the official website of the project does not describe every photo you will see (there are over 600 in the exhibition!), you can definitely check it out for much more info on each photographer and their individual project: http://www.this-place.org/
Of course, you can also send us a question about what you see! We are happy to help!
Thanks Megan! I was looking for descriptions about each piece, but thank you!
Unfortunately, I don't think each, individual piece is described anywhere! My best recommendation would be to read the artist's statements about their projects and then to decipher the photos from there--knowing what the photographer's goal was really helps to unpack the photographs, I think.
Thanks!
Of course---enjoy and let us know if you have questions!
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.

Who is this artist?
This work is by Egyptian artist Ganzeer. You may have read on the label that he is a graffiti artist who rose to prominence during the Egyptian revolution in 2011.
The name Ganzeer is Arabic for "bicycle chain" and he says he chose that name because he likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. Here's a quote from Ganzeer: “We are not the driving force. We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
Cool, thanks.
You're welcome.
This has the Star of David, is there any indication of a connection with East African Jewish heritage?
Hi, good eye and great question! The Ethopian Orthodox Church, the religion that this pendant comes from, has existed since 330 CE and throughout it's long history has been influenced by a multitude of religions. Christianity and Judaism are very prominent in the teachings and symbols of the religion, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church places emphasis on the Hebrew Bible, and even the Egyptian Coptic church, have remained somewhat significant. So yes, there is certainly a connection there.
I see, thanks!
You're very welcome! Feel free to send other questions you have as you explore the Museum today.
What are the headdresses these men are wearing?
Hi there! I'm happy to see you're checking out our new exhibition, this photograph is by Frederic Brenner, who was also the driving force behind the "This Place" project.
It seems that these headdresses are merely called "hoods" or "scarves"---I have not yet found an official name for them. Brenner has said that men who are part of a certain ultra-Orthodox sect within Judaism will wear these hoods to keep them from seeing things they should not see in public in the modern world.
Thanks.
You're welcome!
Love the sign work by Steve Powers.
I'm glad you're enjoying it! Powers and the other sign painters of ICY SIGNS were trained in the art of traditional sign painting. If you head into the larger Coney Island exhibition nearby, you'll see examples of traditional/original Coney Island signage.
Do the other sign painters work as professional painters?
Yes, indeed! In fact, some of them don't even consider themselves "artists," only sign painters.
Cool! Could you tell me what the neon sign says?
Yes! It says "SHAMEAK." That's the tag for one of the ICY SIGNS team members.
Awesome! Thanks!
You're welcome!
Do you know the story behind "Palace Hotel 2009" by Frederic Brenner?
Yes, let me take a second to type that out for you! It's one of his key images in this show.
It's located on Agron Street in Jerusalem and it was originally built by the Supreme Muslim Council in order to highlight the presence of Muslims in Jerusalem. It opened in 1929 and closed in 1935.
Then it was leased by the British Government and became an office building. It later came under the ownership of the State of Israel and after that it was bought by a large company that began renovating it as a luxury hotel again in 2006. It has gone through many phases and changes, just like the region where it's located. It was formerly the Palace Hotel, and now it is the Waldorf-Astoria.
Brenner is showing the construction from the rear of the building, I believe, and we're seeing the rubble behind the original facade.
I love learning how similar expressions of unionized ideas come from all over the world.
I agree! I really like those introductory sections of this exhibition, showing the 20th-century tradition of art calling for social change. Much of it still seems very timely! Are you familiar with Tina Modotti's photography?
No, but I I have seen this particular picture recently.
This photo was new to me when the show opened, and now I like it, too. Many of Modotti's photos were reproduced in political journals and magazines, so they reached a really wide audience.
What is Agitprop?
It's a term that dates back to the Russian Revolution of 1917, and it combines the words for "agitation" and "propaganda." It refers to art that makes a call for political or social change.
It often takes the form of printed materials like posters or flyers that can be made in large numbers and distributed to the public. It also includes works that are made to be shown in public spaces, as well as art in the form of actual events or performances.
What's this piece by Ganzeer about?
It combines motifs that the artist has used over the course of several years, up to late 2015. He usually distributes his art as stickers, stencils, and prints.
He likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. He says that he feels like a "bicycle chain" -- “We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
How was it actually applied to the wall? Was it painted here?
It is one large vinyl image with several digital prints layered on top. It was installed here by in-housestaff (the artist was not present) and the Museum's conservation team was very involved in the process.
Hi there! Welcome to "This Place." How are you liking the exhibition so far?
Josef Koudelka's contribution to the project focuses on the wall that divides the region. He says, referring to the Berlin Wall, "You know, I grew up in Czechoslovakia, behind a wall. I always wanted to get to the other side. I know what a wall is about."
Yes, but who painted it and what is "this place"? It's not just a wall, it's an abandoned building.
It is actually a large-print photograph, not a painting. If you look closely, you will see the wall out of the window on the right and the hole in the wall on the left.
"This Place" refers to Israel and the West Bank, the region that all of the work in the show focuses on.
Throughout this series of photographs, Koudelka photographed the many different components that make up the wall: the razor wire, the checkpoints, access roads, etc.
I know it's a photograph, but what is the painting on the wall in the photo?
Oh, I see, sorry I misunderstood! This image depicts a Crusader map mural painted on the walls of a building in Kalia Junction, near the Dead Sea. The structure dates from either the British Mandate period (1923-1948) or later Jordanian era (1948-1967).
Hi! I am in the "This Place" exhibit. Is there a site where I can read a description about each of the photos?
Hi there, so happy you're checking out our new exhibition! While the official website of the project does not describe every photo you will see (there are over 600 in the exhibition!), you can definitely check it out for much more info on each photographer and their individual project: http://www.this-place.org/
Of course, you can also send us a question about what you see! We are happy to help!
Thanks Megan! I was looking for descriptions about each piece, but thank you!
Unfortunately, I don't think each, individual piece is described anywhere! My best recommendation would be to read the artist's statements about their projects and then to decipher the photos from there--knowing what the photographer's goal was really helps to unpack the photographs, I think.
Thanks!
Of course---enjoy and let us know if you have questions!
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.

Parking
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.

Shopping
Our Shop offers an eclectic mix of gifts, jewelry, books, clothing, crafts, and foods from around Brooklyn and around the world. Shop hours

Dining
Have small plates, dinner, or drinks at The Norm restaurant and bar, led by Michelin-starred Chef Saul Bolton. Or stop by the BKM Café or Bowl. Planning a group tour? Consider a catered lunch for your group.

Rest Rooms
Rest rooms are on the first and third floors (floor plan), are wheelchair accessible, and have baby-changing tables. A family rest room is located just off the main lobby.

Coat Check
A free coat check is available on the first floor, where you can leave any packages, large bags, umbrellas, or strollers.

Wheelchairs
Complimentary wheelchairs are available at the coat check on the first floor. Our entrances and rest rooms are wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our Accessibility page.

Strollers
You're welcome to use strollers throughout the building (although from time to time there are certain areas where we might need to restrict their use, on account of small spaces, especially fragile art, or other circumstances). If necessary, leave your stroller at the coat check.

Wireless Access
We offer free wireless access throughout our galleries and grounds. During your visit, we encourage you to switch to wifi (BrooklynMuseum) for faster download speeds. The wireless project was created by the Brooklyn Museum Technology Department, with help from NYCWireless.

Go Mobile
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Here's what people are asking.

Who is this artist?
This work is by Egyptian artist Ganzeer. You may have read on the label that he is a graffiti artist who rose to prominence during the Egyptian revolution in 2011.
The name Ganzeer is Arabic for "bicycle chain" and he says he chose that name because he likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. Here's a quote from Ganzeer: “We are not the driving force. We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
Cool, thanks.
You're welcome.
This has the Star of David, is there any indication of a connection with East African Jewish heritage?
Hi, good eye and great question! The Ethopian Orthodox Church, the religion that this pendant comes from, has existed since 330 CE and throughout it's long history has been influenced by a multitude of religions. Christianity and Judaism are very prominent in the teachings and symbols of the religion, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church places emphasis on the Hebrew Bible, and even the Egyptian Coptic church, have remained somewhat significant. So yes, there is certainly a connection there.
I see, thanks!
You're very welcome! Feel free to send other questions you have as you explore the Museum today.
What are the headdresses these men are wearing?
Hi there! I'm happy to see you're checking out our new exhibition, this photograph is by Frederic Brenner, who was also the driving force behind the "This Place" project.
It seems that these headdresses are merely called "hoods" or "scarves"---I have not yet found an official name for them. Brenner has said that men who are part of a certain ultra-Orthodox sect within Judaism will wear these hoods to keep them from seeing things they should not see in public in the modern world.
Thanks.
You're welcome!
Love the sign work by Steve Powers.
I'm glad you're enjoying it! Powers and the other sign painters of ICY SIGNS were trained in the art of traditional sign painting. If you head into the larger Coney Island exhibition nearby, you'll see examples of traditional/original Coney Island signage.
Do the other sign painters work as professional painters?
Yes, indeed! In fact, some of them don't even consider themselves "artists," only sign painters.
Cool! Could you tell me what the neon sign says?
Yes! It says "SHAMEAK." That's the tag for one of the ICY SIGNS team members.
Awesome! Thanks!
You're welcome!
Do you know the story behind "Palace Hotel 2009" by Frederic Brenner?
Yes, let me take a second to type that out for you! It's one of his key images in this show.
It's located on Agron Street in Jerusalem and it was originally built by the Supreme Muslim Council in order to highlight the presence of Muslims in Jerusalem. It opened in 1929 and closed in 1935.
Then it was leased by the British Government and became an office building. It later came under the ownership of the State of Israel and after that it was bought by a large company that began renovating it as a luxury hotel again in 2006. It has gone through many phases and changes, just like the region where it's located. It was formerly the Palace Hotel, and now it is the Waldorf-Astoria.
Brenner is showing the construction from the rear of the building, I believe, and we're seeing the rubble behind the original facade.
I love learning how similar expressions of unionized ideas come from all over the world.
I agree! I really like those introductory sections of this exhibition, showing the 20th-century tradition of art calling for social change. Much of it still seems very timely! Are you familiar with Tina Modotti's photography?
No, but I I have seen this particular picture recently.
This photo was new to me when the show opened, and now I like it, too. Many of Modotti's photos were reproduced in political journals and magazines, so they reached a really wide audience.
What is Agitprop?
It's a term that dates back to the Russian Revolution of 1917, and it combines the words for "agitation" and "propaganda." It refers to art that makes a call for political or social change.
It often takes the form of printed materials like posters or flyers that can be made in large numbers and distributed to the public. It also includes works that are made to be shown in public spaces, as well as art in the form of actual events or performances.
What's this piece by Ganzeer about?
It combines motifs that the artist has used over the course of several years, up to late 2015. He usually distributes his art as stickers, stencils, and prints.
He likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. He says that he feels like a "bicycle chain" -- “We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
How was it actually applied to the wall? Was it painted here?
It is one large vinyl image with several digital prints layered on top. It was installed here by in-housestaff (the artist was not present) and the Museum's conservation team was very involved in the process.
Hi there! Welcome to "This Place." How are you liking the exhibition so far?
Josef Koudelka's contribution to the project focuses on the wall that divides the region. He says, referring to the Berlin Wall, "You know, I grew up in Czechoslovakia, behind a wall. I always wanted to get to the other side. I know what a wall is about."
Yes, but who painted it and what is "this place"? It's not just a wall, it's an abandoned building.
It is actually a large-print photograph, not a painting. If you look closely, you will see the wall out of the window on the right and the hole in the wall on the left.
"This Place" refers to Israel and the West Bank, the region that all of the work in the show focuses on.
Throughout this series of photographs, Koudelka photographed the many different components that make up the wall: the razor wire, the checkpoints, access roads, etc.
I know it's a photograph, but what is the painting on the wall in the photo?
Oh, I see, sorry I misunderstood! This image depicts a Crusader map mural painted on the walls of a building in Kalia Junction, near the Dead Sea. The structure dates from either the British Mandate period (1923-1948) or later Jordanian era (1948-1967).
Hi! I am in the "This Place" exhibit. Is there a site where I can read a description about each of the photos?
Hi there, so happy you're checking out our new exhibition! While the official website of the project does not describe every photo you will see (there are over 600 in the exhibition!), you can definitely check it out for much more info on each photographer and their individual project: http://www.this-place.org/
Of course, you can also send us a question about what you see! We are happy to help!
Thanks Megan! I was looking for descriptions about each piece, but thank you!
Unfortunately, I don't think each, individual piece is described anywhere! My best recommendation would be to read the artist's statements about their projects and then to decipher the photos from there--knowing what the photographer's goal was really helps to unpack the photographs, I think.
Thanks!
Of course---enjoy and let us know if you have questions!
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.
  • For those with intellectual disabilities or other special needs, we offer specially tailored guided gallery visits to adult and school groups.

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.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Who is this artist?
This work is by Egyptian artist Ganzeer. You may have read on the label that he is a graffiti artist who rose to prominence during the Egyptian revolution in 2011.
The name Ganzeer is Arabic for "bicycle chain" and he says he chose that name because he likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. Here's a quote from Ganzeer: “We are not the driving force. We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
Cool, thanks.
You're welcome.
This has the Star of David, is there any indication of a connection with East African Jewish heritage?
Hi, good eye and great question! The Ethopian Orthodox Church, the religion that this pendant comes from, has existed since 330 CE and throughout it's long history has been influenced by a multitude of religions. Christianity and Judaism are very prominent in the teachings and symbols of the religion, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church places emphasis on the Hebrew Bible, and even the Egyptian Coptic church, have remained somewhat significant. So yes, there is certainly a connection there.
I see, thanks!
You're very welcome! Feel free to send other questions you have as you explore the Museum today.
What are the headdresses these men are wearing?
Hi there! I'm happy to see you're checking out our new exhibition, this photograph is by Frederic Brenner, who was also the driving force behind the "This Place" project.
It seems that these headdresses are merely called "hoods" or "scarves"---I have not yet found an official name for them. Brenner has said that men who are part of a certain ultra-Orthodox sect within Judaism will wear these hoods to keep them from seeing things they should not see in public in the modern world.
Thanks.
You're welcome!
Love the sign work by Steve Powers.
I'm glad you're enjoying it! Powers and the other sign painters of ICY SIGNS were trained in the art of traditional sign painting. If you head into the larger Coney Island exhibition nearby, you'll see examples of traditional/original Coney Island signage.
Do the other sign painters work as professional painters?
Yes, indeed! In fact, some of them don't even consider themselves "artists," only sign painters.
Cool! Could you tell me what the neon sign says?
Yes! It says "SHAMEAK." That's the tag for one of the ICY SIGNS team members.
Awesome! Thanks!
You're welcome!
Do you know the story behind "Palace Hotel 2009" by Frederic Brenner?
Yes, let me take a second to type that out for you! It's one of his key images in this show.
It's located on Agron Street in Jerusalem and it was originally built by the Supreme Muslim Council in order to highlight the presence of Muslims in Jerusalem. It opened in 1929 and closed in 1935.
Then it was leased by the British Government and became an office building. It later came under the ownership of the State of Israel and after that it was bought by a large company that began renovating it as a luxury hotel again in 2006. It has gone through many phases and changes, just like the region where it's located. It was formerly the Palace Hotel, and now it is the Waldorf-Astoria.
Brenner is showing the construction from the rear of the building, I believe, and we're seeing the rubble behind the original facade.
I love learning how similar expressions of unionized ideas come from all over the world.
I agree! I really like those introductory sections of this exhibition, showing the 20th-century tradition of art calling for social change. Much of it still seems very timely! Are you familiar with Tina Modotti's photography?
No, but I I have seen this particular picture recently.
This photo was new to me when the show opened, and now I like it, too. Many of Modotti's photos were reproduced in political journals and magazines, so they reached a really wide audience.
What is Agitprop?
It's a term that dates back to the Russian Revolution of 1917, and it combines the words for "agitation" and "propaganda." It refers to art that makes a call for political or social change.
It often takes the form of printed materials like posters or flyers that can be made in large numbers and distributed to the public. It also includes works that are made to be shown in public spaces, as well as art in the form of actual events or performances.
What's this piece by Ganzeer about?
It combines motifs that the artist has used over the course of several years, up to late 2015. He usually distributes his art as stickers, stencils, and prints.
He likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. He says that he feels like a "bicycle chain" -- “We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
How was it actually applied to the wall? Was it painted here?
It is one large vinyl image with several digital prints layered on top. It was installed here by in-housestaff (the artist was not present) and the Museum's conservation team was very involved in the process.
Hi there! Welcome to "This Place." How are you liking the exhibition so far?
Josef Koudelka's contribution to the project focuses on the wall that divides the region. He says, referring to the Berlin Wall, "You know, I grew up in Czechoslovakia, behind a wall. I always wanted to get to the other side. I know what a wall is about."
Yes, but who painted it and what is "this place"? It's not just a wall, it's an abandoned building.
It is actually a large-print photograph, not a painting. If you look closely, you will see the wall out of the window on the right and the hole in the wall on the left.
"This Place" refers to Israel and the West Bank, the region that all of the work in the show focuses on.
Throughout this series of photographs, Koudelka photographed the many different components that make up the wall: the razor wire, the checkpoints, access roads, etc.
I know it's a photograph, but what is the painting on the wall in the photo?
Oh, I see, sorry I misunderstood! This image depicts a Crusader map mural painted on the walls of a building in Kalia Junction, near the Dead Sea. The structure dates from either the British Mandate period (1923-1948) or later Jordanian era (1948-1967).
Hi! I am in the "This Place" exhibit. Is there a site where I can read a description about each of the photos?
Hi there, so happy you're checking out our new exhibition! While the official website of the project does not describe every photo you will see (there are over 600 in the exhibition!), you can definitely check it out for much more info on each photographer and their individual project: http://www.this-place.org/
Of course, you can also send us a question about what you see! We are happy to help!
Thanks Megan! I was looking for descriptions about each piece, but thank you!
Unfortunately, I don't think each, individual piece is described anywhere! My best recommendation would be to read the artist's statements about their projects and then to decipher the photos from there--knowing what the photographer's goal was really helps to unpack the photographs, I think.
Thanks!
Of course---enjoy and let us know if you have questions!
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.

No matter what your interest, there's a tour for you:

  • Join our Museum Guides for daily public tours (free with admission) focusing on a variety of themes, eras, and movements in art.
  • Book a group tour for ten or more adults.
  • Explore tours and programs for school groups, all designed to help students and teachers construct meaningful experiences with works of art.
ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Who is this artist?
This work is by Egyptian artist Ganzeer. You may have read on the label that he is a graffiti artist who rose to prominence during the Egyptian revolution in 2011.
The name Ganzeer is Arabic for "bicycle chain" and he says he chose that name because he likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. Here's a quote from Ganzeer: “We are not the driving force. We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
Cool, thanks.
You're welcome.
This has the Star of David, is there any indication of a connection with East African Jewish heritage?
Hi, good eye and great question! The Ethopian Orthodox Church, the religion that this pendant comes from, has existed since 330 CE and throughout it's long history has been influenced by a multitude of religions. Christianity and Judaism are very prominent in the teachings and symbols of the religion, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church places emphasis on the Hebrew Bible, and even the Egyptian Coptic church, have remained somewhat significant. So yes, there is certainly a connection there.
I see, thanks!
You're very welcome! Feel free to send other questions you have as you explore the Museum today.
What are the headdresses these men are wearing?
Hi there! I'm happy to see you're checking out our new exhibition, this photograph is by Frederic Brenner, who was also the driving force behind the "This Place" project.
It seems that these headdresses are merely called "hoods" or "scarves"---I have not yet found an official name for them. Brenner has said that men who are part of a certain ultra-Orthodox sect within Judaism will wear these hoods to keep them from seeing things they should not see in public in the modern world.
Thanks.
You're welcome!
Love the sign work by Steve Powers.
I'm glad you're enjoying it! Powers and the other sign painters of ICY SIGNS were trained in the art of traditional sign painting. If you head into the larger Coney Island exhibition nearby, you'll see examples of traditional/original Coney Island signage.
Do the other sign painters work as professional painters?
Yes, indeed! In fact, some of them don't even consider themselves "artists," only sign painters.
Cool! Could you tell me what the neon sign says?
Yes! It says "SHAMEAK." That's the tag for one of the ICY SIGNS team members.
Awesome! Thanks!
You're welcome!
Do you know the story behind "Palace Hotel 2009" by Frederic Brenner?
Yes, let me take a second to type that out for you! It's one of his key images in this show.
It's located on Agron Street in Jerusalem and it was originally built by the Supreme Muslim Council in order to highlight the presence of Muslims in Jerusalem. It opened in 1929 and closed in 1935.
Then it was leased by the British Government and became an office building. It later came under the ownership of the State of Israel and after that it was bought by a large company that began renovating it as a luxury hotel again in 2006. It has gone through many phases and changes, just like the region where it's located. It was formerly the Palace Hotel, and now it is the Waldorf-Astoria.
Brenner is showing the construction from the rear of the building, I believe, and we're seeing the rubble behind the original facade.
I love learning how similar expressions of unionized ideas come from all over the world.
I agree! I really like those introductory sections of this exhibition, showing the 20th-century tradition of art calling for social change. Much of it still seems very timely! Are you familiar with Tina Modotti's photography?
No, but I I have seen this particular picture recently.
This photo was new to me when the show opened, and now I like it, too. Many of Modotti's photos were reproduced in political journals and magazines, so they reached a really wide audience.
What is Agitprop?
It's a term that dates back to the Russian Revolution of 1917, and it combines the words for "agitation" and "propaganda." It refers to art that makes a call for political or social change.
It often takes the form of printed materials like posters or flyers that can be made in large numbers and distributed to the public. It also includes works that are made to be shown in public spaces, as well as art in the form of actual events or performances.
What's this piece by Ganzeer about?
It combines motifs that the artist has used over the course of several years, up to late 2015. He usually distributes his art as stickers, stencils, and prints.
He likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. He says that he feels like a "bicycle chain" -- “We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
How was it actually applied to the wall? Was it painted here?
It is one large vinyl image with several digital prints layered on top. It was installed here by in-housestaff (the artist was not present) and the Museum's conservation team was very involved in the process.
Hi there! Welcome to "This Place." How are you liking the exhibition so far?
Josef Koudelka's contribution to the project focuses on the wall that divides the region. He says, referring to the Berlin Wall, "You know, I grew up in Czechoslovakia, behind a wall. I always wanted to get to the other side. I know what a wall is about."
Yes, but who painted it and what is "this place"? It's not just a wall, it's an abandoned building.
It is actually a large-print photograph, not a painting. If you look closely, you will see the wall out of the window on the right and the hole in the wall on the left.
"This Place" refers to Israel and the West Bank, the region that all of the work in the show focuses on.
Throughout this series of photographs, Koudelka photographed the many different components that make up the wall: the razor wire, the checkpoints, access roads, etc.
I know it's a photograph, but what is the painting on the wall in the photo?
Oh, I see, sorry I misunderstood! This image depicts a Crusader map mural painted on the walls of a building in Kalia Junction, near the Dead Sea. The structure dates from either the British Mandate period (1923-1948) or later Jordanian era (1948-1967).
Hi! I am in the "This Place" exhibit. Is there a site where I can read a description about each of the photos?
Hi there, so happy you're checking out our new exhibition! While the official website of the project does not describe every photo you will see (there are over 600 in the exhibition!), you can definitely check it out for much more info on each photographer and their individual project: http://www.this-place.org/
Of course, you can also send us a question about what you see! We are happy to help!
Thanks Megan! I was looking for descriptions about each piece, but thank you!
Unfortunately, I don't think each, individual piece is described anywhere! My best recommendation would be to read the artist's statements about their projects and then to decipher the photos from there--knowing what the photographer's goal was really helps to unpack the photographs, I think.
Thanks!
Of course---enjoy and let us know if you have questions!
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.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Who is this artist?
This work is by Egyptian artist Ganzeer. You may have read on the label that he is a graffiti artist who rose to prominence during the Egyptian revolution in 2011.
The name Ganzeer is Arabic for "bicycle chain" and he says he chose that name because he likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. Here's a quote from Ganzeer: “We are not the driving force. We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
Cool, thanks.
You're welcome.
This has the Star of David, is there any indication of a connection with East African Jewish heritage?
Hi, good eye and great question! The Ethopian Orthodox Church, the religion that this pendant comes from, has existed since 330 CE and throughout it's long history has been influenced by a multitude of religions. Christianity and Judaism are very prominent in the teachings and symbols of the religion, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church places emphasis on the Hebrew Bible, and even the Egyptian Coptic church, have remained somewhat significant. So yes, there is certainly a connection there.
I see, thanks!
You're very welcome! Feel free to send other questions you have as you explore the Museum today.
What are the headdresses these men are wearing?
Hi there! I'm happy to see you're checking out our new exhibition, this photograph is by Frederic Brenner, who was also the driving force behind the "This Place" project.
It seems that these headdresses are merely called "hoods" or "scarves"---I have not yet found an official name for them. Brenner has said that men who are part of a certain ultra-Orthodox sect within Judaism will wear these hoods to keep them from seeing things they should not see in public in the modern world.
Thanks.
You're welcome!
Love the sign work by Steve Powers.
I'm glad you're enjoying it! Powers and the other sign painters of ICY SIGNS were trained in the art of traditional sign painting. If you head into the larger Coney Island exhibition nearby, you'll see examples of traditional/original Coney Island signage.
Do the other sign painters work as professional painters?
Yes, indeed! In fact, some of them don't even consider themselves "artists," only sign painters.
Cool! Could you tell me what the neon sign says?
Yes! It says "SHAMEAK." That's the tag for one of the ICY SIGNS team members.
Awesome! Thanks!
You're welcome!
Do you know the story behind "Palace Hotel 2009" by Frederic Brenner?
Yes, let me take a second to type that out for you! It's one of his key images in this show.
It's located on Agron Street in Jerusalem and it was originally built by the Supreme Muslim Council in order to highlight the presence of Muslims in Jerusalem. It opened in 1929 and closed in 1935.
Then it was leased by the British Government and became an office building. It later came under the ownership of the State of Israel and after that it was bought by a large company that began renovating it as a luxury hotel again in 2006. It has gone through many phases and changes, just like the region where it's located. It was formerly the Palace Hotel, and now it is the Waldorf-Astoria.
Brenner is showing the construction from the rear of the building, I believe, and we're seeing the rubble behind the original facade.
I love learning how similar expressions of unionized ideas come from all over the world.
I agree! I really like those introductory sections of this exhibition, showing the 20th-century tradition of art calling for social change. Much of it still seems very timely! Are you familiar with Tina Modotti's photography?
No, but I I have seen this particular picture recently.
This photo was new to me when the show opened, and now I like it, too. Many of Modotti's photos were reproduced in political journals and magazines, so they reached a really wide audience.
What is Agitprop?
It's a term that dates back to the Russian Revolution of 1917, and it combines the words for "agitation" and "propaganda." It refers to art that makes a call for political or social change.
It often takes the form of printed materials like posters or flyers that can be made in large numbers and distributed to the public. It also includes works that are made to be shown in public spaces, as well as art in the form of actual events or performances.
What's this piece by Ganzeer about?
It combines motifs that the artist has used over the course of several years, up to late 2015. He usually distributes his art as stickers, stencils, and prints.
He likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. He says that he feels like a "bicycle chain" -- “We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
How was it actually applied to the wall? Was it painted here?
It is one large vinyl image with several digital prints layered on top. It was installed here by in-housestaff (the artist was not present) and the Museum's conservation team was very involved in the process.
Hi there! Welcome to "This Place." How are you liking the exhibition so far?
Josef Koudelka's contribution to the project focuses on the wall that divides the region. He says, referring to the Berlin Wall, "You know, I grew up in Czechoslovakia, behind a wall. I always wanted to get to the other side. I know what a wall is about."
Yes, but who painted it and what is "this place"? It's not just a wall, it's an abandoned building.
It is actually a large-print photograph, not a painting. If you look closely, you will see the wall out of the window on the right and the hole in the wall on the left.
"This Place" refers to Israel and the West Bank, the region that all of the work in the show focuses on.
Throughout this series of photographs, Koudelka photographed the many different components that make up the wall: the razor wire, the checkpoints, access roads, etc.
I know it's a photograph, but what is the painting on the wall in the photo?
Oh, I see, sorry I misunderstood! This image depicts a Crusader map mural painted on the walls of a building in Kalia Junction, near the Dead Sea. The structure dates from either the British Mandate period (1923-1948) or later Jordanian era (1948-1967).
Hi! I am in the "This Place" exhibit. Is there a site where I can read a description about each of the photos?
Hi there, so happy you're checking out our new exhibition! While the official website of the project does not describe every photo you will see (there are over 600 in the exhibition!), you can definitely check it out for much more info on each photographer and their individual project: http://www.this-place.org/
Of course, you can also send us a question about what you see! We are happy to help!
Thanks Megan! I was looking for descriptions about each piece, but thank you!
Unfortunately, I don't think each, individual piece is described anywhere! My best recommendation would be to read the artist's statements about their projects and then to decipher the photos from there--knowing what the photographer's goal was really helps to unpack the photographs, I think.
Thanks!
Of course---enjoy and let us know if you have questions!
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.

Who is this artist?
This work is by Egyptian artist Ganzeer. You may have read on the label that he is a graffiti artist who rose to prominence during the Egyptian revolution in 2011.
The name Ganzeer is Arabic for "bicycle chain" and he says he chose that name because he likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. Here's a quote from Ganzeer: “We are not the driving force. We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
Cool, thanks.
You're welcome.
This has the Star of David, is there any indication of a connection with East African Jewish heritage?
Hi, good eye and great question! The Ethopian Orthodox Church, the religion that this pendant comes from, has existed since 330 CE and throughout it's long history has been influenced by a multitude of religions. Christianity and Judaism are very prominent in the teachings and symbols of the religion, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church places emphasis on the Hebrew Bible, and even the Egyptian Coptic church, have remained somewhat significant. So yes, there is certainly a connection there.
I see, thanks!
You're very welcome! Feel free to send other questions you have as you explore the Museum today.
What are the headdresses these men are wearing?
Hi there! I'm happy to see you're checking out our new exhibition, this photograph is by Frederic Brenner, who was also the driving force behind the "This Place" project.
It seems that these headdresses are merely called "hoods" or "scarves"---I have not yet found an official name for them. Brenner has said that men who are part of a certain ultra-Orthodox sect within Judaism will wear these hoods to keep them from seeing things they should not see in public in the modern world.
Thanks.
You're welcome!
Love the sign work by Steve Powers.
I'm glad you're enjoying it! Powers and the other sign painters of ICY SIGNS were trained in the art of traditional sign painting. If you head into the larger Coney Island exhibition nearby, you'll see examples of traditional/original Coney Island signage.
Do the other sign painters work as professional painters?
Yes, indeed! In fact, some of them don't even consider themselves "artists," only sign painters.
Cool! Could you tell me what the neon sign says?
Yes! It says "SHAMEAK." That's the tag for one of the ICY SIGNS team members.
Awesome! Thanks!
You're welcome!
Do you know the story behind "Palace Hotel 2009" by Frederic Brenner?
Yes, let me take a second to type that out for you! It's one of his key images in this show.
It's located on Agron Street in Jerusalem and it was originally built by the Supreme Muslim Council in order to highlight the presence of Muslims in Jerusalem. It opened in 1929 and closed in 1935.
Then it was leased by the British Government and became an office building. It later came under the ownership of the State of Israel and after that it was bought by a large company that began renovating it as a luxury hotel again in 2006. It has gone through many phases and changes, just like the region where it's located. It was formerly the Palace Hotel, and now it is the Waldorf-Astoria.
Brenner is showing the construction from the rear of the building, I believe, and we're seeing the rubble behind the original facade.
I love learning how similar expressions of unionized ideas come from all over the world.
I agree! I really like those introductory sections of this exhibition, showing the 20th-century tradition of art calling for social change. Much of it still seems very timely! Are you familiar with Tina Modotti's photography?
No, but I I have seen this particular picture recently.
This photo was new to me when the show opened, and now I like it, too. Many of Modotti's photos were reproduced in political journals and magazines, so they reached a really wide audience.
What is Agitprop?
It's a term that dates back to the Russian Revolution of 1917, and it combines the words for "agitation" and "propaganda." It refers to art that makes a call for political or social change.
It often takes the form of printed materials like posters or flyers that can be made in large numbers and distributed to the public. It also includes works that are made to be shown in public spaces, as well as art in the form of actual events or performances.
What's this piece by Ganzeer about?
It combines motifs that the artist has used over the course of several years, up to late 2015. He usually distributes his art as stickers, stencils, and prints.
He likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. He says that he feels like a "bicycle chain" -- “We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
How was it actually applied to the wall? Was it painted here?
It is one large vinyl image with several digital prints layered on top. It was installed here by in-housestaff (the artist was not present) and the Museum's conservation team was very involved in the process.
Hi there! Welcome to "This Place." How are you liking the exhibition so far?
Josef Koudelka's contribution to the project focuses on the wall that divides the region. He says, referring to the Berlin Wall, "You know, I grew up in Czechoslovakia, behind a wall. I always wanted to get to the other side. I know what a wall is about."
Yes, but who painted it and what is "this place"? It's not just a wall, it's an abandoned building.
It is actually a large-print photograph, not a painting. If you look closely, you will see the wall out of the window on the right and the hole in the wall on the left.
"This Place" refers to Israel and the West Bank, the region that all of the work in the show focuses on.
Throughout this series of photographs, Koudelka photographed the many different components that make up the wall: the razor wire, the checkpoints, access roads, etc.
I know it's a photograph, but what is the painting on the wall in the photo?
Oh, I see, sorry I misunderstood! This image depicts a Crusader map mural painted on the walls of a building in Kalia Junction, near the Dead Sea. The structure dates from either the British Mandate period (1923-1948) or later Jordanian era (1948-1967).
Hi! I am in the "This Place" exhibit. Is there a site where I can read a description about each of the photos?
Hi there, so happy you're checking out our new exhibition! While the official website of the project does not describe every photo you will see (there are over 600 in the exhibition!), you can definitely check it out for much more info on each photographer and their individual project: http://www.this-place.org/
Of course, you can also send us a question about what you see! We are happy to help!
Thanks Megan! I was looking for descriptions about each piece, but thank you!
Unfortunately, I don't think each, individual piece is described anywhere! My best recommendation would be to read the artist's statements about their projects and then to decipher the photos from there--knowing what the photographer's goal was really helps to unpack the photographs, I think.
Thanks!
Of course---enjoy and let us know if you have questions!
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.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Who is this artist?
This work is by Egyptian artist Ganzeer. You may have read on the label that he is a graffiti artist who rose to prominence during the Egyptian revolution in 2011.
The name Ganzeer is Arabic for "bicycle chain" and he says he chose that name because he likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. Here's a quote from Ganzeer: “We are not the driving force. We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
Cool, thanks.
You're welcome.
This has the Star of David, is there any indication of a connection with East African Jewish heritage?
Hi, good eye and great question! The Ethopian Orthodox Church, the religion that this pendant comes from, has existed since 330 CE and throughout it's long history has been influenced by a multitude of religions. Christianity and Judaism are very prominent in the teachings and symbols of the religion, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church places emphasis on the Hebrew Bible, and even the Egyptian Coptic church, have remained somewhat significant. So yes, there is certainly a connection there.
I see, thanks!
You're very welcome! Feel free to send other questions you have as you explore the Museum today.
What are the headdresses these men are wearing?
Hi there! I'm happy to see you're checking out our new exhibition, this photograph is by Frederic Brenner, who was also the driving force behind the "This Place" project.
It seems that these headdresses are merely called "hoods" or "scarves"---I have not yet found an official name for them. Brenner has said that men who are part of a certain ultra-Orthodox sect within Judaism will wear these hoods to keep them from seeing things they should not see in public in the modern world.
Thanks.
You're welcome!
Love the sign work by Steve Powers.
I'm glad you're enjoying it! Powers and the other sign painters of ICY SIGNS were trained in the art of traditional sign painting. If you head into the larger Coney Island exhibition nearby, you'll see examples of traditional/original Coney Island signage.
Do the other sign painters work as professional painters?
Yes, indeed! In fact, some of them don't even consider themselves "artists," only sign painters.
Cool! Could you tell me what the neon sign says?
Yes! It says "SHAMEAK." That's the tag for one of the ICY SIGNS team members.
Awesome! Thanks!
You're welcome!
Do you know the story behind "Palace Hotel 2009" by Frederic Brenner?
Yes, let me take a second to type that out for you! It's one of his key images in this show.
It's located on Agron Street in Jerusalem and it was originally built by the Supreme Muslim Council in order to highlight the presence of Muslims in Jerusalem. It opened in 1929 and closed in 1935.
Then it was leased by the British Government and became an office building. It later came under the ownership of the State of Israel and after that it was bought by a large company that began renovating it as a luxury hotel again in 2006. It has gone through many phases and changes, just like the region where it's located. It was formerly the Palace Hotel, and now it is the Waldorf-Astoria.
Brenner is showing the construction from the rear of the building, I believe, and we're seeing the rubble behind the original facade.
I love learning how similar expressions of unionized ideas come from all over the world.
I agree! I really like those introductory sections of this exhibition, showing the 20th-century tradition of art calling for social change. Much of it still seems very timely! Are you familiar with Tina Modotti's photography?
No, but I I have seen this particular picture recently.
This photo was new to me when the show opened, and now I like it, too. Many of Modotti's photos were reproduced in political journals and magazines, so they reached a really wide audience.
What is Agitprop?
It's a term that dates back to the Russian Revolution of 1917, and it combines the words for "agitation" and "propaganda." It refers to art that makes a call for political or social change.
It often takes the form of printed materials like posters or flyers that can be made in large numbers and distributed to the public. It also includes works that are made to be shown in public spaces, as well as art in the form of actual events or performances.
What's this piece by Ganzeer about?
It combines motifs that the artist has used over the course of several years, up to late 2015. He usually distributes his art as stickers, stencils, and prints.
He likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. He says that he feels like a "bicycle chain" -- “We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
How was it actually applied to the wall? Was it painted here?
It is one large vinyl image with several digital prints layered on top. It was installed here by in-housestaff (the artist was not present) and the Museum's conservation team was very involved in the process.
Hi there! Welcome to "This Place." How are you liking the exhibition so far?
Josef Koudelka's contribution to the project focuses on the wall that divides the region. He says, referring to the Berlin Wall, "You know, I grew up in Czechoslovakia, behind a wall. I always wanted to get to the other side. I know what a wall is about."
Yes, but who painted it and what is "this place"? It's not just a wall, it's an abandoned building.
It is actually a large-print photograph, not a painting. If you look closely, you will see the wall out of the window on the right and the hole in the wall on the left.
"This Place" refers to Israel and the West Bank, the region that all of the work in the show focuses on.
Throughout this series of photographs, Koudelka photographed the many different components that make up the wall: the razor wire, the checkpoints, access roads, etc.
I know it's a photograph, but what is the painting on the wall in the photo?
Oh, I see, sorry I misunderstood! This image depicts a Crusader map mural painted on the walls of a building in Kalia Junction, near the Dead Sea. The structure dates from either the British Mandate period (1923-1948) or later Jordanian era (1948-1967).
Hi! I am in the "This Place" exhibit. Is there a site where I can read a description about each of the photos?
Hi there, so happy you're checking out our new exhibition! While the official website of the project does not describe every photo you will see (there are over 600 in the exhibition!), you can definitely check it out for much more info on each photographer and their individual project: http://www.this-place.org/
Of course, you can also send us a question about what you see! We are happy to help!
Thanks Megan! I was looking for descriptions about each piece, but thank you!
Unfortunately, I don't think each, individual piece is described anywhere! My best recommendation would be to read the artist's statements about their projects and then to decipher the photos from there--knowing what the photographer's goal was really helps to unpack the photographs, I think.
Thanks!
Of course---enjoy and let us know if you have questions!
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.

Who is this artist?
This work is by Egyptian artist Ganzeer. You may have read on the label that he is a graffiti artist who rose to prominence during the Egyptian revolution in 2011.
The name Ganzeer is Arabic for "bicycle chain" and he says he chose that name because he likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. Here's a quote from Ganzeer: “We are not the driving force. We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
Cool, thanks.
You're welcome.
This has the Star of David, is there any indication of a connection with East African Jewish heritage?
Hi, good eye and great question! The Ethopian Orthodox Church, the religion that this pendant comes from, has existed since 330 CE and throughout it's long history has been influenced by a multitude of religions. Christianity and Judaism are very prominent in the teachings and symbols of the religion, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church places emphasis on the Hebrew Bible, and even the Egyptian Coptic church, have remained somewhat significant. So yes, there is certainly a connection there.
I see, thanks!
You're very welcome! Feel free to send other questions you have as you explore the Museum today.
What are the headdresses these men are wearing?
Hi there! I'm happy to see you're checking out our new exhibition, this photograph is by Frederic Brenner, who was also the driving force behind the "This Place" project.
It seems that these headdresses are merely called "hoods" or "scarves"---I have not yet found an official name for them. Brenner has said that men who are part of a certain ultra-Orthodox sect within Judaism will wear these hoods to keep them from seeing things they should not see in public in the modern world.
Thanks.
You're welcome!
Love the sign work by Steve Powers.
I'm glad you're enjoying it! Powers and the other sign painters of ICY SIGNS were trained in the art of traditional sign painting. If you head into the larger Coney Island exhibition nearby, you'll see examples of traditional/original Coney Island signage.
Do the other sign painters work as professional painters?
Yes, indeed! In fact, some of them don't even consider themselves "artists," only sign painters.
Cool! Could you tell me what the neon sign says?
Yes! It says "SHAMEAK." That's the tag for one of the ICY SIGNS team members.
Awesome! Thanks!
You're welcome!
Do you know the story behind "Palace Hotel 2009" by Frederic Brenner?
Yes, let me take a second to type that out for you! It's one of his key images in this show.
It's located on Agron Street in Jerusalem and it was originally built by the Supreme Muslim Council in order to highlight the presence of Muslims in Jerusalem. It opened in 1929 and closed in 1935.
Then it was leased by the British Government and became an office building. It later came under the ownership of the State of Israel and after that it was bought by a large company that began renovating it as a luxury hotel again in 2006. It has gone through many phases and changes, just like the region where it's located. It was formerly the Palace Hotel, and now it is the Waldorf-Astoria.
Brenner is showing the construction from the rear of the building, I believe, and we're seeing the rubble behind the original facade.
I love learning how similar expressions of unionized ideas come from all over the world.
I agree! I really like those introductory sections of this exhibition, showing the 20th-century tradition of art calling for social change. Much of it still seems very timely! Are you familiar with Tina Modotti's photography?
No, but I I have seen this particular picture recently.
This photo was new to me when the show opened, and now I like it, too. Many of Modotti's photos were reproduced in political journals and magazines, so they reached a really wide audience.
What is Agitprop?
It's a term that dates back to the Russian Revolution of 1917, and it combines the words for "agitation" and "propaganda." It refers to art that makes a call for political or social change.
It often takes the form of printed materials like posters or flyers that can be made in large numbers and distributed to the public. It also includes works that are made to be shown in public spaces, as well as art in the form of actual events or performances.
What's this piece by Ganzeer about?
It combines motifs that the artist has used over the course of several years, up to late 2015. He usually distributes his art as stickers, stencils, and prints.
He likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. He says that he feels like a "bicycle chain" -- “We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
How was it actually applied to the wall? Was it painted here?
It is one large vinyl image with several digital prints layered on top. It was installed here by in-housestaff (the artist was not present) and the Museum's conservation team was very involved in the process.
Hi there! Welcome to "This Place." How are you liking the exhibition so far?
Josef Koudelka's contribution to the project focuses on the wall that divides the region. He says, referring to the Berlin Wall, "You know, I grew up in Czechoslovakia, behind a wall. I always wanted to get to the other side. I know what a wall is about."
Yes, but who painted it and what is "this place"? It's not just a wall, it's an abandoned building.
It is actually a large-print photograph, not a painting. If you look closely, you will see the wall out of the window on the right and the hole in the wall on the left.
"This Place" refers to Israel and the West Bank, the region that all of the work in the show focuses on.
Throughout this series of photographs, Koudelka photographed the many different components that make up the wall: the razor wire, the checkpoints, access roads, etc.
I know it's a photograph, but what is the painting on the wall in the photo?
Oh, I see, sorry I misunderstood! This image depicts a Crusader map mural painted on the walls of a building in Kalia Junction, near the Dead Sea. The structure dates from either the British Mandate period (1923-1948) or later Jordanian era (1948-1967).
Hi! I am in the "This Place" exhibit. Is there a site where I can read a description about each of the photos?
Hi there, so happy you're checking out our new exhibition! While the official website of the project does not describe every photo you will see (there are over 600 in the exhibition!), you can definitely check it out for much more info on each photographer and their individual project: http://www.this-place.org/
Of course, you can also send us a question about what you see! We are happy to help!
Thanks Megan! I was looking for descriptions about each piece, but thank you!
Unfortunately, I don't think each, individual piece is described anywhere! My best recommendation would be to read the artist's statements about their projects and then to decipher the photos from there--knowing what the photographer's goal was really helps to unpack the photographs, I think.
Thanks!
Of course---enjoy and let us know if you have questions!
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.

Who is this artist?
This work is by Egyptian artist Ganzeer. You may have read on the label that he is a graffiti artist who rose to prominence during the Egyptian revolution in 2011.
The name Ganzeer is Arabic for "bicycle chain" and he says he chose that name because he likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. Here's a quote from Ganzeer: “We are not the driving force. We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
Cool, thanks.
You're welcome.
This has the Star of David, is there any indication of a connection with East African Jewish heritage?
Hi, good eye and great question! The Ethopian Orthodox Church, the religion that this pendant comes from, has existed since 330 CE and throughout it's long history has been influenced by a multitude of religions. Christianity and Judaism are very prominent in the teachings and symbols of the religion, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church places emphasis on the Hebrew Bible, and even the Egyptian Coptic church, have remained somewhat significant. So yes, there is certainly a connection there.
I see, thanks!
You're very welcome! Feel free to send other questions you have as you explore the Museum today.
What are the headdresses these men are wearing?
Hi there! I'm happy to see you're checking out our new exhibition, this photograph is by Frederic Brenner, who was also the driving force behind the "This Place" project.
It seems that these headdresses are merely called "hoods" or "scarves"---I have not yet found an official name for them. Brenner has said that men who are part of a certain ultra-Orthodox sect within Judaism will wear these hoods to keep them from seeing things they should not see in public in the modern world.
Thanks.
You're welcome!
Love the sign work by Steve Powers.
I'm glad you're enjoying it! Powers and the other sign painters of ICY SIGNS were trained in the art of traditional sign painting. If you head into the larger Coney Island exhibition nearby, you'll see examples of traditional/original Coney Island signage.
Do the other sign painters work as professional painters?
Yes, indeed! In fact, some of them don't even consider themselves "artists," only sign painters.
Cool! Could you tell me what the neon sign says?
Yes! It says "SHAMEAK." That's the tag for one of the ICY SIGNS team members.
Awesome! Thanks!
You're welcome!
Do you know the story behind "Palace Hotel 2009" by Frederic Brenner?
Yes, let me take a second to type that out for you! It's one of his key images in this show.
It's located on Agron Street in Jerusalem and it was originally built by the Supreme Muslim Council in order to highlight the presence of Muslims in Jerusalem. It opened in 1929 and closed in 1935.
Then it was leased by the British Government and became an office building. It later came under the ownership of the State of Israel and after that it was bought by a large company that began renovating it as a luxury hotel again in 2006. It has gone through many phases and changes, just like the region where it's located. It was formerly the Palace Hotel, and now it is the Waldorf-Astoria.
Brenner is showing the construction from the rear of the building, I believe, and we're seeing the rubble behind the original facade.
I love learning how similar expressions of unionized ideas come from all over the world.
I agree! I really like those introductory sections of this exhibition, showing the 20th-century tradition of art calling for social change. Much of it still seems very timely! Are you familiar with Tina Modotti's photography?
No, but I I have seen this particular picture recently.
This photo was new to me when the show opened, and now I like it, too. Many of Modotti's photos were reproduced in political journals and magazines, so they reached a really wide audience.
What is Agitprop?
It's a term that dates back to the Russian Revolution of 1917, and it combines the words for "agitation" and "propaganda." It refers to art that makes a call for political or social change.
It often takes the form of printed materials like posters or flyers that can be made in large numbers and distributed to the public. It also includes works that are made to be shown in public spaces, as well as art in the form of actual events or performances.
What's this piece by Ganzeer about?
It combines motifs that the artist has used over the course of several years, up to late 2015. He usually distributes his art as stickers, stencils, and prints.
He likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. He says that he feels like a "bicycle chain" -- “We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
How was it actually applied to the wall? Was it painted here?
It is one large vinyl image with several digital prints layered on top. It was installed here by in-housestaff (the artist was not present) and the Museum's conservation team was very involved in the process.
Hi there! Welcome to "This Place." How are you liking the exhibition so far?
Josef Koudelka's contribution to the project focuses on the wall that divides the region. He says, referring to the Berlin Wall, "You know, I grew up in Czechoslovakia, behind a wall. I always wanted to get to the other side. I know what a wall is about."
Yes, but who painted it and what is "this place"? It's not just a wall, it's an abandoned building.
It is actually a large-print photograph, not a painting. If you look closely, you will see the wall out of the window on the right and the hole in the wall on the left.
"This Place" refers to Israel and the West Bank, the region that all of the work in the show focuses on.
Throughout this series of photographs, Koudelka photographed the many different components that make up the wall: the razor wire, the checkpoints, access roads, etc.
I know it's a photograph, but what is the painting on the wall in the photo?
Oh, I see, sorry I misunderstood! This image depicts a Crusader map mural painted on the walls of a building in Kalia Junction, near the Dead Sea. The structure dates from either the British Mandate period (1923-1948) or later Jordanian era (1948-1967).
Hi! I am in the "This Place" exhibit. Is there a site where I can read a description about each of the photos?
Hi there, so happy you're checking out our new exhibition! While the official website of the project does not describe every photo you will see (there are over 600 in the exhibition!), you can definitely check it out for much more info on each photographer and their individual project: http://www.this-place.org/
Of course, you can also send us a question about what you see! We are happy to help!
Thanks Megan! I was looking for descriptions about each piece, but thank you!
Unfortunately, I don't think each, individual piece is described anywhere! My best recommendation would be to read the artist's statements about their projects and then to decipher the photos from there--knowing what the photographer's goal was really helps to unpack the photographs, I think.
Thanks!
Of course---enjoy and let us know if you have questions!
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.

Who is this artist?
This work is by Egyptian artist Ganzeer. You may have read on the label that he is a graffiti artist who rose to prominence during the Egyptian revolution in 2011.
The name Ganzeer is Arabic for "bicycle chain" and he says he chose that name because he likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. Here's a quote from Ganzeer: “We are not the driving force. We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
Cool, thanks.
You're welcome.
This has the Star of David, is there any indication of a connection with East African Jewish heritage?
Hi, good eye and great question! The Ethopian Orthodox Church, the religion that this pendant comes from, has existed since 330 CE and throughout it's long history has been influenced by a multitude of religions. Christianity and Judaism are very prominent in the teachings and symbols of the religion, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church places emphasis on the Hebrew Bible, and even the Egyptian Coptic church, have remained somewhat significant. So yes, there is certainly a connection there.
I see, thanks!
You're very welcome! Feel free to send other questions you have as you explore the Museum today.
What are the headdresses these men are wearing?
Hi there! I'm happy to see you're checking out our new exhibition, this photograph is by Frederic Brenner, who was also the driving force behind the "This Place" project.
It seems that these headdresses are merely called "hoods" or "scarves"---I have not yet found an official name for them. Brenner has said that men who are part of a certain ultra-Orthodox sect within Judaism will wear these hoods to keep them from seeing things they should not see in public in the modern world.
Thanks.
You're welcome!
Love the sign work by Steve Powers.
I'm glad you're enjoying it! Powers and the other sign painters of ICY SIGNS were trained in the art of traditional sign painting. If you head into the larger Coney Island exhibition nearby, you'll see examples of traditional/original Coney Island signage.
Do the other sign painters work as professional painters?
Yes, indeed! In fact, some of them don't even consider themselves "artists," only sign painters.
Cool! Could you tell me what the neon sign says?
Yes! It says "SHAMEAK." That's the tag for one of the ICY SIGNS team members.
Awesome! Thanks!
You're welcome!
Do you know the story behind "Palace Hotel 2009" by Frederic Brenner?
Yes, let me take a second to type that out for you! It's one of his key images in this show.
It's located on Agron Street in Jerusalem and it was originally built by the Supreme Muslim Council in order to highlight the presence of Muslims in Jerusalem. It opened in 1929 and closed in 1935.
Then it was leased by the British Government and became an office building. It later came under the ownership of the State of Israel and after that it was bought by a large company that began renovating it as a luxury hotel again in 2006. It has gone through many phases and changes, just like the region where it's located. It was formerly the Palace Hotel, and now it is the Waldorf-Astoria.
Brenner is showing the construction from the rear of the building, I believe, and we're seeing the rubble behind the original facade.
I love learning how similar expressions of unionized ideas come from all over the world.
I agree! I really like those introductory sections of this exhibition, showing the 20th-century tradition of art calling for social change. Much of it still seems very timely! Are you familiar with Tina Modotti's photography?
No, but I I have seen this particular picture recently.
This photo was new to me when the show opened, and now I like it, too. Many of Modotti's photos were reproduced in political journals and magazines, so they reached a really wide audience.
What is Agitprop?
It's a term that dates back to the Russian Revolution of 1917, and it combines the words for "agitation" and "propaganda." It refers to art that makes a call for political or social change.
It often takes the form of printed materials like posters or flyers that can be made in large numbers and distributed to the public. It also includes works that are made to be shown in public spaces, as well as art in the form of actual events or performances.
What's this piece by Ganzeer about?
It combines motifs that the artist has used over the course of several years, up to late 2015. He usually distributes his art as stickers, stencils, and prints.
He likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. He says that he feels like a "bicycle chain" -- “We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
How was it actually applied to the wall? Was it painted here?
It is one large vinyl image with several digital prints layered on top. It was installed here by in-housestaff (the artist was not present) and the Museum's conservation team was very involved in the process.
Hi there! Welcome to "This Place." How are you liking the exhibition so far?
Josef Koudelka's contribution to the project focuses on the wall that divides the region. He says, referring to the Berlin Wall, "You know, I grew up in Czechoslovakia, behind a wall. I always wanted to get to the other side. I know what a wall is about."
Yes, but who painted it and what is "this place"? It's not just a wall, it's an abandoned building.
It is actually a large-print photograph, not a painting. If you look closely, you will see the wall out of the window on the right and the hole in the wall on the left.
"This Place" refers to Israel and the West Bank, the region that all of the work in the show focuses on.
Throughout this series of photographs, Koudelka photographed the many different components that make up the wall: the razor wire, the checkpoints, access roads, etc.
I know it's a photograph, but what is the painting on the wall in the photo?
Oh, I see, sorry I misunderstood! This image depicts a Crusader map mural painted on the walls of a building in Kalia Junction, near the Dead Sea. The structure dates from either the British Mandate period (1923-1948) or later Jordanian era (1948-1967).
Hi! I am in the "This Place" exhibit. Is there a site where I can read a description about each of the photos?
Hi there, so happy you're checking out our new exhibition! While the official website of the project does not describe every photo you will see (there are over 600 in the exhibition!), you can definitely check it out for much more info on each photographer and their individual project: http://www.this-place.org/
Of course, you can also send us a question about what you see! We are happy to help!
Thanks Megan! I was looking for descriptions about each piece, but thank you!
Unfortunately, I don't think each, individual piece is described anywhere! My best recommendation would be to read the artist's statements about their projects and then to decipher the photos from there--knowing what the photographer's goal was really helps to unpack the photographs, I think.
Thanks!
Of course---enjoy and let us know if you have questions!
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Who is this artist?
This work is by Egyptian artist Ganzeer. You may have read on the label that he is a graffiti artist who rose to prominence during the Egyptian revolution in 2011.
The name Ganzeer is Arabic for "bicycle chain" and he says he chose that name because he likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. Here's a quote from Ganzeer: “We are not the driving force. We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
Cool, thanks.
You're welcome.
This has the Star of David, is there any indication of a connection with East African Jewish heritage?
Hi, good eye and great question! The Ethopian Orthodox Church, the religion that this pendant comes from, has existed since 330 CE and throughout it's long history has been influenced by a multitude of religions. Christianity and Judaism are very prominent in the teachings and symbols of the religion, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church places emphasis on the Hebrew Bible, and even the Egyptian Coptic church, have remained somewhat significant. So yes, there is certainly a connection there.
I see, thanks!
You're very welcome! Feel free to send other questions you have as you explore the Museum today.
What are the headdresses these men are wearing?
Hi there! I'm happy to see you're checking out our new exhibition, this photograph is by Frederic Brenner, who was also the driving force behind the "This Place" project.
It seems that these headdresses are merely called "hoods" or "scarves"---I have not yet found an official name for them. Brenner has said that men who are part of a certain ultra-Orthodox sect within Judaism will wear these hoods to keep them from seeing things they should not see in public in the modern world.
Thanks.
You're welcome!
Love the sign work by Steve Powers.
I'm glad you're enjoying it! Powers and the other sign painters of ICY SIGNS were trained in the art of traditional sign painting. If you head into the larger Coney Island exhibition nearby, you'll see examples of traditional/original Coney Island signage.
Do the other sign painters work as professional painters?
Yes, indeed! In fact, some of them don't even consider themselves "artists," only sign painters.
Cool! Could you tell me what the neon sign says?
Yes! It says "SHAMEAK." That's the tag for one of the ICY SIGNS team members.
Awesome! Thanks!
You're welcome!
Do you know the story behind "Palace Hotel 2009" by Frederic Brenner?
Yes, let me take a second to type that out for you! It's one of his key images in this show.
It's located on Agron Street in Jerusalem and it was originally built by the Supreme Muslim Council in order to highlight the presence of Muslims in Jerusalem. It opened in 1929 and closed in 1935.
Then it was leased by the British Government and became an office building. It later came under the ownership of the State of Israel and after that it was bought by a large company that began renovating it as a luxury hotel again in 2006. It has gone through many phases and changes, just like the region where it's located. It was formerly the Palace Hotel, and now it is the Waldorf-Astoria.
Brenner is showing the construction from the rear of the building, I believe, and we're seeing the rubble behind the original facade.
I love learning how similar expressions of unionized ideas come from all over the world.
I agree! I really like those introductory sections of this exhibition, showing the 20th-century tradition of art calling for social change. Much of it still seems very timely! Are you familiar with Tina Modotti's photography?
No, but I I have seen this particular picture recently.
This photo was new to me when the show opened, and now I like it, too. Many of Modotti's photos were reproduced in political journals and magazines, so they reached a really wide audience.
What is Agitprop?
It's a term that dates back to the Russian Revolution of 1917, and it combines the words for "agitation" and "propaganda." It refers to art that makes a call for political or social change.
It often takes the form of printed materials like posters or flyers that can be made in large numbers and distributed to the public. It also includes works that are made to be shown in public spaces, as well as art in the form of actual events or performances.
What's this piece by Ganzeer about?
It combines motifs that the artist has used over the course of several years, up to late 2015. He usually distributes his art as stickers, stencils, and prints.
He likes to think of artists as the mechanism that pushes change forward. He says that he feels like a "bicycle chain" -- “We are not the people pedaling, but we can connect ideas and by doing this we allow the thing to move.”
How was it actually applied to the wall? Was it painted here?
It is one large vinyl image with several digital prints layered on top. It was installed here by in-housestaff (the artist was not present) and the Museum's conservation team was very involved in the process.
Hi there! Welcome to "This Place." How are you liking the exhibition so far?
Josef Koudelka's contribution to the project focuses on the wall that divides the region. He says, referring to the Berlin Wall, "You know, I grew up in Czechoslovakia, behind a wall. I always wanted to get to the other side. I know what a wall is about."
Yes, but who painted it and what is "this place"? It's not just a wall, it's an abandoned building.
It is actually a large-print photograph, not a painting. If you look closely, you will see the wall out of the window on the right and the hole in the wall on the left.
"This Place" refers to Israel and the West Bank, the region that all of the work in the show focuses on.
Throughout this series of photographs, Koudelka photographed the many different components that make up the wall: the razor wire, the checkpoints, access roads, etc.
I know it's a photograph, but what is the painting on the wall in the photo?
Oh, I see, sorry I misunderstood! This image depicts a Crusader map mural painted on the walls of a building in Kalia Junction, near the Dead Sea. The structure dates from either the British Mandate period (1923-1948) or later Jordanian era (1948-1967).
Hi! I am in the "This Place" exhibit. Is there a site where I can read a description about each of the photos?
Hi there, so happy you're checking out our new exhibition! While the official website of the project does not describe every photo you will see (there are over 600 in the exhibition!), you can definitely check it out for much more info on each photographer and their individual project: http://www.this-place.org/
Of course, you can also send us a question about what you see! We are happy to help!
Thanks Megan! I was looking for descriptions about each piece, but thank you!
Unfortunately, I don't think each, individual piece is described anywhere! My best recommendation would be to read the artist's statements about their projects and then to decipher the photos from there--knowing what the photographer's goal was really helps to unpack the photographs, I think.
Thanks!
Of course---enjoy and let us know if you have questions!
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.