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When you visit the Brooklyn Museum, you can use our app to ask us questions or chat about the artwork you see.

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.

Is this typical for Rodin?
Yes! He sculpted many human figures with a lot of texture. When first exhibited this Cybele, it was critiqued for its monumental scale, sketch-like execution, and missing limbs and head.
What movement does this artist belong to?
Larry Rivers is considered by many scholars to be the "Godfather" of Pop Art, because he was one of the first artists to really merge non-objective, non-narrative art with narrative and objective abstraction. You'll notice that it's grouped with/near several other scenes of picnics, they're interesting to compare.
Cool. Thanks!
You're welcome!
Look at those colors! This is a ceiling light designed by the American Victor Gruen in 1952. Victor Gruen was inspired by the work of Alexander Calder in creating this piece. At this point in design history there was a blurring of boundaries between high and low arts in forms and materials. This is an example of using common materials--iron, aluminum--to create works of art.
Who is this?
That sculpture you sent is titled "The Lost Pleiad" and is an example of the prevalence of Greek mythology in 19th century American sculpture. "The Lost Pleiad" is a personification of one of the stars in the constellation called the Pleiades. She is searching the heavens because when she married a mortal, she forfeited her position among her six sister stars.
Can you translate this?
This says: "I have sent my angels to render testimony."
This window shows "Religion" personified in the center, with the archangels, Michael and Gabriel, on either side. This window was commissioned by the United States government for the Central U.S. Pavilion in the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris.
My father told me the window won two awards. Which ones?
The window won 2 medals at the Exposition Universelle Internationale: one for the execution and one for the design.
Whoa, is this one a real mummy?
You found Thothirdes! He is an actual mummy, one of four we have in the galleries. The ancient Egyptians mummified the dead to keep the body safe for the afterlife.
You know their names and can recognize them?!
Sometimes! In Thothirdes' case, we have his coffin and the names of the dead were included on the coffins. Other times, we do not know who the person is.
That second one is called the "anonymous man" because we don't know his name! But, we have an idea of what he looks like from that painted board. However, those portraits were usually idealized, meaning the painting would make the person look more handsome or younger than he actually was.
Neat, bye, thanks for helping me!
I love this!
This is an especially unique work by the artist Norman Rockwell who was an American painter and illustrator. Normally, his paintings show figures in realistic space and yet here we see the artist and his "canvas" floating above/within the tattoo-laden background of the work.
What is the red binding on the mummy? Does it have a functional or aesthetic purpose?
The red linen probably has a ritual significance. There are texts that reference it in pyramids and coffins.
What was the significance of these wonderful hands?
They are part of the musical instrument section of the gallery, so these were actually used as part of a musical instrument ensemble. They are called "clappers" and were used as a percussion instrument like castanets or as a substitute for manual clapping.
Why is this painting freaking me out so much?!
You tell me! What are some things that you notice that strike you as odd?
Umm I think it's the eyes.
The eyes are pretty odd. The artist Edward Hicks was a self taught painter, so this work falls into the realm of 'folk art'. The artist doesn't seem to be painting from observation, so perhaps thats why things seem so freaky?
Self taught, interesting, would this also be considered primitive art? If not, what is the difference?
Well 'primitive art' or 'naive art' are terms most artists and museums try to avoid now, as they have negative connections.
But to contrast the two, I suppose that you could say 'primitive art' is work made outside of the history of western art. For example, the work of native peoples, Australian, African and non-western cultures. Where as 'naive' or 'outsider' art is made within the lineage of western art but the artists don't have a formal education from an art school, academy, or guild. Folk artists simply teach themselves techniques and strategies for how to make art. I hope that answered your question!
It did, thank you.
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.

Is this typical for Rodin?
Yes! He sculpted many human figures with a lot of texture. When first exhibited this Cybele, it was critiqued for its monumental scale, sketch-like execution, and missing limbs and head.
What movement does this artist belong to?
Larry Rivers is considered by many scholars to be the "Godfather" of Pop Art, because he was one of the first artists to really merge non-objective, non-narrative art with narrative and objective abstraction. You'll notice that it's grouped with/near several other scenes of picnics, they're interesting to compare.
Cool. Thanks!
You're welcome!
Look at those colors! This is a ceiling light designed by the American Victor Gruen in 1952. Victor Gruen was inspired by the work of Alexander Calder in creating this piece. At this point in design history there was a blurring of boundaries between high and low arts in forms and materials. This is an example of using common materials--iron, aluminum--to create works of art.
Who is this?
That sculpture you sent is titled "The Lost Pleiad" and is an example of the prevalence of Greek mythology in 19th century American sculpture. "The Lost Pleiad" is a personification of one of the stars in the constellation called the Pleiades. She is searching the heavens because when she married a mortal, she forfeited her position among her six sister stars.
Can you translate this?
This says: "I have sent my angels to render testimony."
This window shows "Religion" personified in the center, with the archangels, Michael and Gabriel, on either side. This window was commissioned by the United States government for the Central U.S. Pavilion in the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris.
My father told me the window won two awards. Which ones?
The window won 2 medals at the Exposition Universelle Internationale: one for the execution and one for the design.
Whoa, is this one a real mummy?
You found Thothirdes! He is an actual mummy, one of four we have in the galleries. The ancient Egyptians mummified the dead to keep the body safe for the afterlife.
You know their names and can recognize them?!
Sometimes! In Thothirdes' case, we have his coffin and the names of the dead were included on the coffins. Other times, we do not know who the person is.
That second one is called the "anonymous man" because we don't know his name! But, we have an idea of what he looks like from that painted board. However, those portraits were usually idealized, meaning the painting would make the person look more handsome or younger than he actually was.
Neat, bye, thanks for helping me!
I love this!
This is an especially unique work by the artist Norman Rockwell who was an American painter and illustrator. Normally, his paintings show figures in realistic space and yet here we see the artist and his "canvas" floating above/within the tattoo-laden background of the work.
What is the red binding on the mummy? Does it have a functional or aesthetic purpose?
The red linen probably has a ritual significance. There are texts that reference it in pyramids and coffins.
What was the significance of these wonderful hands?
They are part of the musical instrument section of the gallery, so these were actually used as part of a musical instrument ensemble. They are called "clappers" and were used as a percussion instrument like castanets or as a substitute for manual clapping.
Why is this painting freaking me out so much?!
You tell me! What are some things that you notice that strike you as odd?
Umm I think it's the eyes.
The eyes are pretty odd. The artist Edward Hicks was a self taught painter, so this work falls into the realm of 'folk art'. The artist doesn't seem to be painting from observation, so perhaps thats why things seem so freaky?
Self taught, interesting, would this also be considered primitive art? If not, what is the difference?
Well 'primitive art' or 'naive art' are terms most artists and museums try to avoid now, as they have negative connections.
But to contrast the two, I suppose that you could say 'primitive art' is work made outside of the history of western art. For example, the work of native peoples, Australian, African and non-western cultures. Where as 'naive' or 'outsider' art is made within the lineage of western art but the artists don't have a formal education from an art school, academy, or guild. Folk artists simply teach themselves techniques and strategies for how to make art. I hope that answered your question!
It did, thank you.
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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ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Is this typical for Rodin?
Yes! He sculpted many human figures with a lot of texture. When first exhibited this Cybele, it was critiqued for its monumental scale, sketch-like execution, and missing limbs and head.
What movement does this artist belong to?
Larry Rivers is considered by many scholars to be the "Godfather" of Pop Art, because he was one of the first artists to really merge non-objective, non-narrative art with narrative and objective abstraction. You'll notice that it's grouped with/near several other scenes of picnics, they're interesting to compare.
Cool. Thanks!
You're welcome!
Look at those colors! This is a ceiling light designed by the American Victor Gruen in 1952. Victor Gruen was inspired by the work of Alexander Calder in creating this piece. At this point in design history there was a blurring of boundaries between high and low arts in forms and materials. This is an example of using common materials--iron, aluminum--to create works of art.
Who is this?
That sculpture you sent is titled "The Lost Pleiad" and is an example of the prevalence of Greek mythology in 19th century American sculpture. "The Lost Pleiad" is a personification of one of the stars in the constellation called the Pleiades. She is searching the heavens because when she married a mortal, she forfeited her position among her six sister stars.
Can you translate this?
This says: "I have sent my angels to render testimony."
This window shows "Religion" personified in the center, with the archangels, Michael and Gabriel, on either side. This window was commissioned by the United States government for the Central U.S. Pavilion in the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris.
My father told me the window won two awards. Which ones?
The window won 2 medals at the Exposition Universelle Internationale: one for the execution and one for the design.
Whoa, is this one a real mummy?
You found Thothirdes! He is an actual mummy, one of four we have in the galleries. The ancient Egyptians mummified the dead to keep the body safe for the afterlife.
You know their names and can recognize them?!
Sometimes! In Thothirdes' case, we have his coffin and the names of the dead were included on the coffins. Other times, we do not know who the person is.
That second one is called the "anonymous man" because we don't know his name! But, we have an idea of what he looks like from that painted board. However, those portraits were usually idealized, meaning the painting would make the person look more handsome or younger than he actually was.
Neat, bye, thanks for helping me!
I love this!
This is an especially unique work by the artist Norman Rockwell who was an American painter and illustrator. Normally, his paintings show figures in realistic space and yet here we see the artist and his "canvas" floating above/within the tattoo-laden background of the work.
What is the red binding on the mummy? Does it have a functional or aesthetic purpose?
The red linen probably has a ritual significance. There are texts that reference it in pyramids and coffins.
What was the significance of these wonderful hands?
They are part of the musical instrument section of the gallery, so these were actually used as part of a musical instrument ensemble. They are called "clappers" and were used as a percussion instrument like castanets or as a substitute for manual clapping.
Why is this painting freaking me out so much?!
You tell me! What are some things that you notice that strike you as odd?
Umm I think it's the eyes.
The eyes are pretty odd. The artist Edward Hicks was a self taught painter, so this work falls into the realm of 'folk art'. The artist doesn't seem to be painting from observation, so perhaps thats why things seem so freaky?
Self taught, interesting, would this also be considered primitive art? If not, what is the difference?
Well 'primitive art' or 'naive art' are terms most artists and museums try to avoid now, as they have negative connections.
But to contrast the two, I suppose that you could say 'primitive art' is work made outside of the history of western art. For example, the work of native peoples, Australian, African and non-western cultures. Where as 'naive' or 'outsider' art is made within the lineage of western art but the artists don't have a formal education from an art school, academy, or guild. Folk artists simply teach themselves techniques and strategies for how to make art. I hope that answered your question!
It did, thank you.
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.

Is this typical for Rodin?
Yes! He sculpted many human figures with a lot of texture. When first exhibited this Cybele, it was critiqued for its monumental scale, sketch-like execution, and missing limbs and head.
What movement does this artist belong to?
Larry Rivers is considered by many scholars to be the "Godfather" of Pop Art, because he was one of the first artists to really merge non-objective, non-narrative art with narrative and objective abstraction. You'll notice that it's grouped with/near several other scenes of picnics, they're interesting to compare.
Cool. Thanks!
You're welcome!
Look at those colors! This is a ceiling light designed by the American Victor Gruen in 1952. Victor Gruen was inspired by the work of Alexander Calder in creating this piece. At this point in design history there was a blurring of boundaries between high and low arts in forms and materials. This is an example of using common materials--iron, aluminum--to create works of art.
Who is this?
That sculpture you sent is titled "The Lost Pleiad" and is an example of the prevalence of Greek mythology in 19th century American sculpture. "The Lost Pleiad" is a personification of one of the stars in the constellation called the Pleiades. She is searching the heavens because when she married a mortal, she forfeited her position among her six sister stars.
Can you translate this?
This says: "I have sent my angels to render testimony."
This window shows "Religion" personified in the center, with the archangels, Michael and Gabriel, on either side. This window was commissioned by the United States government for the Central U.S. Pavilion in the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris.
My father told me the window won two awards. Which ones?
The window won 2 medals at the Exposition Universelle Internationale: one for the execution and one for the design.
Whoa, is this one a real mummy?
You found Thothirdes! He is an actual mummy, one of four we have in the galleries. The ancient Egyptians mummified the dead to keep the body safe for the afterlife.
You know their names and can recognize them?!
Sometimes! In Thothirdes' case, we have his coffin and the names of the dead were included on the coffins. Other times, we do not know who the person is.
That second one is called the "anonymous man" because we don't know his name! But, we have an idea of what he looks like from that painted board. However, those portraits were usually idealized, meaning the painting would make the person look more handsome or younger than he actually was.
Neat, bye, thanks for helping me!
I love this!
This is an especially unique work by the artist Norman Rockwell who was an American painter and illustrator. Normally, his paintings show figures in realistic space and yet here we see the artist and his "canvas" floating above/within the tattoo-laden background of the work.
What is the red binding on the mummy? Does it have a functional or aesthetic purpose?
The red linen probably has a ritual significance. There are texts that reference it in pyramids and coffins.
What was the significance of these wonderful hands?
They are part of the musical instrument section of the gallery, so these were actually used as part of a musical instrument ensemble. They are called "clappers" and were used as a percussion instrument like castanets or as a substitute for manual clapping.
Why is this painting freaking me out so much?!
You tell me! What are some things that you notice that strike you as odd?
Umm I think it's the eyes.
The eyes are pretty odd. The artist Edward Hicks was a self taught painter, so this work falls into the realm of 'folk art'. The artist doesn't seem to be painting from observation, so perhaps thats why things seem so freaky?
Self taught, interesting, would this also be considered primitive art? If not, what is the difference?
Well 'primitive art' or 'naive art' are terms most artists and museums try to avoid now, as they have negative connections.
But to contrast the two, I suppose that you could say 'primitive art' is work made outside of the history of western art. For example, the work of native peoples, Australian, African and non-western cultures. Where as 'naive' or 'outsider' art is made within the lineage of western art but the artists don't have a formal education from an art school, academy, or guild. Folk artists simply teach themselves techniques and strategies for how to make art. I hope that answered your question!
It did, thank you.
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.

Is this typical for Rodin?
Yes! He sculpted many human figures with a lot of texture. When first exhibited this Cybele, it was critiqued for its monumental scale, sketch-like execution, and missing limbs and head.
What movement does this artist belong to?
Larry Rivers is considered by many scholars to be the "Godfather" of Pop Art, because he was one of the first artists to really merge non-objective, non-narrative art with narrative and objective abstraction. You'll notice that it's grouped with/near several other scenes of picnics, they're interesting to compare.
Cool. Thanks!
You're welcome!
Look at those colors! This is a ceiling light designed by the American Victor Gruen in 1952. Victor Gruen was inspired by the work of Alexander Calder in creating this piece. At this point in design history there was a blurring of boundaries between high and low arts in forms and materials. This is an example of using common materials--iron, aluminum--to create works of art.
Who is this?
That sculpture you sent is titled "The Lost Pleiad" and is an example of the prevalence of Greek mythology in 19th century American sculpture. "The Lost Pleiad" is a personification of one of the stars in the constellation called the Pleiades. She is searching the heavens because when she married a mortal, she forfeited her position among her six sister stars.
Can you translate this?
This says: "I have sent my angels to render testimony."
This window shows "Religion" personified in the center, with the archangels, Michael and Gabriel, on either side. This window was commissioned by the United States government for the Central U.S. Pavilion in the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris.
My father told me the window won two awards. Which ones?
The window won 2 medals at the Exposition Universelle Internationale: one for the execution and one for the design.
Whoa, is this one a real mummy?
You found Thothirdes! He is an actual mummy, one of four we have in the galleries. The ancient Egyptians mummified the dead to keep the body safe for the afterlife.
You know their names and can recognize them?!
Sometimes! In Thothirdes' case, we have his coffin and the names of the dead were included on the coffins. Other times, we do not know who the person is.
That second one is called the "anonymous man" because we don't know his name! But, we have an idea of what he looks like from that painted board. However, those portraits were usually idealized, meaning the painting would make the person look more handsome or younger than he actually was.
Neat, bye, thanks for helping me!
I love this!
This is an especially unique work by the artist Norman Rockwell who was an American painter and illustrator. Normally, his paintings show figures in realistic space and yet here we see the artist and his "canvas" floating above/within the tattoo-laden background of the work.
What is the red binding on the mummy? Does it have a functional or aesthetic purpose?
The red linen probably has a ritual significance. There are texts that reference it in pyramids and coffins.
What was the significance of these wonderful hands?
They are part of the musical instrument section of the gallery, so these were actually used as part of a musical instrument ensemble. They are called "clappers" and were used as a percussion instrument like castanets or as a substitute for manual clapping.
Why is this painting freaking me out so much?!
You tell me! What are some things that you notice that strike you as odd?
Umm I think it's the eyes.
The eyes are pretty odd. The artist Edward Hicks was a self taught painter, so this work falls into the realm of 'folk art'. The artist doesn't seem to be painting from observation, so perhaps thats why things seem so freaky?
Self taught, interesting, would this also be considered primitive art? If not, what is the difference?
Well 'primitive art' or 'naive art' are terms most artists and museums try to avoid now, as they have negative connections.
But to contrast the two, I suppose that you could say 'primitive art' is work made outside of the history of western art. For example, the work of native peoples, Australian, African and non-western cultures. Where as 'naive' or 'outsider' art is made within the lineage of western art but the artists don't have a formal education from an art school, academy, or guild. Folk artists simply teach themselves techniques and strategies for how to make art. I hope that answered your question!
It did, thank you.
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.

Is this typical for Rodin?
Yes! He sculpted many human figures with a lot of texture. When first exhibited this Cybele, it was critiqued for its monumental scale, sketch-like execution, and missing limbs and head.
What movement does this artist belong to?
Larry Rivers is considered by many scholars to be the "Godfather" of Pop Art, because he was one of the first artists to really merge non-objective, non-narrative art with narrative and objective abstraction. You'll notice that it's grouped with/near several other scenes of picnics, they're interesting to compare.
Cool. Thanks!
You're welcome!
Look at those colors! This is a ceiling light designed by the American Victor Gruen in 1952. Victor Gruen was inspired by the work of Alexander Calder in creating this piece. At this point in design history there was a blurring of boundaries between high and low arts in forms and materials. This is an example of using common materials--iron, aluminum--to create works of art.
Who is this?
That sculpture you sent is titled "The Lost Pleiad" and is an example of the prevalence of Greek mythology in 19th century American sculpture. "The Lost Pleiad" is a personification of one of the stars in the constellation called the Pleiades. She is searching the heavens because when she married a mortal, she forfeited her position among her six sister stars.
Can you translate this?
This says: "I have sent my angels to render testimony."
This window shows "Religion" personified in the center, with the archangels, Michael and Gabriel, on either side. This window was commissioned by the United States government for the Central U.S. Pavilion in the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris.
My father told me the window won two awards. Which ones?
The window won 2 medals at the Exposition Universelle Internationale: one for the execution and one for the design.
Whoa, is this one a real mummy?
You found Thothirdes! He is an actual mummy, one of four we have in the galleries. The ancient Egyptians mummified the dead to keep the body safe for the afterlife.
You know their names and can recognize them?!
Sometimes! In Thothirdes' case, we have his coffin and the names of the dead were included on the coffins. Other times, we do not know who the person is.
That second one is called the "anonymous man" because we don't know his name! But, we have an idea of what he looks like from that painted board. However, those portraits were usually idealized, meaning the painting would make the person look more handsome or younger than he actually was.
Neat, bye, thanks for helping me!
I love this!
This is an especially unique work by the artist Norman Rockwell who was an American painter and illustrator. Normally, his paintings show figures in realistic space and yet here we see the artist and his "canvas" floating above/within the tattoo-laden background of the work.
What is the red binding on the mummy? Does it have a functional or aesthetic purpose?
The red linen probably has a ritual significance. There are texts that reference it in pyramids and coffins.
What was the significance of these wonderful hands?
They are part of the musical instrument section of the gallery, so these were actually used as part of a musical instrument ensemble. They are called "clappers" and were used as a percussion instrument like castanets or as a substitute for manual clapping.
Why is this painting freaking me out so much?!
You tell me! What are some things that you notice that strike you as odd?
Umm I think it's the eyes.
The eyes are pretty odd. The artist Edward Hicks was a self taught painter, so this work falls into the realm of 'folk art'. The artist doesn't seem to be painting from observation, so perhaps thats why things seem so freaky?
Self taught, interesting, would this also be considered primitive art? If not, what is the difference?
Well 'primitive art' or 'naive art' are terms most artists and museums try to avoid now, as they have negative connections.
But to contrast the two, I suppose that you could say 'primitive art' is work made outside of the history of western art. For example, the work of native peoples, Australian, African and non-western cultures. Where as 'naive' or 'outsider' art is made within the lineage of western art but the artists don't have a formal education from an art school, academy, or guild. Folk artists simply teach themselves techniques and strategies for how to make art. I hope that answered your question!
It did, thank you.
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.

Is this typical for Rodin?
Yes! He sculpted many human figures with a lot of texture. When first exhibited this Cybele, it was critiqued for its monumental scale, sketch-like execution, and missing limbs and head.
What movement does this artist belong to?
Larry Rivers is considered by many scholars to be the "Godfather" of Pop Art, because he was one of the first artists to really merge non-objective, non-narrative art with narrative and objective abstraction. You'll notice that it's grouped with/near several other scenes of picnics, they're interesting to compare.
Cool. Thanks!
You're welcome!
Look at those colors! This is a ceiling light designed by the American Victor Gruen in 1952. Victor Gruen was inspired by the work of Alexander Calder in creating this piece. At this point in design history there was a blurring of boundaries between high and low arts in forms and materials. This is an example of using common materials--iron, aluminum--to create works of art.
Who is this?
That sculpture you sent is titled "The Lost Pleiad" and is an example of the prevalence of Greek mythology in 19th century American sculpture. "The Lost Pleiad" is a personification of one of the stars in the constellation called the Pleiades. She is searching the heavens because when she married a mortal, she forfeited her position among her six sister stars.
Can you translate this?
This says: "I have sent my angels to render testimony."
This window shows "Religion" personified in the center, with the archangels, Michael and Gabriel, on either side. This window was commissioned by the United States government for the Central U.S. Pavilion in the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris.
My father told me the window won two awards. Which ones?
The window won 2 medals at the Exposition Universelle Internationale: one for the execution and one for the design.
Whoa, is this one a real mummy?
You found Thothirdes! He is an actual mummy, one of four we have in the galleries. The ancient Egyptians mummified the dead to keep the body safe for the afterlife.
You know their names and can recognize them?!
Sometimes! In Thothirdes' case, we have his coffin and the names of the dead were included on the coffins. Other times, we do not know who the person is.
That second one is called the "anonymous man" because we don't know his name! But, we have an idea of what he looks like from that painted board. However, those portraits were usually idealized, meaning the painting would make the person look more handsome or younger than he actually was.
Neat, bye, thanks for helping me!
I love this!
This is an especially unique work by the artist Norman Rockwell who was an American painter and illustrator. Normally, his paintings show figures in realistic space and yet here we see the artist and his "canvas" floating above/within the tattoo-laden background of the work.
What is the red binding on the mummy? Does it have a functional or aesthetic purpose?
The red linen probably has a ritual significance. There are texts that reference it in pyramids and coffins.
What was the significance of these wonderful hands?
They are part of the musical instrument section of the gallery, so these were actually used as part of a musical instrument ensemble. They are called "clappers" and were used as a percussion instrument like castanets or as a substitute for manual clapping.
Why is this painting freaking me out so much?!
You tell me! What are some things that you notice that strike you as odd?
Umm I think it's the eyes.
The eyes are pretty odd. The artist Edward Hicks was a self taught painter, so this work falls into the realm of 'folk art'. The artist doesn't seem to be painting from observation, so perhaps thats why things seem so freaky?
Self taught, interesting, would this also be considered primitive art? If not, what is the difference?
Well 'primitive art' or 'naive art' are terms most artists and museums try to avoid now, as they have negative connections.
But to contrast the two, I suppose that you could say 'primitive art' is work made outside of the history of western art. For example, the work of native peoples, Australian, African and non-western cultures. Where as 'naive' or 'outsider' art is made within the lineage of western art but the artists don't have a formal education from an art school, academy, or guild. Folk artists simply teach themselves techniques and strategies for how to make art. I hope that answered your question!
It did, thank you.
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.

Is this typical for Rodin?
Yes! He sculpted many human figures with a lot of texture. When first exhibited this Cybele, it was critiqued for its monumental scale, sketch-like execution, and missing limbs and head.
What movement does this artist belong to?
Larry Rivers is considered by many scholars to be the "Godfather" of Pop Art, because he was one of the first artists to really merge non-objective, non-narrative art with narrative and objective abstraction. You'll notice that it's grouped with/near several other scenes of picnics, they're interesting to compare.
Cool. Thanks!
You're welcome!
Look at those colors! This is a ceiling light designed by the American Victor Gruen in 1952. Victor Gruen was inspired by the work of Alexander Calder in creating this piece. At this point in design history there was a blurring of boundaries between high and low arts in forms and materials. This is an example of using common materials--iron, aluminum--to create works of art.
Who is this?
That sculpture you sent is titled "The Lost Pleiad" and is an example of the prevalence of Greek mythology in 19th century American sculpture. "The Lost Pleiad" is a personification of one of the stars in the constellation called the Pleiades. She is searching the heavens because when she married a mortal, she forfeited her position among her six sister stars.
Can you translate this?
This says: "I have sent my angels to render testimony."
This window shows "Religion" personified in the center, with the archangels, Michael and Gabriel, on either side. This window was commissioned by the United States government for the Central U.S. Pavilion in the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris.
My father told me the window won two awards. Which ones?
The window won 2 medals at the Exposition Universelle Internationale: one for the execution and one for the design.
Whoa, is this one a real mummy?
You found Thothirdes! He is an actual mummy, one of four we have in the galleries. The ancient Egyptians mummified the dead to keep the body safe for the afterlife.
You know their names and can recognize them?!
Sometimes! In Thothirdes' case, we have his coffin and the names of the dead were included on the coffins. Other times, we do not know who the person is.
That second one is called the "anonymous man" because we don't know his name! But, we have an idea of what he looks like from that painted board. However, those portraits were usually idealized, meaning the painting would make the person look more handsome or younger than he actually was.
Neat, bye, thanks for helping me!
I love this!
This is an especially unique work by the artist Norman Rockwell who was an American painter and illustrator. Normally, his paintings show figures in realistic space and yet here we see the artist and his "canvas" floating above/within the tattoo-laden background of the work.
What is the red binding on the mummy? Does it have a functional or aesthetic purpose?
The red linen probably has a ritual significance. There are texts that reference it in pyramids and coffins.
What was the significance of these wonderful hands?
They are part of the musical instrument section of the gallery, so these were actually used as part of a musical instrument ensemble. They are called "clappers" and were used as a percussion instrument like castanets or as a substitute for manual clapping.
Why is this painting freaking me out so much?!
You tell me! What are some things that you notice that strike you as odd?
Umm I think it's the eyes.
The eyes are pretty odd. The artist Edward Hicks was a self taught painter, so this work falls into the realm of 'folk art'. The artist doesn't seem to be painting from observation, so perhaps thats why things seem so freaky?
Self taught, interesting, would this also be considered primitive art? If not, what is the difference?
Well 'primitive art' or 'naive art' are terms most artists and museums try to avoid now, as they have negative connections.
But to contrast the two, I suppose that you could say 'primitive art' is work made outside of the history of western art. For example, the work of native peoples, Australian, African and non-western cultures. Where as 'naive' or 'outsider' art is made within the lineage of western art but the artists don't have a formal education from an art school, academy, or guild. Folk artists simply teach themselves techniques and strategies for how to make art. I hope that answered your question!
It did, thank you.
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.

Is this typical for Rodin?
Yes! He sculpted many human figures with a lot of texture. When first exhibited this Cybele, it was critiqued for its monumental scale, sketch-like execution, and missing limbs and head.
What movement does this artist belong to?
Larry Rivers is considered by many scholars to be the "Godfather" of Pop Art, because he was one of the first artists to really merge non-objective, non-narrative art with narrative and objective abstraction. You'll notice that it's grouped with/near several other scenes of picnics, they're interesting to compare.
Cool. Thanks!
You're welcome!
Look at those colors! This is a ceiling light designed by the American Victor Gruen in 1952. Victor Gruen was inspired by the work of Alexander Calder in creating this piece. At this point in design history there was a blurring of boundaries between high and low arts in forms and materials. This is an example of using common materials--iron, aluminum--to create works of art.
Who is this?
That sculpture you sent is titled "The Lost Pleiad" and is an example of the prevalence of Greek mythology in 19th century American sculpture. "The Lost Pleiad" is a personification of one of the stars in the constellation called the Pleiades. She is searching the heavens because when she married a mortal, she forfeited her position among her six sister stars.
Can you translate this?
This says: "I have sent my angels to render testimony."
This window shows "Religion" personified in the center, with the archangels, Michael and Gabriel, on either side. This window was commissioned by the United States government for the Central U.S. Pavilion in the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris.
My father told me the window won two awards. Which ones?
The window won 2 medals at the Exposition Universelle Internationale: one for the execution and one for the design.
Whoa, is this one a real mummy?
You found Thothirdes! He is an actual mummy, one of four we have in the galleries. The ancient Egyptians mummified the dead to keep the body safe for the afterlife.
You know their names and can recognize them?!
Sometimes! In Thothirdes' case, we have his coffin and the names of the dead were included on the coffins. Other times, we do not know who the person is.
That second one is called the "anonymous man" because we don't know his name! But, we have an idea of what he looks like from that painted board. However, those portraits were usually idealized, meaning the painting would make the person look more handsome or younger than he actually was.
Neat, bye, thanks for helping me!
I love this!
This is an especially unique work by the artist Norman Rockwell who was an American painter and illustrator. Normally, his paintings show figures in realistic space and yet here we see the artist and his "canvas" floating above/within the tattoo-laden background of the work.
What is the red binding on the mummy? Does it have a functional or aesthetic purpose?
The red linen probably has a ritual significance. There are texts that reference it in pyramids and coffins.
What was the significance of these wonderful hands?
They are part of the musical instrument section of the gallery, so these were actually used as part of a musical instrument ensemble. They are called "clappers" and were used as a percussion instrument like castanets or as a substitute for manual clapping.
Why is this painting freaking me out so much?!
You tell me! What are some things that you notice that strike you as odd?
Umm I think it's the eyes.
The eyes are pretty odd. The artist Edward Hicks was a self taught painter, so this work falls into the realm of 'folk art'. The artist doesn't seem to be painting from observation, so perhaps thats why things seem so freaky?
Self taught, interesting, would this also be considered primitive art? If not, what is the difference?
Well 'primitive art' or 'naive art' are terms most artists and museums try to avoid now, as they have negative connections.
But to contrast the two, I suppose that you could say 'primitive art' is work made outside of the history of western art. For example, the work of native peoples, Australian, African and non-western cultures. Where as 'naive' or 'outsider' art is made within the lineage of western art but the artists don't have a formal education from an art school, academy, or guild. Folk artists simply teach themselves techniques and strategies for how to make art. I hope that answered your question!
It did, thank you.
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
Need information on the go? Planning your next visit? Access www.brooklynmuseum.org from your mobile phone to view our mobile-friendly website.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Is this typical for Rodin?
Yes! He sculpted many human figures with a lot of texture. When first exhibited this Cybele, it was critiqued for its monumental scale, sketch-like execution, and missing limbs and head.
What movement does this artist belong to?
Larry Rivers is considered by many scholars to be the "Godfather" of Pop Art, because he was one of the first artists to really merge non-objective, non-narrative art with narrative and objective abstraction. You'll notice that it's grouped with/near several other scenes of picnics, they're interesting to compare.
Cool. Thanks!
You're welcome!
Look at those colors! This is a ceiling light designed by the American Victor Gruen in 1952. Victor Gruen was inspired by the work of Alexander Calder in creating this piece. At this point in design history there was a blurring of boundaries between high and low arts in forms and materials. This is an example of using common materials--iron, aluminum--to create works of art.
Who is this?
That sculpture you sent is titled "The Lost Pleiad" and is an example of the prevalence of Greek mythology in 19th century American sculpture. "The Lost Pleiad" is a personification of one of the stars in the constellation called the Pleiades. She is searching the heavens because when she married a mortal, she forfeited her position among her six sister stars.
Can you translate this?
This says: "I have sent my angels to render testimony."
This window shows "Religion" personified in the center, with the archangels, Michael and Gabriel, on either side. This window was commissioned by the United States government for the Central U.S. Pavilion in the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris.
My father told me the window won two awards. Which ones?
The window won 2 medals at the Exposition Universelle Internationale: one for the execution and one for the design.
Whoa, is this one a real mummy?
You found Thothirdes! He is an actual mummy, one of four we have in the galleries. The ancient Egyptians mummified the dead to keep the body safe for the afterlife.
You know their names and can recognize them?!
Sometimes! In Thothirdes' case, we have his coffin and the names of the dead were included on the coffins. Other times, we do not know who the person is.
That second one is called the "anonymous man" because we don't know his name! But, we have an idea of what he looks like from that painted board. However, those portraits were usually idealized, meaning the painting would make the person look more handsome or younger than he actually was.
Neat, bye, thanks for helping me!
I love this!
This is an especially unique work by the artist Norman Rockwell who was an American painter and illustrator. Normally, his paintings show figures in realistic space and yet here we see the artist and his "canvas" floating above/within the tattoo-laden background of the work.
What is the red binding on the mummy? Does it have a functional or aesthetic purpose?
The red linen probably has a ritual significance. There are texts that reference it in pyramids and coffins.
What was the significance of these wonderful hands?
They are part of the musical instrument section of the gallery, so these were actually used as part of a musical instrument ensemble. They are called "clappers" and were used as a percussion instrument like castanets or as a substitute for manual clapping.
Why is this painting freaking me out so much?!
You tell me! What are some things that you notice that strike you as odd?
Umm I think it's the eyes.
The eyes are pretty odd. The artist Edward Hicks was a self taught painter, so this work falls into the realm of 'folk art'. The artist doesn't seem to be painting from observation, so perhaps thats why things seem so freaky?
Self taught, interesting, would this also be considered primitive art? If not, what is the difference?
Well 'primitive art' or 'naive art' are terms most artists and museums try to avoid now, as they have negative connections.
But to contrast the two, I suppose that you could say 'primitive art' is work made outside of the history of western art. For example, the work of native peoples, Australian, African and non-western cultures. Where as 'naive' or 'outsider' art is made within the lineage of western art but the artists don't have a formal education from an art school, academy, or guild. Folk artists simply teach themselves techniques and strategies for how to make art. I hope that answered your question!
It did, thank you.
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.

Is this typical for Rodin?
Yes! He sculpted many human figures with a lot of texture. When first exhibited this Cybele, it was critiqued for its monumental scale, sketch-like execution, and missing limbs and head.
What movement does this artist belong to?
Larry Rivers is considered by many scholars to be the "Godfather" of Pop Art, because he was one of the first artists to really merge non-objective, non-narrative art with narrative and objective abstraction. You'll notice that it's grouped with/near several other scenes of picnics, they're interesting to compare.
Cool. Thanks!
You're welcome!
Look at those colors! This is a ceiling light designed by the American Victor Gruen in 1952. Victor Gruen was inspired by the work of Alexander Calder in creating this piece. At this point in design history there was a blurring of boundaries between high and low arts in forms and materials. This is an example of using common materials--iron, aluminum--to create works of art.
Who is this?
That sculpture you sent is titled "The Lost Pleiad" and is an example of the prevalence of Greek mythology in 19th century American sculpture. "The Lost Pleiad" is a personification of one of the stars in the constellation called the Pleiades. She is searching the heavens because when she married a mortal, she forfeited her position among her six sister stars.
Can you translate this?
This says: "I have sent my angels to render testimony."
This window shows "Religion" personified in the center, with the archangels, Michael and Gabriel, on either side. This window was commissioned by the United States government for the Central U.S. Pavilion in the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris.
My father told me the window won two awards. Which ones?
The window won 2 medals at the Exposition Universelle Internationale: one for the execution and one for the design.
Whoa, is this one a real mummy?
You found Thothirdes! He is an actual mummy, one of four we have in the galleries. The ancient Egyptians mummified the dead to keep the body safe for the afterlife.
You know their names and can recognize them?!
Sometimes! In Thothirdes' case, we have his coffin and the names of the dead were included on the coffins. Other times, we do not know who the person is.
That second one is called the "anonymous man" because we don't know his name! But, we have an idea of what he looks like from that painted board. However, those portraits were usually idealized, meaning the painting would make the person look more handsome or younger than he actually was.
Neat, bye, thanks for helping me!
I love this!
This is an especially unique work by the artist Norman Rockwell who was an American painter and illustrator. Normally, his paintings show figures in realistic space and yet here we see the artist and his "canvas" floating above/within the tattoo-laden background of the work.
What is the red binding on the mummy? Does it have a functional or aesthetic purpose?
The red linen probably has a ritual significance. There are texts that reference it in pyramids and coffins.
What was the significance of these wonderful hands?
They are part of the musical instrument section of the gallery, so these were actually used as part of a musical instrument ensemble. They are called "clappers" and were used as a percussion instrument like castanets or as a substitute for manual clapping.
Why is this painting freaking me out so much?!
You tell me! What are some things that you notice that strike you as odd?
Umm I think it's the eyes.
The eyes are pretty odd. The artist Edward Hicks was a self taught painter, so this work falls into the realm of 'folk art'. The artist doesn't seem to be painting from observation, so perhaps thats why things seem so freaky?
Self taught, interesting, would this also be considered primitive art? If not, what is the difference?
Well 'primitive art' or 'naive art' are terms most artists and museums try to avoid now, as they have negative connections.
But to contrast the two, I suppose that you could say 'primitive art' is work made outside of the history of western art. For example, the work of native peoples, Australian, African and non-western cultures. Where as 'naive' or 'outsider' art is made within the lineage of western art but the artists don't have a formal education from an art school, academy, or guild. Folk artists simply teach themselves techniques and strategies for how to make art. I hope that answered your question!
It did, thank you.
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.

Is this typical for Rodin?
Yes! He sculpted many human figures with a lot of texture. When first exhibited this Cybele, it was critiqued for its monumental scale, sketch-like execution, and missing limbs and head.
What movement does this artist belong to?
Larry Rivers is considered by many scholars to be the "Godfather" of Pop Art, because he was one of the first artists to really merge non-objective, non-narrative art with narrative and objective abstraction. You'll notice that it's grouped with/near several other scenes of picnics, they're interesting to compare.
Cool. Thanks!
You're welcome!
Look at those colors! This is a ceiling light designed by the American Victor Gruen in 1952. Victor Gruen was inspired by the work of Alexander Calder in creating this piece. At this point in design history there was a blurring of boundaries between high and low arts in forms and materials. This is an example of using common materials--iron, aluminum--to create works of art.
Who is this?
That sculpture you sent is titled "The Lost Pleiad" and is an example of the prevalence of Greek mythology in 19th century American sculpture. "The Lost Pleiad" is a personification of one of the stars in the constellation called the Pleiades. She is searching the heavens because when she married a mortal, she forfeited her position among her six sister stars.
Can you translate this?
This says: "I have sent my angels to render testimony."
This window shows "Religion" personified in the center, with the archangels, Michael and Gabriel, on either side. This window was commissioned by the United States government for the Central U.S. Pavilion in the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris.
My father told me the window won two awards. Which ones?
The window won 2 medals at the Exposition Universelle Internationale: one for the execution and one for the design.
Whoa, is this one a real mummy?
You found Thothirdes! He is an actual mummy, one of four we have in the galleries. The ancient Egyptians mummified the dead to keep the body safe for the afterlife.
You know their names and can recognize them?!
Sometimes! In Thothirdes' case, we have his coffin and the names of the dead were included on the coffins. Other times, we do not know who the person is.
That second one is called the "anonymous man" because we don't know his name! But, we have an idea of what he looks like from that painted board. However, those portraits were usually idealized, meaning the painting would make the person look more handsome or younger than he actually was.
Neat, bye, thanks for helping me!
I love this!
This is an especially unique work by the artist Norman Rockwell who was an American painter and illustrator. Normally, his paintings show figures in realistic space and yet here we see the artist and his "canvas" floating above/within the tattoo-laden background of the work.
What is the red binding on the mummy? Does it have a functional or aesthetic purpose?
The red linen probably has a ritual significance. There are texts that reference it in pyramids and coffins.
What was the significance of these wonderful hands?
They are part of the musical instrument section of the gallery, so these were actually used as part of a musical instrument ensemble. They are called "clappers" and were used as a percussion instrument like castanets or as a substitute for manual clapping.
Why is this painting freaking me out so much?!
You tell me! What are some things that you notice that strike you as odd?
Umm I think it's the eyes.
The eyes are pretty odd. The artist Edward Hicks was a self taught painter, so this work falls into the realm of 'folk art'. The artist doesn't seem to be painting from observation, so perhaps thats why things seem so freaky?
Self taught, interesting, would this also be considered primitive art? If not, what is the difference?
Well 'primitive art' or 'naive art' are terms most artists and museums try to avoid now, as they have negative connections.
But to contrast the two, I suppose that you could say 'primitive art' is work made outside of the history of western art. For example, the work of native peoples, Australian, African and non-western cultures. Where as 'naive' or 'outsider' art is made within the lineage of western art but the artists don't have a formal education from an art school, academy, or guild. Folk artists simply teach themselves techniques and strategies for how to make art. I hope that answered your question!
It did, thank you.
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.

Is this typical for Rodin?
Yes! He sculpted many human figures with a lot of texture. When first exhibited this Cybele, it was critiqued for its monumental scale, sketch-like execution, and missing limbs and head.
What movement does this artist belong to?
Larry Rivers is considered by many scholars to be the "Godfather" of Pop Art, because he was one of the first artists to really merge non-objective, non-narrative art with narrative and objective abstraction. You'll notice that it's grouped with/near several other scenes of picnics, they're interesting to compare.
Cool. Thanks!
You're welcome!
Look at those colors! This is a ceiling light designed by the American Victor Gruen in 1952. Victor Gruen was inspired by the work of Alexander Calder in creating this piece. At this point in design history there was a blurring of boundaries between high and low arts in forms and materials. This is an example of using common materials--iron, aluminum--to create works of art.
Who is this?
That sculpture you sent is titled "The Lost Pleiad" and is an example of the prevalence of Greek mythology in 19th century American sculpture. "The Lost Pleiad" is a personification of one of the stars in the constellation called the Pleiades. She is searching the heavens because when she married a mortal, she forfeited her position among her six sister stars.
Can you translate this?
This says: "I have sent my angels to render testimony."
This window shows "Religion" personified in the center, with the archangels, Michael and Gabriel, on either side. This window was commissioned by the United States government for the Central U.S. Pavilion in the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris.
My father told me the window won two awards. Which ones?
The window won 2 medals at the Exposition Universelle Internationale: one for the execution and one for the design.
Whoa, is this one a real mummy?
You found Thothirdes! He is an actual mummy, one of four we have in the galleries. The ancient Egyptians mummified the dead to keep the body safe for the afterlife.
You know their names and can recognize them?!
Sometimes! In Thothirdes' case, we have his coffin and the names of the dead were included on the coffins. Other times, we do not know who the person is.
That second one is called the "anonymous man" because we don't know his name! But, we have an idea of what he looks like from that painted board. However, those portraits were usually idealized, meaning the painting would make the person look more handsome or younger than he actually was.
Neat, bye, thanks for helping me!
I love this!
This is an especially unique work by the artist Norman Rockwell who was an American painter and illustrator. Normally, his paintings show figures in realistic space and yet here we see the artist and his "canvas" floating above/within the tattoo-laden background of the work.
What is the red binding on the mummy? Does it have a functional or aesthetic purpose?
The red linen probably has a ritual significance. There are texts that reference it in pyramids and coffins.
What was the significance of these wonderful hands?
They are part of the musical instrument section of the gallery, so these were actually used as part of a musical instrument ensemble. They are called "clappers" and were used as a percussion instrument like castanets or as a substitute for manual clapping.
Why is this painting freaking me out so much?!
You tell me! What are some things that you notice that strike you as odd?
Umm I think it's the eyes.
The eyes are pretty odd. The artist Edward Hicks was a self taught painter, so this work falls into the realm of 'folk art'. The artist doesn't seem to be painting from observation, so perhaps thats why things seem so freaky?
Self taught, interesting, would this also be considered primitive art? If not, what is the difference?
Well 'primitive art' or 'naive art' are terms most artists and museums try to avoid now, as they have negative connections.
But to contrast the two, I suppose that you could say 'primitive art' is work made outside of the history of western art. For example, the work of native peoples, Australian, African and non-western cultures. Where as 'naive' or 'outsider' art is made within the lineage of western art but the artists don't have a formal education from an art school, academy, or guild. Folk artists simply teach themselves techniques and strategies for how to make art. I hope that answered your question!
It did, thank you.
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.

Is this typical for Rodin?
Yes! He sculpted many human figures with a lot of texture. When first exhibited this Cybele, it was critiqued for its monumental scale, sketch-like execution, and missing limbs and head.
What movement does this artist belong to?
Larry Rivers is considered by many scholars to be the "Godfather" of Pop Art, because he was one of the first artists to really merge non-objective, non-narrative art with narrative and objective abstraction. You'll notice that it's grouped with/near several other scenes of picnics, they're interesting to compare.
Cool. Thanks!
You're welcome!
Look at those colors! This is a ceiling light designed by the American Victor Gruen in 1952. Victor Gruen was inspired by the work of Alexander Calder in creating this piece. At this point in design history there was a blurring of boundaries between high and low arts in forms and materials. This is an example of using common materials--iron, aluminum--to create works of art.
Who is this?
That sculpture you sent is titled "The Lost Pleiad" and is an example of the prevalence of Greek mythology in 19th century American sculpture. "The Lost Pleiad" is a personification of one of the stars in the constellation called the Pleiades. She is searching the heavens because when she married a mortal, she forfeited her position among her six sister stars.
Can you translate this?
This says: "I have sent my angels to render testimony."
This window shows "Religion" personified in the center, with the archangels, Michael and Gabriel, on either side. This window was commissioned by the United States government for the Central U.S. Pavilion in the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris.
My father told me the window won two awards. Which ones?
The window won 2 medals at the Exposition Universelle Internationale: one for the execution and one for the design.
Whoa, is this one a real mummy?
You found Thothirdes! He is an actual mummy, one of four we have in the galleries. The ancient Egyptians mummified the dead to keep the body safe for the afterlife.
You know their names and can recognize them?!
Sometimes! In Thothirdes' case, we have his coffin and the names of the dead were included on the coffins. Other times, we do not know who the person is.
That second one is called the "anonymous man" because we don't know his name! But, we have an idea of what he looks like from that painted board. However, those portraits were usually idealized, meaning the painting would make the person look more handsome or younger than he actually was.
Neat, bye, thanks for helping me!
I love this!
This is an especially unique work by the artist Norman Rockwell who was an American painter and illustrator. Normally, his paintings show figures in realistic space and yet here we see the artist and his "canvas" floating above/within the tattoo-laden background of the work.
What is the red binding on the mummy? Does it have a functional or aesthetic purpose?
The red linen probably has a ritual significance. There are texts that reference it in pyramids and coffins.
What was the significance of these wonderful hands?
They are part of the musical instrument section of the gallery, so these were actually used as part of a musical instrument ensemble. They are called "clappers" and were used as a percussion instrument like castanets or as a substitute for manual clapping.
Why is this painting freaking me out so much?!
You tell me! What are some things that you notice that strike you as odd?
Umm I think it's the eyes.
The eyes are pretty odd. The artist Edward Hicks was a self taught painter, so this work falls into the realm of 'folk art'. The artist doesn't seem to be painting from observation, so perhaps thats why things seem so freaky?
Self taught, interesting, would this also be considered primitive art? If not, what is the difference?
Well 'primitive art' or 'naive art' are terms most artists and museums try to avoid now, as they have negative connections.
But to contrast the two, I suppose that you could say 'primitive art' is work made outside of the history of western art. For example, the work of native peoples, Australian, African and non-western cultures. Where as 'naive' or 'outsider' art is made within the lineage of western art but the artists don't have a formal education from an art school, academy, or guild. Folk artists simply teach themselves techniques and strategies for how to make art. I hope that answered your question!
It did, thank you.
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.

Is this typical for Rodin?
Yes! He sculpted many human figures with a lot of texture. When first exhibited this Cybele, it was critiqued for its monumental scale, sketch-like execution, and missing limbs and head.
What movement does this artist belong to?
Larry Rivers is considered by many scholars to be the "Godfather" of Pop Art, because he was one of the first artists to really merge non-objective, non-narrative art with narrative and objective abstraction. You'll notice that it's grouped with/near several other scenes of picnics, they're interesting to compare.
Cool. Thanks!
You're welcome!
Look at those colors! This is a ceiling light designed by the American Victor Gruen in 1952. Victor Gruen was inspired by the work of Alexander Calder in creating this piece. At this point in design history there was a blurring of boundaries between high and low arts in forms and materials. This is an example of using common materials--iron, aluminum--to create works of art.
Who is this?
That sculpture you sent is titled "The Lost Pleiad" and is an example of the prevalence of Greek mythology in 19th century American sculpture. "The Lost Pleiad" is a personification of one of the stars in the constellation called the Pleiades. She is searching the heavens because when she married a mortal, she forfeited her position among her six sister stars.
Can you translate this?
This says: "I have sent my angels to render testimony."
This window shows "Religion" personified in the center, with the archangels, Michael and Gabriel, on either side. This window was commissioned by the United States government for the Central U.S. Pavilion in the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris.
My father told me the window won two awards. Which ones?
The window won 2 medals at the Exposition Universelle Internationale: one for the execution and one for the design.
Whoa, is this one a real mummy?
You found Thothirdes! He is an actual mummy, one of four we have in the galleries. The ancient Egyptians mummified the dead to keep the body safe for the afterlife.
You know their names and can recognize them?!
Sometimes! In Thothirdes' case, we have his coffin and the names of the dead were included on the coffins. Other times, we do not know who the person is.
That second one is called the "anonymous man" because we don't know his name! But, we have an idea of what he looks like from that painted board. However, those portraits were usually idealized, meaning the painting would make the person look more handsome or younger than he actually was.
Neat, bye, thanks for helping me!
I love this!
This is an especially unique work by the artist Norman Rockwell who was an American painter and illustrator. Normally, his paintings show figures in realistic space and yet here we see the artist and his "canvas" floating above/within the tattoo-laden background of the work.
What is the red binding on the mummy? Does it have a functional or aesthetic purpose?
The red linen probably has a ritual significance. There are texts that reference it in pyramids and coffins.
What was the significance of these wonderful hands?
They are part of the musical instrument section of the gallery, so these were actually used as part of a musical instrument ensemble. They are called "clappers" and were used as a percussion instrument like castanets or as a substitute for manual clapping.
Why is this painting freaking me out so much?!
You tell me! What are some things that you notice that strike you as odd?
Umm I think it's the eyes.
The eyes are pretty odd. The artist Edward Hicks was a self taught painter, so this work falls into the realm of 'folk art'. The artist doesn't seem to be painting from observation, so perhaps thats why things seem so freaky?
Self taught, interesting, would this also be considered primitive art? If not, what is the difference?
Well 'primitive art' or 'naive art' are terms most artists and museums try to avoid now, as they have negative connections.
But to contrast the two, I suppose that you could say 'primitive art' is work made outside of the history of western art. For example, the work of native peoples, Australian, African and non-western cultures. Where as 'naive' or 'outsider' art is made within the lineage of western art but the artists don't have a formal education from an art school, academy, or guild. Folk artists simply teach themselves techniques and strategies for how to make art. I hope that answered your question!
It did, thank you.
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.

Is this typical for Rodin?
Yes! He sculpted many human figures with a lot of texture. When first exhibited this Cybele, it was critiqued for its monumental scale, sketch-like execution, and missing limbs and head.
What movement does this artist belong to?
Larry Rivers is considered by many scholars to be the "Godfather" of Pop Art, because he was one of the first artists to really merge non-objective, non-narrative art with narrative and objective abstraction. You'll notice that it's grouped with/near several other scenes of picnics, they're interesting to compare.
Cool. Thanks!
You're welcome!
Look at those colors! This is a ceiling light designed by the American Victor Gruen in 1952. Victor Gruen was inspired by the work of Alexander Calder in creating this piece. At this point in design history there was a blurring of boundaries between high and low arts in forms and materials. This is an example of using common materials--iron, aluminum--to create works of art.
Who is this?
That sculpture you sent is titled "The Lost Pleiad" and is an example of the prevalence of Greek mythology in 19th century American sculpture. "The Lost Pleiad" is a personification of one of the stars in the constellation called the Pleiades. She is searching the heavens because when she married a mortal, she forfeited her position among her six sister stars.
Can you translate this?
This says: "I have sent my angels to render testimony."
This window shows "Religion" personified in the center, with the archangels, Michael and Gabriel, on either side. This window was commissioned by the United States government for the Central U.S. Pavilion in the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris.
My father told me the window won two awards. Which ones?
The window won 2 medals at the Exposition Universelle Internationale: one for the execution and one for the design.
Whoa, is this one a real mummy?
You found Thothirdes! He is an actual mummy, one of four we have in the galleries. The ancient Egyptians mummified the dead to keep the body safe for the afterlife.
You know their names and can recognize them?!
Sometimes! In Thothirdes' case, we have his coffin and the names of the dead were included on the coffins. Other times, we do not know who the person is.
That second one is called the "anonymous man" because we don't know his name! But, we have an idea of what he looks like from that painted board. However, those portraits were usually idealized, meaning the painting would make the person look more handsome or younger than he actually was.
Neat, bye, thanks for helping me!
I love this!
This is an especially unique work by the artist Norman Rockwell who was an American painter and illustrator. Normally, his paintings show figures in realistic space and yet here we see the artist and his "canvas" floating above/within the tattoo-laden background of the work.
What is the red binding on the mummy? Does it have a functional or aesthetic purpose?
The red linen probably has a ritual significance. There are texts that reference it in pyramids and coffins.
What was the significance of these wonderful hands?
They are part of the musical instrument section of the gallery, so these were actually used as part of a musical instrument ensemble. They are called "clappers" and were used as a percussion instrument like castanets or as a substitute for manual clapping.
Why is this painting freaking me out so much?!
You tell me! What are some things that you notice that strike you as odd?
Umm I think it's the eyes.
The eyes are pretty odd. The artist Edward Hicks was a self taught painter, so this work falls into the realm of 'folk art'. The artist doesn't seem to be painting from observation, so perhaps thats why things seem so freaky?
Self taught, interesting, would this also be considered primitive art? If not, what is the difference?
Well 'primitive art' or 'naive art' are terms most artists and museums try to avoid now, as they have negative connections.
But to contrast the two, I suppose that you could say 'primitive art' is work made outside of the history of western art. For example, the work of native peoples, Australian, African and non-western cultures. Where as 'naive' or 'outsider' art is made within the lineage of western art but the artists don't have a formal education from an art school, academy, or guild. Folk artists simply teach themselves techniques and strategies for how to make art. I hope that answered your question!
It did, thank you.
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.

Is this typical for Rodin?
Yes! He sculpted many human figures with a lot of texture. When first exhibited this Cybele, it was critiqued for its monumental scale, sketch-like execution, and missing limbs and head.
What movement does this artist belong to?
Larry Rivers is considered by many scholars to be the "Godfather" of Pop Art, because he was one of the first artists to really merge non-objective, non-narrative art with narrative and objective abstraction. You'll notice that it's grouped with/near several other scenes of picnics, they're interesting to compare.
Cool. Thanks!
You're welcome!
Look at those colors! This is a ceiling light designed by the American Victor Gruen in 1952. Victor Gruen was inspired by the work of Alexander Calder in creating this piece. At this point in design history there was a blurring of boundaries between high and low arts in forms and materials. This is an example of using common materials--iron, aluminum--to create works of art.
Who is this?
That sculpture you sent is titled "The Lost Pleiad" and is an example of the prevalence of Greek mythology in 19th century American sculpture. "The Lost Pleiad" is a personification of one of the stars in the constellation called the Pleiades. She is searching the heavens because when she married a mortal, she forfeited her position among her six sister stars.
Can you translate this?
This says: "I have sent my angels to render testimony."
This window shows "Religion" personified in the center, with the archangels, Michael and Gabriel, on either side. This window was commissioned by the United States government for the Central U.S. Pavilion in the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris.
My father told me the window won two awards. Which ones?
The window won 2 medals at the Exposition Universelle Internationale: one for the execution and one for the design.
Whoa, is this one a real mummy?
You found Thothirdes! He is an actual mummy, one of four we have in the galleries. The ancient Egyptians mummified the dead to keep the body safe for the afterlife.
You know their names and can recognize them?!
Sometimes! In Thothirdes' case, we have his coffin and the names of the dead were included on the coffins. Other times, we do not know who the person is.
That second one is called the "anonymous man" because we don't know his name! But, we have an idea of what he looks like from that painted board. However, those portraits were usually idealized, meaning the painting would make the person look more handsome or younger than he actually was.
Neat, bye, thanks for helping me!
I love this!
This is an especially unique work by the artist Norman Rockwell who was an American painter and illustrator. Normally, his paintings show figures in realistic space and yet here we see the artist and his "canvas" floating above/within the tattoo-laden background of the work.
What is the red binding on the mummy? Does it have a functional or aesthetic purpose?
The red linen probably has a ritual significance. There are texts that reference it in pyramids and coffins.
What was the significance of these wonderful hands?
They are part of the musical instrument section of the gallery, so these were actually used as part of a musical instrument ensemble. They are called "clappers" and were used as a percussion instrument like castanets or as a substitute for manual clapping.
Why is this painting freaking me out so much?!
You tell me! What are some things that you notice that strike you as odd?
Umm I think it's the eyes.
The eyes are pretty odd. The artist Edward Hicks was a self taught painter, so this work falls into the realm of 'folk art'. The artist doesn't seem to be painting from observation, so perhaps thats why things seem so freaky?
Self taught, interesting, would this also be considered primitive art? If not, what is the difference?
Well 'primitive art' or 'naive art' are terms most artists and museums try to avoid now, as they have negative connections.
But to contrast the two, I suppose that you could say 'primitive art' is work made outside of the history of western art. For example, the work of native peoples, Australian, African and non-western cultures. Where as 'naive' or 'outsider' art is made within the lineage of western art but the artists don't have a formal education from an art school, academy, or guild. Folk artists simply teach themselves techniques and strategies for how to make art. I hope that answered your question!
It did, thank you.
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.

Is this typical for Rodin?
Yes! He sculpted many human figures with a lot of texture. When first exhibited this Cybele, it was critiqued for its monumental scale, sketch-like execution, and missing limbs and head.
What movement does this artist belong to?
Larry Rivers is considered by many scholars to be the "Godfather" of Pop Art, because he was one of the first artists to really merge non-objective, non-narrative art with narrative and objective abstraction. You'll notice that it's grouped with/near several other scenes of picnics, they're interesting to compare.
Cool. Thanks!
You're welcome!
Look at those colors! This is a ceiling light designed by the American Victor Gruen in 1952. Victor Gruen was inspired by the work of Alexander Calder in creating this piece. At this point in design history there was a blurring of boundaries between high and low arts in forms and materials. This is an example of using common materials--iron, aluminum--to create works of art.
Who is this?
That sculpture you sent is titled "The Lost Pleiad" and is an example of the prevalence of Greek mythology in 19th century American sculpture. "The Lost Pleiad" is a personification of one of the stars in the constellation called the Pleiades. She is searching the heavens because when she married a mortal, she forfeited her position among her six sister stars.
Can you translate this?
This says: "I have sent my angels to render testimony."
This window shows "Religion" personified in the center, with the archangels, Michael and Gabriel, on either side. This window was commissioned by the United States government for the Central U.S. Pavilion in the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris.
My father told me the window won two awards. Which ones?
The window won 2 medals at the Exposition Universelle Internationale: one for the execution and one for the design.
Whoa, is this one a real mummy?
You found Thothirdes! He is an actual mummy, one of four we have in the galleries. The ancient Egyptians mummified the dead to keep the body safe for the afterlife.
You know their names and can recognize them?!
Sometimes! In Thothirdes' case, we have his coffin and the names of the dead were included on the coffins. Other times, we do not know who the person is.
That second one is called the "anonymous man" because we don't know his name! But, we have an idea of what he looks like from that painted board. However, those portraits were usually idealized, meaning the painting would make the person look more handsome or younger than he actually was.
Neat, bye, thanks for helping me!
I love this!
This is an especially unique work by the artist Norman Rockwell who was an American painter and illustrator. Normally, his paintings show figures in realistic space and yet here we see the artist and his "canvas" floating above/within the tattoo-laden background of the work.
What is the red binding on the mummy? Does it have a functional or aesthetic purpose?
The red linen probably has a ritual significance. There are texts that reference it in pyramids and coffins.
What was the significance of these wonderful hands?
They are part of the musical instrument section of the gallery, so these were actually used as part of a musical instrument ensemble. They are called "clappers" and were used as a percussion instrument like castanets or as a substitute for manual clapping.
Why is this painting freaking me out so much?!
You tell me! What are some things that you notice that strike you as odd?
Umm I think it's the eyes.
The eyes are pretty odd. The artist Edward Hicks was a self taught painter, so this work falls into the realm of 'folk art'. The artist doesn't seem to be painting from observation, so perhaps thats why things seem so freaky?
Self taught, interesting, would this also be considered primitive art? If not, what is the difference?
Well 'primitive art' or 'naive art' are terms most artists and museums try to avoid now, as they have negative connections.
But to contrast the two, I suppose that you could say 'primitive art' is work made outside of the history of western art. For example, the work of native peoples, Australian, African and non-western cultures. Where as 'naive' or 'outsider' art is made within the lineage of western art but the artists don't have a formal education from an art school, academy, or guild. Folk artists simply teach themselves techniques and strategies for how to make art. I hope that answered your question!
It did, thank you.
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.

Is this typical for Rodin?
Yes! He sculpted many human figures with a lot of texture. When first exhibited this Cybele, it was critiqued for its monumental scale, sketch-like execution, and missing limbs and head.
What movement does this artist belong to?
Larry Rivers is considered by many scholars to be the "Godfather" of Pop Art, because he was one of the first artists to really merge non-objective, non-narrative art with narrative and objective abstraction. You'll notice that it's grouped with/near several other scenes of picnics, they're interesting to compare.
Cool. Thanks!
You're welcome!
Look at those colors! This is a ceiling light designed by the American Victor Gruen in 1952. Victor Gruen was inspired by the work of Alexander Calder in creating this piece. At this point in design history there was a blurring of boundaries between high and low arts in forms and materials. This is an example of using common materials--iron, aluminum--to create works of art.
Who is this?
That sculpture you sent is titled "The Lost Pleiad" and is an example of the prevalence of Greek mythology in 19th century American sculpture. "The Lost Pleiad" is a personification of one of the stars in the constellation called the Pleiades. She is searching the heavens because when she married a mortal, she forfeited her position among her six sister stars.
Can you translate this?
This says: "I have sent my angels to render testimony."
This window shows "Religion" personified in the center, with the archangels, Michael and Gabriel, on either side. This window was commissioned by the United States government for the Central U.S. Pavilion in the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris.
My father told me the window won two awards. Which ones?
The window won 2 medals at the Exposition Universelle Internationale: one for the execution and one for the design.
Whoa, is this one a real mummy?
You found Thothirdes! He is an actual mummy, one of four we have in the galleries. The ancient Egyptians mummified the dead to keep the body safe for the afterlife.
You know their names and can recognize them?!
Sometimes! In Thothirdes' case, we have his coffin and the names of the dead were included on the coffins. Other times, we do not know who the person is.
That second one is called the "anonymous man" because we don't know his name! But, we have an idea of what he looks like from that painted board. However, those portraits were usually idealized, meaning the painting would make the person look more handsome or younger than he actually was.
Neat, bye, thanks for helping me!
I love this!
This is an especially unique work by the artist Norman Rockwell who was an American painter and illustrator. Normally, his paintings show figures in realistic space and yet here we see the artist and his "canvas" floating above/within the tattoo-laden background of the work.
What is the red binding on the mummy? Does it have a functional or aesthetic purpose?
The red linen probably has a ritual significance. There are texts that reference it in pyramids and coffins.
What was the significance of these wonderful hands?
They are part of the musical instrument section of the gallery, so these were actually used as part of a musical instrument ensemble. They are called "clappers" and were used as a percussion instrument like castanets or as a substitute for manual clapping.
Why is this painting freaking me out so much?!
You tell me! What are some things that you notice that strike you as odd?
Umm I think it's the eyes.
The eyes are pretty odd. The artist Edward Hicks was a self taught painter, so this work falls into the realm of 'folk art'. The artist doesn't seem to be painting from observation, so perhaps thats why things seem so freaky?
Self taught, interesting, would this also be considered primitive art? If not, what is the difference?
Well 'primitive art' or 'naive art' are terms most artists and museums try to avoid now, as they have negative connections.
But to contrast the two, I suppose that you could say 'primitive art' is work made outside of the history of western art. For example, the work of native peoples, Australian, African and non-western cultures. Where as 'naive' or 'outsider' art is made within the lineage of western art but the artists don't have a formal education from an art school, academy, or guild. Folk artists simply teach themselves techniques and strategies for how to make art. I hope that answered your question!
It did, thank you.
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.