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When was this made?
That Table Radio was made circa 1936 and exhibits the simple, bold, rounded forms of the streamlined style that characterized much American design of the 1930s and implies the idea of motion and aerodynamics even in stationary objects. The designer, Walter Dorwin Teague, was originally a graphic designer who worked briefly for Kodak cameras before becoming one of the most renowned industrial, or product, designers in the United States.
I read the summary of this but I'm interested to hear more about the artist's relationship with the crown.
The artist was born in Britain but raised in Guyana and in these monumental portraits explores the British crown's relationship with colonialism. Guyana was a British colony from the 18th century, not gaining independence until 1966, and remains a part of the Commonwealth. This statement comes from the artist's website: "Locke has adopted, questioned and subverted the visual display of those in power and those who aspire to power. "
How did the artist make this?
The artist Dustin Yellin calls these pieces "Psychogeographies." Some of them can weigh up to 3,000-pounds and all resemble human forms suspended in glass encasements. Yellin makes them in his Red Hook studio (Shout out to Brooklyn Artists!) he layers glass with paint and various objects to create the 3-D forms and then seals them with a secret process. 
There is this great quote from him: Each large-scale sculpture is individually embellished with bizarre found objects—cut-up books, magazines and trash found on the street—which are then sealed within layers of glass. “Imagine if you were to make a drawing on a window,” said Yellin, explaining his process. “And then you were to take another window and glue it to that window… until you had a window sandwich. I make window sandwiches.”
Did O'Keeffe come to Brooklyn often?
She lived in New York with her husband, the photographer and gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz, from 1918 to 1946. She produced only a small number of paintings of New York architecture, including several skyscrapers and this iconic bridge! Sometimes she and Stieglitz would drive to Brooklyn, and she liked viewing the bridge from the car. It was an emblem of modernity to her and to everyone who saw it at the time.
Georgia O'Keeffe's first solo museum exhibition was held at the Brooklyn Museum in 1927. Previously some of her work was exhibited in another landmark exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum entitled the International Exhibition of Modern Art in 1926. In the 1930s and 1940s O'Keeffe spent summers in New Mexico, and every time she came back to New York she would bring bones and skulls (found in the desert) with her to inspire her art.
If you head down the hallway, you can see an O'Keeffe painting of a ram's head and a desert landscape. Stieglitz died in 1946, and O'Keeffe relocated permanently to New Mexico in 1949.
We are looking at the Game Piece in Form of an Ape and were wondering what ancient Egyptians used to make it so blue?
That piece is very blue because it is glazed faience. Faience itself is white providing an excellent base for the high-fired mineral-based glaze. It was a cheaper alternative to turquoise and lapis-lazuli but gave that beautiful luster.
Technically, faience it is a synthetic compound consisting of ground quartz held together by an alkaline binder. Faience was modeled or pressed into molds and then fired to make amulets, statuettes, and other objects. Faience was usually coated with brightly colored glaze.
What glazes did Sheier use?
Edwin and Mary Scheier created custom glazes for their pottery, and they might layer more than one glaze on a single piece; however, we are having trouble locating what those glazes were made of. Their use of glaze was often minimal and they would purposefully allow the texture of the clay beneath to show through.
Are these chains capable of moving?
I believe that they are attached very very very thinly to her thigh and to her wrists in such a way that they do not move, even when the conservators clean the piece.
Are these the original colors? If so, how are they so well preserved?
Yes and no, the color balance on this cartonnage is in great condition. However, over time the colors have darkened. Sometimes the paint would be covered in beeswax for preservation, which would also alter the color over time. That piece, however, is surprisingly well-preserved and the color is still fairly vibrant indicating that it was well protected from the elements and light damage. A cartonnage like this would have been sealed in a dark tomb which, coupled with Egypt's dry climate, helped to preserve the pigment you see.
What type of piano is this?
That is a piano-harp hybrid instrument. When you played the piano keys, small hooks inside would pluck the strings of the harp.  These were popular in the United States around 1860 and were usually made in England or Germany.
What is the significance of the woman holding the lily flower?
Thank you, I can read the number from the first label. Shabut appears to be holding a lotus flower, a common symbol in Ancient Egypt, associated with the all-important marshes where it grows as well as birth and rebirth.
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.

When was this made?
That Table Radio was made circa 1936 and exhibits the simple, bold, rounded forms of the streamlined style that characterized much American design of the 1930s and implies the idea of motion and aerodynamics even in stationary objects. The designer, Walter Dorwin Teague, was originally a graphic designer who worked briefly for Kodak cameras before becoming one of the most renowned industrial, or product, designers in the United States.
I read the summary of this but I'm interested to hear more about the artist's relationship with the crown.
The artist was born in Britain but raised in Guyana and in these monumental portraits explores the British crown's relationship with colonialism. Guyana was a British colony from the 18th century, not gaining independence until 1966, and remains a part of the Commonwealth. This statement comes from the artist's website: "Locke has adopted, questioned and subverted the visual display of those in power and those who aspire to power. "
How did the artist make this?
The artist Dustin Yellin calls these pieces "Psychogeographies." Some of them can weigh up to 3,000-pounds and all resemble human forms suspended in glass encasements. Yellin makes them in his Red Hook studio (Shout out to Brooklyn Artists!) he layers glass with paint and various objects to create the 3-D forms and then seals them with a secret process. 
There is this great quote from him: Each large-scale sculpture is individually embellished with bizarre found objects—cut-up books, magazines and trash found on the street—which are then sealed within layers of glass. “Imagine if you were to make a drawing on a window,” said Yellin, explaining his process. “And then you were to take another window and glue it to that window… until you had a window sandwich. I make window sandwiches.”
Did O'Keeffe come to Brooklyn often?
She lived in New York with her husband, the photographer and gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz, from 1918 to 1946. She produced only a small number of paintings of New York architecture, including several skyscrapers and this iconic bridge! Sometimes she and Stieglitz would drive to Brooklyn, and she liked viewing the bridge from the car. It was an emblem of modernity to her and to everyone who saw it at the time.
Georgia O'Keeffe's first solo museum exhibition was held at the Brooklyn Museum in 1927. Previously some of her work was exhibited in another landmark exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum entitled the International Exhibition of Modern Art in 1926. In the 1930s and 1940s O'Keeffe spent summers in New Mexico, and every time she came back to New York she would bring bones and skulls (found in the desert) with her to inspire her art.
If you head down the hallway, you can see an O'Keeffe painting of a ram's head and a desert landscape. Stieglitz died in 1946, and O'Keeffe relocated permanently to New Mexico in 1949.
We are looking at the Game Piece in Form of an Ape and were wondering what ancient Egyptians used to make it so blue?
That piece is very blue because it is glazed faience. Faience itself is white providing an excellent base for the high-fired mineral-based glaze. It was a cheaper alternative to turquoise and lapis-lazuli but gave that beautiful luster.
Technically, faience it is a synthetic compound consisting of ground quartz held together by an alkaline binder. Faience was modeled or pressed into molds and then fired to make amulets, statuettes, and other objects. Faience was usually coated with brightly colored glaze.
What glazes did Sheier use?
Edwin and Mary Scheier created custom glazes for their pottery, and they might layer more than one glaze on a single piece; however, we are having trouble locating what those glazes were made of. Their use of glaze was often minimal and they would purposefully allow the texture of the clay beneath to show through.
Are these chains capable of moving?
I believe that they are attached very very very thinly to her thigh and to her wrists in such a way that they do not move, even when the conservators clean the piece.
Are these the original colors? If so, how are they so well preserved?
Yes and no, the color balance on this cartonnage is in great condition. However, over time the colors have darkened. Sometimes the paint would be covered in beeswax for preservation, which would also alter the color over time. That piece, however, is surprisingly well-preserved and the color is still fairly vibrant indicating that it was well protected from the elements and light damage. A cartonnage like this would have been sealed in a dark tomb which, coupled with Egypt's dry climate, helped to preserve the pigment you see.
What type of piano is this?
That is a piano-harp hybrid instrument. When you played the piano keys, small hooks inside would pluck the strings of the harp.  These were popular in the United States around 1860 and were usually made in England or Germany.
What is the significance of the woman holding the lily flower?
Thank you, I can read the number from the first label. Shabut appears to be holding a lotus flower, a common symbol in Ancient Egypt, associated with the all-important marshes where it grows as well as birth and rebirth.
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.

When was this made?
That Table Radio was made circa 1936 and exhibits the simple, bold, rounded forms of the streamlined style that characterized much American design of the 1930s and implies the idea of motion and aerodynamics even in stationary objects. The designer, Walter Dorwin Teague, was originally a graphic designer who worked briefly for Kodak cameras before becoming one of the most renowned industrial, or product, designers in the United States.
I read the summary of this but I'm interested to hear more about the artist's relationship with the crown.
The artist was born in Britain but raised in Guyana and in these monumental portraits explores the British crown's relationship with colonialism. Guyana was a British colony from the 18th century, not gaining independence until 1966, and remains a part of the Commonwealth. This statement comes from the artist's website: "Locke has adopted, questioned and subverted the visual display of those in power and those who aspire to power. "
How did the artist make this?
The artist Dustin Yellin calls these pieces "Psychogeographies." Some of them can weigh up to 3,000-pounds and all resemble human forms suspended in glass encasements. Yellin makes them in his Red Hook studio (Shout out to Brooklyn Artists!) he layers glass with paint and various objects to create the 3-D forms and then seals them with a secret process. 
There is this great quote from him: Each large-scale sculpture is individually embellished with bizarre found objects—cut-up books, magazines and trash found on the street—which are then sealed within layers of glass. “Imagine if you were to make a drawing on a window,” said Yellin, explaining his process. “And then you were to take another window and glue it to that window… until you had a window sandwich. I make window sandwiches.”
Did O'Keeffe come to Brooklyn often?
She lived in New York with her husband, the photographer and gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz, from 1918 to 1946. She produced only a small number of paintings of New York architecture, including several skyscrapers and this iconic bridge! Sometimes she and Stieglitz would drive to Brooklyn, and she liked viewing the bridge from the car. It was an emblem of modernity to her and to everyone who saw it at the time.
Georgia O'Keeffe's first solo museum exhibition was held at the Brooklyn Museum in 1927. Previously some of her work was exhibited in another landmark exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum entitled the International Exhibition of Modern Art in 1926. In the 1930s and 1940s O'Keeffe spent summers in New Mexico, and every time she came back to New York she would bring bones and skulls (found in the desert) with her to inspire her art.
If you head down the hallway, you can see an O'Keeffe painting of a ram's head and a desert landscape. Stieglitz died in 1946, and O'Keeffe relocated permanently to New Mexico in 1949.
We are looking at the Game Piece in Form of an Ape and were wondering what ancient Egyptians used to make it so blue?
That piece is very blue because it is glazed faience. Faience itself is white providing an excellent base for the high-fired mineral-based glaze. It was a cheaper alternative to turquoise and lapis-lazuli but gave that beautiful luster.
Technically, faience it is a synthetic compound consisting of ground quartz held together by an alkaline binder. Faience was modeled or pressed into molds and then fired to make amulets, statuettes, and other objects. Faience was usually coated with brightly colored glaze.
What glazes did Sheier use?
Edwin and Mary Scheier created custom glazes for their pottery, and they might layer more than one glaze on a single piece; however, we are having trouble locating what those glazes were made of. Their use of glaze was often minimal and they would purposefully allow the texture of the clay beneath to show through.
Are these chains capable of moving?
I believe that they are attached very very very thinly to her thigh and to her wrists in such a way that they do not move, even when the conservators clean the piece.
Are these the original colors? If so, how are they so well preserved?
Yes and no, the color balance on this cartonnage is in great condition. However, over time the colors have darkened. Sometimes the paint would be covered in beeswax for preservation, which would also alter the color over time. That piece, however, is surprisingly well-preserved and the color is still fairly vibrant indicating that it was well protected from the elements and light damage. A cartonnage like this would have been sealed in a dark tomb which, coupled with Egypt's dry climate, helped to preserve the pigment you see.
What type of piano is this?
That is a piano-harp hybrid instrument. When you played the piano keys, small hooks inside would pluck the strings of the harp.  These were popular in the United States around 1860 and were usually made in England or Germany.
What is the significance of the woman holding the lily flower?
Thank you, I can read the number from the first label. Shabut appears to be holding a lotus flower, a common symbol in Ancient Egypt, associated with the all-important marshes where it grows as well as birth and rebirth.
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.

When was this made?
That Table Radio was made circa 1936 and exhibits the simple, bold, rounded forms of the streamlined style that characterized much American design of the 1930s and implies the idea of motion and aerodynamics even in stationary objects. The designer, Walter Dorwin Teague, was originally a graphic designer who worked briefly for Kodak cameras before becoming one of the most renowned industrial, or product, designers in the United States.
I read the summary of this but I'm interested to hear more about the artist's relationship with the crown.
The artist was born in Britain but raised in Guyana and in these monumental portraits explores the British crown's relationship with colonialism. Guyana was a British colony from the 18th century, not gaining independence until 1966, and remains a part of the Commonwealth. This statement comes from the artist's website: "Locke has adopted, questioned and subverted the visual display of those in power and those who aspire to power. "
How did the artist make this?
The artist Dustin Yellin calls these pieces "Psychogeographies." Some of them can weigh up to 3,000-pounds and all resemble human forms suspended in glass encasements. Yellin makes them in his Red Hook studio (Shout out to Brooklyn Artists!) he layers glass with paint and various objects to create the 3-D forms and then seals them with a secret process. 
There is this great quote from him: Each large-scale sculpture is individually embellished with bizarre found objects—cut-up books, magazines and trash found on the street—which are then sealed within layers of glass. “Imagine if you were to make a drawing on a window,” said Yellin, explaining his process. “And then you were to take another window and glue it to that window… until you had a window sandwich. I make window sandwiches.”
Did O'Keeffe come to Brooklyn often?
She lived in New York with her husband, the photographer and gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz, from 1918 to 1946. She produced only a small number of paintings of New York architecture, including several skyscrapers and this iconic bridge! Sometimes she and Stieglitz would drive to Brooklyn, and she liked viewing the bridge from the car. It was an emblem of modernity to her and to everyone who saw it at the time.
Georgia O'Keeffe's first solo museum exhibition was held at the Brooklyn Museum in 1927. Previously some of her work was exhibited in another landmark exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum entitled the International Exhibition of Modern Art in 1926. In the 1930s and 1940s O'Keeffe spent summers in New Mexico, and every time she came back to New York she would bring bones and skulls (found in the desert) with her to inspire her art.
If you head down the hallway, you can see an O'Keeffe painting of a ram's head and a desert landscape. Stieglitz died in 1946, and O'Keeffe relocated permanently to New Mexico in 1949.
We are looking at the Game Piece in Form of an Ape and were wondering what ancient Egyptians used to make it so blue?
That piece is very blue because it is glazed faience. Faience itself is white providing an excellent base for the high-fired mineral-based glaze. It was a cheaper alternative to turquoise and lapis-lazuli but gave that beautiful luster.
Technically, faience it is a synthetic compound consisting of ground quartz held together by an alkaline binder. Faience was modeled or pressed into molds and then fired to make amulets, statuettes, and other objects. Faience was usually coated with brightly colored glaze.
What glazes did Sheier use?
Edwin and Mary Scheier created custom glazes for their pottery, and they might layer more than one glaze on a single piece; however, we are having trouble locating what those glazes were made of. Their use of glaze was often minimal and they would purposefully allow the texture of the clay beneath to show through.
Are these chains capable of moving?
I believe that they are attached very very very thinly to her thigh and to her wrists in such a way that they do not move, even when the conservators clean the piece.
Are these the original colors? If so, how are they so well preserved?
Yes and no, the color balance on this cartonnage is in great condition. However, over time the colors have darkened. Sometimes the paint would be covered in beeswax for preservation, which would also alter the color over time. That piece, however, is surprisingly well-preserved and the color is still fairly vibrant indicating that it was well protected from the elements and light damage. A cartonnage like this would have been sealed in a dark tomb which, coupled with Egypt's dry climate, helped to preserve the pigment you see.
What type of piano is this?
That is a piano-harp hybrid instrument. When you played the piano keys, small hooks inside would pluck the strings of the harp.  These were popular in the United States around 1860 and were usually made in England or Germany.
What is the significance of the woman holding the lily flower?
Thank you, I can read the number from the first label. Shabut appears to be holding a lotus flower, a common symbol in Ancient Egypt, associated with the all-important marshes where it grows as well as birth and rebirth.
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.

When was this made?
That Table Radio was made circa 1936 and exhibits the simple, bold, rounded forms of the streamlined style that characterized much American design of the 1930s and implies the idea of motion and aerodynamics even in stationary objects. The designer, Walter Dorwin Teague, was originally a graphic designer who worked briefly for Kodak cameras before becoming one of the most renowned industrial, or product, designers in the United States.
I read the summary of this but I'm interested to hear more about the artist's relationship with the crown.
The artist was born in Britain but raised in Guyana and in these monumental portraits explores the British crown's relationship with colonialism. Guyana was a British colony from the 18th century, not gaining independence until 1966, and remains a part of the Commonwealth. This statement comes from the artist's website: "Locke has adopted, questioned and subverted the visual display of those in power and those who aspire to power. "
How did the artist make this?
The artist Dustin Yellin calls these pieces "Psychogeographies." Some of them can weigh up to 3,000-pounds and all resemble human forms suspended in glass encasements. Yellin makes them in his Red Hook studio (Shout out to Brooklyn Artists!) he layers glass with paint and various objects to create the 3-D forms and then seals them with a secret process. 
There is this great quote from him: Each large-scale sculpture is individually embellished with bizarre found objects—cut-up books, magazines and trash found on the street—which are then sealed within layers of glass. “Imagine if you were to make a drawing on a window,” said Yellin, explaining his process. “And then you were to take another window and glue it to that window… until you had a window sandwich. I make window sandwiches.”
Did O'Keeffe come to Brooklyn often?
She lived in New York with her husband, the photographer and gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz, from 1918 to 1946. She produced only a small number of paintings of New York architecture, including several skyscrapers and this iconic bridge! Sometimes she and Stieglitz would drive to Brooklyn, and she liked viewing the bridge from the car. It was an emblem of modernity to her and to everyone who saw it at the time.
Georgia O'Keeffe's first solo museum exhibition was held at the Brooklyn Museum in 1927. Previously some of her work was exhibited in another landmark exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum entitled the International Exhibition of Modern Art in 1926. In the 1930s and 1940s O'Keeffe spent summers in New Mexico, and every time she came back to New York she would bring bones and skulls (found in the desert) with her to inspire her art.
If you head down the hallway, you can see an O'Keeffe painting of a ram's head and a desert landscape. Stieglitz died in 1946, and O'Keeffe relocated permanently to New Mexico in 1949.
We are looking at the Game Piece in Form of an Ape and were wondering what ancient Egyptians used to make it so blue?
That piece is very blue because it is glazed faience. Faience itself is white providing an excellent base for the high-fired mineral-based glaze. It was a cheaper alternative to turquoise and lapis-lazuli but gave that beautiful luster.
Technically, faience it is a synthetic compound consisting of ground quartz held together by an alkaline binder. Faience was modeled or pressed into molds and then fired to make amulets, statuettes, and other objects. Faience was usually coated with brightly colored glaze.
What glazes did Sheier use?
Edwin and Mary Scheier created custom glazes for their pottery, and they might layer more than one glaze on a single piece; however, we are having trouble locating what those glazes were made of. Their use of glaze was often minimal and they would purposefully allow the texture of the clay beneath to show through.
Are these chains capable of moving?
I believe that they are attached very very very thinly to her thigh and to her wrists in such a way that they do not move, even when the conservators clean the piece.
Are these the original colors? If so, how are they so well preserved?
Yes and no, the color balance on this cartonnage is in great condition. However, over time the colors have darkened. Sometimes the paint would be covered in beeswax for preservation, which would also alter the color over time. That piece, however, is surprisingly well-preserved and the color is still fairly vibrant indicating that it was well protected from the elements and light damage. A cartonnage like this would have been sealed in a dark tomb which, coupled with Egypt's dry climate, helped to preserve the pigment you see.
What type of piano is this?
That is a piano-harp hybrid instrument. When you played the piano keys, small hooks inside would pluck the strings of the harp.  These were popular in the United States around 1860 and were usually made in England or Germany.
What is the significance of the woman holding the lily flower?
Thank you, I can read the number from the first label. Shabut appears to be holding a lotus flower, a common symbol in Ancient Egypt, associated with the all-important marshes where it grows as well as birth and rebirth.
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.

When was this made?
That Table Radio was made circa 1936 and exhibits the simple, bold, rounded forms of the streamlined style that characterized much American design of the 1930s and implies the idea of motion and aerodynamics even in stationary objects. The designer, Walter Dorwin Teague, was originally a graphic designer who worked briefly for Kodak cameras before becoming one of the most renowned industrial, or product, designers in the United States.
I read the summary of this but I'm interested to hear more about the artist's relationship with the crown.
The artist was born in Britain but raised in Guyana and in these monumental portraits explores the British crown's relationship with colonialism. Guyana was a British colony from the 18th century, not gaining independence until 1966, and remains a part of the Commonwealth. This statement comes from the artist's website: "Locke has adopted, questioned and subverted the visual display of those in power and those who aspire to power. "
How did the artist make this?
The artist Dustin Yellin calls these pieces "Psychogeographies." Some of them can weigh up to 3,000-pounds and all resemble human forms suspended in glass encasements. Yellin makes them in his Red Hook studio (Shout out to Brooklyn Artists!) he layers glass with paint and various objects to create the 3-D forms and then seals them with a secret process. 
There is this great quote from him: Each large-scale sculpture is individually embellished with bizarre found objects—cut-up books, magazines and trash found on the street—which are then sealed within layers of glass. “Imagine if you were to make a drawing on a window,” said Yellin, explaining his process. “And then you were to take another window and glue it to that window… until you had a window sandwich. I make window sandwiches.”
Did O'Keeffe come to Brooklyn often?
She lived in New York with her husband, the photographer and gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz, from 1918 to 1946. She produced only a small number of paintings of New York architecture, including several skyscrapers and this iconic bridge! Sometimes she and Stieglitz would drive to Brooklyn, and she liked viewing the bridge from the car. It was an emblem of modernity to her and to everyone who saw it at the time.
Georgia O'Keeffe's first solo museum exhibition was held at the Brooklyn Museum in 1927. Previously some of her work was exhibited in another landmark exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum entitled the International Exhibition of Modern Art in 1926. In the 1930s and 1940s O'Keeffe spent summers in New Mexico, and every time she came back to New York she would bring bones and skulls (found in the desert) with her to inspire her art.
If you head down the hallway, you can see an O'Keeffe painting of a ram's head and a desert landscape. Stieglitz died in 1946, and O'Keeffe relocated permanently to New Mexico in 1949.
We are looking at the Game Piece in Form of an Ape and were wondering what ancient Egyptians used to make it so blue?
That piece is very blue because it is glazed faience. Faience itself is white providing an excellent base for the high-fired mineral-based glaze. It was a cheaper alternative to turquoise and lapis-lazuli but gave that beautiful luster.
Technically, faience it is a synthetic compound consisting of ground quartz held together by an alkaline binder. Faience was modeled or pressed into molds and then fired to make amulets, statuettes, and other objects. Faience was usually coated with brightly colored glaze.
What glazes did Sheier use?
Edwin and Mary Scheier created custom glazes for their pottery, and they might layer more than one glaze on a single piece; however, we are having trouble locating what those glazes were made of. Their use of glaze was often minimal and they would purposefully allow the texture of the clay beneath to show through.
Are these chains capable of moving?
I believe that they are attached very very very thinly to her thigh and to her wrists in such a way that they do not move, even when the conservators clean the piece.
Are these the original colors? If so, how are they so well preserved?
Yes and no, the color balance on this cartonnage is in great condition. However, over time the colors have darkened. Sometimes the paint would be covered in beeswax for preservation, which would also alter the color over time. That piece, however, is surprisingly well-preserved and the color is still fairly vibrant indicating that it was well protected from the elements and light damage. A cartonnage like this would have been sealed in a dark tomb which, coupled with Egypt's dry climate, helped to preserve the pigment you see.
What type of piano is this?
That is a piano-harp hybrid instrument. When you played the piano keys, small hooks inside would pluck the strings of the harp.  These were popular in the United States around 1860 and were usually made in England or Germany.
What is the significance of the woman holding the lily flower?
Thank you, I can read the number from the first label. Shabut appears to be holding a lotus flower, a common symbol in Ancient Egypt, associated with the all-important marshes where it grows as well as birth and rebirth.
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.

When was this made?
That Table Radio was made circa 1936 and exhibits the simple, bold, rounded forms of the streamlined style that characterized much American design of the 1930s and implies the idea of motion and aerodynamics even in stationary objects. The designer, Walter Dorwin Teague, was originally a graphic designer who worked briefly for Kodak cameras before becoming one of the most renowned industrial, or product, designers in the United States.
I read the summary of this but I'm interested to hear more about the artist's relationship with the crown.
The artist was born in Britain but raised in Guyana and in these monumental portraits explores the British crown's relationship with colonialism. Guyana was a British colony from the 18th century, not gaining independence until 1966, and remains a part of the Commonwealth. This statement comes from the artist's website: "Locke has adopted, questioned and subverted the visual display of those in power and those who aspire to power. "
How did the artist make this?
The artist Dustin Yellin calls these pieces "Psychogeographies." Some of them can weigh up to 3,000-pounds and all resemble human forms suspended in glass encasements. Yellin makes them in his Red Hook studio (Shout out to Brooklyn Artists!) he layers glass with paint and various objects to create the 3-D forms and then seals them with a secret process. 
There is this great quote from him: Each large-scale sculpture is individually embellished with bizarre found objects—cut-up books, magazines and trash found on the street—which are then sealed within layers of glass. “Imagine if you were to make a drawing on a window,” said Yellin, explaining his process. “And then you were to take another window and glue it to that window… until you had a window sandwich. I make window sandwiches.”
Did O'Keeffe come to Brooklyn often?
She lived in New York with her husband, the photographer and gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz, from 1918 to 1946. She produced only a small number of paintings of New York architecture, including several skyscrapers and this iconic bridge! Sometimes she and Stieglitz would drive to Brooklyn, and she liked viewing the bridge from the car. It was an emblem of modernity to her and to everyone who saw it at the time.
Georgia O'Keeffe's first solo museum exhibition was held at the Brooklyn Museum in 1927. Previously some of her work was exhibited in another landmark exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum entitled the International Exhibition of Modern Art in 1926. In the 1930s and 1940s O'Keeffe spent summers in New Mexico, and every time she came back to New York she would bring bones and skulls (found in the desert) with her to inspire her art.
If you head down the hallway, you can see an O'Keeffe painting of a ram's head and a desert landscape. Stieglitz died in 1946, and O'Keeffe relocated permanently to New Mexico in 1949.
We are looking at the Game Piece in Form of an Ape and were wondering what ancient Egyptians used to make it so blue?
That piece is very blue because it is glazed faience. Faience itself is white providing an excellent base for the high-fired mineral-based glaze. It was a cheaper alternative to turquoise and lapis-lazuli but gave that beautiful luster.
Technically, faience it is a synthetic compound consisting of ground quartz held together by an alkaline binder. Faience was modeled or pressed into molds and then fired to make amulets, statuettes, and other objects. Faience was usually coated with brightly colored glaze.
What glazes did Sheier use?
Edwin and Mary Scheier created custom glazes for their pottery, and they might layer more than one glaze on a single piece; however, we are having trouble locating what those glazes were made of. Their use of glaze was often minimal and they would purposefully allow the texture of the clay beneath to show through.
Are these chains capable of moving?
I believe that they are attached very very very thinly to her thigh and to her wrists in such a way that they do not move, even when the conservators clean the piece.
Are these the original colors? If so, how are they so well preserved?
Yes and no, the color balance on this cartonnage is in great condition. However, over time the colors have darkened. Sometimes the paint would be covered in beeswax for preservation, which would also alter the color over time. That piece, however, is surprisingly well-preserved and the color is still fairly vibrant indicating that it was well protected from the elements and light damage. A cartonnage like this would have been sealed in a dark tomb which, coupled with Egypt's dry climate, helped to preserve the pigment you see.
What type of piano is this?
That is a piano-harp hybrid instrument. When you played the piano keys, small hooks inside would pluck the strings of the harp.  These were popular in the United States around 1860 and were usually made in England or Germany.
What is the significance of the woman holding the lily flower?
Thank you, I can read the number from the first label. Shabut appears to be holding a lotus flower, a common symbol in Ancient Egypt, associated with the all-important marshes where it grows as well as birth and rebirth.
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.

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Here's what people are asking.

When was this made?
That Table Radio was made circa 1936 and exhibits the simple, bold, rounded forms of the streamlined style that characterized much American design of the 1930s and implies the idea of motion and aerodynamics even in stationary objects. The designer, Walter Dorwin Teague, was originally a graphic designer who worked briefly for Kodak cameras before becoming one of the most renowned industrial, or product, designers in the United States.
I read the summary of this but I'm interested to hear more about the artist's relationship with the crown.
The artist was born in Britain but raised in Guyana and in these monumental portraits explores the British crown's relationship with colonialism. Guyana was a British colony from the 18th century, not gaining independence until 1966, and remains a part of the Commonwealth. This statement comes from the artist's website: "Locke has adopted, questioned and subverted the visual display of those in power and those who aspire to power. "
How did the artist make this?
The artist Dustin Yellin calls these pieces "Psychogeographies." Some of them can weigh up to 3,000-pounds and all resemble human forms suspended in glass encasements. Yellin makes them in his Red Hook studio (Shout out to Brooklyn Artists!) he layers glass with paint and various objects to create the 3-D forms and then seals them with a secret process. 
There is this great quote from him: Each large-scale sculpture is individually embellished with bizarre found objects—cut-up books, magazines and trash found on the street—which are then sealed within layers of glass. “Imagine if you were to make a drawing on a window,” said Yellin, explaining his process. “And then you were to take another window and glue it to that window… until you had a window sandwich. I make window sandwiches.”
Did O'Keeffe come to Brooklyn often?
She lived in New York with her husband, the photographer and gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz, from 1918 to 1946. She produced only a small number of paintings of New York architecture, including several skyscrapers and this iconic bridge! Sometimes she and Stieglitz would drive to Brooklyn, and she liked viewing the bridge from the car. It was an emblem of modernity to her and to everyone who saw it at the time.
Georgia O'Keeffe's first solo museum exhibition was held at the Brooklyn Museum in 1927. Previously some of her work was exhibited in another landmark exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum entitled the International Exhibition of Modern Art in 1926. In the 1930s and 1940s O'Keeffe spent summers in New Mexico, and every time she came back to New York she would bring bones and skulls (found in the desert) with her to inspire her art.
If you head down the hallway, you can see an O'Keeffe painting of a ram's head and a desert landscape. Stieglitz died in 1946, and O'Keeffe relocated permanently to New Mexico in 1949.
We are looking at the Game Piece in Form of an Ape and were wondering what ancient Egyptians used to make it so blue?
That piece is very blue because it is glazed faience. Faience itself is white providing an excellent base for the high-fired mineral-based glaze. It was a cheaper alternative to turquoise and lapis-lazuli but gave that beautiful luster.
Technically, faience it is a synthetic compound consisting of ground quartz held together by an alkaline binder. Faience was modeled or pressed into molds and then fired to make amulets, statuettes, and other objects. Faience was usually coated with brightly colored glaze.
What glazes did Sheier use?
Edwin and Mary Scheier created custom glazes for their pottery, and they might layer more than one glaze on a single piece; however, we are having trouble locating what those glazes were made of. Their use of glaze was often minimal and they would purposefully allow the texture of the clay beneath to show through.
Are these chains capable of moving?
I believe that they are attached very very very thinly to her thigh and to her wrists in such a way that they do not move, even when the conservators clean the piece.
Are these the original colors? If so, how are they so well preserved?
Yes and no, the color balance on this cartonnage is in great condition. However, over time the colors have darkened. Sometimes the paint would be covered in beeswax for preservation, which would also alter the color over time. That piece, however, is surprisingly well-preserved and the color is still fairly vibrant indicating that it was well protected from the elements and light damage. A cartonnage like this would have been sealed in a dark tomb which, coupled with Egypt's dry climate, helped to preserve the pigment you see.
What type of piano is this?
That is a piano-harp hybrid instrument. When you played the piano keys, small hooks inside would pluck the strings of the harp.  These were popular in the United States around 1860 and were usually made in England or Germany.
What is the significance of the woman holding the lily flower?
Thank you, I can read the number from the first label. Shabut appears to be holding a lotus flower, a common symbol in Ancient Egypt, associated with the all-important marshes where it grows as well as birth and rebirth.
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.

When was this made?
That Table Radio was made circa 1936 and exhibits the simple, bold, rounded forms of the streamlined style that characterized much American design of the 1930s and implies the idea of motion and aerodynamics even in stationary objects. The designer, Walter Dorwin Teague, was originally a graphic designer who worked briefly for Kodak cameras before becoming one of the most renowned industrial, or product, designers in the United States.
I read the summary of this but I'm interested to hear more about the artist's relationship with the crown.
The artist was born in Britain but raised in Guyana and in these monumental portraits explores the British crown's relationship with colonialism. Guyana was a British colony from the 18th century, not gaining independence until 1966, and remains a part of the Commonwealth. This statement comes from the artist's website: "Locke has adopted, questioned and subverted the visual display of those in power and those who aspire to power. "
How did the artist make this?
The artist Dustin Yellin calls these pieces "Psychogeographies." Some of them can weigh up to 3,000-pounds and all resemble human forms suspended in glass encasements. Yellin makes them in his Red Hook studio (Shout out to Brooklyn Artists!) he layers glass with paint and various objects to create the 3-D forms and then seals them with a secret process. 
There is this great quote from him: Each large-scale sculpture is individually embellished with bizarre found objects—cut-up books, magazines and trash found on the street—which are then sealed within layers of glass. “Imagine if you were to make a drawing on a window,” said Yellin, explaining his process. “And then you were to take another window and glue it to that window… until you had a window sandwich. I make window sandwiches.”
Did O'Keeffe come to Brooklyn often?
She lived in New York with her husband, the photographer and gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz, from 1918 to 1946. She produced only a small number of paintings of New York architecture, including several skyscrapers and this iconic bridge! Sometimes she and Stieglitz would drive to Brooklyn, and she liked viewing the bridge from the car. It was an emblem of modernity to her and to everyone who saw it at the time.
Georgia O'Keeffe's first solo museum exhibition was held at the Brooklyn Museum in 1927. Previously some of her work was exhibited in another landmark exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum entitled the International Exhibition of Modern Art in 1926. In the 1930s and 1940s O'Keeffe spent summers in New Mexico, and every time she came back to New York she would bring bones and skulls (found in the desert) with her to inspire her art.
If you head down the hallway, you can see an O'Keeffe painting of a ram's head and a desert landscape. Stieglitz died in 1946, and O'Keeffe relocated permanently to New Mexico in 1949.
We are looking at the Game Piece in Form of an Ape and were wondering what ancient Egyptians used to make it so blue?
That piece is very blue because it is glazed faience. Faience itself is white providing an excellent base for the high-fired mineral-based glaze. It was a cheaper alternative to turquoise and lapis-lazuli but gave that beautiful luster.
Technically, faience it is a synthetic compound consisting of ground quartz held together by an alkaline binder. Faience was modeled or pressed into molds and then fired to make amulets, statuettes, and other objects. Faience was usually coated with brightly colored glaze.
What glazes did Sheier use?
Edwin and Mary Scheier created custom glazes for their pottery, and they might layer more than one glaze on a single piece; however, we are having trouble locating what those glazes were made of. Their use of glaze was often minimal and they would purposefully allow the texture of the clay beneath to show through.
Are these chains capable of moving?
I believe that they are attached very very very thinly to her thigh and to her wrists in such a way that they do not move, even when the conservators clean the piece.
Are these the original colors? If so, how are they so well preserved?
Yes and no, the color balance on this cartonnage is in great condition. However, over time the colors have darkened. Sometimes the paint would be covered in beeswax for preservation, which would also alter the color over time. That piece, however, is surprisingly well-preserved and the color is still fairly vibrant indicating that it was well protected from the elements and light damage. A cartonnage like this would have been sealed in a dark tomb which, coupled with Egypt's dry climate, helped to preserve the pigment you see.
What type of piano is this?
That is a piano-harp hybrid instrument. When you played the piano keys, small hooks inside would pluck the strings of the harp.  These were popular in the United States around 1860 and were usually made in England or Germany.
What is the significance of the woman holding the lily flower?
Thank you, I can read the number from the first label. Shabut appears to be holding a lotus flower, a common symbol in Ancient Egypt, associated with the all-important marshes where it grows as well as birth and rebirth.
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.

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Here's what people are asking.

When was this made?
That Table Radio was made circa 1936 and exhibits the simple, bold, rounded forms of the streamlined style that characterized much American design of the 1930s and implies the idea of motion and aerodynamics even in stationary objects. The designer, Walter Dorwin Teague, was originally a graphic designer who worked briefly for Kodak cameras before becoming one of the most renowned industrial, or product, designers in the United States.
I read the summary of this but I'm interested to hear more about the artist's relationship with the crown.
The artist was born in Britain but raised in Guyana and in these monumental portraits explores the British crown's relationship with colonialism. Guyana was a British colony from the 18th century, not gaining independence until 1966, and remains a part of the Commonwealth. This statement comes from the artist's website: "Locke has adopted, questioned and subverted the visual display of those in power and those who aspire to power. "
How did the artist make this?
The artist Dustin Yellin calls these pieces "Psychogeographies." Some of them can weigh up to 3,000-pounds and all resemble human forms suspended in glass encasements. Yellin makes them in his Red Hook studio (Shout out to Brooklyn Artists!) he layers glass with paint and various objects to create the 3-D forms and then seals them with a secret process. 
There is this great quote from him: Each large-scale sculpture is individually embellished with bizarre found objects—cut-up books, magazines and trash found on the street—which are then sealed within layers of glass. “Imagine if you were to make a drawing on a window,” said Yellin, explaining his process. “And then you were to take another window and glue it to that window… until you had a window sandwich. I make window sandwiches.”
Did O'Keeffe come to Brooklyn often?
She lived in New York with her husband, the photographer and gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz, from 1918 to 1946. She produced only a small number of paintings of New York architecture, including several skyscrapers and this iconic bridge! Sometimes she and Stieglitz would drive to Brooklyn, and she liked viewing the bridge from the car. It was an emblem of modernity to her and to everyone who saw it at the time.
Georgia O'Keeffe's first solo museum exhibition was held at the Brooklyn Museum in 1927. Previously some of her work was exhibited in another landmark exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum entitled the International Exhibition of Modern Art in 1926. In the 1930s and 1940s O'Keeffe spent summers in New Mexico, and every time she came back to New York she would bring bones and skulls (found in the desert) with her to inspire her art.
If you head down the hallway, you can see an O'Keeffe painting of a ram's head and a desert landscape. Stieglitz died in 1946, and O'Keeffe relocated permanently to New Mexico in 1949.
We are looking at the Game Piece in Form of an Ape and were wondering what ancient Egyptians used to make it so blue?
That piece is very blue because it is glazed faience. Faience itself is white providing an excellent base for the high-fired mineral-based glaze. It was a cheaper alternative to turquoise and lapis-lazuli but gave that beautiful luster.
Technically, faience it is a synthetic compound consisting of ground quartz held together by an alkaline binder. Faience was modeled or pressed into molds and then fired to make amulets, statuettes, and other objects. Faience was usually coated with brightly colored glaze.
What glazes did Sheier use?
Edwin and Mary Scheier created custom glazes for their pottery, and they might layer more than one glaze on a single piece; however, we are having trouble locating what those glazes were made of. Their use of glaze was often minimal and they would purposefully allow the texture of the clay beneath to show through.
Are these chains capable of moving?
I believe that they are attached very very very thinly to her thigh and to her wrists in such a way that they do not move, even when the conservators clean the piece.
Are these the original colors? If so, how are they so well preserved?
Yes and no, the color balance on this cartonnage is in great condition. However, over time the colors have darkened. Sometimes the paint would be covered in beeswax for preservation, which would also alter the color over time. That piece, however, is surprisingly well-preserved and the color is still fairly vibrant indicating that it was well protected from the elements and light damage. A cartonnage like this would have been sealed in a dark tomb which, coupled with Egypt's dry climate, helped to preserve the pigment you see.
What type of piano is this?
That is a piano-harp hybrid instrument. When you played the piano keys, small hooks inside would pluck the strings of the harp.  These were popular in the United States around 1860 and were usually made in England or Germany.
What is the significance of the woman holding the lily flower?
Thank you, I can read the number from the first label. Shabut appears to be holding a lotus flower, a common symbol in Ancient Egypt, associated with the all-important marshes where it grows as well as birth and rebirth.
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.

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Here's what people are asking.

When was this made?
That Table Radio was made circa 1936 and exhibits the simple, bold, rounded forms of the streamlined style that characterized much American design of the 1930s and implies the idea of motion and aerodynamics even in stationary objects. The designer, Walter Dorwin Teague, was originally a graphic designer who worked briefly for Kodak cameras before becoming one of the most renowned industrial, or product, designers in the United States.
I read the summary of this but I'm interested to hear more about the artist's relationship with the crown.
The artist was born in Britain but raised in Guyana and in these monumental portraits explores the British crown's relationship with colonialism. Guyana was a British colony from the 18th century, not gaining independence until 1966, and remains a part of the Commonwealth. This statement comes from the artist's website: "Locke has adopted, questioned and subverted the visual display of those in power and those who aspire to power. "
How did the artist make this?
The artist Dustin Yellin calls these pieces "Psychogeographies." Some of them can weigh up to 3,000-pounds and all resemble human forms suspended in glass encasements. Yellin makes them in his Red Hook studio (Shout out to Brooklyn Artists!) he layers glass with paint and various objects to create the 3-D forms and then seals them with a secret process. 
There is this great quote from him: Each large-scale sculpture is individually embellished with bizarre found objects—cut-up books, magazines and trash found on the street—which are then sealed within layers of glass. “Imagine if you were to make a drawing on a window,” said Yellin, explaining his process. “And then you were to take another window and glue it to that window… until you had a window sandwich. I make window sandwiches.”
Did O'Keeffe come to Brooklyn often?
She lived in New York with her husband, the photographer and gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz, from 1918 to 1946. She produced only a small number of paintings of New York architecture, including several skyscrapers and this iconic bridge! Sometimes she and Stieglitz would drive to Brooklyn, and she liked viewing the bridge from the car. It was an emblem of modernity to her and to everyone who saw it at the time.
Georgia O'Keeffe's first solo museum exhibition was held at the Brooklyn Museum in 1927. Previously some of her work was exhibited in another landmark exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum entitled the International Exhibition of Modern Art in 1926. In the 1930s and 1940s O'Keeffe spent summers in New Mexico, and every time she came back to New York she would bring bones and skulls (found in the desert) with her to inspire her art.
If you head down the hallway, you can see an O'Keeffe painting of a ram's head and a desert landscape. Stieglitz died in 1946, and O'Keeffe relocated permanently to New Mexico in 1949.
We are looking at the Game Piece in Form of an Ape and were wondering what ancient Egyptians used to make it so blue?
That piece is very blue because it is glazed faience. Faience itself is white providing an excellent base for the high-fired mineral-based glaze. It was a cheaper alternative to turquoise and lapis-lazuli but gave that beautiful luster.
Technically, faience it is a synthetic compound consisting of ground quartz held together by an alkaline binder. Faience was modeled or pressed into molds and then fired to make amulets, statuettes, and other objects. Faience was usually coated with brightly colored glaze.
What glazes did Sheier use?
Edwin and Mary Scheier created custom glazes for their pottery, and they might layer more than one glaze on a single piece; however, we are having trouble locating what those glazes were made of. Their use of glaze was often minimal and they would purposefully allow the texture of the clay beneath to show through.
Are these chains capable of moving?
I believe that they are attached very very very thinly to her thigh and to her wrists in such a way that they do not move, even when the conservators clean the piece.
Are these the original colors? If so, how are they so well preserved?
Yes and no, the color balance on this cartonnage is in great condition. However, over time the colors have darkened. Sometimes the paint would be covered in beeswax for preservation, which would also alter the color over time. That piece, however, is surprisingly well-preserved and the color is still fairly vibrant indicating that it was well protected from the elements and light damage. A cartonnage like this would have been sealed in a dark tomb which, coupled with Egypt's dry climate, helped to preserve the pigment you see.
What type of piano is this?
That is a piano-harp hybrid instrument. When you played the piano keys, small hooks inside would pluck the strings of the harp.  These were popular in the United States around 1860 and were usually made in England or Germany.
What is the significance of the woman holding the lily flower?
Thank you, I can read the number from the first label. Shabut appears to be holding a lotus flower, a common symbol in Ancient Egypt, associated with the all-important marshes where it grows as well as birth and rebirth.
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.
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Here's what people are asking.

When was this made?
That Table Radio was made circa 1936 and exhibits the simple, bold, rounded forms of the streamlined style that characterized much American design of the 1930s and implies the idea of motion and aerodynamics even in stationary objects. The designer, Walter Dorwin Teague, was originally a graphic designer who worked briefly for Kodak cameras before becoming one of the most renowned industrial, or product, designers in the United States.
I read the summary of this but I'm interested to hear more about the artist's relationship with the crown.
The artist was born in Britain but raised in Guyana and in these monumental portraits explores the British crown's relationship with colonialism. Guyana was a British colony from the 18th century, not gaining independence until 1966, and remains a part of the Commonwealth. This statement comes from the artist's website: "Locke has adopted, questioned and subverted the visual display of those in power and those who aspire to power. "
How did the artist make this?
The artist Dustin Yellin calls these pieces "Psychogeographies." Some of them can weigh up to 3,000-pounds and all resemble human forms suspended in glass encasements. Yellin makes them in his Red Hook studio (Shout out to Brooklyn Artists!) he layers glass with paint and various objects to create the 3-D forms and then seals them with a secret process. 
There is this great quote from him: Each large-scale sculpture is individually embellished with bizarre found objects—cut-up books, magazines and trash found on the street—which are then sealed within layers of glass. “Imagine if you were to make a drawing on a window,” said Yellin, explaining his process. “And then you were to take another window and glue it to that window… until you had a window sandwich. I make window sandwiches.”
Did O'Keeffe come to Brooklyn often?
She lived in New York with her husband, the photographer and gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz, from 1918 to 1946. She produced only a small number of paintings of New York architecture, including several skyscrapers and this iconic bridge! Sometimes she and Stieglitz would drive to Brooklyn, and she liked viewing the bridge from the car. It was an emblem of modernity to her and to everyone who saw it at the time.
Georgia O'Keeffe's first solo museum exhibition was held at the Brooklyn Museum in 1927. Previously some of her work was exhibited in another landmark exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum entitled the International Exhibition of Modern Art in 1926. In the 1930s and 1940s O'Keeffe spent summers in New Mexico, and every time she came back to New York she would bring bones and skulls (found in the desert) with her to inspire her art.
If you head down the hallway, you can see an O'Keeffe painting of a ram's head and a desert landscape. Stieglitz died in 1946, and O'Keeffe relocated permanently to New Mexico in 1949.
We are looking at the Game Piece in Form of an Ape and were wondering what ancient Egyptians used to make it so blue?
That piece is very blue because it is glazed faience. Faience itself is white providing an excellent base for the high-fired mineral-based glaze. It was a cheaper alternative to turquoise and lapis-lazuli but gave that beautiful luster.
Technically, faience it is a synthetic compound consisting of ground quartz held together by an alkaline binder. Faience was modeled or pressed into molds and then fired to make amulets, statuettes, and other objects. Faience was usually coated with brightly colored glaze.
What glazes did Sheier use?
Edwin and Mary Scheier created custom glazes for their pottery, and they might layer more than one glaze on a single piece; however, we are having trouble locating what those glazes were made of. Their use of glaze was often minimal and they would purposefully allow the texture of the clay beneath to show through.
Are these chains capable of moving?
I believe that they are attached very very very thinly to her thigh and to her wrists in such a way that they do not move, even when the conservators clean the piece.
Are these the original colors? If so, how are they so well preserved?
Yes and no, the color balance on this cartonnage is in great condition. However, over time the colors have darkened. Sometimes the paint would be covered in beeswax for preservation, which would also alter the color over time. That piece, however, is surprisingly well-preserved and the color is still fairly vibrant indicating that it was well protected from the elements and light damage. A cartonnage like this would have been sealed in a dark tomb which, coupled with Egypt's dry climate, helped to preserve the pigment you see.
What type of piano is this?
That is a piano-harp hybrid instrument. When you played the piano keys, small hooks inside would pluck the strings of the harp.  These were popular in the United States around 1860 and were usually made in England or Germany.
What is the significance of the woman holding the lily flower?
Thank you, I can read the number from the first label. Shabut appears to be holding a lotus flower, a common symbol in Ancient Egypt, associated with the all-important marshes where it grows as well as birth and rebirth.
ASK App ASK Team

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

Exhibitions on the First Floor

Also on the First Floor

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

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

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk.

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When was this made?
That Table Radio was made circa 1936 and exhibits the simple, bold, rounded forms of the streamlined style that characterized much American design of the 1930s and implies the idea of motion and aerodynamics even in stationary objects. The designer, Walter Dorwin Teague, was originally a graphic designer who worked briefly for Kodak cameras before becoming one of the most renowned industrial, or product, designers in the United States.
I read the summary of this but I'm interested to hear more about the artist's relationship with the crown.
The artist was born in Britain but raised in Guyana and in these monumental portraits explores the British crown's relationship with colonialism. Guyana was a British colony from the 18th century, not gaining independence until 1966, and remains a part of the Commonwealth. This statement comes from the artist's website: "Locke has adopted, questioned and subverted the visual display of those in power and those who aspire to power. "
How did the artist make this?
The artist Dustin Yellin calls these pieces "Psychogeographies." Some of them can weigh up to 3,000-pounds and all resemble human forms suspended in glass encasements. Yellin makes them in his Red Hook studio (Shout out to Brooklyn Artists!) he layers glass with paint and various objects to create the 3-D forms and then seals them with a secret process. 
There is this great quote from him: Each large-scale sculpture is individually embellished with bizarre found objects—cut-up books, magazines and trash found on the street—which are then sealed within layers of glass. “Imagine if you were to make a drawing on a window,” said Yellin, explaining his process. “And then you were to take another window and glue it to that window… until you had a window sandwich. I make window sandwiches.”
Did O'Keeffe come to Brooklyn often?
She lived in New York with her husband, the photographer and gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz, from 1918 to 1946. She produced only a small number of paintings of New York architecture, including several skyscrapers and this iconic bridge! Sometimes she and Stieglitz would drive to Brooklyn, and she liked viewing the bridge from the car. It was an emblem of modernity to her and to everyone who saw it at the time.
Georgia O'Keeffe's first solo museum exhibition was held at the Brooklyn Museum in 1927. Previously some of her work was exhibited in another landmark exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum entitled the International Exhibition of Modern Art in 1926. In the 1930s and 1940s O'Keeffe spent summers in New Mexico, and every time she came back to New York she would bring bones and skulls (found in the desert) with her to inspire her art.
If you head down the hallway, you can see an O'Keeffe painting of a ram's head and a desert landscape. Stieglitz died in 1946, and O'Keeffe relocated permanently to New Mexico in 1949.
We are looking at the Game Piece in Form of an Ape and were wondering what ancient Egyptians used to make it so blue?
That piece is very blue because it is glazed faience. Faience itself is white providing an excellent base for the high-fired mineral-based glaze. It was a cheaper alternative to turquoise and lapis-lazuli but gave that beautiful luster.
Technically, faience it is a synthetic compound consisting of ground quartz held together by an alkaline binder. Faience was modeled or pressed into molds and then fired to make amulets, statuettes, and other objects. Faience was usually coated with brightly colored glaze.
What glazes did Sheier use?
Edwin and Mary Scheier created custom glazes for their pottery, and they might layer more than one glaze on a single piece; however, we are having trouble locating what those glazes were made of. Their use of glaze was often minimal and they would purposefully allow the texture of the clay beneath to show through.
Are these chains capable of moving?
I believe that they are attached very very very thinly to her thigh and to her wrists in such a way that they do not move, even when the conservators clean the piece.
Are these the original colors? If so, how are they so well preserved?
Yes and no, the color balance on this cartonnage is in great condition. However, over time the colors have darkened. Sometimes the paint would be covered in beeswax for preservation, which would also alter the color over time. That piece, however, is surprisingly well-preserved and the color is still fairly vibrant indicating that it was well protected from the elements and light damage. A cartonnage like this would have been sealed in a dark tomb which, coupled with Egypt's dry climate, helped to preserve the pigment you see.
What type of piano is this?
That is a piano-harp hybrid instrument. When you played the piano keys, small hooks inside would pluck the strings of the harp.  These were popular in the United States around 1860 and were usually made in England or Germany.
What is the significance of the woman holding the lily flower?
Thank you, I can read the number from the first label. Shabut appears to be holding a lotus flower, a common symbol in Ancient Egypt, associated with the all-important marshes where it grows as well as birth and rebirth.
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.

When was this made?
That Table Radio was made circa 1936 and exhibits the simple, bold, rounded forms of the streamlined style that characterized much American design of the 1930s and implies the idea of motion and aerodynamics even in stationary objects. The designer, Walter Dorwin Teague, was originally a graphic designer who worked briefly for Kodak cameras before becoming one of the most renowned industrial, or product, designers in the United States.
I read the summary of this but I'm interested to hear more about the artist's relationship with the crown.
The artist was born in Britain but raised in Guyana and in these monumental portraits explores the British crown's relationship with colonialism. Guyana was a British colony from the 18th century, not gaining independence until 1966, and remains a part of the Commonwealth. This statement comes from the artist's website: "Locke has adopted, questioned and subverted the visual display of those in power and those who aspire to power. "
How did the artist make this?
The artist Dustin Yellin calls these pieces "Psychogeographies." Some of them can weigh up to 3,000-pounds and all resemble human forms suspended in glass encasements. Yellin makes them in his Red Hook studio (Shout out to Brooklyn Artists!) he layers glass with paint and various objects to create the 3-D forms and then seals them with a secret process. 
There is this great quote from him: Each large-scale sculpture is individually embellished with bizarre found objects—cut-up books, magazines and trash found on the street—which are then sealed within layers of glass. “Imagine if you were to make a drawing on a window,” said Yellin, explaining his process. “And then you were to take another window and glue it to that window… until you had a window sandwich. I make window sandwiches.”
Did O'Keeffe come to Brooklyn often?
She lived in New York with her husband, the photographer and gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz, from 1918 to 1946. She produced only a small number of paintings of New York architecture, including several skyscrapers and this iconic bridge! Sometimes she and Stieglitz would drive to Brooklyn, and she liked viewing the bridge from the car. It was an emblem of modernity to her and to everyone who saw it at the time.
Georgia O'Keeffe's first solo museum exhibition was held at the Brooklyn Museum in 1927. Previously some of her work was exhibited in another landmark exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum entitled the International Exhibition of Modern Art in 1926. In the 1930s and 1940s O'Keeffe spent summers in New Mexico, and every time she came back to New York she would bring bones and skulls (found in the desert) with her to inspire her art.
If you head down the hallway, you can see an O'Keeffe painting of a ram's head and a desert landscape. Stieglitz died in 1946, and O'Keeffe relocated permanently to New Mexico in 1949.
We are looking at the Game Piece in Form of an Ape and were wondering what ancient Egyptians used to make it so blue?
That piece is very blue because it is glazed faience. Faience itself is white providing an excellent base for the high-fired mineral-based glaze. It was a cheaper alternative to turquoise and lapis-lazuli but gave that beautiful luster.
Technically, faience it is a synthetic compound consisting of ground quartz held together by an alkaline binder. Faience was modeled or pressed into molds and then fired to make amulets, statuettes, and other objects. Faience was usually coated with brightly colored glaze.
What glazes did Sheier use?
Edwin and Mary Scheier created custom glazes for their pottery, and they might layer more than one glaze on a single piece; however, we are having trouble locating what those glazes were made of. Their use of glaze was often minimal and they would purposefully allow the texture of the clay beneath to show through.
Are these chains capable of moving?
I believe that they are attached very very very thinly to her thigh and to her wrists in such a way that they do not move, even when the conservators clean the piece.
Are these the original colors? If so, how are they so well preserved?
Yes and no, the color balance on this cartonnage is in great condition. However, over time the colors have darkened. Sometimes the paint would be covered in beeswax for preservation, which would also alter the color over time. That piece, however, is surprisingly well-preserved and the color is still fairly vibrant indicating that it was well protected from the elements and light damage. A cartonnage like this would have been sealed in a dark tomb which, coupled with Egypt's dry climate, helped to preserve the pigment you see.
What type of piano is this?
That is a piano-harp hybrid instrument. When you played the piano keys, small hooks inside would pluck the strings of the harp.  These were popular in the United States around 1860 and were usually made in England or Germany.
What is the significance of the woman holding the lily flower?
Thank you, I can read the number from the first label. Shabut appears to be holding a lotus flower, a common symbol in Ancient Egypt, associated with the all-important marshes where it grows as well as birth and rebirth.
ASK App ASK Team

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

By Subway

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


By Bus

The closest bus stops are:

B41 and B69 at Grand Army Plaza

B45 at St. Johns Place and Washington Avenue

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


By Car

From Manhattan:

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

From Westchester, the Bronx, Queens, or Connecticut:

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

From Staten Island and southern or central New Jersey:

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

From northern or north central New Jersey:

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

From Long Island:

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


Parking

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


Bikes

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

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Here's what people are asking.

When was this made?
That Table Radio was made circa 1936 and exhibits the simple, bold, rounded forms of the streamlined style that characterized much American design of the 1930s and implies the idea of motion and aerodynamics even in stationary objects. The designer, Walter Dorwin Teague, was originally a graphic designer who worked briefly for Kodak cameras before becoming one of the most renowned industrial, or product, designers in the United States.
I read the summary of this but I'm interested to hear more about the artist's relationship with the crown.
The artist was born in Britain but raised in Guyana and in these monumental portraits explores the British crown's relationship with colonialism. Guyana was a British colony from the 18th century, not gaining independence until 1966, and remains a part of the Commonwealth. This statement comes from the artist's website: "Locke has adopted, questioned and subverted the visual display of those in power and those who aspire to power. "
How did the artist make this?
The artist Dustin Yellin calls these pieces "Psychogeographies." Some of them can weigh up to 3,000-pounds and all resemble human forms suspended in glass encasements. Yellin makes them in his Red Hook studio (Shout out to Brooklyn Artists!) he layers glass with paint and various objects to create the 3-D forms and then seals them with a secret process. 
There is this great quote from him: Each large-scale sculpture is individually embellished with bizarre found objects—cut-up books, magazines and trash found on the street—which are then sealed within layers of glass. “Imagine if you were to make a drawing on a window,” said Yellin, explaining his process. “And then you were to take another window and glue it to that window… until you had a window sandwich. I make window sandwiches.”
Did O'Keeffe come to Brooklyn often?
She lived in New York with her husband, the photographer and gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz, from 1918 to 1946. She produced only a small number of paintings of New York architecture, including several skyscrapers and this iconic bridge! Sometimes she and Stieglitz would drive to Brooklyn, and she liked viewing the bridge from the car. It was an emblem of modernity to her and to everyone who saw it at the time.
Georgia O'Keeffe's first solo museum exhibition was held at the Brooklyn Museum in 1927. Previously some of her work was exhibited in another landmark exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum entitled the International Exhibition of Modern Art in 1926. In the 1930s and 1940s O'Keeffe spent summers in New Mexico, and every time she came back to New York she would bring bones and skulls (found in the desert) with her to inspire her art.
If you head down the hallway, you can see an O'Keeffe painting of a ram's head and a desert landscape. Stieglitz died in 1946, and O'Keeffe relocated permanently to New Mexico in 1949.
We are looking at the Game Piece in Form of an Ape and were wondering what ancient Egyptians used to make it so blue?
That piece is very blue because it is glazed faience. Faience itself is white providing an excellent base for the high-fired mineral-based glaze. It was a cheaper alternative to turquoise and lapis-lazuli but gave that beautiful luster.
Technically, faience it is a synthetic compound consisting of ground quartz held together by an alkaline binder. Faience was modeled or pressed into molds and then fired to make amulets, statuettes, and other objects. Faience was usually coated with brightly colored glaze.
What glazes did Sheier use?
Edwin and Mary Scheier created custom glazes for their pottery, and they might layer more than one glaze on a single piece; however, we are having trouble locating what those glazes were made of. Their use of glaze was often minimal and they would purposefully allow the texture of the clay beneath to show through.
Are these chains capable of moving?
I believe that they are attached very very very thinly to her thigh and to her wrists in such a way that they do not move, even when the conservators clean the piece.
Are these the original colors? If so, how are they so well preserved?
Yes and no, the color balance on this cartonnage is in great condition. However, over time the colors have darkened. Sometimes the paint would be covered in beeswax for preservation, which would also alter the color over time. That piece, however, is surprisingly well-preserved and the color is still fairly vibrant indicating that it was well protected from the elements and light damage. A cartonnage like this would have been sealed in a dark tomb which, coupled with Egypt's dry climate, helped to preserve the pigment you see.
What type of piano is this?
That is a piano-harp hybrid instrument. When you played the piano keys, small hooks inside would pluck the strings of the harp.  These were popular in the United States around 1860 and were usually made in England or Germany.
What is the significance of the woman holding the lily flower?
Thank you, I can read the number from the first label. Shabut appears to be holding a lotus flower, a common symbol in Ancient Egypt, associated with the all-important marshes where it grows as well as birth and rebirth.
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.

When was this made?
That Table Radio was made circa 1936 and exhibits the simple, bold, rounded forms of the streamlined style that characterized much American design of the 1930s and implies the idea of motion and aerodynamics even in stationary objects. The designer, Walter Dorwin Teague, was originally a graphic designer who worked briefly for Kodak cameras before becoming one of the most renowned industrial, or product, designers in the United States.
I read the summary of this but I'm interested to hear more about the artist's relationship with the crown.
The artist was born in Britain but raised in Guyana and in these monumental portraits explores the British crown's relationship with colonialism. Guyana was a British colony from the 18th century, not gaining independence until 1966, and remains a part of the Commonwealth. This statement comes from the artist's website: "Locke has adopted, questioned and subverted the visual display of those in power and those who aspire to power. "
How did the artist make this?
The artist Dustin Yellin calls these pieces "Psychogeographies." Some of them can weigh up to 3,000-pounds and all resemble human forms suspended in glass encasements. Yellin makes them in his Red Hook studio (Shout out to Brooklyn Artists!) he layers glass with paint and various objects to create the 3-D forms and then seals them with a secret process. 
There is this great quote from him: Each large-scale sculpture is individually embellished with bizarre found objects—cut-up books, magazines and trash found on the street—which are then sealed within layers of glass. “Imagine if you were to make a drawing on a window,” said Yellin, explaining his process. “And then you were to take another window and glue it to that window… until you had a window sandwich. I make window sandwiches.”
Did O'Keeffe come to Brooklyn often?
She lived in New York with her husband, the photographer and gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz, from 1918 to 1946. She produced only a small number of paintings of New York architecture, including several skyscrapers and this iconic bridge! Sometimes she and Stieglitz would drive to Brooklyn, and she liked viewing the bridge from the car. It was an emblem of modernity to her and to everyone who saw it at the time.
Georgia O'Keeffe's first solo museum exhibition was held at the Brooklyn Museum in 1927. Previously some of her work was exhibited in another landmark exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum entitled the International Exhibition of Modern Art in 1926. In the 1930s and 1940s O'Keeffe spent summers in New Mexico, and every time she came back to New York she would bring bones and skulls (found in the desert) with her to inspire her art.
If you head down the hallway, you can see an O'Keeffe painting of a ram's head and a desert landscape. Stieglitz died in 1946, and O'Keeffe relocated permanently to New Mexico in 1949.
We are looking at the Game Piece in Form of an Ape and were wondering what ancient Egyptians used to make it so blue?
That piece is very blue because it is glazed faience. Faience itself is white providing an excellent base for the high-fired mineral-based glaze. It was a cheaper alternative to turquoise and lapis-lazuli but gave that beautiful luster.
Technically, faience it is a synthetic compound consisting of ground quartz held together by an alkaline binder. Faience was modeled or pressed into molds and then fired to make amulets, statuettes, and other objects. Faience was usually coated with brightly colored glaze.
What glazes did Sheier use?
Edwin and Mary Scheier created custom glazes for their pottery, and they might layer more than one glaze on a single piece; however, we are having trouble locating what those glazes were made of. Their use of glaze was often minimal and they would purposefully allow the texture of the clay beneath to show through.
Are these chains capable of moving?
I believe that they are attached very very very thinly to her thigh and to her wrists in such a way that they do not move, even when the conservators clean the piece.
Are these the original colors? If so, how are they so well preserved?
Yes and no, the color balance on this cartonnage is in great condition. However, over time the colors have darkened. Sometimes the paint would be covered in beeswax for preservation, which would also alter the color over time. That piece, however, is surprisingly well-preserved and the color is still fairly vibrant indicating that it was well protected from the elements and light damage. A cartonnage like this would have been sealed in a dark tomb which, coupled with Egypt's dry climate, helped to preserve the pigment you see.
What type of piano is this?
That is a piano-harp hybrid instrument. When you played the piano keys, small hooks inside would pluck the strings of the harp.  These were popular in the United States around 1860 and were usually made in England or Germany.
What is the significance of the woman holding the lily flower?
Thank you, I can read the number from the first label. Shabut appears to be holding a lotus flower, a common symbol in Ancient Egypt, associated with the all-important marshes where it grows as well as birth and rebirth.
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.

When was this made?
That Table Radio was made circa 1936 and exhibits the simple, bold, rounded forms of the streamlined style that characterized much American design of the 1930s and implies the idea of motion and aerodynamics even in stationary objects. The designer, Walter Dorwin Teague, was originally a graphic designer who worked briefly for Kodak cameras before becoming one of the most renowned industrial, or product, designers in the United States.
I read the summary of this but I'm interested to hear more about the artist's relationship with the crown.
The artist was born in Britain but raised in Guyana and in these monumental portraits explores the British crown's relationship with colonialism. Guyana was a British colony from the 18th century, not gaining independence until 1966, and remains a part of the Commonwealth. This statement comes from the artist's website: "Locke has adopted, questioned and subverted the visual display of those in power and those who aspire to power. "
How did the artist make this?
The artist Dustin Yellin calls these pieces "Psychogeographies." Some of them can weigh up to 3,000-pounds and all resemble human forms suspended in glass encasements. Yellin makes them in his Red Hook studio (Shout out to Brooklyn Artists!) he layers glass with paint and various objects to create the 3-D forms and then seals them with a secret process. 
There is this great quote from him: Each large-scale sculpture is individually embellished with bizarre found objects—cut-up books, magazines and trash found on the street—which are then sealed within layers of glass. “Imagine if you were to make a drawing on a window,” said Yellin, explaining his process. “And then you were to take another window and glue it to that window… until you had a window sandwich. I make window sandwiches.”
Did O'Keeffe come to Brooklyn often?
She lived in New York with her husband, the photographer and gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz, from 1918 to 1946. She produced only a small number of paintings of New York architecture, including several skyscrapers and this iconic bridge! Sometimes she and Stieglitz would drive to Brooklyn, and she liked viewing the bridge from the car. It was an emblem of modernity to her and to everyone who saw it at the time.
Georgia O'Keeffe's first solo museum exhibition was held at the Brooklyn Museum in 1927. Previously some of her work was exhibited in another landmark exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum entitled the International Exhibition of Modern Art in 1926. In the 1930s and 1940s O'Keeffe spent summers in New Mexico, and every time she came back to New York she would bring bones and skulls (found in the desert) with her to inspire her art.
If you head down the hallway, you can see an O'Keeffe painting of a ram's head and a desert landscape. Stieglitz died in 1946, and O'Keeffe relocated permanently to New Mexico in 1949.
We are looking at the Game Piece in Form of an Ape and were wondering what ancient Egyptians used to make it so blue?
That piece is very blue because it is glazed faience. Faience itself is white providing an excellent base for the high-fired mineral-based glaze. It was a cheaper alternative to turquoise and lapis-lazuli but gave that beautiful luster.
Technically, faience it is a synthetic compound consisting of ground quartz held together by an alkaline binder. Faience was modeled or pressed into molds and then fired to make amulets, statuettes, and other objects. Faience was usually coated with brightly colored glaze.
What glazes did Sheier use?
Edwin and Mary Scheier created custom glazes for their pottery, and they might layer more than one glaze on a single piece; however, we are having trouble locating what those glazes were made of. Their use of glaze was often minimal and they would purposefully allow the texture of the clay beneath to show through.
Are these chains capable of moving?
I believe that they are attached very very very thinly to her thigh and to her wrists in such a way that they do not move, even when the conservators clean the piece.
Are these the original colors? If so, how are they so well preserved?
Yes and no, the color balance on this cartonnage is in great condition. However, over time the colors have darkened. Sometimes the paint would be covered in beeswax for preservation, which would also alter the color over time. That piece, however, is surprisingly well-preserved and the color is still fairly vibrant indicating that it was well protected from the elements and light damage. A cartonnage like this would have been sealed in a dark tomb which, coupled with Egypt's dry climate, helped to preserve the pigment you see.
What type of piano is this?
That is a piano-harp hybrid instrument. When you played the piano keys, small hooks inside would pluck the strings of the harp.  These were popular in the United States around 1860 and were usually made in England or Germany.
What is the significance of the woman holding the lily flower?
Thank you, I can read the number from the first label. Shabut appears to be holding a lotus flower, a common symbol in Ancient Egypt, associated with the all-important marshes where it grows as well as birth and rebirth.
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.

When was this made?
That Table Radio was made circa 1936 and exhibits the simple, bold, rounded forms of the streamlined style that characterized much American design of the 1930s and implies the idea of motion and aerodynamics even in stationary objects. The designer, Walter Dorwin Teague, was originally a graphic designer who worked briefly for Kodak cameras before becoming one of the most renowned industrial, or product, designers in the United States.
I read the summary of this but I'm interested to hear more about the artist's relationship with the crown.
The artist was born in Britain but raised in Guyana and in these monumental portraits explores the British crown's relationship with colonialism. Guyana was a British colony from the 18th century, not gaining independence until 1966, and remains a part of the Commonwealth. This statement comes from the artist's website: "Locke has adopted, questioned and subverted the visual display of those in power and those who aspire to power. "
How did the artist make this?
The artist Dustin Yellin calls these pieces "Psychogeographies." Some of them can weigh up to 3,000-pounds and all resemble human forms suspended in glass encasements. Yellin makes them in his Red Hook studio (Shout out to Brooklyn Artists!) he layers glass with paint and various objects to create the 3-D forms and then seals them with a secret process. 
There is this great quote from him: Each large-scale sculpture is individually embellished with bizarre found objects—cut-up books, magazines and trash found on the street—which are then sealed within layers of glass. “Imagine if you were to make a drawing on a window,” said Yellin, explaining his process. “And then you were to take another window and glue it to that window… until you had a window sandwich. I make window sandwiches.”
Did O'Keeffe come to Brooklyn often?
She lived in New York with her husband, the photographer and gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz, from 1918 to 1946. She produced only a small number of paintings of New York architecture, including several skyscrapers and this iconic bridge! Sometimes she and Stieglitz would drive to Brooklyn, and she liked viewing the bridge from the car. It was an emblem of modernity to her and to everyone who saw it at the time.
Georgia O'Keeffe's first solo museum exhibition was held at the Brooklyn Museum in 1927. Previously some of her work was exhibited in another landmark exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum entitled the International Exhibition of Modern Art in 1926. In the 1930s and 1940s O'Keeffe spent summers in New Mexico, and every time she came back to New York she would bring bones and skulls (found in the desert) with her to inspire her art.
If you head down the hallway, you can see an O'Keeffe painting of a ram's head and a desert landscape. Stieglitz died in 1946, and O'Keeffe relocated permanently to New Mexico in 1949.
We are looking at the Game Piece in Form of an Ape and were wondering what ancient Egyptians used to make it so blue?
That piece is very blue because it is glazed faience. Faience itself is white providing an excellent base for the high-fired mineral-based glaze. It was a cheaper alternative to turquoise and lapis-lazuli but gave that beautiful luster.
Technically, faience it is a synthetic compound consisting of ground quartz held together by an alkaline binder. Faience was modeled or pressed into molds and then fired to make amulets, statuettes, and other objects. Faience was usually coated with brightly colored glaze.
What glazes did Sheier use?
Edwin and Mary Scheier created custom glazes for their pottery, and they might layer more than one glaze on a single piece; however, we are having trouble locating what those glazes were made of. Their use of glaze was often minimal and they would purposefully allow the texture of the clay beneath to show through.
Are these chains capable of moving?
I believe that they are attached very very very thinly to her thigh and to her wrists in such a way that they do not move, even when the conservators clean the piece.
Are these the original colors? If so, how are they so well preserved?
Yes and no, the color balance on this cartonnage is in great condition. However, over time the colors have darkened. Sometimes the paint would be covered in beeswax for preservation, which would also alter the color over time. That piece, however, is surprisingly well-preserved and the color is still fairly vibrant indicating that it was well protected from the elements and light damage. A cartonnage like this would have been sealed in a dark tomb which, coupled with Egypt's dry climate, helped to preserve the pigment you see.
What type of piano is this?
That is a piano-harp hybrid instrument. When you played the piano keys, small hooks inside would pluck the strings of the harp.  These were popular in the United States around 1860 and were usually made in England or Germany.
What is the significance of the woman holding the lily flower?
Thank you, I can read the number from the first label. Shabut appears to be holding a lotus flower, a common symbol in Ancient Egypt, associated with the all-important marshes where it grows as well as birth and rebirth.
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When was this made?
That Table Radio was made circa 1936 and exhibits the simple, bold, rounded forms of the streamlined style that characterized much American design of the 1930s and implies the idea of motion and aerodynamics even in stationary objects. The designer, Walter Dorwin Teague, was originally a graphic designer who worked briefly for Kodak cameras before becoming one of the most renowned industrial, or product, designers in the United States.
I read the summary of this but I'm interested to hear more about the artist's relationship with the crown.
The artist was born in Britain but raised in Guyana and in these monumental portraits explores the British crown's relationship with colonialism. Guyana was a British colony from the 18th century, not gaining independence until 1966, and remains a part of the Commonwealth. This statement comes from the artist's website: "Locke has adopted, questioned and subverted the visual display of those in power and those who aspire to power. "
How did the artist make this?
The artist Dustin Yellin calls these pieces "Psychogeographies." Some of them can weigh up to 3,000-pounds and all resemble human forms suspended in glass encasements. Yellin makes them in his Red Hook studio (Shout out to Brooklyn Artists!) he layers glass with paint and various objects to create the 3-D forms and then seals them with a secret process. 
There is this great quote from him: Each large-scale sculpture is individually embellished with bizarre found objects—cut-up books, magazines and trash found on the street—which are then sealed within layers of glass. “Imagine if you were to make a drawing on a window,” said Yellin, explaining his process. “And then you were to take another window and glue it to that window… until you had a window sandwich. I make window sandwiches.”
Did O'Keeffe come to Brooklyn often?
She lived in New York with her husband, the photographer and gallery owner Alfred Stieglitz, from 1918 to 1946. She produced only a small number of paintings of New York architecture, including several skyscrapers and this iconic bridge! Sometimes she and Stieglitz would drive to Brooklyn, and she liked viewing the bridge from the car. It was an emblem of modernity to her and to everyone who saw it at the time.
Georgia O'Keeffe's first solo museum exhibition was held at the Brooklyn Museum in 1927. Previously some of her work was exhibited in another landmark exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum entitled the International Exhibition of Modern Art in 1926. In the 1930s and 1940s O'Keeffe spent summers in New Mexico, and every time she came back to New York she would bring bones and skulls (found in the desert) with her to inspire her art.
If you head down the hallway, you can see an O'Keeffe painting of a ram's head and a desert landscape. Stieglitz died in 1946, and O'Keeffe relocated permanently to New Mexico in 1949.
We are looking at the Game Piece in Form of an Ape and were wondering what ancient Egyptians used to make it so blue?
That piece is very blue because it is glazed faience. Faience itself is white providing an excellent base for the high-fired mineral-based glaze. It was a cheaper alternative to turquoise and lapis-lazuli but gave that beautiful luster.
Technically, faience it is a synthetic compound consisting of ground quartz held together by an alkaline binder. Faience was modeled or pressed into molds and then fired to make amulets, statuettes, and other objects. Faience was usually coated with brightly colored glaze.
What glazes did Sheier use?
Edwin and Mary Scheier created custom glazes for their pottery, and they might layer more than one glaze on a single piece; however, we are having trouble locating what those glazes were made of. Their use of glaze was often minimal and they would purposefully allow the texture of the clay beneath to show through.
Are these chains capable of moving?
I believe that they are attached very very very thinly to her thigh and to her wrists in such a way that they do not move, even when the conservators clean the piece.
Are these the original colors? If so, how are they so well preserved?
Yes and no, the color balance on this cartonnage is in great condition. However, over time the colors have darkened. Sometimes the paint would be covered in beeswax for preservation, which would also alter the color over time. That piece, however, is surprisingly well-preserved and the color is still fairly vibrant indicating that it was well protected from the elements and light damage. A cartonnage like this would have been sealed in a dark tomb which, coupled with Egypt's dry climate, helped to preserve the pigment you see.
What type of piano is this?
That is a piano-harp hybrid instrument. When you played the piano keys, small hooks inside would pluck the strings of the harp.  These were popular in the United States around 1860 and were usually made in England or Germany.
What is the significance of the woman holding the lily flower?
Thank you, I can read the number from the first label. Shabut appears to be holding a lotus flower, a common symbol in Ancient Egypt, associated with the all-important marshes where it grows as well as birth and rebirth.
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.