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DAY 1: Friday, October 20, 2017

SESSION 1
9:30–11:15 am

Opening Performance
Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Anne Pasternak, Shelby White and Leon Levy Director, Brooklyn Museum
Tom Healy, writer and guest curator, Brooklyn Museum

“If There’s a Heaven, I Can’t Find a Stairway”: Can Art Create a Way Forward?
Cultural critic Touré in conversation with rap artist Black Thought (Tariq Trotter) of The Roots. They discuss creative responsibilities, artistic imagination, and staying inspired as artists, thinkers, and global citizens.

Keynote
Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator from New York, in conversation with Anne Pasternak, Shelby White and Leon Levy Director of the Brooklyn Museum, on the awesome impact of one person, one change, or one story.

When Does Practice Become the Real Thing? A Talk on Community Benefits
Roberta Uno, Director, Arts in a Changing America, gives a talk on best practices and effective strategies for creating inclusive and dynamic cultural communities. How do we shift institutional priorities, build equitable relationships, and encourage accountability?

Creative Resistance: The Role of the Artist
Paola Mendoza, filmmaker and Artistic Director, Women’s March on Washington, speaks on how artists can help drive change through cultural creation, connecting people through their common humanity.

SESSION 2
11:30 am–1:30 pm

Across the Line: Changing Culture with Virtual Reality
Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Experience Officer, Planned Parenthood, in conversation with Lindsey Taylor Wood, Founder and President, The Helm. This conversation explores how Planned Parenthood uses art and such new media as virtual reality to tell stories, expand their reach, and inspire change. Through these creative strategies they focus not only on policy victories but on changing the culture of shame and stigma around women’s sexual and reproductive health.

Can Politicians Think Like Artists?
A conversation among artists Hank Willis Thomas and Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and Neera Tanden, President, Center for American Progress, moderated by Tom Healy. They unpack what artists and policy-makers may be able to learn from each other as creative dissenters and boundary-pushers.

Everyday Creativity: Making Change in Communities
A conversation among Kemi Ilesanmi, Executive Director, The Laundromat Project; Ebony Noelle Golden, Founder and CEO, Betty’s Daughter Arts Collaborative; and Sade Lythcott, CEO, National Black Theatre, moderated by Adjoa Jones de Almeida, Director of Education, Brooklyn Museum. Three community arts leaders get together to discuss the complexities and transformative power of their local practices and initiatives in New York City, amplifying the link between creativity, imagination, and neighborhood well-being.

Amplifier: Hear Our Voice
Cleo Barnett, artist, curator, and Program Director, Amplifier, gives a brief talk on making art specifically for movement building and harnessing the power of positive propaganda for elevating voices, including working with the Women’s March on Washington.

How to Build a Movement
Linda Sarsour and Bob Bland, national co-chairs of the Women’s March on Washington, reflect on the massive global success of the January 21, 2017, protest and the ongoing effort to sustain momentum for intersectional women’s rights. Moderated by Carmen Hermo, Assistant Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum.

BREAK FOR LUNCH
1:25–2:30 pm

SESSION 3
2:30–4:20 pm

Planting Seeds for Communities of Change
Alvin Starks, Senior Program Officer, Open Society Foundations, in conversation with Anjali Kumar, Chief People Officer and General Counsel, Cheddar Inc., and William Floyd, Head of External Affairs, Google New York and California; moderated by Rashida Bumbray, Senior Program Manager of Arts Exchange, Open Society Foundations. Members of philanthropic foundations and the corporate and start-up sectors discuss how the arts can help institutions create a culture of engagement that supports social justice and helps communities thrive.

Faith and Social Change in Brooklyn
Rabbi Rachel Timoner, Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, and Reverend Eric Thomas, Interim Pastor, Siloam Presbyterian Church in Bed-Stuy, discuss spiritual life in Brooklyn with Joyce S. Dubensky, CEO, Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, with particular attention to belonging, allyship, safety, and self-expression.

Our Bodies Ourselves: Advocacy through Feminist Filmmakers
Norma Swenson and Jane Pincus, founders of the trailblazing women's health organization Our Bodies Ourselves, unite with Julie Childers, OBOS Executive Director, and Ayesha Chatterjee, OBOS Global Project team, to present their work—remarkable for its longevity—and an intergenerational discussion of feminist activism, including a screening of vintage films from the Global Women’s Health Movement.

Black Lives Matter: The Future of a Movement
CNN political commentator Sally Kohn interviews Opal Tometi and Alicia Garza, co-founders of #BlackLivesMatter, on systemic racism, the movement, rage, and hope.

SESSION 4
4:35–6:10 pm

Making Brooklyn Well: Designing Healthy Communities for Everyone
Richard Cook, co-founder of COOKFOX architecture firm, and Brenda Rosen, President and CEO, Breaking Ground, discuss the intersection of design and community wellness. They unpack strategies for supporting mental and physical health through connections to nature in the built environment, and the efficacy of good design to create safety and security for Brooklyn’s most vulnerable citizens.

Open Access: A Creative Practice
Canadian social practice artist Carmen Papalia presents on the empathic possibilities of his work, which has been described as an “open-sourcing of his own access . . . making visible the opportunities for learning and knowing through the non-visual senses.”

Indigenous Art and Organizing: A Conversation on Policy, Practice, and Representation
Jodi Gillette, former advisor to President Obama; Kevin Gover, Director, National Museum of the American Indian; and artist Jeffrey Gibson discuss the ethics of representing and supporting indigenous art, history, and culture. They share lessons learned and strategies for ensuring inclusion, growth, and exchange among institutions, artistic communities, and governments. Moderated by Catherine Morris, Sackler Senior Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum.

The Fight for Opportunity: Immigration Now
Tania Bruguera, artist and inaugural Artist-in-Residence of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, joins Murad Awawdeh, Vice President of Advocacy, New York Immigration Coalition, and artist Felipe Baeza for a discussion on political challenges facing New York’s immigrant communities and the creative possibilities of Arte Útil, or “useful art.”

SESSION 5
6:30–8:15 pm

The Value of Storytelling in Education with performances from SLUT: The Play and When We Were Men
Teacher, writer, and director Katie Cappiello and Beau Willimon, playwright and creator of House of Cards, explore the fusion of theater arts and activism in education and the active benefits of the theater as a space to encourage challenging conversations on topics like gender norms and sexual assault.

I Can’t Breathe: A Reflection
Artist and performer Shaun Leonardo presents a performative reflection and meditation on self-preservation, aggression, and the fight to survive in over-policed communities of color. Conducted in memory of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, Eric Garner, Jamar Clark, Laquan McDonald, Michael Brown, Akai Gurley, Ramarley Graham, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin… and countless others.

Who Says Who We Are? The Ethics of Representation
Claudia Rankine, poet, essayist, and founder of The Racial Imaginary Institute; artist Sam Durant; Coco Fusco, artist, writer, and professor; and Antwaun Sargent, writer and art critic, approach a topic of recent museological and political urgency, unpacking the ethics of representation, the current state of racial and identity politics in the art world, and the repercussions of visual culture.

Closing Remarks
Anne Pasternak, Shelby White and Leon Levy Director, Brooklyn Museum

Concluding Performance
The Resistance Revival Chorus

Reception, Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
 

Day 2: Saturday, October 21, 2017

11:15 am–12:45 pm Mirror/Echo/Tilt, Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st Floor
Melanie Crean
A performative workshop led by Melanie Crean and developed by Shaun Leonardo, Melanie Crean, and Sable Elyse Smith focused on questioning and shifting the American concept of criminality. Attendees engage in short physical storytelling exercises to explore how ideas of criminality are represented in popular media as well as everyday social exchange.

11:15 am–12:45 pm ArtChangeUS Presents Grounding from Knowing, Luce Center for American Art, 5th Floor
Emily Johnson
How can we imagine change without understanding our present and past relationship to place and land? This workshop focuses on where we are—Lenapehoking—the Lenape homeland. It is not a history lesson, but rather an exploration of how to build relationships with land and place so that we are better able to extend care and enliven true change.

11:15 am–12:45 pm Creative Resistance, Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor
Paola Mendoza and Sarah Sophie Flicker
Join Paola Mendoza, Creative Director, Women’s March on Washington, and Sarah Sophie Flicker, cultural organizer and activist, for an intimate roundtable about the role of artists in resisting injustice. They discuss lessons learned from the Women's March and how they use art to combat oppression and marginalization. Brainstorming sessions, break-out groups, and sharing of ideas to follow.

11:30 am–12:15 pm We Shouldn’t Have Policies That We are Afraid to Talk About, Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor
Laurie Jo Reynolds
Artist and activist Laurie Jo Reynolds presents a dynamic talk that considers state responses to sexual abuse and violence, examining unintended consequences of public registration, notification laws, and related restrictions. Q&A with audience members follows.

11:30 am­–12:30 pm; 12:30–1:30 pm; 2–3 pm Amplify Your Voice: Silkscreening Protest Art, Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
Amplifier
Amplifier, the organization that flooded the streets with images of hope during the Inauguration and Women’s March, offers a screenprinting workshop and discusses how images can be used to fuel movements. Participants get to screenprint their own protest poster.

11:30 am–1 pm Film Retrospective of the Global Women’s Health Movement, Sackler Center, Forum, 4th Floor
Our Bodies Ourselves founders
In this session, Our Bodies Ourselves founders present the films Abortion (1971) and Jane: An Abortion (1995) and lead a post-screening discussion.

12:30–2 pm; 3:30–5 pm D.I.Y. Zine-Making, Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor
Members of the Con Artist Collective
Before the internet there were zines. Learn about the history of zines and their political engagement, with artists from New York’s Con Artist Collective, which invites participants to make their own zines.

1–2 pm Google’s Love Letters, Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor
Malika Saada Saar and others to be announced
Join Malika Saada Saar, Google's Senior Counsel on Civil and Human Rights, for a video presentation and discussion of Google’s project partnering with criminal justice reform groups to connect kids with their incarcerated parents.

1:30–3 pm Film Retrospective of the Global Women’s Health Movement, Sackler Center, Forum, 4th Floor
Our Bodies Ourselves
Our Bodies Ourselves founders present La Operación (1982), a seminal documentary by filmmaker Ana María García on the mass sterilization of Puerto Rican women in the 1950s and '60s, and leads a post-screening discussion with a focus on contemporary activism.

1:30–4:30 pm Staging Change: The Fusion of Theater Arts and Activism, Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st Floor (free teen workshop)
Katie Cappiello
This free hands-on workshop led by playwright Katie Cappiello guides teens in the creation of plays grounded in social justice themes. Through acting exercises, group discussion, and creative writing, teens collaborate to devise original performance pieces that shed light on the challenges they and their peers face locally, nationally, and even worldwide.

2–3:30 pm The Laundromat Project Presents: We the News, Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor
Lizania Cruz
Join the Laundromat Project’s 2017 Bed-Stuy Create Change artist-in-residence Lizania Cruz for a discussion and hands-on zine-making workshop from her project We the News, based on the idea of sanctuary. Lizania co-creates spaces of sanctuary through the use of language, personifying the role storytelling plays in uniting, empowering, and building community.

2–4:30 pm Film: New York Premiere of Winnie (2017), Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor
The Brooklyn Conference in partnership with the March on Washington Film Festival proudly presents the New York premiere of the Winnie (2017), directed by Pascale Lamche, followed by a conversation with Gay McDougall, U.N. Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, and others to be announced. This is the untold story of the mysterious forces that combined to take down Winnie Mandela, who fought on the front line and underground against apartheid in South Africa while her husband Nelson Mandela served a life sentence. In the end, Nelson was labeled a saint and Winnie a sinner.

3:30–5 pm Open Access, Sackler Center, Forum, 4th Floor
Carmen Papalia
In reaction to his own challenges in receiving institutional disability support services, artist and disability activist Carmen Papalia developed a new, relational model for accessibility called Open Access. In this participatory discussion-based workshop, Papalia introduces participants to the Open Access framework and discusses his experiences organizing for accessibility and mutual aid.

4:30–5 pm The Dream Unfinished Orchestra Performance, Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
Join us for a performance by activist orchestra The Dream Unfinished.

4:30–5:15 pm Artist’s Eye: Natalie Frank and Zoë Buckman, Sackler Center, 4th Floor
This series of intimate, in-gallery talks by contemporary artists illuminates our special exhibitions with fresh and alternative perspectives. Artists Natalie Frank and Zoë Buckman respond to Roots of “The Dinner Party”: History in the Making.

5–6 pm Hewing a Stone of Hope from the Mountain of Despair: The Art of a New Politics, Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor
For the concluding talk of the conference, writer and New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow, Ambassador Patrick Gaspard, Vice President, Open Society Foundations, and Brittany Packnett, Vice President of National Community Alliances for Teach For America, are in conversation about the interplay of the creative imagination and practical politics. How is the society we actually build shaped by the worlds we can imagine? 

Generous support for The Brooklyn Conference has been provided by Open Society Foundations.

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How is this made?
Lamb Studios used many different stained glass techniques to create this show piece to represent the United States at the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris. Cast glass, reverse painting, and new technological advancements such as opalescent glass were methods used in the construction of this window.
The faces showcase the new method of "double-painted" glass, which involved painting two different plates of glass with separate colors of vitreous enamel that shine through each other for a rich, lifelike effect.
Opalescent stained glass can be seen throughout the window. The rich colors, sinuous forms within each piece of glass, and the pearly sheen of the surface are all thanks to this technique. It is created by mixing molten glasses of different colors in a very technically precise way. The iridescence is achieved with the addition of metal dust to the surface of the molten glass.
I hope that helps illuminate this windows a bit more for you!
What is this made out of?! 
Very unusual materials, thats for sure! W. Cole Brigham used numerous non-traditional materials to make this work, seashells, glass bottles, pebbles, and even utilized his own specialized adhesive to join them together as opposed more traditional glass leading.
Why does brick provide better insulation?
Dense, earthen materials (such as brick) retain heat and cool very well. So you would only have to heat up or cool down your house once and the brick would maintain the temperature for many hours.
When was this made?
This Punu Mask by an unidentified Punu artist was made in the late 19th century in Gabon.
It is believed that masks like are carved to resemble a beautiful Punu woman, due to their heart-shaped faces, high cheekbones and overall delicate features. This mask may have been modeled after the likeness of specific women who knew the carver of this mask, as the hairstyle is unique to each mask.
Would this sleeping arrangement be a status thing or would the poor also use these?
These headrests were fairly common in Ancient Egypt. While some people may not have been able to afford them, they were the of pillows of the era. They considered it to be very comfortable!
The label for the Portrait of Madame Tallien says that the Paisley scarf is 'rare'. Do you know if Paisley was expensive/new/exotic at that time?
The cashmere shawl thrown over the sofa was indeed an exotic, extremely expensive and rare accessory in the period.
An extraordinarily light-weight yet warm hand-woven textile, it was imported from the Kashmir region of India.
Thanks! Do you know why it was called Paisley?
Paisley is an English term for the buta (or boteh) design, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian origin.
The term paisley is actually taken from the town of Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland, whose weavers became the foremost producers of these shawls after about 1800.
The cashmere shawl, with its defining paisley design, was first brought to Europe by the British East India Company in the early 18th century, but by the 19th century there were various schemes to import the cashmere producing goats to Europe and make imitation cashmere shawls there.
But few of these were successful, so it remained a rare and expensive item
In France (where this picture was painted), the cashmere shawl became popular at the end of the French Revolution when Napoleon's army returned from Egypt. (France had unsuccessfully tried to conquer Egypt specifically in order to disrupt Britain's lucrative trade with India.) Among the mementos of the Orient Napoleon's officers brought back with them were cashmere shawls, which they wore wrapped around their waists as belts like Egyptian soldiers. In Paris, the cashmere shawl was quickly transformed from war souvenir to fashion accessory.
Its warmth and delicacy complimented the dresses popular at the time—they were made from light-weight semi-transparent white muslin like one you see in the picture. The shawl allowed fashionable ladies to remain decorously covered while their dresses revealed bare arms, shoulders, and cleavage.
Thank you! That's super interesting and reveals a lot more about the sitter than I thought.
If you're interested, that shawl also reveals something else about that sitter...
Go on
Since it was so fashionable in early 19th-century Paris, the cashmere shawl quickly became an essential part of a woman's "corbeille de mariage," the gift basket given by the groom to the bride upon the signing of the wedding contract. Wearing one thus indicated a woman's married status and, by extension, her proper femininity and virtue.
By the time this picture was painted, Madame Tallien was a two-time divorcée on her third marriage! So that shawls carries a lot of symbolic weight as a sign of virtue.
What is she listening to?
In this sculpture by Randolph Rogers, Nydia is listening to her surroundings! She was a character in the famous 19th-century book "The Last Days of Pompeii." In the story, she was blind. Rogers shows her listening to the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius which was about to bury the Roman city of Pompeii under tons of lava and volcanic ash. Can you see the broken column at her feet?
If you're in the mood for some more volcano action, I suggest seeking out James Hamilton's "Last Days of Pompeii" (1846) on our 3rd floor, in the central court. Lots more lava there!
Did Nydia manage to escape?
Well, yes and no. See, she was a slave girl, and she fell in love with a young boy named Glaucus, whom she helped escape from the volcano. Well, she helped both Glaucus and his betrothed, named Ione, to escape. At that point, realizing that even if she made it out alive, she would have to live knowing Glaucus and Ione were happy together, she decided to take her own life and drown herself.
That's sad.
True, but it's also quite heroic, to Victorian eyes! The sentiment of "I'd rather die than. . ." was a popular one among the Romans, as well as the 19th-century Europeans who glorified them.
Was Native American sculpture such as Heiltsuk house posts already influenced by western art in the 19th C.?
By the 19th  century, there had been over 100 years of trade between the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast, such as the Heiltsuk, and European traders (Russian and Spanish especially) as well as Euro-Canadian and Euro-American expansionists coming towards the West Coast from further east.
It's hard to say, however, exactly how much particular Western art influence appeared in these specific examples (and the contact between Heiltsuk carvers and Western artists or Western art would have been spotty). We often seen more Western influence coming into objects made for trade and markets, which could reflect the tastes of the market (rather than use and family history/family crests as represented here). 
Please tell the curators that the wall copy is excellent.
So clear, respectful of reader and free of art historical jargon.
Absolutely! I would also add that by the end of the 19th century, the collection of Native American sculptures such as this one was starting to influence Western art!
Speaking of the intersection between art and commerce (and practicality), how could someone ride this bike?
Good question! Bowden's Spacelander Bicycle, while cool, is a bit impractical. . .Only about 500 models were made because it was costly and out of style by the time it was in production.
However, the bike made use of new materials and technology like fiberglass, a motor, and electric lights. 
Did people actually sit on these sofas? Napping? Conversation?
I suppose it could be used for any of those! Please don't sit on it now, but in the past I'm sure the owner would have loved to sit, and read or maybe enjoy the fire. Interestingly the wood on the sofa is mahogany veneer on top of pine. Pine was a less expensive wood to work with and by simply covering it with more expensive, dark mahogany, the manufacturer could raise the price of the piece while not using up too much mahogany.
However, the upholstery is modern. The sofa was restored in 1998.
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How is this made?
Lamb Studios used many different stained glass techniques to create this show piece to represent the United States at the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris. Cast glass, reverse painting, and new technological advancements such as opalescent glass were methods used in the construction of this window.
The faces showcase the new method of "double-painted" glass, which involved painting two different plates of glass with separate colors of vitreous enamel that shine through each other for a rich, lifelike effect.
Opalescent stained glass can be seen throughout the window. The rich colors, sinuous forms within each piece of glass, and the pearly sheen of the surface are all thanks to this technique. It is created by mixing molten glasses of different colors in a very technically precise way. The iridescence is achieved with the addition of metal dust to the surface of the molten glass.
I hope that helps illuminate this windows a bit more for you!
What is this made out of?! 
Very unusual materials, thats for sure! W. Cole Brigham used numerous non-traditional materials to make this work, seashells, glass bottles, pebbles, and even utilized his own specialized adhesive to join them together as opposed more traditional glass leading.
Why does brick provide better insulation?
Dense, earthen materials (such as brick) retain heat and cool very well. So you would only have to heat up or cool down your house once and the brick would maintain the temperature for many hours.
When was this made?
This Punu Mask by an unidentified Punu artist was made in the late 19th century in Gabon.
It is believed that masks like are carved to resemble a beautiful Punu woman, due to their heart-shaped faces, high cheekbones and overall delicate features. This mask may have been modeled after the likeness of specific women who knew the carver of this mask, as the hairstyle is unique to each mask.
Would this sleeping arrangement be a status thing or would the poor also use these?
These headrests were fairly common in Ancient Egypt. While some people may not have been able to afford them, they were the of pillows of the era. They considered it to be very comfortable!
The label for the Portrait of Madame Tallien says that the Paisley scarf is 'rare'. Do you know if Paisley was expensive/new/exotic at that time?
The cashmere shawl thrown over the sofa was indeed an exotic, extremely expensive and rare accessory in the period.
An extraordinarily light-weight yet warm hand-woven textile, it was imported from the Kashmir region of India.
Thanks! Do you know why it was called Paisley?
Paisley is an English term for the buta (or boteh) design, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian origin.
The term paisley is actually taken from the town of Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland, whose weavers became the foremost producers of these shawls after about 1800.
The cashmere shawl, with its defining paisley design, was first brought to Europe by the British East India Company in the early 18th century, but by the 19th century there were various schemes to import the cashmere producing goats to Europe and make imitation cashmere shawls there.
But few of these were successful, so it remained a rare and expensive item
In France (where this picture was painted), the cashmere shawl became popular at the end of the French Revolution when Napoleon's army returned from Egypt. (France had unsuccessfully tried to conquer Egypt specifically in order to disrupt Britain's lucrative trade with India.) Among the mementos of the Orient Napoleon's officers brought back with them were cashmere shawls, which they wore wrapped around their waists as belts like Egyptian soldiers. In Paris, the cashmere shawl was quickly transformed from war souvenir to fashion accessory.
Its warmth and delicacy complimented the dresses popular at the time—they were made from light-weight semi-transparent white muslin like one you see in the picture. The shawl allowed fashionable ladies to remain decorously covered while their dresses revealed bare arms, shoulders, and cleavage.
Thank you! That's super interesting and reveals a lot more about the sitter than I thought.
If you're interested, that shawl also reveals something else about that sitter...
Go on
Since it was so fashionable in early 19th-century Paris, the cashmere shawl quickly became an essential part of a woman's "corbeille de mariage," the gift basket given by the groom to the bride upon the signing of the wedding contract. Wearing one thus indicated a woman's married status and, by extension, her proper femininity and virtue.
By the time this picture was painted, Madame Tallien was a two-time divorcée on her third marriage! So that shawls carries a lot of symbolic weight as a sign of virtue.
What is she listening to?
In this sculpture by Randolph Rogers, Nydia is listening to her surroundings! She was a character in the famous 19th-century book "The Last Days of Pompeii." In the story, she was blind. Rogers shows her listening to the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius which was about to bury the Roman city of Pompeii under tons of lava and volcanic ash. Can you see the broken column at her feet?
If you're in the mood for some more volcano action, I suggest seeking out James Hamilton's "Last Days of Pompeii" (1846) on our 3rd floor, in the central court. Lots more lava there!
Did Nydia manage to escape?
Well, yes and no. See, she was a slave girl, and she fell in love with a young boy named Glaucus, whom she helped escape from the volcano. Well, she helped both Glaucus and his betrothed, named Ione, to escape. At that point, realizing that even if she made it out alive, she would have to live knowing Glaucus and Ione were happy together, she decided to take her own life and drown herself.
That's sad.
True, but it's also quite heroic, to Victorian eyes! The sentiment of "I'd rather die than. . ." was a popular one among the Romans, as well as the 19th-century Europeans who glorified them.
Was Native American sculpture such as Heiltsuk house posts already influenced by western art in the 19th C.?
By the 19th  century, there had been over 100 years of trade between the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast, such as the Heiltsuk, and European traders (Russian and Spanish especially) as well as Euro-Canadian and Euro-American expansionists coming towards the West Coast from further east.
It's hard to say, however, exactly how much particular Western art influence appeared in these specific examples (and the contact between Heiltsuk carvers and Western artists or Western art would have been spotty). We often seen more Western influence coming into objects made for trade and markets, which could reflect the tastes of the market (rather than use and family history/family crests as represented here). 
Please tell the curators that the wall copy is excellent.
So clear, respectful of reader and free of art historical jargon.
Absolutely! I would also add that by the end of the 19th century, the collection of Native American sculptures such as this one was starting to influence Western art!
Speaking of the intersection between art and commerce (and practicality), how could someone ride this bike?
Good question! Bowden's Spacelander Bicycle, while cool, is a bit impractical. . .Only about 500 models were made because it was costly and out of style by the time it was in production.
However, the bike made use of new materials and technology like fiberglass, a motor, and electric lights. 
Did people actually sit on these sofas? Napping? Conversation?
I suppose it could be used for any of those! Please don't sit on it now, but in the past I'm sure the owner would have loved to sit, and read or maybe enjoy the fire. Interestingly the wood on the sofa is mahogany veneer on top of pine. Pine was a less expensive wood to work with and by simply covering it with more expensive, dark mahogany, the manufacturer could raise the price of the piece while not using up too much mahogany.
However, the upholstery is modern. The sofa was restored in 1998.
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.

How is this made?
Lamb Studios used many different stained glass techniques to create this show piece to represent the United States at the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris. Cast glass, reverse painting, and new technological advancements such as opalescent glass were methods used in the construction of this window.
The faces showcase the new method of "double-painted" glass, which involved painting two different plates of glass with separate colors of vitreous enamel that shine through each other for a rich, lifelike effect.
Opalescent stained glass can be seen throughout the window. The rich colors, sinuous forms within each piece of glass, and the pearly sheen of the surface are all thanks to this technique. It is created by mixing molten glasses of different colors in a very technically precise way. The iridescence is achieved with the addition of metal dust to the surface of the molten glass.
I hope that helps illuminate this windows a bit more for you!
What is this made out of?! 
Very unusual materials, thats for sure! W. Cole Brigham used numerous non-traditional materials to make this work, seashells, glass bottles, pebbles, and even utilized his own specialized adhesive to join them together as opposed more traditional glass leading.
Why does brick provide better insulation?
Dense, earthen materials (such as brick) retain heat and cool very well. So you would only have to heat up or cool down your house once and the brick would maintain the temperature for many hours.
When was this made?
This Punu Mask by an unidentified Punu artist was made in the late 19th century in Gabon.
It is believed that masks like are carved to resemble a beautiful Punu woman, due to their heart-shaped faces, high cheekbones and overall delicate features. This mask may have been modeled after the likeness of specific women who knew the carver of this mask, as the hairstyle is unique to each mask.
Would this sleeping arrangement be a status thing or would the poor also use these?
These headrests were fairly common in Ancient Egypt. While some people may not have been able to afford them, they were the of pillows of the era. They considered it to be very comfortable!
The label for the Portrait of Madame Tallien says that the Paisley scarf is 'rare'. Do you know if Paisley was expensive/new/exotic at that time?
The cashmere shawl thrown over the sofa was indeed an exotic, extremely expensive and rare accessory in the period.
An extraordinarily light-weight yet warm hand-woven textile, it was imported from the Kashmir region of India.
Thanks! Do you know why it was called Paisley?
Paisley is an English term for the buta (or boteh) design, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian origin.
The term paisley is actually taken from the town of Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland, whose weavers became the foremost producers of these shawls after about 1800.
The cashmere shawl, with its defining paisley design, was first brought to Europe by the British East India Company in the early 18th century, but by the 19th century there were various schemes to import the cashmere producing goats to Europe and make imitation cashmere shawls there.
But few of these were successful, so it remained a rare and expensive item
In France (where this picture was painted), the cashmere shawl became popular at the end of the French Revolution when Napoleon's army returned from Egypt. (France had unsuccessfully tried to conquer Egypt specifically in order to disrupt Britain's lucrative trade with India.) Among the mementos of the Orient Napoleon's officers brought back with them were cashmere shawls, which they wore wrapped around their waists as belts like Egyptian soldiers. In Paris, the cashmere shawl was quickly transformed from war souvenir to fashion accessory.
Its warmth and delicacy complimented the dresses popular at the time—they were made from light-weight semi-transparent white muslin like one you see in the picture. The shawl allowed fashionable ladies to remain decorously covered while their dresses revealed bare arms, shoulders, and cleavage.
Thank you! That's super interesting and reveals a lot more about the sitter than I thought.
If you're interested, that shawl also reveals something else about that sitter...
Go on
Since it was so fashionable in early 19th-century Paris, the cashmere shawl quickly became an essential part of a woman's "corbeille de mariage," the gift basket given by the groom to the bride upon the signing of the wedding contract. Wearing one thus indicated a woman's married status and, by extension, her proper femininity and virtue.
By the time this picture was painted, Madame Tallien was a two-time divorcée on her third marriage! So that shawls carries a lot of symbolic weight as a sign of virtue.
What is she listening to?
In this sculpture by Randolph Rogers, Nydia is listening to her surroundings! She was a character in the famous 19th-century book "The Last Days of Pompeii." In the story, she was blind. Rogers shows her listening to the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius which was about to bury the Roman city of Pompeii under tons of lava and volcanic ash. Can you see the broken column at her feet?
If you're in the mood for some more volcano action, I suggest seeking out James Hamilton's "Last Days of Pompeii" (1846) on our 3rd floor, in the central court. Lots more lava there!
Did Nydia manage to escape?
Well, yes and no. See, she was a slave girl, and she fell in love with a young boy named Glaucus, whom she helped escape from the volcano. Well, she helped both Glaucus and his betrothed, named Ione, to escape. At that point, realizing that even if she made it out alive, she would have to live knowing Glaucus and Ione were happy together, she decided to take her own life and drown herself.
That's sad.
True, but it's also quite heroic, to Victorian eyes! The sentiment of "I'd rather die than. . ." was a popular one among the Romans, as well as the 19th-century Europeans who glorified them.
Was Native American sculpture such as Heiltsuk house posts already influenced by western art in the 19th C.?
By the 19th  century, there had been over 100 years of trade between the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast, such as the Heiltsuk, and European traders (Russian and Spanish especially) as well as Euro-Canadian and Euro-American expansionists coming towards the West Coast from further east.
It's hard to say, however, exactly how much particular Western art influence appeared in these specific examples (and the contact between Heiltsuk carvers and Western artists or Western art would have been spotty). We often seen more Western influence coming into objects made for trade and markets, which could reflect the tastes of the market (rather than use and family history/family crests as represented here). 
Please tell the curators that the wall copy is excellent.
So clear, respectful of reader and free of art historical jargon.
Absolutely! I would also add that by the end of the 19th century, the collection of Native American sculptures such as this one was starting to influence Western art!
Speaking of the intersection between art and commerce (and practicality), how could someone ride this bike?
Good question! Bowden's Spacelander Bicycle, while cool, is a bit impractical. . .Only about 500 models were made because it was costly and out of style by the time it was in production.
However, the bike made use of new materials and technology like fiberglass, a motor, and electric lights. 
Did people actually sit on these sofas? Napping? Conversation?
I suppose it could be used for any of those! Please don't sit on it now, but in the past I'm sure the owner would have loved to sit, and read or maybe enjoy the fire. Interestingly the wood on the sofa is mahogany veneer on top of pine. Pine was a less expensive wood to work with and by simply covering it with more expensive, dark mahogany, the manufacturer could raise the price of the piece while not using up too much mahogany.
However, the upholstery is modern. The sofa was restored in 1998.
ASK App ASK Team

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

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

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How is this made?
Lamb Studios used many different stained glass techniques to create this show piece to represent the United States at the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris. Cast glass, reverse painting, and new technological advancements such as opalescent glass were methods used in the construction of this window.
The faces showcase the new method of "double-painted" glass, which involved painting two different plates of glass with separate colors of vitreous enamel that shine through each other for a rich, lifelike effect.
Opalescent stained glass can be seen throughout the window. The rich colors, sinuous forms within each piece of glass, and the pearly sheen of the surface are all thanks to this technique. It is created by mixing molten glasses of different colors in a very technically precise way. The iridescence is achieved with the addition of metal dust to the surface of the molten glass.
I hope that helps illuminate this windows a bit more for you!
What is this made out of?! 
Very unusual materials, thats for sure! W. Cole Brigham used numerous non-traditional materials to make this work, seashells, glass bottles, pebbles, and even utilized his own specialized adhesive to join them together as opposed more traditional glass leading.
Why does brick provide better insulation?
Dense, earthen materials (such as brick) retain heat and cool very well. So you would only have to heat up or cool down your house once and the brick would maintain the temperature for many hours.
When was this made?
This Punu Mask by an unidentified Punu artist was made in the late 19th century in Gabon.
It is believed that masks like are carved to resemble a beautiful Punu woman, due to their heart-shaped faces, high cheekbones and overall delicate features. This mask may have been modeled after the likeness of specific women who knew the carver of this mask, as the hairstyle is unique to each mask.
Would this sleeping arrangement be a status thing or would the poor also use these?
These headrests were fairly common in Ancient Egypt. While some people may not have been able to afford them, they were the of pillows of the era. They considered it to be very comfortable!
The label for the Portrait of Madame Tallien says that the Paisley scarf is 'rare'. Do you know if Paisley was expensive/new/exotic at that time?
The cashmere shawl thrown over the sofa was indeed an exotic, extremely expensive and rare accessory in the period.
An extraordinarily light-weight yet warm hand-woven textile, it was imported from the Kashmir region of India.
Thanks! Do you know why it was called Paisley?
Paisley is an English term for the buta (or boteh) design, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian origin.
The term paisley is actually taken from the town of Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland, whose weavers became the foremost producers of these shawls after about 1800.
The cashmere shawl, with its defining paisley design, was first brought to Europe by the British East India Company in the early 18th century, but by the 19th century there were various schemes to import the cashmere producing goats to Europe and make imitation cashmere shawls there.
But few of these were successful, so it remained a rare and expensive item
In France (where this picture was painted), the cashmere shawl became popular at the end of the French Revolution when Napoleon's army returned from Egypt. (France had unsuccessfully tried to conquer Egypt specifically in order to disrupt Britain's lucrative trade with India.) Among the mementos of the Orient Napoleon's officers brought back with them were cashmere shawls, which they wore wrapped around their waists as belts like Egyptian soldiers. In Paris, the cashmere shawl was quickly transformed from war souvenir to fashion accessory.
Its warmth and delicacy complimented the dresses popular at the time—they were made from light-weight semi-transparent white muslin like one you see in the picture. The shawl allowed fashionable ladies to remain decorously covered while their dresses revealed bare arms, shoulders, and cleavage.
Thank you! That's super interesting and reveals a lot more about the sitter than I thought.
If you're interested, that shawl also reveals something else about that sitter...
Go on
Since it was so fashionable in early 19th-century Paris, the cashmere shawl quickly became an essential part of a woman's "corbeille de mariage," the gift basket given by the groom to the bride upon the signing of the wedding contract. Wearing one thus indicated a woman's married status and, by extension, her proper femininity and virtue.
By the time this picture was painted, Madame Tallien was a two-time divorcée on her third marriage! So that shawls carries a lot of symbolic weight as a sign of virtue.
What is she listening to?
In this sculpture by Randolph Rogers, Nydia is listening to her surroundings! She was a character in the famous 19th-century book "The Last Days of Pompeii." In the story, she was blind. Rogers shows her listening to the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius which was about to bury the Roman city of Pompeii under tons of lava and volcanic ash. Can you see the broken column at her feet?
If you're in the mood for some more volcano action, I suggest seeking out James Hamilton's "Last Days of Pompeii" (1846) on our 3rd floor, in the central court. Lots more lava there!
Did Nydia manage to escape?
Well, yes and no. See, she was a slave girl, and she fell in love with a young boy named Glaucus, whom she helped escape from the volcano. Well, she helped both Glaucus and his betrothed, named Ione, to escape. At that point, realizing that even if she made it out alive, she would have to live knowing Glaucus and Ione were happy together, she decided to take her own life and drown herself.
That's sad.
True, but it's also quite heroic, to Victorian eyes! The sentiment of "I'd rather die than. . ." was a popular one among the Romans, as well as the 19th-century Europeans who glorified them.
Was Native American sculpture such as Heiltsuk house posts already influenced by western art in the 19th C.?
By the 19th  century, there had been over 100 years of trade between the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast, such as the Heiltsuk, and European traders (Russian and Spanish especially) as well as Euro-Canadian and Euro-American expansionists coming towards the West Coast from further east.
It's hard to say, however, exactly how much particular Western art influence appeared in these specific examples (and the contact between Heiltsuk carvers and Western artists or Western art would have been spotty). We often seen more Western influence coming into objects made for trade and markets, which could reflect the tastes of the market (rather than use and family history/family crests as represented here). 
Please tell the curators that the wall copy is excellent.
So clear, respectful of reader and free of art historical jargon.
Absolutely! I would also add that by the end of the 19th century, the collection of Native American sculptures such as this one was starting to influence Western art!
Speaking of the intersection between art and commerce (and practicality), how could someone ride this bike?
Good question! Bowden's Spacelander Bicycle, while cool, is a bit impractical. . .Only about 500 models were made because it was costly and out of style by the time it was in production.
However, the bike made use of new materials and technology like fiberglass, a motor, and electric lights. 
Did people actually sit on these sofas? Napping? Conversation?
I suppose it could be used for any of those! Please don't sit on it now, but in the past I'm sure the owner would have loved to sit, and read or maybe enjoy the fire. Interestingly the wood on the sofa is mahogany veneer on top of pine. Pine was a less expensive wood to work with and by simply covering it with more expensive, dark mahogany, the manufacturer could raise the price of the piece while not using up too much mahogany.
However, the upholstery is modern. The sofa was restored in 1998.
ASK App ASK Team

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

We're renovating our second floor to bring you a better experience, which means the Libraries and Archives are currently open by appointment only. If you're a researcher who would like to access our resources, send us an email and we'll do our best to assist you.

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How is this made?
Lamb Studios used many different stained glass techniques to create this show piece to represent the United States at the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris. Cast glass, reverse painting, and new technological advancements such as opalescent glass were methods used in the construction of this window.
The faces showcase the new method of "double-painted" glass, which involved painting two different plates of glass with separate colors of vitreous enamel that shine through each other for a rich, lifelike effect.
Opalescent stained glass can be seen throughout the window. The rich colors, sinuous forms within each piece of glass, and the pearly sheen of the surface are all thanks to this technique. It is created by mixing molten glasses of different colors in a very technically precise way. The iridescence is achieved with the addition of metal dust to the surface of the molten glass.
I hope that helps illuminate this windows a bit more for you!
What is this made out of?! 
Very unusual materials, thats for sure! W. Cole Brigham used numerous non-traditional materials to make this work, seashells, glass bottles, pebbles, and even utilized his own specialized adhesive to join them together as opposed more traditional glass leading.
Why does brick provide better insulation?
Dense, earthen materials (such as brick) retain heat and cool very well. So you would only have to heat up or cool down your house once and the brick would maintain the temperature for many hours.
When was this made?
This Punu Mask by an unidentified Punu artist was made in the late 19th century in Gabon.
It is believed that masks like are carved to resemble a beautiful Punu woman, due to their heart-shaped faces, high cheekbones and overall delicate features. This mask may have been modeled after the likeness of specific women who knew the carver of this mask, as the hairstyle is unique to each mask.
Would this sleeping arrangement be a status thing or would the poor also use these?
These headrests were fairly common in Ancient Egypt. While some people may not have been able to afford them, they were the of pillows of the era. They considered it to be very comfortable!
The label for the Portrait of Madame Tallien says that the Paisley scarf is 'rare'. Do you know if Paisley was expensive/new/exotic at that time?
The cashmere shawl thrown over the sofa was indeed an exotic, extremely expensive and rare accessory in the period.
An extraordinarily light-weight yet warm hand-woven textile, it was imported from the Kashmir region of India.
Thanks! Do you know why it was called Paisley?
Paisley is an English term for the buta (or boteh) design, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian origin.
The term paisley is actually taken from the town of Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland, whose weavers became the foremost producers of these shawls after about 1800.
The cashmere shawl, with its defining paisley design, was first brought to Europe by the British East India Company in the early 18th century, but by the 19th century there were various schemes to import the cashmere producing goats to Europe and make imitation cashmere shawls there.
But few of these were successful, so it remained a rare and expensive item
In France (where this picture was painted), the cashmere shawl became popular at the end of the French Revolution when Napoleon's army returned from Egypt. (France had unsuccessfully tried to conquer Egypt specifically in order to disrupt Britain's lucrative trade with India.) Among the mementos of the Orient Napoleon's officers brought back with them were cashmere shawls, which they wore wrapped around their waists as belts like Egyptian soldiers. In Paris, the cashmere shawl was quickly transformed from war souvenir to fashion accessory.
Its warmth and delicacy complimented the dresses popular at the time—they were made from light-weight semi-transparent white muslin like one you see in the picture. The shawl allowed fashionable ladies to remain decorously covered while their dresses revealed bare arms, shoulders, and cleavage.
Thank you! That's super interesting and reveals a lot more about the sitter than I thought.
If you're interested, that shawl also reveals something else about that sitter...
Go on
Since it was so fashionable in early 19th-century Paris, the cashmere shawl quickly became an essential part of a woman's "corbeille de mariage," the gift basket given by the groom to the bride upon the signing of the wedding contract. Wearing one thus indicated a woman's married status and, by extension, her proper femininity and virtue.
By the time this picture was painted, Madame Tallien was a two-time divorcée on her third marriage! So that shawls carries a lot of symbolic weight as a sign of virtue.
What is she listening to?
In this sculpture by Randolph Rogers, Nydia is listening to her surroundings! She was a character in the famous 19th-century book "The Last Days of Pompeii." In the story, she was blind. Rogers shows her listening to the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius which was about to bury the Roman city of Pompeii under tons of lava and volcanic ash. Can you see the broken column at her feet?
If you're in the mood for some more volcano action, I suggest seeking out James Hamilton's "Last Days of Pompeii" (1846) on our 3rd floor, in the central court. Lots more lava there!
Did Nydia manage to escape?
Well, yes and no. See, she was a slave girl, and she fell in love with a young boy named Glaucus, whom she helped escape from the volcano. Well, she helped both Glaucus and his betrothed, named Ione, to escape. At that point, realizing that even if she made it out alive, she would have to live knowing Glaucus and Ione were happy together, she decided to take her own life and drown herself.
That's sad.
True, but it's also quite heroic, to Victorian eyes! The sentiment of "I'd rather die than. . ." was a popular one among the Romans, as well as the 19th-century Europeans who glorified them.
Was Native American sculpture such as Heiltsuk house posts already influenced by western art in the 19th C.?
By the 19th  century, there had been over 100 years of trade between the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast, such as the Heiltsuk, and European traders (Russian and Spanish especially) as well as Euro-Canadian and Euro-American expansionists coming towards the West Coast from further east.
It's hard to say, however, exactly how much particular Western art influence appeared in these specific examples (and the contact between Heiltsuk carvers and Western artists or Western art would have been spotty). We often seen more Western influence coming into objects made for trade and markets, which could reflect the tastes of the market (rather than use and family history/family crests as represented here). 
Please tell the curators that the wall copy is excellent.
So clear, respectful of reader and free of art historical jargon.
Absolutely! I would also add that by the end of the 19th century, the collection of Native American sculptures such as this one was starting to influence Western art!
Speaking of the intersection between art and commerce (and practicality), how could someone ride this bike?
Good question! Bowden's Spacelander Bicycle, while cool, is a bit impractical. . .Only about 500 models were made because it was costly and out of style by the time it was in production.
However, the bike made use of new materials and technology like fiberglass, a motor, and electric lights. 
Did people actually sit on these sofas? Napping? Conversation?
I suppose it could be used for any of those! Please don't sit on it now, but in the past I'm sure the owner would have loved to sit, and read or maybe enjoy the fire. Interestingly the wood on the sofa is mahogany veneer on top of pine. Pine was a less expensive wood to work with and by simply covering it with more expensive, dark mahogany, the manufacturer could raise the price of the piece while not using up too much mahogany.
However, the upholstery is modern. The sofa was restored in 1998.
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.

How is this made?
Lamb Studios used many different stained glass techniques to create this show piece to represent the United States at the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris. Cast glass, reverse painting, and new technological advancements such as opalescent glass were methods used in the construction of this window.
The faces showcase the new method of "double-painted" glass, which involved painting two different plates of glass with separate colors of vitreous enamel that shine through each other for a rich, lifelike effect.
Opalescent stained glass can be seen throughout the window. The rich colors, sinuous forms within each piece of glass, and the pearly sheen of the surface are all thanks to this technique. It is created by mixing molten glasses of different colors in a very technically precise way. The iridescence is achieved with the addition of metal dust to the surface of the molten glass.
I hope that helps illuminate this windows a bit more for you!
What is this made out of?! 
Very unusual materials, thats for sure! W. Cole Brigham used numerous non-traditional materials to make this work, seashells, glass bottles, pebbles, and even utilized his own specialized adhesive to join them together as opposed more traditional glass leading.
Why does brick provide better insulation?
Dense, earthen materials (such as brick) retain heat and cool very well. So you would only have to heat up or cool down your house once and the brick would maintain the temperature for many hours.
When was this made?
This Punu Mask by an unidentified Punu artist was made in the late 19th century in Gabon.
It is believed that masks like are carved to resemble a beautiful Punu woman, due to their heart-shaped faces, high cheekbones and overall delicate features. This mask may have been modeled after the likeness of specific women who knew the carver of this mask, as the hairstyle is unique to each mask.
Would this sleeping arrangement be a status thing or would the poor also use these?
These headrests were fairly common in Ancient Egypt. While some people may not have been able to afford them, they were the of pillows of the era. They considered it to be very comfortable!
The label for the Portrait of Madame Tallien says that the Paisley scarf is 'rare'. Do you know if Paisley was expensive/new/exotic at that time?
The cashmere shawl thrown over the sofa was indeed an exotic, extremely expensive and rare accessory in the period.
An extraordinarily light-weight yet warm hand-woven textile, it was imported from the Kashmir region of India.
Thanks! Do you know why it was called Paisley?
Paisley is an English term for the buta (or boteh) design, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian origin.
The term paisley is actually taken from the town of Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland, whose weavers became the foremost producers of these shawls after about 1800.
The cashmere shawl, with its defining paisley design, was first brought to Europe by the British East India Company in the early 18th century, but by the 19th century there were various schemes to import the cashmere producing goats to Europe and make imitation cashmere shawls there.
But few of these were successful, so it remained a rare and expensive item
In France (where this picture was painted), the cashmere shawl became popular at the end of the French Revolution when Napoleon's army returned from Egypt. (France had unsuccessfully tried to conquer Egypt specifically in order to disrupt Britain's lucrative trade with India.) Among the mementos of the Orient Napoleon's officers brought back with them were cashmere shawls, which they wore wrapped around their waists as belts like Egyptian soldiers. In Paris, the cashmere shawl was quickly transformed from war souvenir to fashion accessory.
Its warmth and delicacy complimented the dresses popular at the time—they were made from light-weight semi-transparent white muslin like one you see in the picture. The shawl allowed fashionable ladies to remain decorously covered while their dresses revealed bare arms, shoulders, and cleavage.
Thank you! That's super interesting and reveals a lot more about the sitter than I thought.
If you're interested, that shawl also reveals something else about that sitter...
Go on
Since it was so fashionable in early 19th-century Paris, the cashmere shawl quickly became an essential part of a woman's "corbeille de mariage," the gift basket given by the groom to the bride upon the signing of the wedding contract. Wearing one thus indicated a woman's married status and, by extension, her proper femininity and virtue.
By the time this picture was painted, Madame Tallien was a two-time divorcée on her third marriage! So that shawls carries a lot of symbolic weight as a sign of virtue.
What is she listening to?
In this sculpture by Randolph Rogers, Nydia is listening to her surroundings! She was a character in the famous 19th-century book "The Last Days of Pompeii." In the story, she was blind. Rogers shows her listening to the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius which was about to bury the Roman city of Pompeii under tons of lava and volcanic ash. Can you see the broken column at her feet?
If you're in the mood for some more volcano action, I suggest seeking out James Hamilton's "Last Days of Pompeii" (1846) on our 3rd floor, in the central court. Lots more lava there!
Did Nydia manage to escape?
Well, yes and no. See, she was a slave girl, and she fell in love with a young boy named Glaucus, whom she helped escape from the volcano. Well, she helped both Glaucus and his betrothed, named Ione, to escape. At that point, realizing that even if she made it out alive, she would have to live knowing Glaucus and Ione were happy together, she decided to take her own life and drown herself.
That's sad.
True, but it's also quite heroic, to Victorian eyes! The sentiment of "I'd rather die than. . ." was a popular one among the Romans, as well as the 19th-century Europeans who glorified them.
Was Native American sculpture such as Heiltsuk house posts already influenced by western art in the 19th C.?
By the 19th  century, there had been over 100 years of trade between the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast, such as the Heiltsuk, and European traders (Russian and Spanish especially) as well as Euro-Canadian and Euro-American expansionists coming towards the West Coast from further east.
It's hard to say, however, exactly how much particular Western art influence appeared in these specific examples (and the contact between Heiltsuk carvers and Western artists or Western art would have been spotty). We often seen more Western influence coming into objects made for trade and markets, which could reflect the tastes of the market (rather than use and family history/family crests as represented here). 
Please tell the curators that the wall copy is excellent.
So clear, respectful of reader and free of art historical jargon.
Absolutely! I would also add that by the end of the 19th century, the collection of Native American sculptures such as this one was starting to influence Western art!
Speaking of the intersection between art and commerce (and practicality), how could someone ride this bike?
Good question! Bowden's Spacelander Bicycle, while cool, is a bit impractical. . .Only about 500 models were made because it was costly and out of style by the time it was in production.
However, the bike made use of new materials and technology like fiberglass, a motor, and electric lights. 
Did people actually sit on these sofas? Napping? Conversation?
I suppose it could be used for any of those! Please don't sit on it now, but in the past I'm sure the owner would have loved to sit, and read or maybe enjoy the fire. Interestingly the wood on the sofa is mahogany veneer on top of pine. Pine was a less expensive wood to work with and by simply covering it with more expensive, dark mahogany, the manufacturer could raise the price of the piece while not using up too much mahogany.
However, the upholstery is modern. The sofa was restored in 1998.
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

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

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

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Here's what people are asking.

How is this made?
Lamb Studios used many different stained glass techniques to create this show piece to represent the United States at the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris. Cast glass, reverse painting, and new technological advancements such as opalescent glass were methods used in the construction of this window.
The faces showcase the new method of "double-painted" glass, which involved painting two different plates of glass with separate colors of vitreous enamel that shine through each other for a rich, lifelike effect.
Opalescent stained glass can be seen throughout the window. The rich colors, sinuous forms within each piece of glass, and the pearly sheen of the surface are all thanks to this technique. It is created by mixing molten glasses of different colors in a very technically precise way. The iridescence is achieved with the addition of metal dust to the surface of the molten glass.
I hope that helps illuminate this windows a bit more for you!
What is this made out of?! 
Very unusual materials, thats for sure! W. Cole Brigham used numerous non-traditional materials to make this work, seashells, glass bottles, pebbles, and even utilized his own specialized adhesive to join them together as opposed more traditional glass leading.
Why does brick provide better insulation?
Dense, earthen materials (such as brick) retain heat and cool very well. So you would only have to heat up or cool down your house once and the brick would maintain the temperature for many hours.
When was this made?
This Punu Mask by an unidentified Punu artist was made in the late 19th century in Gabon.
It is believed that masks like are carved to resemble a beautiful Punu woman, due to their heart-shaped faces, high cheekbones and overall delicate features. This mask may have been modeled after the likeness of specific women who knew the carver of this mask, as the hairstyle is unique to each mask.
Would this sleeping arrangement be a status thing or would the poor also use these?
These headrests were fairly common in Ancient Egypt. While some people may not have been able to afford them, they were the of pillows of the era. They considered it to be very comfortable!
The label for the Portrait of Madame Tallien says that the Paisley scarf is 'rare'. Do you know if Paisley was expensive/new/exotic at that time?
The cashmere shawl thrown over the sofa was indeed an exotic, extremely expensive and rare accessory in the period.
An extraordinarily light-weight yet warm hand-woven textile, it was imported from the Kashmir region of India.
Thanks! Do you know why it was called Paisley?
Paisley is an English term for the buta (or boteh) design, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian origin.
The term paisley is actually taken from the town of Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland, whose weavers became the foremost producers of these shawls after about 1800.
The cashmere shawl, with its defining paisley design, was first brought to Europe by the British East India Company in the early 18th century, but by the 19th century there were various schemes to import the cashmere producing goats to Europe and make imitation cashmere shawls there.
But few of these were successful, so it remained a rare and expensive item
In France (where this picture was painted), the cashmere shawl became popular at the end of the French Revolution when Napoleon's army returned from Egypt. (France had unsuccessfully tried to conquer Egypt specifically in order to disrupt Britain's lucrative trade with India.) Among the mementos of the Orient Napoleon's officers brought back with them were cashmere shawls, which they wore wrapped around their waists as belts like Egyptian soldiers. In Paris, the cashmere shawl was quickly transformed from war souvenir to fashion accessory.
Its warmth and delicacy complimented the dresses popular at the time—they were made from light-weight semi-transparent white muslin like one you see in the picture. The shawl allowed fashionable ladies to remain decorously covered while their dresses revealed bare arms, shoulders, and cleavage.
Thank you! That's super interesting and reveals a lot more about the sitter than I thought.
If you're interested, that shawl also reveals something else about that sitter...
Go on
Since it was so fashionable in early 19th-century Paris, the cashmere shawl quickly became an essential part of a woman's "corbeille de mariage," the gift basket given by the groom to the bride upon the signing of the wedding contract. Wearing one thus indicated a woman's married status and, by extension, her proper femininity and virtue.
By the time this picture was painted, Madame Tallien was a two-time divorcée on her third marriage! So that shawls carries a lot of symbolic weight as a sign of virtue.
What is she listening to?
In this sculpture by Randolph Rogers, Nydia is listening to her surroundings! She was a character in the famous 19th-century book "The Last Days of Pompeii." In the story, she was blind. Rogers shows her listening to the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius which was about to bury the Roman city of Pompeii under tons of lava and volcanic ash. Can you see the broken column at her feet?
If you're in the mood for some more volcano action, I suggest seeking out James Hamilton's "Last Days of Pompeii" (1846) on our 3rd floor, in the central court. Lots more lava there!
Did Nydia manage to escape?
Well, yes and no. See, she was a slave girl, and she fell in love with a young boy named Glaucus, whom she helped escape from the volcano. Well, she helped both Glaucus and his betrothed, named Ione, to escape. At that point, realizing that even if she made it out alive, she would have to live knowing Glaucus and Ione were happy together, she decided to take her own life and drown herself.
That's sad.
True, but it's also quite heroic, to Victorian eyes! The sentiment of "I'd rather die than. . ." was a popular one among the Romans, as well as the 19th-century Europeans who glorified them.
Was Native American sculpture such as Heiltsuk house posts already influenced by western art in the 19th C.?
By the 19th  century, there had been over 100 years of trade between the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast, such as the Heiltsuk, and European traders (Russian and Spanish especially) as well as Euro-Canadian and Euro-American expansionists coming towards the West Coast from further east.
It's hard to say, however, exactly how much particular Western art influence appeared in these specific examples (and the contact between Heiltsuk carvers and Western artists or Western art would have been spotty). We often seen more Western influence coming into objects made for trade and markets, which could reflect the tastes of the market (rather than use and family history/family crests as represented here). 
Please tell the curators that the wall copy is excellent.
So clear, respectful of reader and free of art historical jargon.
Absolutely! I would also add that by the end of the 19th century, the collection of Native American sculptures such as this one was starting to influence Western art!
Speaking of the intersection between art and commerce (and practicality), how could someone ride this bike?
Good question! Bowden's Spacelander Bicycle, while cool, is a bit impractical. . .Only about 500 models were made because it was costly and out of style by the time it was in production.
However, the bike made use of new materials and technology like fiberglass, a motor, and electric lights. 
Did people actually sit on these sofas? Napping? Conversation?
I suppose it could be used for any of those! Please don't sit on it now, but in the past I'm sure the owner would have loved to sit, and read or maybe enjoy the fire. Interestingly the wood on the sofa is mahogany veneer on top of pine. Pine was a less expensive wood to work with and by simply covering it with more expensive, dark mahogany, the manufacturer could raise the price of the piece while not using up too much mahogany.
However, the upholstery is modern. The sofa was restored in 1998.
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

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

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

How is this made?
Lamb Studios used many different stained glass techniques to create this show piece to represent the United States at the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris. Cast glass, reverse painting, and new technological advancements such as opalescent glass were methods used in the construction of this window.
The faces showcase the new method of "double-painted" glass, which involved painting two different plates of glass with separate colors of vitreous enamel that shine through each other for a rich, lifelike effect.
Opalescent stained glass can be seen throughout the window. The rich colors, sinuous forms within each piece of glass, and the pearly sheen of the surface are all thanks to this technique. It is created by mixing molten glasses of different colors in a very technically precise way. The iridescence is achieved with the addition of metal dust to the surface of the molten glass.
I hope that helps illuminate this windows a bit more for you!
What is this made out of?! 
Very unusual materials, thats for sure! W. Cole Brigham used numerous non-traditional materials to make this work, seashells, glass bottles, pebbles, and even utilized his own specialized adhesive to join them together as opposed more traditional glass leading.
Why does brick provide better insulation?
Dense, earthen materials (such as brick) retain heat and cool very well. So you would only have to heat up or cool down your house once and the brick would maintain the temperature for many hours.
When was this made?
This Punu Mask by an unidentified Punu artist was made in the late 19th century in Gabon.
It is believed that masks like are carved to resemble a beautiful Punu woman, due to their heart-shaped faces, high cheekbones and overall delicate features. This mask may have been modeled after the likeness of specific women who knew the carver of this mask, as the hairstyle is unique to each mask.
Would this sleeping arrangement be a status thing or would the poor also use these?
These headrests were fairly common in Ancient Egypt. While some people may not have been able to afford them, they were the of pillows of the era. They considered it to be very comfortable!
The label for the Portrait of Madame Tallien says that the Paisley scarf is 'rare'. Do you know if Paisley was expensive/new/exotic at that time?
The cashmere shawl thrown over the sofa was indeed an exotic, extremely expensive and rare accessory in the period.
An extraordinarily light-weight yet warm hand-woven textile, it was imported from the Kashmir region of India.
Thanks! Do you know why it was called Paisley?
Paisley is an English term for the buta (or boteh) design, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian origin.
The term paisley is actually taken from the town of Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland, whose weavers became the foremost producers of these shawls after about 1800.
The cashmere shawl, with its defining paisley design, was first brought to Europe by the British East India Company in the early 18th century, but by the 19th century there were various schemes to import the cashmere producing goats to Europe and make imitation cashmere shawls there.
But few of these were successful, so it remained a rare and expensive item
In France (where this picture was painted), the cashmere shawl became popular at the end of the French Revolution when Napoleon's army returned from Egypt. (France had unsuccessfully tried to conquer Egypt specifically in order to disrupt Britain's lucrative trade with India.) Among the mementos of the Orient Napoleon's officers brought back with them were cashmere shawls, which they wore wrapped around their waists as belts like Egyptian soldiers. In Paris, the cashmere shawl was quickly transformed from war souvenir to fashion accessory.
Its warmth and delicacy complimented the dresses popular at the time—they were made from light-weight semi-transparent white muslin like one you see in the picture. The shawl allowed fashionable ladies to remain decorously covered while their dresses revealed bare arms, shoulders, and cleavage.
Thank you! That's super interesting and reveals a lot more about the sitter than I thought.
If you're interested, that shawl also reveals something else about that sitter...
Go on
Since it was so fashionable in early 19th-century Paris, the cashmere shawl quickly became an essential part of a woman's "corbeille de mariage," the gift basket given by the groom to the bride upon the signing of the wedding contract. Wearing one thus indicated a woman's married status and, by extension, her proper femininity and virtue.
By the time this picture was painted, Madame Tallien was a two-time divorcée on her third marriage! So that shawls carries a lot of symbolic weight as a sign of virtue.
What is she listening to?
In this sculpture by Randolph Rogers, Nydia is listening to her surroundings! She was a character in the famous 19th-century book "The Last Days of Pompeii." In the story, she was blind. Rogers shows her listening to the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius which was about to bury the Roman city of Pompeii under tons of lava and volcanic ash. Can you see the broken column at her feet?
If you're in the mood for some more volcano action, I suggest seeking out James Hamilton's "Last Days of Pompeii" (1846) on our 3rd floor, in the central court. Lots more lava there!
Did Nydia manage to escape?
Well, yes and no. See, she was a slave girl, and she fell in love with a young boy named Glaucus, whom she helped escape from the volcano. Well, she helped both Glaucus and his betrothed, named Ione, to escape. At that point, realizing that even if she made it out alive, she would have to live knowing Glaucus and Ione were happy together, she decided to take her own life and drown herself.
That's sad.
True, but it's also quite heroic, to Victorian eyes! The sentiment of "I'd rather die than. . ." was a popular one among the Romans, as well as the 19th-century Europeans who glorified them.
Was Native American sculpture such as Heiltsuk house posts already influenced by western art in the 19th C.?
By the 19th  century, there had been over 100 years of trade between the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast, such as the Heiltsuk, and European traders (Russian and Spanish especially) as well as Euro-Canadian and Euro-American expansionists coming towards the West Coast from further east.
It's hard to say, however, exactly how much particular Western art influence appeared in these specific examples (and the contact between Heiltsuk carvers and Western artists or Western art would have been spotty). We often seen more Western influence coming into objects made for trade and markets, which could reflect the tastes of the market (rather than use and family history/family crests as represented here). 
Please tell the curators that the wall copy is excellent.
So clear, respectful of reader and free of art historical jargon.
Absolutely! I would also add that by the end of the 19th century, the collection of Native American sculptures such as this one was starting to influence Western art!
Speaking of the intersection between art and commerce (and practicality), how could someone ride this bike?
Good question! Bowden's Spacelander Bicycle, while cool, is a bit impractical. . .Only about 500 models were made because it was costly and out of style by the time it was in production.
However, the bike made use of new materials and technology like fiberglass, a motor, and electric lights. 
Did people actually sit on these sofas? Napping? Conversation?
I suppose it could be used for any of those! Please don't sit on it now, but in the past I'm sure the owner would have loved to sit, and read or maybe enjoy the fire. Interestingly the wood on the sofa is mahogany veneer on top of pine. Pine was a less expensive wood to work with and by simply covering it with more expensive, dark mahogany, the manufacturer could raise the price of the piece while not using up too much mahogany.
However, the upholstery is modern. The sofa was restored in 1998.
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

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

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

How is this made?
Lamb Studios used many different stained glass techniques to create this show piece to represent the United States at the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris. Cast glass, reverse painting, and new technological advancements such as opalescent glass were methods used in the construction of this window.
The faces showcase the new method of "double-painted" glass, which involved painting two different plates of glass with separate colors of vitreous enamel that shine through each other for a rich, lifelike effect.
Opalescent stained glass can be seen throughout the window. The rich colors, sinuous forms within each piece of glass, and the pearly sheen of the surface are all thanks to this technique. It is created by mixing molten glasses of different colors in a very technically precise way. The iridescence is achieved with the addition of metal dust to the surface of the molten glass.
I hope that helps illuminate this windows a bit more for you!
What is this made out of?! 
Very unusual materials, thats for sure! W. Cole Brigham used numerous non-traditional materials to make this work, seashells, glass bottles, pebbles, and even utilized his own specialized adhesive to join them together as opposed more traditional glass leading.
Why does brick provide better insulation?
Dense, earthen materials (such as brick) retain heat and cool very well. So you would only have to heat up or cool down your house once and the brick would maintain the temperature for many hours.
When was this made?
This Punu Mask by an unidentified Punu artist was made in the late 19th century in Gabon.
It is believed that masks like are carved to resemble a beautiful Punu woman, due to their heart-shaped faces, high cheekbones and overall delicate features. This mask may have been modeled after the likeness of specific women who knew the carver of this mask, as the hairstyle is unique to each mask.
Would this sleeping arrangement be a status thing or would the poor also use these?
These headrests were fairly common in Ancient Egypt. While some people may not have been able to afford them, they were the of pillows of the era. They considered it to be very comfortable!
The label for the Portrait of Madame Tallien says that the Paisley scarf is 'rare'. Do you know if Paisley was expensive/new/exotic at that time?
The cashmere shawl thrown over the sofa was indeed an exotic, extremely expensive and rare accessory in the period.
An extraordinarily light-weight yet warm hand-woven textile, it was imported from the Kashmir region of India.
Thanks! Do you know why it was called Paisley?
Paisley is an English term for the buta (or boteh) design, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian origin.
The term paisley is actually taken from the town of Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland, whose weavers became the foremost producers of these shawls after about 1800.
The cashmere shawl, with its defining paisley design, was first brought to Europe by the British East India Company in the early 18th century, but by the 19th century there were various schemes to import the cashmere producing goats to Europe and make imitation cashmere shawls there.
But few of these were successful, so it remained a rare and expensive item
In France (where this picture was painted), the cashmere shawl became popular at the end of the French Revolution when Napoleon's army returned from Egypt. (France had unsuccessfully tried to conquer Egypt specifically in order to disrupt Britain's lucrative trade with India.) Among the mementos of the Orient Napoleon's officers brought back with them were cashmere shawls, which they wore wrapped around their waists as belts like Egyptian soldiers. In Paris, the cashmere shawl was quickly transformed from war souvenir to fashion accessory.
Its warmth and delicacy complimented the dresses popular at the time—they were made from light-weight semi-transparent white muslin like one you see in the picture. The shawl allowed fashionable ladies to remain decorously covered while their dresses revealed bare arms, shoulders, and cleavage.
Thank you! That's super interesting and reveals a lot more about the sitter than I thought.
If you're interested, that shawl also reveals something else about that sitter...
Go on
Since it was so fashionable in early 19th-century Paris, the cashmere shawl quickly became an essential part of a woman's "corbeille de mariage," the gift basket given by the groom to the bride upon the signing of the wedding contract. Wearing one thus indicated a woman's married status and, by extension, her proper femininity and virtue.
By the time this picture was painted, Madame Tallien was a two-time divorcée on her third marriage! So that shawls carries a lot of symbolic weight as a sign of virtue.
What is she listening to?
In this sculpture by Randolph Rogers, Nydia is listening to her surroundings! She was a character in the famous 19th-century book "The Last Days of Pompeii." In the story, she was blind. Rogers shows her listening to the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius which was about to bury the Roman city of Pompeii under tons of lava and volcanic ash. Can you see the broken column at her feet?
If you're in the mood for some more volcano action, I suggest seeking out James Hamilton's "Last Days of Pompeii" (1846) on our 3rd floor, in the central court. Lots more lava there!
Did Nydia manage to escape?
Well, yes and no. See, she was a slave girl, and she fell in love with a young boy named Glaucus, whom she helped escape from the volcano. Well, she helped both Glaucus and his betrothed, named Ione, to escape. At that point, realizing that even if she made it out alive, she would have to live knowing Glaucus and Ione were happy together, she decided to take her own life and drown herself.
That's sad.
True, but it's also quite heroic, to Victorian eyes! The sentiment of "I'd rather die than. . ." was a popular one among the Romans, as well as the 19th-century Europeans who glorified them.
Was Native American sculpture such as Heiltsuk house posts already influenced by western art in the 19th C.?
By the 19th  century, there had been over 100 years of trade between the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast, such as the Heiltsuk, and European traders (Russian and Spanish especially) as well as Euro-Canadian and Euro-American expansionists coming towards the West Coast from further east.
It's hard to say, however, exactly how much particular Western art influence appeared in these specific examples (and the contact between Heiltsuk carvers and Western artists or Western art would have been spotty). We often seen more Western influence coming into objects made for trade and markets, which could reflect the tastes of the market (rather than use and family history/family crests as represented here). 
Please tell the curators that the wall copy is excellent.
So clear, respectful of reader and free of art historical jargon.
Absolutely! I would also add that by the end of the 19th century, the collection of Native American sculptures such as this one was starting to influence Western art!
Speaking of the intersection between art and commerce (and practicality), how could someone ride this bike?
Good question! Bowden's Spacelander Bicycle, while cool, is a bit impractical. . .Only about 500 models were made because it was costly and out of style by the time it was in production.
However, the bike made use of new materials and technology like fiberglass, a motor, and electric lights. 
Did people actually sit on these sofas? Napping? Conversation?
I suppose it could be used for any of those! Please don't sit on it now, but in the past I'm sure the owner would have loved to sit, and read or maybe enjoy the fire. Interestingly the wood on the sofa is mahogany veneer on top of pine. Pine was a less expensive wood to work with and by simply covering it with more expensive, dark mahogany, the manufacturer could raise the price of the piece while not using up too much mahogany.
However, the upholstery is modern. The sofa was restored in 1998.
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 Second Floor:

Also on the Second Floor

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

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

How is this made?
Lamb Studios used many different stained glass techniques to create this show piece to represent the United States at the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris. Cast glass, reverse painting, and new technological advancements such as opalescent glass were methods used in the construction of this window.
The faces showcase the new method of "double-painted" glass, which involved painting two different plates of glass with separate colors of vitreous enamel that shine through each other for a rich, lifelike effect.
Opalescent stained glass can be seen throughout the window. The rich colors, sinuous forms within each piece of glass, and the pearly sheen of the surface are all thanks to this technique. It is created by mixing molten glasses of different colors in a very technically precise way. The iridescence is achieved with the addition of metal dust to the surface of the molten glass.
I hope that helps illuminate this windows a bit more for you!
What is this made out of?! 
Very unusual materials, thats for sure! W. Cole Brigham used numerous non-traditional materials to make this work, seashells, glass bottles, pebbles, and even utilized his own specialized adhesive to join them together as opposed more traditional glass leading.
Why does brick provide better insulation?
Dense, earthen materials (such as brick) retain heat and cool very well. So you would only have to heat up or cool down your house once and the brick would maintain the temperature for many hours.
When was this made?
This Punu Mask by an unidentified Punu artist was made in the late 19th century in Gabon.
It is believed that masks like are carved to resemble a beautiful Punu woman, due to their heart-shaped faces, high cheekbones and overall delicate features. This mask may have been modeled after the likeness of specific women who knew the carver of this mask, as the hairstyle is unique to each mask.
Would this sleeping arrangement be a status thing or would the poor also use these?
These headrests were fairly common in Ancient Egypt. While some people may not have been able to afford them, they were the of pillows of the era. They considered it to be very comfortable!
The label for the Portrait of Madame Tallien says that the Paisley scarf is 'rare'. Do you know if Paisley was expensive/new/exotic at that time?
The cashmere shawl thrown over the sofa was indeed an exotic, extremely expensive and rare accessory in the period.
An extraordinarily light-weight yet warm hand-woven textile, it was imported from the Kashmir region of India.
Thanks! Do you know why it was called Paisley?
Paisley is an English term for the buta (or boteh) design, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian origin.
The term paisley is actually taken from the town of Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland, whose weavers became the foremost producers of these shawls after about 1800.
The cashmere shawl, with its defining paisley design, was first brought to Europe by the British East India Company in the early 18th century, but by the 19th century there were various schemes to import the cashmere producing goats to Europe and make imitation cashmere shawls there.
But few of these were successful, so it remained a rare and expensive item
In France (where this picture was painted), the cashmere shawl became popular at the end of the French Revolution when Napoleon's army returned from Egypt. (France had unsuccessfully tried to conquer Egypt specifically in order to disrupt Britain's lucrative trade with India.) Among the mementos of the Orient Napoleon's officers brought back with them were cashmere shawls, which they wore wrapped around their waists as belts like Egyptian soldiers. In Paris, the cashmere shawl was quickly transformed from war souvenir to fashion accessory.
Its warmth and delicacy complimented the dresses popular at the time—they were made from light-weight semi-transparent white muslin like one you see in the picture. The shawl allowed fashionable ladies to remain decorously covered while their dresses revealed bare arms, shoulders, and cleavage.
Thank you! That's super interesting and reveals a lot more about the sitter than I thought.
If you're interested, that shawl also reveals something else about that sitter...
Go on
Since it was so fashionable in early 19th-century Paris, the cashmere shawl quickly became an essential part of a woman's "corbeille de mariage," the gift basket given by the groom to the bride upon the signing of the wedding contract. Wearing one thus indicated a woman's married status and, by extension, her proper femininity and virtue.
By the time this picture was painted, Madame Tallien was a two-time divorcée on her third marriage! So that shawls carries a lot of symbolic weight as a sign of virtue.
What is she listening to?
In this sculpture by Randolph Rogers, Nydia is listening to her surroundings! She was a character in the famous 19th-century book "The Last Days of Pompeii." In the story, she was blind. Rogers shows her listening to the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius which was about to bury the Roman city of Pompeii under tons of lava and volcanic ash. Can you see the broken column at her feet?
If you're in the mood for some more volcano action, I suggest seeking out James Hamilton's "Last Days of Pompeii" (1846) on our 3rd floor, in the central court. Lots more lava there!
Did Nydia manage to escape?
Well, yes and no. See, she was a slave girl, and she fell in love with a young boy named Glaucus, whom she helped escape from the volcano. Well, she helped both Glaucus and his betrothed, named Ione, to escape. At that point, realizing that even if she made it out alive, she would have to live knowing Glaucus and Ione were happy together, she decided to take her own life and drown herself.
That's sad.
True, but it's also quite heroic, to Victorian eyes! The sentiment of "I'd rather die than. . ." was a popular one among the Romans, as well as the 19th-century Europeans who glorified them.
Was Native American sculpture such as Heiltsuk house posts already influenced by western art in the 19th C.?
By the 19th  century, there had been over 100 years of trade between the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast, such as the Heiltsuk, and European traders (Russian and Spanish especially) as well as Euro-Canadian and Euro-American expansionists coming towards the West Coast from further east.
It's hard to say, however, exactly how much particular Western art influence appeared in these specific examples (and the contact between Heiltsuk carvers and Western artists or Western art would have been spotty). We often seen more Western influence coming into objects made for trade and markets, which could reflect the tastes of the market (rather than use and family history/family crests as represented here). 
Please tell the curators that the wall copy is excellent.
So clear, respectful of reader and free of art historical jargon.
Absolutely! I would also add that by the end of the 19th century, the collection of Native American sculptures such as this one was starting to influence Western art!
Speaking of the intersection between art and commerce (and practicality), how could someone ride this bike?
Good question! Bowden's Spacelander Bicycle, while cool, is a bit impractical. . .Only about 500 models were made because it was costly and out of style by the time it was in production.
However, the bike made use of new materials and technology like fiberglass, a motor, and electric lights. 
Did people actually sit on these sofas? Napping? Conversation?
I suppose it could be used for any of those! Please don't sit on it now, but in the past I'm sure the owner would have loved to sit, and read or maybe enjoy the fire. Interestingly the wood on the sofa is mahogany veneer on top of pine. Pine was a less expensive wood to work with and by simply covering it with more expensive, dark mahogany, the manufacturer could raise the price of the piece while not using up too much mahogany.
However, the upholstery is modern. The sofa was restored in 1998.
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.

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

Restrooms
Restrooms are on the first and third floors (floor plan), are wheelchair accessible, and have baby-changing tables. A family restroom 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 restrooms are wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our Accessibility page.

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

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

Go Mobile
Need information on the go? Planning your next visit? Access www.brooklynmuseum.org from your mobile phone to view our mobile-friendly website.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

How is this made?
Lamb Studios used many different stained glass techniques to create this show piece to represent the United States at the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris. Cast glass, reverse painting, and new technological advancements such as opalescent glass were methods used in the construction of this window.
The faces showcase the new method of "double-painted" glass, which involved painting two different plates of glass with separate colors of vitreous enamel that shine through each other for a rich, lifelike effect.
Opalescent stained glass can be seen throughout the window. The rich colors, sinuous forms within each piece of glass, and the pearly sheen of the surface are all thanks to this technique. It is created by mixing molten glasses of different colors in a very technically precise way. The iridescence is achieved with the addition of metal dust to the surface of the molten glass.
I hope that helps illuminate this windows a bit more for you!
What is this made out of?! 
Very unusual materials, thats for sure! W. Cole Brigham used numerous non-traditional materials to make this work, seashells, glass bottles, pebbles, and even utilized his own specialized adhesive to join them together as opposed more traditional glass leading.
Why does brick provide better insulation?
Dense, earthen materials (such as brick) retain heat and cool very well. So you would only have to heat up or cool down your house once and the brick would maintain the temperature for many hours.
When was this made?
This Punu Mask by an unidentified Punu artist was made in the late 19th century in Gabon.
It is believed that masks like are carved to resemble a beautiful Punu woman, due to their heart-shaped faces, high cheekbones and overall delicate features. This mask may have been modeled after the likeness of specific women who knew the carver of this mask, as the hairstyle is unique to each mask.
Would this sleeping arrangement be a status thing or would the poor also use these?
These headrests were fairly common in Ancient Egypt. While some people may not have been able to afford them, they were the of pillows of the era. They considered it to be very comfortable!
The label for the Portrait of Madame Tallien says that the Paisley scarf is 'rare'. Do you know if Paisley was expensive/new/exotic at that time?
The cashmere shawl thrown over the sofa was indeed an exotic, extremely expensive and rare accessory in the period.
An extraordinarily light-weight yet warm hand-woven textile, it was imported from the Kashmir region of India.
Thanks! Do you know why it was called Paisley?
Paisley is an English term for the buta (or boteh) design, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian origin.
The term paisley is actually taken from the town of Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland, whose weavers became the foremost producers of these shawls after about 1800.
The cashmere shawl, with its defining paisley design, was first brought to Europe by the British East India Company in the early 18th century, but by the 19th century there were various schemes to import the cashmere producing goats to Europe and make imitation cashmere shawls there.
But few of these were successful, so it remained a rare and expensive item
In France (where this picture was painted), the cashmere shawl became popular at the end of the French Revolution when Napoleon's army returned from Egypt. (France had unsuccessfully tried to conquer Egypt specifically in order to disrupt Britain's lucrative trade with India.) Among the mementos of the Orient Napoleon's officers brought back with them were cashmere shawls, which they wore wrapped around their waists as belts like Egyptian soldiers. In Paris, the cashmere shawl was quickly transformed from war souvenir to fashion accessory.
Its warmth and delicacy complimented the dresses popular at the time—they were made from light-weight semi-transparent white muslin like one you see in the picture. The shawl allowed fashionable ladies to remain decorously covered while their dresses revealed bare arms, shoulders, and cleavage.
Thank you! That's super interesting and reveals a lot more about the sitter than I thought.
If you're interested, that shawl also reveals something else about that sitter...
Go on
Since it was so fashionable in early 19th-century Paris, the cashmere shawl quickly became an essential part of a woman's "corbeille de mariage," the gift basket given by the groom to the bride upon the signing of the wedding contract. Wearing one thus indicated a woman's married status and, by extension, her proper femininity and virtue.
By the time this picture was painted, Madame Tallien was a two-time divorcée on her third marriage! So that shawls carries a lot of symbolic weight as a sign of virtue.
What is she listening to?
In this sculpture by Randolph Rogers, Nydia is listening to her surroundings! She was a character in the famous 19th-century book "The Last Days of Pompeii." In the story, she was blind. Rogers shows her listening to the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius which was about to bury the Roman city of Pompeii under tons of lava and volcanic ash. Can you see the broken column at her feet?
If you're in the mood for some more volcano action, I suggest seeking out James Hamilton's "Last Days of Pompeii" (1846) on our 3rd floor, in the central court. Lots more lava there!
Did Nydia manage to escape?
Well, yes and no. See, she was a slave girl, and she fell in love with a young boy named Glaucus, whom she helped escape from the volcano. Well, she helped both Glaucus and his betrothed, named Ione, to escape. At that point, realizing that even if she made it out alive, she would have to live knowing Glaucus and Ione were happy together, she decided to take her own life and drown herself.
That's sad.
True, but it's also quite heroic, to Victorian eyes! The sentiment of "I'd rather die than. . ." was a popular one among the Romans, as well as the 19th-century Europeans who glorified them.
Was Native American sculpture such as Heiltsuk house posts already influenced by western art in the 19th C.?
By the 19th  century, there had been over 100 years of trade between the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast, such as the Heiltsuk, and European traders (Russian and Spanish especially) as well as Euro-Canadian and Euro-American expansionists coming towards the West Coast from further east.
It's hard to say, however, exactly how much particular Western art influence appeared in these specific examples (and the contact between Heiltsuk carvers and Western artists or Western art would have been spotty). We often seen more Western influence coming into objects made for trade and markets, which could reflect the tastes of the market (rather than use and family history/family crests as represented here). 
Please tell the curators that the wall copy is excellent.
So clear, respectful of reader and free of art historical jargon.
Absolutely! I would also add that by the end of the 19th century, the collection of Native American sculptures such as this one was starting to influence Western art!
Speaking of the intersection between art and commerce (and practicality), how could someone ride this bike?
Good question! Bowden's Spacelander Bicycle, while cool, is a bit impractical. . .Only about 500 models were made because it was costly and out of style by the time it was in production.
However, the bike made use of new materials and technology like fiberglass, a motor, and electric lights. 
Did people actually sit on these sofas? Napping? Conversation?
I suppose it could be used for any of those! Please don't sit on it now, but in the past I'm sure the owner would have loved to sit, and read or maybe enjoy the fire. Interestingly the wood on the sofa is mahogany veneer on top of pine. Pine was a less expensive wood to work with and by simply covering it with more expensive, dark mahogany, the manufacturer could raise the price of the piece while not using up too much mahogany.
However, the upholstery is modern. The sofa was restored in 1998.
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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How is this made?
Lamb Studios used many different stained glass techniques to create this show piece to represent the United States at the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris. Cast glass, reverse painting, and new technological advancements such as opalescent glass were methods used in the construction of this window.
The faces showcase the new method of "double-painted" glass, which involved painting two different plates of glass with separate colors of vitreous enamel that shine through each other for a rich, lifelike effect.
Opalescent stained glass can be seen throughout the window. The rich colors, sinuous forms within each piece of glass, and the pearly sheen of the surface are all thanks to this technique. It is created by mixing molten glasses of different colors in a very technically precise way. The iridescence is achieved with the addition of metal dust to the surface of the molten glass.
I hope that helps illuminate this windows a bit more for you!
What is this made out of?! 
Very unusual materials, thats for sure! W. Cole Brigham used numerous non-traditional materials to make this work, seashells, glass bottles, pebbles, and even utilized his own specialized adhesive to join them together as opposed more traditional glass leading.
Why does brick provide better insulation?
Dense, earthen materials (such as brick) retain heat and cool very well. So you would only have to heat up or cool down your house once and the brick would maintain the temperature for many hours.
When was this made?
This Punu Mask by an unidentified Punu artist was made in the late 19th century in Gabon.
It is believed that masks like are carved to resemble a beautiful Punu woman, due to their heart-shaped faces, high cheekbones and overall delicate features. This mask may have been modeled after the likeness of specific women who knew the carver of this mask, as the hairstyle is unique to each mask.
Would this sleeping arrangement be a status thing or would the poor also use these?
These headrests were fairly common in Ancient Egypt. While some people may not have been able to afford them, they were the of pillows of the era. They considered it to be very comfortable!
The label for the Portrait of Madame Tallien says that the Paisley scarf is 'rare'. Do you know if Paisley was expensive/new/exotic at that time?
The cashmere shawl thrown over the sofa was indeed an exotic, extremely expensive and rare accessory in the period.
An extraordinarily light-weight yet warm hand-woven textile, it was imported from the Kashmir region of India.
Thanks! Do you know why it was called Paisley?
Paisley is an English term for the buta (or boteh) design, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian origin.
The term paisley is actually taken from the town of Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland, whose weavers became the foremost producers of these shawls after about 1800.
The cashmere shawl, with its defining paisley design, was first brought to Europe by the British East India Company in the early 18th century, but by the 19th century there were various schemes to import the cashmere producing goats to Europe and make imitation cashmere shawls there.
But few of these were successful, so it remained a rare and expensive item
In France (where this picture was painted), the cashmere shawl became popular at the end of the French Revolution when Napoleon's army returned from Egypt. (France had unsuccessfully tried to conquer Egypt specifically in order to disrupt Britain's lucrative trade with India.) Among the mementos of the Orient Napoleon's officers brought back with them were cashmere shawls, which they wore wrapped around their waists as belts like Egyptian soldiers. In Paris, the cashmere shawl was quickly transformed from war souvenir to fashion accessory.
Its warmth and delicacy complimented the dresses popular at the time—they were made from light-weight semi-transparent white muslin like one you see in the picture. The shawl allowed fashionable ladies to remain decorously covered while their dresses revealed bare arms, shoulders, and cleavage.
Thank you! That's super interesting and reveals a lot more about the sitter than I thought.
If you're interested, that shawl also reveals something else about that sitter...
Go on
Since it was so fashionable in early 19th-century Paris, the cashmere shawl quickly became an essential part of a woman's "corbeille de mariage," the gift basket given by the groom to the bride upon the signing of the wedding contract. Wearing one thus indicated a woman's married status and, by extension, her proper femininity and virtue.
By the time this picture was painted, Madame Tallien was a two-time divorcée on her third marriage! So that shawls carries a lot of symbolic weight as a sign of virtue.
What is she listening to?
In this sculpture by Randolph Rogers, Nydia is listening to her surroundings! She was a character in the famous 19th-century book "The Last Days of Pompeii." In the story, she was blind. Rogers shows her listening to the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius which was about to bury the Roman city of Pompeii under tons of lava and volcanic ash. Can you see the broken column at her feet?
If you're in the mood for some more volcano action, I suggest seeking out James Hamilton's "Last Days of Pompeii" (1846) on our 3rd floor, in the central court. Lots more lava there!
Did Nydia manage to escape?
Well, yes and no. See, she was a slave girl, and she fell in love with a young boy named Glaucus, whom she helped escape from the volcano. Well, she helped both Glaucus and his betrothed, named Ione, to escape. At that point, realizing that even if she made it out alive, she would have to live knowing Glaucus and Ione were happy together, she decided to take her own life and drown herself.
That's sad.
True, but it's also quite heroic, to Victorian eyes! The sentiment of "I'd rather die than. . ." was a popular one among the Romans, as well as the 19th-century Europeans who glorified them.
Was Native American sculpture such as Heiltsuk house posts already influenced by western art in the 19th C.?
By the 19th  century, there had been over 100 years of trade between the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast, such as the Heiltsuk, and European traders (Russian and Spanish especially) as well as Euro-Canadian and Euro-American expansionists coming towards the West Coast from further east.
It's hard to say, however, exactly how much particular Western art influence appeared in these specific examples (and the contact between Heiltsuk carvers and Western artists or Western art would have been spotty). We often seen more Western influence coming into objects made for trade and markets, which could reflect the tastes of the market (rather than use and family history/family crests as represented here). 
Please tell the curators that the wall copy is excellent.
So clear, respectful of reader and free of art historical jargon.
Absolutely! I would also add that by the end of the 19th century, the collection of Native American sculptures such as this one was starting to influence Western art!
Speaking of the intersection between art and commerce (and practicality), how could someone ride this bike?
Good question! Bowden's Spacelander Bicycle, while cool, is a bit impractical. . .Only about 500 models were made because it was costly and out of style by the time it was in production.
However, the bike made use of new materials and technology like fiberglass, a motor, and electric lights. 
Did people actually sit on these sofas? Napping? Conversation?
I suppose it could be used for any of those! Please don't sit on it now, but in the past I'm sure the owner would have loved to sit, and read or maybe enjoy the fire. Interestingly the wood on the sofa is mahogany veneer on top of pine. Pine was a less expensive wood to work with and by simply covering it with more expensive, dark mahogany, the manufacturer could raise the price of the piece while not using up too much mahogany.
However, the upholstery is modern. The sofa was restored in 1998.
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

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

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk.

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How is this made?
Lamb Studios used many different stained glass techniques to create this show piece to represent the United States at the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris. Cast glass, reverse painting, and new technological advancements such as opalescent glass were methods used in the construction of this window.
The faces showcase the new method of "double-painted" glass, which involved painting two different plates of glass with separate colors of vitreous enamel that shine through each other for a rich, lifelike effect.
Opalescent stained glass can be seen throughout the window. The rich colors, sinuous forms within each piece of glass, and the pearly sheen of the surface are all thanks to this technique. It is created by mixing molten glasses of different colors in a very technically precise way. The iridescence is achieved with the addition of metal dust to the surface of the molten glass.
I hope that helps illuminate this windows a bit more for you!
What is this made out of?! 
Very unusual materials, thats for sure! W. Cole Brigham used numerous non-traditional materials to make this work, seashells, glass bottles, pebbles, and even utilized his own specialized adhesive to join them together as opposed more traditional glass leading.
Why does brick provide better insulation?
Dense, earthen materials (such as brick) retain heat and cool very well. So you would only have to heat up or cool down your house once and the brick would maintain the temperature for many hours.
When was this made?
This Punu Mask by an unidentified Punu artist was made in the late 19th century in Gabon.
It is believed that masks like are carved to resemble a beautiful Punu woman, due to their heart-shaped faces, high cheekbones and overall delicate features. This mask may have been modeled after the likeness of specific women who knew the carver of this mask, as the hairstyle is unique to each mask.
Would this sleeping arrangement be a status thing or would the poor also use these?
These headrests were fairly common in Ancient Egypt. While some people may not have been able to afford them, they were the of pillows of the era. They considered it to be very comfortable!
The label for the Portrait of Madame Tallien says that the Paisley scarf is 'rare'. Do you know if Paisley was expensive/new/exotic at that time?
The cashmere shawl thrown over the sofa was indeed an exotic, extremely expensive and rare accessory in the period.
An extraordinarily light-weight yet warm hand-woven textile, it was imported from the Kashmir region of India.
Thanks! Do you know why it was called Paisley?
Paisley is an English term for the buta (or boteh) design, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian origin.
The term paisley is actually taken from the town of Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland, whose weavers became the foremost producers of these shawls after about 1800.
The cashmere shawl, with its defining paisley design, was first brought to Europe by the British East India Company in the early 18th century, but by the 19th century there were various schemes to import the cashmere producing goats to Europe and make imitation cashmere shawls there.
But few of these were successful, so it remained a rare and expensive item
In France (where this picture was painted), the cashmere shawl became popular at the end of the French Revolution when Napoleon's army returned from Egypt. (France had unsuccessfully tried to conquer Egypt specifically in order to disrupt Britain's lucrative trade with India.) Among the mementos of the Orient Napoleon's officers brought back with them were cashmere shawls, which they wore wrapped around their waists as belts like Egyptian soldiers. In Paris, the cashmere shawl was quickly transformed from war souvenir to fashion accessory.
Its warmth and delicacy complimented the dresses popular at the time—they were made from light-weight semi-transparent white muslin like one you see in the picture. The shawl allowed fashionable ladies to remain decorously covered while their dresses revealed bare arms, shoulders, and cleavage.
Thank you! That's super interesting and reveals a lot more about the sitter than I thought.
If you're interested, that shawl also reveals something else about that sitter...
Go on
Since it was so fashionable in early 19th-century Paris, the cashmere shawl quickly became an essential part of a woman's "corbeille de mariage," the gift basket given by the groom to the bride upon the signing of the wedding contract. Wearing one thus indicated a woman's married status and, by extension, her proper femininity and virtue.
By the time this picture was painted, Madame Tallien was a two-time divorcée on her third marriage! So that shawls carries a lot of symbolic weight as a sign of virtue.
What is she listening to?
In this sculpture by Randolph Rogers, Nydia is listening to her surroundings! She was a character in the famous 19th-century book "The Last Days of Pompeii." In the story, she was blind. Rogers shows her listening to the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius which was about to bury the Roman city of Pompeii under tons of lava and volcanic ash. Can you see the broken column at her feet?
If you're in the mood for some more volcano action, I suggest seeking out James Hamilton's "Last Days of Pompeii" (1846) on our 3rd floor, in the central court. Lots more lava there!
Did Nydia manage to escape?
Well, yes and no. See, she was a slave girl, and she fell in love with a young boy named Glaucus, whom she helped escape from the volcano. Well, she helped both Glaucus and his betrothed, named Ione, to escape. At that point, realizing that even if she made it out alive, she would have to live knowing Glaucus and Ione were happy together, she decided to take her own life and drown herself.
That's sad.
True, but it's also quite heroic, to Victorian eyes! The sentiment of "I'd rather die than. . ." was a popular one among the Romans, as well as the 19th-century Europeans who glorified them.
Was Native American sculpture such as Heiltsuk house posts already influenced by western art in the 19th C.?
By the 19th  century, there had been over 100 years of trade between the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast, such as the Heiltsuk, and European traders (Russian and Spanish especially) as well as Euro-Canadian and Euro-American expansionists coming towards the West Coast from further east.
It's hard to say, however, exactly how much particular Western art influence appeared in these specific examples (and the contact between Heiltsuk carvers and Western artists or Western art would have been spotty). We often seen more Western influence coming into objects made for trade and markets, which could reflect the tastes of the market (rather than use and family history/family crests as represented here). 
Please tell the curators that the wall copy is excellent.
So clear, respectful of reader and free of art historical jargon.
Absolutely! I would also add that by the end of the 19th century, the collection of Native American sculptures such as this one was starting to influence Western art!
Speaking of the intersection between art and commerce (and practicality), how could someone ride this bike?
Good question! Bowden's Spacelander Bicycle, while cool, is a bit impractical. . .Only about 500 models were made because it was costly and out of style by the time it was in production.
However, the bike made use of new materials and technology like fiberglass, a motor, and electric lights. 
Did people actually sit on these sofas? Napping? Conversation?
I suppose it could be used for any of those! Please don't sit on it now, but in the past I'm sure the owner would have loved to sit, and read or maybe enjoy the fire. Interestingly the wood on the sofa is mahogany veneer on top of pine. Pine was a less expensive wood to work with and by simply covering it with more expensive, dark mahogany, the manufacturer could raise the price of the piece while not using up too much mahogany.
However, the upholstery is modern. The sofa was restored in 1998.
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.

How is this made?
Lamb Studios used many different stained glass techniques to create this show piece to represent the United States at the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris. Cast glass, reverse painting, and new technological advancements such as opalescent glass were methods used in the construction of this window.
The faces showcase the new method of "double-painted" glass, which involved painting two different plates of glass with separate colors of vitreous enamel that shine through each other for a rich, lifelike effect.
Opalescent stained glass can be seen throughout the window. The rich colors, sinuous forms within each piece of glass, and the pearly sheen of the surface are all thanks to this technique. It is created by mixing molten glasses of different colors in a very technically precise way. The iridescence is achieved with the addition of metal dust to the surface of the molten glass.
I hope that helps illuminate this windows a bit more for you!
What is this made out of?! 
Very unusual materials, thats for sure! W. Cole Brigham used numerous non-traditional materials to make this work, seashells, glass bottles, pebbles, and even utilized his own specialized adhesive to join them together as opposed more traditional glass leading.
Why does brick provide better insulation?
Dense, earthen materials (such as brick) retain heat and cool very well. So you would only have to heat up or cool down your house once and the brick would maintain the temperature for many hours.
When was this made?
This Punu Mask by an unidentified Punu artist was made in the late 19th century in Gabon.
It is believed that masks like are carved to resemble a beautiful Punu woman, due to their heart-shaped faces, high cheekbones and overall delicate features. This mask may have been modeled after the likeness of specific women who knew the carver of this mask, as the hairstyle is unique to each mask.
Would this sleeping arrangement be a status thing or would the poor also use these?
These headrests were fairly common in Ancient Egypt. While some people may not have been able to afford them, they were the of pillows of the era. They considered it to be very comfortable!
The label for the Portrait of Madame Tallien says that the Paisley scarf is 'rare'. Do you know if Paisley was expensive/new/exotic at that time?
The cashmere shawl thrown over the sofa was indeed an exotic, extremely expensive and rare accessory in the period.
An extraordinarily light-weight yet warm hand-woven textile, it was imported from the Kashmir region of India.
Thanks! Do you know why it was called Paisley?
Paisley is an English term for the buta (or boteh) design, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian origin.
The term paisley is actually taken from the town of Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland, whose weavers became the foremost producers of these shawls after about 1800.
The cashmere shawl, with its defining paisley design, was first brought to Europe by the British East India Company in the early 18th century, but by the 19th century there were various schemes to import the cashmere producing goats to Europe and make imitation cashmere shawls there.
But few of these were successful, so it remained a rare and expensive item
In France (where this picture was painted), the cashmere shawl became popular at the end of the French Revolution when Napoleon's army returned from Egypt. (France had unsuccessfully tried to conquer Egypt specifically in order to disrupt Britain's lucrative trade with India.) Among the mementos of the Orient Napoleon's officers brought back with them were cashmere shawls, which they wore wrapped around their waists as belts like Egyptian soldiers. In Paris, the cashmere shawl was quickly transformed from war souvenir to fashion accessory.
Its warmth and delicacy complimented the dresses popular at the time—they were made from light-weight semi-transparent white muslin like one you see in the picture. The shawl allowed fashionable ladies to remain decorously covered while their dresses revealed bare arms, shoulders, and cleavage.
Thank you! That's super interesting and reveals a lot more about the sitter than I thought.
If you're interested, that shawl also reveals something else about that sitter...
Go on
Since it was so fashionable in early 19th-century Paris, the cashmere shawl quickly became an essential part of a woman's "corbeille de mariage," the gift basket given by the groom to the bride upon the signing of the wedding contract. Wearing one thus indicated a woman's married status and, by extension, her proper femininity and virtue.
By the time this picture was painted, Madame Tallien was a two-time divorcée on her third marriage! So that shawls carries a lot of symbolic weight as a sign of virtue.
What is she listening to?
In this sculpture by Randolph Rogers, Nydia is listening to her surroundings! She was a character in the famous 19th-century book "The Last Days of Pompeii." In the story, she was blind. Rogers shows her listening to the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius which was about to bury the Roman city of Pompeii under tons of lava and volcanic ash. Can you see the broken column at her feet?
If you're in the mood for some more volcano action, I suggest seeking out James Hamilton's "Last Days of Pompeii" (1846) on our 3rd floor, in the central court. Lots more lava there!
Did Nydia manage to escape?
Well, yes and no. See, she was a slave girl, and she fell in love with a young boy named Glaucus, whom she helped escape from the volcano. Well, she helped both Glaucus and his betrothed, named Ione, to escape. At that point, realizing that even if she made it out alive, she would have to live knowing Glaucus and Ione were happy together, she decided to take her own life and drown herself.
That's sad.
True, but it's also quite heroic, to Victorian eyes! The sentiment of "I'd rather die than. . ." was a popular one among the Romans, as well as the 19th-century Europeans who glorified them.
Was Native American sculpture such as Heiltsuk house posts already influenced by western art in the 19th C.?
By the 19th  century, there had been over 100 years of trade between the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast, such as the Heiltsuk, and European traders (Russian and Spanish especially) as well as Euro-Canadian and Euro-American expansionists coming towards the West Coast from further east.
It's hard to say, however, exactly how much particular Western art influence appeared in these specific examples (and the contact between Heiltsuk carvers and Western artists or Western art would have been spotty). We often seen more Western influence coming into objects made for trade and markets, which could reflect the tastes of the market (rather than use and family history/family crests as represented here). 
Please tell the curators that the wall copy is excellent.
So clear, respectful of reader and free of art historical jargon.
Absolutely! I would also add that by the end of the 19th century, the collection of Native American sculptures such as this one was starting to influence Western art!
Speaking of the intersection between art and commerce (and practicality), how could someone ride this bike?
Good question! Bowden's Spacelander Bicycle, while cool, is a bit impractical. . .Only about 500 models were made because it was costly and out of style by the time it was in production.
However, the bike made use of new materials and technology like fiberglass, a motor, and electric lights. 
Did people actually sit on these sofas? Napping? Conversation?
I suppose it could be used for any of those! Please don't sit on it now, but in the past I'm sure the owner would have loved to sit, and read or maybe enjoy the fire. Interestingly the wood on the sofa is mahogany veneer on top of pine. Pine was a less expensive wood to work with and by simply covering it with more expensive, dark mahogany, the manufacturer could raise the price of the piece while not using up too much mahogany.
However, the upholstery is modern. The sofa was restored in 1998.
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.

How is this made?
Lamb Studios used many different stained glass techniques to create this show piece to represent the United States at the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris. Cast glass, reverse painting, and new technological advancements such as opalescent glass were methods used in the construction of this window.
The faces showcase the new method of "double-painted" glass, which involved painting two different plates of glass with separate colors of vitreous enamel that shine through each other for a rich, lifelike effect.
Opalescent stained glass can be seen throughout the window. The rich colors, sinuous forms within each piece of glass, and the pearly sheen of the surface are all thanks to this technique. It is created by mixing molten glasses of different colors in a very technically precise way. The iridescence is achieved with the addition of metal dust to the surface of the molten glass.
I hope that helps illuminate this windows a bit more for you!
What is this made out of?! 
Very unusual materials, thats for sure! W. Cole Brigham used numerous non-traditional materials to make this work, seashells, glass bottles, pebbles, and even utilized his own specialized adhesive to join them together as opposed more traditional glass leading.
Why does brick provide better insulation?
Dense, earthen materials (such as brick) retain heat and cool very well. So you would only have to heat up or cool down your house once and the brick would maintain the temperature for many hours.
When was this made?
This Punu Mask by an unidentified Punu artist was made in the late 19th century in Gabon.
It is believed that masks like are carved to resemble a beautiful Punu woman, due to their heart-shaped faces, high cheekbones and overall delicate features. This mask may have been modeled after the likeness of specific women who knew the carver of this mask, as the hairstyle is unique to each mask.
Would this sleeping arrangement be a status thing or would the poor also use these?
These headrests were fairly common in Ancient Egypt. While some people may not have been able to afford them, they were the of pillows of the era. They considered it to be very comfortable!
The label for the Portrait of Madame Tallien says that the Paisley scarf is 'rare'. Do you know if Paisley was expensive/new/exotic at that time?
The cashmere shawl thrown over the sofa was indeed an exotic, extremely expensive and rare accessory in the period.
An extraordinarily light-weight yet warm hand-woven textile, it was imported from the Kashmir region of India.
Thanks! Do you know why it was called Paisley?
Paisley is an English term for the buta (or boteh) design, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian origin.
The term paisley is actually taken from the town of Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland, whose weavers became the foremost producers of these shawls after about 1800.
The cashmere shawl, with its defining paisley design, was first brought to Europe by the British East India Company in the early 18th century, but by the 19th century there were various schemes to import the cashmere producing goats to Europe and make imitation cashmere shawls there.
But few of these were successful, so it remained a rare and expensive item
In France (where this picture was painted), the cashmere shawl became popular at the end of the French Revolution when Napoleon's army returned from Egypt. (France had unsuccessfully tried to conquer Egypt specifically in order to disrupt Britain's lucrative trade with India.) Among the mementos of the Orient Napoleon's officers brought back with them were cashmere shawls, which they wore wrapped around their waists as belts like Egyptian soldiers. In Paris, the cashmere shawl was quickly transformed from war souvenir to fashion accessory.
Its warmth and delicacy complimented the dresses popular at the time—they were made from light-weight semi-transparent white muslin like one you see in the picture. The shawl allowed fashionable ladies to remain decorously covered while their dresses revealed bare arms, shoulders, and cleavage.
Thank you! That's super interesting and reveals a lot more about the sitter than I thought.
If you're interested, that shawl also reveals something else about that sitter...
Go on
Since it was so fashionable in early 19th-century Paris, the cashmere shawl quickly became an essential part of a woman's "corbeille de mariage," the gift basket given by the groom to the bride upon the signing of the wedding contract. Wearing one thus indicated a woman's married status and, by extension, her proper femininity and virtue.
By the time this picture was painted, Madame Tallien was a two-time divorcée on her third marriage! So that shawls carries a lot of symbolic weight as a sign of virtue.
What is she listening to?
In this sculpture by Randolph Rogers, Nydia is listening to her surroundings! She was a character in the famous 19th-century book "The Last Days of Pompeii." In the story, she was blind. Rogers shows her listening to the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius which was about to bury the Roman city of Pompeii under tons of lava and volcanic ash. Can you see the broken column at her feet?
If you're in the mood for some more volcano action, I suggest seeking out James Hamilton's "Last Days of Pompeii" (1846) on our 3rd floor, in the central court. Lots more lava there!
Did Nydia manage to escape?
Well, yes and no. See, she was a slave girl, and she fell in love with a young boy named Glaucus, whom she helped escape from the volcano. Well, she helped both Glaucus and his betrothed, named Ione, to escape. At that point, realizing that even if she made it out alive, she would have to live knowing Glaucus and Ione were happy together, she decided to take her own life and drown herself.
That's sad.
True, but it's also quite heroic, to Victorian eyes! The sentiment of "I'd rather die than. . ." was a popular one among the Romans, as well as the 19th-century Europeans who glorified them.
Was Native American sculpture such as Heiltsuk house posts already influenced by western art in the 19th C.?
By the 19th  century, there had been over 100 years of trade between the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast, such as the Heiltsuk, and European traders (Russian and Spanish especially) as well as Euro-Canadian and Euro-American expansionists coming towards the West Coast from further east.
It's hard to say, however, exactly how much particular Western art influence appeared in these specific examples (and the contact between Heiltsuk carvers and Western artists or Western art would have been spotty). We often seen more Western influence coming into objects made for trade and markets, which could reflect the tastes of the market (rather than use and family history/family crests as represented here). 
Please tell the curators that the wall copy is excellent.
So clear, respectful of reader and free of art historical jargon.
Absolutely! I would also add that by the end of the 19th century, the collection of Native American sculptures such as this one was starting to influence Western art!
Speaking of the intersection between art and commerce (and practicality), how could someone ride this bike?
Good question! Bowden's Spacelander Bicycle, while cool, is a bit impractical. . .Only about 500 models were made because it was costly and out of style by the time it was in production.
However, the bike made use of new materials and technology like fiberglass, a motor, and electric lights. 
Did people actually sit on these sofas? Napping? Conversation?
I suppose it could be used for any of those! Please don't sit on it now, but in the past I'm sure the owner would have loved to sit, and read or maybe enjoy the fire. Interestingly the wood on the sofa is mahogany veneer on top of pine. Pine was a less expensive wood to work with and by simply covering it with more expensive, dark mahogany, the manufacturer could raise the price of the piece while not using up too much mahogany.
However, the upholstery is modern. The sofa was restored in 1998.
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.

How is this made?
Lamb Studios used many different stained glass techniques to create this show piece to represent the United States at the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris. Cast glass, reverse painting, and new technological advancements such as opalescent glass were methods used in the construction of this window.
The faces showcase the new method of "double-painted" glass, which involved painting two different plates of glass with separate colors of vitreous enamel that shine through each other for a rich, lifelike effect.
Opalescent stained glass can be seen throughout the window. The rich colors, sinuous forms within each piece of glass, and the pearly sheen of the surface are all thanks to this technique. It is created by mixing molten glasses of different colors in a very technically precise way. The iridescence is achieved with the addition of metal dust to the surface of the molten glass.
I hope that helps illuminate this windows a bit more for you!
What is this made out of?! 
Very unusual materials, thats for sure! W. Cole Brigham used numerous non-traditional materials to make this work, seashells, glass bottles, pebbles, and even utilized his own specialized adhesive to join them together as opposed more traditional glass leading.
Why does brick provide better insulation?
Dense, earthen materials (such as brick) retain heat and cool very well. So you would only have to heat up or cool down your house once and the brick would maintain the temperature for many hours.
When was this made?
This Punu Mask by an unidentified Punu artist was made in the late 19th century in Gabon.
It is believed that masks like are carved to resemble a beautiful Punu woman, due to their heart-shaped faces, high cheekbones and overall delicate features. This mask may have been modeled after the likeness of specific women who knew the carver of this mask, as the hairstyle is unique to each mask.
Would this sleeping arrangement be a status thing or would the poor also use these?
These headrests were fairly common in Ancient Egypt. While some people may not have been able to afford them, they were the of pillows of the era. They considered it to be very comfortable!
The label for the Portrait of Madame Tallien says that the Paisley scarf is 'rare'. Do you know if Paisley was expensive/new/exotic at that time?
The cashmere shawl thrown over the sofa was indeed an exotic, extremely expensive and rare accessory in the period.
An extraordinarily light-weight yet warm hand-woven textile, it was imported from the Kashmir region of India.
Thanks! Do you know why it was called Paisley?
Paisley is an English term for the buta (or boteh) design, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian origin.
The term paisley is actually taken from the town of Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland, whose weavers became the foremost producers of these shawls after about 1800.
The cashmere shawl, with its defining paisley design, was first brought to Europe by the British East India Company in the early 18th century, but by the 19th century there were various schemes to import the cashmere producing goats to Europe and make imitation cashmere shawls there.
But few of these were successful, so it remained a rare and expensive item
In France (where this picture was painted), the cashmere shawl became popular at the end of the French Revolution when Napoleon's army returned from Egypt. (France had unsuccessfully tried to conquer Egypt specifically in order to disrupt Britain's lucrative trade with India.) Among the mementos of the Orient Napoleon's officers brought back with them were cashmere shawls, which they wore wrapped around their waists as belts like Egyptian soldiers. In Paris, the cashmere shawl was quickly transformed from war souvenir to fashion accessory.
Its warmth and delicacy complimented the dresses popular at the time—they were made from light-weight semi-transparent white muslin like one you see in the picture. The shawl allowed fashionable ladies to remain decorously covered while their dresses revealed bare arms, shoulders, and cleavage.
Thank you! That's super interesting and reveals a lot more about the sitter than I thought.
If you're interested, that shawl also reveals something else about that sitter...
Go on
Since it was so fashionable in early 19th-century Paris, the cashmere shawl quickly became an essential part of a woman's "corbeille de mariage," the gift basket given by the groom to the bride upon the signing of the wedding contract. Wearing one thus indicated a woman's married status and, by extension, her proper femininity and virtue.
By the time this picture was painted, Madame Tallien was a two-time divorcée on her third marriage! So that shawls carries a lot of symbolic weight as a sign of virtue.
What is she listening to?
In this sculpture by Randolph Rogers, Nydia is listening to her surroundings! She was a character in the famous 19th-century book "The Last Days of Pompeii." In the story, she was blind. Rogers shows her listening to the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius which was about to bury the Roman city of Pompeii under tons of lava and volcanic ash. Can you see the broken column at her feet?
If you're in the mood for some more volcano action, I suggest seeking out James Hamilton's "Last Days of Pompeii" (1846) on our 3rd floor, in the central court. Lots more lava there!
Did Nydia manage to escape?
Well, yes and no. See, she was a slave girl, and she fell in love with a young boy named Glaucus, whom she helped escape from the volcano. Well, she helped both Glaucus and his betrothed, named Ione, to escape. At that point, realizing that even if she made it out alive, she would have to live knowing Glaucus and Ione were happy together, she decided to take her own life and drown herself.
That's sad.
True, but it's also quite heroic, to Victorian eyes! The sentiment of "I'd rather die than. . ." was a popular one among the Romans, as well as the 19th-century Europeans who glorified them.
Was Native American sculpture such as Heiltsuk house posts already influenced by western art in the 19th C.?
By the 19th  century, there had been over 100 years of trade between the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast, such as the Heiltsuk, and European traders (Russian and Spanish especially) as well as Euro-Canadian and Euro-American expansionists coming towards the West Coast from further east.
It's hard to say, however, exactly how much particular Western art influence appeared in these specific examples (and the contact between Heiltsuk carvers and Western artists or Western art would have been spotty). We often seen more Western influence coming into objects made for trade and markets, which could reflect the tastes of the market (rather than use and family history/family crests as represented here). 
Please tell the curators that the wall copy is excellent.
So clear, respectful of reader and free of art historical jargon.
Absolutely! I would also add that by the end of the 19th century, the collection of Native American sculptures such as this one was starting to influence Western art!
Speaking of the intersection between art and commerce (and practicality), how could someone ride this bike?
Good question! Bowden's Spacelander Bicycle, while cool, is a bit impractical. . .Only about 500 models were made because it was costly and out of style by the time it was in production.
However, the bike made use of new materials and technology like fiberglass, a motor, and electric lights. 
Did people actually sit on these sofas? Napping? Conversation?
I suppose it could be used for any of those! Please don't sit on it now, but in the past I'm sure the owner would have loved to sit, and read or maybe enjoy the fire. Interestingly the wood on the sofa is mahogany veneer on top of pine. Pine was a less expensive wood to work with and by simply covering it with more expensive, dark mahogany, the manufacturer could raise the price of the piece while not using up too much mahogany.
However, the upholstery is modern. The sofa was restored in 1998.
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.

How is this made?
Lamb Studios used many different stained glass techniques to create this show piece to represent the United States at the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris. Cast glass, reverse painting, and new technological advancements such as opalescent glass were methods used in the construction of this window.
The faces showcase the new method of "double-painted" glass, which involved painting two different plates of glass with separate colors of vitreous enamel that shine through each other for a rich, lifelike effect.
Opalescent stained glass can be seen throughout the window. The rich colors, sinuous forms within each piece of glass, and the pearly sheen of the surface are all thanks to this technique. It is created by mixing molten glasses of different colors in a very technically precise way. The iridescence is achieved with the addition of metal dust to the surface of the molten glass.
I hope that helps illuminate this windows a bit more for you!
What is this made out of?! 
Very unusual materials, thats for sure! W. Cole Brigham used numerous non-traditional materials to make this work, seashells, glass bottles, pebbles, and even utilized his own specialized adhesive to join them together as opposed more traditional glass leading.
Why does brick provide better insulation?
Dense, earthen materials (such as brick) retain heat and cool very well. So you would only have to heat up or cool down your house once and the brick would maintain the temperature for many hours.
When was this made?
This Punu Mask by an unidentified Punu artist was made in the late 19th century in Gabon.
It is believed that masks like are carved to resemble a beautiful Punu woman, due to their heart-shaped faces, high cheekbones and overall delicate features. This mask may have been modeled after the likeness of specific women who knew the carver of this mask, as the hairstyle is unique to each mask.
Would this sleeping arrangement be a status thing or would the poor also use these?
These headrests were fairly common in Ancient Egypt. While some people may not have been able to afford them, they were the of pillows of the era. They considered it to be very comfortable!
The label for the Portrait of Madame Tallien says that the Paisley scarf is 'rare'. Do you know if Paisley was expensive/new/exotic at that time?
The cashmere shawl thrown over the sofa was indeed an exotic, extremely expensive and rare accessory in the period.
An extraordinarily light-weight yet warm hand-woven textile, it was imported from the Kashmir region of India.
Thanks! Do you know why it was called Paisley?
Paisley is an English term for the buta (or boteh) design, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian origin.
The term paisley is actually taken from the town of Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland, whose weavers became the foremost producers of these shawls after about 1800.
The cashmere shawl, with its defining paisley design, was first brought to Europe by the British East India Company in the early 18th century, but by the 19th century there were various schemes to import the cashmere producing goats to Europe and make imitation cashmere shawls there.
But few of these were successful, so it remained a rare and expensive item
In France (where this picture was painted), the cashmere shawl became popular at the end of the French Revolution when Napoleon's army returned from Egypt. (France had unsuccessfully tried to conquer Egypt specifically in order to disrupt Britain's lucrative trade with India.) Among the mementos of the Orient Napoleon's officers brought back with them were cashmere shawls, which they wore wrapped around their waists as belts like Egyptian soldiers. In Paris, the cashmere shawl was quickly transformed from war souvenir to fashion accessory.
Its warmth and delicacy complimented the dresses popular at the time—they were made from light-weight semi-transparent white muslin like one you see in the picture. The shawl allowed fashionable ladies to remain decorously covered while their dresses revealed bare arms, shoulders, and cleavage.
Thank you! That's super interesting and reveals a lot more about the sitter than I thought.
If you're interested, that shawl also reveals something else about that sitter...
Go on
Since it was so fashionable in early 19th-century Paris, the cashmere shawl quickly became an essential part of a woman's "corbeille de mariage," the gift basket given by the groom to the bride upon the signing of the wedding contract. Wearing one thus indicated a woman's married status and, by extension, her proper femininity and virtue.
By the time this picture was painted, Madame Tallien was a two-time divorcée on her third marriage! So that shawls carries a lot of symbolic weight as a sign of virtue.
What is she listening to?
In this sculpture by Randolph Rogers, Nydia is listening to her surroundings! She was a character in the famous 19th-century book "The Last Days of Pompeii." In the story, she was blind. Rogers shows her listening to the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius which was about to bury the Roman city of Pompeii under tons of lava and volcanic ash. Can you see the broken column at her feet?
If you're in the mood for some more volcano action, I suggest seeking out James Hamilton's "Last Days of Pompeii" (1846) on our 3rd floor, in the central court. Lots more lava there!
Did Nydia manage to escape?
Well, yes and no. See, she was a slave girl, and she fell in love with a young boy named Glaucus, whom she helped escape from the volcano. Well, she helped both Glaucus and his betrothed, named Ione, to escape. At that point, realizing that even if she made it out alive, she would have to live knowing Glaucus and Ione were happy together, she decided to take her own life and drown herself.
That's sad.
True, but it's also quite heroic, to Victorian eyes! The sentiment of "I'd rather die than. . ." was a popular one among the Romans, as well as the 19th-century Europeans who glorified them.
Was Native American sculpture such as Heiltsuk house posts already influenced by western art in the 19th C.?
By the 19th  century, there had been over 100 years of trade between the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast, such as the Heiltsuk, and European traders (Russian and Spanish especially) as well as Euro-Canadian and Euro-American expansionists coming towards the West Coast from further east.
It's hard to say, however, exactly how much particular Western art influence appeared in these specific examples (and the contact between Heiltsuk carvers and Western artists or Western art would have been spotty). We often seen more Western influence coming into objects made for trade and markets, which could reflect the tastes of the market (rather than use and family history/family crests as represented here). 
Please tell the curators that the wall copy is excellent.
So clear, respectful of reader and free of art historical jargon.
Absolutely! I would also add that by the end of the 19th century, the collection of Native American sculptures such as this one was starting to influence Western art!
Speaking of the intersection between art and commerce (and practicality), how could someone ride this bike?
Good question! Bowden's Spacelander Bicycle, while cool, is a bit impractical. . .Only about 500 models were made because it was costly and out of style by the time it was in production.
However, the bike made use of new materials and technology like fiberglass, a motor, and electric lights. 
Did people actually sit on these sofas? Napping? Conversation?
I suppose it could be used for any of those! Please don't sit on it now, but in the past I'm sure the owner would have loved to sit, and read or maybe enjoy the fire. Interestingly the wood on the sofa is mahogany veneer on top of pine. Pine was a less expensive wood to work with and by simply covering it with more expensive, dark mahogany, the manufacturer could raise the price of the piece while not using up too much mahogany.
However, the upholstery is modern. The sofa was restored in 1998.
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.

How is this made?
Lamb Studios used many different stained glass techniques to create this show piece to represent the United States at the 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale in Paris. Cast glass, reverse painting, and new technological advancements such as opalescent glass were methods used in the construction of this window.
The faces showcase the new method of "double-painted" glass, which involved painting two different plates of glass with separate colors of vitreous enamel that shine through each other for a rich, lifelike effect.
Opalescent stained glass can be seen throughout the window. The rich colors, sinuous forms within each piece of glass, and the pearly sheen of the surface are all thanks to this technique. It is created by mixing molten glasses of different colors in a very technically precise way. The iridescence is achieved with the addition of metal dust to the surface of the molten glass.
I hope that helps illuminate this windows a bit more for you!
What is this made out of?! 
Very unusual materials, thats for sure! W. Cole Brigham used numerous non-traditional materials to make this work, seashells, glass bottles, pebbles, and even utilized his own specialized adhesive to join them together as opposed more traditional glass leading.
Why does brick provide better insulation?
Dense, earthen materials (such as brick) retain heat and cool very well. So you would only have to heat up or cool down your house once and the brick would maintain the temperature for many hours.
When was this made?
This Punu Mask by an unidentified Punu artist was made in the late 19th century in Gabon.
It is believed that masks like are carved to resemble a beautiful Punu woman, due to their heart-shaped faces, high cheekbones and overall delicate features. This mask may have been modeled after the likeness of specific women who knew the carver of this mask, as the hairstyle is unique to each mask.
Would this sleeping arrangement be a status thing or would the poor also use these?
These headrests were fairly common in Ancient Egypt. While some people may not have been able to afford them, they were the of pillows of the era. They considered it to be very comfortable!
The label for the Portrait of Madame Tallien says that the Paisley scarf is 'rare'. Do you know if Paisley was expensive/new/exotic at that time?
The cashmere shawl thrown over the sofa was indeed an exotic, extremely expensive and rare accessory in the period.
An extraordinarily light-weight yet warm hand-woven textile, it was imported from the Kashmir region of India.
Thanks! Do you know why it was called Paisley?
Paisley is an English term for the buta (or boteh) design, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif of Persian origin.
The term paisley is actually taken from the town of Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland, whose weavers became the foremost producers of these shawls after about 1800.
The cashmere shawl, with its defining paisley design, was first brought to Europe by the British East India Company in the early 18th century, but by the 19th century there were various schemes to import the cashmere producing goats to Europe and make imitation cashmere shawls there.
But few of these were successful, so it remained a rare and expensive item
In France (where this picture was painted), the cashmere shawl became popular at the end of the French Revolution when Napoleon's army returned from Egypt. (France had unsuccessfully tried to conquer Egypt specifically in order to disrupt Britain's lucrative trade with India.) Among the mementos of the Orient Napoleon's officers brought back with them were cashmere shawls, which they wore wrapped around their waists as belts like Egyptian soldiers. In Paris, the cashmere shawl was quickly transformed from war souvenir to fashion accessory.
Its warmth and delicacy complimented the dresses popular at the time—they were made from light-weight semi-transparent white muslin like one you see in the picture. The shawl allowed fashionable ladies to remain decorously covered while their dresses revealed bare arms, shoulders, and cleavage.
Thank you! That's super interesting and reveals a lot more about the sitter than I thought.
If you're interested, that shawl also reveals something else about that sitter...
Go on
Since it was so fashionable in early 19th-century Paris, the cashmere shawl quickly became an essential part of a woman's "corbeille de mariage," the gift basket given by the groom to the bride upon the signing of the wedding contract. Wearing one thus indicated a woman's married status and, by extension, her proper femininity and virtue.
By the time this picture was painted, Madame Tallien was a two-time divorcée on her third marriage! So that shawls carries a lot of symbolic weight as a sign of virtue.
What is she listening to?
In this sculpture by Randolph Rogers, Nydia is listening to her surroundings! She was a character in the famous 19th-century book "The Last Days of Pompeii." In the story, she was blind. Rogers shows her listening to the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius which was about to bury the Roman city of Pompeii under tons of lava and volcanic ash. Can you see the broken column at her feet?
If you're in the mood for some more volcano action, I suggest seeking out James Hamilton's "Last Days of Pompeii" (1846) on our 3rd floor, in the central court. Lots more lava there!
Did Nydia manage to escape?
Well, yes and no. See, she was a slave girl, and she fell in love with a young boy named Glaucus, whom she helped escape from the volcano. Well, she helped both Glaucus and his betrothed, named Ione, to escape. At that point, realizing that even if she made it out alive, she would have to live knowing Glaucus and Ione were happy together, she decided to take her own life and drown herself.
That's sad.
True, but it's also quite heroic, to Victorian eyes! The sentiment of "I'd rather die than. . ." was a popular one among the Romans, as well as the 19th-century Europeans who glorified them.
Was Native American sculpture such as Heiltsuk house posts already influenced by western art in the 19th C.?
By the 19th  century, there had been over 100 years of trade between the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast, such as the Heiltsuk, and European traders (Russian and Spanish especially) as well as Euro-Canadian and Euro-American expansionists coming towards the West Coast from further east.
It's hard to say, however, exactly how much particular Western art influence appeared in these specific examples (and the contact between Heiltsuk carvers and Western artists or Western art would have been spotty). We often seen more Western influence coming into objects made for trade and markets, which could reflect the tastes of the market (rather than use and family history/family crests as represented here). 
Please tell the curators that the wall copy is excellent.
So clear, respectful of reader and free of art historical jargon.
Absolutely! I would also add that by the end of the 19th century, the collection of Native American sculptures such as this one was starting to influence Western art!
Speaking of the intersection between art and commerce (and practicality), how could someone ride this bike?
Good question! Bowden's Spacelander Bicycle, while cool, is a bit impractical. . .Only about 500 models were made because it was costly and out of style by the time it was in production.
However, the bike made use of new materials and technology like fiberglass, a motor, and electric lights. 
Did people actually sit on these sofas? Napping? Conversation?
I suppose it could be used for any of those! Please don't sit on it now, but in the past I'm sure the owner would have loved to sit, and read or maybe enjoy the fire. Interestingly the wood on the sofa is mahogany veneer on top of pine. Pine was a less expensive wood to work with and by simply covering it with more expensive, dark mahogany, the manufacturer could raise the price of the piece while not using up too much mahogany.
However, the upholstery is modern. The sofa was restored in 1998.
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.