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When were these acquired and brought to the museum?
The windows were actually made originally in Corona, NY in 1905 for the Universalist Church of Our Father at Classon and Atlantic Avenues in Brooklyn, then purchased and installed by All Souls Universalist church in 1945. They came to the Brooklyn Museum in 1999. So, they have not been here long. They are a recent acquisition after having been on loan here for some time.
What kind of wood is this made of?
It is made of cedar wood.
Please tell me more about this.
This Tshimshianskull imagery is usually associated with the Tánis (Hamatsa) ceremony also practiced by the Heiltsuk and Kwakwawa’wakw people. Young males are initiated into the community during a four-part ritual in which they are symbolically transformed from flesh-eating cannibals, a state equated with death, into well-behaved members of society. The skull thus symbolizes rebirth. The transformation symbolizes how the young men are now civilized members of society. 
Why is this object included in the exhibition?
It's there as an example of the way that modern design was used for everyday objects like art making everyday life more efficient.
It dates to the 1930s machine age, when everything from fine art to skyscrapers to furniture was affected by a new, streamlined, simplified design style, and by the use of new materials. Sometimes when we put everyday objects side-by-side with fine art like sculpture and painting, it is possible to see connections between them.
What makes the monkey figure such a vibrant shade of teal?
The monkey is formed out of a quartz-based paste called faience which is then glazed with mineral pigments to give it that bright blue color. It was often used as a more affordable alternative to expensive materials like the blue gems turquoise and lapis lazuli. It was the mix of certain pigments with copper, exposed to very high heat, that reacted and turned such a vibrant blue. And this color signified health and life to the ancient Egyptians like the Nile River and similar to the green of vegetation!
What was the ink in this Book of the Dead text made from?
The black ink was made from carbon and water, the red ink was made from ochre. The ancient Egyptians used reed brushes and pens to write.
Did they choose to write some things in red & others in black for any particular reason, or just to highlight important words?
Most of the text was in black, with red used for the titles of spells, opening and closing sections of spells, the instructions to perform spells correctly in rituals, and also for the names of dangerous creatures.
Is it unusual for O'Keeffe to do a city subject?
Georgia O'Keeffe is definitely known more for her flowers and her Southwestern landscapes. She lived in New York for about 20 years with her partner and husband, the photographer and gallery-owner Alfred Stieglitz. The city was a very popular subject with artists living in NYC in the 1920s-30s, so she did paint a short series of skyscraper and bridge scenes, including views from her apartment. However, it was a much briefer interest for her than still lifes or New Mexico scenes!
That's the Beaux-Arts Court. It's used now for different programs like performances, or workshops for teachers; but also rented out for weddings.
It was actually supposed to be one of 5 when the building was first envisioned - but only one was built. They had wanted the Museum to be the largest in the world.
Construction of the building went on for years and years, as you can imagine and when the Great Depression began in 1929, construction on such a grand scale wasn't a priority anymore.
An interesting note about that space those glass floor tiles (part of the original design) allow light to filter down from the skylight above you all the day down to the first floor. You can see them from below in the "Connecting Cultures" installation.
What is this?
He's a block statue of a scribe, he is eternally sitting watching his processions. These type of sculptures were set outside of temples.
What were they used for?
The Kachina dolls were used to instruct children on the various Kachina spirits. They represent were different spirits, each of which brought specific good things to the community like rain, healthy crops, fertility/births.
The Kachina dolls were hung inside the home, where they helped children to learn and remember the distinguishing features of each kachina spirit. At certain times of year, adult men dressed in similar regalia, impersonating these spirits -- and they performed ritual dances for the community, petitioning the spirits for rainfall, good health, and new births of animals and children. In Zuni and Hopi religion they believe that the men actually become the portrayed messenger from the gods when they wear the specific Kachina identity. Thus the actual masks and clothing are sacred and not shown. The dolls may be shown as they are only representations. 
ASK App ASK Team

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

When were these acquired and brought to the museum?
The windows were actually made originally in Corona, NY in 1905 for the Universalist Church of Our Father at Classon and Atlantic Avenues in Brooklyn, then purchased and installed by All Souls Universalist church in 1945. They came to the Brooklyn Museum in 1999. So, they have not been here long. They are a recent acquisition after having been on loan here for some time.
What kind of wood is this made of?
It is made of cedar wood.
Please tell me more about this.
This Tshimshianskull imagery is usually associated with the Tánis (Hamatsa) ceremony also practiced by the Heiltsuk and Kwakwawa’wakw people. Young males are initiated into the community during a four-part ritual in which they are symbolically transformed from flesh-eating cannibals, a state equated with death, into well-behaved members of society. The skull thus symbolizes rebirth. The transformation symbolizes how the young men are now civilized members of society. 
Why is this object included in the exhibition?
It's there as an example of the way that modern design was used for everyday objects like art making everyday life more efficient.
It dates to the 1930s machine age, when everything from fine art to skyscrapers to furniture was affected by a new, streamlined, simplified design style, and by the use of new materials. Sometimes when we put everyday objects side-by-side with fine art like sculpture and painting, it is possible to see connections between them.
What makes the monkey figure such a vibrant shade of teal?
The monkey is formed out of a quartz-based paste called faience which is then glazed with mineral pigments to give it that bright blue color. It was often used as a more affordable alternative to expensive materials like the blue gems turquoise and lapis lazuli. It was the mix of certain pigments with copper, exposed to very high heat, that reacted and turned such a vibrant blue. And this color signified health and life to the ancient Egyptians like the Nile River and similar to the green of vegetation!
What was the ink in this Book of the Dead text made from?
The black ink was made from carbon and water, the red ink was made from ochre. The ancient Egyptians used reed brushes and pens to write.
Did they choose to write some things in red & others in black for any particular reason, or just to highlight important words?
Most of the text was in black, with red used for the titles of spells, opening and closing sections of spells, the instructions to perform spells correctly in rituals, and also for the names of dangerous creatures.
Is it unusual for O'Keeffe to do a city subject?
Georgia O'Keeffe is definitely known more for her flowers and her Southwestern landscapes. She lived in New York for about 20 years with her partner and husband, the photographer and gallery-owner Alfred Stieglitz. The city was a very popular subject with artists living in NYC in the 1920s-30s, so she did paint a short series of skyscraper and bridge scenes, including views from her apartment. However, it was a much briefer interest for her than still lifes or New Mexico scenes!
That's the Beaux-Arts Court. It's used now for different programs like performances, or workshops for teachers; but also rented out for weddings.
It was actually supposed to be one of 5 when the building was first envisioned - but only one was built. They had wanted the Museum to be the largest in the world.
Construction of the building went on for years and years, as you can imagine and when the Great Depression began in 1929, construction on such a grand scale wasn't a priority anymore.
An interesting note about that space those glass floor tiles (part of the original design) allow light to filter down from the skylight above you all the day down to the first floor. You can see them from below in the "Connecting Cultures" installation.
What is this?
He's a block statue of a scribe, he is eternally sitting watching his processions. These type of sculptures were set outside of temples.
What were they used for?
The Kachina dolls were used to instruct children on the various Kachina spirits. They represent were different spirits, each of which brought specific good things to the community like rain, healthy crops, fertility/births.
The Kachina dolls were hung inside the home, where they helped children to learn and remember the distinguishing features of each kachina spirit. At certain times of year, adult men dressed in similar regalia, impersonating these spirits -- and they performed ritual dances for the community, petitioning the spirits for rainfall, good health, and new births of animals and children. In Zuni and Hopi religion they believe that the men actually become the portrayed messenger from the gods when they wear the specific Kachina identity. Thus the actual masks and clothing are sacred and not shown. The dolls may be shown as they are only representations. 
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.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

When were these acquired and brought to the museum?
The windows were actually made originally in Corona, NY in 1905 for the Universalist Church of Our Father at Classon and Atlantic Avenues in Brooklyn, then purchased and installed by All Souls Universalist church in 1945. They came to the Brooklyn Museum in 1999. So, they have not been here long. They are a recent acquisition after having been on loan here for some time.
What kind of wood is this made of?
It is made of cedar wood.
Please tell me more about this.
This Tshimshianskull imagery is usually associated with the Tánis (Hamatsa) ceremony also practiced by the Heiltsuk and Kwakwawa’wakw people. Young males are initiated into the community during a four-part ritual in which they are symbolically transformed from flesh-eating cannibals, a state equated with death, into well-behaved members of society. The skull thus symbolizes rebirth. The transformation symbolizes how the young men are now civilized members of society. 
Why is this object included in the exhibition?
It's there as an example of the way that modern design was used for everyday objects like art making everyday life more efficient.
It dates to the 1930s machine age, when everything from fine art to skyscrapers to furniture was affected by a new, streamlined, simplified design style, and by the use of new materials. Sometimes when we put everyday objects side-by-side with fine art like sculpture and painting, it is possible to see connections between them.
What makes the monkey figure such a vibrant shade of teal?
The monkey is formed out of a quartz-based paste called faience which is then glazed with mineral pigments to give it that bright blue color. It was often used as a more affordable alternative to expensive materials like the blue gems turquoise and lapis lazuli. It was the mix of certain pigments with copper, exposed to very high heat, that reacted and turned such a vibrant blue. And this color signified health and life to the ancient Egyptians like the Nile River and similar to the green of vegetation!
What was the ink in this Book of the Dead text made from?
The black ink was made from carbon and water, the red ink was made from ochre. The ancient Egyptians used reed brushes and pens to write.
Did they choose to write some things in red & others in black for any particular reason, or just to highlight important words?
Most of the text was in black, with red used for the titles of spells, opening and closing sections of spells, the instructions to perform spells correctly in rituals, and also for the names of dangerous creatures.
Is it unusual for O'Keeffe to do a city subject?
Georgia O'Keeffe is definitely known more for her flowers and her Southwestern landscapes. She lived in New York for about 20 years with her partner and husband, the photographer and gallery-owner Alfred Stieglitz. The city was a very popular subject with artists living in NYC in the 1920s-30s, so she did paint a short series of skyscraper and bridge scenes, including views from her apartment. However, it was a much briefer interest for her than still lifes or New Mexico scenes!
That's the Beaux-Arts Court. It's used now for different programs like performances, or workshops for teachers; but also rented out for weddings.
It was actually supposed to be one of 5 when the building was first envisioned - but only one was built. They had wanted the Museum to be the largest in the world.
Construction of the building went on for years and years, as you can imagine and when the Great Depression began in 1929, construction on such a grand scale wasn't a priority anymore.
An interesting note about that space those glass floor tiles (part of the original design) allow light to filter down from the skylight above you all the day down to the first floor. You can see them from below in the "Connecting Cultures" installation.
What is this?
He's a block statue of a scribe, he is eternally sitting watching his processions. These type of sculptures were set outside of temples.
What were they used for?
The Kachina dolls were used to instruct children on the various Kachina spirits. They represent were different spirits, each of which brought specific good things to the community like rain, healthy crops, fertility/births.
The Kachina dolls were hung inside the home, where they helped children to learn and remember the distinguishing features of each kachina spirit. At certain times of year, adult men dressed in similar regalia, impersonating these spirits -- and they performed ritual dances for the community, petitioning the spirits for rainfall, good health, and new births of animals and children. In Zuni and Hopi religion they believe that the men actually become the portrayed messenger from the gods when they wear the specific Kachina identity. Thus the actual masks and clothing are sacred and not shown. The dolls may be shown as they are only representations. 
ASK App ASK Team

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

We're renovating our second floor to bring you a better experience, which means the Libraries and Archives are closed to the public until fall 2017. If you're a researcher who would like to access our resources, send us an email and we'll do our best to assist you.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

When were these acquired and brought to the museum?
The windows were actually made originally in Corona, NY in 1905 for the Universalist Church of Our Father at Classon and Atlantic Avenues in Brooklyn, then purchased and installed by All Souls Universalist church in 1945. They came to the Brooklyn Museum in 1999. So, they have not been here long. They are a recent acquisition after having been on loan here for some time.
What kind of wood is this made of?
It is made of cedar wood.
Please tell me more about this.
This Tshimshianskull imagery is usually associated with the Tánis (Hamatsa) ceremony also practiced by the Heiltsuk and Kwakwawa’wakw people. Young males are initiated into the community during a four-part ritual in which they are symbolically transformed from flesh-eating cannibals, a state equated with death, into well-behaved members of society. The skull thus symbolizes rebirth. The transformation symbolizes how the young men are now civilized members of society. 
Why is this object included in the exhibition?
It's there as an example of the way that modern design was used for everyday objects like art making everyday life more efficient.
It dates to the 1930s machine age, when everything from fine art to skyscrapers to furniture was affected by a new, streamlined, simplified design style, and by the use of new materials. Sometimes when we put everyday objects side-by-side with fine art like sculpture and painting, it is possible to see connections between them.
What makes the monkey figure such a vibrant shade of teal?
The monkey is formed out of a quartz-based paste called faience which is then glazed with mineral pigments to give it that bright blue color. It was often used as a more affordable alternative to expensive materials like the blue gems turquoise and lapis lazuli. It was the mix of certain pigments with copper, exposed to very high heat, that reacted and turned such a vibrant blue. And this color signified health and life to the ancient Egyptians like the Nile River and similar to the green of vegetation!
What was the ink in this Book of the Dead text made from?
The black ink was made from carbon and water, the red ink was made from ochre. The ancient Egyptians used reed brushes and pens to write.
Did they choose to write some things in red & others in black for any particular reason, or just to highlight important words?
Most of the text was in black, with red used for the titles of spells, opening and closing sections of spells, the instructions to perform spells correctly in rituals, and also for the names of dangerous creatures.
Is it unusual for O'Keeffe to do a city subject?
Georgia O'Keeffe is definitely known more for her flowers and her Southwestern landscapes. She lived in New York for about 20 years with her partner and husband, the photographer and gallery-owner Alfred Stieglitz. The city was a very popular subject with artists living in NYC in the 1920s-30s, so she did paint a short series of skyscraper and bridge scenes, including views from her apartment. However, it was a much briefer interest for her than still lifes or New Mexico scenes!
That's the Beaux-Arts Court. It's used now for different programs like performances, or workshops for teachers; but also rented out for weddings.
It was actually supposed to be one of 5 when the building was first envisioned - but only one was built. They had wanted the Museum to be the largest in the world.
Construction of the building went on for years and years, as you can imagine and when the Great Depression began in 1929, construction on such a grand scale wasn't a priority anymore.
An interesting note about that space those glass floor tiles (part of the original design) allow light to filter down from the skylight above you all the day down to the first floor. You can see them from below in the "Connecting Cultures" installation.
What is this?
He's a block statue of a scribe, he is eternally sitting watching his processions. These type of sculptures were set outside of temples.
What were they used for?
The Kachina dolls were used to instruct children on the various Kachina spirits. They represent were different spirits, each of which brought specific good things to the community like rain, healthy crops, fertility/births.
The Kachina dolls were hung inside the home, where they helped children to learn and remember the distinguishing features of each kachina spirit. At certain times of year, adult men dressed in similar regalia, impersonating these spirits -- and they performed ritual dances for the community, petitioning the spirits for rainfall, good health, and new births of animals and children. In Zuni and Hopi religion they believe that the men actually become the portrayed messenger from the gods when they wear the specific Kachina identity. Thus the actual masks and clothing are sacred and not shown. The dolls may be shown as they are only representations. 
ASK App ASK Team

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

When were these acquired and brought to the museum?
The windows were actually made originally in Corona, NY in 1905 for the Universalist Church of Our Father at Classon and Atlantic Avenues in Brooklyn, then purchased and installed by All Souls Universalist church in 1945. They came to the Brooklyn Museum in 1999. So, they have not been here long. They are a recent acquisition after having been on loan here for some time.
What kind of wood is this made of?
It is made of cedar wood.
Please tell me more about this.
This Tshimshianskull imagery is usually associated with the Tánis (Hamatsa) ceremony also practiced by the Heiltsuk and Kwakwawa’wakw people. Young males are initiated into the community during a four-part ritual in which they are symbolically transformed from flesh-eating cannibals, a state equated with death, into well-behaved members of society. The skull thus symbolizes rebirth. The transformation symbolizes how the young men are now civilized members of society. 
Why is this object included in the exhibition?
It's there as an example of the way that modern design was used for everyday objects like art making everyday life more efficient.
It dates to the 1930s machine age, when everything from fine art to skyscrapers to furniture was affected by a new, streamlined, simplified design style, and by the use of new materials. Sometimes when we put everyday objects side-by-side with fine art like sculpture and painting, it is possible to see connections between them.
What makes the monkey figure such a vibrant shade of teal?
The monkey is formed out of a quartz-based paste called faience which is then glazed with mineral pigments to give it that bright blue color. It was often used as a more affordable alternative to expensive materials like the blue gems turquoise and lapis lazuli. It was the mix of certain pigments with copper, exposed to very high heat, that reacted and turned such a vibrant blue. And this color signified health and life to the ancient Egyptians like the Nile River and similar to the green of vegetation!
What was the ink in this Book of the Dead text made from?
The black ink was made from carbon and water, the red ink was made from ochre. The ancient Egyptians used reed brushes and pens to write.
Did they choose to write some things in red & others in black for any particular reason, or just to highlight important words?
Most of the text was in black, with red used for the titles of spells, opening and closing sections of spells, the instructions to perform spells correctly in rituals, and also for the names of dangerous creatures.
Is it unusual for O'Keeffe to do a city subject?
Georgia O'Keeffe is definitely known more for her flowers and her Southwestern landscapes. She lived in New York for about 20 years with her partner and husband, the photographer and gallery-owner Alfred Stieglitz. The city was a very popular subject with artists living in NYC in the 1920s-30s, so she did paint a short series of skyscraper and bridge scenes, including views from her apartment. However, it was a much briefer interest for her than still lifes or New Mexico scenes!
That's the Beaux-Arts Court. It's used now for different programs like performances, or workshops for teachers; but also rented out for weddings.
It was actually supposed to be one of 5 when the building was first envisioned - but only one was built. They had wanted the Museum to be the largest in the world.
Construction of the building went on for years and years, as you can imagine and when the Great Depression began in 1929, construction on such a grand scale wasn't a priority anymore.
An interesting note about that space those glass floor tiles (part of the original design) allow light to filter down from the skylight above you all the day down to the first floor. You can see them from below in the "Connecting Cultures" installation.
What is this?
He's a block statue of a scribe, he is eternally sitting watching his processions. These type of sculptures were set outside of temples.
What were they used for?
The Kachina dolls were used to instruct children on the various Kachina spirits. They represent were different spirits, each of which brought specific good things to the community like rain, healthy crops, fertility/births.
The Kachina dolls were hung inside the home, where they helped children to learn and remember the distinguishing features of each kachina spirit. At certain times of year, adult men dressed in similar regalia, impersonating these spirits -- and they performed ritual dances for the community, petitioning the spirits for rainfall, good health, and new births of animals and children. In Zuni and Hopi religion they believe that the men actually become the portrayed messenger from the gods when they wear the specific Kachina identity. Thus the actual masks and clothing are sacred and not shown. The dolls may be shown as they are only representations. 
ASK App ASK Team

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

Exhibitions on the Fifth Floor

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

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

When were these acquired and brought to the museum?
The windows were actually made originally in Corona, NY in 1905 for the Universalist Church of Our Father at Classon and Atlantic Avenues in Brooklyn, then purchased and installed by All Souls Universalist church in 1945. They came to the Brooklyn Museum in 1999. So, they have not been here long. They are a recent acquisition after having been on loan here for some time.
What kind of wood is this made of?
It is made of cedar wood.
Please tell me more about this.
This Tshimshianskull imagery is usually associated with the Tánis (Hamatsa) ceremony also practiced by the Heiltsuk and Kwakwawa’wakw people. Young males are initiated into the community during a four-part ritual in which they are symbolically transformed from flesh-eating cannibals, a state equated with death, into well-behaved members of society. The skull thus symbolizes rebirth. The transformation symbolizes how the young men are now civilized members of society. 
Why is this object included in the exhibition?
It's there as an example of the way that modern design was used for everyday objects like art making everyday life more efficient.
It dates to the 1930s machine age, when everything from fine art to skyscrapers to furniture was affected by a new, streamlined, simplified design style, and by the use of new materials. Sometimes when we put everyday objects side-by-side with fine art like sculpture and painting, it is possible to see connections between them.
What makes the monkey figure such a vibrant shade of teal?
The monkey is formed out of a quartz-based paste called faience which is then glazed with mineral pigments to give it that bright blue color. It was often used as a more affordable alternative to expensive materials like the blue gems turquoise and lapis lazuli. It was the mix of certain pigments with copper, exposed to very high heat, that reacted and turned such a vibrant blue. And this color signified health and life to the ancient Egyptians like the Nile River and similar to the green of vegetation!
What was the ink in this Book of the Dead text made from?
The black ink was made from carbon and water, the red ink was made from ochre. The ancient Egyptians used reed brushes and pens to write.
Did they choose to write some things in red & others in black for any particular reason, or just to highlight important words?
Most of the text was in black, with red used for the titles of spells, opening and closing sections of spells, the instructions to perform spells correctly in rituals, and also for the names of dangerous creatures.
Is it unusual for O'Keeffe to do a city subject?
Georgia O'Keeffe is definitely known more for her flowers and her Southwestern landscapes. She lived in New York for about 20 years with her partner and husband, the photographer and gallery-owner Alfred Stieglitz. The city was a very popular subject with artists living in NYC in the 1920s-30s, so she did paint a short series of skyscraper and bridge scenes, including views from her apartment. However, it was a much briefer interest for her than still lifes or New Mexico scenes!
That's the Beaux-Arts Court. It's used now for different programs like performances, or workshops for teachers; but also rented out for weddings.
It was actually supposed to be one of 5 when the building was first envisioned - but only one was built. They had wanted the Museum to be the largest in the world.
Construction of the building went on for years and years, as you can imagine and when the Great Depression began in 1929, construction on such a grand scale wasn't a priority anymore.
An interesting note about that space those glass floor tiles (part of the original design) allow light to filter down from the skylight above you all the day down to the first floor. You can see them from below in the "Connecting Cultures" installation.
What is this?
He's a block statue of a scribe, he is eternally sitting watching his processions. These type of sculptures were set outside of temples.
What were they used for?
The Kachina dolls were used to instruct children on the various Kachina spirits. They represent were different spirits, each of which brought specific good things to the community like rain, healthy crops, fertility/births.
The Kachina dolls were hung inside the home, where they helped children to learn and remember the distinguishing features of each kachina spirit. At certain times of year, adult men dressed in similar regalia, impersonating these spirits -- and they performed ritual dances for the community, petitioning the spirits for rainfall, good health, and new births of animals and children. In Zuni and Hopi religion they believe that the men actually become the portrayed messenger from the gods when they wear the specific Kachina identity. Thus the actual masks and clothing are sacred and not shown. The dolls may be shown as they are only representations. 
ASK App ASK Team

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

Exhibitions on the Fourth Floor

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

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

When were these acquired and brought to the museum?
The windows were actually made originally in Corona, NY in 1905 for the Universalist Church of Our Father at Classon and Atlantic Avenues in Brooklyn, then purchased and installed by All Souls Universalist church in 1945. They came to the Brooklyn Museum in 1999. So, they have not been here long. They are a recent acquisition after having been on loan here for some time.
What kind of wood is this made of?
It is made of cedar wood.
Please tell me more about this.
This Tshimshianskull imagery is usually associated with the Tánis (Hamatsa) ceremony also practiced by the Heiltsuk and Kwakwawa’wakw people. Young males are initiated into the community during a four-part ritual in which they are symbolically transformed from flesh-eating cannibals, a state equated with death, into well-behaved members of society. The skull thus symbolizes rebirth. The transformation symbolizes how the young men are now civilized members of society. 
Why is this object included in the exhibition?
It's there as an example of the way that modern design was used for everyday objects like art making everyday life more efficient.
It dates to the 1930s machine age, when everything from fine art to skyscrapers to furniture was affected by a new, streamlined, simplified design style, and by the use of new materials. Sometimes when we put everyday objects side-by-side with fine art like sculpture and painting, it is possible to see connections between them.
What makes the monkey figure such a vibrant shade of teal?
The monkey is formed out of a quartz-based paste called faience which is then glazed with mineral pigments to give it that bright blue color. It was often used as a more affordable alternative to expensive materials like the blue gems turquoise and lapis lazuli. It was the mix of certain pigments with copper, exposed to very high heat, that reacted and turned such a vibrant blue. And this color signified health and life to the ancient Egyptians like the Nile River and similar to the green of vegetation!
What was the ink in this Book of the Dead text made from?
The black ink was made from carbon and water, the red ink was made from ochre. The ancient Egyptians used reed brushes and pens to write.
Did they choose to write some things in red & others in black for any particular reason, or just to highlight important words?
Most of the text was in black, with red used for the titles of spells, opening and closing sections of spells, the instructions to perform spells correctly in rituals, and also for the names of dangerous creatures.
Is it unusual for O'Keeffe to do a city subject?
Georgia O'Keeffe is definitely known more for her flowers and her Southwestern landscapes. She lived in New York for about 20 years with her partner and husband, the photographer and gallery-owner Alfred Stieglitz. The city was a very popular subject with artists living in NYC in the 1920s-30s, so she did paint a short series of skyscraper and bridge scenes, including views from her apartment. However, it was a much briefer interest for her than still lifes or New Mexico scenes!
That's the Beaux-Arts Court. It's used now for different programs like performances, or workshops for teachers; but also rented out for weddings.
It was actually supposed to be one of 5 when the building was first envisioned - but only one was built. They had wanted the Museum to be the largest in the world.
Construction of the building went on for years and years, as you can imagine and when the Great Depression began in 1929, construction on such a grand scale wasn't a priority anymore.
An interesting note about that space those glass floor tiles (part of the original design) allow light to filter down from the skylight above you all the day down to the first floor. You can see them from below in the "Connecting Cultures" installation.
What is this?
He's a block statue of a scribe, he is eternally sitting watching his processions. These type of sculptures were set outside of temples.
What were they used for?
The Kachina dolls were used to instruct children on the various Kachina spirits. They represent were different spirits, each of which brought specific good things to the community like rain, healthy crops, fertility/births.
The Kachina dolls were hung inside the home, where they helped children to learn and remember the distinguishing features of each kachina spirit. At certain times of year, adult men dressed in similar regalia, impersonating these spirits -- and they performed ritual dances for the community, petitioning the spirits for rainfall, good health, and new births of animals and children. In Zuni and Hopi religion they believe that the men actually become the portrayed messenger from the gods when they wear the specific Kachina identity. Thus the actual masks and clothing are sacred and not shown. The dolls may be shown as they are only representations. 
ASK App ASK Team

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

Exhibitions on the Third Floor

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

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

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

When were these acquired and brought to the museum?
The windows were actually made originally in Corona, NY in 1905 for the Universalist Church of Our Father at Classon and Atlantic Avenues in Brooklyn, then purchased and installed by All Souls Universalist church in 1945. They came to the Brooklyn Museum in 1999. So, they have not been here long. They are a recent acquisition after having been on loan here for some time.
What kind of wood is this made of?
It is made of cedar wood.
Please tell me more about this.
This Tshimshianskull imagery is usually associated with the Tánis (Hamatsa) ceremony also practiced by the Heiltsuk and Kwakwawa’wakw people. Young males are initiated into the community during a four-part ritual in which they are symbolically transformed from flesh-eating cannibals, a state equated with death, into well-behaved members of society. The skull thus symbolizes rebirth. The transformation symbolizes how the young men are now civilized members of society. 
Why is this object included in the exhibition?
It's there as an example of the way that modern design was used for everyday objects like art making everyday life more efficient.
It dates to the 1930s machine age, when everything from fine art to skyscrapers to furniture was affected by a new, streamlined, simplified design style, and by the use of new materials. Sometimes when we put everyday objects side-by-side with fine art like sculpture and painting, it is possible to see connections between them.
What makes the monkey figure such a vibrant shade of teal?
The monkey is formed out of a quartz-based paste called faience which is then glazed with mineral pigments to give it that bright blue color. It was often used as a more affordable alternative to expensive materials like the blue gems turquoise and lapis lazuli. It was the mix of certain pigments with copper, exposed to very high heat, that reacted and turned such a vibrant blue. And this color signified health and life to the ancient Egyptians like the Nile River and similar to the green of vegetation!
What was the ink in this Book of the Dead text made from?
The black ink was made from carbon and water, the red ink was made from ochre. The ancient Egyptians used reed brushes and pens to write.
Did they choose to write some things in red & others in black for any particular reason, or just to highlight important words?
Most of the text was in black, with red used for the titles of spells, opening and closing sections of spells, the instructions to perform spells correctly in rituals, and also for the names of dangerous creatures.
Is it unusual for O'Keeffe to do a city subject?
Georgia O'Keeffe is definitely known more for her flowers and her Southwestern landscapes. She lived in New York for about 20 years with her partner and husband, the photographer and gallery-owner Alfred Stieglitz. The city was a very popular subject with artists living in NYC in the 1920s-30s, so she did paint a short series of skyscraper and bridge scenes, including views from her apartment. However, it was a much briefer interest for her than still lifes or New Mexico scenes!
That's the Beaux-Arts Court. It's used now for different programs like performances, or workshops for teachers; but also rented out for weddings.
It was actually supposed to be one of 5 when the building was first envisioned - but only one was built. They had wanted the Museum to be the largest in the world.
Construction of the building went on for years and years, as you can imagine and when the Great Depression began in 1929, construction on such a grand scale wasn't a priority anymore.
An interesting note about that space those glass floor tiles (part of the original design) allow light to filter down from the skylight above you all the day down to the first floor. You can see them from below in the "Connecting Cultures" installation.
What is this?
He's a block statue of a scribe, he is eternally sitting watching his processions. These type of sculptures were set outside of temples.
What were they used for?
The Kachina dolls were used to instruct children on the various Kachina spirits. They represent were different spirits, each of which brought specific good things to the community like rain, healthy crops, fertility/births.
The Kachina dolls were hung inside the home, where they helped children to learn and remember the distinguishing features of each kachina spirit. At certain times of year, adult men dressed in similar regalia, impersonating these spirits -- and they performed ritual dances for the community, petitioning the spirits for rainfall, good health, and new births of animals and children. In Zuni and Hopi religion they believe that the men actually become the portrayed messenger from the gods when they wear the specific Kachina identity. Thus the actual masks and clothing are sacred and not shown. The dolls may be shown as they are only representations. 
ASK App ASK Team

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

Our Second Floor galleries are currently closed for renovations.

Also on the Second Floor

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

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

When were these acquired and brought to the museum?
The windows were actually made originally in Corona, NY in 1905 for the Universalist Church of Our Father at Classon and Atlantic Avenues in Brooklyn, then purchased and installed by All Souls Universalist church in 1945. They came to the Brooklyn Museum in 1999. So, they have not been here long. They are a recent acquisition after having been on loan here for some time.
What kind of wood is this made of?
It is made of cedar wood.
Please tell me more about this.
This Tshimshianskull imagery is usually associated with the Tánis (Hamatsa) ceremony also practiced by the Heiltsuk and Kwakwawa’wakw people. Young males are initiated into the community during a four-part ritual in which they are symbolically transformed from flesh-eating cannibals, a state equated with death, into well-behaved members of society. The skull thus symbolizes rebirth. The transformation symbolizes how the young men are now civilized members of society. 
Why is this object included in the exhibition?
It's there as an example of the way that modern design was used for everyday objects like art making everyday life more efficient.
It dates to the 1930s machine age, when everything from fine art to skyscrapers to furniture was affected by a new, streamlined, simplified design style, and by the use of new materials. Sometimes when we put everyday objects side-by-side with fine art like sculpture and painting, it is possible to see connections between them.
What makes the monkey figure such a vibrant shade of teal?
The monkey is formed out of a quartz-based paste called faience which is then glazed with mineral pigments to give it that bright blue color. It was often used as a more affordable alternative to expensive materials like the blue gems turquoise and lapis lazuli. It was the mix of certain pigments with copper, exposed to very high heat, that reacted and turned such a vibrant blue. And this color signified health and life to the ancient Egyptians like the Nile River and similar to the green of vegetation!
What was the ink in this Book of the Dead text made from?
The black ink was made from carbon and water, the red ink was made from ochre. The ancient Egyptians used reed brushes and pens to write.
Did they choose to write some things in red & others in black for any particular reason, or just to highlight important words?
Most of the text was in black, with red used for the titles of spells, opening and closing sections of spells, the instructions to perform spells correctly in rituals, and also for the names of dangerous creatures.
Is it unusual for O'Keeffe to do a city subject?
Georgia O'Keeffe is definitely known more for her flowers and her Southwestern landscapes. She lived in New York for about 20 years with her partner and husband, the photographer and gallery-owner Alfred Stieglitz. The city was a very popular subject with artists living in NYC in the 1920s-30s, so she did paint a short series of skyscraper and bridge scenes, including views from her apartment. However, it was a much briefer interest for her than still lifes or New Mexico scenes!
That's the Beaux-Arts Court. It's used now for different programs like performances, or workshops for teachers; but also rented out for weddings.
It was actually supposed to be one of 5 when the building was first envisioned - but only one was built. They had wanted the Museum to be the largest in the world.
Construction of the building went on for years and years, as you can imagine and when the Great Depression began in 1929, construction on such a grand scale wasn't a priority anymore.
An interesting note about that space those glass floor tiles (part of the original design) allow light to filter down from the skylight above you all the day down to the first floor. You can see them from below in the "Connecting Cultures" installation.
What is this?
He's a block statue of a scribe, he is eternally sitting watching his processions. These type of sculptures were set outside of temples.
What were they used for?
The Kachina dolls were used to instruct children on the various Kachina spirits. They represent were different spirits, each of which brought specific good things to the community like rain, healthy crops, fertility/births.
The Kachina dolls were hung inside the home, where they helped children to learn and remember the distinguishing features of each kachina spirit. At certain times of year, adult men dressed in similar regalia, impersonating these spirits -- and they performed ritual dances for the community, petitioning the spirits for rainfall, good health, and new births of animals and children. In Zuni and Hopi religion they believe that the men actually become the portrayed messenger from the gods when they wear the specific Kachina identity. Thus the actual masks and clothing are sacred and not shown. The dolls may be shown as they are only representations. 
ASK App ASK Team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

When were these acquired and brought to the museum?
The windows were actually made originally in Corona, NY in 1905 for the Universalist Church of Our Father at Classon and Atlantic Avenues in Brooklyn, then purchased and installed by All Souls Universalist church in 1945. They came to the Brooklyn Museum in 1999. So, they have not been here long. They are a recent acquisition after having been on loan here for some time.
What kind of wood is this made of?
It is made of cedar wood.
Please tell me more about this.
This Tshimshianskull imagery is usually associated with the Tánis (Hamatsa) ceremony also practiced by the Heiltsuk and Kwakwawa’wakw people. Young males are initiated into the community during a four-part ritual in which they are symbolically transformed from flesh-eating cannibals, a state equated with death, into well-behaved members of society. The skull thus symbolizes rebirth. The transformation symbolizes how the young men are now civilized members of society. 
Why is this object included in the exhibition?
It's there as an example of the way that modern design was used for everyday objects like art making everyday life more efficient.
It dates to the 1930s machine age, when everything from fine art to skyscrapers to furniture was affected by a new, streamlined, simplified design style, and by the use of new materials. Sometimes when we put everyday objects side-by-side with fine art like sculpture and painting, it is possible to see connections between them.
What makes the monkey figure such a vibrant shade of teal?
The monkey is formed out of a quartz-based paste called faience which is then glazed with mineral pigments to give it that bright blue color. It was often used as a more affordable alternative to expensive materials like the blue gems turquoise and lapis lazuli. It was the mix of certain pigments with copper, exposed to very high heat, that reacted and turned such a vibrant blue. And this color signified health and life to the ancient Egyptians like the Nile River and similar to the green of vegetation!
What was the ink in this Book of the Dead text made from?
The black ink was made from carbon and water, the red ink was made from ochre. The ancient Egyptians used reed brushes and pens to write.
Did they choose to write some things in red & others in black for any particular reason, or just to highlight important words?
Most of the text was in black, with red used for the titles of spells, opening and closing sections of spells, the instructions to perform spells correctly in rituals, and also for the names of dangerous creatures.
Is it unusual for O'Keeffe to do a city subject?
Georgia O'Keeffe is definitely known more for her flowers and her Southwestern landscapes. She lived in New York for about 20 years with her partner and husband, the photographer and gallery-owner Alfred Stieglitz. The city was a very popular subject with artists living in NYC in the 1920s-30s, so she did paint a short series of skyscraper and bridge scenes, including views from her apartment. However, it was a much briefer interest for her than still lifes or New Mexico scenes!
That's the Beaux-Arts Court. It's used now for different programs like performances, or workshops for teachers; but also rented out for weddings.
It was actually supposed to be one of 5 when the building was first envisioned - but only one was built. They had wanted the Museum to be the largest in the world.
Construction of the building went on for years and years, as you can imagine and when the Great Depression began in 1929, construction on such a grand scale wasn't a priority anymore.
An interesting note about that space those glass floor tiles (part of the original design) allow light to filter down from the skylight above you all the day down to the first floor. You can see them from below in the "Connecting Cultures" installation.
What is this?
He's a block statue of a scribe, he is eternally sitting watching his processions. These type of sculptures were set outside of temples.
What were they used for?
The Kachina dolls were used to instruct children on the various Kachina spirits. They represent were different spirits, each of which brought specific good things to the community like rain, healthy crops, fertility/births.
The Kachina dolls were hung inside the home, where they helped children to learn and remember the distinguishing features of each kachina spirit. At certain times of year, adult men dressed in similar regalia, impersonating these spirits -- and they performed ritual dances for the community, petitioning the spirits for rainfall, good health, and new births of animals and children. In Zuni and Hopi religion they believe that the men actually become the portrayed messenger from the gods when they wear the specific Kachina identity. Thus the actual masks and clothing are sacred and not shown. The dolls may be shown as they are only representations. 
ASK App ASK Team

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

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

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

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

  • For those who have low or no vision, guided visits that include verbal descriptions can be scheduled for both adult and school groups, with advance notice. We also offer Sensory Tours, monthly public tours designed to accommodate and engage both sighted and non-sighted visitors. Verbal descriptions of collection highlights are available via Art Beyond Sight.
  • For those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, American Sign Language interpretation for both adult and school group tours can be arranged, with advance notice.
  • For those with intellectual disabilities or other special needs, we offer specially tailored guided gallery visits to adult and school groups.

We hope that you'll get in touch with us via email or at 718.501.6229 if you have questions about any of the above services, or if you'd like to make advance arrangements.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

When were these acquired and brought to the museum?
The windows were actually made originally in Corona, NY in 1905 for the Universalist Church of Our Father at Classon and Atlantic Avenues in Brooklyn, then purchased and installed by All Souls Universalist church in 1945. They came to the Brooklyn Museum in 1999. So, they have not been here long. They are a recent acquisition after having been on loan here for some time.
What kind of wood is this made of?
It is made of cedar wood.
Please tell me more about this.
This Tshimshianskull imagery is usually associated with the Tánis (Hamatsa) ceremony also practiced by the Heiltsuk and Kwakwawa’wakw people. Young males are initiated into the community during a four-part ritual in which they are symbolically transformed from flesh-eating cannibals, a state equated with death, into well-behaved members of society. The skull thus symbolizes rebirth. The transformation symbolizes how the young men are now civilized members of society. 
Why is this object included in the exhibition?
It's there as an example of the way that modern design was used for everyday objects like art making everyday life more efficient.
It dates to the 1930s machine age, when everything from fine art to skyscrapers to furniture was affected by a new, streamlined, simplified design style, and by the use of new materials. Sometimes when we put everyday objects side-by-side with fine art like sculpture and painting, it is possible to see connections between them.
What makes the monkey figure such a vibrant shade of teal?
The monkey is formed out of a quartz-based paste called faience which is then glazed with mineral pigments to give it that bright blue color. It was often used as a more affordable alternative to expensive materials like the blue gems turquoise and lapis lazuli. It was the mix of certain pigments with copper, exposed to very high heat, that reacted and turned such a vibrant blue. And this color signified health and life to the ancient Egyptians like the Nile River and similar to the green of vegetation!
What was the ink in this Book of the Dead text made from?
The black ink was made from carbon and water, the red ink was made from ochre. The ancient Egyptians used reed brushes and pens to write.
Did they choose to write some things in red & others in black for any particular reason, or just to highlight important words?
Most of the text was in black, with red used for the titles of spells, opening and closing sections of spells, the instructions to perform spells correctly in rituals, and also for the names of dangerous creatures.
Is it unusual for O'Keeffe to do a city subject?
Georgia O'Keeffe is definitely known more for her flowers and her Southwestern landscapes. She lived in New York for about 20 years with her partner and husband, the photographer and gallery-owner Alfred Stieglitz. The city was a very popular subject with artists living in NYC in the 1920s-30s, so she did paint a short series of skyscraper and bridge scenes, including views from her apartment. However, it was a much briefer interest for her than still lifes or New Mexico scenes!
That's the Beaux-Arts Court. It's used now for different programs like performances, or workshops for teachers; but also rented out for weddings.
It was actually supposed to be one of 5 when the building was first envisioned - but only one was built. They had wanted the Museum to be the largest in the world.
Construction of the building went on for years and years, as you can imagine and when the Great Depression began in 1929, construction on such a grand scale wasn't a priority anymore.
An interesting note about that space those glass floor tiles (part of the original design) allow light to filter down from the skylight above you all the day down to the first floor. You can see them from below in the "Connecting Cultures" installation.
What is this?
He's a block statue of a scribe, he is eternally sitting watching his processions. These type of sculptures were set outside of temples.
What were they used for?
The Kachina dolls were used to instruct children on the various Kachina spirits. They represent were different spirits, each of which brought specific good things to the community like rain, healthy crops, fertility/births.
The Kachina dolls were hung inside the home, where they helped children to learn and remember the distinguishing features of each kachina spirit. At certain times of year, adult men dressed in similar regalia, impersonating these spirits -- and they performed ritual dances for the community, petitioning the spirits for rainfall, good health, and new births of animals and children. In Zuni and Hopi religion they believe that the men actually become the portrayed messenger from the gods when they wear the specific Kachina identity. Thus the actual masks and clothing are sacred and not shown. The dolls may be shown as they are only representations. 
ASK App ASK Team

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

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

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

Here's what people are asking.

When were these acquired and brought to the museum?
The windows were actually made originally in Corona, NY in 1905 for the Universalist Church of Our Father at Classon and Atlantic Avenues in Brooklyn, then purchased and installed by All Souls Universalist church in 1945. They came to the Brooklyn Museum in 1999. So, they have not been here long. They are a recent acquisition after having been on loan here for some time.
What kind of wood is this made of?
It is made of cedar wood.
Please tell me more about this.
This Tshimshianskull imagery is usually associated with the Tánis (Hamatsa) ceremony also practiced by the Heiltsuk and Kwakwawa’wakw people. Young males are initiated into the community during a four-part ritual in which they are symbolically transformed from flesh-eating cannibals, a state equated with death, into well-behaved members of society. The skull thus symbolizes rebirth. The transformation symbolizes how the young men are now civilized members of society. 
Why is this object included in the exhibition?
It's there as an example of the way that modern design was used for everyday objects like art making everyday life more efficient.
It dates to the 1930s machine age, when everything from fine art to skyscrapers to furniture was affected by a new, streamlined, simplified design style, and by the use of new materials. Sometimes when we put everyday objects side-by-side with fine art like sculpture and painting, it is possible to see connections between them.
What makes the monkey figure such a vibrant shade of teal?
The monkey is formed out of a quartz-based paste called faience which is then glazed with mineral pigments to give it that bright blue color. It was often used as a more affordable alternative to expensive materials like the blue gems turquoise and lapis lazuli. It was the mix of certain pigments with copper, exposed to very high heat, that reacted and turned such a vibrant blue. And this color signified health and life to the ancient Egyptians like the Nile River and similar to the green of vegetation!
What was the ink in this Book of the Dead text made from?
The black ink was made from carbon and water, the red ink was made from ochre. The ancient Egyptians used reed brushes and pens to write.
Did they choose to write some things in red & others in black for any particular reason, or just to highlight important words?
Most of the text was in black, with red used for the titles of spells, opening and closing sections of spells, the instructions to perform spells correctly in rituals, and also for the names of dangerous creatures.
Is it unusual for O'Keeffe to do a city subject?
Georgia O'Keeffe is definitely known more for her flowers and her Southwestern landscapes. She lived in New York for about 20 years with her partner and husband, the photographer and gallery-owner Alfred Stieglitz. The city was a very popular subject with artists living in NYC in the 1920s-30s, so she did paint a short series of skyscraper and bridge scenes, including views from her apartment. However, it was a much briefer interest for her than still lifes or New Mexico scenes!
That's the Beaux-Arts Court. It's used now for different programs like performances, or workshops for teachers; but also rented out for weddings.
It was actually supposed to be one of 5 when the building was first envisioned - but only one was built. They had wanted the Museum to be the largest in the world.
Construction of the building went on for years and years, as you can imagine and when the Great Depression began in 1929, construction on such a grand scale wasn't a priority anymore.
An interesting note about that space those glass floor tiles (part of the original design) allow light to filter down from the skylight above you all the day down to the first floor. You can see them from below in the "Connecting Cultures" installation.
What is this?
He's a block statue of a scribe, he is eternally sitting watching his processions. These type of sculptures were set outside of temples.
What were they used for?
The Kachina dolls were used to instruct children on the various Kachina spirits. They represent were different spirits, each of which brought specific good things to the community like rain, healthy crops, fertility/births.
The Kachina dolls were hung inside the home, where they helped children to learn and remember the distinguishing features of each kachina spirit. At certain times of year, adult men dressed in similar regalia, impersonating these spirits -- and they performed ritual dances for the community, petitioning the spirits for rainfall, good health, and new births of animals and children. In Zuni and Hopi religion they believe that the men actually become the portrayed messenger from the gods when they wear the specific Kachina identity. Thus the actual masks and clothing are sacred and not shown. The dolls may be shown as they are only representations. 
ASK App ASK Team

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

Exhibitions on the First Floor

Also on the First Floor

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

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

Pick up Assistive Listening Devices at the Admissions Desk.

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

When were these acquired and brought to the museum?
The windows were actually made originally in Corona, NY in 1905 for the Universalist Church of Our Father at Classon and Atlantic Avenues in Brooklyn, then purchased and installed by All Souls Universalist church in 1945. They came to the Brooklyn Museum in 1999. So, they have not been here long. They are a recent acquisition after having been on loan here for some time.
What kind of wood is this made of?
It is made of cedar wood.
Please tell me more about this.
This Tshimshianskull imagery is usually associated with the Tánis (Hamatsa) ceremony also practiced by the Heiltsuk and Kwakwawa’wakw people. Young males are initiated into the community during a four-part ritual in which they are symbolically transformed from flesh-eating cannibals, a state equated with death, into well-behaved members of society. The skull thus symbolizes rebirth. The transformation symbolizes how the young men are now civilized members of society. 
Why is this object included in the exhibition?
It's there as an example of the way that modern design was used for everyday objects like art making everyday life more efficient.
It dates to the 1930s machine age, when everything from fine art to skyscrapers to furniture was affected by a new, streamlined, simplified design style, and by the use of new materials. Sometimes when we put everyday objects side-by-side with fine art like sculpture and painting, it is possible to see connections between them.
What makes the monkey figure such a vibrant shade of teal?
The monkey is formed out of a quartz-based paste called faience which is then glazed with mineral pigments to give it that bright blue color. It was often used as a more affordable alternative to expensive materials like the blue gems turquoise and lapis lazuli. It was the mix of certain pigments with copper, exposed to very high heat, that reacted and turned such a vibrant blue. And this color signified health and life to the ancient Egyptians like the Nile River and similar to the green of vegetation!
What was the ink in this Book of the Dead text made from?
The black ink was made from carbon and water, the red ink was made from ochre. The ancient Egyptians used reed brushes and pens to write.
Did they choose to write some things in red & others in black for any particular reason, or just to highlight important words?
Most of the text was in black, with red used for the titles of spells, opening and closing sections of spells, the instructions to perform spells correctly in rituals, and also for the names of dangerous creatures.
Is it unusual for O'Keeffe to do a city subject?
Georgia O'Keeffe is definitely known more for her flowers and her Southwestern landscapes. She lived in New York for about 20 years with her partner and husband, the photographer and gallery-owner Alfred Stieglitz. The city was a very popular subject with artists living in NYC in the 1920s-30s, so she did paint a short series of skyscraper and bridge scenes, including views from her apartment. However, it was a much briefer interest for her than still lifes or New Mexico scenes!
That's the Beaux-Arts Court. It's used now for different programs like performances, or workshops for teachers; but also rented out for weddings.
It was actually supposed to be one of 5 when the building was first envisioned - but only one was built. They had wanted the Museum to be the largest in the world.
Construction of the building went on for years and years, as you can imagine and when the Great Depression began in 1929, construction on such a grand scale wasn't a priority anymore.
An interesting note about that space those glass floor tiles (part of the original design) allow light to filter down from the skylight above you all the day down to the first floor. You can see them from below in the "Connecting Cultures" installation.
What is this?
He's a block statue of a scribe, he is eternally sitting watching his processions. These type of sculptures were set outside of temples.
What were they used for?
The Kachina dolls were used to instruct children on the various Kachina spirits. They represent were different spirits, each of which brought specific good things to the community like rain, healthy crops, fertility/births.
The Kachina dolls were hung inside the home, where they helped children to learn and remember the distinguishing features of each kachina spirit. At certain times of year, adult men dressed in similar regalia, impersonating these spirits -- and they performed ritual dances for the community, petitioning the spirits for rainfall, good health, and new births of animals and children. In Zuni and Hopi religion they believe that the men actually become the portrayed messenger from the gods when they wear the specific Kachina identity. Thus the actual masks and clothing are sacred and not shown. The dolls may be shown as they are only representations. 
ASK App ASK Team

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

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Here's what people are asking.

When were these acquired and brought to the museum?
The windows were actually made originally in Corona, NY in 1905 for the Universalist Church of Our Father at Classon and Atlantic Avenues in Brooklyn, then purchased and installed by All Souls Universalist church in 1945. They came to the Brooklyn Museum in 1999. So, they have not been here long. They are a recent acquisition after having been on loan here for some time.
What kind of wood is this made of?
It is made of cedar wood.
Please tell me more about this.
This Tshimshianskull imagery is usually associated with the Tánis (Hamatsa) ceremony also practiced by the Heiltsuk and Kwakwawa’wakw people. Young males are initiated into the community during a four-part ritual in which they are symbolically transformed from flesh-eating cannibals, a state equated with death, into well-behaved members of society. The skull thus symbolizes rebirth. The transformation symbolizes how the young men are now civilized members of society. 
Why is this object included in the exhibition?
It's there as an example of the way that modern design was used for everyday objects like art making everyday life more efficient.
It dates to the 1930s machine age, when everything from fine art to skyscrapers to furniture was affected by a new, streamlined, simplified design style, and by the use of new materials. Sometimes when we put everyday objects side-by-side with fine art like sculpture and painting, it is possible to see connections between them.
What makes the monkey figure such a vibrant shade of teal?
The monkey is formed out of a quartz-based paste called faience which is then glazed with mineral pigments to give it that bright blue color. It was often used as a more affordable alternative to expensive materials like the blue gems turquoise and lapis lazuli. It was the mix of certain pigments with copper, exposed to very high heat, that reacted and turned such a vibrant blue. And this color signified health and life to the ancient Egyptians like the Nile River and similar to the green of vegetation!
What was the ink in this Book of the Dead text made from?
The black ink was made from carbon and water, the red ink was made from ochre. The ancient Egyptians used reed brushes and pens to write.
Did they choose to write some things in red & others in black for any particular reason, or just to highlight important words?
Most of the text was in black, with red used for the titles of spells, opening and closing sections of spells, the instructions to perform spells correctly in rituals, and also for the names of dangerous creatures.
Is it unusual for O'Keeffe to do a city subject?
Georgia O'Keeffe is definitely known more for her flowers and her Southwestern landscapes. She lived in New York for about 20 years with her partner and husband, the photographer and gallery-owner Alfred Stieglitz. The city was a very popular subject with artists living in NYC in the 1920s-30s, so she did paint a short series of skyscraper and bridge scenes, including views from her apartment. However, it was a much briefer interest for her than still lifes or New Mexico scenes!
That's the Beaux-Arts Court. It's used now for different programs like performances, or workshops for teachers; but also rented out for weddings.
It was actually supposed to be one of 5 when the building was first envisioned - but only one was built. They had wanted the Museum to be the largest in the world.
Construction of the building went on for years and years, as you can imagine and when the Great Depression began in 1929, construction on such a grand scale wasn't a priority anymore.
An interesting note about that space those glass floor tiles (part of the original design) allow light to filter down from the skylight above you all the day down to the first floor. You can see them from below in the "Connecting Cultures" installation.
What is this?
He's a block statue of a scribe, he is eternally sitting watching his processions. These type of sculptures were set outside of temples.
What were they used for?
The Kachina dolls were used to instruct children on the various Kachina spirits. They represent were different spirits, each of which brought specific good things to the community like rain, healthy crops, fertility/births.
The Kachina dolls were hung inside the home, where they helped children to learn and remember the distinguishing features of each kachina spirit. At certain times of year, adult men dressed in similar regalia, impersonating these spirits -- and they performed ritual dances for the community, petitioning the spirits for rainfall, good health, and new births of animals and children. In Zuni and Hopi religion they believe that the men actually become the portrayed messenger from the gods when they wear the specific Kachina identity. Thus the actual masks and clothing are sacred and not shown. The dolls may be shown as they are only representations. 
ASK App ASK Team

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

By Subway

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


By Bus

The closest bus stops are:

B41 and B69 at Grand Army Plaza

B45 at St. Johns Place and Washington Avenue

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


By Car

From Manhattan:

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

From Westchester, the Bronx, Queens, or Connecticut:

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

From Staten Island and southern or central New Jersey:

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

From northern or north central New Jersey:

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

From Long Island:

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


Parking

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


Bikes

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

When were these acquired and brought to the museum?
The windows were actually made originally in Corona, NY in 1905 for the Universalist Church of Our Father at Classon and Atlantic Avenues in Brooklyn, then purchased and installed by All Souls Universalist church in 1945. They came to the Brooklyn Museum in 1999. So, they have not been here long. They are a recent acquisition after having been on loan here for some time.
What kind of wood is this made of?
It is made of cedar wood.
Please tell me more about this.
This Tshimshianskull imagery is usually associated with the Tánis (Hamatsa) ceremony also practiced by the Heiltsuk and Kwakwawa’wakw people. Young males are initiated into the community during a four-part ritual in which they are symbolically transformed from flesh-eating cannibals, a state equated with death, into well-behaved members of society. The skull thus symbolizes rebirth. The transformation symbolizes how the young men are now civilized members of society. 
Why is this object included in the exhibition?
It's there as an example of the way that modern design was used for everyday objects like art making everyday life more efficient.
It dates to the 1930s machine age, when everything from fine art to skyscrapers to furniture was affected by a new, streamlined, simplified design style, and by the use of new materials. Sometimes when we put everyday objects side-by-side with fine art like sculpture and painting, it is possible to see connections between them.
What makes the monkey figure such a vibrant shade of teal?
The monkey is formed out of a quartz-based paste called faience which is then glazed with mineral pigments to give it that bright blue color. It was often used as a more affordable alternative to expensive materials like the blue gems turquoise and lapis lazuli. It was the mix of certain pigments with copper, exposed to very high heat, that reacted and turned such a vibrant blue. And this color signified health and life to the ancient Egyptians like the Nile River and similar to the green of vegetation!
What was the ink in this Book of the Dead text made from?
The black ink was made from carbon and water, the red ink was made from ochre. The ancient Egyptians used reed brushes and pens to write.
Did they choose to write some things in red & others in black for any particular reason, or just to highlight important words?
Most of the text was in black, with red used for the titles of spells, opening and closing sections of spells, the instructions to perform spells correctly in rituals, and also for the names of dangerous creatures.
Is it unusual for O'Keeffe to do a city subject?
Georgia O'Keeffe is definitely known more for her flowers and her Southwestern landscapes. She lived in New York for about 20 years with her partner and husband, the photographer and gallery-owner Alfred Stieglitz. The city was a very popular subject with artists living in NYC in the 1920s-30s, so she did paint a short series of skyscraper and bridge scenes, including views from her apartment. However, it was a much briefer interest for her than still lifes or New Mexico scenes!
That's the Beaux-Arts Court. It's used now for different programs like performances, or workshops for teachers; but also rented out for weddings.
It was actually supposed to be one of 5 when the building was first envisioned - but only one was built. They had wanted the Museum to be the largest in the world.
Construction of the building went on for years and years, as you can imagine and when the Great Depression began in 1929, construction on such a grand scale wasn't a priority anymore.
An interesting note about that space those glass floor tiles (part of the original design) allow light to filter down from the skylight above you all the day down to the first floor. You can see them from below in the "Connecting Cultures" installation.
What is this?
He's a block statue of a scribe, he is eternally sitting watching his processions. These type of sculptures were set outside of temples.
What were they used for?
The Kachina dolls were used to instruct children on the various Kachina spirits. They represent were different spirits, each of which brought specific good things to the community like rain, healthy crops, fertility/births.
The Kachina dolls were hung inside the home, where they helped children to learn and remember the distinguishing features of each kachina spirit. At certain times of year, adult men dressed in similar regalia, impersonating these spirits -- and they performed ritual dances for the community, petitioning the spirits for rainfall, good health, and new births of animals and children. In Zuni and Hopi religion they believe that the men actually become the portrayed messenger from the gods when they wear the specific Kachina identity. Thus the actual masks and clothing are sacred and not shown. The dolls may be shown as they are only representations. 
ASK App ASK Team

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

When were these acquired and brought to the museum?
The windows were actually made originally in Corona, NY in 1905 for the Universalist Church of Our Father at Classon and Atlantic Avenues in Brooklyn, then purchased and installed by All Souls Universalist church in 1945. They came to the Brooklyn Museum in 1999. So, they have not been here long. They are a recent acquisition after having been on loan here for some time.
What kind of wood is this made of?
It is made of cedar wood.
Please tell me more about this.
This Tshimshianskull imagery is usually associated with the Tánis (Hamatsa) ceremony also practiced by the Heiltsuk and Kwakwawa’wakw people. Young males are initiated into the community during a four-part ritual in which they are symbolically transformed from flesh-eating cannibals, a state equated with death, into well-behaved members of society. The skull thus symbolizes rebirth. The transformation symbolizes how the young men are now civilized members of society. 
Why is this object included in the exhibition?
It's there as an example of the way that modern design was used for everyday objects like art making everyday life more efficient.
It dates to the 1930s machine age, when everything from fine art to skyscrapers to furniture was affected by a new, streamlined, simplified design style, and by the use of new materials. Sometimes when we put everyday objects side-by-side with fine art like sculpture and painting, it is possible to see connections between them.
What makes the monkey figure such a vibrant shade of teal?
The monkey is formed out of a quartz-based paste called faience which is then glazed with mineral pigments to give it that bright blue color. It was often used as a more affordable alternative to expensive materials like the blue gems turquoise and lapis lazuli. It was the mix of certain pigments with copper, exposed to very high heat, that reacted and turned such a vibrant blue. And this color signified health and life to the ancient Egyptians like the Nile River and similar to the green of vegetation!
What was the ink in this Book of the Dead text made from?
The black ink was made from carbon and water, the red ink was made from ochre. The ancient Egyptians used reed brushes and pens to write.
Did they choose to write some things in red & others in black for any particular reason, or just to highlight important words?
Most of the text was in black, with red used for the titles of spells, opening and closing sections of spells, the instructions to perform spells correctly in rituals, and also for the names of dangerous creatures.
Is it unusual for O'Keeffe to do a city subject?
Georgia O'Keeffe is definitely known more for her flowers and her Southwestern landscapes. She lived in New York for about 20 years with her partner and husband, the photographer and gallery-owner Alfred Stieglitz. The city was a very popular subject with artists living in NYC in the 1920s-30s, so she did paint a short series of skyscraper and bridge scenes, including views from her apartment. However, it was a much briefer interest for her than still lifes or New Mexico scenes!
That's the Beaux-Arts Court. It's used now for different programs like performances, or workshops for teachers; but also rented out for weddings.
It was actually supposed to be one of 5 when the building was first envisioned - but only one was built. They had wanted the Museum to be the largest in the world.
Construction of the building went on for years and years, as you can imagine and when the Great Depression began in 1929, construction on such a grand scale wasn't a priority anymore.
An interesting note about that space those glass floor tiles (part of the original design) allow light to filter down from the skylight above you all the day down to the first floor. You can see them from below in the "Connecting Cultures" installation.
What is this?
He's a block statue of a scribe, he is eternally sitting watching his processions. These type of sculptures were set outside of temples.
What were they used for?
The Kachina dolls were used to instruct children on the various Kachina spirits. They represent were different spirits, each of which brought specific good things to the community like rain, healthy crops, fertility/births.
The Kachina dolls were hung inside the home, where they helped children to learn and remember the distinguishing features of each kachina spirit. At certain times of year, adult men dressed in similar regalia, impersonating these spirits -- and they performed ritual dances for the community, petitioning the spirits for rainfall, good health, and new births of animals and children. In Zuni and Hopi religion they believe that the men actually become the portrayed messenger from the gods when they wear the specific Kachina identity. Thus the actual masks and clothing are sacred and not shown. The dolls may be shown as they are only representations. 
ASK App ASK Team

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

When were these acquired and brought to the museum?
The windows were actually made originally in Corona, NY in 1905 for the Universalist Church of Our Father at Classon and Atlantic Avenues in Brooklyn, then purchased and installed by All Souls Universalist church in 1945. They came to the Brooklyn Museum in 1999. So, they have not been here long. They are a recent acquisition after having been on loan here for some time.
What kind of wood is this made of?
It is made of cedar wood.
Please tell me more about this.
This Tshimshianskull imagery is usually associated with the Tánis (Hamatsa) ceremony also practiced by the Heiltsuk and Kwakwawa’wakw people. Young males are initiated into the community during a four-part ritual in which they are symbolically transformed from flesh-eating cannibals, a state equated with death, into well-behaved members of society. The skull thus symbolizes rebirth. The transformation symbolizes how the young men are now civilized members of society. 
Why is this object included in the exhibition?
It's there as an example of the way that modern design was used for everyday objects like art making everyday life more efficient.
It dates to the 1930s machine age, when everything from fine art to skyscrapers to furniture was affected by a new, streamlined, simplified design style, and by the use of new materials. Sometimes when we put everyday objects side-by-side with fine art like sculpture and painting, it is possible to see connections between them.
What makes the monkey figure such a vibrant shade of teal?
The monkey is formed out of a quartz-based paste called faience which is then glazed with mineral pigments to give it that bright blue color. It was often used as a more affordable alternative to expensive materials like the blue gems turquoise and lapis lazuli. It was the mix of certain pigments with copper, exposed to very high heat, that reacted and turned such a vibrant blue. And this color signified health and life to the ancient Egyptians like the Nile River and similar to the green of vegetation!
What was the ink in this Book of the Dead text made from?
The black ink was made from carbon and water, the red ink was made from ochre. The ancient Egyptians used reed brushes and pens to write.
Did they choose to write some things in red & others in black for any particular reason, or just to highlight important words?
Most of the text was in black, with red used for the titles of spells, opening and closing sections of spells, the instructions to perform spells correctly in rituals, and also for the names of dangerous creatures.
Is it unusual for O'Keeffe to do a city subject?
Georgia O'Keeffe is definitely known more for her flowers and her Southwestern landscapes. She lived in New York for about 20 years with her partner and husband, the photographer and gallery-owner Alfred Stieglitz. The city was a very popular subject with artists living in NYC in the 1920s-30s, so she did paint a short series of skyscraper and bridge scenes, including views from her apartment. However, it was a much briefer interest for her than still lifes or New Mexico scenes!
That's the Beaux-Arts Court. It's used now for different programs like performances, or workshops for teachers; but also rented out for weddings.
It was actually supposed to be one of 5 when the building was first envisioned - but only one was built. They had wanted the Museum to be the largest in the world.
Construction of the building went on for years and years, as you can imagine and when the Great Depression began in 1929, construction on such a grand scale wasn't a priority anymore.
An interesting note about that space those glass floor tiles (part of the original design) allow light to filter down from the skylight above you all the day down to the first floor. You can see them from below in the "Connecting Cultures" installation.
What is this?
He's a block statue of a scribe, he is eternally sitting watching his processions. These type of sculptures were set outside of temples.
What were they used for?
The Kachina dolls were used to instruct children on the various Kachina spirits. They represent were different spirits, each of which brought specific good things to the community like rain, healthy crops, fertility/births.
The Kachina dolls were hung inside the home, where they helped children to learn and remember the distinguishing features of each kachina spirit. At certain times of year, adult men dressed in similar regalia, impersonating these spirits -- and they performed ritual dances for the community, petitioning the spirits for rainfall, good health, and new births of animals and children. In Zuni and Hopi religion they believe that the men actually become the portrayed messenger from the gods when they wear the specific Kachina identity. Thus the actual masks and clothing are sacred and not shown. The dolls may be shown as they are only representations. 
ASK App ASK Team

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

When were these acquired and brought to the museum?
The windows were actually made originally in Corona, NY in 1905 for the Universalist Church of Our Father at Classon and Atlantic Avenues in Brooklyn, then purchased and installed by All Souls Universalist church in 1945. They came to the Brooklyn Museum in 1999. So, they have not been here long. They are a recent acquisition after having been on loan here for some time.
What kind of wood is this made of?
It is made of cedar wood.
Please tell me more about this.
This Tshimshianskull imagery is usually associated with the Tánis (Hamatsa) ceremony also practiced by the Heiltsuk and Kwakwawa’wakw people. Young males are initiated into the community during a four-part ritual in which they are symbolically transformed from flesh-eating cannibals, a state equated with death, into well-behaved members of society. The skull thus symbolizes rebirth. The transformation symbolizes how the young men are now civilized members of society. 
Why is this object included in the exhibition?
It's there as an example of the way that modern design was used for everyday objects like art making everyday life more efficient.
It dates to the 1930s machine age, when everything from fine art to skyscrapers to furniture was affected by a new, streamlined, simplified design style, and by the use of new materials. Sometimes when we put everyday objects side-by-side with fine art like sculpture and painting, it is possible to see connections between them.
What makes the monkey figure such a vibrant shade of teal?
The monkey is formed out of a quartz-based paste called faience which is then glazed with mineral pigments to give it that bright blue color. It was often used as a more affordable alternative to expensive materials like the blue gems turquoise and lapis lazuli. It was the mix of certain pigments with copper, exposed to very high heat, that reacted and turned such a vibrant blue. And this color signified health and life to the ancient Egyptians like the Nile River and similar to the green of vegetation!
What was the ink in this Book of the Dead text made from?
The black ink was made from carbon and water, the red ink was made from ochre. The ancient Egyptians used reed brushes and pens to write.
Did they choose to write some things in red & others in black for any particular reason, or just to highlight important words?
Most of the text was in black, with red used for the titles of spells, opening and closing sections of spells, the instructions to perform spells correctly in rituals, and also for the names of dangerous creatures.
Is it unusual for O'Keeffe to do a city subject?
Georgia O'Keeffe is definitely known more for her flowers and her Southwestern landscapes. She lived in New York for about 20 years with her partner and husband, the photographer and gallery-owner Alfred Stieglitz. The city was a very popular subject with artists living in NYC in the 1920s-30s, so she did paint a short series of skyscraper and bridge scenes, including views from her apartment. However, it was a much briefer interest for her than still lifes or New Mexico scenes!
That's the Beaux-Arts Court. It's used now for different programs like performances, or workshops for teachers; but also rented out for weddings.
It was actually supposed to be one of 5 when the building was first envisioned - but only one was built. They had wanted the Museum to be the largest in the world.
Construction of the building went on for years and years, as you can imagine and when the Great Depression began in 1929, construction on such a grand scale wasn't a priority anymore.
An interesting note about that space those glass floor tiles (part of the original design) allow light to filter down from the skylight above you all the day down to the first floor. You can see them from below in the "Connecting Cultures" installation.
What is this?
He's a block statue of a scribe, he is eternally sitting watching his processions. These type of sculptures were set outside of temples.
What were they used for?
The Kachina dolls were used to instruct children on the various Kachina spirits. They represent were different spirits, each of which brought specific good things to the community like rain, healthy crops, fertility/births.
The Kachina dolls were hung inside the home, where they helped children to learn and remember the distinguishing features of each kachina spirit. At certain times of year, adult men dressed in similar regalia, impersonating these spirits -- and they performed ritual dances for the community, petitioning the spirits for rainfall, good health, and new births of animals and children. In Zuni and Hopi religion they believe that the men actually become the portrayed messenger from the gods when they wear the specific Kachina identity. Thus the actual masks and clothing are sacred and not shown. The dolls may be shown as they are only representations. 
ASK App ASK Team

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

When were these acquired and brought to the museum?
The windows were actually made originally in Corona, NY in 1905 for the Universalist Church of Our Father at Classon and Atlantic Avenues in Brooklyn, then purchased and installed by All Souls Universalist church in 1945. They came to the Brooklyn Museum in 1999. So, they have not been here long. They are a recent acquisition after having been on loan here for some time.
What kind of wood is this made of?
It is made of cedar wood.
Please tell me more about this.
This Tshimshianskull imagery is usually associated with the Tánis (Hamatsa) ceremony also practiced by the Heiltsuk and Kwakwawa’wakw people. Young males are initiated into the community during a four-part ritual in which they are symbolically transformed from flesh-eating cannibals, a state equated with death, into well-behaved members of society. The skull thus symbolizes rebirth. The transformation symbolizes how the young men are now civilized members of society. 
Why is this object included in the exhibition?
It's there as an example of the way that modern design was used for everyday objects like art making everyday life more efficient.
It dates to the 1930s machine age, when everything from fine art to skyscrapers to furniture was affected by a new, streamlined, simplified design style, and by the use of new materials. Sometimes when we put everyday objects side-by-side with fine art like sculpture and painting, it is possible to see connections between them.
What makes the monkey figure such a vibrant shade of teal?
The monkey is formed out of a quartz-based paste called faience which is then glazed with mineral pigments to give it that bright blue color. It was often used as a more affordable alternative to expensive materials like the blue gems turquoise and lapis lazuli. It was the mix of certain pigments with copper, exposed to very high heat, that reacted and turned such a vibrant blue. And this color signified health and life to the ancient Egyptians like the Nile River and similar to the green of vegetation!
What was the ink in this Book of the Dead text made from?
The black ink was made from carbon and water, the red ink was made from ochre. The ancient Egyptians used reed brushes and pens to write.
Did they choose to write some things in red & others in black for any particular reason, or just to highlight important words?
Most of the text was in black, with red used for the titles of spells, opening and closing sections of spells, the instructions to perform spells correctly in rituals, and also for the names of dangerous creatures.
Is it unusual for O'Keeffe to do a city subject?
Georgia O'Keeffe is definitely known more for her flowers and her Southwestern landscapes. She lived in New York for about 20 years with her partner and husband, the photographer and gallery-owner Alfred Stieglitz. The city was a very popular subject with artists living in NYC in the 1920s-30s, so she did paint a short series of skyscraper and bridge scenes, including views from her apartment. However, it was a much briefer interest for her than still lifes or New Mexico scenes!
That's the Beaux-Arts Court. It's used now for different programs like performances, or workshops for teachers; but also rented out for weddings.
It was actually supposed to be one of 5 when the building was first envisioned - but only one was built. They had wanted the Museum to be the largest in the world.
Construction of the building went on for years and years, as you can imagine and when the Great Depression began in 1929, construction on such a grand scale wasn't a priority anymore.
An interesting note about that space those glass floor tiles (part of the original design) allow light to filter down from the skylight above you all the day down to the first floor. You can see them from below in the "Connecting Cultures" installation.
What is this?
He's a block statue of a scribe, he is eternally sitting watching his processions. These type of sculptures were set outside of temples.
What were they used for?
The Kachina dolls were used to instruct children on the various Kachina spirits. They represent were different spirits, each of which brought specific good things to the community like rain, healthy crops, fertility/births.
The Kachina dolls were hung inside the home, where they helped children to learn and remember the distinguishing features of each kachina spirit. At certain times of year, adult men dressed in similar regalia, impersonating these spirits -- and they performed ritual dances for the community, petitioning the spirits for rainfall, good health, and new births of animals and children. In Zuni and Hopi religion they believe that the men actually become the portrayed messenger from the gods when they wear the specific Kachina identity. Thus the actual masks and clothing are sacred and not shown. The dolls may be shown as they are only representations. 
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