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You’ll be connected with a team of art historians and educators who know our collection, can answer your questions, and can give you recommendations on what to see next. 

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Here's what people are asking.

This feels free, I love the lines.
I love that piece! It's made using stone lithographs. This piece is by Kenojuak Ashevak, a famous Inuit artist. An amazing thing about this technique is that every year the Inuit community holds a competition for images to print using this stone technique, and everyone is invited to submit their images. A committee chooses the best for that year, and the winners get printed in a limited edition.
That's awesome. It feels very strong.
That's a good word for it! The lines do feel so deliberate and fierce. I heard from the curators that we will be doing a conference soon about this Inuit tradition, keep an eye out on our Events calendar!
This work is very striking.
I think this gallery does a great job in showing how material can be integral to the meaning and motive behind a work of art. You have El Anatsui's work made of recycled metal bottle caps, Leonardo Drew working with found wood, and here, Kaphar using tar and gold leaf. Which I think is a really incredible message he is sending about the lives of the incarcerated. In my interpretation, the gold leaf recalls the resilience, integrity and value of the lives of the incarcerated, and the tar represents the stigma, the lost time and the cultural devaluing of prison inmates.       
This captures Venice perfectly. Have you been there?
No I haven't been to Venice, though Monet definitely captures it beautifully. He painted many of his works in a series, capturing the same place at different points of the day to get to the essence of light and color at any given place.
If you visit our special Francisco Oller exhibit on the 4th floor, you'll see some other beautiful Monet paintings, as well as other Impressionists.
Thank you!
Hmmm, what's the story behind this one?
The artist made this as a portrait of his wife and their newborn, it's purposely disproportionate.
Regarding the colors, I love the balance the green soap adds. Also, the light touch of he mother's hand on the chin.
I love your attention to detail! There's such a delicateness to this work, the transparent shower curtain, the fine ripples on the water, even her t-shirt seems soft. It makes this moment feel so tender. I'm not a parent yet but I can imagine the first days of having your first newborn at home, and how tender and delicate those moments must be.
Also, the watch on the edge of the tub. It adds to that surrealist touch too. It almost seems like a mother fighting postpartum depression.
Wow, I never noticed the watch before. I see what you mean. Her expression isn't on her child, it's kind of glazed.
The internal and physical struggles of being a woman. Must be something on my mind.
I love the security this figure displays.
Yes! Do you get the meaning of the title? "Kiss Me and You'll Kiss the 'Lasses"?
I'm not sure. The spoon with molasses on it?
Yes! If the person she's talking to attempts to kiss her, he'll get a big hot spoon of molasses in his face.
Oh! I thought she had leftover molasses on her lips.
I'm sure the man in question would prefer that. Instead, he's getting a fair warning.
Haha. I love it!
This painting is by a female artist, as are many in this gallery. I like that it is a comment on portraiture in general. The subject refuses to be objectifed! It's as if she's saying, "Yes ,I'm a woman and I'm attractive, but I have more important things going on here."
Yeah exactly. Thanks for everything! It was fun chatting with you.
Is this "broken" detail a part of the work or was this piece damaged by many years and transportation?
This is actually a fairly recent piece (dated 1991-92). This "broken edge" effect is definitely a part of many of their glass works. If you ever see other pieces by them, it is likely you will see the same sort of edge.
What is this?
This is a "Double Kohl Tube with Applicator" and was used for makeup. Egyptian men and women alike wore dark black kohl, or eyeliner, both for fashion, and to protect their eyes from the sun.
What do the red, winged figures symbolize?
Those are Cherubim, which are very common in religious Renaissance paintings. They are a type of angel. They are usually depicted as cute, round faced angels with red wings. They are regarded in traditional Christian symbolism as an angel of the second highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy. But here they are depicted as winged heads. They were originally painted silver, but over time tarnishing has made them turn more reddish.
Do you see the circles behind their heads? What do they mean?
The golden circles represent halos and are used to show the divinity of the Madonna and the infant Christ. 
Thanks!
What are these pictures? I can't seem to find any information about them?
Oh fantastic, those are illustrations of the figures around the fringe of the Paracas Textile in this room, under the glass case.
Wow! They look so different in color!
These are hand-made, incredibly intricate figures, some human, some animal, some supernatural. You may see some of the figures in an illustration underneath, which shows how the back of the figure was also completed. It's mind-boggling to me how these pieces were made. We consider this piece to be one of the masterpieces of our collection. No other mantle of this type in the world is as large, intricate and preserved as well as this one.
What would it have been used for? Was it ceremonial?
Yes, most likely it was used as a ceremonial object. It was likely used as a funerary object. We don't know what its use was beforehand, but its small size (much smaller than mantles that were worn for everyday) and the complexity of the border figures suggest that it may have been used flat so the figures were more visible. It's so amazing to me that this is a 2000 year old object. I think we tend to understand history as an ever-evolving upward journey of innovation, but this handiwork, done thousands of years ago, proves how innovative, skilled and talented humans have been throughout time.
This may be a strange question, but if it was a ritual burial object, isn't it inappropriate for it to be separated from the body it was found with? I have this same feeling about the Egyptian mummies, it just feels sad.
Not at all a strange question. Excavations and archeological digs are handled much differently today than they were in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If you can imagine, back in the early 1900s, mummy bodies from Egypt were unwrapped for entertainment at wealthy people's salon parties, and in earlier centuries (around 16th-17th) mummy remains were sold for medicinal purposes and for a paint pigment called "mummy brown". Humanity's ethical revolution is certainly a slow one.
Have there been attempts at any restoration or historically destroyed tombs?
No, archeologists do not try to restore tombs that have been destroyed. They try to preserve the historical context of the space and architecture as it is. It's an ethical issue, archeologists cannot be completely sure what the original tombs would look like, and their materials, tools and perceptions are different from what the original culture intended.
I can see why this is so complicated. Thanks so much for answering all my questions today. I had a great visit.
I'm so glad to hear that. Your inquiries were so thought provoking. Hope to hear from you again!
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.

This feels free, I love the lines.
I love that piece! It's made using stone lithographs. This piece is by Kenojuak Ashevak, a famous Inuit artist. An amazing thing about this technique is that every year the Inuit community holds a competition for images to print using this stone technique, and everyone is invited to submit their images. A committee chooses the best for that year, and the winners get printed in a limited edition.
That's awesome. It feels very strong.
That's a good word for it! The lines do feel so deliberate and fierce. I heard from the curators that we will be doing a conference soon about this Inuit tradition, keep an eye out on our Events calendar!
This work is very striking.
I think this gallery does a great job in showing how material can be integral to the meaning and motive behind a work of art. You have El Anatsui's work made of recycled metal bottle caps, Leonardo Drew working with found wood, and here, Kaphar using tar and gold leaf. Which I think is a really incredible message he is sending about the lives of the incarcerated. In my interpretation, the gold leaf recalls the resilience, integrity and value of the lives of the incarcerated, and the tar represents the stigma, the lost time and the cultural devaluing of prison inmates.       
This captures Venice perfectly. Have you been there?
No I haven't been to Venice, though Monet definitely captures it beautifully. He painted many of his works in a series, capturing the same place at different points of the day to get to the essence of light and color at any given place.
If you visit our special Francisco Oller exhibit on the 4th floor, you'll see some other beautiful Monet paintings, as well as other Impressionists.
Thank you!
Hmmm, what's the story behind this one?
The artist made this as a portrait of his wife and their newborn, it's purposely disproportionate.
Regarding the colors, I love the balance the green soap adds. Also, the light touch of he mother's hand on the chin.
I love your attention to detail! There's such a delicateness to this work, the transparent shower curtain, the fine ripples on the water, even her t-shirt seems soft. It makes this moment feel so tender. I'm not a parent yet but I can imagine the first days of having your first newborn at home, and how tender and delicate those moments must be.
Also, the watch on the edge of the tub. It adds to that surrealist touch too. It almost seems like a mother fighting postpartum depression.
Wow, I never noticed the watch before. I see what you mean. Her expression isn't on her child, it's kind of glazed.
The internal and physical struggles of being a woman. Must be something on my mind.
I love the security this figure displays.
Yes! Do you get the meaning of the title? "Kiss Me and You'll Kiss the 'Lasses"?
I'm not sure. The spoon with molasses on it?
Yes! If the person she's talking to attempts to kiss her, he'll get a big hot spoon of molasses in his face.
Oh! I thought she had leftover molasses on her lips.
I'm sure the man in question would prefer that. Instead, he's getting a fair warning.
Haha. I love it!
This painting is by a female artist, as are many in this gallery. I like that it is a comment on portraiture in general. The subject refuses to be objectifed! It's as if she's saying, "Yes ,I'm a woman and I'm attractive, but I have more important things going on here."
Yeah exactly. Thanks for everything! It was fun chatting with you.
Is this "broken" detail a part of the work or was this piece damaged by many years and transportation?
This is actually a fairly recent piece (dated 1991-92). This "broken edge" effect is definitely a part of many of their glass works. If you ever see other pieces by them, it is likely you will see the same sort of edge.
What is this?
This is a "Double Kohl Tube with Applicator" and was used for makeup. Egyptian men and women alike wore dark black kohl, or eyeliner, both for fashion, and to protect their eyes from the sun.
What do the red, winged figures symbolize?
Those are Cherubim, which are very common in religious Renaissance paintings. They are a type of angel. They are usually depicted as cute, round faced angels with red wings. They are regarded in traditional Christian symbolism as an angel of the second highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy. But here they are depicted as winged heads. They were originally painted silver, but over time tarnishing has made them turn more reddish.
Do you see the circles behind their heads? What do they mean?
The golden circles represent halos and are used to show the divinity of the Madonna and the infant Christ. 
Thanks!
What are these pictures? I can't seem to find any information about them?
Oh fantastic, those are illustrations of the figures around the fringe of the Paracas Textile in this room, under the glass case.
Wow! They look so different in color!
These are hand-made, incredibly intricate figures, some human, some animal, some supernatural. You may see some of the figures in an illustration underneath, which shows how the back of the figure was also completed. It's mind-boggling to me how these pieces were made. We consider this piece to be one of the masterpieces of our collection. No other mantle of this type in the world is as large, intricate and preserved as well as this one.
What would it have been used for? Was it ceremonial?
Yes, most likely it was used as a ceremonial object. It was likely used as a funerary object. We don't know what its use was beforehand, but its small size (much smaller than mantles that were worn for everyday) and the complexity of the border figures suggest that it may have been used flat so the figures were more visible. It's so amazing to me that this is a 2000 year old object. I think we tend to understand history as an ever-evolving upward journey of innovation, but this handiwork, done thousands of years ago, proves how innovative, skilled and talented humans have been throughout time.
This may be a strange question, but if it was a ritual burial object, isn't it inappropriate for it to be separated from the body it was found with? I have this same feeling about the Egyptian mummies, it just feels sad.
Not at all a strange question. Excavations and archeological digs are handled much differently today than they were in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If you can imagine, back in the early 1900s, mummy bodies from Egypt were unwrapped for entertainment at wealthy people's salon parties, and in earlier centuries (around 16th-17th) mummy remains were sold for medicinal purposes and for a paint pigment called "mummy brown". Humanity's ethical revolution is certainly a slow one.
Have there been attempts at any restoration or historically destroyed tombs?
No, archeologists do not try to restore tombs that have been destroyed. They try to preserve the historical context of the space and architecture as it is. It's an ethical issue, archeologists cannot be completely sure what the original tombs would look like, and their materials, tools and perceptions are different from what the original culture intended.
I can see why this is so complicated. Thanks so much for answering all my questions today. I had a great visit.
I'm so glad to hear that. Your inquiries were so thought provoking. Hope to hear from you again!
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.

This feels free, I love the lines.
I love that piece! It's made using stone lithographs. This piece is by Kenojuak Ashevak, a famous Inuit artist. An amazing thing about this technique is that every year the Inuit community holds a competition for images to print using this stone technique, and everyone is invited to submit their images. A committee chooses the best for that year, and the winners get printed in a limited edition.
That's awesome. It feels very strong.
That's a good word for it! The lines do feel so deliberate and fierce. I heard from the curators that we will be doing a conference soon about this Inuit tradition, keep an eye out on our Events calendar!
This work is very striking.
I think this gallery does a great job in showing how material can be integral to the meaning and motive behind a work of art. You have El Anatsui's work made of recycled metal bottle caps, Leonardo Drew working with found wood, and here, Kaphar using tar and gold leaf. Which I think is a really incredible message he is sending about the lives of the incarcerated. In my interpretation, the gold leaf recalls the resilience, integrity and value of the lives of the incarcerated, and the tar represents the stigma, the lost time and the cultural devaluing of prison inmates.       
This captures Venice perfectly. Have you been there?
No I haven't been to Venice, though Monet definitely captures it beautifully. He painted many of his works in a series, capturing the same place at different points of the day to get to the essence of light and color at any given place.
If you visit our special Francisco Oller exhibit on the 4th floor, you'll see some other beautiful Monet paintings, as well as other Impressionists.
Thank you!
Hmmm, what's the story behind this one?
The artist made this as a portrait of his wife and their newborn, it's purposely disproportionate.
Regarding the colors, I love the balance the green soap adds. Also, the light touch of he mother's hand on the chin.
I love your attention to detail! There's such a delicateness to this work, the transparent shower curtain, the fine ripples on the water, even her t-shirt seems soft. It makes this moment feel so tender. I'm not a parent yet but I can imagine the first days of having your first newborn at home, and how tender and delicate those moments must be.
Also, the watch on the edge of the tub. It adds to that surrealist touch too. It almost seems like a mother fighting postpartum depression.
Wow, I never noticed the watch before. I see what you mean. Her expression isn't on her child, it's kind of glazed.
The internal and physical struggles of being a woman. Must be something on my mind.
I love the security this figure displays.
Yes! Do you get the meaning of the title? "Kiss Me and You'll Kiss the 'Lasses"?
I'm not sure. The spoon with molasses on it?
Yes! If the person she's talking to attempts to kiss her, he'll get a big hot spoon of molasses in his face.
Oh! I thought she had leftover molasses on her lips.
I'm sure the man in question would prefer that. Instead, he's getting a fair warning.
Haha. I love it!
This painting is by a female artist, as are many in this gallery. I like that it is a comment on portraiture in general. The subject refuses to be objectifed! It's as if she's saying, "Yes ,I'm a woman and I'm attractive, but I have more important things going on here."
Yeah exactly. Thanks for everything! It was fun chatting with you.
Is this "broken" detail a part of the work or was this piece damaged by many years and transportation?
This is actually a fairly recent piece (dated 1991-92). This "broken edge" effect is definitely a part of many of their glass works. If you ever see other pieces by them, it is likely you will see the same sort of edge.
What is this?
This is a "Double Kohl Tube with Applicator" and was used for makeup. Egyptian men and women alike wore dark black kohl, or eyeliner, both for fashion, and to protect their eyes from the sun.
What do the red, winged figures symbolize?
Those are Cherubim, which are very common in religious Renaissance paintings. They are a type of angel. They are usually depicted as cute, round faced angels with red wings. They are regarded in traditional Christian symbolism as an angel of the second highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy. But here they are depicted as winged heads. They were originally painted silver, but over time tarnishing has made them turn more reddish.
Do you see the circles behind their heads? What do they mean?
The golden circles represent halos and are used to show the divinity of the Madonna and the infant Christ. 
Thanks!
What are these pictures? I can't seem to find any information about them?
Oh fantastic, those are illustrations of the figures around the fringe of the Paracas Textile in this room, under the glass case.
Wow! They look so different in color!
These are hand-made, incredibly intricate figures, some human, some animal, some supernatural. You may see some of the figures in an illustration underneath, which shows how the back of the figure was also completed. It's mind-boggling to me how these pieces were made. We consider this piece to be one of the masterpieces of our collection. No other mantle of this type in the world is as large, intricate and preserved as well as this one.
What would it have been used for? Was it ceremonial?
Yes, most likely it was used as a ceremonial object. It was likely used as a funerary object. We don't know what its use was beforehand, but its small size (much smaller than mantles that were worn for everyday) and the complexity of the border figures suggest that it may have been used flat so the figures were more visible. It's so amazing to me that this is a 2000 year old object. I think we tend to understand history as an ever-evolving upward journey of innovation, but this handiwork, done thousands of years ago, proves how innovative, skilled and talented humans have been throughout time.
This may be a strange question, but if it was a ritual burial object, isn't it inappropriate for it to be separated from the body it was found with? I have this same feeling about the Egyptian mummies, it just feels sad.
Not at all a strange question. Excavations and archeological digs are handled much differently today than they were in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If you can imagine, back in the early 1900s, mummy bodies from Egypt were unwrapped for entertainment at wealthy people's salon parties, and in earlier centuries (around 16th-17th) mummy remains were sold for medicinal purposes and for a paint pigment called "mummy brown". Humanity's ethical revolution is certainly a slow one.
Have there been attempts at any restoration or historically destroyed tombs?
No, archeologists do not try to restore tombs that have been destroyed. They try to preserve the historical context of the space and architecture as it is. It's an ethical issue, archeologists cannot be completely sure what the original tombs would look like, and their materials, tools and perceptions are different from what the original culture intended.
I can see why this is so complicated. Thanks so much for answering all my questions today. I had a great visit.
I'm so glad to hear that. Your inquiries were so thought provoking. Hope to hear from you again!
ASK App ASK Team

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

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

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Here's what people are asking.

This feels free, I love the lines.
I love that piece! It's made using stone lithographs. This piece is by Kenojuak Ashevak, a famous Inuit artist. An amazing thing about this technique is that every year the Inuit community holds a competition for images to print using this stone technique, and everyone is invited to submit their images. A committee chooses the best for that year, and the winners get printed in a limited edition.
That's awesome. It feels very strong.
That's a good word for it! The lines do feel so deliberate and fierce. I heard from the curators that we will be doing a conference soon about this Inuit tradition, keep an eye out on our Events calendar!
This work is very striking.
I think this gallery does a great job in showing how material can be integral to the meaning and motive behind a work of art. You have El Anatsui's work made of recycled metal bottle caps, Leonardo Drew working with found wood, and here, Kaphar using tar and gold leaf. Which I think is a really incredible message he is sending about the lives of the incarcerated. In my interpretation, the gold leaf recalls the resilience, integrity and value of the lives of the incarcerated, and the tar represents the stigma, the lost time and the cultural devaluing of prison inmates.       
This captures Venice perfectly. Have you been there?
No I haven't been to Venice, though Monet definitely captures it beautifully. He painted many of his works in a series, capturing the same place at different points of the day to get to the essence of light and color at any given place.
If you visit our special Francisco Oller exhibit on the 4th floor, you'll see some other beautiful Monet paintings, as well as other Impressionists.
Thank you!
Hmmm, what's the story behind this one?
The artist made this as a portrait of his wife and their newborn, it's purposely disproportionate.
Regarding the colors, I love the balance the green soap adds. Also, the light touch of he mother's hand on the chin.
I love your attention to detail! There's such a delicateness to this work, the transparent shower curtain, the fine ripples on the water, even her t-shirt seems soft. It makes this moment feel so tender. I'm not a parent yet but I can imagine the first days of having your first newborn at home, and how tender and delicate those moments must be.
Also, the watch on the edge of the tub. It adds to that surrealist touch too. It almost seems like a mother fighting postpartum depression.
Wow, I never noticed the watch before. I see what you mean. Her expression isn't on her child, it's kind of glazed.
The internal and physical struggles of being a woman. Must be something on my mind.
I love the security this figure displays.
Yes! Do you get the meaning of the title? "Kiss Me and You'll Kiss the 'Lasses"?
I'm not sure. The spoon with molasses on it?
Yes! If the person she's talking to attempts to kiss her, he'll get a big hot spoon of molasses in his face.
Oh! I thought she had leftover molasses on her lips.
I'm sure the man in question would prefer that. Instead, he's getting a fair warning.
Haha. I love it!
This painting is by a female artist, as are many in this gallery. I like that it is a comment on portraiture in general. The subject refuses to be objectifed! It's as if she's saying, "Yes ,I'm a woman and I'm attractive, but I have more important things going on here."
Yeah exactly. Thanks for everything! It was fun chatting with you.
Is this "broken" detail a part of the work or was this piece damaged by many years and transportation?
This is actually a fairly recent piece (dated 1991-92). This "broken edge" effect is definitely a part of many of their glass works. If you ever see other pieces by them, it is likely you will see the same sort of edge.
What is this?
This is a "Double Kohl Tube with Applicator" and was used for makeup. Egyptian men and women alike wore dark black kohl, or eyeliner, both for fashion, and to protect their eyes from the sun.
What do the red, winged figures symbolize?
Those are Cherubim, which are very common in religious Renaissance paintings. They are a type of angel. They are usually depicted as cute, round faced angels with red wings. They are regarded in traditional Christian symbolism as an angel of the second highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy. But here they are depicted as winged heads. They were originally painted silver, but over time tarnishing has made them turn more reddish.
Do you see the circles behind their heads? What do they mean?
The golden circles represent halos and are used to show the divinity of the Madonna and the infant Christ. 
Thanks!
What are these pictures? I can't seem to find any information about them?
Oh fantastic, those are illustrations of the figures around the fringe of the Paracas Textile in this room, under the glass case.
Wow! They look so different in color!
These are hand-made, incredibly intricate figures, some human, some animal, some supernatural. You may see some of the figures in an illustration underneath, which shows how the back of the figure was also completed. It's mind-boggling to me how these pieces were made. We consider this piece to be one of the masterpieces of our collection. No other mantle of this type in the world is as large, intricate and preserved as well as this one.
What would it have been used for? Was it ceremonial?
Yes, most likely it was used as a ceremonial object. It was likely used as a funerary object. We don't know what its use was beforehand, but its small size (much smaller than mantles that were worn for everyday) and the complexity of the border figures suggest that it may have been used flat so the figures were more visible. It's so amazing to me that this is a 2000 year old object. I think we tend to understand history as an ever-evolving upward journey of innovation, but this handiwork, done thousands of years ago, proves how innovative, skilled and talented humans have been throughout time.
This may be a strange question, but if it was a ritual burial object, isn't it inappropriate for it to be separated from the body it was found with? I have this same feeling about the Egyptian mummies, it just feels sad.
Not at all a strange question. Excavations and archeological digs are handled much differently today than they were in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If you can imagine, back in the early 1900s, mummy bodies from Egypt were unwrapped for entertainment at wealthy people's salon parties, and in earlier centuries (around 16th-17th) mummy remains were sold for medicinal purposes and for a paint pigment called "mummy brown". Humanity's ethical revolution is certainly a slow one.
Have there been attempts at any restoration or historically destroyed tombs?
No, archeologists do not try to restore tombs that have been destroyed. They try to preserve the historical context of the space and architecture as it is. It's an ethical issue, archeologists cannot be completely sure what the original tombs would look like, and their materials, tools and perceptions are different from what the original culture intended.
I can see why this is so complicated. Thanks so much for answering all my questions today. I had a great visit.
I'm so glad to hear that. Your inquiries were so thought provoking. Hope to hear from you again!
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.

This feels free, I love the lines.
I love that piece! It's made using stone lithographs. This piece is by Kenojuak Ashevak, a famous Inuit artist. An amazing thing about this technique is that every year the Inuit community holds a competition for images to print using this stone technique, and everyone is invited to submit their images. A committee chooses the best for that year, and the winners get printed in a limited edition.
That's awesome. It feels very strong.
That's a good word for it! The lines do feel so deliberate and fierce. I heard from the curators that we will be doing a conference soon about this Inuit tradition, keep an eye out on our Events calendar!
This work is very striking.
I think this gallery does a great job in showing how material can be integral to the meaning and motive behind a work of art. You have El Anatsui's work made of recycled metal bottle caps, Leonardo Drew working with found wood, and here, Kaphar using tar and gold leaf. Which I think is a really incredible message he is sending about the lives of the incarcerated. In my interpretation, the gold leaf recalls the resilience, integrity and value of the lives of the incarcerated, and the tar represents the stigma, the lost time and the cultural devaluing of prison inmates.       
This captures Venice perfectly. Have you been there?
No I haven't been to Venice, though Monet definitely captures it beautifully. He painted many of his works in a series, capturing the same place at different points of the day to get to the essence of light and color at any given place.
If you visit our special Francisco Oller exhibit on the 4th floor, you'll see some other beautiful Monet paintings, as well as other Impressionists.
Thank you!
Hmmm, what's the story behind this one?
The artist made this as a portrait of his wife and their newborn, it's purposely disproportionate.
Regarding the colors, I love the balance the green soap adds. Also, the light touch of he mother's hand on the chin.
I love your attention to detail! There's such a delicateness to this work, the transparent shower curtain, the fine ripples on the water, even her t-shirt seems soft. It makes this moment feel so tender. I'm not a parent yet but I can imagine the first days of having your first newborn at home, and how tender and delicate those moments must be.
Also, the watch on the edge of the tub. It adds to that surrealist touch too. It almost seems like a mother fighting postpartum depression.
Wow, I never noticed the watch before. I see what you mean. Her expression isn't on her child, it's kind of glazed.
The internal and physical struggles of being a woman. Must be something on my mind.
I love the security this figure displays.
Yes! Do you get the meaning of the title? "Kiss Me and You'll Kiss the 'Lasses"?
I'm not sure. The spoon with molasses on it?
Yes! If the person she's talking to attempts to kiss her, he'll get a big hot spoon of molasses in his face.
Oh! I thought she had leftover molasses on her lips.
I'm sure the man in question would prefer that. Instead, he's getting a fair warning.
Haha. I love it!
This painting is by a female artist, as are many in this gallery. I like that it is a comment on portraiture in general. The subject refuses to be objectifed! It's as if she's saying, "Yes ,I'm a woman and I'm attractive, but I have more important things going on here."
Yeah exactly. Thanks for everything! It was fun chatting with you.
Is this "broken" detail a part of the work or was this piece damaged by many years and transportation?
This is actually a fairly recent piece (dated 1991-92). This "broken edge" effect is definitely a part of many of their glass works. If you ever see other pieces by them, it is likely you will see the same sort of edge.
What is this?
This is a "Double Kohl Tube with Applicator" and was used for makeup. Egyptian men and women alike wore dark black kohl, or eyeliner, both for fashion, and to protect their eyes from the sun.
What do the red, winged figures symbolize?
Those are Cherubim, which are very common in religious Renaissance paintings. They are a type of angel. They are usually depicted as cute, round faced angels with red wings. They are regarded in traditional Christian symbolism as an angel of the second highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy. But here they are depicted as winged heads. They were originally painted silver, but over time tarnishing has made them turn more reddish.
Do you see the circles behind their heads? What do they mean?
The golden circles represent halos and are used to show the divinity of the Madonna and the infant Christ. 
Thanks!
What are these pictures? I can't seem to find any information about them?
Oh fantastic, those are illustrations of the figures around the fringe of the Paracas Textile in this room, under the glass case.
Wow! They look so different in color!
These are hand-made, incredibly intricate figures, some human, some animal, some supernatural. You may see some of the figures in an illustration underneath, which shows how the back of the figure was also completed. It's mind-boggling to me how these pieces were made. We consider this piece to be one of the masterpieces of our collection. No other mantle of this type in the world is as large, intricate and preserved as well as this one.
What would it have been used for? Was it ceremonial?
Yes, most likely it was used as a ceremonial object. It was likely used as a funerary object. We don't know what its use was beforehand, but its small size (much smaller than mantles that were worn for everyday) and the complexity of the border figures suggest that it may have been used flat so the figures were more visible. It's so amazing to me that this is a 2000 year old object. I think we tend to understand history as an ever-evolving upward journey of innovation, but this handiwork, done thousands of years ago, proves how innovative, skilled and talented humans have been throughout time.
This may be a strange question, but if it was a ritual burial object, isn't it inappropriate for it to be separated from the body it was found with? I have this same feeling about the Egyptian mummies, it just feels sad.
Not at all a strange question. Excavations and archeological digs are handled much differently today than they were in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If you can imagine, back in the early 1900s, mummy bodies from Egypt were unwrapped for entertainment at wealthy people's salon parties, and in earlier centuries (around 16th-17th) mummy remains were sold for medicinal purposes and for a paint pigment called "mummy brown". Humanity's ethical revolution is certainly a slow one.
Have there been attempts at any restoration or historically destroyed tombs?
No, archeologists do not try to restore tombs that have been destroyed. They try to preserve the historical context of the space and architecture as it is. It's an ethical issue, archeologists cannot be completely sure what the original tombs would look like, and their materials, tools and perceptions are different from what the original culture intended.
I can see why this is so complicated. Thanks so much for answering all my questions today. I had a great visit.
I'm so glad to hear that. Your inquiries were so thought provoking. Hope to hear from you again!
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.

This feels free, I love the lines.
I love that piece! It's made using stone lithographs. This piece is by Kenojuak Ashevak, a famous Inuit artist. An amazing thing about this technique is that every year the Inuit community holds a competition for images to print using this stone technique, and everyone is invited to submit their images. A committee chooses the best for that year, and the winners get printed in a limited edition.
That's awesome. It feels very strong.
That's a good word for it! The lines do feel so deliberate and fierce. I heard from the curators that we will be doing a conference soon about this Inuit tradition, keep an eye out on our Events calendar!
This work is very striking.
I think this gallery does a great job in showing how material can be integral to the meaning and motive behind a work of art. You have El Anatsui's work made of recycled metal bottle caps, Leonardo Drew working with found wood, and here, Kaphar using tar and gold leaf. Which I think is a really incredible message he is sending about the lives of the incarcerated. In my interpretation, the gold leaf recalls the resilience, integrity and value of the lives of the incarcerated, and the tar represents the stigma, the lost time and the cultural devaluing of prison inmates.       
This captures Venice perfectly. Have you been there?
No I haven't been to Venice, though Monet definitely captures it beautifully. He painted many of his works in a series, capturing the same place at different points of the day to get to the essence of light and color at any given place.
If you visit our special Francisco Oller exhibit on the 4th floor, you'll see some other beautiful Monet paintings, as well as other Impressionists.
Thank you!
Hmmm, what's the story behind this one?
The artist made this as a portrait of his wife and their newborn, it's purposely disproportionate.
Regarding the colors, I love the balance the green soap adds. Also, the light touch of he mother's hand on the chin.
I love your attention to detail! There's such a delicateness to this work, the transparent shower curtain, the fine ripples on the water, even her t-shirt seems soft. It makes this moment feel so tender. I'm not a parent yet but I can imagine the first days of having your first newborn at home, and how tender and delicate those moments must be.
Also, the watch on the edge of the tub. It adds to that surrealist touch too. It almost seems like a mother fighting postpartum depression.
Wow, I never noticed the watch before. I see what you mean. Her expression isn't on her child, it's kind of glazed.
The internal and physical struggles of being a woman. Must be something on my mind.
I love the security this figure displays.
Yes! Do you get the meaning of the title? "Kiss Me and You'll Kiss the 'Lasses"?
I'm not sure. The spoon with molasses on it?
Yes! If the person she's talking to attempts to kiss her, he'll get a big hot spoon of molasses in his face.
Oh! I thought she had leftover molasses on her lips.
I'm sure the man in question would prefer that. Instead, he's getting a fair warning.
Haha. I love it!
This painting is by a female artist, as are many in this gallery. I like that it is a comment on portraiture in general. The subject refuses to be objectifed! It's as if she's saying, "Yes ,I'm a woman and I'm attractive, but I have more important things going on here."
Yeah exactly. Thanks for everything! It was fun chatting with you.
Is this "broken" detail a part of the work or was this piece damaged by many years and transportation?
This is actually a fairly recent piece (dated 1991-92). This "broken edge" effect is definitely a part of many of their glass works. If you ever see other pieces by them, it is likely you will see the same sort of edge.
What is this?
This is a "Double Kohl Tube with Applicator" and was used for makeup. Egyptian men and women alike wore dark black kohl, or eyeliner, both for fashion, and to protect their eyes from the sun.
What do the red, winged figures symbolize?
Those are Cherubim, which are very common in religious Renaissance paintings. They are a type of angel. They are usually depicted as cute, round faced angels with red wings. They are regarded in traditional Christian symbolism as an angel of the second highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy. But here they are depicted as winged heads. They were originally painted silver, but over time tarnishing has made them turn more reddish.
Do you see the circles behind their heads? What do they mean?
The golden circles represent halos and are used to show the divinity of the Madonna and the infant Christ. 
Thanks!
What are these pictures? I can't seem to find any information about them?
Oh fantastic, those are illustrations of the figures around the fringe of the Paracas Textile in this room, under the glass case.
Wow! They look so different in color!
These are hand-made, incredibly intricate figures, some human, some animal, some supernatural. You may see some of the figures in an illustration underneath, which shows how the back of the figure was also completed. It's mind-boggling to me how these pieces were made. We consider this piece to be one of the masterpieces of our collection. No other mantle of this type in the world is as large, intricate and preserved as well as this one.
What would it have been used for? Was it ceremonial?
Yes, most likely it was used as a ceremonial object. It was likely used as a funerary object. We don't know what its use was beforehand, but its small size (much smaller than mantles that were worn for everyday) and the complexity of the border figures suggest that it may have been used flat so the figures were more visible. It's so amazing to me that this is a 2000 year old object. I think we tend to understand history as an ever-evolving upward journey of innovation, but this handiwork, done thousands of years ago, proves how innovative, skilled and talented humans have been throughout time.
This may be a strange question, but if it was a ritual burial object, isn't it inappropriate for it to be separated from the body it was found with? I have this same feeling about the Egyptian mummies, it just feels sad.
Not at all a strange question. Excavations and archeological digs are handled much differently today than they were in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If you can imagine, back in the early 1900s, mummy bodies from Egypt were unwrapped for entertainment at wealthy people's salon parties, and in earlier centuries (around 16th-17th) mummy remains were sold for medicinal purposes and for a paint pigment called "mummy brown". Humanity's ethical revolution is certainly a slow one.
Have there been attempts at any restoration or historically destroyed tombs?
No, archeologists do not try to restore tombs that have been destroyed. They try to preserve the historical context of the space and architecture as it is. It's an ethical issue, archeologists cannot be completely sure what the original tombs would look like, and their materials, tools and perceptions are different from what the original culture intended.
I can see why this is so complicated. Thanks so much for answering all my questions today. I had a great visit.
I'm so glad to hear that. Your inquiries were so thought provoking. Hope to hear from you again!
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.

This feels free, I love the lines.
I love that piece! It's made using stone lithographs. This piece is by Kenojuak Ashevak, a famous Inuit artist. An amazing thing about this technique is that every year the Inuit community holds a competition for images to print using this stone technique, and everyone is invited to submit their images. A committee chooses the best for that year, and the winners get printed in a limited edition.
That's awesome. It feels very strong.
That's a good word for it! The lines do feel so deliberate and fierce. I heard from the curators that we will be doing a conference soon about this Inuit tradition, keep an eye out on our Events calendar!
This work is very striking.
I think this gallery does a great job in showing how material can be integral to the meaning and motive behind a work of art. You have El Anatsui's work made of recycled metal bottle caps, Leonardo Drew working with found wood, and here, Kaphar using tar and gold leaf. Which I think is a really incredible message he is sending about the lives of the incarcerated. In my interpretation, the gold leaf recalls the resilience, integrity and value of the lives of the incarcerated, and the tar represents the stigma, the lost time and the cultural devaluing of prison inmates.       
This captures Venice perfectly. Have you been there?
No I haven't been to Venice, though Monet definitely captures it beautifully. He painted many of his works in a series, capturing the same place at different points of the day to get to the essence of light and color at any given place.
If you visit our special Francisco Oller exhibit on the 4th floor, you'll see some other beautiful Monet paintings, as well as other Impressionists.
Thank you!
Hmmm, what's the story behind this one?
The artist made this as a portrait of his wife and their newborn, it's purposely disproportionate.
Regarding the colors, I love the balance the green soap adds. Also, the light touch of he mother's hand on the chin.
I love your attention to detail! There's such a delicateness to this work, the transparent shower curtain, the fine ripples on the water, even her t-shirt seems soft. It makes this moment feel so tender. I'm not a parent yet but I can imagine the first days of having your first newborn at home, and how tender and delicate those moments must be.
Also, the watch on the edge of the tub. It adds to that surrealist touch too. It almost seems like a mother fighting postpartum depression.
Wow, I never noticed the watch before. I see what you mean. Her expression isn't on her child, it's kind of glazed.
The internal and physical struggles of being a woman. Must be something on my mind.
I love the security this figure displays.
Yes! Do you get the meaning of the title? "Kiss Me and You'll Kiss the 'Lasses"?
I'm not sure. The spoon with molasses on it?
Yes! If the person she's talking to attempts to kiss her, he'll get a big hot spoon of molasses in his face.
Oh! I thought she had leftover molasses on her lips.
I'm sure the man in question would prefer that. Instead, he's getting a fair warning.
Haha. I love it!
This painting is by a female artist, as are many in this gallery. I like that it is a comment on portraiture in general. The subject refuses to be objectifed! It's as if she's saying, "Yes ,I'm a woman and I'm attractive, but I have more important things going on here."
Yeah exactly. Thanks for everything! It was fun chatting with you.
Is this "broken" detail a part of the work or was this piece damaged by many years and transportation?
This is actually a fairly recent piece (dated 1991-92). This "broken edge" effect is definitely a part of many of their glass works. If you ever see other pieces by them, it is likely you will see the same sort of edge.
What is this?
This is a "Double Kohl Tube with Applicator" and was used for makeup. Egyptian men and women alike wore dark black kohl, or eyeliner, both for fashion, and to protect their eyes from the sun.
What do the red, winged figures symbolize?
Those are Cherubim, which are very common in religious Renaissance paintings. They are a type of angel. They are usually depicted as cute, round faced angels with red wings. They are regarded in traditional Christian symbolism as an angel of the second highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy. But here they are depicted as winged heads. They were originally painted silver, but over time tarnishing has made them turn more reddish.
Do you see the circles behind their heads? What do they mean?
The golden circles represent halos and are used to show the divinity of the Madonna and the infant Christ. 
Thanks!
What are these pictures? I can't seem to find any information about them?
Oh fantastic, those are illustrations of the figures around the fringe of the Paracas Textile in this room, under the glass case.
Wow! They look so different in color!
These are hand-made, incredibly intricate figures, some human, some animal, some supernatural. You may see some of the figures in an illustration underneath, which shows how the back of the figure was also completed. It's mind-boggling to me how these pieces were made. We consider this piece to be one of the masterpieces of our collection. No other mantle of this type in the world is as large, intricate and preserved as well as this one.
What would it have been used for? Was it ceremonial?
Yes, most likely it was used as a ceremonial object. It was likely used as a funerary object. We don't know what its use was beforehand, but its small size (much smaller than mantles that were worn for everyday) and the complexity of the border figures suggest that it may have been used flat so the figures were more visible. It's so amazing to me that this is a 2000 year old object. I think we tend to understand history as an ever-evolving upward journey of innovation, but this handiwork, done thousands of years ago, proves how innovative, skilled and talented humans have been throughout time.
This may be a strange question, but if it was a ritual burial object, isn't it inappropriate for it to be separated from the body it was found with? I have this same feeling about the Egyptian mummies, it just feels sad.
Not at all a strange question. Excavations and archeological digs are handled much differently today than they were in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If you can imagine, back in the early 1900s, mummy bodies from Egypt were unwrapped for entertainment at wealthy people's salon parties, and in earlier centuries (around 16th-17th) mummy remains were sold for medicinal purposes and for a paint pigment called "mummy brown". Humanity's ethical revolution is certainly a slow one.
Have there been attempts at any restoration or historically destroyed tombs?
No, archeologists do not try to restore tombs that have been destroyed. They try to preserve the historical context of the space and architecture as it is. It's an ethical issue, archeologists cannot be completely sure what the original tombs would look like, and their materials, tools and perceptions are different from what the original culture intended.
I can see why this is so complicated. Thanks so much for answering all my questions today. I had a great visit.
I'm so glad to hear that. Your inquiries were so thought provoking. Hope to hear from you again!
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.

This feels free, I love the lines.
I love that piece! It's made using stone lithographs. This piece is by Kenojuak Ashevak, a famous Inuit artist. An amazing thing about this technique is that every year the Inuit community holds a competition for images to print using this stone technique, and everyone is invited to submit their images. A committee chooses the best for that year, and the winners get printed in a limited edition.
That's awesome. It feels very strong.
That's a good word for it! The lines do feel so deliberate and fierce. I heard from the curators that we will be doing a conference soon about this Inuit tradition, keep an eye out on our Events calendar!
This work is very striking.
I think this gallery does a great job in showing how material can be integral to the meaning and motive behind a work of art. You have El Anatsui's work made of recycled metal bottle caps, Leonardo Drew working with found wood, and here, Kaphar using tar and gold leaf. Which I think is a really incredible message he is sending about the lives of the incarcerated. In my interpretation, the gold leaf recalls the resilience, integrity and value of the lives of the incarcerated, and the tar represents the stigma, the lost time and the cultural devaluing of prison inmates.       
This captures Venice perfectly. Have you been there?
No I haven't been to Venice, though Monet definitely captures it beautifully. He painted many of his works in a series, capturing the same place at different points of the day to get to the essence of light and color at any given place.
If you visit our special Francisco Oller exhibit on the 4th floor, you'll see some other beautiful Monet paintings, as well as other Impressionists.
Thank you!
Hmmm, what's the story behind this one?
The artist made this as a portrait of his wife and their newborn, it's purposely disproportionate.
Regarding the colors, I love the balance the green soap adds. Also, the light touch of he mother's hand on the chin.
I love your attention to detail! There's such a delicateness to this work, the transparent shower curtain, the fine ripples on the water, even her t-shirt seems soft. It makes this moment feel so tender. I'm not a parent yet but I can imagine the first days of having your first newborn at home, and how tender and delicate those moments must be.
Also, the watch on the edge of the tub. It adds to that surrealist touch too. It almost seems like a mother fighting postpartum depression.
Wow, I never noticed the watch before. I see what you mean. Her expression isn't on her child, it's kind of glazed.
The internal and physical struggles of being a woman. Must be something on my mind.
I love the security this figure displays.
Yes! Do you get the meaning of the title? "Kiss Me and You'll Kiss the 'Lasses"?
I'm not sure. The spoon with molasses on it?
Yes! If the person she's talking to attempts to kiss her, he'll get a big hot spoon of molasses in his face.
Oh! I thought she had leftover molasses on her lips.
I'm sure the man in question would prefer that. Instead, he's getting a fair warning.
Haha. I love it!
This painting is by a female artist, as are many in this gallery. I like that it is a comment on portraiture in general. The subject refuses to be objectifed! It's as if she's saying, "Yes ,I'm a woman and I'm attractive, but I have more important things going on here."
Yeah exactly. Thanks for everything! It was fun chatting with you.
Is this "broken" detail a part of the work or was this piece damaged by many years and transportation?
This is actually a fairly recent piece (dated 1991-92). This "broken edge" effect is definitely a part of many of their glass works. If you ever see other pieces by them, it is likely you will see the same sort of edge.
What is this?
This is a "Double Kohl Tube with Applicator" and was used for makeup. Egyptian men and women alike wore dark black kohl, or eyeliner, both for fashion, and to protect their eyes from the sun.
What do the red, winged figures symbolize?
Those are Cherubim, which are very common in religious Renaissance paintings. They are a type of angel. They are usually depicted as cute, round faced angels with red wings. They are regarded in traditional Christian symbolism as an angel of the second highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy. But here they are depicted as winged heads. They were originally painted silver, but over time tarnishing has made them turn more reddish.
Do you see the circles behind their heads? What do they mean?
The golden circles represent halos and are used to show the divinity of the Madonna and the infant Christ. 
Thanks!
What are these pictures? I can't seem to find any information about them?
Oh fantastic, those are illustrations of the figures around the fringe of the Paracas Textile in this room, under the glass case.
Wow! They look so different in color!
These are hand-made, incredibly intricate figures, some human, some animal, some supernatural. You may see some of the figures in an illustration underneath, which shows how the back of the figure was also completed. It's mind-boggling to me how these pieces were made. We consider this piece to be one of the masterpieces of our collection. No other mantle of this type in the world is as large, intricate and preserved as well as this one.
What would it have been used for? Was it ceremonial?
Yes, most likely it was used as a ceremonial object. It was likely used as a funerary object. We don't know what its use was beforehand, but its small size (much smaller than mantles that were worn for everyday) and the complexity of the border figures suggest that it may have been used flat so the figures were more visible. It's so amazing to me that this is a 2000 year old object. I think we tend to understand history as an ever-evolving upward journey of innovation, but this handiwork, done thousands of years ago, proves how innovative, skilled and talented humans have been throughout time.
This may be a strange question, but if it was a ritual burial object, isn't it inappropriate for it to be separated from the body it was found with? I have this same feeling about the Egyptian mummies, it just feels sad.
Not at all a strange question. Excavations and archeological digs are handled much differently today than they were in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If you can imagine, back in the early 1900s, mummy bodies from Egypt were unwrapped for entertainment at wealthy people's salon parties, and in earlier centuries (around 16th-17th) mummy remains were sold for medicinal purposes and for a paint pigment called "mummy brown". Humanity's ethical revolution is certainly a slow one.
Have there been attempts at any restoration or historically destroyed tombs?
No, archeologists do not try to restore tombs that have been destroyed. They try to preserve the historical context of the space and architecture as it is. It's an ethical issue, archeologists cannot be completely sure what the original tombs would look like, and their materials, tools and perceptions are different from what the original culture intended.
I can see why this is so complicated. Thanks so much for answering all my questions today. I had a great visit.
I'm so glad to hear that. Your inquiries were so thought provoking. Hope to hear from you again!
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.

This feels free, I love the lines.
I love that piece! It's made using stone lithographs. This piece is by Kenojuak Ashevak, a famous Inuit artist. An amazing thing about this technique is that every year the Inuit community holds a competition for images to print using this stone technique, and everyone is invited to submit their images. A committee chooses the best for that year, and the winners get printed in a limited edition.
That's awesome. It feels very strong.
That's a good word for it! The lines do feel so deliberate and fierce. I heard from the curators that we will be doing a conference soon about this Inuit tradition, keep an eye out on our Events calendar!
This work is very striking.
I think this gallery does a great job in showing how material can be integral to the meaning and motive behind a work of art. You have El Anatsui's work made of recycled metal bottle caps, Leonardo Drew working with found wood, and here, Kaphar using tar and gold leaf. Which I think is a really incredible message he is sending about the lives of the incarcerated. In my interpretation, the gold leaf recalls the resilience, integrity and value of the lives of the incarcerated, and the tar represents the stigma, the lost time and the cultural devaluing of prison inmates.       
This captures Venice perfectly. Have you been there?
No I haven't been to Venice, though Monet definitely captures it beautifully. He painted many of his works in a series, capturing the same place at different points of the day to get to the essence of light and color at any given place.
If you visit our special Francisco Oller exhibit on the 4th floor, you'll see some other beautiful Monet paintings, as well as other Impressionists.
Thank you!
Hmmm, what's the story behind this one?
The artist made this as a portrait of his wife and their newborn, it's purposely disproportionate.
Regarding the colors, I love the balance the green soap adds. Also, the light touch of he mother's hand on the chin.
I love your attention to detail! There's such a delicateness to this work, the transparent shower curtain, the fine ripples on the water, even her t-shirt seems soft. It makes this moment feel so tender. I'm not a parent yet but I can imagine the first days of having your first newborn at home, and how tender and delicate those moments must be.
Also, the watch on the edge of the tub. It adds to that surrealist touch too. It almost seems like a mother fighting postpartum depression.
Wow, I never noticed the watch before. I see what you mean. Her expression isn't on her child, it's kind of glazed.
The internal and physical struggles of being a woman. Must be something on my mind.
I love the security this figure displays.
Yes! Do you get the meaning of the title? "Kiss Me and You'll Kiss the 'Lasses"?
I'm not sure. The spoon with molasses on it?
Yes! If the person she's talking to attempts to kiss her, he'll get a big hot spoon of molasses in his face.
Oh! I thought she had leftover molasses on her lips.
I'm sure the man in question would prefer that. Instead, he's getting a fair warning.
Haha. I love it!
This painting is by a female artist, as are many in this gallery. I like that it is a comment on portraiture in general. The subject refuses to be objectifed! It's as if she's saying, "Yes ,I'm a woman and I'm attractive, but I have more important things going on here."
Yeah exactly. Thanks for everything! It was fun chatting with you.
Is this "broken" detail a part of the work or was this piece damaged by many years and transportation?
This is actually a fairly recent piece (dated 1991-92). This "broken edge" effect is definitely a part of many of their glass works. If you ever see other pieces by them, it is likely you will see the same sort of edge.
What is this?
This is a "Double Kohl Tube with Applicator" and was used for makeup. Egyptian men and women alike wore dark black kohl, or eyeliner, both for fashion, and to protect their eyes from the sun.
What do the red, winged figures symbolize?
Those are Cherubim, which are very common in religious Renaissance paintings. They are a type of angel. They are usually depicted as cute, round faced angels with red wings. They are regarded in traditional Christian symbolism as an angel of the second highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy. But here they are depicted as winged heads. They were originally painted silver, but over time tarnishing has made them turn more reddish.
Do you see the circles behind their heads? What do they mean?
The golden circles represent halos and are used to show the divinity of the Madonna and the infant Christ. 
Thanks!
What are these pictures? I can't seem to find any information about them?
Oh fantastic, those are illustrations of the figures around the fringe of the Paracas Textile in this room, under the glass case.
Wow! They look so different in color!
These are hand-made, incredibly intricate figures, some human, some animal, some supernatural. You may see some of the figures in an illustration underneath, which shows how the back of the figure was also completed. It's mind-boggling to me how these pieces were made. We consider this piece to be one of the masterpieces of our collection. No other mantle of this type in the world is as large, intricate and preserved as well as this one.
What would it have been used for? Was it ceremonial?
Yes, most likely it was used as a ceremonial object. It was likely used as a funerary object. We don't know what its use was beforehand, but its small size (much smaller than mantles that were worn for everyday) and the complexity of the border figures suggest that it may have been used flat so the figures were more visible. It's so amazing to me that this is a 2000 year old object. I think we tend to understand history as an ever-evolving upward journey of innovation, but this handiwork, done thousands of years ago, proves how innovative, skilled and talented humans have been throughout time.
This may be a strange question, but if it was a ritual burial object, isn't it inappropriate for it to be separated from the body it was found with? I have this same feeling about the Egyptian mummies, it just feels sad.
Not at all a strange question. Excavations and archeological digs are handled much differently today than they were in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If you can imagine, back in the early 1900s, mummy bodies from Egypt were unwrapped for entertainment at wealthy people's salon parties, and in earlier centuries (around 16th-17th) mummy remains were sold for medicinal purposes and for a paint pigment called "mummy brown". Humanity's ethical revolution is certainly a slow one.
Have there been attempts at any restoration or historically destroyed tombs?
No, archeologists do not try to restore tombs that have been destroyed. They try to preserve the historical context of the space and architecture as it is. It's an ethical issue, archeologists cannot be completely sure what the original tombs would look like, and their materials, tools and perceptions are different from what the original culture intended.
I can see why this is so complicated. Thanks so much for answering all my questions today. I had a great visit.
I'm so glad to hear that. Your inquiries were so thought provoking. Hope to hear from you again!
ASK App ASK Team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Go Mobile
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Here's what people are asking.

This feels free, I love the lines.
I love that piece! It's made using stone lithographs. This piece is by Kenojuak Ashevak, a famous Inuit artist. An amazing thing about this technique is that every year the Inuit community holds a competition for images to print using this stone technique, and everyone is invited to submit their images. A committee chooses the best for that year, and the winners get printed in a limited edition.
That's awesome. It feels very strong.
That's a good word for it! The lines do feel so deliberate and fierce. I heard from the curators that we will be doing a conference soon about this Inuit tradition, keep an eye out on our Events calendar!
This work is very striking.
I think this gallery does a great job in showing how material can be integral to the meaning and motive behind a work of art. You have El Anatsui's work made of recycled metal bottle caps, Leonardo Drew working with found wood, and here, Kaphar using tar and gold leaf. Which I think is a really incredible message he is sending about the lives of the incarcerated. In my interpretation, the gold leaf recalls the resilience, integrity and value of the lives of the incarcerated, and the tar represents the stigma, the lost time and the cultural devaluing of prison inmates.       
This captures Venice perfectly. Have you been there?
No I haven't been to Venice, though Monet definitely captures it beautifully. He painted many of his works in a series, capturing the same place at different points of the day to get to the essence of light and color at any given place.
If you visit our special Francisco Oller exhibit on the 4th floor, you'll see some other beautiful Monet paintings, as well as other Impressionists.
Thank you!
Hmmm, what's the story behind this one?
The artist made this as a portrait of his wife and their newborn, it's purposely disproportionate.
Regarding the colors, I love the balance the green soap adds. Also, the light touch of he mother's hand on the chin.
I love your attention to detail! There's such a delicateness to this work, the transparent shower curtain, the fine ripples on the water, even her t-shirt seems soft. It makes this moment feel so tender. I'm not a parent yet but I can imagine the first days of having your first newborn at home, and how tender and delicate those moments must be.
Also, the watch on the edge of the tub. It adds to that surrealist touch too. It almost seems like a mother fighting postpartum depression.
Wow, I never noticed the watch before. I see what you mean. Her expression isn't on her child, it's kind of glazed.
The internal and physical struggles of being a woman. Must be something on my mind.
I love the security this figure displays.
Yes! Do you get the meaning of the title? "Kiss Me and You'll Kiss the 'Lasses"?
I'm not sure. The spoon with molasses on it?
Yes! If the person she's talking to attempts to kiss her, he'll get a big hot spoon of molasses in his face.
Oh! I thought she had leftover molasses on her lips.
I'm sure the man in question would prefer that. Instead, he's getting a fair warning.
Haha. I love it!
This painting is by a female artist, as are many in this gallery. I like that it is a comment on portraiture in general. The subject refuses to be objectifed! It's as if she's saying, "Yes ,I'm a woman and I'm attractive, but I have more important things going on here."
Yeah exactly. Thanks for everything! It was fun chatting with you.
Is this "broken" detail a part of the work or was this piece damaged by many years and transportation?
This is actually a fairly recent piece (dated 1991-92). This "broken edge" effect is definitely a part of many of their glass works. If you ever see other pieces by them, it is likely you will see the same sort of edge.
What is this?
This is a "Double Kohl Tube with Applicator" and was used for makeup. Egyptian men and women alike wore dark black kohl, or eyeliner, both for fashion, and to protect their eyes from the sun.
What do the red, winged figures symbolize?
Those are Cherubim, which are very common in religious Renaissance paintings. They are a type of angel. They are usually depicted as cute, round faced angels with red wings. They are regarded in traditional Christian symbolism as an angel of the second highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy. But here they are depicted as winged heads. They were originally painted silver, but over time tarnishing has made them turn more reddish.
Do you see the circles behind their heads? What do they mean?
The golden circles represent halos and are used to show the divinity of the Madonna and the infant Christ. 
Thanks!
What are these pictures? I can't seem to find any information about them?
Oh fantastic, those are illustrations of the figures around the fringe of the Paracas Textile in this room, under the glass case.
Wow! They look so different in color!
These are hand-made, incredibly intricate figures, some human, some animal, some supernatural. You may see some of the figures in an illustration underneath, which shows how the back of the figure was also completed. It's mind-boggling to me how these pieces were made. We consider this piece to be one of the masterpieces of our collection. No other mantle of this type in the world is as large, intricate and preserved as well as this one.
What would it have been used for? Was it ceremonial?
Yes, most likely it was used as a ceremonial object. It was likely used as a funerary object. We don't know what its use was beforehand, but its small size (much smaller than mantles that were worn for everyday) and the complexity of the border figures suggest that it may have been used flat so the figures were more visible. It's so amazing to me that this is a 2000 year old object. I think we tend to understand history as an ever-evolving upward journey of innovation, but this handiwork, done thousands of years ago, proves how innovative, skilled and talented humans have been throughout time.
This may be a strange question, but if it was a ritual burial object, isn't it inappropriate for it to be separated from the body it was found with? I have this same feeling about the Egyptian mummies, it just feels sad.
Not at all a strange question. Excavations and archeological digs are handled much differently today than they were in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If you can imagine, back in the early 1900s, mummy bodies from Egypt were unwrapped for entertainment at wealthy people's salon parties, and in earlier centuries (around 16th-17th) mummy remains were sold for medicinal purposes and for a paint pigment called "mummy brown". Humanity's ethical revolution is certainly a slow one.
Have there been attempts at any restoration or historically destroyed tombs?
No, archeologists do not try to restore tombs that have been destroyed. They try to preserve the historical context of the space and architecture as it is. It's an ethical issue, archeologists cannot be completely sure what the original tombs would look like, and their materials, tools and perceptions are different from what the original culture intended.
I can see why this is so complicated. Thanks so much for answering all my questions today. I had a great visit.
I'm so glad to hear that. Your inquiries were so thought provoking. Hope to hear from you again!
ASK App ASK Team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Here's what people are asking.

This feels free, I love the lines.
I love that piece! It's made using stone lithographs. This piece is by Kenojuak Ashevak, a famous Inuit artist. An amazing thing about this technique is that every year the Inuit community holds a competition for images to print using this stone technique, and everyone is invited to submit their images. A committee chooses the best for that year, and the winners get printed in a limited edition.
That's awesome. It feels very strong.
That's a good word for it! The lines do feel so deliberate and fierce. I heard from the curators that we will be doing a conference soon about this Inuit tradition, keep an eye out on our Events calendar!
This work is very striking.
I think this gallery does a great job in showing how material can be integral to the meaning and motive behind a work of art. You have El Anatsui's work made of recycled metal bottle caps, Leonardo Drew working with found wood, and here, Kaphar using tar and gold leaf. Which I think is a really incredible message he is sending about the lives of the incarcerated. In my interpretation, the gold leaf recalls the resilience, integrity and value of the lives of the incarcerated, and the tar represents the stigma, the lost time and the cultural devaluing of prison inmates.       
This captures Venice perfectly. Have you been there?
No I haven't been to Venice, though Monet definitely captures it beautifully. He painted many of his works in a series, capturing the same place at different points of the day to get to the essence of light and color at any given place.
If you visit our special Francisco Oller exhibit on the 4th floor, you'll see some other beautiful Monet paintings, as well as other Impressionists.
Thank you!
Hmmm, what's the story behind this one?
The artist made this as a portrait of his wife and their newborn, it's purposely disproportionate.
Regarding the colors, I love the balance the green soap adds. Also, the light touch of he mother's hand on the chin.
I love your attention to detail! There's such a delicateness to this work, the transparent shower curtain, the fine ripples on the water, even her t-shirt seems soft. It makes this moment feel so tender. I'm not a parent yet but I can imagine the first days of having your first newborn at home, and how tender and delicate those moments must be.
Also, the watch on the edge of the tub. It adds to that surrealist touch too. It almost seems like a mother fighting postpartum depression.
Wow, I never noticed the watch before. I see what you mean. Her expression isn't on her child, it's kind of glazed.
The internal and physical struggles of being a woman. Must be something on my mind.
I love the security this figure displays.
Yes! Do you get the meaning of the title? "Kiss Me and You'll Kiss the 'Lasses"?
I'm not sure. The spoon with molasses on it?
Yes! If the person she's talking to attempts to kiss her, he'll get a big hot spoon of molasses in his face.
Oh! I thought she had leftover molasses on her lips.
I'm sure the man in question would prefer that. Instead, he's getting a fair warning.
Haha. I love it!
This painting is by a female artist, as are many in this gallery. I like that it is a comment on portraiture in general. The subject refuses to be objectifed! It's as if she's saying, "Yes ,I'm a woman and I'm attractive, but I have more important things going on here."
Yeah exactly. Thanks for everything! It was fun chatting with you.
Is this "broken" detail a part of the work or was this piece damaged by many years and transportation?
This is actually a fairly recent piece (dated 1991-92). This "broken edge" effect is definitely a part of many of their glass works. If you ever see other pieces by them, it is likely you will see the same sort of edge.
What is this?
This is a "Double Kohl Tube with Applicator" and was used for makeup. Egyptian men and women alike wore dark black kohl, or eyeliner, both for fashion, and to protect their eyes from the sun.
What do the red, winged figures symbolize?
Those are Cherubim, which are very common in religious Renaissance paintings. They are a type of angel. They are usually depicted as cute, round faced angels with red wings. They are regarded in traditional Christian symbolism as an angel of the second highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy. But here they are depicted as winged heads. They were originally painted silver, but over time tarnishing has made them turn more reddish.
Do you see the circles behind their heads? What do they mean?
The golden circles represent halos and are used to show the divinity of the Madonna and the infant Christ. 
Thanks!
What are these pictures? I can't seem to find any information about them?
Oh fantastic, those are illustrations of the figures around the fringe of the Paracas Textile in this room, under the glass case.
Wow! They look so different in color!
These are hand-made, incredibly intricate figures, some human, some animal, some supernatural. You may see some of the figures in an illustration underneath, which shows how the back of the figure was also completed. It's mind-boggling to me how these pieces were made. We consider this piece to be one of the masterpieces of our collection. No other mantle of this type in the world is as large, intricate and preserved as well as this one.
What would it have been used for? Was it ceremonial?
Yes, most likely it was used as a ceremonial object. It was likely used as a funerary object. We don't know what its use was beforehand, but its small size (much smaller than mantles that were worn for everyday) and the complexity of the border figures suggest that it may have been used flat so the figures were more visible. It's so amazing to me that this is a 2000 year old object. I think we tend to understand history as an ever-evolving upward journey of innovation, but this handiwork, done thousands of years ago, proves how innovative, skilled and talented humans have been throughout time.
This may be a strange question, but if it was a ritual burial object, isn't it inappropriate for it to be separated from the body it was found with? I have this same feeling about the Egyptian mummies, it just feels sad.
Not at all a strange question. Excavations and archeological digs are handled much differently today than they were in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If you can imagine, back in the early 1900s, mummy bodies from Egypt were unwrapped for entertainment at wealthy people's salon parties, and in earlier centuries (around 16th-17th) mummy remains were sold for medicinal purposes and for a paint pigment called "mummy brown". Humanity's ethical revolution is certainly a slow one.
Have there been attempts at any restoration or historically destroyed tombs?
No, archeologists do not try to restore tombs that have been destroyed. They try to preserve the historical context of the space and architecture as it is. It's an ethical issue, archeologists cannot be completely sure what the original tombs would look like, and their materials, tools and perceptions are different from what the original culture intended.
I can see why this is so complicated. Thanks so much for answering all my questions today. I had a great visit.
I'm so glad to hear that. Your inquiries were so thought provoking. Hope to hear from you again!
ASK App ASK Team

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

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

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

This feels free, I love the lines.
I love that piece! It's made using stone lithographs. This piece is by Kenojuak Ashevak, a famous Inuit artist. An amazing thing about this technique is that every year the Inuit community holds a competition for images to print using this stone technique, and everyone is invited to submit their images. A committee chooses the best for that year, and the winners get printed in a limited edition.
That's awesome. It feels very strong.
That's a good word for it! The lines do feel so deliberate and fierce. I heard from the curators that we will be doing a conference soon about this Inuit tradition, keep an eye out on our Events calendar!
This work is very striking.
I think this gallery does a great job in showing how material can be integral to the meaning and motive behind a work of art. You have El Anatsui's work made of recycled metal bottle caps, Leonardo Drew working with found wood, and here, Kaphar using tar and gold leaf. Which I think is a really incredible message he is sending about the lives of the incarcerated. In my interpretation, the gold leaf recalls the resilience, integrity and value of the lives of the incarcerated, and the tar represents the stigma, the lost time and the cultural devaluing of prison inmates.       
This captures Venice perfectly. Have you been there?
No I haven't been to Venice, though Monet definitely captures it beautifully. He painted many of his works in a series, capturing the same place at different points of the day to get to the essence of light and color at any given place.
If you visit our special Francisco Oller exhibit on the 4th floor, you'll see some other beautiful Monet paintings, as well as other Impressionists.
Thank you!
Hmmm, what's the story behind this one?
The artist made this as a portrait of his wife and their newborn, it's purposely disproportionate.
Regarding the colors, I love the balance the green soap adds. Also, the light touch of he mother's hand on the chin.
I love your attention to detail! There's such a delicateness to this work, the transparent shower curtain, the fine ripples on the water, even her t-shirt seems soft. It makes this moment feel so tender. I'm not a parent yet but I can imagine the first days of having your first newborn at home, and how tender and delicate those moments must be.
Also, the watch on the edge of the tub. It adds to that surrealist touch too. It almost seems like a mother fighting postpartum depression.
Wow, I never noticed the watch before. I see what you mean. Her expression isn't on her child, it's kind of glazed.
The internal and physical struggles of being a woman. Must be something on my mind.
I love the security this figure displays.
Yes! Do you get the meaning of the title? "Kiss Me and You'll Kiss the 'Lasses"?
I'm not sure. The spoon with molasses on it?
Yes! If the person she's talking to attempts to kiss her, he'll get a big hot spoon of molasses in his face.
Oh! I thought she had leftover molasses on her lips.
I'm sure the man in question would prefer that. Instead, he's getting a fair warning.
Haha. I love it!
This painting is by a female artist, as are many in this gallery. I like that it is a comment on portraiture in general. The subject refuses to be objectifed! It's as if she's saying, "Yes ,I'm a woman and I'm attractive, but I have more important things going on here."
Yeah exactly. Thanks for everything! It was fun chatting with you.
Is this "broken" detail a part of the work or was this piece damaged by many years and transportation?
This is actually a fairly recent piece (dated 1991-92). This "broken edge" effect is definitely a part of many of their glass works. If you ever see other pieces by them, it is likely you will see the same sort of edge.
What is this?
This is a "Double Kohl Tube with Applicator" and was used for makeup. Egyptian men and women alike wore dark black kohl, or eyeliner, both for fashion, and to protect their eyes from the sun.
What do the red, winged figures symbolize?
Those are Cherubim, which are very common in religious Renaissance paintings. They are a type of angel. They are usually depicted as cute, round faced angels with red wings. They are regarded in traditional Christian symbolism as an angel of the second highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy. But here they are depicted as winged heads. They were originally painted silver, but over time tarnishing has made them turn more reddish.
Do you see the circles behind their heads? What do they mean?
The golden circles represent halos and are used to show the divinity of the Madonna and the infant Christ. 
Thanks!
What are these pictures? I can't seem to find any information about them?
Oh fantastic, those are illustrations of the figures around the fringe of the Paracas Textile in this room, under the glass case.
Wow! They look so different in color!
These are hand-made, incredibly intricate figures, some human, some animal, some supernatural. You may see some of the figures in an illustration underneath, which shows how the back of the figure was also completed. It's mind-boggling to me how these pieces were made. We consider this piece to be one of the masterpieces of our collection. No other mantle of this type in the world is as large, intricate and preserved as well as this one.
What would it have been used for? Was it ceremonial?
Yes, most likely it was used as a ceremonial object. It was likely used as a funerary object. We don't know what its use was beforehand, but its small size (much smaller than mantles that were worn for everyday) and the complexity of the border figures suggest that it may have been used flat so the figures were more visible. It's so amazing to me that this is a 2000 year old object. I think we tend to understand history as an ever-evolving upward journey of innovation, but this handiwork, done thousands of years ago, proves how innovative, skilled and talented humans have been throughout time.
This may be a strange question, but if it was a ritual burial object, isn't it inappropriate for it to be separated from the body it was found with? I have this same feeling about the Egyptian mummies, it just feels sad.
Not at all a strange question. Excavations and archeological digs are handled much differently today than they were in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If you can imagine, back in the early 1900s, mummy bodies from Egypt were unwrapped for entertainment at wealthy people's salon parties, and in earlier centuries (around 16th-17th) mummy remains were sold for medicinal purposes and for a paint pigment called "mummy brown". Humanity's ethical revolution is certainly a slow one.
Have there been attempts at any restoration or historically destroyed tombs?
No, archeologists do not try to restore tombs that have been destroyed. They try to preserve the historical context of the space and architecture as it is. It's an ethical issue, archeologists cannot be completely sure what the original tombs would look like, and their materials, tools and perceptions are different from what the original culture intended.
I can see why this is so complicated. Thanks so much for answering all my questions today. I had a great visit.
I'm so glad to hear that. Your inquiries were so thought provoking. Hope to hear from you again!
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.

This feels free, I love the lines.
I love that piece! It's made using stone lithographs. This piece is by Kenojuak Ashevak, a famous Inuit artist. An amazing thing about this technique is that every year the Inuit community holds a competition for images to print using this stone technique, and everyone is invited to submit their images. A committee chooses the best for that year, and the winners get printed in a limited edition.
That's awesome. It feels very strong.
That's a good word for it! The lines do feel so deliberate and fierce. I heard from the curators that we will be doing a conference soon about this Inuit tradition, keep an eye out on our Events calendar!
This work is very striking.
I think this gallery does a great job in showing how material can be integral to the meaning and motive behind a work of art. You have El Anatsui's work made of recycled metal bottle caps, Leonardo Drew working with found wood, and here, Kaphar using tar and gold leaf. Which I think is a really incredible message he is sending about the lives of the incarcerated. In my interpretation, the gold leaf recalls the resilience, integrity and value of the lives of the incarcerated, and the tar represents the stigma, the lost time and the cultural devaluing of prison inmates.       
This captures Venice perfectly. Have you been there?
No I haven't been to Venice, though Monet definitely captures it beautifully. He painted many of his works in a series, capturing the same place at different points of the day to get to the essence of light and color at any given place.
If you visit our special Francisco Oller exhibit on the 4th floor, you'll see some other beautiful Monet paintings, as well as other Impressionists.
Thank you!
Hmmm, what's the story behind this one?
The artist made this as a portrait of his wife and their newborn, it's purposely disproportionate.
Regarding the colors, I love the balance the green soap adds. Also, the light touch of he mother's hand on the chin.
I love your attention to detail! There's such a delicateness to this work, the transparent shower curtain, the fine ripples on the water, even her t-shirt seems soft. It makes this moment feel so tender. I'm not a parent yet but I can imagine the first days of having your first newborn at home, and how tender and delicate those moments must be.
Also, the watch on the edge of the tub. It adds to that surrealist touch too. It almost seems like a mother fighting postpartum depression.
Wow, I never noticed the watch before. I see what you mean. Her expression isn't on her child, it's kind of glazed.
The internal and physical struggles of being a woman. Must be something on my mind.
I love the security this figure displays.
Yes! Do you get the meaning of the title? "Kiss Me and You'll Kiss the 'Lasses"?
I'm not sure. The spoon with molasses on it?
Yes! If the person she's talking to attempts to kiss her, he'll get a big hot spoon of molasses in his face.
Oh! I thought she had leftover molasses on her lips.
I'm sure the man in question would prefer that. Instead, he's getting a fair warning.
Haha. I love it!
This painting is by a female artist, as are many in this gallery. I like that it is a comment on portraiture in general. The subject refuses to be objectifed! It's as if she's saying, "Yes ,I'm a woman and I'm attractive, but I have more important things going on here."
Yeah exactly. Thanks for everything! It was fun chatting with you.
Is this "broken" detail a part of the work or was this piece damaged by many years and transportation?
This is actually a fairly recent piece (dated 1991-92). This "broken edge" effect is definitely a part of many of their glass works. If you ever see other pieces by them, it is likely you will see the same sort of edge.
What is this?
This is a "Double Kohl Tube with Applicator" and was used for makeup. Egyptian men and women alike wore dark black kohl, or eyeliner, both for fashion, and to protect their eyes from the sun.
What do the red, winged figures symbolize?
Those are Cherubim, which are very common in religious Renaissance paintings. They are a type of angel. They are usually depicted as cute, round faced angels with red wings. They are regarded in traditional Christian symbolism as an angel of the second highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy. But here they are depicted as winged heads. They were originally painted silver, but over time tarnishing has made them turn more reddish.
Do you see the circles behind their heads? What do they mean?
The golden circles represent halos and are used to show the divinity of the Madonna and the infant Christ. 
Thanks!
What are these pictures? I can't seem to find any information about them?
Oh fantastic, those are illustrations of the figures around the fringe of the Paracas Textile in this room, under the glass case.
Wow! They look so different in color!
These are hand-made, incredibly intricate figures, some human, some animal, some supernatural. You may see some of the figures in an illustration underneath, which shows how the back of the figure was also completed. It's mind-boggling to me how these pieces were made. We consider this piece to be one of the masterpieces of our collection. No other mantle of this type in the world is as large, intricate and preserved as well as this one.
What would it have been used for? Was it ceremonial?
Yes, most likely it was used as a ceremonial object. It was likely used as a funerary object. We don't know what its use was beforehand, but its small size (much smaller than mantles that were worn for everyday) and the complexity of the border figures suggest that it may have been used flat so the figures were more visible. It's so amazing to me that this is a 2000 year old object. I think we tend to understand history as an ever-evolving upward journey of innovation, but this handiwork, done thousands of years ago, proves how innovative, skilled and talented humans have been throughout time.
This may be a strange question, but if it was a ritual burial object, isn't it inappropriate for it to be separated from the body it was found with? I have this same feeling about the Egyptian mummies, it just feels sad.
Not at all a strange question. Excavations and archeological digs are handled much differently today than they were in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If you can imagine, back in the early 1900s, mummy bodies from Egypt were unwrapped for entertainment at wealthy people's salon parties, and in earlier centuries (around 16th-17th) mummy remains were sold for medicinal purposes and for a paint pigment called "mummy brown". Humanity's ethical revolution is certainly a slow one.
Have there been attempts at any restoration or historically destroyed tombs?
No, archeologists do not try to restore tombs that have been destroyed. They try to preserve the historical context of the space and architecture as it is. It's an ethical issue, archeologists cannot be completely sure what the original tombs would look like, and their materials, tools and perceptions are different from what the original culture intended.
I can see why this is so complicated. Thanks so much for answering all my questions today. I had a great visit.
I'm so glad to hear that. Your inquiries were so thought provoking. Hope to hear from you again!
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.

This feels free, I love the lines.
I love that piece! It's made using stone lithographs. This piece is by Kenojuak Ashevak, a famous Inuit artist. An amazing thing about this technique is that every year the Inuit community holds a competition for images to print using this stone technique, and everyone is invited to submit their images. A committee chooses the best for that year, and the winners get printed in a limited edition.
That's awesome. It feels very strong.
That's a good word for it! The lines do feel so deliberate and fierce. I heard from the curators that we will be doing a conference soon about this Inuit tradition, keep an eye out on our Events calendar!
This work is very striking.
I think this gallery does a great job in showing how material can be integral to the meaning and motive behind a work of art. You have El Anatsui's work made of recycled metal bottle caps, Leonardo Drew working with found wood, and here, Kaphar using tar and gold leaf. Which I think is a really incredible message he is sending about the lives of the incarcerated. In my interpretation, the gold leaf recalls the resilience, integrity and value of the lives of the incarcerated, and the tar represents the stigma, the lost time and the cultural devaluing of prison inmates.       
This captures Venice perfectly. Have you been there?
No I haven't been to Venice, though Monet definitely captures it beautifully. He painted many of his works in a series, capturing the same place at different points of the day to get to the essence of light and color at any given place.
If you visit our special Francisco Oller exhibit on the 4th floor, you'll see some other beautiful Monet paintings, as well as other Impressionists.
Thank you!
Hmmm, what's the story behind this one?
The artist made this as a portrait of his wife and their newborn, it's purposely disproportionate.
Regarding the colors, I love the balance the green soap adds. Also, the light touch of he mother's hand on the chin.
I love your attention to detail! There's such a delicateness to this work, the transparent shower curtain, the fine ripples on the water, even her t-shirt seems soft. It makes this moment feel so tender. I'm not a parent yet but I can imagine the first days of having your first newborn at home, and how tender and delicate those moments must be.
Also, the watch on the edge of the tub. It adds to that surrealist touch too. It almost seems like a mother fighting postpartum depression.
Wow, I never noticed the watch before. I see what you mean. Her expression isn't on her child, it's kind of glazed.
The internal and physical struggles of being a woman. Must be something on my mind.
I love the security this figure displays.
Yes! Do you get the meaning of the title? "Kiss Me and You'll Kiss the 'Lasses"?
I'm not sure. The spoon with molasses on it?
Yes! If the person she's talking to attempts to kiss her, he'll get a big hot spoon of molasses in his face.
Oh! I thought she had leftover molasses on her lips.
I'm sure the man in question would prefer that. Instead, he's getting a fair warning.
Haha. I love it!
This painting is by a female artist, as are many in this gallery. I like that it is a comment on portraiture in general. The subject refuses to be objectifed! It's as if she's saying, "Yes ,I'm a woman and I'm attractive, but I have more important things going on here."
Yeah exactly. Thanks for everything! It was fun chatting with you.
Is this "broken" detail a part of the work or was this piece damaged by many years and transportation?
This is actually a fairly recent piece (dated 1991-92). This "broken edge" effect is definitely a part of many of their glass works. If you ever see other pieces by them, it is likely you will see the same sort of edge.
What is this?
This is a "Double Kohl Tube with Applicator" and was used for makeup. Egyptian men and women alike wore dark black kohl, or eyeliner, both for fashion, and to protect their eyes from the sun.
What do the red, winged figures symbolize?
Those are Cherubim, which are very common in religious Renaissance paintings. They are a type of angel. They are usually depicted as cute, round faced angels with red wings. They are regarded in traditional Christian symbolism as an angel of the second highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy. But here they are depicted as winged heads. They were originally painted silver, but over time tarnishing has made them turn more reddish.
Do you see the circles behind their heads? What do they mean?
The golden circles represent halos and are used to show the divinity of the Madonna and the infant Christ. 
Thanks!
What are these pictures? I can't seem to find any information about them?
Oh fantastic, those are illustrations of the figures around the fringe of the Paracas Textile in this room, under the glass case.
Wow! They look so different in color!
These are hand-made, incredibly intricate figures, some human, some animal, some supernatural. You may see some of the figures in an illustration underneath, which shows how the back of the figure was also completed. It's mind-boggling to me how these pieces were made. We consider this piece to be one of the masterpieces of our collection. No other mantle of this type in the world is as large, intricate and preserved as well as this one.
What would it have been used for? Was it ceremonial?
Yes, most likely it was used as a ceremonial object. It was likely used as a funerary object. We don't know what its use was beforehand, but its small size (much smaller than mantles that were worn for everyday) and the complexity of the border figures suggest that it may have been used flat so the figures were more visible. It's so amazing to me that this is a 2000 year old object. I think we tend to understand history as an ever-evolving upward journey of innovation, but this handiwork, done thousands of years ago, proves how innovative, skilled and talented humans have been throughout time.
This may be a strange question, but if it was a ritual burial object, isn't it inappropriate for it to be separated from the body it was found with? I have this same feeling about the Egyptian mummies, it just feels sad.
Not at all a strange question. Excavations and archeological digs are handled much differently today than they were in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If you can imagine, back in the early 1900s, mummy bodies from Egypt were unwrapped for entertainment at wealthy people's salon parties, and in earlier centuries (around 16th-17th) mummy remains were sold for medicinal purposes and for a paint pigment called "mummy brown". Humanity's ethical revolution is certainly a slow one.
Have there been attempts at any restoration or historically destroyed tombs?
No, archeologists do not try to restore tombs that have been destroyed. They try to preserve the historical context of the space and architecture as it is. It's an ethical issue, archeologists cannot be completely sure what the original tombs would look like, and their materials, tools and perceptions are different from what the original culture intended.
I can see why this is so complicated. Thanks so much for answering all my questions today. I had a great visit.
I'm so glad to hear that. Your inquiries were so thought provoking. Hope to hear from you again!
ASK App ASK Team

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

By Subway

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


By Bus

The closest bus stops are:

B41 and B69 at Grand Army Plaza

B45 at St. Johns Place and Washington Avenue

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


By Car

From Manhattan:

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

From Westchester, the Bronx, Queens, or Connecticut:

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

From Staten Island and southern or central New Jersey:

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

From northern or north central New Jersey:

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

From Long Island:

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


Parking

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


Bikes

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

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Here's what people are asking.

This feels free, I love the lines.
I love that piece! It's made using stone lithographs. This piece is by Kenojuak Ashevak, a famous Inuit artist. An amazing thing about this technique is that every year the Inuit community holds a competition for images to print using this stone technique, and everyone is invited to submit their images. A committee chooses the best for that year, and the winners get printed in a limited edition.
That's awesome. It feels very strong.
That's a good word for it! The lines do feel so deliberate and fierce. I heard from the curators that we will be doing a conference soon about this Inuit tradition, keep an eye out on our Events calendar!
This work is very striking.
I think this gallery does a great job in showing how material can be integral to the meaning and motive behind a work of art. You have El Anatsui's work made of recycled metal bottle caps, Leonardo Drew working with found wood, and here, Kaphar using tar and gold leaf. Which I think is a really incredible message he is sending about the lives of the incarcerated. In my interpretation, the gold leaf recalls the resilience, integrity and value of the lives of the incarcerated, and the tar represents the stigma, the lost time and the cultural devaluing of prison inmates.       
This captures Venice perfectly. Have you been there?
No I haven't been to Venice, though Monet definitely captures it beautifully. He painted many of his works in a series, capturing the same place at different points of the day to get to the essence of light and color at any given place.
If you visit our special Francisco Oller exhibit on the 4th floor, you'll see some other beautiful Monet paintings, as well as other Impressionists.
Thank you!
Hmmm, what's the story behind this one?
The artist made this as a portrait of his wife and their newborn, it's purposely disproportionate.
Regarding the colors, I love the balance the green soap adds. Also, the light touch of he mother's hand on the chin.
I love your attention to detail! There's such a delicateness to this work, the transparent shower curtain, the fine ripples on the water, even her t-shirt seems soft. It makes this moment feel so tender. I'm not a parent yet but I can imagine the first days of having your first newborn at home, and how tender and delicate those moments must be.
Also, the watch on the edge of the tub. It adds to that surrealist touch too. It almost seems like a mother fighting postpartum depression.
Wow, I never noticed the watch before. I see what you mean. Her expression isn't on her child, it's kind of glazed.
The internal and physical struggles of being a woman. Must be something on my mind.
I love the security this figure displays.
Yes! Do you get the meaning of the title? "Kiss Me and You'll Kiss the 'Lasses"?
I'm not sure. The spoon with molasses on it?
Yes! If the person she's talking to attempts to kiss her, he'll get a big hot spoon of molasses in his face.
Oh! I thought she had leftover molasses on her lips.
I'm sure the man in question would prefer that. Instead, he's getting a fair warning.
Haha. I love it!
This painting is by a female artist, as are many in this gallery. I like that it is a comment on portraiture in general. The subject refuses to be objectifed! It's as if she's saying, "Yes ,I'm a woman and I'm attractive, but I have more important things going on here."
Yeah exactly. Thanks for everything! It was fun chatting with you.
Is this "broken" detail a part of the work or was this piece damaged by many years and transportation?
This is actually a fairly recent piece (dated 1991-92). This "broken edge" effect is definitely a part of many of their glass works. If you ever see other pieces by them, it is likely you will see the same sort of edge.
What is this?
This is a "Double Kohl Tube with Applicator" and was used for makeup. Egyptian men and women alike wore dark black kohl, or eyeliner, both for fashion, and to protect their eyes from the sun.
What do the red, winged figures symbolize?
Those are Cherubim, which are very common in religious Renaissance paintings. They are a type of angel. They are usually depicted as cute, round faced angels with red wings. They are regarded in traditional Christian symbolism as an angel of the second highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy. But here they are depicted as winged heads. They were originally painted silver, but over time tarnishing has made them turn more reddish.
Do you see the circles behind their heads? What do they mean?
The golden circles represent halos and are used to show the divinity of the Madonna and the infant Christ. 
Thanks!
What are these pictures? I can't seem to find any information about them?
Oh fantastic, those are illustrations of the figures around the fringe of the Paracas Textile in this room, under the glass case.
Wow! They look so different in color!
These are hand-made, incredibly intricate figures, some human, some animal, some supernatural. You may see some of the figures in an illustration underneath, which shows how the back of the figure was also completed. It's mind-boggling to me how these pieces were made. We consider this piece to be one of the masterpieces of our collection. No other mantle of this type in the world is as large, intricate and preserved as well as this one.
What would it have been used for? Was it ceremonial?
Yes, most likely it was used as a ceremonial object. It was likely used as a funerary object. We don't know what its use was beforehand, but its small size (much smaller than mantles that were worn for everyday) and the complexity of the border figures suggest that it may have been used flat so the figures were more visible. It's so amazing to me that this is a 2000 year old object. I think we tend to understand history as an ever-evolving upward journey of innovation, but this handiwork, done thousands of years ago, proves how innovative, skilled and talented humans have been throughout time.
This may be a strange question, but if it was a ritual burial object, isn't it inappropriate for it to be separated from the body it was found with? I have this same feeling about the Egyptian mummies, it just feels sad.
Not at all a strange question. Excavations and archeological digs are handled much differently today than they were in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If you can imagine, back in the early 1900s, mummy bodies from Egypt were unwrapped for entertainment at wealthy people's salon parties, and in earlier centuries (around 16th-17th) mummy remains were sold for medicinal purposes and for a paint pigment called "mummy brown". Humanity's ethical revolution is certainly a slow one.
Have there been attempts at any restoration or historically destroyed tombs?
No, archeologists do not try to restore tombs that have been destroyed. They try to preserve the historical context of the space and architecture as it is. It's an ethical issue, archeologists cannot be completely sure what the original tombs would look like, and their materials, tools and perceptions are different from what the original culture intended.
I can see why this is so complicated. Thanks so much for answering all my questions today. I had a great visit.
I'm so glad to hear that. Your inquiries were so thought provoking. Hope to hear from you again!
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.

This feels free, I love the lines.
I love that piece! It's made using stone lithographs. This piece is by Kenojuak Ashevak, a famous Inuit artist. An amazing thing about this technique is that every year the Inuit community holds a competition for images to print using this stone technique, and everyone is invited to submit their images. A committee chooses the best for that year, and the winners get printed in a limited edition.
That's awesome. It feels very strong.
That's a good word for it! The lines do feel so deliberate and fierce. I heard from the curators that we will be doing a conference soon about this Inuit tradition, keep an eye out on our Events calendar!
This work is very striking.
I think this gallery does a great job in showing how material can be integral to the meaning and motive behind a work of art. You have El Anatsui's work made of recycled metal bottle caps, Leonardo Drew working with found wood, and here, Kaphar using tar and gold leaf. Which I think is a really incredible message he is sending about the lives of the incarcerated. In my interpretation, the gold leaf recalls the resilience, integrity and value of the lives of the incarcerated, and the tar represents the stigma, the lost time and the cultural devaluing of prison inmates.       
This captures Venice perfectly. Have you been there?
No I haven't been to Venice, though Monet definitely captures it beautifully. He painted many of his works in a series, capturing the same place at different points of the day to get to the essence of light and color at any given place.
If you visit our special Francisco Oller exhibit on the 4th floor, you'll see some other beautiful Monet paintings, as well as other Impressionists.
Thank you!
Hmmm, what's the story behind this one?
The artist made this as a portrait of his wife and their newborn, it's purposely disproportionate.
Regarding the colors, I love the balance the green soap adds. Also, the light touch of he mother's hand on the chin.
I love your attention to detail! There's such a delicateness to this work, the transparent shower curtain, the fine ripples on the water, even her t-shirt seems soft. It makes this moment feel so tender. I'm not a parent yet but I can imagine the first days of having your first newborn at home, and how tender and delicate those moments must be.
Also, the watch on the edge of the tub. It adds to that surrealist touch too. It almost seems like a mother fighting postpartum depression.
Wow, I never noticed the watch before. I see what you mean. Her expression isn't on her child, it's kind of glazed.
The internal and physical struggles of being a woman. Must be something on my mind.
I love the security this figure displays.
Yes! Do you get the meaning of the title? "Kiss Me and You'll Kiss the 'Lasses"?
I'm not sure. The spoon with molasses on it?
Yes! If the person she's talking to attempts to kiss her, he'll get a big hot spoon of molasses in his face.
Oh! I thought she had leftover molasses on her lips.
I'm sure the man in question would prefer that. Instead, he's getting a fair warning.
Haha. I love it!
This painting is by a female artist, as are many in this gallery. I like that it is a comment on portraiture in general. The subject refuses to be objectifed! It's as if she's saying, "Yes ,I'm a woman and I'm attractive, but I have more important things going on here."
Yeah exactly. Thanks for everything! It was fun chatting with you.
Is this "broken" detail a part of the work or was this piece damaged by many years and transportation?
This is actually a fairly recent piece (dated 1991-92). This "broken edge" effect is definitely a part of many of their glass works. If you ever see other pieces by them, it is likely you will see the same sort of edge.
What is this?
This is a "Double Kohl Tube with Applicator" and was used for makeup. Egyptian men and women alike wore dark black kohl, or eyeliner, both for fashion, and to protect their eyes from the sun.
What do the red, winged figures symbolize?
Those are Cherubim, which are very common in religious Renaissance paintings. They are a type of angel. They are usually depicted as cute, round faced angels with red wings. They are regarded in traditional Christian symbolism as an angel of the second highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy. But here they are depicted as winged heads. They were originally painted silver, but over time tarnishing has made them turn more reddish.
Do you see the circles behind their heads? What do they mean?
The golden circles represent halos and are used to show the divinity of the Madonna and the infant Christ. 
Thanks!
What are these pictures? I can't seem to find any information about them?
Oh fantastic, those are illustrations of the figures around the fringe of the Paracas Textile in this room, under the glass case.
Wow! They look so different in color!
These are hand-made, incredibly intricate figures, some human, some animal, some supernatural. You may see some of the figures in an illustration underneath, which shows how the back of the figure was also completed. It's mind-boggling to me how these pieces were made. We consider this piece to be one of the masterpieces of our collection. No other mantle of this type in the world is as large, intricate and preserved as well as this one.
What would it have been used for? Was it ceremonial?
Yes, most likely it was used as a ceremonial object. It was likely used as a funerary object. We don't know what its use was beforehand, but its small size (much smaller than mantles that were worn for everyday) and the complexity of the border figures suggest that it may have been used flat so the figures were more visible. It's so amazing to me that this is a 2000 year old object. I think we tend to understand history as an ever-evolving upward journey of innovation, but this handiwork, done thousands of years ago, proves how innovative, skilled and talented humans have been throughout time.
This may be a strange question, but if it was a ritual burial object, isn't it inappropriate for it to be separated from the body it was found with? I have this same feeling about the Egyptian mummies, it just feels sad.
Not at all a strange question. Excavations and archeological digs are handled much differently today than they were in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If you can imagine, back in the early 1900s, mummy bodies from Egypt were unwrapped for entertainment at wealthy people's salon parties, and in earlier centuries (around 16th-17th) mummy remains were sold for medicinal purposes and for a paint pigment called "mummy brown". Humanity's ethical revolution is certainly a slow one.
Have there been attempts at any restoration or historically destroyed tombs?
No, archeologists do not try to restore tombs that have been destroyed. They try to preserve the historical context of the space and architecture as it is. It's an ethical issue, archeologists cannot be completely sure what the original tombs would look like, and their materials, tools and perceptions are different from what the original culture intended.
I can see why this is so complicated. Thanks so much for answering all my questions today. I had a great visit.
I'm so glad to hear that. Your inquiries were so thought provoking. Hope to hear from you again!
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.

This feels free, I love the lines.
I love that piece! It's made using stone lithographs. This piece is by Kenojuak Ashevak, a famous Inuit artist. An amazing thing about this technique is that every year the Inuit community holds a competition for images to print using this stone technique, and everyone is invited to submit their images. A committee chooses the best for that year, and the winners get printed in a limited edition.
That's awesome. It feels very strong.
That's a good word for it! The lines do feel so deliberate and fierce. I heard from the curators that we will be doing a conference soon about this Inuit tradition, keep an eye out on our Events calendar!
This work is very striking.
I think this gallery does a great job in showing how material can be integral to the meaning and motive behind a work of art. You have El Anatsui's work made of recycled metal bottle caps, Leonardo Drew working with found wood, and here, Kaphar using tar and gold leaf. Which I think is a really incredible message he is sending about the lives of the incarcerated. In my interpretation, the gold leaf recalls the resilience, integrity and value of the lives of the incarcerated, and the tar represents the stigma, the lost time and the cultural devaluing of prison inmates.       
This captures Venice perfectly. Have you been there?
No I haven't been to Venice, though Monet definitely captures it beautifully. He painted many of his works in a series, capturing the same place at different points of the day to get to the essence of light and color at any given place.
If you visit our special Francisco Oller exhibit on the 4th floor, you'll see some other beautiful Monet paintings, as well as other Impressionists.
Thank you!
Hmmm, what's the story behind this one?
The artist made this as a portrait of his wife and their newborn, it's purposely disproportionate.
Regarding the colors, I love the balance the green soap adds. Also, the light touch of he mother's hand on the chin.
I love your attention to detail! There's such a delicateness to this work, the transparent shower curtain, the fine ripples on the water, even her t-shirt seems soft. It makes this moment feel so tender. I'm not a parent yet but I can imagine the first days of having your first newborn at home, and how tender and delicate those moments must be.
Also, the watch on the edge of the tub. It adds to that surrealist touch too. It almost seems like a mother fighting postpartum depression.
Wow, I never noticed the watch before. I see what you mean. Her expression isn't on her child, it's kind of glazed.
The internal and physical struggles of being a woman. Must be something on my mind.
I love the security this figure displays.
Yes! Do you get the meaning of the title? "Kiss Me and You'll Kiss the 'Lasses"?
I'm not sure. The spoon with molasses on it?
Yes! If the person she's talking to attempts to kiss her, he'll get a big hot spoon of molasses in his face.
Oh! I thought she had leftover molasses on her lips.
I'm sure the man in question would prefer that. Instead, he's getting a fair warning.
Haha. I love it!
This painting is by a female artist, as are many in this gallery. I like that it is a comment on portraiture in general. The subject refuses to be objectifed! It's as if she's saying, "Yes ,I'm a woman and I'm attractive, but I have more important things going on here."
Yeah exactly. Thanks for everything! It was fun chatting with you.
Is this "broken" detail a part of the work or was this piece damaged by many years and transportation?
This is actually a fairly recent piece (dated 1991-92). This "broken edge" effect is definitely a part of many of their glass works. If you ever see other pieces by them, it is likely you will see the same sort of edge.
What is this?
This is a "Double Kohl Tube with Applicator" and was used for makeup. Egyptian men and women alike wore dark black kohl, or eyeliner, both for fashion, and to protect their eyes from the sun.
What do the red, winged figures symbolize?
Those are Cherubim, which are very common in religious Renaissance paintings. They are a type of angel. They are usually depicted as cute, round faced angels with red wings. They are regarded in traditional Christian symbolism as an angel of the second highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy. But here they are depicted as winged heads. They were originally painted silver, but over time tarnishing has made them turn more reddish.
Do you see the circles behind their heads? What do they mean?
The golden circles represent halos and are used to show the divinity of the Madonna and the infant Christ. 
Thanks!
What are these pictures? I can't seem to find any information about them?
Oh fantastic, those are illustrations of the figures around the fringe of the Paracas Textile in this room, under the glass case.
Wow! They look so different in color!
These are hand-made, incredibly intricate figures, some human, some animal, some supernatural. You may see some of the figures in an illustration underneath, which shows how the back of the figure was also completed. It's mind-boggling to me how these pieces were made. We consider this piece to be one of the masterpieces of our collection. No other mantle of this type in the world is as large, intricate and preserved as well as this one.
What would it have been used for? Was it ceremonial?
Yes, most likely it was used as a ceremonial object. It was likely used as a funerary object. We don't know what its use was beforehand, but its small size (much smaller than mantles that were worn for everyday) and the complexity of the border figures suggest that it may have been used flat so the figures were more visible. It's so amazing to me that this is a 2000 year old object. I think we tend to understand history as an ever-evolving upward journey of innovation, but this handiwork, done thousands of years ago, proves how innovative, skilled and talented humans have been throughout time.
This may be a strange question, but if it was a ritual burial object, isn't it inappropriate for it to be separated from the body it was found with? I have this same feeling about the Egyptian mummies, it just feels sad.
Not at all a strange question. Excavations and archeological digs are handled much differently today than they were in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If you can imagine, back in the early 1900s, mummy bodies from Egypt were unwrapped for entertainment at wealthy people's salon parties, and in earlier centuries (around 16th-17th) mummy remains were sold for medicinal purposes and for a paint pigment called "mummy brown". Humanity's ethical revolution is certainly a slow one.
Have there been attempts at any restoration or historically destroyed tombs?
No, archeologists do not try to restore tombs that have been destroyed. They try to preserve the historical context of the space and architecture as it is. It's an ethical issue, archeologists cannot be completely sure what the original tombs would look like, and their materials, tools and perceptions are different from what the original culture intended.
I can see why this is so complicated. Thanks so much for answering all my questions today. I had a great visit.
I'm so glad to hear that. Your inquiries were so thought provoking. Hope to hear from you again!
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Here's what people are asking.

This feels free, I love the lines.
I love that piece! It's made using stone lithographs. This piece is by Kenojuak Ashevak, a famous Inuit artist. An amazing thing about this technique is that every year the Inuit community holds a competition for images to print using this stone technique, and everyone is invited to submit their images. A committee chooses the best for that year, and the winners get printed in a limited edition.
That's awesome. It feels very strong.
That's a good word for it! The lines do feel so deliberate and fierce. I heard from the curators that we will be doing a conference soon about this Inuit tradition, keep an eye out on our Events calendar!
This work is very striking.
I think this gallery does a great job in showing how material can be integral to the meaning and motive behind a work of art. You have El Anatsui's work made of recycled metal bottle caps, Leonardo Drew working with found wood, and here, Kaphar using tar and gold leaf. Which I think is a really incredible message he is sending about the lives of the incarcerated. In my interpretation, the gold leaf recalls the resilience, integrity and value of the lives of the incarcerated, and the tar represents the stigma, the lost time and the cultural devaluing of prison inmates.       
This captures Venice perfectly. Have you been there?
No I haven't been to Venice, though Monet definitely captures it beautifully. He painted many of his works in a series, capturing the same place at different points of the day to get to the essence of light and color at any given place.
If you visit our special Francisco Oller exhibit on the 4th floor, you'll see some other beautiful Monet paintings, as well as other Impressionists.
Thank you!
Hmmm, what's the story behind this one?
The artist made this as a portrait of his wife and their newborn, it's purposely disproportionate.
Regarding the colors, I love the balance the green soap adds. Also, the light touch of he mother's hand on the chin.
I love your attention to detail! There's such a delicateness to this work, the transparent shower curtain, the fine ripples on the water, even her t-shirt seems soft. It makes this moment feel so tender. I'm not a parent yet but I can imagine the first days of having your first newborn at home, and how tender and delicate those moments must be.
Also, the watch on the edge of the tub. It adds to that surrealist touch too. It almost seems like a mother fighting postpartum depression.
Wow, I never noticed the watch before. I see what you mean. Her expression isn't on her child, it's kind of glazed.
The internal and physical struggles of being a woman. Must be something on my mind.
I love the security this figure displays.
Yes! Do you get the meaning of the title? "Kiss Me and You'll Kiss the 'Lasses"?
I'm not sure. The spoon with molasses on it?
Yes! If the person she's talking to attempts to kiss her, he'll get a big hot spoon of molasses in his face.
Oh! I thought she had leftover molasses on her lips.
I'm sure the man in question would prefer that. Instead, he's getting a fair warning.
Haha. I love it!
This painting is by a female artist, as are many in this gallery. I like that it is a comment on portraiture in general. The subject refuses to be objectifed! It's as if she's saying, "Yes ,I'm a woman and I'm attractive, but I have more important things going on here."
Yeah exactly. Thanks for everything! It was fun chatting with you.
Is this "broken" detail a part of the work or was this piece damaged by many years and transportation?
This is actually a fairly recent piece (dated 1991-92). This "broken edge" effect is definitely a part of many of their glass works. If you ever see other pieces by them, it is likely you will see the same sort of edge.
What is this?
This is a "Double Kohl Tube with Applicator" and was used for makeup. Egyptian men and women alike wore dark black kohl, or eyeliner, both for fashion, and to protect their eyes from the sun.
What do the red, winged figures symbolize?
Those are Cherubim, which are very common in religious Renaissance paintings. They are a type of angel. They are usually depicted as cute, round faced angels with red wings. They are regarded in traditional Christian symbolism as an angel of the second highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy. But here they are depicted as winged heads. They were originally painted silver, but over time tarnishing has made them turn more reddish.
Do you see the circles behind their heads? What do they mean?
The golden circles represent halos and are used to show the divinity of the Madonna and the infant Christ. 
Thanks!
What are these pictures? I can't seem to find any information about them?
Oh fantastic, those are illustrations of the figures around the fringe of the Paracas Textile in this room, under the glass case.
Wow! They look so different in color!
These are hand-made, incredibly intricate figures, some human, some animal, some supernatural. You may see some of the figures in an illustration underneath, which shows how the back of the figure was also completed. It's mind-boggling to me how these pieces were made. We consider this piece to be one of the masterpieces of our collection. No other mantle of this type in the world is as large, intricate and preserved as well as this one.
What would it have been used for? Was it ceremonial?
Yes, most likely it was used as a ceremonial object. It was likely used as a funerary object. We don't know what its use was beforehand, but its small size (much smaller than mantles that were worn for everyday) and the complexity of the border figures suggest that it may have been used flat so the figures were more visible. It's so amazing to me that this is a 2000 year old object. I think we tend to understand history as an ever-evolving upward journey of innovation, but this handiwork, done thousands of years ago, proves how innovative, skilled and talented humans have been throughout time.
This may be a strange question, but if it was a ritual burial object, isn't it inappropriate for it to be separated from the body it was found with? I have this same feeling about the Egyptian mummies, it just feels sad.
Not at all a strange question. Excavations and archeological digs are handled much differently today than they were in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If you can imagine, back in the early 1900s, mummy bodies from Egypt were unwrapped for entertainment at wealthy people's salon parties, and in earlier centuries (around 16th-17th) mummy remains were sold for medicinal purposes and for a paint pigment called "mummy brown". Humanity's ethical revolution is certainly a slow one.
Have there been attempts at any restoration or historically destroyed tombs?
No, archeologists do not try to restore tombs that have been destroyed. They try to preserve the historical context of the space and architecture as it is. It's an ethical issue, archeologists cannot be completely sure what the original tombs would look like, and their materials, tools and perceptions are different from what the original culture intended.
I can see why this is so complicated. Thanks so much for answering all my questions today. I had a great visit.
I'm so glad to hear that. Your inquiries were so thought provoking. Hope to hear from you again!
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.

This feels free, I love the lines.
I love that piece! It's made using stone lithographs. This piece is by Kenojuak Ashevak, a famous Inuit artist. An amazing thing about this technique is that every year the Inuit community holds a competition for images to print using this stone technique, and everyone is invited to submit their images. A committee chooses the best for that year, and the winners get printed in a limited edition.
That's awesome. It feels very strong.
That's a good word for it! The lines do feel so deliberate and fierce. I heard from the curators that we will be doing a conference soon about this Inuit tradition, keep an eye out on our Events calendar!
This work is very striking.
I think this gallery does a great job in showing how material can be integral to the meaning and motive behind a work of art. You have El Anatsui's work made of recycled metal bottle caps, Leonardo Drew working with found wood, and here, Kaphar using tar and gold leaf. Which I think is a really incredible message he is sending about the lives of the incarcerated. In my interpretation, the gold leaf recalls the resilience, integrity and value of the lives of the incarcerated, and the tar represents the stigma, the lost time and the cultural devaluing of prison inmates.       
This captures Venice perfectly. Have you been there?
No I haven't been to Venice, though Monet definitely captures it beautifully. He painted many of his works in a series, capturing the same place at different points of the day to get to the essence of light and color at any given place.
If you visit our special Francisco Oller exhibit on the 4th floor, you'll see some other beautiful Monet paintings, as well as other Impressionists.
Thank you!
Hmmm, what's the story behind this one?
The artist made this as a portrait of his wife and their newborn, it's purposely disproportionate.
Regarding the colors, I love the balance the green soap adds. Also, the light touch of he mother's hand on the chin.
I love your attention to detail! There's such a delicateness to this work, the transparent shower curtain, the fine ripples on the water, even her t-shirt seems soft. It makes this moment feel so tender. I'm not a parent yet but I can imagine the first days of having your first newborn at home, and how tender and delicate those moments must be.
Also, the watch on the edge of the tub. It adds to that surrealist touch too. It almost seems like a mother fighting postpartum depression.
Wow, I never noticed the watch before. I see what you mean. Her expression isn't on her child, it's kind of glazed.
The internal and physical struggles of being a woman. Must be something on my mind.
I love the security this figure displays.
Yes! Do you get the meaning of the title? "Kiss Me and You'll Kiss the 'Lasses"?
I'm not sure. The spoon with molasses on it?
Yes! If the person she's talking to attempts to kiss her, he'll get a big hot spoon of molasses in his face.
Oh! I thought she had leftover molasses on her lips.
I'm sure the man in question would prefer that. Instead, he's getting a fair warning.
Haha. I love it!
This painting is by a female artist, as are many in this gallery. I like that it is a comment on portraiture in general. The subject refuses to be objectifed! It's as if she's saying, "Yes ,I'm a woman and I'm attractive, but I have more important things going on here."
Yeah exactly. Thanks for everything! It was fun chatting with you.
Is this "broken" detail a part of the work or was this piece damaged by many years and transportation?
This is actually a fairly recent piece (dated 1991-92). This "broken edge" effect is definitely a part of many of their glass works. If you ever see other pieces by them, it is likely you will see the same sort of edge.
What is this?
This is a "Double Kohl Tube with Applicator" and was used for makeup. Egyptian men and women alike wore dark black kohl, or eyeliner, both for fashion, and to protect their eyes from the sun.
What do the red, winged figures symbolize?
Those are Cherubim, which are very common in religious Renaissance paintings. They are a type of angel. They are usually depicted as cute, round faced angels with red wings. They are regarded in traditional Christian symbolism as an angel of the second highest order of the ninefold celestial hierarchy. But here they are depicted as winged heads. They were originally painted silver, but over time tarnishing has made them turn more reddish.
Do you see the circles behind their heads? What do they mean?
The golden circles represent halos and are used to show the divinity of the Madonna and the infant Christ. 
Thanks!
What are these pictures? I can't seem to find any information about them?
Oh fantastic, those are illustrations of the figures around the fringe of the Paracas Textile in this room, under the glass case.
Wow! They look so different in color!
These are hand-made, incredibly intricate figures, some human, some animal, some supernatural. You may see some of the figures in an illustration underneath, which shows how the back of the figure was also completed. It's mind-boggling to me how these pieces were made. We consider this piece to be one of the masterpieces of our collection. No other mantle of this type in the world is as large, intricate and preserved as well as this one.
What would it have been used for? Was it ceremonial?
Yes, most likely it was used as a ceremonial object. It was likely used as a funerary object. We don't know what its use was beforehand, but its small size (much smaller than mantles that were worn for everyday) and the complexity of the border figures suggest that it may have been used flat so the figures were more visible. It's so amazing to me that this is a 2000 year old object. I think we tend to understand history as an ever-evolving upward journey of innovation, but this handiwork, done thousands of years ago, proves how innovative, skilled and talented humans have been throughout time.
This may be a strange question, but if it was a ritual burial object, isn't it inappropriate for it to be separated from the body it was found with? I have this same feeling about the Egyptian mummies, it just feels sad.
Not at all a strange question. Excavations and archeological digs are handled much differently today than they were in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. If you can imagine, back in the early 1900s, mummy bodies from Egypt were unwrapped for entertainment at wealthy people's salon parties, and in earlier centuries (around 16th-17th) mummy remains were sold for medicinal purposes and for a paint pigment called "mummy brown". Humanity's ethical revolution is certainly a slow one.
Have there been attempts at any restoration or historically destroyed tombs?
No, archeologists do not try to restore tombs that have been destroyed. They try to preserve the historical context of the space and architecture as it is. It's an ethical issue, archeologists cannot be completely sure what the original tombs would look like, and their materials, tools and perceptions are different from what the original culture intended.
I can see why this is so complicated. Thanks so much for answering all my questions today. I had a great visit.
I'm so glad to hear that. Your inquiries were so thought provoking. Hope to hear from you again!
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.