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Here's what people are asking.

Why can't we precisely date those gold pendants? 700-1550 is a huge time range! 
We don't know the precise dates because gold tends be difficult to date. Gold can be melted down and recreated into something else so it's especially hard to know. Also, the imagery in this culture didn't change too often.
Even with carbon-14 technology?
Carbon-14 can only be used to date organic materials. It doesn't work for objects made of metal or stone. 
Where did the ivory come from? Because I think of ivory coming from elephants but I don't think there are elephants in South America.
Ivory can refer to the tusks and teeth of a number of different animals, not just elephants. In this case, the ivory probably came from a whale tooth.
Cool, thanks!
No problem!
How did Brigham decide on the three-dimensional components of this piece?
He got his ideas from his surroundings. Brigham lived on Shelter Island and would often wander around looking for materials for his "marine mosaic" windows.
The glass in the sunset is a little more traditional but the seashells were the artist's innovation, and the green pieces in the plant stems came from broken wine glasses!
Neat, the story behind the craftsmanship enhances the experience.
He found materials everywhere!
What can you tell me about this?
The artist, Leonardo Drew, creates abstract works out of what appears to be found found materials, trash and detritus. In reality his works are made out of almost entirely new things. Things like wood, rusted iron, cotton, paper, mud—that he intentionally subjects to processes of weathering, burning, oxidization, and decay. The work draws on Drew's  childhood memories and surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill.
What culture is this from?
This is one of our Huastec sculptures. This one represents a warrior and we have another Huastec sculpture on display types of individuals represented on the 5th floor. The Huastec are an indigenous people of eastern Mexico.
The description says 'blue faience with black painted details'. What is faience?
Faience is a really interesting material created by the Egyptians, some scholars have called it the first "high-tech" ceramic! Give me a moment to type out some information on the materials and production.
The primary material is pure silica, found in the sand and ground quartz. The Egyptian word for faience is tjehenet, which means dazzling. You can imagine how sparkling the white ground silica must have been! The silica was mixed with a small amount of lime or calcium oxide, which would rise to the surface during firing and obtain this rich blue color.
You'll see other beautiful faience pieces throughout the Egyptian galleries. Each material you see tells us a story about trade, innovation, status, and even the topography of Ancient Egypt.
Did the collective De Stijl embrace practicality at all? I find furniture an unusual/interesting medium for a movement concerned with reduction and transformation. What were they hoping to achieve with furniture as a medium?
Interesting thoughts! This in particular is certainly more of an art piece than a comfort piece of furniture. The yellow that you see is meant to symbolize cut wood, for example. The avoidance of natural forms emphasizes the man-made nature of the chair rather than physical comfort.       
Were the artists involved in De Stijl in opposition to nature at all? Are there any manifestos, etc. from the movement?
There was a publication called "de Stijl" that presented their ideas and works. The group was influenced by DaDa which abandoned traditional forms in art.
Thanks! I'll have to read some snippets from those. Was the movement exclusively Dutch?
You're welcome! The group certainly began as a Dutch group, but their sentiments were eventually adopted by artists of other nationalities and the publication included non-Dutch artists as well. It was the first journal devoted to abstraction in art.
Does the work always look like this?
One of the many interesting things about El Anatsui's work is that he doesn't dictate how any of his works should be displayed. He allows the curators and art handlers to make choices about where the work should be folded, tucked and laid flat. The artist has said "The whole idea is that I want to involve whoever is dealing with the artwork to also bring in a bit of him- or herself, to incorporate the way he or she is feeling."
What kind of ink was used for these writings?
Great question. Black ink was often made of soot mixed with water and reed brushes were used to write with.
What is this made of? Was it carved or assembled?
That's a popular question today! It was assembled. The artist, Leonardo Drew, works primarily with new materials that he transforms to look as though they were found. His work is meant to draw from memories of his childhood surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill. 
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.

Why can't we precisely date those gold pendants? 700-1550 is a huge time range! 
We don't know the precise dates because gold tends be difficult to date. Gold can be melted down and recreated into something else so it's especially hard to know. Also, the imagery in this culture didn't change too often.
Even with carbon-14 technology?
Carbon-14 can only be used to date organic materials. It doesn't work for objects made of metal or stone. 
Where did the ivory come from? Because I think of ivory coming from elephants but I don't think there are elephants in South America.
Ivory can refer to the tusks and teeth of a number of different animals, not just elephants. In this case, the ivory probably came from a whale tooth.
Cool, thanks!
No problem!
How did Brigham decide on the three-dimensional components of this piece?
He got his ideas from his surroundings. Brigham lived on Shelter Island and would often wander around looking for materials for his "marine mosaic" windows.
The glass in the sunset is a little more traditional but the seashells were the artist's innovation, and the green pieces in the plant stems came from broken wine glasses!
Neat, the story behind the craftsmanship enhances the experience.
He found materials everywhere!
What can you tell me about this?
The artist, Leonardo Drew, creates abstract works out of what appears to be found found materials, trash and detritus. In reality his works are made out of almost entirely new things. Things like wood, rusted iron, cotton, paper, mud—that he intentionally subjects to processes of weathering, burning, oxidization, and decay. The work draws on Drew's  childhood memories and surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill.
What culture is this from?
This is one of our Huastec sculptures. This one represents a warrior and we have another Huastec sculpture on display types of individuals represented on the 5th floor. The Huastec are an indigenous people of eastern Mexico.
The description says 'blue faience with black painted details'. What is faience?
Faience is a really interesting material created by the Egyptians, some scholars have called it the first "high-tech" ceramic! Give me a moment to type out some information on the materials and production.
The primary material is pure silica, found in the sand and ground quartz. The Egyptian word for faience is tjehenet, which means dazzling. You can imagine how sparkling the white ground silica must have been! The silica was mixed with a small amount of lime or calcium oxide, which would rise to the surface during firing and obtain this rich blue color.
You'll see other beautiful faience pieces throughout the Egyptian galleries. Each material you see tells us a story about trade, innovation, status, and even the topography of Ancient Egypt.
Did the collective De Stijl embrace practicality at all? I find furniture an unusual/interesting medium for a movement concerned with reduction and transformation. What were they hoping to achieve with furniture as a medium?
Interesting thoughts! This in particular is certainly more of an art piece than a comfort piece of furniture. The yellow that you see is meant to symbolize cut wood, for example. The avoidance of natural forms emphasizes the man-made nature of the chair rather than physical comfort.       
Were the artists involved in De Stijl in opposition to nature at all? Are there any manifestos, etc. from the movement?
There was a publication called "de Stijl" that presented their ideas and works. The group was influenced by DaDa which abandoned traditional forms in art.
Thanks! I'll have to read some snippets from those. Was the movement exclusively Dutch?
You're welcome! The group certainly began as a Dutch group, but their sentiments were eventually adopted by artists of other nationalities and the publication included non-Dutch artists as well. It was the first journal devoted to abstraction in art.
Does the work always look like this?
One of the many interesting things about El Anatsui's work is that he doesn't dictate how any of his works should be displayed. He allows the curators and art handlers to make choices about where the work should be folded, tucked and laid flat. The artist has said "The whole idea is that I want to involve whoever is dealing with the artwork to also bring in a bit of him- or herself, to incorporate the way he or she is feeling."
What kind of ink was used for these writings?
Great question. Black ink was often made of soot mixed with water and reed brushes were used to write with.
What is this made of? Was it carved or assembled?
That's a popular question today! It was assembled. The artist, Leonardo Drew, works primarily with new materials that he transforms to look as though they were found. His work is meant to draw from memories of his childhood surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill. 
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.

Why can't we precisely date those gold pendants? 700-1550 is a huge time range! 
We don't know the precise dates because gold tends be difficult to date. Gold can be melted down and recreated into something else so it's especially hard to know. Also, the imagery in this culture didn't change too often.
Even with carbon-14 technology?
Carbon-14 can only be used to date organic materials. It doesn't work for objects made of metal or stone. 
Where did the ivory come from? Because I think of ivory coming from elephants but I don't think there are elephants in South America.
Ivory can refer to the tusks and teeth of a number of different animals, not just elephants. In this case, the ivory probably came from a whale tooth.
Cool, thanks!
No problem!
How did Brigham decide on the three-dimensional components of this piece?
He got his ideas from his surroundings. Brigham lived on Shelter Island and would often wander around looking for materials for his "marine mosaic" windows.
The glass in the sunset is a little more traditional but the seashells were the artist's innovation, and the green pieces in the plant stems came from broken wine glasses!
Neat, the story behind the craftsmanship enhances the experience.
He found materials everywhere!
What can you tell me about this?
The artist, Leonardo Drew, creates abstract works out of what appears to be found found materials, trash and detritus. In reality his works are made out of almost entirely new things. Things like wood, rusted iron, cotton, paper, mud—that he intentionally subjects to processes of weathering, burning, oxidization, and decay. The work draws on Drew's  childhood memories and surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill.
What culture is this from?
This is one of our Huastec sculptures. This one represents a warrior and we have another Huastec sculpture on display types of individuals represented on the 5th floor. The Huastec are an indigenous people of eastern Mexico.
The description says 'blue faience with black painted details'. What is faience?
Faience is a really interesting material created by the Egyptians, some scholars have called it the first "high-tech" ceramic! Give me a moment to type out some information on the materials and production.
The primary material is pure silica, found in the sand and ground quartz. The Egyptian word for faience is tjehenet, which means dazzling. You can imagine how sparkling the white ground silica must have been! The silica was mixed with a small amount of lime or calcium oxide, which would rise to the surface during firing and obtain this rich blue color.
You'll see other beautiful faience pieces throughout the Egyptian galleries. Each material you see tells us a story about trade, innovation, status, and even the topography of Ancient Egypt.
Did the collective De Stijl embrace practicality at all? I find furniture an unusual/interesting medium for a movement concerned with reduction and transformation. What were they hoping to achieve with furniture as a medium?
Interesting thoughts! This in particular is certainly more of an art piece than a comfort piece of furniture. The yellow that you see is meant to symbolize cut wood, for example. The avoidance of natural forms emphasizes the man-made nature of the chair rather than physical comfort.       
Were the artists involved in De Stijl in opposition to nature at all? Are there any manifestos, etc. from the movement?
There was a publication called "de Stijl" that presented their ideas and works. The group was influenced by DaDa which abandoned traditional forms in art.
Thanks! I'll have to read some snippets from those. Was the movement exclusively Dutch?
You're welcome! The group certainly began as a Dutch group, but their sentiments were eventually adopted by artists of other nationalities and the publication included non-Dutch artists as well. It was the first journal devoted to abstraction in art.
Does the work always look like this?
One of the many interesting things about El Anatsui's work is that he doesn't dictate how any of his works should be displayed. He allows the curators and art handlers to make choices about where the work should be folded, tucked and laid flat. The artist has said "The whole idea is that I want to involve whoever is dealing with the artwork to also bring in a bit of him- or herself, to incorporate the way he or she is feeling."
What kind of ink was used for these writings?
Great question. Black ink was often made of soot mixed with water and reed brushes were used to write with.
What is this made of? Was it carved or assembled?
That's a popular question today! It was assembled. The artist, Leonardo Drew, works primarily with new materials that he transforms to look as though they were found. His work is meant to draw from memories of his childhood surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill. 
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.

Why can't we precisely date those gold pendants? 700-1550 is a huge time range! 
We don't know the precise dates because gold tends be difficult to date. Gold can be melted down and recreated into something else so it's especially hard to know. Also, the imagery in this culture didn't change too often.
Even with carbon-14 technology?
Carbon-14 can only be used to date organic materials. It doesn't work for objects made of metal or stone. 
Where did the ivory come from? Because I think of ivory coming from elephants but I don't think there are elephants in South America.
Ivory can refer to the tusks and teeth of a number of different animals, not just elephants. In this case, the ivory probably came from a whale tooth.
Cool, thanks!
No problem!
How did Brigham decide on the three-dimensional components of this piece?
He got his ideas from his surroundings. Brigham lived on Shelter Island and would often wander around looking for materials for his "marine mosaic" windows.
The glass in the sunset is a little more traditional but the seashells were the artist's innovation, and the green pieces in the plant stems came from broken wine glasses!
Neat, the story behind the craftsmanship enhances the experience.
He found materials everywhere!
What can you tell me about this?
The artist, Leonardo Drew, creates abstract works out of what appears to be found found materials, trash and detritus. In reality his works are made out of almost entirely new things. Things like wood, rusted iron, cotton, paper, mud—that he intentionally subjects to processes of weathering, burning, oxidization, and decay. The work draws on Drew's  childhood memories and surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill.
What culture is this from?
This is one of our Huastec sculptures. This one represents a warrior and we have another Huastec sculpture on display types of individuals represented on the 5th floor. The Huastec are an indigenous people of eastern Mexico.
The description says 'blue faience with black painted details'. What is faience?
Faience is a really interesting material created by the Egyptians, some scholars have called it the first "high-tech" ceramic! Give me a moment to type out some information on the materials and production.
The primary material is pure silica, found in the sand and ground quartz. The Egyptian word for faience is tjehenet, which means dazzling. You can imagine how sparkling the white ground silica must have been! The silica was mixed with a small amount of lime or calcium oxide, which would rise to the surface during firing and obtain this rich blue color.
You'll see other beautiful faience pieces throughout the Egyptian galleries. Each material you see tells us a story about trade, innovation, status, and even the topography of Ancient Egypt.
Did the collective De Stijl embrace practicality at all? I find furniture an unusual/interesting medium for a movement concerned with reduction and transformation. What were they hoping to achieve with furniture as a medium?
Interesting thoughts! This in particular is certainly more of an art piece than a comfort piece of furniture. The yellow that you see is meant to symbolize cut wood, for example. The avoidance of natural forms emphasizes the man-made nature of the chair rather than physical comfort.       
Were the artists involved in De Stijl in opposition to nature at all? Are there any manifestos, etc. from the movement?
There was a publication called "de Stijl" that presented their ideas and works. The group was influenced by DaDa which abandoned traditional forms in art.
Thanks! I'll have to read some snippets from those. Was the movement exclusively Dutch?
You're welcome! The group certainly began as a Dutch group, but their sentiments were eventually adopted by artists of other nationalities and the publication included non-Dutch artists as well. It was the first journal devoted to abstraction in art.
Does the work always look like this?
One of the many interesting things about El Anatsui's work is that he doesn't dictate how any of his works should be displayed. He allows the curators and art handlers to make choices about where the work should be folded, tucked and laid flat. The artist has said "The whole idea is that I want to involve whoever is dealing with the artwork to also bring in a bit of him- or herself, to incorporate the way he or she is feeling."
What kind of ink was used for these writings?
Great question. Black ink was often made of soot mixed with water and reed brushes were used to write with.
What is this made of? Was it carved or assembled?
That's a popular question today! It was assembled. The artist, Leonardo Drew, works primarily with new materials that he transforms to look as though they were found. His work is meant to draw from memories of his childhood surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill. 
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.

Why can't we precisely date those gold pendants? 700-1550 is a huge time range! 
We don't know the precise dates because gold tends be difficult to date. Gold can be melted down and recreated into something else so it's especially hard to know. Also, the imagery in this culture didn't change too often.
Even with carbon-14 technology?
Carbon-14 can only be used to date organic materials. It doesn't work for objects made of metal or stone. 
Where did the ivory come from? Because I think of ivory coming from elephants but I don't think there are elephants in South America.
Ivory can refer to the tusks and teeth of a number of different animals, not just elephants. In this case, the ivory probably came from a whale tooth.
Cool, thanks!
No problem!
How did Brigham decide on the three-dimensional components of this piece?
He got his ideas from his surroundings. Brigham lived on Shelter Island and would often wander around looking for materials for his "marine mosaic" windows.
The glass in the sunset is a little more traditional but the seashells were the artist's innovation, and the green pieces in the plant stems came from broken wine glasses!
Neat, the story behind the craftsmanship enhances the experience.
He found materials everywhere!
What can you tell me about this?
The artist, Leonardo Drew, creates abstract works out of what appears to be found found materials, trash and detritus. In reality his works are made out of almost entirely new things. Things like wood, rusted iron, cotton, paper, mud—that he intentionally subjects to processes of weathering, burning, oxidization, and decay. The work draws on Drew's  childhood memories and surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill.
What culture is this from?
This is one of our Huastec sculptures. This one represents a warrior and we have another Huastec sculpture on display types of individuals represented on the 5th floor. The Huastec are an indigenous people of eastern Mexico.
The description says 'blue faience with black painted details'. What is faience?
Faience is a really interesting material created by the Egyptians, some scholars have called it the first "high-tech" ceramic! Give me a moment to type out some information on the materials and production.
The primary material is pure silica, found in the sand and ground quartz. The Egyptian word for faience is tjehenet, which means dazzling. You can imagine how sparkling the white ground silica must have been! The silica was mixed with a small amount of lime or calcium oxide, which would rise to the surface during firing and obtain this rich blue color.
You'll see other beautiful faience pieces throughout the Egyptian galleries. Each material you see tells us a story about trade, innovation, status, and even the topography of Ancient Egypt.
Did the collective De Stijl embrace practicality at all? I find furniture an unusual/interesting medium for a movement concerned with reduction and transformation. What were they hoping to achieve with furniture as a medium?
Interesting thoughts! This in particular is certainly more of an art piece than a comfort piece of furniture. The yellow that you see is meant to symbolize cut wood, for example. The avoidance of natural forms emphasizes the man-made nature of the chair rather than physical comfort.       
Were the artists involved in De Stijl in opposition to nature at all? Are there any manifestos, etc. from the movement?
There was a publication called "de Stijl" that presented their ideas and works. The group was influenced by DaDa which abandoned traditional forms in art.
Thanks! I'll have to read some snippets from those. Was the movement exclusively Dutch?
You're welcome! The group certainly began as a Dutch group, but their sentiments were eventually adopted by artists of other nationalities and the publication included non-Dutch artists as well. It was the first journal devoted to abstraction in art.
Does the work always look like this?
One of the many interesting things about El Anatsui's work is that he doesn't dictate how any of his works should be displayed. He allows the curators and art handlers to make choices about where the work should be folded, tucked and laid flat. The artist has said "The whole idea is that I want to involve whoever is dealing with the artwork to also bring in a bit of him- or herself, to incorporate the way he or she is feeling."
What kind of ink was used for these writings?
Great question. Black ink was often made of soot mixed with water and reed brushes were used to write with.
What is this made of? Was it carved or assembled?
That's a popular question today! It was assembled. The artist, Leonardo Drew, works primarily with new materials that he transforms to look as though they were found. His work is meant to draw from memories of his childhood surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill. 
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.

Why can't we precisely date those gold pendants? 700-1550 is a huge time range! 
We don't know the precise dates because gold tends be difficult to date. Gold can be melted down and recreated into something else so it's especially hard to know. Also, the imagery in this culture didn't change too often.
Even with carbon-14 technology?
Carbon-14 can only be used to date organic materials. It doesn't work for objects made of metal or stone. 
Where did the ivory come from? Because I think of ivory coming from elephants but I don't think there are elephants in South America.
Ivory can refer to the tusks and teeth of a number of different animals, not just elephants. In this case, the ivory probably came from a whale tooth.
Cool, thanks!
No problem!
How did Brigham decide on the three-dimensional components of this piece?
He got his ideas from his surroundings. Brigham lived on Shelter Island and would often wander around looking for materials for his "marine mosaic" windows.
The glass in the sunset is a little more traditional but the seashells were the artist's innovation, and the green pieces in the plant stems came from broken wine glasses!
Neat, the story behind the craftsmanship enhances the experience.
He found materials everywhere!
What can you tell me about this?
The artist, Leonardo Drew, creates abstract works out of what appears to be found found materials, trash and detritus. In reality his works are made out of almost entirely new things. Things like wood, rusted iron, cotton, paper, mud—that he intentionally subjects to processes of weathering, burning, oxidization, and decay. The work draws on Drew's  childhood memories and surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill.
What culture is this from?
This is one of our Huastec sculptures. This one represents a warrior and we have another Huastec sculpture on display types of individuals represented on the 5th floor. The Huastec are an indigenous people of eastern Mexico.
The description says 'blue faience with black painted details'. What is faience?
Faience is a really interesting material created by the Egyptians, some scholars have called it the first "high-tech" ceramic! Give me a moment to type out some information on the materials and production.
The primary material is pure silica, found in the sand and ground quartz. The Egyptian word for faience is tjehenet, which means dazzling. You can imagine how sparkling the white ground silica must have been! The silica was mixed with a small amount of lime or calcium oxide, which would rise to the surface during firing and obtain this rich blue color.
You'll see other beautiful faience pieces throughout the Egyptian galleries. Each material you see tells us a story about trade, innovation, status, and even the topography of Ancient Egypt.
Did the collective De Stijl embrace practicality at all? I find furniture an unusual/interesting medium for a movement concerned with reduction and transformation. What were they hoping to achieve with furniture as a medium?
Interesting thoughts! This in particular is certainly more of an art piece than a comfort piece of furniture. The yellow that you see is meant to symbolize cut wood, for example. The avoidance of natural forms emphasizes the man-made nature of the chair rather than physical comfort.       
Were the artists involved in De Stijl in opposition to nature at all? Are there any manifestos, etc. from the movement?
There was a publication called "de Stijl" that presented their ideas and works. The group was influenced by DaDa which abandoned traditional forms in art.
Thanks! I'll have to read some snippets from those. Was the movement exclusively Dutch?
You're welcome! The group certainly began as a Dutch group, but their sentiments were eventually adopted by artists of other nationalities and the publication included non-Dutch artists as well. It was the first journal devoted to abstraction in art.
Does the work always look like this?
One of the many interesting things about El Anatsui's work is that he doesn't dictate how any of his works should be displayed. He allows the curators and art handlers to make choices about where the work should be folded, tucked and laid flat. The artist has said "The whole idea is that I want to involve whoever is dealing with the artwork to also bring in a bit of him- or herself, to incorporate the way he or she is feeling."
What kind of ink was used for these writings?
Great question. Black ink was often made of soot mixed with water and reed brushes were used to write with.
What is this made of? Was it carved or assembled?
That's a popular question today! It was assembled. The artist, Leonardo Drew, works primarily with new materials that he transforms to look as though they were found. His work is meant to draw from memories of his childhood surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill. 
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.

Why can't we precisely date those gold pendants? 700-1550 is a huge time range! 
We don't know the precise dates because gold tends be difficult to date. Gold can be melted down and recreated into something else so it's especially hard to know. Also, the imagery in this culture didn't change too often.
Even with carbon-14 technology?
Carbon-14 can only be used to date organic materials. It doesn't work for objects made of metal or stone. 
Where did the ivory come from? Because I think of ivory coming from elephants but I don't think there are elephants in South America.
Ivory can refer to the tusks and teeth of a number of different animals, not just elephants. In this case, the ivory probably came from a whale tooth.
Cool, thanks!
No problem!
How did Brigham decide on the three-dimensional components of this piece?
He got his ideas from his surroundings. Brigham lived on Shelter Island and would often wander around looking for materials for his "marine mosaic" windows.
The glass in the sunset is a little more traditional but the seashells were the artist's innovation, and the green pieces in the plant stems came from broken wine glasses!
Neat, the story behind the craftsmanship enhances the experience.
He found materials everywhere!
What can you tell me about this?
The artist, Leonardo Drew, creates abstract works out of what appears to be found found materials, trash and detritus. In reality his works are made out of almost entirely new things. Things like wood, rusted iron, cotton, paper, mud—that he intentionally subjects to processes of weathering, burning, oxidization, and decay. The work draws on Drew's  childhood memories and surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill.
What culture is this from?
This is one of our Huastec sculptures. This one represents a warrior and we have another Huastec sculpture on display types of individuals represented on the 5th floor. The Huastec are an indigenous people of eastern Mexico.
The description says 'blue faience with black painted details'. What is faience?
Faience is a really interesting material created by the Egyptians, some scholars have called it the first "high-tech" ceramic! Give me a moment to type out some information on the materials and production.
The primary material is pure silica, found in the sand and ground quartz. The Egyptian word for faience is tjehenet, which means dazzling. You can imagine how sparkling the white ground silica must have been! The silica was mixed with a small amount of lime or calcium oxide, which would rise to the surface during firing and obtain this rich blue color.
You'll see other beautiful faience pieces throughout the Egyptian galleries. Each material you see tells us a story about trade, innovation, status, and even the topography of Ancient Egypt.
Did the collective De Stijl embrace practicality at all? I find furniture an unusual/interesting medium for a movement concerned with reduction and transformation. What were they hoping to achieve with furniture as a medium?
Interesting thoughts! This in particular is certainly more of an art piece than a comfort piece of furniture. The yellow that you see is meant to symbolize cut wood, for example. The avoidance of natural forms emphasizes the man-made nature of the chair rather than physical comfort.       
Were the artists involved in De Stijl in opposition to nature at all? Are there any manifestos, etc. from the movement?
There was a publication called "de Stijl" that presented their ideas and works. The group was influenced by DaDa which abandoned traditional forms in art.
Thanks! I'll have to read some snippets from those. Was the movement exclusively Dutch?
You're welcome! The group certainly began as a Dutch group, but their sentiments were eventually adopted by artists of other nationalities and the publication included non-Dutch artists as well. It was the first journal devoted to abstraction in art.
Does the work always look like this?
One of the many interesting things about El Anatsui's work is that he doesn't dictate how any of his works should be displayed. He allows the curators and art handlers to make choices about where the work should be folded, tucked and laid flat. The artist has said "The whole idea is that I want to involve whoever is dealing with the artwork to also bring in a bit of him- or herself, to incorporate the way he or she is feeling."
What kind of ink was used for these writings?
Great question. Black ink was often made of soot mixed with water and reed brushes were used to write with.
What is this made of? Was it carved or assembled?
That's a popular question today! It was assembled. The artist, Leonardo Drew, works primarily with new materials that he transforms to look as though they were found. His work is meant to draw from memories of his childhood surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill. 
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.

Why can't we precisely date those gold pendants? 700-1550 is a huge time range! 
We don't know the precise dates because gold tends be difficult to date. Gold can be melted down and recreated into something else so it's especially hard to know. Also, the imagery in this culture didn't change too often.
Even with carbon-14 technology?
Carbon-14 can only be used to date organic materials. It doesn't work for objects made of metal or stone. 
Where did the ivory come from? Because I think of ivory coming from elephants but I don't think there are elephants in South America.
Ivory can refer to the tusks and teeth of a number of different animals, not just elephants. In this case, the ivory probably came from a whale tooth.
Cool, thanks!
No problem!
How did Brigham decide on the three-dimensional components of this piece?
He got his ideas from his surroundings. Brigham lived on Shelter Island and would often wander around looking for materials for his "marine mosaic" windows.
The glass in the sunset is a little more traditional but the seashells were the artist's innovation, and the green pieces in the plant stems came from broken wine glasses!
Neat, the story behind the craftsmanship enhances the experience.
He found materials everywhere!
What can you tell me about this?
The artist, Leonardo Drew, creates abstract works out of what appears to be found found materials, trash and detritus. In reality his works are made out of almost entirely new things. Things like wood, rusted iron, cotton, paper, mud—that he intentionally subjects to processes of weathering, burning, oxidization, and decay. The work draws on Drew's  childhood memories and surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill.
What culture is this from?
This is one of our Huastec sculptures. This one represents a warrior and we have another Huastec sculpture on display types of individuals represented on the 5th floor. The Huastec are an indigenous people of eastern Mexico.
The description says 'blue faience with black painted details'. What is faience?
Faience is a really interesting material created by the Egyptians, some scholars have called it the first "high-tech" ceramic! Give me a moment to type out some information on the materials and production.
The primary material is pure silica, found in the sand and ground quartz. The Egyptian word for faience is tjehenet, which means dazzling. You can imagine how sparkling the white ground silica must have been! The silica was mixed with a small amount of lime or calcium oxide, which would rise to the surface during firing and obtain this rich blue color.
You'll see other beautiful faience pieces throughout the Egyptian galleries. Each material you see tells us a story about trade, innovation, status, and even the topography of Ancient Egypt.
Did the collective De Stijl embrace practicality at all? I find furniture an unusual/interesting medium for a movement concerned with reduction and transformation. What were they hoping to achieve with furniture as a medium?
Interesting thoughts! This in particular is certainly more of an art piece than a comfort piece of furniture. The yellow that you see is meant to symbolize cut wood, for example. The avoidance of natural forms emphasizes the man-made nature of the chair rather than physical comfort.       
Were the artists involved in De Stijl in opposition to nature at all? Are there any manifestos, etc. from the movement?
There was a publication called "de Stijl" that presented their ideas and works. The group was influenced by DaDa which abandoned traditional forms in art.
Thanks! I'll have to read some snippets from those. Was the movement exclusively Dutch?
You're welcome! The group certainly began as a Dutch group, but their sentiments were eventually adopted by artists of other nationalities and the publication included non-Dutch artists as well. It was the first journal devoted to abstraction in art.
Does the work always look like this?
One of the many interesting things about El Anatsui's work is that he doesn't dictate how any of his works should be displayed. He allows the curators and art handlers to make choices about where the work should be folded, tucked and laid flat. The artist has said "The whole idea is that I want to involve whoever is dealing with the artwork to also bring in a bit of him- or herself, to incorporate the way he or she is feeling."
What kind of ink was used for these writings?
Great question. Black ink was often made of soot mixed with water and reed brushes were used to write with.
What is this made of? Was it carved or assembled?
That's a popular question today! It was assembled. The artist, Leonardo Drew, works primarily with new materials that he transforms to look as though they were found. His work is meant to draw from memories of his childhood surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill. 
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.

Why can't we precisely date those gold pendants? 700-1550 is a huge time range! 
We don't know the precise dates because gold tends be difficult to date. Gold can be melted down and recreated into something else so it's especially hard to know. Also, the imagery in this culture didn't change too often.
Even with carbon-14 technology?
Carbon-14 can only be used to date organic materials. It doesn't work for objects made of metal or stone. 
Where did the ivory come from? Because I think of ivory coming from elephants but I don't think there are elephants in South America.
Ivory can refer to the tusks and teeth of a number of different animals, not just elephants. In this case, the ivory probably came from a whale tooth.
Cool, thanks!
No problem!
How did Brigham decide on the three-dimensional components of this piece?
He got his ideas from his surroundings. Brigham lived on Shelter Island and would often wander around looking for materials for his "marine mosaic" windows.
The glass in the sunset is a little more traditional but the seashells were the artist's innovation, and the green pieces in the plant stems came from broken wine glasses!
Neat, the story behind the craftsmanship enhances the experience.
He found materials everywhere!
What can you tell me about this?
The artist, Leonardo Drew, creates abstract works out of what appears to be found found materials, trash and detritus. In reality his works are made out of almost entirely new things. Things like wood, rusted iron, cotton, paper, mud—that he intentionally subjects to processes of weathering, burning, oxidization, and decay. The work draws on Drew's  childhood memories and surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill.
What culture is this from?
This is one of our Huastec sculptures. This one represents a warrior and we have another Huastec sculpture on display types of individuals represented on the 5th floor. The Huastec are an indigenous people of eastern Mexico.
The description says 'blue faience with black painted details'. What is faience?
Faience is a really interesting material created by the Egyptians, some scholars have called it the first "high-tech" ceramic! Give me a moment to type out some information on the materials and production.
The primary material is pure silica, found in the sand and ground quartz. The Egyptian word for faience is tjehenet, which means dazzling. You can imagine how sparkling the white ground silica must have been! The silica was mixed with a small amount of lime or calcium oxide, which would rise to the surface during firing and obtain this rich blue color.
You'll see other beautiful faience pieces throughout the Egyptian galleries. Each material you see tells us a story about trade, innovation, status, and even the topography of Ancient Egypt.
Did the collective De Stijl embrace practicality at all? I find furniture an unusual/interesting medium for a movement concerned with reduction and transformation. What were they hoping to achieve with furniture as a medium?
Interesting thoughts! This in particular is certainly more of an art piece than a comfort piece of furniture. The yellow that you see is meant to symbolize cut wood, for example. The avoidance of natural forms emphasizes the man-made nature of the chair rather than physical comfort.       
Were the artists involved in De Stijl in opposition to nature at all? Are there any manifestos, etc. from the movement?
There was a publication called "de Stijl" that presented their ideas and works. The group was influenced by DaDa which abandoned traditional forms in art.
Thanks! I'll have to read some snippets from those. Was the movement exclusively Dutch?
You're welcome! The group certainly began as a Dutch group, but their sentiments were eventually adopted by artists of other nationalities and the publication included non-Dutch artists as well. It was the first journal devoted to abstraction in art.
Does the work always look like this?
One of the many interesting things about El Anatsui's work is that he doesn't dictate how any of his works should be displayed. He allows the curators and art handlers to make choices about where the work should be folded, tucked and laid flat. The artist has said "The whole idea is that I want to involve whoever is dealing with the artwork to also bring in a bit of him- or herself, to incorporate the way he or she is feeling."
What kind of ink was used for these writings?
Great question. Black ink was often made of soot mixed with water and reed brushes were used to write with.
What is this made of? Was it carved or assembled?
That's a popular question today! It was assembled. The artist, Leonardo Drew, works primarily with new materials that he transforms to look as though they were found. His work is meant to draw from memories of his childhood surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill. 
ASK App ASK Team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Why can't we precisely date those gold pendants? 700-1550 is a huge time range! 
We don't know the precise dates because gold tends be difficult to date. Gold can be melted down and recreated into something else so it's especially hard to know. Also, the imagery in this culture didn't change too often.
Even with carbon-14 technology?
Carbon-14 can only be used to date organic materials. It doesn't work for objects made of metal or stone. 
Where did the ivory come from? Because I think of ivory coming from elephants but I don't think there are elephants in South America.
Ivory can refer to the tusks and teeth of a number of different animals, not just elephants. In this case, the ivory probably came from a whale tooth.
Cool, thanks!
No problem!
How did Brigham decide on the three-dimensional components of this piece?
He got his ideas from his surroundings. Brigham lived on Shelter Island and would often wander around looking for materials for his "marine mosaic" windows.
The glass in the sunset is a little more traditional but the seashells were the artist's innovation, and the green pieces in the plant stems came from broken wine glasses!
Neat, the story behind the craftsmanship enhances the experience.
He found materials everywhere!
What can you tell me about this?
The artist, Leonardo Drew, creates abstract works out of what appears to be found found materials, trash and detritus. In reality his works are made out of almost entirely new things. Things like wood, rusted iron, cotton, paper, mud—that he intentionally subjects to processes of weathering, burning, oxidization, and decay. The work draws on Drew's  childhood memories and surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill.
What culture is this from?
This is one of our Huastec sculptures. This one represents a warrior and we have another Huastec sculpture on display types of individuals represented on the 5th floor. The Huastec are an indigenous people of eastern Mexico.
The description says 'blue faience with black painted details'. What is faience?
Faience is a really interesting material created by the Egyptians, some scholars have called it the first "high-tech" ceramic! Give me a moment to type out some information on the materials and production.
The primary material is pure silica, found in the sand and ground quartz. The Egyptian word for faience is tjehenet, which means dazzling. You can imagine how sparkling the white ground silica must have been! The silica was mixed with a small amount of lime or calcium oxide, which would rise to the surface during firing and obtain this rich blue color.
You'll see other beautiful faience pieces throughout the Egyptian galleries. Each material you see tells us a story about trade, innovation, status, and even the topography of Ancient Egypt.
Did the collective De Stijl embrace practicality at all? I find furniture an unusual/interesting medium for a movement concerned with reduction and transformation. What were they hoping to achieve with furniture as a medium?
Interesting thoughts! This in particular is certainly more of an art piece than a comfort piece of furniture. The yellow that you see is meant to symbolize cut wood, for example. The avoidance of natural forms emphasizes the man-made nature of the chair rather than physical comfort.       
Were the artists involved in De Stijl in opposition to nature at all? Are there any manifestos, etc. from the movement?
There was a publication called "de Stijl" that presented their ideas and works. The group was influenced by DaDa which abandoned traditional forms in art.
Thanks! I'll have to read some snippets from those. Was the movement exclusively Dutch?
You're welcome! The group certainly began as a Dutch group, but their sentiments were eventually adopted by artists of other nationalities and the publication included non-Dutch artists as well. It was the first journal devoted to abstraction in art.
Does the work always look like this?
One of the many interesting things about El Anatsui's work is that he doesn't dictate how any of his works should be displayed. He allows the curators and art handlers to make choices about where the work should be folded, tucked and laid flat. The artist has said "The whole idea is that I want to involve whoever is dealing with the artwork to also bring in a bit of him- or herself, to incorporate the way he or she is feeling."
What kind of ink was used for these writings?
Great question. Black ink was often made of soot mixed with water and reed brushes were used to write with.
What is this made of? Was it carved or assembled?
That's a popular question today! It was assembled. The artist, Leonardo Drew, works primarily with new materials that he transforms to look as though they were found. His work is meant to draw from memories of his childhood surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill. 
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.

Why can't we precisely date those gold pendants? 700-1550 is a huge time range! 
We don't know the precise dates because gold tends be difficult to date. Gold can be melted down and recreated into something else so it's especially hard to know. Also, the imagery in this culture didn't change too often.
Even with carbon-14 technology?
Carbon-14 can only be used to date organic materials. It doesn't work for objects made of metal or stone. 
Where did the ivory come from? Because I think of ivory coming from elephants but I don't think there are elephants in South America.
Ivory can refer to the tusks and teeth of a number of different animals, not just elephants. In this case, the ivory probably came from a whale tooth.
Cool, thanks!
No problem!
How did Brigham decide on the three-dimensional components of this piece?
He got his ideas from his surroundings. Brigham lived on Shelter Island and would often wander around looking for materials for his "marine mosaic" windows.
The glass in the sunset is a little more traditional but the seashells were the artist's innovation, and the green pieces in the plant stems came from broken wine glasses!
Neat, the story behind the craftsmanship enhances the experience.
He found materials everywhere!
What can you tell me about this?
The artist, Leonardo Drew, creates abstract works out of what appears to be found found materials, trash and detritus. In reality his works are made out of almost entirely new things. Things like wood, rusted iron, cotton, paper, mud—that he intentionally subjects to processes of weathering, burning, oxidization, and decay. The work draws on Drew's  childhood memories and surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill.
What culture is this from?
This is one of our Huastec sculptures. This one represents a warrior and we have another Huastec sculpture on display types of individuals represented on the 5th floor. The Huastec are an indigenous people of eastern Mexico.
The description says 'blue faience with black painted details'. What is faience?
Faience is a really interesting material created by the Egyptians, some scholars have called it the first "high-tech" ceramic! Give me a moment to type out some information on the materials and production.
The primary material is pure silica, found in the sand and ground quartz. The Egyptian word for faience is tjehenet, which means dazzling. You can imagine how sparkling the white ground silica must have been! The silica was mixed with a small amount of lime or calcium oxide, which would rise to the surface during firing and obtain this rich blue color.
You'll see other beautiful faience pieces throughout the Egyptian galleries. Each material you see tells us a story about trade, innovation, status, and even the topography of Ancient Egypt.
Did the collective De Stijl embrace practicality at all? I find furniture an unusual/interesting medium for a movement concerned with reduction and transformation. What were they hoping to achieve with furniture as a medium?
Interesting thoughts! This in particular is certainly more of an art piece than a comfort piece of furniture. The yellow that you see is meant to symbolize cut wood, for example. The avoidance of natural forms emphasizes the man-made nature of the chair rather than physical comfort.       
Were the artists involved in De Stijl in opposition to nature at all? Are there any manifestos, etc. from the movement?
There was a publication called "de Stijl" that presented their ideas and works. The group was influenced by DaDa which abandoned traditional forms in art.
Thanks! I'll have to read some snippets from those. Was the movement exclusively Dutch?
You're welcome! The group certainly began as a Dutch group, but their sentiments were eventually adopted by artists of other nationalities and the publication included non-Dutch artists as well. It was the first journal devoted to abstraction in art.
Does the work always look like this?
One of the many interesting things about El Anatsui's work is that he doesn't dictate how any of his works should be displayed. He allows the curators and art handlers to make choices about where the work should be folded, tucked and laid flat. The artist has said "The whole idea is that I want to involve whoever is dealing with the artwork to also bring in a bit of him- or herself, to incorporate the way he or she is feeling."
What kind of ink was used for these writings?
Great question. Black ink was often made of soot mixed with water and reed brushes were used to write with.
What is this made of? Was it carved or assembled?
That's a popular question today! It was assembled. The artist, Leonardo Drew, works primarily with new materials that he transforms to look as though they were found. His work is meant to draw from memories of his childhood surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill. 
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.

Why can't we precisely date those gold pendants? 700-1550 is a huge time range! 
We don't know the precise dates because gold tends be difficult to date. Gold can be melted down and recreated into something else so it's especially hard to know. Also, the imagery in this culture didn't change too often.
Even with carbon-14 technology?
Carbon-14 can only be used to date organic materials. It doesn't work for objects made of metal or stone. 
Where did the ivory come from? Because I think of ivory coming from elephants but I don't think there are elephants in South America.
Ivory can refer to the tusks and teeth of a number of different animals, not just elephants. In this case, the ivory probably came from a whale tooth.
Cool, thanks!
No problem!
How did Brigham decide on the three-dimensional components of this piece?
He got his ideas from his surroundings. Brigham lived on Shelter Island and would often wander around looking for materials for his "marine mosaic" windows.
The glass in the sunset is a little more traditional but the seashells were the artist's innovation, and the green pieces in the plant stems came from broken wine glasses!
Neat, the story behind the craftsmanship enhances the experience.
He found materials everywhere!
What can you tell me about this?
The artist, Leonardo Drew, creates abstract works out of what appears to be found found materials, trash and detritus. In reality his works are made out of almost entirely new things. Things like wood, rusted iron, cotton, paper, mud—that he intentionally subjects to processes of weathering, burning, oxidization, and decay. The work draws on Drew's  childhood memories and surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill.
What culture is this from?
This is one of our Huastec sculptures. This one represents a warrior and we have another Huastec sculpture on display types of individuals represented on the 5th floor. The Huastec are an indigenous people of eastern Mexico.
The description says 'blue faience with black painted details'. What is faience?
Faience is a really interesting material created by the Egyptians, some scholars have called it the first "high-tech" ceramic! Give me a moment to type out some information on the materials and production.
The primary material is pure silica, found in the sand and ground quartz. The Egyptian word for faience is tjehenet, which means dazzling. You can imagine how sparkling the white ground silica must have been! The silica was mixed with a small amount of lime or calcium oxide, which would rise to the surface during firing and obtain this rich blue color.
You'll see other beautiful faience pieces throughout the Egyptian galleries. Each material you see tells us a story about trade, innovation, status, and even the topography of Ancient Egypt.
Did the collective De Stijl embrace practicality at all? I find furniture an unusual/interesting medium for a movement concerned with reduction and transformation. What were they hoping to achieve with furniture as a medium?
Interesting thoughts! This in particular is certainly more of an art piece than a comfort piece of furniture. The yellow that you see is meant to symbolize cut wood, for example. The avoidance of natural forms emphasizes the man-made nature of the chair rather than physical comfort.       
Were the artists involved in De Stijl in opposition to nature at all? Are there any manifestos, etc. from the movement?
There was a publication called "de Stijl" that presented their ideas and works. The group was influenced by DaDa which abandoned traditional forms in art.
Thanks! I'll have to read some snippets from those. Was the movement exclusively Dutch?
You're welcome! The group certainly began as a Dutch group, but their sentiments were eventually adopted by artists of other nationalities and the publication included non-Dutch artists as well. It was the first journal devoted to abstraction in art.
Does the work always look like this?
One of the many interesting things about El Anatsui's work is that he doesn't dictate how any of his works should be displayed. He allows the curators and art handlers to make choices about where the work should be folded, tucked and laid flat. The artist has said "The whole idea is that I want to involve whoever is dealing with the artwork to also bring in a bit of him- or herself, to incorporate the way he or she is feeling."
What kind of ink was used for these writings?
Great question. Black ink was often made of soot mixed with water and reed brushes were used to write with.
What is this made of? Was it carved or assembled?
That's a popular question today! It was assembled. The artist, Leonardo Drew, works primarily with new materials that he transforms to look as though they were found. His work is meant to draw from memories of his childhood surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill. 
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.

Why can't we precisely date those gold pendants? 700-1550 is a huge time range! 
We don't know the precise dates because gold tends be difficult to date. Gold can be melted down and recreated into something else so it's especially hard to know. Also, the imagery in this culture didn't change too often.
Even with carbon-14 technology?
Carbon-14 can only be used to date organic materials. It doesn't work for objects made of metal or stone. 
Where did the ivory come from? Because I think of ivory coming from elephants but I don't think there are elephants in South America.
Ivory can refer to the tusks and teeth of a number of different animals, not just elephants. In this case, the ivory probably came from a whale tooth.
Cool, thanks!
No problem!
How did Brigham decide on the three-dimensional components of this piece?
He got his ideas from his surroundings. Brigham lived on Shelter Island and would often wander around looking for materials for his "marine mosaic" windows.
The glass in the sunset is a little more traditional but the seashells were the artist's innovation, and the green pieces in the plant stems came from broken wine glasses!
Neat, the story behind the craftsmanship enhances the experience.
He found materials everywhere!
What can you tell me about this?
The artist, Leonardo Drew, creates abstract works out of what appears to be found found materials, trash and detritus. In reality his works are made out of almost entirely new things. Things like wood, rusted iron, cotton, paper, mud—that he intentionally subjects to processes of weathering, burning, oxidization, and decay. The work draws on Drew's  childhood memories and surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill.
What culture is this from?
This is one of our Huastec sculptures. This one represents a warrior and we have another Huastec sculpture on display types of individuals represented on the 5th floor. The Huastec are an indigenous people of eastern Mexico.
The description says 'blue faience with black painted details'. What is faience?
Faience is a really interesting material created by the Egyptians, some scholars have called it the first "high-tech" ceramic! Give me a moment to type out some information on the materials and production.
The primary material is pure silica, found in the sand and ground quartz. The Egyptian word for faience is tjehenet, which means dazzling. You can imagine how sparkling the white ground silica must have been! The silica was mixed with a small amount of lime or calcium oxide, which would rise to the surface during firing and obtain this rich blue color.
You'll see other beautiful faience pieces throughout the Egyptian galleries. Each material you see tells us a story about trade, innovation, status, and even the topography of Ancient Egypt.
Did the collective De Stijl embrace practicality at all? I find furniture an unusual/interesting medium for a movement concerned with reduction and transformation. What were they hoping to achieve with furniture as a medium?
Interesting thoughts! This in particular is certainly more of an art piece than a comfort piece of furniture. The yellow that you see is meant to symbolize cut wood, for example. The avoidance of natural forms emphasizes the man-made nature of the chair rather than physical comfort.       
Were the artists involved in De Stijl in opposition to nature at all? Are there any manifestos, etc. from the movement?
There was a publication called "de Stijl" that presented their ideas and works. The group was influenced by DaDa which abandoned traditional forms in art.
Thanks! I'll have to read some snippets from those. Was the movement exclusively Dutch?
You're welcome! The group certainly began as a Dutch group, but their sentiments were eventually adopted by artists of other nationalities and the publication included non-Dutch artists as well. It was the first journal devoted to abstraction in art.
Does the work always look like this?
One of the many interesting things about El Anatsui's work is that he doesn't dictate how any of his works should be displayed. He allows the curators and art handlers to make choices about where the work should be folded, tucked and laid flat. The artist has said "The whole idea is that I want to involve whoever is dealing with the artwork to also bring in a bit of him- or herself, to incorporate the way he or she is feeling."
What kind of ink was used for these writings?
Great question. Black ink was often made of soot mixed with water and reed brushes were used to write with.
What is this made of? Was it carved or assembled?
That's a popular question today! It was assembled. The artist, Leonardo Drew, works primarily with new materials that he transforms to look as though they were found. His work is meant to draw from memories of his childhood surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill. 
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Here's what people are asking.

Why can't we precisely date those gold pendants? 700-1550 is a huge time range! 
We don't know the precise dates because gold tends be difficult to date. Gold can be melted down and recreated into something else so it's especially hard to know. Also, the imagery in this culture didn't change too often.
Even with carbon-14 technology?
Carbon-14 can only be used to date organic materials. It doesn't work for objects made of metal or stone. 
Where did the ivory come from? Because I think of ivory coming from elephants but I don't think there are elephants in South America.
Ivory can refer to the tusks and teeth of a number of different animals, not just elephants. In this case, the ivory probably came from a whale tooth.
Cool, thanks!
No problem!
How did Brigham decide on the three-dimensional components of this piece?
He got his ideas from his surroundings. Brigham lived on Shelter Island and would often wander around looking for materials for his "marine mosaic" windows.
The glass in the sunset is a little more traditional but the seashells were the artist's innovation, and the green pieces in the plant stems came from broken wine glasses!
Neat, the story behind the craftsmanship enhances the experience.
He found materials everywhere!
What can you tell me about this?
The artist, Leonardo Drew, creates abstract works out of what appears to be found found materials, trash and detritus. In reality his works are made out of almost entirely new things. Things like wood, rusted iron, cotton, paper, mud—that he intentionally subjects to processes of weathering, burning, oxidization, and decay. The work draws on Drew's  childhood memories and surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill.
What culture is this from?
This is one of our Huastec sculptures. This one represents a warrior and we have another Huastec sculpture on display types of individuals represented on the 5th floor. The Huastec are an indigenous people of eastern Mexico.
The description says 'blue faience with black painted details'. What is faience?
Faience is a really interesting material created by the Egyptians, some scholars have called it the first "high-tech" ceramic! Give me a moment to type out some information on the materials and production.
The primary material is pure silica, found in the sand and ground quartz. The Egyptian word for faience is tjehenet, which means dazzling. You can imagine how sparkling the white ground silica must have been! The silica was mixed with a small amount of lime or calcium oxide, which would rise to the surface during firing and obtain this rich blue color.
You'll see other beautiful faience pieces throughout the Egyptian galleries. Each material you see tells us a story about trade, innovation, status, and even the topography of Ancient Egypt.
Did the collective De Stijl embrace practicality at all? I find furniture an unusual/interesting medium for a movement concerned with reduction and transformation. What were they hoping to achieve with furniture as a medium?
Interesting thoughts! This in particular is certainly more of an art piece than a comfort piece of furniture. The yellow that you see is meant to symbolize cut wood, for example. The avoidance of natural forms emphasizes the man-made nature of the chair rather than physical comfort.       
Were the artists involved in De Stijl in opposition to nature at all? Are there any manifestos, etc. from the movement?
There was a publication called "de Stijl" that presented their ideas and works. The group was influenced by DaDa which abandoned traditional forms in art.
Thanks! I'll have to read some snippets from those. Was the movement exclusively Dutch?
You're welcome! The group certainly began as a Dutch group, but their sentiments were eventually adopted by artists of other nationalities and the publication included non-Dutch artists as well. It was the first journal devoted to abstraction in art.
Does the work always look like this?
One of the many interesting things about El Anatsui's work is that he doesn't dictate how any of his works should be displayed. He allows the curators and art handlers to make choices about where the work should be folded, tucked and laid flat. The artist has said "The whole idea is that I want to involve whoever is dealing with the artwork to also bring in a bit of him- or herself, to incorporate the way he or she is feeling."
What kind of ink was used for these writings?
Great question. Black ink was often made of soot mixed with water and reed brushes were used to write with.
What is this made of? Was it carved or assembled?
That's a popular question today! It was assembled. The artist, Leonardo Drew, works primarily with new materials that he transforms to look as though they were found. His work is meant to draw from memories of his childhood surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill. 
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.

Why can't we precisely date those gold pendants? 700-1550 is a huge time range! 
We don't know the precise dates because gold tends be difficult to date. Gold can be melted down and recreated into something else so it's especially hard to know. Also, the imagery in this culture didn't change too often.
Even with carbon-14 technology?
Carbon-14 can only be used to date organic materials. It doesn't work for objects made of metal or stone. 
Where did the ivory come from? Because I think of ivory coming from elephants but I don't think there are elephants in South America.
Ivory can refer to the tusks and teeth of a number of different animals, not just elephants. In this case, the ivory probably came from a whale tooth.
Cool, thanks!
No problem!
How did Brigham decide on the three-dimensional components of this piece?
He got his ideas from his surroundings. Brigham lived on Shelter Island and would often wander around looking for materials for his "marine mosaic" windows.
The glass in the sunset is a little more traditional but the seashells were the artist's innovation, and the green pieces in the plant stems came from broken wine glasses!
Neat, the story behind the craftsmanship enhances the experience.
He found materials everywhere!
What can you tell me about this?
The artist, Leonardo Drew, creates abstract works out of what appears to be found found materials, trash and detritus. In reality his works are made out of almost entirely new things. Things like wood, rusted iron, cotton, paper, mud—that he intentionally subjects to processes of weathering, burning, oxidization, and decay. The work draws on Drew's  childhood memories and surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill.
What culture is this from?
This is one of our Huastec sculptures. This one represents a warrior and we have another Huastec sculpture on display types of individuals represented on the 5th floor. The Huastec are an indigenous people of eastern Mexico.
The description says 'blue faience with black painted details'. What is faience?
Faience is a really interesting material created by the Egyptians, some scholars have called it the first "high-tech" ceramic! Give me a moment to type out some information on the materials and production.
The primary material is pure silica, found in the sand and ground quartz. The Egyptian word for faience is tjehenet, which means dazzling. You can imagine how sparkling the white ground silica must have been! The silica was mixed with a small amount of lime or calcium oxide, which would rise to the surface during firing and obtain this rich blue color.
You'll see other beautiful faience pieces throughout the Egyptian galleries. Each material you see tells us a story about trade, innovation, status, and even the topography of Ancient Egypt.
Did the collective De Stijl embrace practicality at all? I find furniture an unusual/interesting medium for a movement concerned with reduction and transformation. What were they hoping to achieve with furniture as a medium?
Interesting thoughts! This in particular is certainly more of an art piece than a comfort piece of furniture. The yellow that you see is meant to symbolize cut wood, for example. The avoidance of natural forms emphasizes the man-made nature of the chair rather than physical comfort.       
Were the artists involved in De Stijl in opposition to nature at all? Are there any manifestos, etc. from the movement?
There was a publication called "de Stijl" that presented their ideas and works. The group was influenced by DaDa which abandoned traditional forms in art.
Thanks! I'll have to read some snippets from those. Was the movement exclusively Dutch?
You're welcome! The group certainly began as a Dutch group, but their sentiments were eventually adopted by artists of other nationalities and the publication included non-Dutch artists as well. It was the first journal devoted to abstraction in art.
Does the work always look like this?
One of the many interesting things about El Anatsui's work is that he doesn't dictate how any of his works should be displayed. He allows the curators and art handlers to make choices about where the work should be folded, tucked and laid flat. The artist has said "The whole idea is that I want to involve whoever is dealing with the artwork to also bring in a bit of him- or herself, to incorporate the way he or she is feeling."
What kind of ink was used for these writings?
Great question. Black ink was often made of soot mixed with water and reed brushes were used to write with.
What is this made of? Was it carved or assembled?
That's a popular question today! It was assembled. The artist, Leonardo Drew, works primarily with new materials that he transforms to look as though they were found. His work is meant to draw from memories of his childhood surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill. 
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.

Why can't we precisely date those gold pendants? 700-1550 is a huge time range! 
We don't know the precise dates because gold tends be difficult to date. Gold can be melted down and recreated into something else so it's especially hard to know. Also, the imagery in this culture didn't change too often.
Even with carbon-14 technology?
Carbon-14 can only be used to date organic materials. It doesn't work for objects made of metal or stone. 
Where did the ivory come from? Because I think of ivory coming from elephants but I don't think there are elephants in South America.
Ivory can refer to the tusks and teeth of a number of different animals, not just elephants. In this case, the ivory probably came from a whale tooth.
Cool, thanks!
No problem!
How did Brigham decide on the three-dimensional components of this piece?
He got his ideas from his surroundings. Brigham lived on Shelter Island and would often wander around looking for materials for his "marine mosaic" windows.
The glass in the sunset is a little more traditional but the seashells were the artist's innovation, and the green pieces in the plant stems came from broken wine glasses!
Neat, the story behind the craftsmanship enhances the experience.
He found materials everywhere!
What can you tell me about this?
The artist, Leonardo Drew, creates abstract works out of what appears to be found found materials, trash and detritus. In reality his works are made out of almost entirely new things. Things like wood, rusted iron, cotton, paper, mud—that he intentionally subjects to processes of weathering, burning, oxidization, and decay. The work draws on Drew's  childhood memories and surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill.
What culture is this from?
This is one of our Huastec sculptures. This one represents a warrior and we have another Huastec sculpture on display types of individuals represented on the 5th floor. The Huastec are an indigenous people of eastern Mexico.
The description says 'blue faience with black painted details'. What is faience?
Faience is a really interesting material created by the Egyptians, some scholars have called it the first "high-tech" ceramic! Give me a moment to type out some information on the materials and production.
The primary material is pure silica, found in the sand and ground quartz. The Egyptian word for faience is tjehenet, which means dazzling. You can imagine how sparkling the white ground silica must have been! The silica was mixed with a small amount of lime or calcium oxide, which would rise to the surface during firing and obtain this rich blue color.
You'll see other beautiful faience pieces throughout the Egyptian galleries. Each material you see tells us a story about trade, innovation, status, and even the topography of Ancient Egypt.
Did the collective De Stijl embrace practicality at all? I find furniture an unusual/interesting medium for a movement concerned with reduction and transformation. What were they hoping to achieve with furniture as a medium?
Interesting thoughts! This in particular is certainly more of an art piece than a comfort piece of furniture. The yellow that you see is meant to symbolize cut wood, for example. The avoidance of natural forms emphasizes the man-made nature of the chair rather than physical comfort.       
Were the artists involved in De Stijl in opposition to nature at all? Are there any manifestos, etc. from the movement?
There was a publication called "de Stijl" that presented their ideas and works. The group was influenced by DaDa which abandoned traditional forms in art.
Thanks! I'll have to read some snippets from those. Was the movement exclusively Dutch?
You're welcome! The group certainly began as a Dutch group, but their sentiments were eventually adopted by artists of other nationalities and the publication included non-Dutch artists as well. It was the first journal devoted to abstraction in art.
Does the work always look like this?
One of the many interesting things about El Anatsui's work is that he doesn't dictate how any of his works should be displayed. He allows the curators and art handlers to make choices about where the work should be folded, tucked and laid flat. The artist has said "The whole idea is that I want to involve whoever is dealing with the artwork to also bring in a bit of him- or herself, to incorporate the way he or she is feeling."
What kind of ink was used for these writings?
Great question. Black ink was often made of soot mixed with water and reed brushes were used to write with.
What is this made of? Was it carved or assembled?
That's a popular question today! It was assembled. The artist, Leonardo Drew, works primarily with new materials that he transforms to look as though they were found. His work is meant to draw from memories of his childhood surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill. 
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.

Why can't we precisely date those gold pendants? 700-1550 is a huge time range! 
We don't know the precise dates because gold tends be difficult to date. Gold can be melted down and recreated into something else so it's especially hard to know. Also, the imagery in this culture didn't change too often.
Even with carbon-14 technology?
Carbon-14 can only be used to date organic materials. It doesn't work for objects made of metal or stone. 
Where did the ivory come from? Because I think of ivory coming from elephants but I don't think there are elephants in South America.
Ivory can refer to the tusks and teeth of a number of different animals, not just elephants. In this case, the ivory probably came from a whale tooth.
Cool, thanks!
No problem!
How did Brigham decide on the three-dimensional components of this piece?
He got his ideas from his surroundings. Brigham lived on Shelter Island and would often wander around looking for materials for his "marine mosaic" windows.
The glass in the sunset is a little more traditional but the seashells were the artist's innovation, and the green pieces in the plant stems came from broken wine glasses!
Neat, the story behind the craftsmanship enhances the experience.
He found materials everywhere!
What can you tell me about this?
The artist, Leonardo Drew, creates abstract works out of what appears to be found found materials, trash and detritus. In reality his works are made out of almost entirely new things. Things like wood, rusted iron, cotton, paper, mud—that he intentionally subjects to processes of weathering, burning, oxidization, and decay. The work draws on Drew's  childhood memories and surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill.
What culture is this from?
This is one of our Huastec sculptures. This one represents a warrior and we have another Huastec sculpture on display types of individuals represented on the 5th floor. The Huastec are an indigenous people of eastern Mexico.
The description says 'blue faience with black painted details'. What is faience?
Faience is a really interesting material created by the Egyptians, some scholars have called it the first "high-tech" ceramic! Give me a moment to type out some information on the materials and production.
The primary material is pure silica, found in the sand and ground quartz. The Egyptian word for faience is tjehenet, which means dazzling. You can imagine how sparkling the white ground silica must have been! The silica was mixed with a small amount of lime or calcium oxide, which would rise to the surface during firing and obtain this rich blue color.
You'll see other beautiful faience pieces throughout the Egyptian galleries. Each material you see tells us a story about trade, innovation, status, and even the topography of Ancient Egypt.
Did the collective De Stijl embrace practicality at all? I find furniture an unusual/interesting medium for a movement concerned with reduction and transformation. What were they hoping to achieve with furniture as a medium?
Interesting thoughts! This in particular is certainly more of an art piece than a comfort piece of furniture. The yellow that you see is meant to symbolize cut wood, for example. The avoidance of natural forms emphasizes the man-made nature of the chair rather than physical comfort.       
Were the artists involved in De Stijl in opposition to nature at all? Are there any manifestos, etc. from the movement?
There was a publication called "de Stijl" that presented their ideas and works. The group was influenced by DaDa which abandoned traditional forms in art.
Thanks! I'll have to read some snippets from those. Was the movement exclusively Dutch?
You're welcome! The group certainly began as a Dutch group, but their sentiments were eventually adopted by artists of other nationalities and the publication included non-Dutch artists as well. It was the first journal devoted to abstraction in art.
Does the work always look like this?
One of the many interesting things about El Anatsui's work is that he doesn't dictate how any of his works should be displayed. He allows the curators and art handlers to make choices about where the work should be folded, tucked and laid flat. The artist has said "The whole idea is that I want to involve whoever is dealing with the artwork to also bring in a bit of him- or herself, to incorporate the way he or she is feeling."
What kind of ink was used for these writings?
Great question. Black ink was often made of soot mixed with water and reed brushes were used to write with.
What is this made of? Was it carved or assembled?
That's a popular question today! It was assembled. The artist, Leonardo Drew, works primarily with new materials that he transforms to look as though they were found. His work is meant to draw from memories of his childhood surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill. 
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.

Why can't we precisely date those gold pendants? 700-1550 is a huge time range! 
We don't know the precise dates because gold tends be difficult to date. Gold can be melted down and recreated into something else so it's especially hard to know. Also, the imagery in this culture didn't change too often.
Even with carbon-14 technology?
Carbon-14 can only be used to date organic materials. It doesn't work for objects made of metal or stone. 
Where did the ivory come from? Because I think of ivory coming from elephants but I don't think there are elephants in South America.
Ivory can refer to the tusks and teeth of a number of different animals, not just elephants. In this case, the ivory probably came from a whale tooth.
Cool, thanks!
No problem!
How did Brigham decide on the three-dimensional components of this piece?
He got his ideas from his surroundings. Brigham lived on Shelter Island and would often wander around looking for materials for his "marine mosaic" windows.
The glass in the sunset is a little more traditional but the seashells were the artist's innovation, and the green pieces in the plant stems came from broken wine glasses!
Neat, the story behind the craftsmanship enhances the experience.
He found materials everywhere!
What can you tell me about this?
The artist, Leonardo Drew, creates abstract works out of what appears to be found found materials, trash and detritus. In reality his works are made out of almost entirely new things. Things like wood, rusted iron, cotton, paper, mud—that he intentionally subjects to processes of weathering, burning, oxidization, and decay. The work draws on Drew's  childhood memories and surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill.
What culture is this from?
This is one of our Huastec sculptures. This one represents a warrior and we have another Huastec sculpture on display types of individuals represented on the 5th floor. The Huastec are an indigenous people of eastern Mexico.
The description says 'blue faience with black painted details'. What is faience?
Faience is a really interesting material created by the Egyptians, some scholars have called it the first "high-tech" ceramic! Give me a moment to type out some information on the materials and production.
The primary material is pure silica, found in the sand and ground quartz. The Egyptian word for faience is tjehenet, which means dazzling. You can imagine how sparkling the white ground silica must have been! The silica was mixed with a small amount of lime or calcium oxide, which would rise to the surface during firing and obtain this rich blue color.
You'll see other beautiful faience pieces throughout the Egyptian galleries. Each material you see tells us a story about trade, innovation, status, and even the topography of Ancient Egypt.
Did the collective De Stijl embrace practicality at all? I find furniture an unusual/interesting medium for a movement concerned with reduction and transformation. What were they hoping to achieve with furniture as a medium?
Interesting thoughts! This in particular is certainly more of an art piece than a comfort piece of furniture. The yellow that you see is meant to symbolize cut wood, for example. The avoidance of natural forms emphasizes the man-made nature of the chair rather than physical comfort.       
Were the artists involved in De Stijl in opposition to nature at all? Are there any manifestos, etc. from the movement?
There was a publication called "de Stijl" that presented their ideas and works. The group was influenced by DaDa which abandoned traditional forms in art.
Thanks! I'll have to read some snippets from those. Was the movement exclusively Dutch?
You're welcome! The group certainly began as a Dutch group, but their sentiments were eventually adopted by artists of other nationalities and the publication included non-Dutch artists as well. It was the first journal devoted to abstraction in art.
Does the work always look like this?
One of the many interesting things about El Anatsui's work is that he doesn't dictate how any of his works should be displayed. He allows the curators and art handlers to make choices about where the work should be folded, tucked and laid flat. The artist has said "The whole idea is that I want to involve whoever is dealing with the artwork to also bring in a bit of him- or herself, to incorporate the way he or she is feeling."
What kind of ink was used for these writings?
Great question. Black ink was often made of soot mixed with water and reed brushes were used to write with.
What is this made of? Was it carved or assembled?
That's a popular question today! It was assembled. The artist, Leonardo Drew, works primarily with new materials that he transforms to look as though they were found. His work is meant to draw from memories of his childhood surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill. 
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.

Why can't we precisely date those gold pendants? 700-1550 is a huge time range! 
We don't know the precise dates because gold tends be difficult to date. Gold can be melted down and recreated into something else so it's especially hard to know. Also, the imagery in this culture didn't change too often.
Even with carbon-14 technology?
Carbon-14 can only be used to date organic materials. It doesn't work for objects made of metal or stone. 
Where did the ivory come from? Because I think of ivory coming from elephants but I don't think there are elephants in South America.
Ivory can refer to the tusks and teeth of a number of different animals, not just elephants. In this case, the ivory probably came from a whale tooth.
Cool, thanks!
No problem!
How did Brigham decide on the three-dimensional components of this piece?
He got his ideas from his surroundings. Brigham lived on Shelter Island and would often wander around looking for materials for his "marine mosaic" windows.
The glass in the sunset is a little more traditional but the seashells were the artist's innovation, and the green pieces in the plant stems came from broken wine glasses!
Neat, the story behind the craftsmanship enhances the experience.
He found materials everywhere!
What can you tell me about this?
The artist, Leonardo Drew, creates abstract works out of what appears to be found found materials, trash and detritus. In reality his works are made out of almost entirely new things. Things like wood, rusted iron, cotton, paper, mud—that he intentionally subjects to processes of weathering, burning, oxidization, and decay. The work draws on Drew's  childhood memories and surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill.
What culture is this from?
This is one of our Huastec sculptures. This one represents a warrior and we have another Huastec sculpture on display types of individuals represented on the 5th floor. The Huastec are an indigenous people of eastern Mexico.
The description says 'blue faience with black painted details'. What is faience?
Faience is a really interesting material created by the Egyptians, some scholars have called it the first "high-tech" ceramic! Give me a moment to type out some information on the materials and production.
The primary material is pure silica, found in the sand and ground quartz. The Egyptian word for faience is tjehenet, which means dazzling. You can imagine how sparkling the white ground silica must have been! The silica was mixed with a small amount of lime or calcium oxide, which would rise to the surface during firing and obtain this rich blue color.
You'll see other beautiful faience pieces throughout the Egyptian galleries. Each material you see tells us a story about trade, innovation, status, and even the topography of Ancient Egypt.
Did the collective De Stijl embrace practicality at all? I find furniture an unusual/interesting medium for a movement concerned with reduction and transformation. What were they hoping to achieve with furniture as a medium?
Interesting thoughts! This in particular is certainly more of an art piece than a comfort piece of furniture. The yellow that you see is meant to symbolize cut wood, for example. The avoidance of natural forms emphasizes the man-made nature of the chair rather than physical comfort.       
Were the artists involved in De Stijl in opposition to nature at all? Are there any manifestos, etc. from the movement?
There was a publication called "de Stijl" that presented their ideas and works. The group was influenced by DaDa which abandoned traditional forms in art.
Thanks! I'll have to read some snippets from those. Was the movement exclusively Dutch?
You're welcome! The group certainly began as a Dutch group, but their sentiments were eventually adopted by artists of other nationalities and the publication included non-Dutch artists as well. It was the first journal devoted to abstraction in art.
Does the work always look like this?
One of the many interesting things about El Anatsui's work is that he doesn't dictate how any of his works should be displayed. He allows the curators and art handlers to make choices about where the work should be folded, tucked and laid flat. The artist has said "The whole idea is that I want to involve whoever is dealing with the artwork to also bring in a bit of him- or herself, to incorporate the way he or she is feeling."
What kind of ink was used for these writings?
Great question. Black ink was often made of soot mixed with water and reed brushes were used to write with.
What is this made of? Was it carved or assembled?
That's a popular question today! It was assembled. The artist, Leonardo Drew, works primarily with new materials that he transforms to look as though they were found. His work is meant to draw from memories of his childhood surroundings—from the housing project where he lived to the adjacent landfill. 
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.