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Here's what people are asking.

What is the rest of this artist's work like? Was he very prolific?
Biggers did create a large body of work over his career. He was a prominent artist of the Harlem Renaissance. When you see a number of his works next to each other, you can see a similarity in how he uses line - long and sinewy.
He is best known for his murals but is also well respected for his drawings, prints, and sculpture. His works often contains shotgun houses, churches, or railroads—symbols of black culture, spiritual rebirth, and travel.
Why is the nose missing from the statue?
The nose may be broken for two reasons--one being that when sculptures fell down, the nose was the first part to hit and would break; the other reason is iconoclasm, or, that people of a different religion would destroy them out of belief that these images were unholy.
This painting is really pretty.
It's a very "pretty" picture for sure, and reflective of traditional tastes at the time. Daniel Ridgway Knight was born in Philadelphia and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He relocated to France in the early 1870s and lived there as an expatriate. He was influenced by French artists like Jules Breton who favored idyllic scenes of figures in pastoral landscapes. He paid close attention to detail and lighting effects, but he used models and ignored the harsher realities of agricultural life.
Is this painter related to the Tiffany known for lampshades?
Yes, he is. This artist, Louis Comfort Tiffany, founded an interior design studio in New York in the 1880s. His company created everything from furniture to textiles to ceramics, but they became best-known for their innovative and artistic stained glass. Also interesting: L. C. Tiffany was the son of Charles Louis Tiffany, who founded Tiffany & Co. earlier in the 1800s. 
Is this an original painting or a copy?
It is an original painting and it directly references works from the history of art. Wiley poses his models in the same gestures from the history of art. I am curious, what about this work looked like it might be a copy?
Firstly, there's no plaque with name of artist and the color doesn't look like paint. What kind of paint does the artist use?
Wiley uses oil paint in his work and paints in a manner that his brushstrokes are not so visible (especially from a distance). The object label with artist, title, and information is located near the entrance to that gallery (to the right of the video installation).
I've seen this painting in documentaries before and I've always wondered about if it was based on an actual event. Do you know?
It is supposedly based on an actual event--the artist, Eastman Johnson, has said that he witnessed this family fleeing and was then inspired to paint the scene. Johnson reportedly witnessed it near the Manassas, Virginia battlefield just days before the Confederate stronghold gave up to the Union forces.
Is that a fair skinned black woman in the painting? Do we know?
It is--Johnson sensitively portrayed a variety of skin tones in his paintings of African Americans. His decision to do so is in sharp contrast to the caricatures and stereotypes that existed at the time.
How big was the team that helped him?
So, we don't actually know how many people were involved in the making of this sculpture, but I can tell you a little more about the artist's process. An earlier version of this work was produced in an limited edition of toys in 1999 and released in Japan. With that model in mind, the artist generated a model for the enlargement of the piece. He finally ended up working with a woodshop in the Netherlands, which helped him produce it. The artist himself spoke about this: "I start with drawings, then I work with a sculptor to make a small model. When I have that right, I send it to the foundry to digitize and produce it in large-scale."
We would like the answer to the question: what is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in the room is the concealed bar in the corner. This is the piece with the most interesting history and it is concealed because of prohibition which forbade alcohol consumption in the US from 1919 to 1933. It holds a bit of American history! This room is also interesting because it is the only 20th century period room in the Museum's collections.
Are the carpet and wallpaper original?
Neither the carpet or wallpaper are original to the house. Both are reproductions of what were popular at the time. The carpet is called "Venetian carpet" and was woven in strips and the wallpaper is a reproduction of a French document paper with the background color changed from mauve to pale orange. The border paper around the door, windows and chair rail would also have been in style as a decorative motif.
What's the price estimate of this work?
Unfortunately, for insurance and ethical reasons, museums cannot share how much our works were priced at when we acquired them or how much they are currently worth.
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.

What is the rest of this artist's work like? Was he very prolific?
Biggers did create a large body of work over his career. He was a prominent artist of the Harlem Renaissance. When you see a number of his works next to each other, you can see a similarity in how he uses line - long and sinewy.
He is best known for his murals but is also well respected for his drawings, prints, and sculpture. His works often contains shotgun houses, churches, or railroads—symbols of black culture, spiritual rebirth, and travel.
Why is the nose missing from the statue?
The nose may be broken for two reasons--one being that when sculptures fell down, the nose was the first part to hit and would break; the other reason is iconoclasm, or, that people of a different religion would destroy them out of belief that these images were unholy.
This painting is really pretty.
It's a very "pretty" picture for sure, and reflective of traditional tastes at the time. Daniel Ridgway Knight was born in Philadelphia and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He relocated to France in the early 1870s and lived there as an expatriate. He was influenced by French artists like Jules Breton who favored idyllic scenes of figures in pastoral landscapes. He paid close attention to detail and lighting effects, but he used models and ignored the harsher realities of agricultural life.
Is this painter related to the Tiffany known for lampshades?
Yes, he is. This artist, Louis Comfort Tiffany, founded an interior design studio in New York in the 1880s. His company created everything from furniture to textiles to ceramics, but they became best-known for their innovative and artistic stained glass. Also interesting: L. C. Tiffany was the son of Charles Louis Tiffany, who founded Tiffany & Co. earlier in the 1800s. 
Is this an original painting or a copy?
It is an original painting and it directly references works from the history of art. Wiley poses his models in the same gestures from the history of art. I am curious, what about this work looked like it might be a copy?
Firstly, there's no plaque with name of artist and the color doesn't look like paint. What kind of paint does the artist use?
Wiley uses oil paint in his work and paints in a manner that his brushstrokes are not so visible (especially from a distance). The object label with artist, title, and information is located near the entrance to that gallery (to the right of the video installation).
I've seen this painting in documentaries before and I've always wondered about if it was based on an actual event. Do you know?
It is supposedly based on an actual event--the artist, Eastman Johnson, has said that he witnessed this family fleeing and was then inspired to paint the scene. Johnson reportedly witnessed it near the Manassas, Virginia battlefield just days before the Confederate stronghold gave up to the Union forces.
Is that a fair skinned black woman in the painting? Do we know?
It is--Johnson sensitively portrayed a variety of skin tones in his paintings of African Americans. His decision to do so is in sharp contrast to the caricatures and stereotypes that existed at the time.
How big was the team that helped him?
So, we don't actually know how many people were involved in the making of this sculpture, but I can tell you a little more about the artist's process. An earlier version of this work was produced in an limited edition of toys in 1999 and released in Japan. With that model in mind, the artist generated a model for the enlargement of the piece. He finally ended up working with a woodshop in the Netherlands, which helped him produce it. The artist himself spoke about this: "I start with drawings, then I work with a sculptor to make a small model. When I have that right, I send it to the foundry to digitize and produce it in large-scale."
We would like the answer to the question: what is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in the room is the concealed bar in the corner. This is the piece with the most interesting history and it is concealed because of prohibition which forbade alcohol consumption in the US from 1919 to 1933. It holds a bit of American history! This room is also interesting because it is the only 20th century period room in the Museum's collections.
Are the carpet and wallpaper original?
Neither the carpet or wallpaper are original to the house. Both are reproductions of what were popular at the time. The carpet is called "Venetian carpet" and was woven in strips and the wallpaper is a reproduction of a French document paper with the background color changed from mauve to pale orange. The border paper around the door, windows and chair rail would also have been in style as a decorative motif.
What's the price estimate of this work?
Unfortunately, for insurance and ethical reasons, museums cannot share how much our works were priced at when we acquired them or how much they are currently worth.
ASK App ASK Team

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

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ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is the rest of this artist's work like? Was he very prolific?
Biggers did create a large body of work over his career. He was a prominent artist of the Harlem Renaissance. When you see a number of his works next to each other, you can see a similarity in how he uses line - long and sinewy.
He is best known for his murals but is also well respected for his drawings, prints, and sculpture. His works often contains shotgun houses, churches, or railroads—symbols of black culture, spiritual rebirth, and travel.
Why is the nose missing from the statue?
The nose may be broken for two reasons--one being that when sculptures fell down, the nose was the first part to hit and would break; the other reason is iconoclasm, or, that people of a different religion would destroy them out of belief that these images were unholy.
This painting is really pretty.
It's a very "pretty" picture for sure, and reflective of traditional tastes at the time. Daniel Ridgway Knight was born in Philadelphia and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He relocated to France in the early 1870s and lived there as an expatriate. He was influenced by French artists like Jules Breton who favored idyllic scenes of figures in pastoral landscapes. He paid close attention to detail and lighting effects, but he used models and ignored the harsher realities of agricultural life.
Is this painter related to the Tiffany known for lampshades?
Yes, he is. This artist, Louis Comfort Tiffany, founded an interior design studio in New York in the 1880s. His company created everything from furniture to textiles to ceramics, but they became best-known for their innovative and artistic stained glass. Also interesting: L. C. Tiffany was the son of Charles Louis Tiffany, who founded Tiffany & Co. earlier in the 1800s. 
Is this an original painting or a copy?
It is an original painting and it directly references works from the history of art. Wiley poses his models in the same gestures from the history of art. I am curious, what about this work looked like it might be a copy?
Firstly, there's no plaque with name of artist and the color doesn't look like paint. What kind of paint does the artist use?
Wiley uses oil paint in his work and paints in a manner that his brushstrokes are not so visible (especially from a distance). The object label with artist, title, and information is located near the entrance to that gallery (to the right of the video installation).
I've seen this painting in documentaries before and I've always wondered about if it was based on an actual event. Do you know?
It is supposedly based on an actual event--the artist, Eastman Johnson, has said that he witnessed this family fleeing and was then inspired to paint the scene. Johnson reportedly witnessed it near the Manassas, Virginia battlefield just days before the Confederate stronghold gave up to the Union forces.
Is that a fair skinned black woman in the painting? Do we know?
It is--Johnson sensitively portrayed a variety of skin tones in his paintings of African Americans. His decision to do so is in sharp contrast to the caricatures and stereotypes that existed at the time.
How big was the team that helped him?
So, we don't actually know how many people were involved in the making of this sculpture, but I can tell you a little more about the artist's process. An earlier version of this work was produced in an limited edition of toys in 1999 and released in Japan. With that model in mind, the artist generated a model for the enlargement of the piece. He finally ended up working with a woodshop in the Netherlands, which helped him produce it. The artist himself spoke about this: "I start with drawings, then I work with a sculptor to make a small model. When I have that right, I send it to the foundry to digitize and produce it in large-scale."
We would like the answer to the question: what is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in the room is the concealed bar in the corner. This is the piece with the most interesting history and it is concealed because of prohibition which forbade alcohol consumption in the US from 1919 to 1933. It holds a bit of American history! This room is also interesting because it is the only 20th century period room in the Museum's collections.
Are the carpet and wallpaper original?
Neither the carpet or wallpaper are original to the house. Both are reproductions of what were popular at the time. The carpet is called "Venetian carpet" and was woven in strips and the wallpaper is a reproduction of a French document paper with the background color changed from mauve to pale orange. The border paper around the door, windows and chair rail would also have been in style as a decorative motif.
What's the price estimate of this work?
Unfortunately, for insurance and ethical reasons, museums cannot share how much our works were priced at when we acquired them or how much they are currently worth.
ASK App ASK Team

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

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ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is the rest of this artist's work like? Was he very prolific?
Biggers did create a large body of work over his career. He was a prominent artist of the Harlem Renaissance. When you see a number of his works next to each other, you can see a similarity in how he uses line - long and sinewy.
He is best known for his murals but is also well respected for his drawings, prints, and sculpture. His works often contains shotgun houses, churches, or railroads—symbols of black culture, spiritual rebirth, and travel.
Why is the nose missing from the statue?
The nose may be broken for two reasons--one being that when sculptures fell down, the nose was the first part to hit and would break; the other reason is iconoclasm, or, that people of a different religion would destroy them out of belief that these images were unholy.
This painting is really pretty.
It's a very "pretty" picture for sure, and reflective of traditional tastes at the time. Daniel Ridgway Knight was born in Philadelphia and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He relocated to France in the early 1870s and lived there as an expatriate. He was influenced by French artists like Jules Breton who favored idyllic scenes of figures in pastoral landscapes. He paid close attention to detail and lighting effects, but he used models and ignored the harsher realities of agricultural life.
Is this painter related to the Tiffany known for lampshades?
Yes, he is. This artist, Louis Comfort Tiffany, founded an interior design studio in New York in the 1880s. His company created everything from furniture to textiles to ceramics, but they became best-known for their innovative and artistic stained glass. Also interesting: L. C. Tiffany was the son of Charles Louis Tiffany, who founded Tiffany & Co. earlier in the 1800s. 
Is this an original painting or a copy?
It is an original painting and it directly references works from the history of art. Wiley poses his models in the same gestures from the history of art. I am curious, what about this work looked like it might be a copy?
Firstly, there's no plaque with name of artist and the color doesn't look like paint. What kind of paint does the artist use?
Wiley uses oil paint in his work and paints in a manner that his brushstrokes are not so visible (especially from a distance). The object label with artist, title, and information is located near the entrance to that gallery (to the right of the video installation).
I've seen this painting in documentaries before and I've always wondered about if it was based on an actual event. Do you know?
It is supposedly based on an actual event--the artist, Eastman Johnson, has said that he witnessed this family fleeing and was then inspired to paint the scene. Johnson reportedly witnessed it near the Manassas, Virginia battlefield just days before the Confederate stronghold gave up to the Union forces.
Is that a fair skinned black woman in the painting? Do we know?
It is--Johnson sensitively portrayed a variety of skin tones in his paintings of African Americans. His decision to do so is in sharp contrast to the caricatures and stereotypes that existed at the time.
How big was the team that helped him?
So, we don't actually know how many people were involved in the making of this sculpture, but I can tell you a little more about the artist's process. An earlier version of this work was produced in an limited edition of toys in 1999 and released in Japan. With that model in mind, the artist generated a model for the enlargement of the piece. He finally ended up working with a woodshop in the Netherlands, which helped him produce it. The artist himself spoke about this: "I start with drawings, then I work with a sculptor to make a small model. When I have that right, I send it to the foundry to digitize and produce it in large-scale."
We would like the answer to the question: what is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in the room is the concealed bar in the corner. This is the piece with the most interesting history and it is concealed because of prohibition which forbade alcohol consumption in the US from 1919 to 1933. It holds a bit of American history! This room is also interesting because it is the only 20th century period room in the Museum's collections.
Are the carpet and wallpaper original?
Neither the carpet or wallpaper are original to the house. Both are reproductions of what were popular at the time. The carpet is called "Venetian carpet" and was woven in strips and the wallpaper is a reproduction of a French document paper with the background color changed from mauve to pale orange. The border paper around the door, windows and chair rail would also have been in style as a decorative motif.
What's the price estimate of this work?
Unfortunately, for insurance and ethical reasons, museums cannot share how much our works were priced at when we acquired them or how much they are currently worth.
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.

What is the rest of this artist's work like? Was he very prolific?
Biggers did create a large body of work over his career. He was a prominent artist of the Harlem Renaissance. When you see a number of his works next to each other, you can see a similarity in how he uses line - long and sinewy.
He is best known for his murals but is also well respected for his drawings, prints, and sculpture. His works often contains shotgun houses, churches, or railroads—symbols of black culture, spiritual rebirth, and travel.
Why is the nose missing from the statue?
The nose may be broken for two reasons--one being that when sculptures fell down, the nose was the first part to hit and would break; the other reason is iconoclasm, or, that people of a different religion would destroy them out of belief that these images were unholy.
This painting is really pretty.
It's a very "pretty" picture for sure, and reflective of traditional tastes at the time. Daniel Ridgway Knight was born in Philadelphia and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He relocated to France in the early 1870s and lived there as an expatriate. He was influenced by French artists like Jules Breton who favored idyllic scenes of figures in pastoral landscapes. He paid close attention to detail and lighting effects, but he used models and ignored the harsher realities of agricultural life.
Is this painter related to the Tiffany known for lampshades?
Yes, he is. This artist, Louis Comfort Tiffany, founded an interior design studio in New York in the 1880s. His company created everything from furniture to textiles to ceramics, but they became best-known for their innovative and artistic stained glass. Also interesting: L. C. Tiffany was the son of Charles Louis Tiffany, who founded Tiffany & Co. earlier in the 1800s. 
Is this an original painting or a copy?
It is an original painting and it directly references works from the history of art. Wiley poses his models in the same gestures from the history of art. I am curious, what about this work looked like it might be a copy?
Firstly, there's no plaque with name of artist and the color doesn't look like paint. What kind of paint does the artist use?
Wiley uses oil paint in his work and paints in a manner that his brushstrokes are not so visible (especially from a distance). The object label with artist, title, and information is located near the entrance to that gallery (to the right of the video installation).
I've seen this painting in documentaries before and I've always wondered about if it was based on an actual event. Do you know?
It is supposedly based on an actual event--the artist, Eastman Johnson, has said that he witnessed this family fleeing and was then inspired to paint the scene. Johnson reportedly witnessed it near the Manassas, Virginia battlefield just days before the Confederate stronghold gave up to the Union forces.
Is that a fair skinned black woman in the painting? Do we know?
It is--Johnson sensitively portrayed a variety of skin tones in his paintings of African Americans. His decision to do so is in sharp contrast to the caricatures and stereotypes that existed at the time.
How big was the team that helped him?
So, we don't actually know how many people were involved in the making of this sculpture, but I can tell you a little more about the artist's process. An earlier version of this work was produced in an limited edition of toys in 1999 and released in Japan. With that model in mind, the artist generated a model for the enlargement of the piece. He finally ended up working with a woodshop in the Netherlands, which helped him produce it. The artist himself spoke about this: "I start with drawings, then I work with a sculptor to make a small model. When I have that right, I send it to the foundry to digitize and produce it in large-scale."
We would like the answer to the question: what is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in the room is the concealed bar in the corner. This is the piece with the most interesting history and it is concealed because of prohibition which forbade alcohol consumption in the US from 1919 to 1933. It holds a bit of American history! This room is also interesting because it is the only 20th century period room in the Museum's collections.
Are the carpet and wallpaper original?
Neither the carpet or wallpaper are original to the house. Both are reproductions of what were popular at the time. The carpet is called "Venetian carpet" and was woven in strips and the wallpaper is a reproduction of a French document paper with the background color changed from mauve to pale orange. The border paper around the door, windows and chair rail would also have been in style as a decorative motif.
What's the price estimate of this work?
Unfortunately, for insurance and ethical reasons, museums cannot share how much our works were priced at when we acquired them or how much they are currently worth.
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.

What is the rest of this artist's work like? Was he very prolific?
Biggers did create a large body of work over his career. He was a prominent artist of the Harlem Renaissance. When you see a number of his works next to each other, you can see a similarity in how he uses line - long and sinewy.
He is best known for his murals but is also well respected for his drawings, prints, and sculpture. His works often contains shotgun houses, churches, or railroads—symbols of black culture, spiritual rebirth, and travel.
Why is the nose missing from the statue?
The nose may be broken for two reasons--one being that when sculptures fell down, the nose was the first part to hit and would break; the other reason is iconoclasm, or, that people of a different religion would destroy them out of belief that these images were unholy.
This painting is really pretty.
It's a very "pretty" picture for sure, and reflective of traditional tastes at the time. Daniel Ridgway Knight was born in Philadelphia and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He relocated to France in the early 1870s and lived there as an expatriate. He was influenced by French artists like Jules Breton who favored idyllic scenes of figures in pastoral landscapes. He paid close attention to detail and lighting effects, but he used models and ignored the harsher realities of agricultural life.
Is this painter related to the Tiffany known for lampshades?
Yes, he is. This artist, Louis Comfort Tiffany, founded an interior design studio in New York in the 1880s. His company created everything from furniture to textiles to ceramics, but they became best-known for their innovative and artistic stained glass. Also interesting: L. C. Tiffany was the son of Charles Louis Tiffany, who founded Tiffany & Co. earlier in the 1800s. 
Is this an original painting or a copy?
It is an original painting and it directly references works from the history of art. Wiley poses his models in the same gestures from the history of art. I am curious, what about this work looked like it might be a copy?
Firstly, there's no plaque with name of artist and the color doesn't look like paint. What kind of paint does the artist use?
Wiley uses oil paint in his work and paints in a manner that his brushstrokes are not so visible (especially from a distance). The object label with artist, title, and information is located near the entrance to that gallery (to the right of the video installation).
I've seen this painting in documentaries before and I've always wondered about if it was based on an actual event. Do you know?
It is supposedly based on an actual event--the artist, Eastman Johnson, has said that he witnessed this family fleeing and was then inspired to paint the scene. Johnson reportedly witnessed it near the Manassas, Virginia battlefield just days before the Confederate stronghold gave up to the Union forces.
Is that a fair skinned black woman in the painting? Do we know?
It is--Johnson sensitively portrayed a variety of skin tones in his paintings of African Americans. His decision to do so is in sharp contrast to the caricatures and stereotypes that existed at the time.
How big was the team that helped him?
So, we don't actually know how many people were involved in the making of this sculpture, but I can tell you a little more about the artist's process. An earlier version of this work was produced in an limited edition of toys in 1999 and released in Japan. With that model in mind, the artist generated a model for the enlargement of the piece. He finally ended up working with a woodshop in the Netherlands, which helped him produce it. The artist himself spoke about this: "I start with drawings, then I work with a sculptor to make a small model. When I have that right, I send it to the foundry to digitize and produce it in large-scale."
We would like the answer to the question: what is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in the room is the concealed bar in the corner. This is the piece with the most interesting history and it is concealed because of prohibition which forbade alcohol consumption in the US from 1919 to 1933. It holds a bit of American history! This room is also interesting because it is the only 20th century period room in the Museum's collections.
Are the carpet and wallpaper original?
Neither the carpet or wallpaper are original to the house. Both are reproductions of what were popular at the time. The carpet is called "Venetian carpet" and was woven in strips and the wallpaper is a reproduction of a French document paper with the background color changed from mauve to pale orange. The border paper around the door, windows and chair rail would also have been in style as a decorative motif.
What's the price estimate of this work?
Unfortunately, for insurance and ethical reasons, museums cannot share how much our works were priced at when we acquired them or how much they are currently worth.
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.

What is the rest of this artist's work like? Was he very prolific?
Biggers did create a large body of work over his career. He was a prominent artist of the Harlem Renaissance. When you see a number of his works next to each other, you can see a similarity in how he uses line - long and sinewy.
He is best known for his murals but is also well respected for his drawings, prints, and sculpture. His works often contains shotgun houses, churches, or railroads—symbols of black culture, spiritual rebirth, and travel.
Why is the nose missing from the statue?
The nose may be broken for two reasons--one being that when sculptures fell down, the nose was the first part to hit and would break; the other reason is iconoclasm, or, that people of a different religion would destroy them out of belief that these images were unholy.
This painting is really pretty.
It's a very "pretty" picture for sure, and reflective of traditional tastes at the time. Daniel Ridgway Knight was born in Philadelphia and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He relocated to France in the early 1870s and lived there as an expatriate. He was influenced by French artists like Jules Breton who favored idyllic scenes of figures in pastoral landscapes. He paid close attention to detail and lighting effects, but he used models and ignored the harsher realities of agricultural life.
Is this painter related to the Tiffany known for lampshades?
Yes, he is. This artist, Louis Comfort Tiffany, founded an interior design studio in New York in the 1880s. His company created everything from furniture to textiles to ceramics, but they became best-known for their innovative and artistic stained glass. Also interesting: L. C. Tiffany was the son of Charles Louis Tiffany, who founded Tiffany & Co. earlier in the 1800s. 
Is this an original painting or a copy?
It is an original painting and it directly references works from the history of art. Wiley poses his models in the same gestures from the history of art. I am curious, what about this work looked like it might be a copy?
Firstly, there's no plaque with name of artist and the color doesn't look like paint. What kind of paint does the artist use?
Wiley uses oil paint in his work and paints in a manner that his brushstrokes are not so visible (especially from a distance). The object label with artist, title, and information is located near the entrance to that gallery (to the right of the video installation).
I've seen this painting in documentaries before and I've always wondered about if it was based on an actual event. Do you know?
It is supposedly based on an actual event--the artist, Eastman Johnson, has said that he witnessed this family fleeing and was then inspired to paint the scene. Johnson reportedly witnessed it near the Manassas, Virginia battlefield just days before the Confederate stronghold gave up to the Union forces.
Is that a fair skinned black woman in the painting? Do we know?
It is--Johnson sensitively portrayed a variety of skin tones in his paintings of African Americans. His decision to do so is in sharp contrast to the caricatures and stereotypes that existed at the time.
How big was the team that helped him?
So, we don't actually know how many people were involved in the making of this sculpture, but I can tell you a little more about the artist's process. An earlier version of this work was produced in an limited edition of toys in 1999 and released in Japan. With that model in mind, the artist generated a model for the enlargement of the piece. He finally ended up working with a woodshop in the Netherlands, which helped him produce it. The artist himself spoke about this: "I start with drawings, then I work with a sculptor to make a small model. When I have that right, I send it to the foundry to digitize and produce it in large-scale."
We would like the answer to the question: what is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in the room is the concealed bar in the corner. This is the piece with the most interesting history and it is concealed because of prohibition which forbade alcohol consumption in the US from 1919 to 1933. It holds a bit of American history! This room is also interesting because it is the only 20th century period room in the Museum's collections.
Are the carpet and wallpaper original?
Neither the carpet or wallpaper are original to the house. Both are reproductions of what were popular at the time. The carpet is called "Venetian carpet" and was woven in strips and the wallpaper is a reproduction of a French document paper with the background color changed from mauve to pale orange. The border paper around the door, windows and chair rail would also have been in style as a decorative motif.
What's the price estimate of this work?
Unfortunately, for insurance and ethical reasons, museums cannot share how much our works were priced at when we acquired them or how much they are currently worth.
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.

What is the rest of this artist's work like? Was he very prolific?
Biggers did create a large body of work over his career. He was a prominent artist of the Harlem Renaissance. When you see a number of his works next to each other, you can see a similarity in how he uses line - long and sinewy.
He is best known for his murals but is also well respected for his drawings, prints, and sculpture. His works often contains shotgun houses, churches, or railroads—symbols of black culture, spiritual rebirth, and travel.
Why is the nose missing from the statue?
The nose may be broken for two reasons--one being that when sculptures fell down, the nose was the first part to hit and would break; the other reason is iconoclasm, or, that people of a different religion would destroy them out of belief that these images were unholy.
This painting is really pretty.
It's a very "pretty" picture for sure, and reflective of traditional tastes at the time. Daniel Ridgway Knight was born in Philadelphia and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He relocated to France in the early 1870s and lived there as an expatriate. He was influenced by French artists like Jules Breton who favored idyllic scenes of figures in pastoral landscapes. He paid close attention to detail and lighting effects, but he used models and ignored the harsher realities of agricultural life.
Is this painter related to the Tiffany known for lampshades?
Yes, he is. This artist, Louis Comfort Tiffany, founded an interior design studio in New York in the 1880s. His company created everything from furniture to textiles to ceramics, but they became best-known for their innovative and artistic stained glass. Also interesting: L. C. Tiffany was the son of Charles Louis Tiffany, who founded Tiffany & Co. earlier in the 1800s. 
Is this an original painting or a copy?
It is an original painting and it directly references works from the history of art. Wiley poses his models in the same gestures from the history of art. I am curious, what about this work looked like it might be a copy?
Firstly, there's no plaque with name of artist and the color doesn't look like paint. What kind of paint does the artist use?
Wiley uses oil paint in his work and paints in a manner that his brushstrokes are not so visible (especially from a distance). The object label with artist, title, and information is located near the entrance to that gallery (to the right of the video installation).
I've seen this painting in documentaries before and I've always wondered about if it was based on an actual event. Do you know?
It is supposedly based on an actual event--the artist, Eastman Johnson, has said that he witnessed this family fleeing and was then inspired to paint the scene. Johnson reportedly witnessed it near the Manassas, Virginia battlefield just days before the Confederate stronghold gave up to the Union forces.
Is that a fair skinned black woman in the painting? Do we know?
It is--Johnson sensitively portrayed a variety of skin tones in his paintings of African Americans. His decision to do so is in sharp contrast to the caricatures and stereotypes that existed at the time.
How big was the team that helped him?
So, we don't actually know how many people were involved in the making of this sculpture, but I can tell you a little more about the artist's process. An earlier version of this work was produced in an limited edition of toys in 1999 and released in Japan. With that model in mind, the artist generated a model for the enlargement of the piece. He finally ended up working with a woodshop in the Netherlands, which helped him produce it. The artist himself spoke about this: "I start with drawings, then I work with a sculptor to make a small model. When I have that right, I send it to the foundry to digitize and produce it in large-scale."
We would like the answer to the question: what is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in the room is the concealed bar in the corner. This is the piece with the most interesting history and it is concealed because of prohibition which forbade alcohol consumption in the US from 1919 to 1933. It holds a bit of American history! This room is also interesting because it is the only 20th century period room in the Museum's collections.
Are the carpet and wallpaper original?
Neither the carpet or wallpaper are original to the house. Both are reproductions of what were popular at the time. The carpet is called "Venetian carpet" and was woven in strips and the wallpaper is a reproduction of a French document paper with the background color changed from mauve to pale orange. The border paper around the door, windows and chair rail would also have been in style as a decorative motif.
What's the price estimate of this work?
Unfortunately, for insurance and ethical reasons, museums cannot share how much our works were priced at when we acquired them or how much they are currently worth.
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.

What is the rest of this artist's work like? Was he very prolific?
Biggers did create a large body of work over his career. He was a prominent artist of the Harlem Renaissance. When you see a number of his works next to each other, you can see a similarity in how he uses line - long and sinewy.
He is best known for his murals but is also well respected for his drawings, prints, and sculpture. His works often contains shotgun houses, churches, or railroads—symbols of black culture, spiritual rebirth, and travel.
Why is the nose missing from the statue?
The nose may be broken for two reasons--one being that when sculptures fell down, the nose was the first part to hit and would break; the other reason is iconoclasm, or, that people of a different religion would destroy them out of belief that these images were unholy.
This painting is really pretty.
It's a very "pretty" picture for sure, and reflective of traditional tastes at the time. Daniel Ridgway Knight was born in Philadelphia and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He relocated to France in the early 1870s and lived there as an expatriate. He was influenced by French artists like Jules Breton who favored idyllic scenes of figures in pastoral landscapes. He paid close attention to detail and lighting effects, but he used models and ignored the harsher realities of agricultural life.
Is this painter related to the Tiffany known for lampshades?
Yes, he is. This artist, Louis Comfort Tiffany, founded an interior design studio in New York in the 1880s. His company created everything from furniture to textiles to ceramics, but they became best-known for their innovative and artistic stained glass. Also interesting: L. C. Tiffany was the son of Charles Louis Tiffany, who founded Tiffany & Co. earlier in the 1800s. 
Is this an original painting or a copy?
It is an original painting and it directly references works from the history of art. Wiley poses his models in the same gestures from the history of art. I am curious, what about this work looked like it might be a copy?
Firstly, there's no plaque with name of artist and the color doesn't look like paint. What kind of paint does the artist use?
Wiley uses oil paint in his work and paints in a manner that his brushstrokes are not so visible (especially from a distance). The object label with artist, title, and information is located near the entrance to that gallery (to the right of the video installation).
I've seen this painting in documentaries before and I've always wondered about if it was based on an actual event. Do you know?
It is supposedly based on an actual event--the artist, Eastman Johnson, has said that he witnessed this family fleeing and was then inspired to paint the scene. Johnson reportedly witnessed it near the Manassas, Virginia battlefield just days before the Confederate stronghold gave up to the Union forces.
Is that a fair skinned black woman in the painting? Do we know?
It is--Johnson sensitively portrayed a variety of skin tones in his paintings of African Americans. His decision to do so is in sharp contrast to the caricatures and stereotypes that existed at the time.
How big was the team that helped him?
So, we don't actually know how many people were involved in the making of this sculpture, but I can tell you a little more about the artist's process. An earlier version of this work was produced in an limited edition of toys in 1999 and released in Japan. With that model in mind, the artist generated a model for the enlargement of the piece. He finally ended up working with a woodshop in the Netherlands, which helped him produce it. The artist himself spoke about this: "I start with drawings, then I work with a sculptor to make a small model. When I have that right, I send it to the foundry to digitize and produce it in large-scale."
We would like the answer to the question: what is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in the room is the concealed bar in the corner. This is the piece with the most interesting history and it is concealed because of prohibition which forbade alcohol consumption in the US from 1919 to 1933. It holds a bit of American history! This room is also interesting because it is the only 20th century period room in the Museum's collections.
Are the carpet and wallpaper original?
Neither the carpet or wallpaper are original to the house. Both are reproductions of what were popular at the time. The carpet is called "Venetian carpet" and was woven in strips and the wallpaper is a reproduction of a French document paper with the background color changed from mauve to pale orange. The border paper around the door, windows and chair rail would also have been in style as a decorative motif.
What's the price estimate of this work?
Unfortunately, for insurance and ethical reasons, museums cannot share how much our works were priced at when we acquired them or how much they are currently worth.
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.

What is the rest of this artist's work like? Was he very prolific?
Biggers did create a large body of work over his career. He was a prominent artist of the Harlem Renaissance. When you see a number of his works next to each other, you can see a similarity in how he uses line - long and sinewy.
He is best known for his murals but is also well respected for his drawings, prints, and sculpture. His works often contains shotgun houses, churches, or railroads—symbols of black culture, spiritual rebirth, and travel.
Why is the nose missing from the statue?
The nose may be broken for two reasons--one being that when sculptures fell down, the nose was the first part to hit and would break; the other reason is iconoclasm, or, that people of a different religion would destroy them out of belief that these images were unholy.
This painting is really pretty.
It's a very "pretty" picture for sure, and reflective of traditional tastes at the time. Daniel Ridgway Knight was born in Philadelphia and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He relocated to France in the early 1870s and lived there as an expatriate. He was influenced by French artists like Jules Breton who favored idyllic scenes of figures in pastoral landscapes. He paid close attention to detail and lighting effects, but he used models and ignored the harsher realities of agricultural life.
Is this painter related to the Tiffany known for lampshades?
Yes, he is. This artist, Louis Comfort Tiffany, founded an interior design studio in New York in the 1880s. His company created everything from furniture to textiles to ceramics, but they became best-known for their innovative and artistic stained glass. Also interesting: L. C. Tiffany was the son of Charles Louis Tiffany, who founded Tiffany & Co. earlier in the 1800s. 
Is this an original painting or a copy?
It is an original painting and it directly references works from the history of art. Wiley poses his models in the same gestures from the history of art. I am curious, what about this work looked like it might be a copy?
Firstly, there's no plaque with name of artist and the color doesn't look like paint. What kind of paint does the artist use?
Wiley uses oil paint in his work and paints in a manner that his brushstrokes are not so visible (especially from a distance). The object label with artist, title, and information is located near the entrance to that gallery (to the right of the video installation).
I've seen this painting in documentaries before and I've always wondered about if it was based on an actual event. Do you know?
It is supposedly based on an actual event--the artist, Eastman Johnson, has said that he witnessed this family fleeing and was then inspired to paint the scene. Johnson reportedly witnessed it near the Manassas, Virginia battlefield just days before the Confederate stronghold gave up to the Union forces.
Is that a fair skinned black woman in the painting? Do we know?
It is--Johnson sensitively portrayed a variety of skin tones in his paintings of African Americans. His decision to do so is in sharp contrast to the caricatures and stereotypes that existed at the time.
How big was the team that helped him?
So, we don't actually know how many people were involved in the making of this sculpture, but I can tell you a little more about the artist's process. An earlier version of this work was produced in an limited edition of toys in 1999 and released in Japan. With that model in mind, the artist generated a model for the enlargement of the piece. He finally ended up working with a woodshop in the Netherlands, which helped him produce it. The artist himself spoke about this: "I start with drawings, then I work with a sculptor to make a small model. When I have that right, I send it to the foundry to digitize and produce it in large-scale."
We would like the answer to the question: what is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in the room is the concealed bar in the corner. This is the piece with the most interesting history and it is concealed because of prohibition which forbade alcohol consumption in the US from 1919 to 1933. It holds a bit of American history! This room is also interesting because it is the only 20th century period room in the Museum's collections.
Are the carpet and wallpaper original?
Neither the carpet or wallpaper are original to the house. Both are reproductions of what were popular at the time. The carpet is called "Venetian carpet" and was woven in strips and the wallpaper is a reproduction of a French document paper with the background color changed from mauve to pale orange. The border paper around the door, windows and chair rail would also have been in style as a decorative motif.
What's the price estimate of this work?
Unfortunately, for insurance and ethical reasons, museums cannot share how much our works were priced at when we acquired them or how much they are currently worth.
ASK App ASK Team

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

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

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

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

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

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is the rest of this artist's work like? Was he very prolific?
Biggers did create a large body of work over his career. He was a prominent artist of the Harlem Renaissance. When you see a number of his works next to each other, you can see a similarity in how he uses line - long and sinewy.
He is best known for his murals but is also well respected for his drawings, prints, and sculpture. His works often contains shotgun houses, churches, or railroads—symbols of black culture, spiritual rebirth, and travel.
Why is the nose missing from the statue?
The nose may be broken for two reasons--one being that when sculptures fell down, the nose was the first part to hit and would break; the other reason is iconoclasm, or, that people of a different religion would destroy them out of belief that these images were unholy.
This painting is really pretty.
It's a very "pretty" picture for sure, and reflective of traditional tastes at the time. Daniel Ridgway Knight was born in Philadelphia and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He relocated to France in the early 1870s and lived there as an expatriate. He was influenced by French artists like Jules Breton who favored idyllic scenes of figures in pastoral landscapes. He paid close attention to detail and lighting effects, but he used models and ignored the harsher realities of agricultural life.
Is this painter related to the Tiffany known for lampshades?
Yes, he is. This artist, Louis Comfort Tiffany, founded an interior design studio in New York in the 1880s. His company created everything from furniture to textiles to ceramics, but they became best-known for their innovative and artistic stained glass. Also interesting: L. C. Tiffany was the son of Charles Louis Tiffany, who founded Tiffany & Co. earlier in the 1800s. 
Is this an original painting or a copy?
It is an original painting and it directly references works from the history of art. Wiley poses his models in the same gestures from the history of art. I am curious, what about this work looked like it might be a copy?
Firstly, there's no plaque with name of artist and the color doesn't look like paint. What kind of paint does the artist use?
Wiley uses oil paint in his work and paints in a manner that his brushstrokes are not so visible (especially from a distance). The object label with artist, title, and information is located near the entrance to that gallery (to the right of the video installation).
I've seen this painting in documentaries before and I've always wondered about if it was based on an actual event. Do you know?
It is supposedly based on an actual event--the artist, Eastman Johnson, has said that he witnessed this family fleeing and was then inspired to paint the scene. Johnson reportedly witnessed it near the Manassas, Virginia battlefield just days before the Confederate stronghold gave up to the Union forces.
Is that a fair skinned black woman in the painting? Do we know?
It is--Johnson sensitively portrayed a variety of skin tones in his paintings of African Americans. His decision to do so is in sharp contrast to the caricatures and stereotypes that existed at the time.
How big was the team that helped him?
So, we don't actually know how many people were involved in the making of this sculpture, but I can tell you a little more about the artist's process. An earlier version of this work was produced in an limited edition of toys in 1999 and released in Japan. With that model in mind, the artist generated a model for the enlargement of the piece. He finally ended up working with a woodshop in the Netherlands, which helped him produce it. The artist himself spoke about this: "I start with drawings, then I work with a sculptor to make a small model. When I have that right, I send it to the foundry to digitize and produce it in large-scale."
We would like the answer to the question: what is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in the room is the concealed bar in the corner. This is the piece with the most interesting history and it is concealed because of prohibition which forbade alcohol consumption in the US from 1919 to 1933. It holds a bit of American history! This room is also interesting because it is the only 20th century period room in the Museum's collections.
Are the carpet and wallpaper original?
Neither the carpet or wallpaper are original to the house. Both are reproductions of what were popular at the time. The carpet is called "Venetian carpet" and was woven in strips and the wallpaper is a reproduction of a French document paper with the background color changed from mauve to pale orange. The border paper around the door, windows and chair rail would also have been in style as a decorative motif.
What's the price estimate of this work?
Unfortunately, for insurance and ethical reasons, museums cannot share how much our works were priced at when we acquired them or how much they are currently worth.
ASK App ASK Team

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

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

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

Here's what people are asking.

What is the rest of this artist's work like? Was he very prolific?
Biggers did create a large body of work over his career. He was a prominent artist of the Harlem Renaissance. When you see a number of his works next to each other, you can see a similarity in how he uses line - long and sinewy.
He is best known for his murals but is also well respected for his drawings, prints, and sculpture. His works often contains shotgun houses, churches, or railroads—symbols of black culture, spiritual rebirth, and travel.
Why is the nose missing from the statue?
The nose may be broken for two reasons--one being that when sculptures fell down, the nose was the first part to hit and would break; the other reason is iconoclasm, or, that people of a different religion would destroy them out of belief that these images were unholy.
This painting is really pretty.
It's a very "pretty" picture for sure, and reflective of traditional tastes at the time. Daniel Ridgway Knight was born in Philadelphia and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He relocated to France in the early 1870s and lived there as an expatriate. He was influenced by French artists like Jules Breton who favored idyllic scenes of figures in pastoral landscapes. He paid close attention to detail and lighting effects, but he used models and ignored the harsher realities of agricultural life.
Is this painter related to the Tiffany known for lampshades?
Yes, he is. This artist, Louis Comfort Tiffany, founded an interior design studio in New York in the 1880s. His company created everything from furniture to textiles to ceramics, but they became best-known for their innovative and artistic stained glass. Also interesting: L. C. Tiffany was the son of Charles Louis Tiffany, who founded Tiffany & Co. earlier in the 1800s. 
Is this an original painting or a copy?
It is an original painting and it directly references works from the history of art. Wiley poses his models in the same gestures from the history of art. I am curious, what about this work looked like it might be a copy?
Firstly, there's no plaque with name of artist and the color doesn't look like paint. What kind of paint does the artist use?
Wiley uses oil paint in his work and paints in a manner that his brushstrokes are not so visible (especially from a distance). The object label with artist, title, and information is located near the entrance to that gallery (to the right of the video installation).
I've seen this painting in documentaries before and I've always wondered about if it was based on an actual event. Do you know?
It is supposedly based on an actual event--the artist, Eastman Johnson, has said that he witnessed this family fleeing and was then inspired to paint the scene. Johnson reportedly witnessed it near the Manassas, Virginia battlefield just days before the Confederate stronghold gave up to the Union forces.
Is that a fair skinned black woman in the painting? Do we know?
It is--Johnson sensitively portrayed a variety of skin tones in his paintings of African Americans. His decision to do so is in sharp contrast to the caricatures and stereotypes that existed at the time.
How big was the team that helped him?
So, we don't actually know how many people were involved in the making of this sculpture, but I can tell you a little more about the artist's process. An earlier version of this work was produced in an limited edition of toys in 1999 and released in Japan. With that model in mind, the artist generated a model for the enlargement of the piece. He finally ended up working with a woodshop in the Netherlands, which helped him produce it. The artist himself spoke about this: "I start with drawings, then I work with a sculptor to make a small model. When I have that right, I send it to the foundry to digitize and produce it in large-scale."
We would like the answer to the question: what is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in the room is the concealed bar in the corner. This is the piece with the most interesting history and it is concealed because of prohibition which forbade alcohol consumption in the US from 1919 to 1933. It holds a bit of American history! This room is also interesting because it is the only 20th century period room in the Museum's collections.
Are the carpet and wallpaper original?
Neither the carpet or wallpaper are original to the house. Both are reproductions of what were popular at the time. The carpet is called "Venetian carpet" and was woven in strips and the wallpaper is a reproduction of a French document paper with the background color changed from mauve to pale orange. The border paper around the door, windows and chair rail would also have been in style as a decorative motif.
What's the price estimate of this work?
Unfortunately, for insurance and ethical reasons, museums cannot share how much our works were priced at when we acquired them or how much they are currently worth.
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.

What is the rest of this artist's work like? Was he very prolific?
Biggers did create a large body of work over his career. He was a prominent artist of the Harlem Renaissance. When you see a number of his works next to each other, you can see a similarity in how he uses line - long and sinewy.
He is best known for his murals but is also well respected for his drawings, prints, and sculpture. His works often contains shotgun houses, churches, or railroads—symbols of black culture, spiritual rebirth, and travel.
Why is the nose missing from the statue?
The nose may be broken for two reasons--one being that when sculptures fell down, the nose was the first part to hit and would break; the other reason is iconoclasm, or, that people of a different religion would destroy them out of belief that these images were unholy.
This painting is really pretty.
It's a very "pretty" picture for sure, and reflective of traditional tastes at the time. Daniel Ridgway Knight was born in Philadelphia and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He relocated to France in the early 1870s and lived there as an expatriate. He was influenced by French artists like Jules Breton who favored idyllic scenes of figures in pastoral landscapes. He paid close attention to detail and lighting effects, but he used models and ignored the harsher realities of agricultural life.
Is this painter related to the Tiffany known for lampshades?
Yes, he is. This artist, Louis Comfort Tiffany, founded an interior design studio in New York in the 1880s. His company created everything from furniture to textiles to ceramics, but they became best-known for their innovative and artistic stained glass. Also interesting: L. C. Tiffany was the son of Charles Louis Tiffany, who founded Tiffany & Co. earlier in the 1800s. 
Is this an original painting or a copy?
It is an original painting and it directly references works from the history of art. Wiley poses his models in the same gestures from the history of art. I am curious, what about this work looked like it might be a copy?
Firstly, there's no plaque with name of artist and the color doesn't look like paint. What kind of paint does the artist use?
Wiley uses oil paint in his work and paints in a manner that his brushstrokes are not so visible (especially from a distance). The object label with artist, title, and information is located near the entrance to that gallery (to the right of the video installation).
I've seen this painting in documentaries before and I've always wondered about if it was based on an actual event. Do you know?
It is supposedly based on an actual event--the artist, Eastman Johnson, has said that he witnessed this family fleeing and was then inspired to paint the scene. Johnson reportedly witnessed it near the Manassas, Virginia battlefield just days before the Confederate stronghold gave up to the Union forces.
Is that a fair skinned black woman in the painting? Do we know?
It is--Johnson sensitively portrayed a variety of skin tones in his paintings of African Americans. His decision to do so is in sharp contrast to the caricatures and stereotypes that existed at the time.
How big was the team that helped him?
So, we don't actually know how many people were involved in the making of this sculpture, but I can tell you a little more about the artist's process. An earlier version of this work was produced in an limited edition of toys in 1999 and released in Japan. With that model in mind, the artist generated a model for the enlargement of the piece. He finally ended up working with a woodshop in the Netherlands, which helped him produce it. The artist himself spoke about this: "I start with drawings, then I work with a sculptor to make a small model. When I have that right, I send it to the foundry to digitize and produce it in large-scale."
We would like the answer to the question: what is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in the room is the concealed bar in the corner. This is the piece with the most interesting history and it is concealed because of prohibition which forbade alcohol consumption in the US from 1919 to 1933. It holds a bit of American history! This room is also interesting because it is the only 20th century period room in the Museum's collections.
Are the carpet and wallpaper original?
Neither the carpet or wallpaper are original to the house. Both are reproductions of what were popular at the time. The carpet is called "Venetian carpet" and was woven in strips and the wallpaper is a reproduction of a French document paper with the background color changed from mauve to pale orange. The border paper around the door, windows and chair rail would also have been in style as a decorative motif.
What's the price estimate of this work?
Unfortunately, for insurance and ethical reasons, museums cannot share how much our works were priced at when we acquired them or how much they are currently worth.
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.

What is the rest of this artist's work like? Was he very prolific?
Biggers did create a large body of work over his career. He was a prominent artist of the Harlem Renaissance. When you see a number of his works next to each other, you can see a similarity in how he uses line - long and sinewy.
He is best known for his murals but is also well respected for his drawings, prints, and sculpture. His works often contains shotgun houses, churches, or railroads—symbols of black culture, spiritual rebirth, and travel.
Why is the nose missing from the statue?
The nose may be broken for two reasons--one being that when sculptures fell down, the nose was the first part to hit and would break; the other reason is iconoclasm, or, that people of a different religion would destroy them out of belief that these images were unholy.
This painting is really pretty.
It's a very "pretty" picture for sure, and reflective of traditional tastes at the time. Daniel Ridgway Knight was born in Philadelphia and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He relocated to France in the early 1870s and lived there as an expatriate. He was influenced by French artists like Jules Breton who favored idyllic scenes of figures in pastoral landscapes. He paid close attention to detail and lighting effects, but he used models and ignored the harsher realities of agricultural life.
Is this painter related to the Tiffany known for lampshades?
Yes, he is. This artist, Louis Comfort Tiffany, founded an interior design studio in New York in the 1880s. His company created everything from furniture to textiles to ceramics, but they became best-known for their innovative and artistic stained glass. Also interesting: L. C. Tiffany was the son of Charles Louis Tiffany, who founded Tiffany & Co. earlier in the 1800s. 
Is this an original painting or a copy?
It is an original painting and it directly references works from the history of art. Wiley poses his models in the same gestures from the history of art. I am curious, what about this work looked like it might be a copy?
Firstly, there's no plaque with name of artist and the color doesn't look like paint. What kind of paint does the artist use?
Wiley uses oil paint in his work and paints in a manner that his brushstrokes are not so visible (especially from a distance). The object label with artist, title, and information is located near the entrance to that gallery (to the right of the video installation).
I've seen this painting in documentaries before and I've always wondered about if it was based on an actual event. Do you know?
It is supposedly based on an actual event--the artist, Eastman Johnson, has said that he witnessed this family fleeing and was then inspired to paint the scene. Johnson reportedly witnessed it near the Manassas, Virginia battlefield just days before the Confederate stronghold gave up to the Union forces.
Is that a fair skinned black woman in the painting? Do we know?
It is--Johnson sensitively portrayed a variety of skin tones in his paintings of African Americans. His decision to do so is in sharp contrast to the caricatures and stereotypes that existed at the time.
How big was the team that helped him?
So, we don't actually know how many people were involved in the making of this sculpture, but I can tell you a little more about the artist's process. An earlier version of this work was produced in an limited edition of toys in 1999 and released in Japan. With that model in mind, the artist generated a model for the enlargement of the piece. He finally ended up working with a woodshop in the Netherlands, which helped him produce it. The artist himself spoke about this: "I start with drawings, then I work with a sculptor to make a small model. When I have that right, I send it to the foundry to digitize and produce it in large-scale."
We would like the answer to the question: what is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in the room is the concealed bar in the corner. This is the piece with the most interesting history and it is concealed because of prohibition which forbade alcohol consumption in the US from 1919 to 1933. It holds a bit of American history! This room is also interesting because it is the only 20th century period room in the Museum's collections.
Are the carpet and wallpaper original?
Neither the carpet or wallpaper are original to the house. Both are reproductions of what were popular at the time. The carpet is called "Venetian carpet" and was woven in strips and the wallpaper is a reproduction of a French document paper with the background color changed from mauve to pale orange. The border paper around the door, windows and chair rail would also have been in style as a decorative motif.
What's the price estimate of this work?
Unfortunately, for insurance and ethical reasons, museums cannot share how much our works were priced at when we acquired them or how much they are currently worth.
ASK App ASK Team

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

By Subway

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


By Bus

The closest bus stops are:

B41 and B69 at Grand Army Plaza

B45 at St. Johns Place and Washington Avenue

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


By Car

From Manhattan:

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

From Westchester, the Bronx, Queens, or Connecticut:

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

From Staten Island and southern or central New Jersey:

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

From northern or north central New Jersey:

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

From Long Island:

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


Parking

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


Bikes

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is the rest of this artist's work like? Was he very prolific?
Biggers did create a large body of work over his career. He was a prominent artist of the Harlem Renaissance. When you see a number of his works next to each other, you can see a similarity in how he uses line - long and sinewy.
He is best known for his murals but is also well respected for his drawings, prints, and sculpture. His works often contains shotgun houses, churches, or railroads—symbols of black culture, spiritual rebirth, and travel.
Why is the nose missing from the statue?
The nose may be broken for two reasons--one being that when sculptures fell down, the nose was the first part to hit and would break; the other reason is iconoclasm, or, that people of a different religion would destroy them out of belief that these images were unholy.
This painting is really pretty.
It's a very "pretty" picture for sure, and reflective of traditional tastes at the time. Daniel Ridgway Knight was born in Philadelphia and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He relocated to France in the early 1870s and lived there as an expatriate. He was influenced by French artists like Jules Breton who favored idyllic scenes of figures in pastoral landscapes. He paid close attention to detail and lighting effects, but he used models and ignored the harsher realities of agricultural life.
Is this painter related to the Tiffany known for lampshades?
Yes, he is. This artist, Louis Comfort Tiffany, founded an interior design studio in New York in the 1880s. His company created everything from furniture to textiles to ceramics, but they became best-known for their innovative and artistic stained glass. Also interesting: L. C. Tiffany was the son of Charles Louis Tiffany, who founded Tiffany & Co. earlier in the 1800s. 
Is this an original painting or a copy?
It is an original painting and it directly references works from the history of art. Wiley poses his models in the same gestures from the history of art. I am curious, what about this work looked like it might be a copy?
Firstly, there's no plaque with name of artist and the color doesn't look like paint. What kind of paint does the artist use?
Wiley uses oil paint in his work and paints in a manner that his brushstrokes are not so visible (especially from a distance). The object label with artist, title, and information is located near the entrance to that gallery (to the right of the video installation).
I've seen this painting in documentaries before and I've always wondered about if it was based on an actual event. Do you know?
It is supposedly based on an actual event--the artist, Eastman Johnson, has said that he witnessed this family fleeing and was then inspired to paint the scene. Johnson reportedly witnessed it near the Manassas, Virginia battlefield just days before the Confederate stronghold gave up to the Union forces.
Is that a fair skinned black woman in the painting? Do we know?
It is--Johnson sensitively portrayed a variety of skin tones in his paintings of African Americans. His decision to do so is in sharp contrast to the caricatures and stereotypes that existed at the time.
How big was the team that helped him?
So, we don't actually know how many people were involved in the making of this sculpture, but I can tell you a little more about the artist's process. An earlier version of this work was produced in an limited edition of toys in 1999 and released in Japan. With that model in mind, the artist generated a model for the enlargement of the piece. He finally ended up working with a woodshop in the Netherlands, which helped him produce it. The artist himself spoke about this: "I start with drawings, then I work with a sculptor to make a small model. When I have that right, I send it to the foundry to digitize and produce it in large-scale."
We would like the answer to the question: what is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in the room is the concealed bar in the corner. This is the piece with the most interesting history and it is concealed because of prohibition which forbade alcohol consumption in the US from 1919 to 1933. It holds a bit of American history! This room is also interesting because it is the only 20th century period room in the Museum's collections.
Are the carpet and wallpaper original?
Neither the carpet or wallpaper are original to the house. Both are reproductions of what were popular at the time. The carpet is called "Venetian carpet" and was woven in strips and the wallpaper is a reproduction of a French document paper with the background color changed from mauve to pale orange. The border paper around the door, windows and chair rail would also have been in style as a decorative motif.
What's the price estimate of this work?
Unfortunately, for insurance and ethical reasons, museums cannot share how much our works were priced at when we acquired them or how much they are currently worth.
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.

What is the rest of this artist's work like? Was he very prolific?
Biggers did create a large body of work over his career. He was a prominent artist of the Harlem Renaissance. When you see a number of his works next to each other, you can see a similarity in how he uses line - long and sinewy.
He is best known for his murals but is also well respected for his drawings, prints, and sculpture. His works often contains shotgun houses, churches, or railroads—symbols of black culture, spiritual rebirth, and travel.
Why is the nose missing from the statue?
The nose may be broken for two reasons--one being that when sculptures fell down, the nose was the first part to hit and would break; the other reason is iconoclasm, or, that people of a different religion would destroy them out of belief that these images were unholy.
This painting is really pretty.
It's a very "pretty" picture for sure, and reflective of traditional tastes at the time. Daniel Ridgway Knight was born in Philadelphia and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He relocated to France in the early 1870s and lived there as an expatriate. He was influenced by French artists like Jules Breton who favored idyllic scenes of figures in pastoral landscapes. He paid close attention to detail and lighting effects, but he used models and ignored the harsher realities of agricultural life.
Is this painter related to the Tiffany known for lampshades?
Yes, he is. This artist, Louis Comfort Tiffany, founded an interior design studio in New York in the 1880s. His company created everything from furniture to textiles to ceramics, but they became best-known for their innovative and artistic stained glass. Also interesting: L. C. Tiffany was the son of Charles Louis Tiffany, who founded Tiffany & Co. earlier in the 1800s. 
Is this an original painting or a copy?
It is an original painting and it directly references works from the history of art. Wiley poses his models in the same gestures from the history of art. I am curious, what about this work looked like it might be a copy?
Firstly, there's no plaque with name of artist and the color doesn't look like paint. What kind of paint does the artist use?
Wiley uses oil paint in his work and paints in a manner that his brushstrokes are not so visible (especially from a distance). The object label with artist, title, and information is located near the entrance to that gallery (to the right of the video installation).
I've seen this painting in documentaries before and I've always wondered about if it was based on an actual event. Do you know?
It is supposedly based on an actual event--the artist, Eastman Johnson, has said that he witnessed this family fleeing and was then inspired to paint the scene. Johnson reportedly witnessed it near the Manassas, Virginia battlefield just days before the Confederate stronghold gave up to the Union forces.
Is that a fair skinned black woman in the painting? Do we know?
It is--Johnson sensitively portrayed a variety of skin tones in his paintings of African Americans. His decision to do so is in sharp contrast to the caricatures and stereotypes that existed at the time.
How big was the team that helped him?
So, we don't actually know how many people were involved in the making of this sculpture, but I can tell you a little more about the artist's process. An earlier version of this work was produced in an limited edition of toys in 1999 and released in Japan. With that model in mind, the artist generated a model for the enlargement of the piece. He finally ended up working with a woodshop in the Netherlands, which helped him produce it. The artist himself spoke about this: "I start with drawings, then I work with a sculptor to make a small model. When I have that right, I send it to the foundry to digitize and produce it in large-scale."
We would like the answer to the question: what is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in the room is the concealed bar in the corner. This is the piece with the most interesting history and it is concealed because of prohibition which forbade alcohol consumption in the US from 1919 to 1933. It holds a bit of American history! This room is also interesting because it is the only 20th century period room in the Museum's collections.
Are the carpet and wallpaper original?
Neither the carpet or wallpaper are original to the house. Both are reproductions of what were popular at the time. The carpet is called "Venetian carpet" and was woven in strips and the wallpaper is a reproduction of a French document paper with the background color changed from mauve to pale orange. The border paper around the door, windows and chair rail would also have been in style as a decorative motif.
What's the price estimate of this work?
Unfortunately, for insurance and ethical reasons, museums cannot share how much our works were priced at when we acquired them or how much they are currently worth.
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.

What is the rest of this artist's work like? Was he very prolific?
Biggers did create a large body of work over his career. He was a prominent artist of the Harlem Renaissance. When you see a number of his works next to each other, you can see a similarity in how he uses line - long and sinewy.
He is best known for his murals but is also well respected for his drawings, prints, and sculpture. His works often contains shotgun houses, churches, or railroads—symbols of black culture, spiritual rebirth, and travel.
Why is the nose missing from the statue?
The nose may be broken for two reasons--one being that when sculptures fell down, the nose was the first part to hit and would break; the other reason is iconoclasm, or, that people of a different religion would destroy them out of belief that these images were unholy.
This painting is really pretty.
It's a very "pretty" picture for sure, and reflective of traditional tastes at the time. Daniel Ridgway Knight was born in Philadelphia and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He relocated to France in the early 1870s and lived there as an expatriate. He was influenced by French artists like Jules Breton who favored idyllic scenes of figures in pastoral landscapes. He paid close attention to detail and lighting effects, but he used models and ignored the harsher realities of agricultural life.
Is this painter related to the Tiffany known for lampshades?
Yes, he is. This artist, Louis Comfort Tiffany, founded an interior design studio in New York in the 1880s. His company created everything from furniture to textiles to ceramics, but they became best-known for their innovative and artistic stained glass. Also interesting: L. C. Tiffany was the son of Charles Louis Tiffany, who founded Tiffany & Co. earlier in the 1800s. 
Is this an original painting or a copy?
It is an original painting and it directly references works from the history of art. Wiley poses his models in the same gestures from the history of art. I am curious, what about this work looked like it might be a copy?
Firstly, there's no plaque with name of artist and the color doesn't look like paint. What kind of paint does the artist use?
Wiley uses oil paint in his work and paints in a manner that his brushstrokes are not so visible (especially from a distance). The object label with artist, title, and information is located near the entrance to that gallery (to the right of the video installation).
I've seen this painting in documentaries before and I've always wondered about if it was based on an actual event. Do you know?
It is supposedly based on an actual event--the artist, Eastman Johnson, has said that he witnessed this family fleeing and was then inspired to paint the scene. Johnson reportedly witnessed it near the Manassas, Virginia battlefield just days before the Confederate stronghold gave up to the Union forces.
Is that a fair skinned black woman in the painting? Do we know?
It is--Johnson sensitively portrayed a variety of skin tones in his paintings of African Americans. His decision to do so is in sharp contrast to the caricatures and stereotypes that existed at the time.
How big was the team that helped him?
So, we don't actually know how many people were involved in the making of this sculpture, but I can tell you a little more about the artist's process. An earlier version of this work was produced in an limited edition of toys in 1999 and released in Japan. With that model in mind, the artist generated a model for the enlargement of the piece. He finally ended up working with a woodshop in the Netherlands, which helped him produce it. The artist himself spoke about this: "I start with drawings, then I work with a sculptor to make a small model. When I have that right, I send it to the foundry to digitize and produce it in large-scale."
We would like the answer to the question: what is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in the room is the concealed bar in the corner. This is the piece with the most interesting history and it is concealed because of prohibition which forbade alcohol consumption in the US from 1919 to 1933. It holds a bit of American history! This room is also interesting because it is the only 20th century period room in the Museum's collections.
Are the carpet and wallpaper original?
Neither the carpet or wallpaper are original to the house. Both are reproductions of what were popular at the time. The carpet is called "Venetian carpet" and was woven in strips and the wallpaper is a reproduction of a French document paper with the background color changed from mauve to pale orange. The border paper around the door, windows and chair rail would also have been in style as a decorative motif.
What's the price estimate of this work?
Unfortunately, for insurance and ethical reasons, museums cannot share how much our works were priced at when we acquired them or how much they are currently worth.
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.

What is the rest of this artist's work like? Was he very prolific?
Biggers did create a large body of work over his career. He was a prominent artist of the Harlem Renaissance. When you see a number of his works next to each other, you can see a similarity in how he uses line - long and sinewy.
He is best known for his murals but is also well respected for his drawings, prints, and sculpture. His works often contains shotgun houses, churches, or railroads—symbols of black culture, spiritual rebirth, and travel.
Why is the nose missing from the statue?
The nose may be broken for two reasons--one being that when sculptures fell down, the nose was the first part to hit and would break; the other reason is iconoclasm, or, that people of a different religion would destroy them out of belief that these images were unholy.
This painting is really pretty.
It's a very "pretty" picture for sure, and reflective of traditional tastes at the time. Daniel Ridgway Knight was born in Philadelphia and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He relocated to France in the early 1870s and lived there as an expatriate. He was influenced by French artists like Jules Breton who favored idyllic scenes of figures in pastoral landscapes. He paid close attention to detail and lighting effects, but he used models and ignored the harsher realities of agricultural life.
Is this painter related to the Tiffany known for lampshades?
Yes, he is. This artist, Louis Comfort Tiffany, founded an interior design studio in New York in the 1880s. His company created everything from furniture to textiles to ceramics, but they became best-known for their innovative and artistic stained glass. Also interesting: L. C. Tiffany was the son of Charles Louis Tiffany, who founded Tiffany & Co. earlier in the 1800s. 
Is this an original painting or a copy?
It is an original painting and it directly references works from the history of art. Wiley poses his models in the same gestures from the history of art. I am curious, what about this work looked like it might be a copy?
Firstly, there's no plaque with name of artist and the color doesn't look like paint. What kind of paint does the artist use?
Wiley uses oil paint in his work and paints in a manner that his brushstrokes are not so visible (especially from a distance). The object label with artist, title, and information is located near the entrance to that gallery (to the right of the video installation).
I've seen this painting in documentaries before and I've always wondered about if it was based on an actual event. Do you know?
It is supposedly based on an actual event--the artist, Eastman Johnson, has said that he witnessed this family fleeing and was then inspired to paint the scene. Johnson reportedly witnessed it near the Manassas, Virginia battlefield just days before the Confederate stronghold gave up to the Union forces.
Is that a fair skinned black woman in the painting? Do we know?
It is--Johnson sensitively portrayed a variety of skin tones in his paintings of African Americans. His decision to do so is in sharp contrast to the caricatures and stereotypes that existed at the time.
How big was the team that helped him?
So, we don't actually know how many people were involved in the making of this sculpture, but I can tell you a little more about the artist's process. An earlier version of this work was produced in an limited edition of toys in 1999 and released in Japan. With that model in mind, the artist generated a model for the enlargement of the piece. He finally ended up working with a woodshop in the Netherlands, which helped him produce it. The artist himself spoke about this: "I start with drawings, then I work with a sculptor to make a small model. When I have that right, I send it to the foundry to digitize and produce it in large-scale."
We would like the answer to the question: what is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in the room is the concealed bar in the corner. This is the piece with the most interesting history and it is concealed because of prohibition which forbade alcohol consumption in the US from 1919 to 1933. It holds a bit of American history! This room is also interesting because it is the only 20th century period room in the Museum's collections.
Are the carpet and wallpaper original?
Neither the carpet or wallpaper are original to the house. Both are reproductions of what were popular at the time. The carpet is called "Venetian carpet" and was woven in strips and the wallpaper is a reproduction of a French document paper with the background color changed from mauve to pale orange. The border paper around the door, windows and chair rail would also have been in style as a decorative motif.
What's the price estimate of this work?
Unfortunately, for insurance and ethical reasons, museums cannot share how much our works were priced at when we acquired them or how much they are currently worth.
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.

What is the rest of this artist's work like? Was he very prolific?
Biggers did create a large body of work over his career. He was a prominent artist of the Harlem Renaissance. When you see a number of his works next to each other, you can see a similarity in how he uses line - long and sinewy.
He is best known for his murals but is also well respected for his drawings, prints, and sculpture. His works often contains shotgun houses, churches, or railroads—symbols of black culture, spiritual rebirth, and travel.
Why is the nose missing from the statue?
The nose may be broken for two reasons--one being that when sculptures fell down, the nose was the first part to hit and would break; the other reason is iconoclasm, or, that people of a different religion would destroy them out of belief that these images were unholy.
This painting is really pretty.
It's a very "pretty" picture for sure, and reflective of traditional tastes at the time. Daniel Ridgway Knight was born in Philadelphia and studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He relocated to France in the early 1870s and lived there as an expatriate. He was influenced by French artists like Jules Breton who favored idyllic scenes of figures in pastoral landscapes. He paid close attention to detail and lighting effects, but he used models and ignored the harsher realities of agricultural life.
Is this painter related to the Tiffany known for lampshades?
Yes, he is. This artist, Louis Comfort Tiffany, founded an interior design studio in New York in the 1880s. His company created everything from furniture to textiles to ceramics, but they became best-known for their innovative and artistic stained glass. Also interesting: L. C. Tiffany was the son of Charles Louis Tiffany, who founded Tiffany & Co. earlier in the 1800s. 
Is this an original painting or a copy?
It is an original painting and it directly references works from the history of art. Wiley poses his models in the same gestures from the history of art. I am curious, what about this work looked like it might be a copy?
Firstly, there's no plaque with name of artist and the color doesn't look like paint. What kind of paint does the artist use?
Wiley uses oil paint in his work and paints in a manner that his brushstrokes are not so visible (especially from a distance). The object label with artist, title, and information is located near the entrance to that gallery (to the right of the video installation).
I've seen this painting in documentaries before and I've always wondered about if it was based on an actual event. Do you know?
It is supposedly based on an actual event--the artist, Eastman Johnson, has said that he witnessed this family fleeing and was then inspired to paint the scene. Johnson reportedly witnessed it near the Manassas, Virginia battlefield just days before the Confederate stronghold gave up to the Union forces.
Is that a fair skinned black woman in the painting? Do we know?
It is--Johnson sensitively portrayed a variety of skin tones in his paintings of African Americans. His decision to do so is in sharp contrast to the caricatures and stereotypes that existed at the time.
How big was the team that helped him?
So, we don't actually know how many people were involved in the making of this sculpture, but I can tell you a little more about the artist's process. An earlier version of this work was produced in an limited edition of toys in 1999 and released in Japan. With that model in mind, the artist generated a model for the enlargement of the piece. He finally ended up working with a woodshop in the Netherlands, which helped him produce it. The artist himself spoke about this: "I start with drawings, then I work with a sculptor to make a small model. When I have that right, I send it to the foundry to digitize and produce it in large-scale."
We would like the answer to the question: what is the most important object in this room?
Arguably, the most important object in the room is the concealed bar in the corner. This is the piece with the most interesting history and it is concealed because of prohibition which forbade alcohol consumption in the US from 1919 to 1933. It holds a bit of American history! This room is also interesting because it is the only 20th century period room in the Museum's collections.
Are the carpet and wallpaper original?
Neither the carpet or wallpaper are original to the house. Both are reproductions of what were popular at the time. The carpet is called "Venetian carpet" and was woven in strips and the wallpaper is a reproduction of a French document paper with the background color changed from mauve to pale orange. The border paper around the door, windows and chair rail would also have been in style as a decorative motif.
What's the price estimate of this work?
Unfortunately, for insurance and ethical reasons, museums cannot share how much our works were priced at when we acquired them or how much they are currently worth.
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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.