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Here's what people are asking.

What is this?
El Anatsui's practice is centered around items that have been thrown away. It’s not recycling that interests him, it’s the idea that an item was touched by another human being.
Here he used discarded screw-top caps from thousands of bottles. He flattens and stretches the caps. Sometimes he uses the ring left on the bottle after the cap is twisted off. He wire stitches thousands of the mutated caps together into massive wall tapestries. 
Why are these paired?
I love the juxtaposition of those two works. Both have grid-like formats but the Terence Koh is so individual and emotional, filled with objects that have personal meaning for him, while the Sol LeWitt is purely conceptual and makes us think about space and volume in an almost mathematical way.
I really like this sculpture.
This bust of Abraham Lincoln was made by one of the most famous American artists of the late 1800s and early 1900s, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. This is actually a replica of a head from a full-length sculpture that stands in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Lincoln is looking slightly downwards, as if he is thinking or about to speak. Saint-Gaudens was working from photographs and a cast "life-mask" of Lincoln's face, since Lincoln was already dead (assassinated in 1865) by this time.
Was this artist inspired by the French?
Indeed he was. Childe Hassam and his wife, Kathleen Maude Doane, traveled to Paris in 1886 stayed for three years.
There Hassam was typical among his American contemporaries for his immersion in the Parisian milieu and his attraction to French Impressionism.
Hassam was most inspired by the work of Claude Monet. Throughout his career, many of his contemporaries noted Monet’s influence, to the point where Hassam actually became irritated by how frequently the comparison was made!
What is the significance of the lily?
The lily typically represents purity in Christian art. It's usually associated more with the Virgin Mary so I'm wondering whether it's functioning as a "stand-in" for her here. Mary is Christ's mother, and Joseph is her husband who raises Jesus on earth. So this is like a family portrait.
What is this style of art called?
It's an early twentieth-century version of Realism.
In the 1920s, some artists continued to work in the abstract avant-garde styles that emerged in Europe at the turn of the 20th century. (See the completely non-objective painting by Kandinsky nearby.) But in the wake of World War I, many artists returned to a more realist style in which objects and people were shown more naturalistically. This post-war trend is sometimes called "the return to order" and it took on different configurations in different places. The Russian artist Boris Grigoriev traveled and lived in many countries after the war. His work is often associated with the German brand of post-WWI realism known as the New Objectivity movement and its key exponent, Otto Dix.
Can you tell me more about this Degas?
Degas was inspired to paint this picture after seeing a rehearsal for the ballet La Source before it opened in Paris in 1866. However, the final work was done later in his studio, from a variety of sketches and other sources.
It's actually his first work of a ballet subject, the thing that he's most famous for today! This ballet had a live horse onstage, and real water.
This dancer was a celebrity who rose through the ranks of the ballet troupe at the Paris Opéra. She's in costume for her part,  the Georgian princess Nouredda. She wears a blue robe with silver braid, gold-speckled gauze trousers, and a "Tartar" headdress in red satin embroidered with black and red pearls and gold spangles. (The Tartars were a Turkic people living in Asia and Europe.)
It's a remarkable painting and it seems modern.
I agree, Degas was certainly ahead of his time in his ideas about composition and space.
I am surprised about the horse and water. My daughter is a ballerina and we think she's cooling her feet after removing pointe shoes. 
This really must have been quite a production, right? I love the idea of her cooling her feet after a long rehearsal.
Thanks!
You are very welcome!
Who is depicted here?
This early-20th century French work depicts the Biblical figure Jacob wrestling with an angel. Odilon Redon was known for his symbolist works in oils, prints, and pastels.
What can you tell me about this?
That's a really interesting piece by a female artist named Dottie Attie. It's one in a series of works she made, looking back at "master" artists (all male).
This piece is a reference to two famous works by the 19th century Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins. Both works date ca. 1875-76 and are very famous works by Eakins. The painting at the top of the grouping (the man with the oars) depicts Eakins' painting of the rower, Max Schmitt, in his scull on the Schuykill River. The other is a large scene called "The Gross Clinic," which shows a doctor demonstrating a surgical procedure to students. Two details from the Eakins painting are re-created by Attie: the 2 bloody hands with scalpels.
The title is "Barred from the Studio," and the texts she includes refer to something that happened in Eakins career. In the 1870s, women art students were still not allowed to study from male nude models. Eakins found that rule ridiculous, and one day he removed the loincloth from a male model in the studio so that women could view his entire body. Because of this act, he lost his teaching job at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
I'm curious about the use of folding stools in Versailles. Today, we think of folding furniture as practical for compact spaces or for shipping, but why did folks bother with folding furniture in the Palace of Versailles?
Folding stools were used by ancient Roman senators and so stools like this held allusions to Rome's imperial past. They signified power and so the design was used in Versailles. When not in use, such stools would have been placed around the walls of a room but would not have been folded. Their portability was useful in rooms that had many uses.
I went to the official Versailles website, and here's a direct quote for you: "folding chairs and seating chairs will testify to the revolution that the 18th century brought about in the history of furniture, a reflection of the evolving tastes of a society enamoured by modernity and wanting to live in comfort and luxury."
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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.

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Here's what people are asking.

What is this?
El Anatsui's practice is centered around items that have been thrown away. It’s not recycling that interests him, it’s the idea that an item was touched by another human being.
Here he used discarded screw-top caps from thousands of bottles. He flattens and stretches the caps. Sometimes he uses the ring left on the bottle after the cap is twisted off. He wire stitches thousands of the mutated caps together into massive wall tapestries. 
Why are these paired?
I love the juxtaposition of those two works. Both have grid-like formats but the Terence Koh is so individual and emotional, filled with objects that have personal meaning for him, while the Sol LeWitt is purely conceptual and makes us think about space and volume in an almost mathematical way.
I really like this sculpture.
This bust of Abraham Lincoln was made by one of the most famous American artists of the late 1800s and early 1900s, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. This is actually a replica of a head from a full-length sculpture that stands in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Lincoln is looking slightly downwards, as if he is thinking or about to speak. Saint-Gaudens was working from photographs and a cast "life-mask" of Lincoln's face, since Lincoln was already dead (assassinated in 1865) by this time.
Was this artist inspired by the French?
Indeed he was. Childe Hassam and his wife, Kathleen Maude Doane, traveled to Paris in 1886 stayed for three years.
There Hassam was typical among his American contemporaries for his immersion in the Parisian milieu and his attraction to French Impressionism.
Hassam was most inspired by the work of Claude Monet. Throughout his career, many of his contemporaries noted Monet’s influence, to the point where Hassam actually became irritated by how frequently the comparison was made!
What is the significance of the lily?
The lily typically represents purity in Christian art. It's usually associated more with the Virgin Mary so I'm wondering whether it's functioning as a "stand-in" for her here. Mary is Christ's mother, and Joseph is her husband who raises Jesus on earth. So this is like a family portrait.
What is this style of art called?
It's an early twentieth-century version of Realism.
In the 1920s, some artists continued to work in the abstract avant-garde styles that emerged in Europe at the turn of the 20th century. (See the completely non-objective painting by Kandinsky nearby.) But in the wake of World War I, many artists returned to a more realist style in which objects and people were shown more naturalistically. This post-war trend is sometimes called "the return to order" and it took on different configurations in different places. The Russian artist Boris Grigoriev traveled and lived in many countries after the war. His work is often associated with the German brand of post-WWI realism known as the New Objectivity movement and its key exponent, Otto Dix.
Can you tell me more about this Degas?
Degas was inspired to paint this picture after seeing a rehearsal for the ballet La Source before it opened in Paris in 1866. However, the final work was done later in his studio, from a variety of sketches and other sources.
It's actually his first work of a ballet subject, the thing that he's most famous for today! This ballet had a live horse onstage, and real water.
This dancer was a celebrity who rose through the ranks of the ballet troupe at the Paris Opéra. She's in costume for her part,  the Georgian princess Nouredda. She wears a blue robe with silver braid, gold-speckled gauze trousers, and a "Tartar" headdress in red satin embroidered with black and red pearls and gold spangles. (The Tartars were a Turkic people living in Asia and Europe.)
It's a remarkable painting and it seems modern.
I agree, Degas was certainly ahead of his time in his ideas about composition and space.
I am surprised about the horse and water. My daughter is a ballerina and we think she's cooling her feet after removing pointe shoes. 
This really must have been quite a production, right? I love the idea of her cooling her feet after a long rehearsal.
Thanks!
You are very welcome!
Who is depicted here?
This early-20th century French work depicts the Biblical figure Jacob wrestling with an angel. Odilon Redon was known for his symbolist works in oils, prints, and pastels.
What can you tell me about this?
That's a really interesting piece by a female artist named Dottie Attie. It's one in a series of works she made, looking back at "master" artists (all male).
This piece is a reference to two famous works by the 19th century Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins. Both works date ca. 1875-76 and are very famous works by Eakins. The painting at the top of the grouping (the man with the oars) depicts Eakins' painting of the rower, Max Schmitt, in his scull on the Schuykill River. The other is a large scene called "The Gross Clinic," which shows a doctor demonstrating a surgical procedure to students. Two details from the Eakins painting are re-created by Attie: the 2 bloody hands with scalpels.
The title is "Barred from the Studio," and the texts she includes refer to something that happened in Eakins career. In the 1870s, women art students were still not allowed to study from male nude models. Eakins found that rule ridiculous, and one day he removed the loincloth from a male model in the studio so that women could view his entire body. Because of this act, he lost his teaching job at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
I'm curious about the use of folding stools in Versailles. Today, we think of folding furniture as practical for compact spaces or for shipping, but why did folks bother with folding furniture in the Palace of Versailles?
Folding stools were used by ancient Roman senators and so stools like this held allusions to Rome's imperial past. They signified power and so the design was used in Versailles. When not in use, such stools would have been placed around the walls of a room but would not have been folded. Their portability was useful in rooms that had many uses.
I went to the official Versailles website, and here's a direct quote for you: "folding chairs and seating chairs will testify to the revolution that the 18th century brought about in the history of furniture, a reflection of the evolving tastes of a society enamoured by modernity and wanting to live in comfort and luxury."
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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.

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Here's what people are asking.

What is this?
El Anatsui's practice is centered around items that have been thrown away. It’s not recycling that interests him, it’s the idea that an item was touched by another human being.
Here he used discarded screw-top caps from thousands of bottles. He flattens and stretches the caps. Sometimes he uses the ring left on the bottle after the cap is twisted off. He wire stitches thousands of the mutated caps together into massive wall tapestries. 
Why are these paired?
I love the juxtaposition of those two works. Both have grid-like formats but the Terence Koh is so individual and emotional, filled with objects that have personal meaning for him, while the Sol LeWitt is purely conceptual and makes us think about space and volume in an almost mathematical way.
I really like this sculpture.
This bust of Abraham Lincoln was made by one of the most famous American artists of the late 1800s and early 1900s, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. This is actually a replica of a head from a full-length sculpture that stands in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Lincoln is looking slightly downwards, as if he is thinking or about to speak. Saint-Gaudens was working from photographs and a cast "life-mask" of Lincoln's face, since Lincoln was already dead (assassinated in 1865) by this time.
Was this artist inspired by the French?
Indeed he was. Childe Hassam and his wife, Kathleen Maude Doane, traveled to Paris in 1886 stayed for three years.
There Hassam was typical among his American contemporaries for his immersion in the Parisian milieu and his attraction to French Impressionism.
Hassam was most inspired by the work of Claude Monet. Throughout his career, many of his contemporaries noted Monet’s influence, to the point where Hassam actually became irritated by how frequently the comparison was made!
What is the significance of the lily?
The lily typically represents purity in Christian art. It's usually associated more with the Virgin Mary so I'm wondering whether it's functioning as a "stand-in" for her here. Mary is Christ's mother, and Joseph is her husband who raises Jesus on earth. So this is like a family portrait.
What is this style of art called?
It's an early twentieth-century version of Realism.
In the 1920s, some artists continued to work in the abstract avant-garde styles that emerged in Europe at the turn of the 20th century. (See the completely non-objective painting by Kandinsky nearby.) But in the wake of World War I, many artists returned to a more realist style in which objects and people were shown more naturalistically. This post-war trend is sometimes called "the return to order" and it took on different configurations in different places. The Russian artist Boris Grigoriev traveled and lived in many countries after the war. His work is often associated with the German brand of post-WWI realism known as the New Objectivity movement and its key exponent, Otto Dix.
Can you tell me more about this Degas?
Degas was inspired to paint this picture after seeing a rehearsal for the ballet La Source before it opened in Paris in 1866. However, the final work was done later in his studio, from a variety of sketches and other sources.
It's actually his first work of a ballet subject, the thing that he's most famous for today! This ballet had a live horse onstage, and real water.
This dancer was a celebrity who rose through the ranks of the ballet troupe at the Paris Opéra. She's in costume for her part,  the Georgian princess Nouredda. She wears a blue robe with silver braid, gold-speckled gauze trousers, and a "Tartar" headdress in red satin embroidered with black and red pearls and gold spangles. (The Tartars were a Turkic people living in Asia and Europe.)
It's a remarkable painting and it seems modern.
I agree, Degas was certainly ahead of his time in his ideas about composition and space.
I am surprised about the horse and water. My daughter is a ballerina and we think she's cooling her feet after removing pointe shoes. 
This really must have been quite a production, right? I love the idea of her cooling her feet after a long rehearsal.
Thanks!
You are very welcome!
Who is depicted here?
This early-20th century French work depicts the Biblical figure Jacob wrestling with an angel. Odilon Redon was known for his symbolist works in oils, prints, and pastels.
What can you tell me about this?
That's a really interesting piece by a female artist named Dottie Attie. It's one in a series of works she made, looking back at "master" artists (all male).
This piece is a reference to two famous works by the 19th century Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins. Both works date ca. 1875-76 and are very famous works by Eakins. The painting at the top of the grouping (the man with the oars) depicts Eakins' painting of the rower, Max Schmitt, in his scull on the Schuykill River. The other is a large scene called "The Gross Clinic," which shows a doctor demonstrating a surgical procedure to students. Two details from the Eakins painting are re-created by Attie: the 2 bloody hands with scalpels.
The title is "Barred from the Studio," and the texts she includes refer to something that happened in Eakins career. In the 1870s, women art students were still not allowed to study from male nude models. Eakins found that rule ridiculous, and one day he removed the loincloth from a male model in the studio so that women could view his entire body. Because of this act, he lost his teaching job at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
I'm curious about the use of folding stools in Versailles. Today, we think of folding furniture as practical for compact spaces or for shipping, but why did folks bother with folding furniture in the Palace of Versailles?
Folding stools were used by ancient Roman senators and so stools like this held allusions to Rome's imperial past. They signified power and so the design was used in Versailles. When not in use, such stools would have been placed around the walls of a room but would not have been folded. Their portability was useful in rooms that had many uses.
I went to the official Versailles website, and here's a direct quote for you: "folding chairs and seating chairs will testify to the revolution that the 18th century brought about in the history of furniture, a reflection of the evolving tastes of a society enamoured by modernity and wanting to live in comfort and luxury."
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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.

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Here's what people are asking.

What is this?
El Anatsui's practice is centered around items that have been thrown away. It’s not recycling that interests him, it’s the idea that an item was touched by another human being.
Here he used discarded screw-top caps from thousands of bottles. He flattens and stretches the caps. Sometimes he uses the ring left on the bottle after the cap is twisted off. He wire stitches thousands of the mutated caps together into massive wall tapestries. 
Why are these paired?
I love the juxtaposition of those two works. Both have grid-like formats but the Terence Koh is so individual and emotional, filled with objects that have personal meaning for him, while the Sol LeWitt is purely conceptual and makes us think about space and volume in an almost mathematical way.
I really like this sculpture.
This bust of Abraham Lincoln was made by one of the most famous American artists of the late 1800s and early 1900s, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. This is actually a replica of a head from a full-length sculpture that stands in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Lincoln is looking slightly downwards, as if he is thinking or about to speak. Saint-Gaudens was working from photographs and a cast "life-mask" of Lincoln's face, since Lincoln was already dead (assassinated in 1865) by this time.
Was this artist inspired by the French?
Indeed he was. Childe Hassam and his wife, Kathleen Maude Doane, traveled to Paris in 1886 stayed for three years.
There Hassam was typical among his American contemporaries for his immersion in the Parisian milieu and his attraction to French Impressionism.
Hassam was most inspired by the work of Claude Monet. Throughout his career, many of his contemporaries noted Monet’s influence, to the point where Hassam actually became irritated by how frequently the comparison was made!
What is the significance of the lily?
The lily typically represents purity in Christian art. It's usually associated more with the Virgin Mary so I'm wondering whether it's functioning as a "stand-in" for her here. Mary is Christ's mother, and Joseph is her husband who raises Jesus on earth. So this is like a family portrait.
What is this style of art called?
It's an early twentieth-century version of Realism.
In the 1920s, some artists continued to work in the abstract avant-garde styles that emerged in Europe at the turn of the 20th century. (See the completely non-objective painting by Kandinsky nearby.) But in the wake of World War I, many artists returned to a more realist style in which objects and people were shown more naturalistically. This post-war trend is sometimes called "the return to order" and it took on different configurations in different places. The Russian artist Boris Grigoriev traveled and lived in many countries after the war. His work is often associated with the German brand of post-WWI realism known as the New Objectivity movement and its key exponent, Otto Dix.
Can you tell me more about this Degas?
Degas was inspired to paint this picture after seeing a rehearsal for the ballet La Source before it opened in Paris in 1866. However, the final work was done later in his studio, from a variety of sketches and other sources.
It's actually his first work of a ballet subject, the thing that he's most famous for today! This ballet had a live horse onstage, and real water.
This dancer was a celebrity who rose through the ranks of the ballet troupe at the Paris Opéra. She's in costume for her part,  the Georgian princess Nouredda. She wears a blue robe with silver braid, gold-speckled gauze trousers, and a "Tartar" headdress in red satin embroidered with black and red pearls and gold spangles. (The Tartars were a Turkic people living in Asia and Europe.)
It's a remarkable painting and it seems modern.
I agree, Degas was certainly ahead of his time in his ideas about composition and space.
I am surprised about the horse and water. My daughter is a ballerina and we think she's cooling her feet after removing pointe shoes. 
This really must have been quite a production, right? I love the idea of her cooling her feet after a long rehearsal.
Thanks!
You are very welcome!
Who is depicted here?
This early-20th century French work depicts the Biblical figure Jacob wrestling with an angel. Odilon Redon was known for his symbolist works in oils, prints, and pastels.
What can you tell me about this?
That's a really interesting piece by a female artist named Dottie Attie. It's one in a series of works she made, looking back at "master" artists (all male).
This piece is a reference to two famous works by the 19th century Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins. Both works date ca. 1875-76 and are very famous works by Eakins. The painting at the top of the grouping (the man with the oars) depicts Eakins' painting of the rower, Max Schmitt, in his scull on the Schuykill River. The other is a large scene called "The Gross Clinic," which shows a doctor demonstrating a surgical procedure to students. Two details from the Eakins painting are re-created by Attie: the 2 bloody hands with scalpels.
The title is "Barred from the Studio," and the texts she includes refer to something that happened in Eakins career. In the 1870s, women art students were still not allowed to study from male nude models. Eakins found that rule ridiculous, and one day he removed the loincloth from a male model in the studio so that women could view his entire body. Because of this act, he lost his teaching job at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
I'm curious about the use of folding stools in Versailles. Today, we think of folding furniture as practical for compact spaces or for shipping, but why did folks bother with folding furniture in the Palace of Versailles?
Folding stools were used by ancient Roman senators and so stools like this held allusions to Rome's imperial past. They signified power and so the design was used in Versailles. When not in use, such stools would have been placed around the walls of a room but would not have been folded. Their portability was useful in rooms that had many uses.
I went to the official Versailles website, and here's a direct quote for you: "folding chairs and seating chairs will testify to the revolution that the 18th century brought about in the history of furniture, a reflection of the evolving tastes of a society enamoured by modernity and wanting to live in comfort and luxury."
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 this?
El Anatsui's practice is centered around items that have been thrown away. It’s not recycling that interests him, it’s the idea that an item was touched by another human being.
Here he used discarded screw-top caps from thousands of bottles. He flattens and stretches the caps. Sometimes he uses the ring left on the bottle after the cap is twisted off. He wire stitches thousands of the mutated caps together into massive wall tapestries. 
Why are these paired?
I love the juxtaposition of those two works. Both have grid-like formats but the Terence Koh is so individual and emotional, filled with objects that have personal meaning for him, while the Sol LeWitt is purely conceptual and makes us think about space and volume in an almost mathematical way.
I really like this sculpture.
This bust of Abraham Lincoln was made by one of the most famous American artists of the late 1800s and early 1900s, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. This is actually a replica of a head from a full-length sculpture that stands in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Lincoln is looking slightly downwards, as if he is thinking or about to speak. Saint-Gaudens was working from photographs and a cast "life-mask" of Lincoln's face, since Lincoln was already dead (assassinated in 1865) by this time.
Was this artist inspired by the French?
Indeed he was. Childe Hassam and his wife, Kathleen Maude Doane, traveled to Paris in 1886 stayed for three years.
There Hassam was typical among his American contemporaries for his immersion in the Parisian milieu and his attraction to French Impressionism.
Hassam was most inspired by the work of Claude Monet. Throughout his career, many of his contemporaries noted Monet’s influence, to the point where Hassam actually became irritated by how frequently the comparison was made!
What is the significance of the lily?
The lily typically represents purity in Christian art. It's usually associated more with the Virgin Mary so I'm wondering whether it's functioning as a "stand-in" for her here. Mary is Christ's mother, and Joseph is her husband who raises Jesus on earth. So this is like a family portrait.
What is this style of art called?
It's an early twentieth-century version of Realism.
In the 1920s, some artists continued to work in the abstract avant-garde styles that emerged in Europe at the turn of the 20th century. (See the completely non-objective painting by Kandinsky nearby.) But in the wake of World War I, many artists returned to a more realist style in which objects and people were shown more naturalistically. This post-war trend is sometimes called "the return to order" and it took on different configurations in different places. The Russian artist Boris Grigoriev traveled and lived in many countries after the war. His work is often associated with the German brand of post-WWI realism known as the New Objectivity movement and its key exponent, Otto Dix.
Can you tell me more about this Degas?
Degas was inspired to paint this picture after seeing a rehearsal for the ballet La Source before it opened in Paris in 1866. However, the final work was done later in his studio, from a variety of sketches and other sources.
It's actually his first work of a ballet subject, the thing that he's most famous for today! This ballet had a live horse onstage, and real water.
This dancer was a celebrity who rose through the ranks of the ballet troupe at the Paris Opéra. She's in costume for her part,  the Georgian princess Nouredda. She wears a blue robe with silver braid, gold-speckled gauze trousers, and a "Tartar" headdress in red satin embroidered with black and red pearls and gold spangles. (The Tartars were a Turkic people living in Asia and Europe.)
It's a remarkable painting and it seems modern.
I agree, Degas was certainly ahead of his time in his ideas about composition and space.
I am surprised about the horse and water. My daughter is a ballerina and we think she's cooling her feet after removing pointe shoes. 
This really must have been quite a production, right? I love the idea of her cooling her feet after a long rehearsal.
Thanks!
You are very welcome!
Who is depicted here?
This early-20th century French work depicts the Biblical figure Jacob wrestling with an angel. Odilon Redon was known for his symbolist works in oils, prints, and pastels.
What can you tell me about this?
That's a really interesting piece by a female artist named Dottie Attie. It's one in a series of works she made, looking back at "master" artists (all male).
This piece is a reference to two famous works by the 19th century Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins. Both works date ca. 1875-76 and are very famous works by Eakins. The painting at the top of the grouping (the man with the oars) depicts Eakins' painting of the rower, Max Schmitt, in his scull on the Schuykill River. The other is a large scene called "The Gross Clinic," which shows a doctor demonstrating a surgical procedure to students. Two details from the Eakins painting are re-created by Attie: the 2 bloody hands with scalpels.
The title is "Barred from the Studio," and the texts she includes refer to something that happened in Eakins career. In the 1870s, women art students were still not allowed to study from male nude models. Eakins found that rule ridiculous, and one day he removed the loincloth from a male model in the studio so that women could view his entire body. Because of this act, he lost his teaching job at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
I'm curious about the use of folding stools in Versailles. Today, we think of folding furniture as practical for compact spaces or for shipping, but why did folks bother with folding furniture in the Palace of Versailles?
Folding stools were used by ancient Roman senators and so stools like this held allusions to Rome's imperial past. They signified power and so the design was used in Versailles. When not in use, such stools would have been placed around the walls of a room but would not have been folded. Their portability was useful in rooms that had many uses.
I went to the official Versailles website, and here's a direct quote for you: "folding chairs and seating chairs will testify to the revolution that the 18th century brought about in the history of furniture, a reflection of the evolving tastes of a society enamoured by modernity and wanting to live in comfort and luxury."
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 this?
El Anatsui's practice is centered around items that have been thrown away. It’s not recycling that interests him, it’s the idea that an item was touched by another human being.
Here he used discarded screw-top caps from thousands of bottles. He flattens and stretches the caps. Sometimes he uses the ring left on the bottle after the cap is twisted off. He wire stitches thousands of the mutated caps together into massive wall tapestries. 
Why are these paired?
I love the juxtaposition of those two works. Both have grid-like formats but the Terence Koh is so individual and emotional, filled with objects that have personal meaning for him, while the Sol LeWitt is purely conceptual and makes us think about space and volume in an almost mathematical way.
I really like this sculpture.
This bust of Abraham Lincoln was made by one of the most famous American artists of the late 1800s and early 1900s, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. This is actually a replica of a head from a full-length sculpture that stands in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Lincoln is looking slightly downwards, as if he is thinking or about to speak. Saint-Gaudens was working from photographs and a cast "life-mask" of Lincoln's face, since Lincoln was already dead (assassinated in 1865) by this time.
Was this artist inspired by the French?
Indeed he was. Childe Hassam and his wife, Kathleen Maude Doane, traveled to Paris in 1886 stayed for three years.
There Hassam was typical among his American contemporaries for his immersion in the Parisian milieu and his attraction to French Impressionism.
Hassam was most inspired by the work of Claude Monet. Throughout his career, many of his contemporaries noted Monet’s influence, to the point where Hassam actually became irritated by how frequently the comparison was made!
What is the significance of the lily?
The lily typically represents purity in Christian art. It's usually associated more with the Virgin Mary so I'm wondering whether it's functioning as a "stand-in" for her here. Mary is Christ's mother, and Joseph is her husband who raises Jesus on earth. So this is like a family portrait.
What is this style of art called?
It's an early twentieth-century version of Realism.
In the 1920s, some artists continued to work in the abstract avant-garde styles that emerged in Europe at the turn of the 20th century. (See the completely non-objective painting by Kandinsky nearby.) But in the wake of World War I, many artists returned to a more realist style in which objects and people were shown more naturalistically. This post-war trend is sometimes called "the return to order" and it took on different configurations in different places. The Russian artist Boris Grigoriev traveled and lived in many countries after the war. His work is often associated with the German brand of post-WWI realism known as the New Objectivity movement and its key exponent, Otto Dix.
Can you tell me more about this Degas?
Degas was inspired to paint this picture after seeing a rehearsal for the ballet La Source before it opened in Paris in 1866. However, the final work was done later in his studio, from a variety of sketches and other sources.
It's actually his first work of a ballet subject, the thing that he's most famous for today! This ballet had a live horse onstage, and real water.
This dancer was a celebrity who rose through the ranks of the ballet troupe at the Paris Opéra. She's in costume for her part,  the Georgian princess Nouredda. She wears a blue robe with silver braid, gold-speckled gauze trousers, and a "Tartar" headdress in red satin embroidered with black and red pearls and gold spangles. (The Tartars were a Turkic people living in Asia and Europe.)
It's a remarkable painting and it seems modern.
I agree, Degas was certainly ahead of his time in his ideas about composition and space.
I am surprised about the horse and water. My daughter is a ballerina and we think she's cooling her feet after removing pointe shoes. 
This really must have been quite a production, right? I love the idea of her cooling her feet after a long rehearsal.
Thanks!
You are very welcome!
Who is depicted here?
This early-20th century French work depicts the Biblical figure Jacob wrestling with an angel. Odilon Redon was known for his symbolist works in oils, prints, and pastels.
What can you tell me about this?
That's a really interesting piece by a female artist named Dottie Attie. It's one in a series of works she made, looking back at "master" artists (all male).
This piece is a reference to two famous works by the 19th century Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins. Both works date ca. 1875-76 and are very famous works by Eakins. The painting at the top of the grouping (the man with the oars) depicts Eakins' painting of the rower, Max Schmitt, in his scull on the Schuykill River. The other is a large scene called "The Gross Clinic," which shows a doctor demonstrating a surgical procedure to students. Two details from the Eakins painting are re-created by Attie: the 2 bloody hands with scalpels.
The title is "Barred from the Studio," and the texts she includes refer to something that happened in Eakins career. In the 1870s, women art students were still not allowed to study from male nude models. Eakins found that rule ridiculous, and one day he removed the loincloth from a male model in the studio so that women could view his entire body. Because of this act, he lost his teaching job at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
I'm curious about the use of folding stools in Versailles. Today, we think of folding furniture as practical for compact spaces or for shipping, but why did folks bother with folding furniture in the Palace of Versailles?
Folding stools were used by ancient Roman senators and so stools like this held allusions to Rome's imperial past. They signified power and so the design was used in Versailles. When not in use, such stools would have been placed around the walls of a room but would not have been folded. Their portability was useful in rooms that had many uses.
I went to the official Versailles website, and here's a direct quote for you: "folding chairs and seating chairs will testify to the revolution that the 18th century brought about in the history of furniture, a reflection of the evolving tastes of a society enamoured by modernity and wanting to live in comfort and luxury."
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 this?
El Anatsui's practice is centered around items that have been thrown away. It’s not recycling that interests him, it’s the idea that an item was touched by another human being.
Here he used discarded screw-top caps from thousands of bottles. He flattens and stretches the caps. Sometimes he uses the ring left on the bottle after the cap is twisted off. He wire stitches thousands of the mutated caps together into massive wall tapestries. 
Why are these paired?
I love the juxtaposition of those two works. Both have grid-like formats but the Terence Koh is so individual and emotional, filled with objects that have personal meaning for him, while the Sol LeWitt is purely conceptual and makes us think about space and volume in an almost mathematical way.
I really like this sculpture.
This bust of Abraham Lincoln was made by one of the most famous American artists of the late 1800s and early 1900s, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. This is actually a replica of a head from a full-length sculpture that stands in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Lincoln is looking slightly downwards, as if he is thinking or about to speak. Saint-Gaudens was working from photographs and a cast "life-mask" of Lincoln's face, since Lincoln was already dead (assassinated in 1865) by this time.
Was this artist inspired by the French?
Indeed he was. Childe Hassam and his wife, Kathleen Maude Doane, traveled to Paris in 1886 stayed for three years.
There Hassam was typical among his American contemporaries for his immersion in the Parisian milieu and his attraction to French Impressionism.
Hassam was most inspired by the work of Claude Monet. Throughout his career, many of his contemporaries noted Monet’s influence, to the point where Hassam actually became irritated by how frequently the comparison was made!
What is the significance of the lily?
The lily typically represents purity in Christian art. It's usually associated more with the Virgin Mary so I'm wondering whether it's functioning as a "stand-in" for her here. Mary is Christ's mother, and Joseph is her husband who raises Jesus on earth. So this is like a family portrait.
What is this style of art called?
It's an early twentieth-century version of Realism.
In the 1920s, some artists continued to work in the abstract avant-garde styles that emerged in Europe at the turn of the 20th century. (See the completely non-objective painting by Kandinsky nearby.) But in the wake of World War I, many artists returned to a more realist style in which objects and people were shown more naturalistically. This post-war trend is sometimes called "the return to order" and it took on different configurations in different places. The Russian artist Boris Grigoriev traveled and lived in many countries after the war. His work is often associated with the German brand of post-WWI realism known as the New Objectivity movement and its key exponent, Otto Dix.
Can you tell me more about this Degas?
Degas was inspired to paint this picture after seeing a rehearsal for the ballet La Source before it opened in Paris in 1866. However, the final work was done later in his studio, from a variety of sketches and other sources.
It's actually his first work of a ballet subject, the thing that he's most famous for today! This ballet had a live horse onstage, and real water.
This dancer was a celebrity who rose through the ranks of the ballet troupe at the Paris Opéra. She's in costume for her part,  the Georgian princess Nouredda. She wears a blue robe with silver braid, gold-speckled gauze trousers, and a "Tartar" headdress in red satin embroidered with black and red pearls and gold spangles. (The Tartars were a Turkic people living in Asia and Europe.)
It's a remarkable painting and it seems modern.
I agree, Degas was certainly ahead of his time in his ideas about composition and space.
I am surprised about the horse and water. My daughter is a ballerina and we think she's cooling her feet after removing pointe shoes. 
This really must have been quite a production, right? I love the idea of her cooling her feet after a long rehearsal.
Thanks!
You are very welcome!
Who is depicted here?
This early-20th century French work depicts the Biblical figure Jacob wrestling with an angel. Odilon Redon was known for his symbolist works in oils, prints, and pastels.
What can you tell me about this?
That's a really interesting piece by a female artist named Dottie Attie. It's one in a series of works she made, looking back at "master" artists (all male).
This piece is a reference to two famous works by the 19th century Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins. Both works date ca. 1875-76 and are very famous works by Eakins. The painting at the top of the grouping (the man with the oars) depicts Eakins' painting of the rower, Max Schmitt, in his scull on the Schuykill River. The other is a large scene called "The Gross Clinic," which shows a doctor demonstrating a surgical procedure to students. Two details from the Eakins painting are re-created by Attie: the 2 bloody hands with scalpels.
The title is "Barred from the Studio," and the texts she includes refer to something that happened in Eakins career. In the 1870s, women art students were still not allowed to study from male nude models. Eakins found that rule ridiculous, and one day he removed the loincloth from a male model in the studio so that women could view his entire body. Because of this act, he lost his teaching job at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
I'm curious about the use of folding stools in Versailles. Today, we think of folding furniture as practical for compact spaces or for shipping, but why did folks bother with folding furniture in the Palace of Versailles?
Folding stools were used by ancient Roman senators and so stools like this held allusions to Rome's imperial past. They signified power and so the design was used in Versailles. When not in use, such stools would have been placed around the walls of a room but would not have been folded. Their portability was useful in rooms that had many uses.
I went to the official Versailles website, and here's a direct quote for you: "folding chairs and seating chairs will testify to the revolution that the 18th century brought about in the history of furniture, a reflection of the evolving tastes of a society enamoured by modernity and wanting to live in comfort and luxury."
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 this?
El Anatsui's practice is centered around items that have been thrown away. It’s not recycling that interests him, it’s the idea that an item was touched by another human being.
Here he used discarded screw-top caps from thousands of bottles. He flattens and stretches the caps. Sometimes he uses the ring left on the bottle after the cap is twisted off. He wire stitches thousands of the mutated caps together into massive wall tapestries. 
Why are these paired?
I love the juxtaposition of those two works. Both have grid-like formats but the Terence Koh is so individual and emotional, filled with objects that have personal meaning for him, while the Sol LeWitt is purely conceptual and makes us think about space and volume in an almost mathematical way.
I really like this sculpture.
This bust of Abraham Lincoln was made by one of the most famous American artists of the late 1800s and early 1900s, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. This is actually a replica of a head from a full-length sculpture that stands in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Lincoln is looking slightly downwards, as if he is thinking or about to speak. Saint-Gaudens was working from photographs and a cast "life-mask" of Lincoln's face, since Lincoln was already dead (assassinated in 1865) by this time.
Was this artist inspired by the French?
Indeed he was. Childe Hassam and his wife, Kathleen Maude Doane, traveled to Paris in 1886 stayed for three years.
There Hassam was typical among his American contemporaries for his immersion in the Parisian milieu and his attraction to French Impressionism.
Hassam was most inspired by the work of Claude Monet. Throughout his career, many of his contemporaries noted Monet’s influence, to the point where Hassam actually became irritated by how frequently the comparison was made!
What is the significance of the lily?
The lily typically represents purity in Christian art. It's usually associated more with the Virgin Mary so I'm wondering whether it's functioning as a "stand-in" for her here. Mary is Christ's mother, and Joseph is her husband who raises Jesus on earth. So this is like a family portrait.
What is this style of art called?
It's an early twentieth-century version of Realism.
In the 1920s, some artists continued to work in the abstract avant-garde styles that emerged in Europe at the turn of the 20th century. (See the completely non-objective painting by Kandinsky nearby.) But in the wake of World War I, many artists returned to a more realist style in which objects and people were shown more naturalistically. This post-war trend is sometimes called "the return to order" and it took on different configurations in different places. The Russian artist Boris Grigoriev traveled and lived in many countries after the war. His work is often associated with the German brand of post-WWI realism known as the New Objectivity movement and its key exponent, Otto Dix.
Can you tell me more about this Degas?
Degas was inspired to paint this picture after seeing a rehearsal for the ballet La Source before it opened in Paris in 1866. However, the final work was done later in his studio, from a variety of sketches and other sources.
It's actually his first work of a ballet subject, the thing that he's most famous for today! This ballet had a live horse onstage, and real water.
This dancer was a celebrity who rose through the ranks of the ballet troupe at the Paris Opéra. She's in costume for her part,  the Georgian princess Nouredda. She wears a blue robe with silver braid, gold-speckled gauze trousers, and a "Tartar" headdress in red satin embroidered with black and red pearls and gold spangles. (The Tartars were a Turkic people living in Asia and Europe.)
It's a remarkable painting and it seems modern.
I agree, Degas was certainly ahead of his time in his ideas about composition and space.
I am surprised about the horse and water. My daughter is a ballerina and we think she's cooling her feet after removing pointe shoes. 
This really must have been quite a production, right? I love the idea of her cooling her feet after a long rehearsal.
Thanks!
You are very welcome!
Who is depicted here?
This early-20th century French work depicts the Biblical figure Jacob wrestling with an angel. Odilon Redon was known for his symbolist works in oils, prints, and pastels.
What can you tell me about this?
That's a really interesting piece by a female artist named Dottie Attie. It's one in a series of works she made, looking back at "master" artists (all male).
This piece is a reference to two famous works by the 19th century Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins. Both works date ca. 1875-76 and are very famous works by Eakins. The painting at the top of the grouping (the man with the oars) depicts Eakins' painting of the rower, Max Schmitt, in his scull on the Schuykill River. The other is a large scene called "The Gross Clinic," which shows a doctor demonstrating a surgical procedure to students. Two details from the Eakins painting are re-created by Attie: the 2 bloody hands with scalpels.
The title is "Barred from the Studio," and the texts she includes refer to something that happened in Eakins career. In the 1870s, women art students were still not allowed to study from male nude models. Eakins found that rule ridiculous, and one day he removed the loincloth from a male model in the studio so that women could view his entire body. Because of this act, he lost his teaching job at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
I'm curious about the use of folding stools in Versailles. Today, we think of folding furniture as practical for compact spaces or for shipping, but why did folks bother with folding furniture in the Palace of Versailles?
Folding stools were used by ancient Roman senators and so stools like this held allusions to Rome's imperial past. They signified power and so the design was used in Versailles. When not in use, such stools would have been placed around the walls of a room but would not have been folded. Their portability was useful in rooms that had many uses.
I went to the official Versailles website, and here's a direct quote for you: "folding chairs and seating chairs will testify to the revolution that the 18th century brought about in the history of furniture, a reflection of the evolving tastes of a society enamoured by modernity and wanting to live in comfort and luxury."
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 this?
El Anatsui's practice is centered around items that have been thrown away. It’s not recycling that interests him, it’s the idea that an item was touched by another human being.
Here he used discarded screw-top caps from thousands of bottles. He flattens and stretches the caps. Sometimes he uses the ring left on the bottle after the cap is twisted off. He wire stitches thousands of the mutated caps together into massive wall tapestries. 
Why are these paired?
I love the juxtaposition of those two works. Both have grid-like formats but the Terence Koh is so individual and emotional, filled with objects that have personal meaning for him, while the Sol LeWitt is purely conceptual and makes us think about space and volume in an almost mathematical way.
I really like this sculpture.
This bust of Abraham Lincoln was made by one of the most famous American artists of the late 1800s and early 1900s, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. This is actually a replica of a head from a full-length sculpture that stands in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Lincoln is looking slightly downwards, as if he is thinking or about to speak. Saint-Gaudens was working from photographs and a cast "life-mask" of Lincoln's face, since Lincoln was already dead (assassinated in 1865) by this time.
Was this artist inspired by the French?
Indeed he was. Childe Hassam and his wife, Kathleen Maude Doane, traveled to Paris in 1886 stayed for three years.
There Hassam was typical among his American contemporaries for his immersion in the Parisian milieu and his attraction to French Impressionism.
Hassam was most inspired by the work of Claude Monet. Throughout his career, many of his contemporaries noted Monet’s influence, to the point where Hassam actually became irritated by how frequently the comparison was made!
What is the significance of the lily?
The lily typically represents purity in Christian art. It's usually associated more with the Virgin Mary so I'm wondering whether it's functioning as a "stand-in" for her here. Mary is Christ's mother, and Joseph is her husband who raises Jesus on earth. So this is like a family portrait.
What is this style of art called?
It's an early twentieth-century version of Realism.
In the 1920s, some artists continued to work in the abstract avant-garde styles that emerged in Europe at the turn of the 20th century. (See the completely non-objective painting by Kandinsky nearby.) But in the wake of World War I, many artists returned to a more realist style in which objects and people were shown more naturalistically. This post-war trend is sometimes called "the return to order" and it took on different configurations in different places. The Russian artist Boris Grigoriev traveled and lived in many countries after the war. His work is often associated with the German brand of post-WWI realism known as the New Objectivity movement and its key exponent, Otto Dix.
Can you tell me more about this Degas?
Degas was inspired to paint this picture after seeing a rehearsal for the ballet La Source before it opened in Paris in 1866. However, the final work was done later in his studio, from a variety of sketches and other sources.
It's actually his first work of a ballet subject, the thing that he's most famous for today! This ballet had a live horse onstage, and real water.
This dancer was a celebrity who rose through the ranks of the ballet troupe at the Paris Opéra. She's in costume for her part,  the Georgian princess Nouredda. She wears a blue robe with silver braid, gold-speckled gauze trousers, and a "Tartar" headdress in red satin embroidered with black and red pearls and gold spangles. (The Tartars were a Turkic people living in Asia and Europe.)
It's a remarkable painting and it seems modern.
I agree, Degas was certainly ahead of his time in his ideas about composition and space.
I am surprised about the horse and water. My daughter is a ballerina and we think she's cooling her feet after removing pointe shoes. 
This really must have been quite a production, right? I love the idea of her cooling her feet after a long rehearsal.
Thanks!
You are very welcome!
Who is depicted here?
This early-20th century French work depicts the Biblical figure Jacob wrestling with an angel. Odilon Redon was known for his symbolist works in oils, prints, and pastels.
What can you tell me about this?
That's a really interesting piece by a female artist named Dottie Attie. It's one in a series of works she made, looking back at "master" artists (all male).
This piece is a reference to two famous works by the 19th century Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins. Both works date ca. 1875-76 and are very famous works by Eakins. The painting at the top of the grouping (the man with the oars) depicts Eakins' painting of the rower, Max Schmitt, in his scull on the Schuykill River. The other is a large scene called "The Gross Clinic," which shows a doctor demonstrating a surgical procedure to students. Two details from the Eakins painting are re-created by Attie: the 2 bloody hands with scalpels.
The title is "Barred from the Studio," and the texts she includes refer to something that happened in Eakins career. In the 1870s, women art students were still not allowed to study from male nude models. Eakins found that rule ridiculous, and one day he removed the loincloth from a male model in the studio so that women could view his entire body. Because of this act, he lost his teaching job at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
I'm curious about the use of folding stools in Versailles. Today, we think of folding furniture as practical for compact spaces or for shipping, but why did folks bother with folding furniture in the Palace of Versailles?
Folding stools were used by ancient Roman senators and so stools like this held allusions to Rome's imperial past. They signified power and so the design was used in Versailles. When not in use, such stools would have been placed around the walls of a room but would not have been folded. Their portability was useful in rooms that had many uses.
I went to the official Versailles website, and here's a direct quote for you: "folding chairs and seating chairs will testify to the revolution that the 18th century brought about in the history of furniture, a reflection of the evolving tastes of a society enamoured by modernity and wanting to live in comfort and luxury."
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
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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
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Go Mobile
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ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

What is this?
El Anatsui's practice is centered around items that have been thrown away. It’s not recycling that interests him, it’s the idea that an item was touched by another human being.
Here he used discarded screw-top caps from thousands of bottles. He flattens and stretches the caps. Sometimes he uses the ring left on the bottle after the cap is twisted off. He wire stitches thousands of the mutated caps together into massive wall tapestries. 
Why are these paired?
I love the juxtaposition of those two works. Both have grid-like formats but the Terence Koh is so individual and emotional, filled with objects that have personal meaning for him, while the Sol LeWitt is purely conceptual and makes us think about space and volume in an almost mathematical way.
I really like this sculpture.
This bust of Abraham Lincoln was made by one of the most famous American artists of the late 1800s and early 1900s, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. This is actually a replica of a head from a full-length sculpture that stands in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Lincoln is looking slightly downwards, as if he is thinking or about to speak. Saint-Gaudens was working from photographs and a cast "life-mask" of Lincoln's face, since Lincoln was already dead (assassinated in 1865) by this time.
Was this artist inspired by the French?
Indeed he was. Childe Hassam and his wife, Kathleen Maude Doane, traveled to Paris in 1886 stayed for three years.
There Hassam was typical among his American contemporaries for his immersion in the Parisian milieu and his attraction to French Impressionism.
Hassam was most inspired by the work of Claude Monet. Throughout his career, many of his contemporaries noted Monet’s influence, to the point where Hassam actually became irritated by how frequently the comparison was made!
What is the significance of the lily?
The lily typically represents purity in Christian art. It's usually associated more with the Virgin Mary so I'm wondering whether it's functioning as a "stand-in" for her here. Mary is Christ's mother, and Joseph is her husband who raises Jesus on earth. So this is like a family portrait.
What is this style of art called?
It's an early twentieth-century version of Realism.
In the 1920s, some artists continued to work in the abstract avant-garde styles that emerged in Europe at the turn of the 20th century. (See the completely non-objective painting by Kandinsky nearby.) But in the wake of World War I, many artists returned to a more realist style in which objects and people were shown more naturalistically. This post-war trend is sometimes called "the return to order" and it took on different configurations in different places. The Russian artist Boris Grigoriev traveled and lived in many countries after the war. His work is often associated with the German brand of post-WWI realism known as the New Objectivity movement and its key exponent, Otto Dix.
Can you tell me more about this Degas?
Degas was inspired to paint this picture after seeing a rehearsal for the ballet La Source before it opened in Paris in 1866. However, the final work was done later in his studio, from a variety of sketches and other sources.
It's actually his first work of a ballet subject, the thing that he's most famous for today! This ballet had a live horse onstage, and real water.
This dancer was a celebrity who rose through the ranks of the ballet troupe at the Paris Opéra. She's in costume for her part,  the Georgian princess Nouredda. She wears a blue robe with silver braid, gold-speckled gauze trousers, and a "Tartar" headdress in red satin embroidered with black and red pearls and gold spangles. (The Tartars were a Turkic people living in Asia and Europe.)
It's a remarkable painting and it seems modern.
I agree, Degas was certainly ahead of his time in his ideas about composition and space.
I am surprised about the horse and water. My daughter is a ballerina and we think she's cooling her feet after removing pointe shoes. 
This really must have been quite a production, right? I love the idea of her cooling her feet after a long rehearsal.
Thanks!
You are very welcome!
Who is depicted here?
This early-20th century French work depicts the Biblical figure Jacob wrestling with an angel. Odilon Redon was known for his symbolist works in oils, prints, and pastels.
What can you tell me about this?
That's a really interesting piece by a female artist named Dottie Attie. It's one in a series of works she made, looking back at "master" artists (all male).
This piece is a reference to two famous works by the 19th century Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins. Both works date ca. 1875-76 and are very famous works by Eakins. The painting at the top of the grouping (the man with the oars) depicts Eakins' painting of the rower, Max Schmitt, in his scull on the Schuykill River. The other is a large scene called "The Gross Clinic," which shows a doctor demonstrating a surgical procedure to students. Two details from the Eakins painting are re-created by Attie: the 2 bloody hands with scalpels.
The title is "Barred from the Studio," and the texts she includes refer to something that happened in Eakins career. In the 1870s, women art students were still not allowed to study from male nude models. Eakins found that rule ridiculous, and one day he removed the loincloth from a male model in the studio so that women could view his entire body. Because of this act, he lost his teaching job at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
I'm curious about the use of folding stools in Versailles. Today, we think of folding furniture as practical for compact spaces or for shipping, but why did folks bother with folding furniture in the Palace of Versailles?
Folding stools were used by ancient Roman senators and so stools like this held allusions to Rome's imperial past. They signified power and so the design was used in Versailles. When not in use, such stools would have been placed around the walls of a room but would not have been folded. Their portability was useful in rooms that had many uses.
I went to the official Versailles website, and here's a direct quote for you: "folding chairs and seating chairs will testify to the revolution that the 18th century brought about in the history of furniture, a reflection of the evolving tastes of a society enamoured by modernity and wanting to live in comfort and luxury."
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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We hope that you'll get in touch with us via email or at 718.501.6229 if you have questions about any of the above services, or if you'd like to make advance arrangements.

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Here's what people are asking.

What is this?
El Anatsui's practice is centered around items that have been thrown away. It’s not recycling that interests him, it’s the idea that an item was touched by another human being.
Here he used discarded screw-top caps from thousands of bottles. He flattens and stretches the caps. Sometimes he uses the ring left on the bottle after the cap is twisted off. He wire stitches thousands of the mutated caps together into massive wall tapestries. 
Why are these paired?
I love the juxtaposition of those two works. Both have grid-like formats but the Terence Koh is so individual and emotional, filled with objects that have personal meaning for him, while the Sol LeWitt is purely conceptual and makes us think about space and volume in an almost mathematical way.
I really like this sculpture.
This bust of Abraham Lincoln was made by one of the most famous American artists of the late 1800s and early 1900s, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. This is actually a replica of a head from a full-length sculpture that stands in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Lincoln is looking slightly downwards, as if he is thinking or about to speak. Saint-Gaudens was working from photographs and a cast "life-mask" of Lincoln's face, since Lincoln was already dead (assassinated in 1865) by this time.
Was this artist inspired by the French?
Indeed he was. Childe Hassam and his wife, Kathleen Maude Doane, traveled to Paris in 1886 stayed for three years.
There Hassam was typical among his American contemporaries for his immersion in the Parisian milieu and his attraction to French Impressionism.
Hassam was most inspired by the work of Claude Monet. Throughout his career, many of his contemporaries noted Monet’s influence, to the point where Hassam actually became irritated by how frequently the comparison was made!
What is the significance of the lily?
The lily typically represents purity in Christian art. It's usually associated more with the Virgin Mary so I'm wondering whether it's functioning as a "stand-in" for her here. Mary is Christ's mother, and Joseph is her husband who raises Jesus on earth. So this is like a family portrait.
What is this style of art called?
It's an early twentieth-century version of Realism.
In the 1920s, some artists continued to work in the abstract avant-garde styles that emerged in Europe at the turn of the 20th century. (See the completely non-objective painting by Kandinsky nearby.) But in the wake of World War I, many artists returned to a more realist style in which objects and people were shown more naturalistically. This post-war trend is sometimes called "the return to order" and it took on different configurations in different places. The Russian artist Boris Grigoriev traveled and lived in many countries after the war. His work is often associated with the German brand of post-WWI realism known as the New Objectivity movement and its key exponent, Otto Dix.
Can you tell me more about this Degas?
Degas was inspired to paint this picture after seeing a rehearsal for the ballet La Source before it opened in Paris in 1866. However, the final work was done later in his studio, from a variety of sketches and other sources.
It's actually his first work of a ballet subject, the thing that he's most famous for today! This ballet had a live horse onstage, and real water.
This dancer was a celebrity who rose through the ranks of the ballet troupe at the Paris Opéra. She's in costume for her part,  the Georgian princess Nouredda. She wears a blue robe with silver braid, gold-speckled gauze trousers, and a "Tartar" headdress in red satin embroidered with black and red pearls and gold spangles. (The Tartars were a Turkic people living in Asia and Europe.)
It's a remarkable painting and it seems modern.
I agree, Degas was certainly ahead of his time in his ideas about composition and space.
I am surprised about the horse and water. My daughter is a ballerina and we think she's cooling her feet after removing pointe shoes. 
This really must have been quite a production, right? I love the idea of her cooling her feet after a long rehearsal.
Thanks!
You are very welcome!
Who is depicted here?
This early-20th century French work depicts the Biblical figure Jacob wrestling with an angel. Odilon Redon was known for his symbolist works in oils, prints, and pastels.
What can you tell me about this?
That's a really interesting piece by a female artist named Dottie Attie. It's one in a series of works she made, looking back at "master" artists (all male).
This piece is a reference to two famous works by the 19th century Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins. Both works date ca. 1875-76 and are very famous works by Eakins. The painting at the top of the grouping (the man with the oars) depicts Eakins' painting of the rower, Max Schmitt, in his scull on the Schuykill River. The other is a large scene called "The Gross Clinic," which shows a doctor demonstrating a surgical procedure to students. Two details from the Eakins painting are re-created by Attie: the 2 bloody hands with scalpels.
The title is "Barred from the Studio," and the texts she includes refer to something that happened in Eakins career. In the 1870s, women art students were still not allowed to study from male nude models. Eakins found that rule ridiculous, and one day he removed the loincloth from a male model in the studio so that women could view his entire body. Because of this act, he lost his teaching job at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
I'm curious about the use of folding stools in Versailles. Today, we think of folding furniture as practical for compact spaces or for shipping, but why did folks bother with folding furniture in the Palace of Versailles?
Folding stools were used by ancient Roman senators and so stools like this held allusions to Rome's imperial past. They signified power and so the design was used in Versailles. When not in use, such stools would have been placed around the walls of a room but would not have been folded. Their portability was useful in rooms that had many uses.
I went to the official Versailles website, and here's a direct quote for you: "folding chairs and seating chairs will testify to the revolution that the 18th century brought about in the history of furniture, a reflection of the evolving tastes of a society enamoured by modernity and wanting to live in comfort and luxury."
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 this?
El Anatsui's practice is centered around items that have been thrown away. It’s not recycling that interests him, it’s the idea that an item was touched by another human being.
Here he used discarded screw-top caps from thousands of bottles. He flattens and stretches the caps. Sometimes he uses the ring left on the bottle after the cap is twisted off. He wire stitches thousands of the mutated caps together into massive wall tapestries. 
Why are these paired?
I love the juxtaposition of those two works. Both have grid-like formats but the Terence Koh is so individual and emotional, filled with objects that have personal meaning for him, while the Sol LeWitt is purely conceptual and makes us think about space and volume in an almost mathematical way.
I really like this sculpture.
This bust of Abraham Lincoln was made by one of the most famous American artists of the late 1800s and early 1900s, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. This is actually a replica of a head from a full-length sculpture that stands in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Lincoln is looking slightly downwards, as if he is thinking or about to speak. Saint-Gaudens was working from photographs and a cast "life-mask" of Lincoln's face, since Lincoln was already dead (assassinated in 1865) by this time.
Was this artist inspired by the French?
Indeed he was. Childe Hassam and his wife, Kathleen Maude Doane, traveled to Paris in 1886 stayed for three years.
There Hassam was typical among his American contemporaries for his immersion in the Parisian milieu and his attraction to French Impressionism.
Hassam was most inspired by the work of Claude Monet. Throughout his career, many of his contemporaries noted Monet’s influence, to the point where Hassam actually became irritated by how frequently the comparison was made!
What is the significance of the lily?
The lily typically represents purity in Christian art. It's usually associated more with the Virgin Mary so I'm wondering whether it's functioning as a "stand-in" for her here. Mary is Christ's mother, and Joseph is her husband who raises Jesus on earth. So this is like a family portrait.
What is this style of art called?
It's an early twentieth-century version of Realism.
In the 1920s, some artists continued to work in the abstract avant-garde styles that emerged in Europe at the turn of the 20th century. (See the completely non-objective painting by Kandinsky nearby.) But in the wake of World War I, many artists returned to a more realist style in which objects and people were shown more naturalistically. This post-war trend is sometimes called "the return to order" and it took on different configurations in different places. The Russian artist Boris Grigoriev traveled and lived in many countries after the war. His work is often associated with the German brand of post-WWI realism known as the New Objectivity movement and its key exponent, Otto Dix.
Can you tell me more about this Degas?
Degas was inspired to paint this picture after seeing a rehearsal for the ballet La Source before it opened in Paris in 1866. However, the final work was done later in his studio, from a variety of sketches and other sources.
It's actually his first work of a ballet subject, the thing that he's most famous for today! This ballet had a live horse onstage, and real water.
This dancer was a celebrity who rose through the ranks of the ballet troupe at the Paris Opéra. She's in costume for her part,  the Georgian princess Nouredda. She wears a blue robe with silver braid, gold-speckled gauze trousers, and a "Tartar" headdress in red satin embroidered with black and red pearls and gold spangles. (The Tartars were a Turkic people living in Asia and Europe.)
It's a remarkable painting and it seems modern.
I agree, Degas was certainly ahead of his time in his ideas about composition and space.
I am surprised about the horse and water. My daughter is a ballerina and we think she's cooling her feet after removing pointe shoes. 
This really must have been quite a production, right? I love the idea of her cooling her feet after a long rehearsal.
Thanks!
You are very welcome!
Who is depicted here?
This early-20th century French work depicts the Biblical figure Jacob wrestling with an angel. Odilon Redon was known for his symbolist works in oils, prints, and pastels.
What can you tell me about this?
That's a really interesting piece by a female artist named Dottie Attie. It's one in a series of works she made, looking back at "master" artists (all male).
This piece is a reference to two famous works by the 19th century Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins. Both works date ca. 1875-76 and are very famous works by Eakins. The painting at the top of the grouping (the man with the oars) depicts Eakins' painting of the rower, Max Schmitt, in his scull on the Schuykill River. The other is a large scene called "The Gross Clinic," which shows a doctor demonstrating a surgical procedure to students. Two details from the Eakins painting are re-created by Attie: the 2 bloody hands with scalpels.
The title is "Barred from the Studio," and the texts she includes refer to something that happened in Eakins career. In the 1870s, women art students were still not allowed to study from male nude models. Eakins found that rule ridiculous, and one day he removed the loincloth from a male model in the studio so that women could view his entire body. Because of this act, he lost his teaching job at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
I'm curious about the use of folding stools in Versailles. Today, we think of folding furniture as practical for compact spaces or for shipping, but why did folks bother with folding furniture in the Palace of Versailles?
Folding stools were used by ancient Roman senators and so stools like this held allusions to Rome's imperial past. They signified power and so the design was used in Versailles. When not in use, such stools would have been placed around the walls of a room but would not have been folded. Their portability was useful in rooms that had many uses.
I went to the official Versailles website, and here's a direct quote for you: "folding chairs and seating chairs will testify to the revolution that the 18th century brought about in the history of furniture, a reflection of the evolving tastes of a society enamoured by modernity and wanting to live in comfort and luxury."
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.

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Here's what people are asking.

What is this?
El Anatsui's practice is centered around items that have been thrown away. It’s not recycling that interests him, it’s the idea that an item was touched by another human being.
Here he used discarded screw-top caps from thousands of bottles. He flattens and stretches the caps. Sometimes he uses the ring left on the bottle after the cap is twisted off. He wire stitches thousands of the mutated caps together into massive wall tapestries. 
Why are these paired?
I love the juxtaposition of those two works. Both have grid-like formats but the Terence Koh is so individual and emotional, filled with objects that have personal meaning for him, while the Sol LeWitt is purely conceptual and makes us think about space and volume in an almost mathematical way.
I really like this sculpture.
This bust of Abraham Lincoln was made by one of the most famous American artists of the late 1800s and early 1900s, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. This is actually a replica of a head from a full-length sculpture that stands in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Lincoln is looking slightly downwards, as if he is thinking or about to speak. Saint-Gaudens was working from photographs and a cast "life-mask" of Lincoln's face, since Lincoln was already dead (assassinated in 1865) by this time.
Was this artist inspired by the French?
Indeed he was. Childe Hassam and his wife, Kathleen Maude Doane, traveled to Paris in 1886 stayed for three years.
There Hassam was typical among his American contemporaries for his immersion in the Parisian milieu and his attraction to French Impressionism.
Hassam was most inspired by the work of Claude Monet. Throughout his career, many of his contemporaries noted Monet’s influence, to the point where Hassam actually became irritated by how frequently the comparison was made!
What is the significance of the lily?
The lily typically represents purity in Christian art. It's usually associated more with the Virgin Mary so I'm wondering whether it's functioning as a "stand-in" for her here. Mary is Christ's mother, and Joseph is her husband who raises Jesus on earth. So this is like a family portrait.
What is this style of art called?
It's an early twentieth-century version of Realism.
In the 1920s, some artists continued to work in the abstract avant-garde styles that emerged in Europe at the turn of the 20th century. (See the completely non-objective painting by Kandinsky nearby.) But in the wake of World War I, many artists returned to a more realist style in which objects and people were shown more naturalistically. This post-war trend is sometimes called "the return to order" and it took on different configurations in different places. The Russian artist Boris Grigoriev traveled and lived in many countries after the war. His work is often associated with the German brand of post-WWI realism known as the New Objectivity movement and its key exponent, Otto Dix.
Can you tell me more about this Degas?
Degas was inspired to paint this picture after seeing a rehearsal for the ballet La Source before it opened in Paris in 1866. However, the final work was done later in his studio, from a variety of sketches and other sources.
It's actually his first work of a ballet subject, the thing that he's most famous for today! This ballet had a live horse onstage, and real water.
This dancer was a celebrity who rose through the ranks of the ballet troupe at the Paris Opéra. She's in costume for her part,  the Georgian princess Nouredda. She wears a blue robe with silver braid, gold-speckled gauze trousers, and a "Tartar" headdress in red satin embroidered with black and red pearls and gold spangles. (The Tartars were a Turkic people living in Asia and Europe.)
It's a remarkable painting and it seems modern.
I agree, Degas was certainly ahead of his time in his ideas about composition and space.
I am surprised about the horse and water. My daughter is a ballerina and we think she's cooling her feet after removing pointe shoes. 
This really must have been quite a production, right? I love the idea of her cooling her feet after a long rehearsal.
Thanks!
You are very welcome!
Who is depicted here?
This early-20th century French work depicts the Biblical figure Jacob wrestling with an angel. Odilon Redon was known for his symbolist works in oils, prints, and pastels.
What can you tell me about this?
That's a really interesting piece by a female artist named Dottie Attie. It's one in a series of works she made, looking back at "master" artists (all male).
This piece is a reference to two famous works by the 19th century Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins. Both works date ca. 1875-76 and are very famous works by Eakins. The painting at the top of the grouping (the man with the oars) depicts Eakins' painting of the rower, Max Schmitt, in his scull on the Schuykill River. The other is a large scene called "The Gross Clinic," which shows a doctor demonstrating a surgical procedure to students. Two details from the Eakins painting are re-created by Attie: the 2 bloody hands with scalpels.
The title is "Barred from the Studio," and the texts she includes refer to something that happened in Eakins career. In the 1870s, women art students were still not allowed to study from male nude models. Eakins found that rule ridiculous, and one day he removed the loincloth from a male model in the studio so that women could view his entire body. Because of this act, he lost his teaching job at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
I'm curious about the use of folding stools in Versailles. Today, we think of folding furniture as practical for compact spaces or for shipping, but why did folks bother with folding furniture in the Palace of Versailles?
Folding stools were used by ancient Roman senators and so stools like this held allusions to Rome's imperial past. They signified power and so the design was used in Versailles. When not in use, such stools would have been placed around the walls of a room but would not have been folded. Their portability was useful in rooms that had many uses.
I went to the official Versailles website, and here's a direct quote for you: "folding chairs and seating chairs will testify to the revolution that the 18th century brought about in the history of furniture, a reflection of the evolving tastes of a society enamoured by modernity and wanting to live in comfort and luxury."
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 this?
El Anatsui's practice is centered around items that have been thrown away. It’s not recycling that interests him, it’s the idea that an item was touched by another human being.
Here he used discarded screw-top caps from thousands of bottles. He flattens and stretches the caps. Sometimes he uses the ring left on the bottle after the cap is twisted off. He wire stitches thousands of the mutated caps together into massive wall tapestries. 
Why are these paired?
I love the juxtaposition of those two works. Both have grid-like formats but the Terence Koh is so individual and emotional, filled with objects that have personal meaning for him, while the Sol LeWitt is purely conceptual and makes us think about space and volume in an almost mathematical way.
I really like this sculpture.
This bust of Abraham Lincoln was made by one of the most famous American artists of the late 1800s and early 1900s, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. This is actually a replica of a head from a full-length sculpture that stands in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Lincoln is looking slightly downwards, as if he is thinking or about to speak. Saint-Gaudens was working from photographs and a cast "life-mask" of Lincoln's face, since Lincoln was already dead (assassinated in 1865) by this time.
Was this artist inspired by the French?
Indeed he was. Childe Hassam and his wife, Kathleen Maude Doane, traveled to Paris in 1886 stayed for three years.
There Hassam was typical among his American contemporaries for his immersion in the Parisian milieu and his attraction to French Impressionism.
Hassam was most inspired by the work of Claude Monet. Throughout his career, many of his contemporaries noted Monet’s influence, to the point where Hassam actually became irritated by how frequently the comparison was made!
What is the significance of the lily?
The lily typically represents purity in Christian art. It's usually associated more with the Virgin Mary so I'm wondering whether it's functioning as a "stand-in" for her here. Mary is Christ's mother, and Joseph is her husband who raises Jesus on earth. So this is like a family portrait.
What is this style of art called?
It's an early twentieth-century version of Realism.
In the 1920s, some artists continued to work in the abstract avant-garde styles that emerged in Europe at the turn of the 20th century. (See the completely non-objective painting by Kandinsky nearby.) But in the wake of World War I, many artists returned to a more realist style in which objects and people were shown more naturalistically. This post-war trend is sometimes called "the return to order" and it took on different configurations in different places. The Russian artist Boris Grigoriev traveled and lived in many countries after the war. His work is often associated with the German brand of post-WWI realism known as the New Objectivity movement and its key exponent, Otto Dix.
Can you tell me more about this Degas?
Degas was inspired to paint this picture after seeing a rehearsal for the ballet La Source before it opened in Paris in 1866. However, the final work was done later in his studio, from a variety of sketches and other sources.
It's actually his first work of a ballet subject, the thing that he's most famous for today! This ballet had a live horse onstage, and real water.
This dancer was a celebrity who rose through the ranks of the ballet troupe at the Paris Opéra. She's in costume for her part,  the Georgian princess Nouredda. She wears a blue robe with silver braid, gold-speckled gauze trousers, and a "Tartar" headdress in red satin embroidered with black and red pearls and gold spangles. (The Tartars were a Turkic people living in Asia and Europe.)
It's a remarkable painting and it seems modern.
I agree, Degas was certainly ahead of his time in his ideas about composition and space.
I am surprised about the horse and water. My daughter is a ballerina and we think she's cooling her feet after removing pointe shoes. 
This really must have been quite a production, right? I love the idea of her cooling her feet after a long rehearsal.
Thanks!
You are very welcome!
Who is depicted here?
This early-20th century French work depicts the Biblical figure Jacob wrestling with an angel. Odilon Redon was known for his symbolist works in oils, prints, and pastels.
What can you tell me about this?
That's a really interesting piece by a female artist named Dottie Attie. It's one in a series of works she made, looking back at "master" artists (all male).
This piece is a reference to two famous works by the 19th century Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins. Both works date ca. 1875-76 and are very famous works by Eakins. The painting at the top of the grouping (the man with the oars) depicts Eakins' painting of the rower, Max Schmitt, in his scull on the Schuykill River. The other is a large scene called "The Gross Clinic," which shows a doctor demonstrating a surgical procedure to students. Two details from the Eakins painting are re-created by Attie: the 2 bloody hands with scalpels.
The title is "Barred from the Studio," and the texts she includes refer to something that happened in Eakins career. In the 1870s, women art students were still not allowed to study from male nude models. Eakins found that rule ridiculous, and one day he removed the loincloth from a male model in the studio so that women could view his entire body. Because of this act, he lost his teaching job at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
I'm curious about the use of folding stools in Versailles. Today, we think of folding furniture as practical for compact spaces or for shipping, but why did folks bother with folding furniture in the Palace of Versailles?
Folding stools were used by ancient Roman senators and so stools like this held allusions to Rome's imperial past. They signified power and so the design was used in Versailles. When not in use, such stools would have been placed around the walls of a room but would not have been folded. Their portability was useful in rooms that had many uses.
I went to the official Versailles website, and here's a direct quote for you: "folding chairs and seating chairs will testify to the revolution that the 18th century brought about in the history of furniture, a reflection of the evolving tastes of a society enamoured by modernity and wanting to live in comfort and luxury."
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 this?
El Anatsui's practice is centered around items that have been thrown away. It’s not recycling that interests him, it’s the idea that an item was touched by another human being.
Here he used discarded screw-top caps from thousands of bottles. He flattens and stretches the caps. Sometimes he uses the ring left on the bottle after the cap is twisted off. He wire stitches thousands of the mutated caps together into massive wall tapestries. 
Why are these paired?
I love the juxtaposition of those two works. Both have grid-like formats but the Terence Koh is so individual and emotional, filled with objects that have personal meaning for him, while the Sol LeWitt is purely conceptual and makes us think about space and volume in an almost mathematical way.
I really like this sculpture.
This bust of Abraham Lincoln was made by one of the most famous American artists of the late 1800s and early 1900s, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. This is actually a replica of a head from a full-length sculpture that stands in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Lincoln is looking slightly downwards, as if he is thinking or about to speak. Saint-Gaudens was working from photographs and a cast "life-mask" of Lincoln's face, since Lincoln was already dead (assassinated in 1865) by this time.
Was this artist inspired by the French?
Indeed he was. Childe Hassam and his wife, Kathleen Maude Doane, traveled to Paris in 1886 stayed for three years.
There Hassam was typical among his American contemporaries for his immersion in the Parisian milieu and his attraction to French Impressionism.
Hassam was most inspired by the work of Claude Monet. Throughout his career, many of his contemporaries noted Monet’s influence, to the point where Hassam actually became irritated by how frequently the comparison was made!
What is the significance of the lily?
The lily typically represents purity in Christian art. It's usually associated more with the Virgin Mary so I'm wondering whether it's functioning as a "stand-in" for her here. Mary is Christ's mother, and Joseph is her husband who raises Jesus on earth. So this is like a family portrait.
What is this style of art called?
It's an early twentieth-century version of Realism.
In the 1920s, some artists continued to work in the abstract avant-garde styles that emerged in Europe at the turn of the 20th century. (See the completely non-objective painting by Kandinsky nearby.) But in the wake of World War I, many artists returned to a more realist style in which objects and people were shown more naturalistically. This post-war trend is sometimes called "the return to order" and it took on different configurations in different places. The Russian artist Boris Grigoriev traveled and lived in many countries after the war. His work is often associated with the German brand of post-WWI realism known as the New Objectivity movement and its key exponent, Otto Dix.
Can you tell me more about this Degas?
Degas was inspired to paint this picture after seeing a rehearsal for the ballet La Source before it opened in Paris in 1866. However, the final work was done later in his studio, from a variety of sketches and other sources.
It's actually his first work of a ballet subject, the thing that he's most famous for today! This ballet had a live horse onstage, and real water.
This dancer was a celebrity who rose through the ranks of the ballet troupe at the Paris Opéra. She's in costume for her part,  the Georgian princess Nouredda. She wears a blue robe with silver braid, gold-speckled gauze trousers, and a "Tartar" headdress in red satin embroidered with black and red pearls and gold spangles. (The Tartars were a Turkic people living in Asia and Europe.)
It's a remarkable painting and it seems modern.
I agree, Degas was certainly ahead of his time in his ideas about composition and space.
I am surprised about the horse and water. My daughter is a ballerina and we think she's cooling her feet after removing pointe shoes. 
This really must have been quite a production, right? I love the idea of her cooling her feet after a long rehearsal.
Thanks!
You are very welcome!
Who is depicted here?
This early-20th century French work depicts the Biblical figure Jacob wrestling with an angel. Odilon Redon was known for his symbolist works in oils, prints, and pastels.
What can you tell me about this?
That's a really interesting piece by a female artist named Dottie Attie. It's one in a series of works she made, looking back at "master" artists (all male).
This piece is a reference to two famous works by the 19th century Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins. Both works date ca. 1875-76 and are very famous works by Eakins. The painting at the top of the grouping (the man with the oars) depicts Eakins' painting of the rower, Max Schmitt, in his scull on the Schuykill River. The other is a large scene called "The Gross Clinic," which shows a doctor demonstrating a surgical procedure to students. Two details from the Eakins painting are re-created by Attie: the 2 bloody hands with scalpels.
The title is "Barred from the Studio," and the texts she includes refer to something that happened in Eakins career. In the 1870s, women art students were still not allowed to study from male nude models. Eakins found that rule ridiculous, and one day he removed the loincloth from a male model in the studio so that women could view his entire body. Because of this act, he lost his teaching job at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
I'm curious about the use of folding stools in Versailles. Today, we think of folding furniture as practical for compact spaces or for shipping, but why did folks bother with folding furniture in the Palace of Versailles?
Folding stools were used by ancient Roman senators and so stools like this held allusions to Rome's imperial past. They signified power and so the design was used in Versailles. When not in use, such stools would have been placed around the walls of a room but would not have been folded. Their portability was useful in rooms that had many uses.
I went to the official Versailles website, and here's a direct quote for you: "folding chairs and seating chairs will testify to the revolution that the 18th century brought about in the history of furniture, a reflection of the evolving tastes of a society enamoured by modernity and wanting to live in comfort and luxury."
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Here's what people are asking.

What is this?
El Anatsui's practice is centered around items that have been thrown away. It’s not recycling that interests him, it’s the idea that an item was touched by another human being.
Here he used discarded screw-top caps from thousands of bottles. He flattens and stretches the caps. Sometimes he uses the ring left on the bottle after the cap is twisted off. He wire stitches thousands of the mutated caps together into massive wall tapestries. 
Why are these paired?
I love the juxtaposition of those two works. Both have grid-like formats but the Terence Koh is so individual and emotional, filled with objects that have personal meaning for him, while the Sol LeWitt is purely conceptual and makes us think about space and volume in an almost mathematical way.
I really like this sculpture.
This bust of Abraham Lincoln was made by one of the most famous American artists of the late 1800s and early 1900s, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. This is actually a replica of a head from a full-length sculpture that stands in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Lincoln is looking slightly downwards, as if he is thinking or about to speak. Saint-Gaudens was working from photographs and a cast "life-mask" of Lincoln's face, since Lincoln was already dead (assassinated in 1865) by this time.
Was this artist inspired by the French?
Indeed he was. Childe Hassam and his wife, Kathleen Maude Doane, traveled to Paris in 1886 stayed for three years.
There Hassam was typical among his American contemporaries for his immersion in the Parisian milieu and his attraction to French Impressionism.
Hassam was most inspired by the work of Claude Monet. Throughout his career, many of his contemporaries noted Monet’s influence, to the point where Hassam actually became irritated by how frequently the comparison was made!
What is the significance of the lily?
The lily typically represents purity in Christian art. It's usually associated more with the Virgin Mary so I'm wondering whether it's functioning as a "stand-in" for her here. Mary is Christ's mother, and Joseph is her husband who raises Jesus on earth. So this is like a family portrait.
What is this style of art called?
It's an early twentieth-century version of Realism.
In the 1920s, some artists continued to work in the abstract avant-garde styles that emerged in Europe at the turn of the 20th century. (See the completely non-objective painting by Kandinsky nearby.) But in the wake of World War I, many artists returned to a more realist style in which objects and people were shown more naturalistically. This post-war trend is sometimes called "the return to order" and it took on different configurations in different places. The Russian artist Boris Grigoriev traveled and lived in many countries after the war. His work is often associated with the German brand of post-WWI realism known as the New Objectivity movement and its key exponent, Otto Dix.
Can you tell me more about this Degas?
Degas was inspired to paint this picture after seeing a rehearsal for the ballet La Source before it opened in Paris in 1866. However, the final work was done later in his studio, from a variety of sketches and other sources.
It's actually his first work of a ballet subject, the thing that he's most famous for today! This ballet had a live horse onstage, and real water.
This dancer was a celebrity who rose through the ranks of the ballet troupe at the Paris Opéra. She's in costume for her part,  the Georgian princess Nouredda. She wears a blue robe with silver braid, gold-speckled gauze trousers, and a "Tartar" headdress in red satin embroidered with black and red pearls and gold spangles. (The Tartars were a Turkic people living in Asia and Europe.)
It's a remarkable painting and it seems modern.
I agree, Degas was certainly ahead of his time in his ideas about composition and space.
I am surprised about the horse and water. My daughter is a ballerina and we think she's cooling her feet after removing pointe shoes. 
This really must have been quite a production, right? I love the idea of her cooling her feet after a long rehearsal.
Thanks!
You are very welcome!
Who is depicted here?
This early-20th century French work depicts the Biblical figure Jacob wrestling with an angel. Odilon Redon was known for his symbolist works in oils, prints, and pastels.
What can you tell me about this?
That's a really interesting piece by a female artist named Dottie Attie. It's one in a series of works she made, looking back at "master" artists (all male).
This piece is a reference to two famous works by the 19th century Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins. Both works date ca. 1875-76 and are very famous works by Eakins. The painting at the top of the grouping (the man with the oars) depicts Eakins' painting of the rower, Max Schmitt, in his scull on the Schuykill River. The other is a large scene called "The Gross Clinic," which shows a doctor demonstrating a surgical procedure to students. Two details from the Eakins painting are re-created by Attie: the 2 bloody hands with scalpels.
The title is "Barred from the Studio," and the texts she includes refer to something that happened in Eakins career. In the 1870s, women art students were still not allowed to study from male nude models. Eakins found that rule ridiculous, and one day he removed the loincloth from a male model in the studio so that women could view his entire body. Because of this act, he lost his teaching job at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
I'm curious about the use of folding stools in Versailles. Today, we think of folding furniture as practical for compact spaces or for shipping, but why did folks bother with folding furniture in the Palace of Versailles?
Folding stools were used by ancient Roman senators and so stools like this held allusions to Rome's imperial past. They signified power and so the design was used in Versailles. When not in use, such stools would have been placed around the walls of a room but would not have been folded. Their portability was useful in rooms that had many uses.
I went to the official Versailles website, and here's a direct quote for you: "folding chairs and seating chairs will testify to the revolution that the 18th century brought about in the history of furniture, a reflection of the evolving tastes of a society enamoured by modernity and wanting to live in comfort and luxury."
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 this?
El Anatsui's practice is centered around items that have been thrown away. It’s not recycling that interests him, it’s the idea that an item was touched by another human being.
Here he used discarded screw-top caps from thousands of bottles. He flattens and stretches the caps. Sometimes he uses the ring left on the bottle after the cap is twisted off. He wire stitches thousands of the mutated caps together into massive wall tapestries. 
Why are these paired?
I love the juxtaposition of those two works. Both have grid-like formats but the Terence Koh is so individual and emotional, filled with objects that have personal meaning for him, while the Sol LeWitt is purely conceptual and makes us think about space and volume in an almost mathematical way.
I really like this sculpture.
This bust of Abraham Lincoln was made by one of the most famous American artists of the late 1800s and early 1900s, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. This is actually a replica of a head from a full-length sculpture that stands in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Lincoln is looking slightly downwards, as if he is thinking or about to speak. Saint-Gaudens was working from photographs and a cast "life-mask" of Lincoln's face, since Lincoln was already dead (assassinated in 1865) by this time.
Was this artist inspired by the French?
Indeed he was. Childe Hassam and his wife, Kathleen Maude Doane, traveled to Paris in 1886 stayed for three years.
There Hassam was typical among his American contemporaries for his immersion in the Parisian milieu and his attraction to French Impressionism.
Hassam was most inspired by the work of Claude Monet. Throughout his career, many of his contemporaries noted Monet’s influence, to the point where Hassam actually became irritated by how frequently the comparison was made!
What is the significance of the lily?
The lily typically represents purity in Christian art. It's usually associated more with the Virgin Mary so I'm wondering whether it's functioning as a "stand-in" for her here. Mary is Christ's mother, and Joseph is her husband who raises Jesus on earth. So this is like a family portrait.
What is this style of art called?
It's an early twentieth-century version of Realism.
In the 1920s, some artists continued to work in the abstract avant-garde styles that emerged in Europe at the turn of the 20th century. (See the completely non-objective painting by Kandinsky nearby.) But in the wake of World War I, many artists returned to a more realist style in which objects and people were shown more naturalistically. This post-war trend is sometimes called "the return to order" and it took on different configurations in different places. The Russian artist Boris Grigoriev traveled and lived in many countries after the war. His work is often associated with the German brand of post-WWI realism known as the New Objectivity movement and its key exponent, Otto Dix.
Can you tell me more about this Degas?
Degas was inspired to paint this picture after seeing a rehearsal for the ballet La Source before it opened in Paris in 1866. However, the final work was done later in his studio, from a variety of sketches and other sources.
It's actually his first work of a ballet subject, the thing that he's most famous for today! This ballet had a live horse onstage, and real water.
This dancer was a celebrity who rose through the ranks of the ballet troupe at the Paris Opéra. She's in costume for her part,  the Georgian princess Nouredda. She wears a blue robe with silver braid, gold-speckled gauze trousers, and a "Tartar" headdress in red satin embroidered with black and red pearls and gold spangles. (The Tartars were a Turkic people living in Asia and Europe.)
It's a remarkable painting and it seems modern.
I agree, Degas was certainly ahead of his time in his ideas about composition and space.
I am surprised about the horse and water. My daughter is a ballerina and we think she's cooling her feet after removing pointe shoes. 
This really must have been quite a production, right? I love the idea of her cooling her feet after a long rehearsal.
Thanks!
You are very welcome!
Who is depicted here?
This early-20th century French work depicts the Biblical figure Jacob wrestling with an angel. Odilon Redon was known for his symbolist works in oils, prints, and pastels.
What can you tell me about this?
That's a really interesting piece by a female artist named Dottie Attie. It's one in a series of works she made, looking back at "master" artists (all male).
This piece is a reference to two famous works by the 19th century Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins. Both works date ca. 1875-76 and are very famous works by Eakins. The painting at the top of the grouping (the man with the oars) depicts Eakins' painting of the rower, Max Schmitt, in his scull on the Schuykill River. The other is a large scene called "The Gross Clinic," which shows a doctor demonstrating a surgical procedure to students. Two details from the Eakins painting are re-created by Attie: the 2 bloody hands with scalpels.
The title is "Barred from the Studio," and the texts she includes refer to something that happened in Eakins career. In the 1870s, women art students were still not allowed to study from male nude models. Eakins found that rule ridiculous, and one day he removed the loincloth from a male model in the studio so that women could view his entire body. Because of this act, he lost his teaching job at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
I'm curious about the use of folding stools in Versailles. Today, we think of folding furniture as practical for compact spaces or for shipping, but why did folks bother with folding furniture in the Palace of Versailles?
Folding stools were used by ancient Roman senators and so stools like this held allusions to Rome's imperial past. They signified power and so the design was used in Versailles. When not in use, such stools would have been placed around the walls of a room but would not have been folded. Their portability was useful in rooms that had many uses.
I went to the official Versailles website, and here's a direct quote for you: "folding chairs and seating chairs will testify to the revolution that the 18th century brought about in the history of furniture, a reflection of the evolving tastes of a society enamoured by modernity and wanting to live in comfort and luxury."
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 this?
El Anatsui's practice is centered around items that have been thrown away. It’s not recycling that interests him, it’s the idea that an item was touched by another human being.
Here he used discarded screw-top caps from thousands of bottles. He flattens and stretches the caps. Sometimes he uses the ring left on the bottle after the cap is twisted off. He wire stitches thousands of the mutated caps together into massive wall tapestries. 
Why are these paired?
I love the juxtaposition of those two works. Both have grid-like formats but the Terence Koh is so individual and emotional, filled with objects that have personal meaning for him, while the Sol LeWitt is purely conceptual and makes us think about space and volume in an almost mathematical way.
I really like this sculpture.
This bust of Abraham Lincoln was made by one of the most famous American artists of the late 1800s and early 1900s, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. This is actually a replica of a head from a full-length sculpture that stands in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Lincoln is looking slightly downwards, as if he is thinking or about to speak. Saint-Gaudens was working from photographs and a cast "life-mask" of Lincoln's face, since Lincoln was already dead (assassinated in 1865) by this time.
Was this artist inspired by the French?
Indeed he was. Childe Hassam and his wife, Kathleen Maude Doane, traveled to Paris in 1886 stayed for three years.
There Hassam was typical among his American contemporaries for his immersion in the Parisian milieu and his attraction to French Impressionism.
Hassam was most inspired by the work of Claude Monet. Throughout his career, many of his contemporaries noted Monet’s influence, to the point where Hassam actually became irritated by how frequently the comparison was made!
What is the significance of the lily?
The lily typically represents purity in Christian art. It's usually associated more with the Virgin Mary so I'm wondering whether it's functioning as a "stand-in" for her here. Mary is Christ's mother, and Joseph is her husband who raises Jesus on earth. So this is like a family portrait.
What is this style of art called?
It's an early twentieth-century version of Realism.
In the 1920s, some artists continued to work in the abstract avant-garde styles that emerged in Europe at the turn of the 20th century. (See the completely non-objective painting by Kandinsky nearby.) But in the wake of World War I, many artists returned to a more realist style in which objects and people were shown more naturalistically. This post-war trend is sometimes called "the return to order" and it took on different configurations in different places. The Russian artist Boris Grigoriev traveled and lived in many countries after the war. His work is often associated with the German brand of post-WWI realism known as the New Objectivity movement and its key exponent, Otto Dix.
Can you tell me more about this Degas?
Degas was inspired to paint this picture after seeing a rehearsal for the ballet La Source before it opened in Paris in 1866. However, the final work was done later in his studio, from a variety of sketches and other sources.
It's actually his first work of a ballet subject, the thing that he's most famous for today! This ballet had a live horse onstage, and real water.
This dancer was a celebrity who rose through the ranks of the ballet troupe at the Paris Opéra. She's in costume for her part,  the Georgian princess Nouredda. She wears a blue robe with silver braid, gold-speckled gauze trousers, and a "Tartar" headdress in red satin embroidered with black and red pearls and gold spangles. (The Tartars were a Turkic people living in Asia and Europe.)
It's a remarkable painting and it seems modern.
I agree, Degas was certainly ahead of his time in his ideas about composition and space.
I am surprised about the horse and water. My daughter is a ballerina and we think she's cooling her feet after removing pointe shoes. 
This really must have been quite a production, right? I love the idea of her cooling her feet after a long rehearsal.
Thanks!
You are very welcome!
Who is depicted here?
This early-20th century French work depicts the Biblical figure Jacob wrestling with an angel. Odilon Redon was known for his symbolist works in oils, prints, and pastels.
What can you tell me about this?
That's a really interesting piece by a female artist named Dottie Attie. It's one in a series of works she made, looking back at "master" artists (all male).
This piece is a reference to two famous works by the 19th century Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins. Both works date ca. 1875-76 and are very famous works by Eakins. The painting at the top of the grouping (the man with the oars) depicts Eakins' painting of the rower, Max Schmitt, in his scull on the Schuykill River. The other is a large scene called "The Gross Clinic," which shows a doctor demonstrating a surgical procedure to students. Two details from the Eakins painting are re-created by Attie: the 2 bloody hands with scalpels.
The title is "Barred from the Studio," and the texts she includes refer to something that happened in Eakins career. In the 1870s, women art students were still not allowed to study from male nude models. Eakins found that rule ridiculous, and one day he removed the loincloth from a male model in the studio so that women could view his entire body. Because of this act, he lost his teaching job at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
I'm curious about the use of folding stools in Versailles. Today, we think of folding furniture as practical for compact spaces or for shipping, but why did folks bother with folding furniture in the Palace of Versailles?
Folding stools were used by ancient Roman senators and so stools like this held allusions to Rome's imperial past. They signified power and so the design was used in Versailles. When not in use, such stools would have been placed around the walls of a room but would not have been folded. Their portability was useful in rooms that had many uses.
I went to the official Versailles website, and here's a direct quote for you: "folding chairs and seating chairs will testify to the revolution that the 18th century brought about in the history of furniture, a reflection of the evolving tastes of a society enamoured by modernity and wanting to live in comfort and luxury."
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 this?
El Anatsui's practice is centered around items that have been thrown away. It’s not recycling that interests him, it’s the idea that an item was touched by another human being.
Here he used discarded screw-top caps from thousands of bottles. He flattens and stretches the caps. Sometimes he uses the ring left on the bottle after the cap is twisted off. He wire stitches thousands of the mutated caps together into massive wall tapestries. 
Why are these paired?
I love the juxtaposition of those two works. Both have grid-like formats but the Terence Koh is so individual and emotional, filled with objects that have personal meaning for him, while the Sol LeWitt is purely conceptual and makes us think about space and volume in an almost mathematical way.
I really like this sculpture.
This bust of Abraham Lincoln was made by one of the most famous American artists of the late 1800s and early 1900s, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. This is actually a replica of a head from a full-length sculpture that stands in Lincoln Park in Chicago. Lincoln is looking slightly downwards, as if he is thinking or about to speak. Saint-Gaudens was working from photographs and a cast "life-mask" of Lincoln's face, since Lincoln was already dead (assassinated in 1865) by this time.
Was this artist inspired by the French?
Indeed he was. Childe Hassam and his wife, Kathleen Maude Doane, traveled to Paris in 1886 stayed for three years.
There Hassam was typical among his American contemporaries for his immersion in the Parisian milieu and his attraction to French Impressionism.
Hassam was most inspired by the work of Claude Monet. Throughout his career, many of his contemporaries noted Monet’s influence, to the point where Hassam actually became irritated by how frequently the comparison was made!
What is the significance of the lily?
The lily typically represents purity in Christian art. It's usually associated more with the Virgin Mary so I'm wondering whether it's functioning as a "stand-in" for her here. Mary is Christ's mother, and Joseph is her husband who raises Jesus on earth. So this is like a family portrait.
What is this style of art called?
It's an early twentieth-century version of Realism.
In the 1920s, some artists continued to work in the abstract avant-garde styles that emerged in Europe at the turn of the 20th century. (See the completely non-objective painting by Kandinsky nearby.) But in the wake of World War I, many artists returned to a more realist style in which objects and people were shown more naturalistically. This post-war trend is sometimes called "the return to order" and it took on different configurations in different places. The Russian artist Boris Grigoriev traveled and lived in many countries after the war. His work is often associated with the German brand of post-WWI realism known as the New Objectivity movement and its key exponent, Otto Dix.
Can you tell me more about this Degas?
Degas was inspired to paint this picture after seeing a rehearsal for the ballet La Source before it opened in Paris in 1866. However, the final work was done later in his studio, from a variety of sketches and other sources.
It's actually his first work of a ballet subject, the thing that he's most famous for today! This ballet had a live horse onstage, and real water.
This dancer was a celebrity who rose through the ranks of the ballet troupe at the Paris Opéra. She's in costume for her part,  the Georgian princess Nouredda. She wears a blue robe with silver braid, gold-speckled gauze trousers, and a "Tartar" headdress in red satin embroidered with black and red pearls and gold spangles. (The Tartars were a Turkic people living in Asia and Europe.)
It's a remarkable painting and it seems modern.
I agree, Degas was certainly ahead of his time in his ideas about composition and space.
I am surprised about the horse and water. My daughter is a ballerina and we think she's cooling her feet after removing pointe shoes. 
This really must have been quite a production, right? I love the idea of her cooling her feet after a long rehearsal.
Thanks!
You are very welcome!
Who is depicted here?
This early-20th century French work depicts the Biblical figure Jacob wrestling with an angel. Odilon Redon was known for his symbolist works in oils, prints, and pastels.
What can you tell me about this?
That's a really interesting piece by a female artist named Dottie Attie. It's one in a series of works she made, looking back at "master" artists (all male).
This piece is a reference to two famous works by the 19th century Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins. Both works date ca. 1875-76 and are very famous works by Eakins. The painting at the top of the grouping (the man with the oars) depicts Eakins' painting of the rower, Max Schmitt, in his scull on the Schuykill River. The other is a large scene called "The Gross Clinic," which shows a doctor demonstrating a surgical procedure to students. Two details from the Eakins painting are re-created by Attie: the 2 bloody hands with scalpels.
The title is "Barred from the Studio," and the texts she includes refer to something that happened in Eakins career. In the 1870s, women art students were still not allowed to study from male nude models. Eakins found that rule ridiculous, and one day he removed the loincloth from a male model in the studio so that women could view his entire body. Because of this act, he lost his teaching job at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
I'm curious about the use of folding stools in Versailles. Today, we think of folding furniture as practical for compact spaces or for shipping, but why did folks bother with folding furniture in the Palace of Versailles?
Folding stools were used by ancient Roman senators and so stools like this held allusions to Rome's imperial past. They signified power and so the design was used in Versailles. When not in use, such stools would have been placed around the walls of a room but would not have been folded. Their portability was useful in rooms that had many uses.
I went to the official Versailles website, and here's a direct quote for you: "folding chairs and seating chairs will testify to the revolution that the 18th century brought about in the history of furniture, a reflection of the evolving tastes of a society enamoured by modernity and wanting to live in comfort and luxury."
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.