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Is the furniture original to this house?
The Brooklyn Museum purchased the downstairs woodwork of the Cupola House on February 11, 1918. There is no record of furniture being purchased from the house at this time. The rooms are now furnished with individual pieces from the Brooklyn Museum's collection that would have been appropriate to an American home of the early- to late-18th century, primarily in the Queen Anne and Chipendale styles. If you are interested in a period room with original furnishings, see the 20th-century Weil-Worgelt Study or the 19th-century Milligan House parlor and library rooms.
What kind of materials are used in this piece?
That is actually a newly installed work by Shinique Smith. Forgive me if you already read the label, but it is made of bundles of fabric, stuffed toys, and articles of clothing as well as twine and cardboard. It even includes some of the artist's own clothes, and clothes of her friends. She was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt-her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. Mitumba is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Mitumba Deity is from Smith’s series of bundle sculptures.
Who is the model for these?
Those pieces are all modeled after a famous sculpture of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti that belongs to the Egyptian Museum of Berlin collection (currently on display in the Neues Museum). The original sculpture is over 3000 years old -- Nefertiti's estimated life/death dates are ca. 1370 – ca. 1330 BC.
Where was this painted?
The initial impulse for Degas' paintings was almost always a scene or figure that he had actually observed. In this case, it was a performance or rehearsal of the ballet La Source, which premiered at the Théâtre Impériale de l'Opéra in Paris in 1866. Although he made sketches on site, he painted the final canvas (as well as many preparatory studies) entirely in his studio, which was also in Paris, and later even reworked it.
Is this an original Monet?
Yes, this is an original Monet! There are two Monet paintings on that wall. This one shows a view in London, and the other shows a scene in Venice.
This is really creepy!
I am wondering what you see in the Louise Bourgeois  piece that makes you say creepy--is it the disembodied hands? Or maybe their gesture?
I guess it's because they are disembodied. Also, it reminds me of memento mori and vanitas pieces.
The Bourgeois  piece is interesting because the title means to "relax" or "let go" in French, so it has ambiguous implications. But many people have read that piece as a self-portrait of Bourgeois , as if she has finished sculpting and the hands and can let go.
Can you tell me something interesting about this painting?
There are so many symbols embedded in this painting. The symbol of the hand derives from the European cult of Saint Anne. It also bears the wound of the stigmata in reference both to the Crucifixion and to the life of Saint Francis. The chalice (similar to a goblet) is filled with Christ's blood, and the seven lambs drinking from it derive from the Book of Revelation. The figures on the fingertips are Christ, his earthly parents Mary and Joseph, and his grandparents.
I really like this painting - is there any special inspiration behind the subject?
This work is part of a whole series of night scenes painted by the artist of things she saw out the window of her Times Square painting studio.
That's interesting, thanks!
This painting reminds me of works by Gauguin, do you know if this artist was inspired him?
You may have read this on the label, but Bob Thompson was a noted African American artist who studied at the University of Louisville and at Boston University. In the early and mid-1960s, he traveled throughout Europe and experienced many Renaissance paintings and other artworks firsthand.Thompson was definitely aware of Gauguin. He borrowed freely from Gauguin, Goya, and others.(He often based his compositions on those of his predecessors.)
Can you tell me why these two art works were paired to be shown next to each other?
That's a great question, our curators have teamed up to combine fine arts (painting, sculpture) with decorative arts (furniture, household objects) in the galleries. These two works are close in date, the Manship sculpture is 1924, and the Frankl piece is late 1920s. They are both associated with the Art Deco, or Art Moderne, movement and they use streamlined forms and fine materials.
That makes sense because even though they look really different they sort of feel similar. Thanks!
The Frankl piece is inspired by 1920s skyscraper architecture, and Manship was looking back to ancient Greek sculpture but they were both interested in smooth contours and surfaces.
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.

Is the furniture original to this house?
The Brooklyn Museum purchased the downstairs woodwork of the Cupola House on February 11, 1918. There is no record of furniture being purchased from the house at this time. The rooms are now furnished with individual pieces from the Brooklyn Museum's collection that would have been appropriate to an American home of the early- to late-18th century, primarily in the Queen Anne and Chipendale styles. If you are interested in a period room with original furnishings, see the 20th-century Weil-Worgelt Study or the 19th-century Milligan House parlor and library rooms.
What kind of materials are used in this piece?
That is actually a newly installed work by Shinique Smith. Forgive me if you already read the label, but it is made of bundles of fabric, stuffed toys, and articles of clothing as well as twine and cardboard. It even includes some of the artist's own clothes, and clothes of her friends. She was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt-her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. Mitumba is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Mitumba Deity is from Smith’s series of bundle sculptures.
Who is the model for these?
Those pieces are all modeled after a famous sculpture of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti that belongs to the Egyptian Museum of Berlin collection (currently on display in the Neues Museum). The original sculpture is over 3000 years old -- Nefertiti's estimated life/death dates are ca. 1370 – ca. 1330 BC.
Where was this painted?
The initial impulse for Degas' paintings was almost always a scene or figure that he had actually observed. In this case, it was a performance or rehearsal of the ballet La Source, which premiered at the Théâtre Impériale de l'Opéra in Paris in 1866. Although he made sketches on site, he painted the final canvas (as well as many preparatory studies) entirely in his studio, which was also in Paris, and later even reworked it.
Is this an original Monet?
Yes, this is an original Monet! There are two Monet paintings on that wall. This one shows a view in London, and the other shows a scene in Venice.
This is really creepy!
I am wondering what you see in the Louise Bourgeois  piece that makes you say creepy--is it the disembodied hands? Or maybe their gesture?
I guess it's because they are disembodied. Also, it reminds me of memento mori and vanitas pieces.
The Bourgeois  piece is interesting because the title means to "relax" or "let go" in French, so it has ambiguous implications. But many people have read that piece as a self-portrait of Bourgeois , as if she has finished sculpting and the hands and can let go.
Can you tell me something interesting about this painting?
There are so many symbols embedded in this painting. The symbol of the hand derives from the European cult of Saint Anne. It also bears the wound of the stigmata in reference both to the Crucifixion and to the life of Saint Francis. The chalice (similar to a goblet) is filled with Christ's blood, and the seven lambs drinking from it derive from the Book of Revelation. The figures on the fingertips are Christ, his earthly parents Mary and Joseph, and his grandparents.
I really like this painting - is there any special inspiration behind the subject?
This work is part of a whole series of night scenes painted by the artist of things she saw out the window of her Times Square painting studio.
That's interesting, thanks!
This painting reminds me of works by Gauguin, do you know if this artist was inspired him?
You may have read this on the label, but Bob Thompson was a noted African American artist who studied at the University of Louisville and at Boston University. In the early and mid-1960s, he traveled throughout Europe and experienced many Renaissance paintings and other artworks firsthand.Thompson was definitely aware of Gauguin. He borrowed freely from Gauguin, Goya, and others.(He often based his compositions on those of his predecessors.)
Can you tell me why these two art works were paired to be shown next to each other?
That's a great question, our curators have teamed up to combine fine arts (painting, sculpture) with decorative arts (furniture, household objects) in the galleries. These two works are close in date, the Manship sculpture is 1924, and the Frankl piece is late 1920s. They are both associated with the Art Deco, or Art Moderne, movement and they use streamlined forms and fine materials.
That makes sense because even though they look really different they sort of feel similar. Thanks!
The Frankl piece is inspired by 1920s skyscraper architecture, and Manship was looking back to ancient Greek sculpture but they were both interested in smooth contours and surfaces.
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.

Is the furniture original to this house?
The Brooklyn Museum purchased the downstairs woodwork of the Cupola House on February 11, 1918. There is no record of furniture being purchased from the house at this time. The rooms are now furnished with individual pieces from the Brooklyn Museum's collection that would have been appropriate to an American home of the early- to late-18th century, primarily in the Queen Anne and Chipendale styles. If you are interested in a period room with original furnishings, see the 20th-century Weil-Worgelt Study or the 19th-century Milligan House parlor and library rooms.
What kind of materials are used in this piece?
That is actually a newly installed work by Shinique Smith. Forgive me if you already read the label, but it is made of bundles of fabric, stuffed toys, and articles of clothing as well as twine and cardboard. It even includes some of the artist's own clothes, and clothes of her friends. She was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt-her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. Mitumba is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Mitumba Deity is from Smith’s series of bundle sculptures.
Who is the model for these?
Those pieces are all modeled after a famous sculpture of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti that belongs to the Egyptian Museum of Berlin collection (currently on display in the Neues Museum). The original sculpture is over 3000 years old -- Nefertiti's estimated life/death dates are ca. 1370 – ca. 1330 BC.
Where was this painted?
The initial impulse for Degas' paintings was almost always a scene or figure that he had actually observed. In this case, it was a performance or rehearsal of the ballet La Source, which premiered at the Théâtre Impériale de l'Opéra in Paris in 1866. Although he made sketches on site, he painted the final canvas (as well as many preparatory studies) entirely in his studio, which was also in Paris, and later even reworked it.
Is this an original Monet?
Yes, this is an original Monet! There are two Monet paintings on that wall. This one shows a view in London, and the other shows a scene in Venice.
This is really creepy!
I am wondering what you see in the Louise Bourgeois  piece that makes you say creepy--is it the disembodied hands? Or maybe their gesture?
I guess it's because they are disembodied. Also, it reminds me of memento mori and vanitas pieces.
The Bourgeois  piece is interesting because the title means to "relax" or "let go" in French, so it has ambiguous implications. But many people have read that piece as a self-portrait of Bourgeois , as if she has finished sculpting and the hands and can let go.
Can you tell me something interesting about this painting?
There are so many symbols embedded in this painting. The symbol of the hand derives from the European cult of Saint Anne. It also bears the wound of the stigmata in reference both to the Crucifixion and to the life of Saint Francis. The chalice (similar to a goblet) is filled with Christ's blood, and the seven lambs drinking from it derive from the Book of Revelation. The figures on the fingertips are Christ, his earthly parents Mary and Joseph, and his grandparents.
I really like this painting - is there any special inspiration behind the subject?
This work is part of a whole series of night scenes painted by the artist of things she saw out the window of her Times Square painting studio.
That's interesting, thanks!
This painting reminds me of works by Gauguin, do you know if this artist was inspired him?
You may have read this on the label, but Bob Thompson was a noted African American artist who studied at the University of Louisville and at Boston University. In the early and mid-1960s, he traveled throughout Europe and experienced many Renaissance paintings and other artworks firsthand.Thompson was definitely aware of Gauguin. He borrowed freely from Gauguin, Goya, and others.(He often based his compositions on those of his predecessors.)
Can you tell me why these two art works were paired to be shown next to each other?
That's a great question, our curators have teamed up to combine fine arts (painting, sculpture) with decorative arts (furniture, household objects) in the galleries. These two works are close in date, the Manship sculpture is 1924, and the Frankl piece is late 1920s. They are both associated with the Art Deco, or Art Moderne, movement and they use streamlined forms and fine materials.
That makes sense because even though they look really different they sort of feel similar. Thanks!
The Frankl piece is inspired by 1920s skyscraper architecture, and Manship was looking back to ancient Greek sculpture but they were both interested in smooth contours and surfaces.
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.

Is the furniture original to this house?
The Brooklyn Museum purchased the downstairs woodwork of the Cupola House on February 11, 1918. There is no record of furniture being purchased from the house at this time. The rooms are now furnished with individual pieces from the Brooklyn Museum's collection that would have been appropriate to an American home of the early- to late-18th century, primarily in the Queen Anne and Chipendale styles. If you are interested in a period room with original furnishings, see the 20th-century Weil-Worgelt Study or the 19th-century Milligan House parlor and library rooms.
What kind of materials are used in this piece?
That is actually a newly installed work by Shinique Smith. Forgive me if you already read the label, but it is made of bundles of fabric, stuffed toys, and articles of clothing as well as twine and cardboard. It even includes some of the artist's own clothes, and clothes of her friends. She was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt-her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. Mitumba is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Mitumba Deity is from Smith’s series of bundle sculptures.
Who is the model for these?
Those pieces are all modeled after a famous sculpture of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti that belongs to the Egyptian Museum of Berlin collection (currently on display in the Neues Museum). The original sculpture is over 3000 years old -- Nefertiti's estimated life/death dates are ca. 1370 – ca. 1330 BC.
Where was this painted?
The initial impulse for Degas' paintings was almost always a scene or figure that he had actually observed. In this case, it was a performance or rehearsal of the ballet La Source, which premiered at the Théâtre Impériale de l'Opéra in Paris in 1866. Although he made sketches on site, he painted the final canvas (as well as many preparatory studies) entirely in his studio, which was also in Paris, and later even reworked it.
Is this an original Monet?
Yes, this is an original Monet! There are two Monet paintings on that wall. This one shows a view in London, and the other shows a scene in Venice.
This is really creepy!
I am wondering what you see in the Louise Bourgeois  piece that makes you say creepy--is it the disembodied hands? Or maybe their gesture?
I guess it's because they are disembodied. Also, it reminds me of memento mori and vanitas pieces.
The Bourgeois  piece is interesting because the title means to "relax" or "let go" in French, so it has ambiguous implications. But many people have read that piece as a self-portrait of Bourgeois , as if she has finished sculpting and the hands and can let go.
Can you tell me something interesting about this painting?
There are so many symbols embedded in this painting. The symbol of the hand derives from the European cult of Saint Anne. It also bears the wound of the stigmata in reference both to the Crucifixion and to the life of Saint Francis. The chalice (similar to a goblet) is filled with Christ's blood, and the seven lambs drinking from it derive from the Book of Revelation. The figures on the fingertips are Christ, his earthly parents Mary and Joseph, and his grandparents.
I really like this painting - is there any special inspiration behind the subject?
This work is part of a whole series of night scenes painted by the artist of things she saw out the window of her Times Square painting studio.
That's interesting, thanks!
This painting reminds me of works by Gauguin, do you know if this artist was inspired him?
You may have read this on the label, but Bob Thompson was a noted African American artist who studied at the University of Louisville and at Boston University. In the early and mid-1960s, he traveled throughout Europe and experienced many Renaissance paintings and other artworks firsthand.Thompson was definitely aware of Gauguin. He borrowed freely from Gauguin, Goya, and others.(He often based his compositions on those of his predecessors.)
Can you tell me why these two art works were paired to be shown next to each other?
That's a great question, our curators have teamed up to combine fine arts (painting, sculpture) with decorative arts (furniture, household objects) in the galleries. These two works are close in date, the Manship sculpture is 1924, and the Frankl piece is late 1920s. They are both associated with the Art Deco, or Art Moderne, movement and they use streamlined forms and fine materials.
That makes sense because even though they look really different they sort of feel similar. Thanks!
The Frankl piece is inspired by 1920s skyscraper architecture, and Manship was looking back to ancient Greek sculpture but they were both interested in smooth contours and surfaces.
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.

Is the furniture original to this house?
The Brooklyn Museum purchased the downstairs woodwork of the Cupola House on February 11, 1918. There is no record of furniture being purchased from the house at this time. The rooms are now furnished with individual pieces from the Brooklyn Museum's collection that would have been appropriate to an American home of the early- to late-18th century, primarily in the Queen Anne and Chipendale styles. If you are interested in a period room with original furnishings, see the 20th-century Weil-Worgelt Study or the 19th-century Milligan House parlor and library rooms.
What kind of materials are used in this piece?
That is actually a newly installed work by Shinique Smith. Forgive me if you already read the label, but it is made of bundles of fabric, stuffed toys, and articles of clothing as well as twine and cardboard. It even includes some of the artist's own clothes, and clothes of her friends. She was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt-her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. Mitumba is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Mitumba Deity is from Smith’s series of bundle sculptures.
Who is the model for these?
Those pieces are all modeled after a famous sculpture of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti that belongs to the Egyptian Museum of Berlin collection (currently on display in the Neues Museum). The original sculpture is over 3000 years old -- Nefertiti's estimated life/death dates are ca. 1370 – ca. 1330 BC.
Where was this painted?
The initial impulse for Degas' paintings was almost always a scene or figure that he had actually observed. In this case, it was a performance or rehearsal of the ballet La Source, which premiered at the Théâtre Impériale de l'Opéra in Paris in 1866. Although he made sketches on site, he painted the final canvas (as well as many preparatory studies) entirely in his studio, which was also in Paris, and later even reworked it.
Is this an original Monet?
Yes, this is an original Monet! There are two Monet paintings on that wall. This one shows a view in London, and the other shows a scene in Venice.
This is really creepy!
I am wondering what you see in the Louise Bourgeois  piece that makes you say creepy--is it the disembodied hands? Or maybe their gesture?
I guess it's because they are disembodied. Also, it reminds me of memento mori and vanitas pieces.
The Bourgeois  piece is interesting because the title means to "relax" or "let go" in French, so it has ambiguous implications. But many people have read that piece as a self-portrait of Bourgeois , as if she has finished sculpting and the hands and can let go.
Can you tell me something interesting about this painting?
There are so many symbols embedded in this painting. The symbol of the hand derives from the European cult of Saint Anne. It also bears the wound of the stigmata in reference both to the Crucifixion and to the life of Saint Francis. The chalice (similar to a goblet) is filled with Christ's blood, and the seven lambs drinking from it derive from the Book of Revelation. The figures on the fingertips are Christ, his earthly parents Mary and Joseph, and his grandparents.
I really like this painting - is there any special inspiration behind the subject?
This work is part of a whole series of night scenes painted by the artist of things she saw out the window of her Times Square painting studio.
That's interesting, thanks!
This painting reminds me of works by Gauguin, do you know if this artist was inspired him?
You may have read this on the label, but Bob Thompson was a noted African American artist who studied at the University of Louisville and at Boston University. In the early and mid-1960s, he traveled throughout Europe and experienced many Renaissance paintings and other artworks firsthand.Thompson was definitely aware of Gauguin. He borrowed freely from Gauguin, Goya, and others.(He often based his compositions on those of his predecessors.)
Can you tell me why these two art works were paired to be shown next to each other?
That's a great question, our curators have teamed up to combine fine arts (painting, sculpture) with decorative arts (furniture, household objects) in the galleries. These two works are close in date, the Manship sculpture is 1924, and the Frankl piece is late 1920s. They are both associated with the Art Deco, or Art Moderne, movement and they use streamlined forms and fine materials.
That makes sense because even though they look really different they sort of feel similar. Thanks!
The Frankl piece is inspired by 1920s skyscraper architecture, and Manship was looking back to ancient Greek sculpture but they were both interested in smooth contours and surfaces.
ASK App ASK Team

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

Exhibitions on the Fifth Floor

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

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

ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Is the furniture original to this house?
The Brooklyn Museum purchased the downstairs woodwork of the Cupola House on February 11, 1918. There is no record of furniture being purchased from the house at this time. The rooms are now furnished with individual pieces from the Brooklyn Museum's collection that would have been appropriate to an American home of the early- to late-18th century, primarily in the Queen Anne and Chipendale styles. If you are interested in a period room with original furnishings, see the 20th-century Weil-Worgelt Study or the 19th-century Milligan House parlor and library rooms.
What kind of materials are used in this piece?
That is actually a newly installed work by Shinique Smith. Forgive me if you already read the label, but it is made of bundles of fabric, stuffed toys, and articles of clothing as well as twine and cardboard. It even includes some of the artist's own clothes, and clothes of her friends. She was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt-her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. Mitumba is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Mitumba Deity is from Smith’s series of bundle sculptures.
Who is the model for these?
Those pieces are all modeled after a famous sculpture of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti that belongs to the Egyptian Museum of Berlin collection (currently on display in the Neues Museum). The original sculpture is over 3000 years old -- Nefertiti's estimated life/death dates are ca. 1370 – ca. 1330 BC.
Where was this painted?
The initial impulse for Degas' paintings was almost always a scene or figure that he had actually observed. In this case, it was a performance or rehearsal of the ballet La Source, which premiered at the Théâtre Impériale de l'Opéra in Paris in 1866. Although he made sketches on site, he painted the final canvas (as well as many preparatory studies) entirely in his studio, which was also in Paris, and later even reworked it.
Is this an original Monet?
Yes, this is an original Monet! There are two Monet paintings on that wall. This one shows a view in London, and the other shows a scene in Venice.
This is really creepy!
I am wondering what you see in the Louise Bourgeois  piece that makes you say creepy--is it the disembodied hands? Or maybe their gesture?
I guess it's because they are disembodied. Also, it reminds me of memento mori and vanitas pieces.
The Bourgeois  piece is interesting because the title means to "relax" or "let go" in French, so it has ambiguous implications. But many people have read that piece as a self-portrait of Bourgeois , as if she has finished sculpting and the hands and can let go.
Can you tell me something interesting about this painting?
There are so many symbols embedded in this painting. The symbol of the hand derives from the European cult of Saint Anne. It also bears the wound of the stigmata in reference both to the Crucifixion and to the life of Saint Francis. The chalice (similar to a goblet) is filled with Christ's blood, and the seven lambs drinking from it derive from the Book of Revelation. The figures on the fingertips are Christ, his earthly parents Mary and Joseph, and his grandparents.
I really like this painting - is there any special inspiration behind the subject?
This work is part of a whole series of night scenes painted by the artist of things she saw out the window of her Times Square painting studio.
That's interesting, thanks!
This painting reminds me of works by Gauguin, do you know if this artist was inspired him?
You may have read this on the label, but Bob Thompson was a noted African American artist who studied at the University of Louisville and at Boston University. In the early and mid-1960s, he traveled throughout Europe and experienced many Renaissance paintings and other artworks firsthand.Thompson was definitely aware of Gauguin. He borrowed freely from Gauguin, Goya, and others.(He often based his compositions on those of his predecessors.)
Can you tell me why these two art works were paired to be shown next to each other?
That's a great question, our curators have teamed up to combine fine arts (painting, sculpture) with decorative arts (furniture, household objects) in the galleries. These two works are close in date, the Manship sculpture is 1924, and the Frankl piece is late 1920s. They are both associated with the Art Deco, or Art Moderne, movement and they use streamlined forms and fine materials.
That makes sense because even though they look really different they sort of feel similar. Thanks!
The Frankl piece is inspired by 1920s skyscraper architecture, and Manship was looking back to ancient Greek sculpture but they were both interested in smooth contours and surfaces.
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.

Is the furniture original to this house?
The Brooklyn Museum purchased the downstairs woodwork of the Cupola House on February 11, 1918. There is no record of furniture being purchased from the house at this time. The rooms are now furnished with individual pieces from the Brooklyn Museum's collection that would have been appropriate to an American home of the early- to late-18th century, primarily in the Queen Anne and Chipendale styles. If you are interested in a period room with original furnishings, see the 20th-century Weil-Worgelt Study or the 19th-century Milligan House parlor and library rooms.
What kind of materials are used in this piece?
That is actually a newly installed work by Shinique Smith. Forgive me if you already read the label, but it is made of bundles of fabric, stuffed toys, and articles of clothing as well as twine and cardboard. It even includes some of the artist's own clothes, and clothes of her friends. She was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt-her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. Mitumba is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Mitumba Deity is from Smith’s series of bundle sculptures.
Who is the model for these?
Those pieces are all modeled after a famous sculpture of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti that belongs to the Egyptian Museum of Berlin collection (currently on display in the Neues Museum). The original sculpture is over 3000 years old -- Nefertiti's estimated life/death dates are ca. 1370 – ca. 1330 BC.
Where was this painted?
The initial impulse for Degas' paintings was almost always a scene or figure that he had actually observed. In this case, it was a performance or rehearsal of the ballet La Source, which premiered at the Théâtre Impériale de l'Opéra in Paris in 1866. Although he made sketches on site, he painted the final canvas (as well as many preparatory studies) entirely in his studio, which was also in Paris, and later even reworked it.
Is this an original Monet?
Yes, this is an original Monet! There are two Monet paintings on that wall. This one shows a view in London, and the other shows a scene in Venice.
This is really creepy!
I am wondering what you see in the Louise Bourgeois  piece that makes you say creepy--is it the disembodied hands? Or maybe their gesture?
I guess it's because they are disembodied. Also, it reminds me of memento mori and vanitas pieces.
The Bourgeois  piece is interesting because the title means to "relax" or "let go" in French, so it has ambiguous implications. But many people have read that piece as a self-portrait of Bourgeois , as if she has finished sculpting and the hands and can let go.
Can you tell me something interesting about this painting?
There are so many symbols embedded in this painting. The symbol of the hand derives from the European cult of Saint Anne. It also bears the wound of the stigmata in reference both to the Crucifixion and to the life of Saint Francis. The chalice (similar to a goblet) is filled with Christ's blood, and the seven lambs drinking from it derive from the Book of Revelation. The figures on the fingertips are Christ, his earthly parents Mary and Joseph, and his grandparents.
I really like this painting - is there any special inspiration behind the subject?
This work is part of a whole series of night scenes painted by the artist of things she saw out the window of her Times Square painting studio.
That's interesting, thanks!
This painting reminds me of works by Gauguin, do you know if this artist was inspired him?
You may have read this on the label, but Bob Thompson was a noted African American artist who studied at the University of Louisville and at Boston University. In the early and mid-1960s, he traveled throughout Europe and experienced many Renaissance paintings and other artworks firsthand.Thompson was definitely aware of Gauguin. He borrowed freely from Gauguin, Goya, and others.(He often based his compositions on those of his predecessors.)
Can you tell me why these two art works were paired to be shown next to each other?
That's a great question, our curators have teamed up to combine fine arts (painting, sculpture) with decorative arts (furniture, household objects) in the galleries. These two works are close in date, the Manship sculpture is 1924, and the Frankl piece is late 1920s. They are both associated with the Art Deco, or Art Moderne, movement and they use streamlined forms and fine materials.
That makes sense because even though they look really different they sort of feel similar. Thanks!
The Frankl piece is inspired by 1920s skyscraper architecture, and Manship was looking back to ancient Greek sculpture but they were both interested in smooth contours and surfaces.
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.

Is the furniture original to this house?
The Brooklyn Museum purchased the downstairs woodwork of the Cupola House on February 11, 1918. There is no record of furniture being purchased from the house at this time. The rooms are now furnished with individual pieces from the Brooklyn Museum's collection that would have been appropriate to an American home of the early- to late-18th century, primarily in the Queen Anne and Chipendale styles. If you are interested in a period room with original furnishings, see the 20th-century Weil-Worgelt Study or the 19th-century Milligan House parlor and library rooms.
What kind of materials are used in this piece?
That is actually a newly installed work by Shinique Smith. Forgive me if you already read the label, but it is made of bundles of fabric, stuffed toys, and articles of clothing as well as twine and cardboard. It even includes some of the artist's own clothes, and clothes of her friends. She was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt-her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. Mitumba is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Mitumba Deity is from Smith’s series of bundle sculptures.
Who is the model for these?
Those pieces are all modeled after a famous sculpture of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti that belongs to the Egyptian Museum of Berlin collection (currently on display in the Neues Museum). The original sculpture is over 3000 years old -- Nefertiti's estimated life/death dates are ca. 1370 – ca. 1330 BC.
Where was this painted?
The initial impulse for Degas' paintings was almost always a scene or figure that he had actually observed. In this case, it was a performance or rehearsal of the ballet La Source, which premiered at the Théâtre Impériale de l'Opéra in Paris in 1866. Although he made sketches on site, he painted the final canvas (as well as many preparatory studies) entirely in his studio, which was also in Paris, and later even reworked it.
Is this an original Monet?
Yes, this is an original Monet! There are two Monet paintings on that wall. This one shows a view in London, and the other shows a scene in Venice.
This is really creepy!
I am wondering what you see in the Louise Bourgeois  piece that makes you say creepy--is it the disembodied hands? Or maybe their gesture?
I guess it's because they are disembodied. Also, it reminds me of memento mori and vanitas pieces.
The Bourgeois  piece is interesting because the title means to "relax" or "let go" in French, so it has ambiguous implications. But many people have read that piece as a self-portrait of Bourgeois , as if she has finished sculpting and the hands and can let go.
Can you tell me something interesting about this painting?
There are so many symbols embedded in this painting. The symbol of the hand derives from the European cult of Saint Anne. It also bears the wound of the stigmata in reference both to the Crucifixion and to the life of Saint Francis. The chalice (similar to a goblet) is filled with Christ's blood, and the seven lambs drinking from it derive from the Book of Revelation. The figures on the fingertips are Christ, his earthly parents Mary and Joseph, and his grandparents.
I really like this painting - is there any special inspiration behind the subject?
This work is part of a whole series of night scenes painted by the artist of things she saw out the window of her Times Square painting studio.
That's interesting, thanks!
This painting reminds me of works by Gauguin, do you know if this artist was inspired him?
You may have read this on the label, but Bob Thompson was a noted African American artist who studied at the University of Louisville and at Boston University. In the early and mid-1960s, he traveled throughout Europe and experienced many Renaissance paintings and other artworks firsthand.Thompson was definitely aware of Gauguin. He borrowed freely from Gauguin, Goya, and others.(He often based his compositions on those of his predecessors.)
Can you tell me why these two art works were paired to be shown next to each other?
That's a great question, our curators have teamed up to combine fine arts (painting, sculpture) with decorative arts (furniture, household objects) in the galleries. These two works are close in date, the Manship sculpture is 1924, and the Frankl piece is late 1920s. They are both associated with the Art Deco, or Art Moderne, movement and they use streamlined forms and fine materials.
That makes sense because even though they look really different they sort of feel similar. Thanks!
The Frankl piece is inspired by 1920s skyscraper architecture, and Manship was looking back to ancient Greek sculpture but they were both interested in smooth contours and surfaces.
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.

Is the furniture original to this house?
The Brooklyn Museum purchased the downstairs woodwork of the Cupola House on February 11, 1918. There is no record of furniture being purchased from the house at this time. The rooms are now furnished with individual pieces from the Brooklyn Museum's collection that would have been appropriate to an American home of the early- to late-18th century, primarily in the Queen Anne and Chipendale styles. If you are interested in a period room with original furnishings, see the 20th-century Weil-Worgelt Study or the 19th-century Milligan House parlor and library rooms.
What kind of materials are used in this piece?
That is actually a newly installed work by Shinique Smith. Forgive me if you already read the label, but it is made of bundles of fabric, stuffed toys, and articles of clothing as well as twine and cardboard. It even includes some of the artist's own clothes, and clothes of her friends. She was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt-her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. Mitumba is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Mitumba Deity is from Smith’s series of bundle sculptures.
Who is the model for these?
Those pieces are all modeled after a famous sculpture of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti that belongs to the Egyptian Museum of Berlin collection (currently on display in the Neues Museum). The original sculpture is over 3000 years old -- Nefertiti's estimated life/death dates are ca. 1370 – ca. 1330 BC.
Where was this painted?
The initial impulse for Degas' paintings was almost always a scene or figure that he had actually observed. In this case, it was a performance or rehearsal of the ballet La Source, which premiered at the Théâtre Impériale de l'Opéra in Paris in 1866. Although he made sketches on site, he painted the final canvas (as well as many preparatory studies) entirely in his studio, which was also in Paris, and later even reworked it.
Is this an original Monet?
Yes, this is an original Monet! There are two Monet paintings on that wall. This one shows a view in London, and the other shows a scene in Venice.
This is really creepy!
I am wondering what you see in the Louise Bourgeois  piece that makes you say creepy--is it the disembodied hands? Or maybe their gesture?
I guess it's because they are disembodied. Also, it reminds me of memento mori and vanitas pieces.
The Bourgeois  piece is interesting because the title means to "relax" or "let go" in French, so it has ambiguous implications. But many people have read that piece as a self-portrait of Bourgeois , as if she has finished sculpting and the hands and can let go.
Can you tell me something interesting about this painting?
There are so many symbols embedded in this painting. The symbol of the hand derives from the European cult of Saint Anne. It also bears the wound of the stigmata in reference both to the Crucifixion and to the life of Saint Francis. The chalice (similar to a goblet) is filled with Christ's blood, and the seven lambs drinking from it derive from the Book of Revelation. The figures on the fingertips are Christ, his earthly parents Mary and Joseph, and his grandparents.
I really like this painting - is there any special inspiration behind the subject?
This work is part of a whole series of night scenes painted by the artist of things she saw out the window of her Times Square painting studio.
That's interesting, thanks!
This painting reminds me of works by Gauguin, do you know if this artist was inspired him?
You may have read this on the label, but Bob Thompson was a noted African American artist who studied at the University of Louisville and at Boston University. In the early and mid-1960s, he traveled throughout Europe and experienced many Renaissance paintings and other artworks firsthand.Thompson was definitely aware of Gauguin. He borrowed freely from Gauguin, Goya, and others.(He often based his compositions on those of his predecessors.)
Can you tell me why these two art works were paired to be shown next to each other?
That's a great question, our curators have teamed up to combine fine arts (painting, sculpture) with decorative arts (furniture, household objects) in the galleries. These two works are close in date, the Manship sculpture is 1924, and the Frankl piece is late 1920s. They are both associated with the Art Deco, or Art Moderne, movement and they use streamlined forms and fine materials.
That makes sense because even though they look really different they sort of feel similar. Thanks!
The Frankl piece is inspired by 1920s skyscraper architecture, and Manship was looking back to ancient Greek sculpture but they were both interested in smooth contours and surfaces.
ASK App ASK Team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Go Mobile
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ASK Brooklyn Museum Bloomberg Philanthropies

Here's what people are asking.

Is the furniture original to this house?
The Brooklyn Museum purchased the downstairs woodwork of the Cupola House on February 11, 1918. There is no record of furniture being purchased from the house at this time. The rooms are now furnished with individual pieces from the Brooklyn Museum's collection that would have been appropriate to an American home of the early- to late-18th century, primarily in the Queen Anne and Chipendale styles. If you are interested in a period room with original furnishings, see the 20th-century Weil-Worgelt Study or the 19th-century Milligan House parlor and library rooms.
What kind of materials are used in this piece?
That is actually a newly installed work by Shinique Smith. Forgive me if you already read the label, but it is made of bundles of fabric, stuffed toys, and articles of clothing as well as twine and cardboard. It even includes some of the artist's own clothes, and clothes of her friends. She was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt-her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. Mitumba is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Mitumba Deity is from Smith’s series of bundle sculptures.
Who is the model for these?
Those pieces are all modeled after a famous sculpture of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti that belongs to the Egyptian Museum of Berlin collection (currently on display in the Neues Museum). The original sculpture is over 3000 years old -- Nefertiti's estimated life/death dates are ca. 1370 – ca. 1330 BC.
Where was this painted?
The initial impulse for Degas' paintings was almost always a scene or figure that he had actually observed. In this case, it was a performance or rehearsal of the ballet La Source, which premiered at the Théâtre Impériale de l'Opéra in Paris in 1866. Although he made sketches on site, he painted the final canvas (as well as many preparatory studies) entirely in his studio, which was also in Paris, and later even reworked it.
Is this an original Monet?
Yes, this is an original Monet! There are two Monet paintings on that wall. This one shows a view in London, and the other shows a scene in Venice.
This is really creepy!
I am wondering what you see in the Louise Bourgeois  piece that makes you say creepy--is it the disembodied hands? Or maybe their gesture?
I guess it's because they are disembodied. Also, it reminds me of memento mori and vanitas pieces.
The Bourgeois  piece is interesting because the title means to "relax" or "let go" in French, so it has ambiguous implications. But many people have read that piece as a self-portrait of Bourgeois , as if she has finished sculpting and the hands and can let go.
Can you tell me something interesting about this painting?
There are so many symbols embedded in this painting. The symbol of the hand derives from the European cult of Saint Anne. It also bears the wound of the stigmata in reference both to the Crucifixion and to the life of Saint Francis. The chalice (similar to a goblet) is filled with Christ's blood, and the seven lambs drinking from it derive from the Book of Revelation. The figures on the fingertips are Christ, his earthly parents Mary and Joseph, and his grandparents.
I really like this painting - is there any special inspiration behind the subject?
This work is part of a whole series of night scenes painted by the artist of things she saw out the window of her Times Square painting studio.
That's interesting, thanks!
This painting reminds me of works by Gauguin, do you know if this artist was inspired him?
You may have read this on the label, but Bob Thompson was a noted African American artist who studied at the University of Louisville and at Boston University. In the early and mid-1960s, he traveled throughout Europe and experienced many Renaissance paintings and other artworks firsthand.Thompson was definitely aware of Gauguin. He borrowed freely from Gauguin, Goya, and others.(He often based his compositions on those of his predecessors.)
Can you tell me why these two art works were paired to be shown next to each other?
That's a great question, our curators have teamed up to combine fine arts (painting, sculpture) with decorative arts (furniture, household objects) in the galleries. These two works are close in date, the Manship sculpture is 1924, and the Frankl piece is late 1920s. They are both associated with the Art Deco, or Art Moderne, movement and they use streamlined forms and fine materials.
That makes sense because even though they look really different they sort of feel similar. Thanks!
The Frankl piece is inspired by 1920s skyscraper architecture, and Manship was looking back to ancient Greek sculpture but they were both interested in smooth contours and surfaces.
ASK App ASK Team

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Here's what people are asking.

Is the furniture original to this house?
The Brooklyn Museum purchased the downstairs woodwork of the Cupola House on February 11, 1918. There is no record of furniture being purchased from the house at this time. The rooms are now furnished with individual pieces from the Brooklyn Museum's collection that would have been appropriate to an American home of the early- to late-18th century, primarily in the Queen Anne and Chipendale styles. If you are interested in a period room with original furnishings, see the 20th-century Weil-Worgelt Study or the 19th-century Milligan House parlor and library rooms.
What kind of materials are used in this piece?
That is actually a newly installed work by Shinique Smith. Forgive me if you already read the label, but it is made of bundles of fabric, stuffed toys, and articles of clothing as well as twine and cardboard. It even includes some of the artist's own clothes, and clothes of her friends. She was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt-her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. Mitumba is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Mitumba Deity is from Smith’s series of bundle sculptures.
Who is the model for these?
Those pieces are all modeled after a famous sculpture of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti that belongs to the Egyptian Museum of Berlin collection (currently on display in the Neues Museum). The original sculpture is over 3000 years old -- Nefertiti's estimated life/death dates are ca. 1370 – ca. 1330 BC.
Where was this painted?
The initial impulse for Degas' paintings was almost always a scene or figure that he had actually observed. In this case, it was a performance or rehearsal of the ballet La Source, which premiered at the Théâtre Impériale de l'Opéra in Paris in 1866. Although he made sketches on site, he painted the final canvas (as well as many preparatory studies) entirely in his studio, which was also in Paris, and later even reworked it.
Is this an original Monet?
Yes, this is an original Monet! There are two Monet paintings on that wall. This one shows a view in London, and the other shows a scene in Venice.
This is really creepy!
I am wondering what you see in the Louise Bourgeois  piece that makes you say creepy--is it the disembodied hands? Or maybe their gesture?
I guess it's because they are disembodied. Also, it reminds me of memento mori and vanitas pieces.
The Bourgeois  piece is interesting because the title means to "relax" or "let go" in French, so it has ambiguous implications. But many people have read that piece as a self-portrait of Bourgeois , as if she has finished sculpting and the hands and can let go.
Can you tell me something interesting about this painting?
There are so many symbols embedded in this painting. The symbol of the hand derives from the European cult of Saint Anne. It also bears the wound of the stigmata in reference both to the Crucifixion and to the life of Saint Francis. The chalice (similar to a goblet) is filled with Christ's blood, and the seven lambs drinking from it derive from the Book of Revelation. The figures on the fingertips are Christ, his earthly parents Mary and Joseph, and his grandparents.
I really like this painting - is there any special inspiration behind the subject?
This work is part of a whole series of night scenes painted by the artist of things she saw out the window of her Times Square painting studio.
That's interesting, thanks!
This painting reminds me of works by Gauguin, do you know if this artist was inspired him?
You may have read this on the label, but Bob Thompson was a noted African American artist who studied at the University of Louisville and at Boston University. In the early and mid-1960s, he traveled throughout Europe and experienced many Renaissance paintings and other artworks firsthand.Thompson was definitely aware of Gauguin. He borrowed freely from Gauguin, Goya, and others.(He often based his compositions on those of his predecessors.)
Can you tell me why these two art works were paired to be shown next to each other?
That's a great question, our curators have teamed up to combine fine arts (painting, sculpture) with decorative arts (furniture, household objects) in the galleries. These two works are close in date, the Manship sculpture is 1924, and the Frankl piece is late 1920s. They are both associated with the Art Deco, or Art Moderne, movement and they use streamlined forms and fine materials.
That makes sense because even though they look really different they sort of feel similar. Thanks!
The Frankl piece is inspired by 1920s skyscraper architecture, and Manship was looking back to ancient Greek sculpture but they were both interested in smooth contours and surfaces.
ASK App ASK Team

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

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

  • Join our Museum Guides for daily public tours (free with admission) focusing on a variety of themes, eras, and movements in art.
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Here's what people are asking.

Is the furniture original to this house?
The Brooklyn Museum purchased the downstairs woodwork of the Cupola House on February 11, 1918. There is no record of furniture being purchased from the house at this time. The rooms are now furnished with individual pieces from the Brooklyn Museum's collection that would have been appropriate to an American home of the early- to late-18th century, primarily in the Queen Anne and Chipendale styles. If you are interested in a period room with original furnishings, see the 20th-century Weil-Worgelt Study or the 19th-century Milligan House parlor and library rooms.
What kind of materials are used in this piece?
That is actually a newly installed work by Shinique Smith. Forgive me if you already read the label, but it is made of bundles of fabric, stuffed toys, and articles of clothing as well as twine and cardboard. It even includes some of the artist's own clothes, and clothes of her friends. She was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt-her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. Mitumba is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Mitumba Deity is from Smith’s series of bundle sculptures.
Who is the model for these?
Those pieces are all modeled after a famous sculpture of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti that belongs to the Egyptian Museum of Berlin collection (currently on display in the Neues Museum). The original sculpture is over 3000 years old -- Nefertiti's estimated life/death dates are ca. 1370 – ca. 1330 BC.
Where was this painted?
The initial impulse for Degas' paintings was almost always a scene or figure that he had actually observed. In this case, it was a performance or rehearsal of the ballet La Source, which premiered at the Théâtre Impériale de l'Opéra in Paris in 1866. Although he made sketches on site, he painted the final canvas (as well as many preparatory studies) entirely in his studio, which was also in Paris, and later even reworked it.
Is this an original Monet?
Yes, this is an original Monet! There are two Monet paintings on that wall. This one shows a view in London, and the other shows a scene in Venice.
This is really creepy!
I am wondering what you see in the Louise Bourgeois  piece that makes you say creepy--is it the disembodied hands? Or maybe their gesture?
I guess it's because they are disembodied. Also, it reminds me of memento mori and vanitas pieces.
The Bourgeois  piece is interesting because the title means to "relax" or "let go" in French, so it has ambiguous implications. But many people have read that piece as a self-portrait of Bourgeois , as if she has finished sculpting and the hands and can let go.
Can you tell me something interesting about this painting?
There are so many symbols embedded in this painting. The symbol of the hand derives from the European cult of Saint Anne. It also bears the wound of the stigmata in reference both to the Crucifixion and to the life of Saint Francis. The chalice (similar to a goblet) is filled with Christ's blood, and the seven lambs drinking from it derive from the Book of Revelation. The figures on the fingertips are Christ, his earthly parents Mary and Joseph, and his grandparents.
I really like this painting - is there any special inspiration behind the subject?
This work is part of a whole series of night scenes painted by the artist of things she saw out the window of her Times Square painting studio.
That's interesting, thanks!
This painting reminds me of works by Gauguin, do you know if this artist was inspired him?
You may have read this on the label, but Bob Thompson was a noted African American artist who studied at the University of Louisville and at Boston University. In the early and mid-1960s, he traveled throughout Europe and experienced many Renaissance paintings and other artworks firsthand.Thompson was definitely aware of Gauguin. He borrowed freely from Gauguin, Goya, and others.(He often based his compositions on those of his predecessors.)
Can you tell me why these two art works were paired to be shown next to each other?
That's a great question, our curators have teamed up to combine fine arts (painting, sculpture) with decorative arts (furniture, household objects) in the galleries. These two works are close in date, the Manship sculpture is 1924, and the Frankl piece is late 1920s. They are both associated with the Art Deco, or Art Moderne, movement and they use streamlined forms and fine materials.
That makes sense because even though they look really different they sort of feel similar. Thanks!
The Frankl piece is inspired by 1920s skyscraper architecture, and Manship was looking back to ancient Greek sculpture but they were both interested in smooth contours and surfaces.
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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Is the furniture original to this house?
The Brooklyn Museum purchased the downstairs woodwork of the Cupola House on February 11, 1918. There is no record of furniture being purchased from the house at this time. The rooms are now furnished with individual pieces from the Brooklyn Museum's collection that would have been appropriate to an American home of the early- to late-18th century, primarily in the Queen Anne and Chipendale styles. If you are interested in a period room with original furnishings, see the 20th-century Weil-Worgelt Study or the 19th-century Milligan House parlor and library rooms.
What kind of materials are used in this piece?
That is actually a newly installed work by Shinique Smith. Forgive me if you already read the label, but it is made of bundles of fabric, stuffed toys, and articles of clothing as well as twine and cardboard. It even includes some of the artist's own clothes, and clothes of her friends. She was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt-her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. Mitumba is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Mitumba Deity is from Smith’s series of bundle sculptures.
Who is the model for these?
Those pieces are all modeled after a famous sculpture of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti that belongs to the Egyptian Museum of Berlin collection (currently on display in the Neues Museum). The original sculpture is over 3000 years old -- Nefertiti's estimated life/death dates are ca. 1370 – ca. 1330 BC.
Where was this painted?
The initial impulse for Degas' paintings was almost always a scene or figure that he had actually observed. In this case, it was a performance or rehearsal of the ballet La Source, which premiered at the Théâtre Impériale de l'Opéra in Paris in 1866. Although he made sketches on site, he painted the final canvas (as well as many preparatory studies) entirely in his studio, which was also in Paris, and later even reworked it.
Is this an original Monet?
Yes, this is an original Monet! There are two Monet paintings on that wall. This one shows a view in London, and the other shows a scene in Venice.
This is really creepy!
I am wondering what you see in the Louise Bourgeois  piece that makes you say creepy--is it the disembodied hands? Or maybe their gesture?
I guess it's because they are disembodied. Also, it reminds me of memento mori and vanitas pieces.
The Bourgeois  piece is interesting because the title means to "relax" or "let go" in French, so it has ambiguous implications. But many people have read that piece as a self-portrait of Bourgeois , as if she has finished sculpting and the hands and can let go.
Can you tell me something interesting about this painting?
There are so many symbols embedded in this painting. The symbol of the hand derives from the European cult of Saint Anne. It also bears the wound of the stigmata in reference both to the Crucifixion and to the life of Saint Francis. The chalice (similar to a goblet) is filled with Christ's blood, and the seven lambs drinking from it derive from the Book of Revelation. The figures on the fingertips are Christ, his earthly parents Mary and Joseph, and his grandparents.
I really like this painting - is there any special inspiration behind the subject?
This work is part of a whole series of night scenes painted by the artist of things she saw out the window of her Times Square painting studio.
That's interesting, thanks!
This painting reminds me of works by Gauguin, do you know if this artist was inspired him?
You may have read this on the label, but Bob Thompson was a noted African American artist who studied at the University of Louisville and at Boston University. In the early and mid-1960s, he traveled throughout Europe and experienced many Renaissance paintings and other artworks firsthand.Thompson was definitely aware of Gauguin. He borrowed freely from Gauguin, Goya, and others.(He often based his compositions on those of his predecessors.)
Can you tell me why these two art works were paired to be shown next to each other?
That's a great question, our curators have teamed up to combine fine arts (painting, sculpture) with decorative arts (furniture, household objects) in the galleries. These two works are close in date, the Manship sculpture is 1924, and the Frankl piece is late 1920s. They are both associated with the Art Deco, or Art Moderne, movement and they use streamlined forms and fine materials.
That makes sense because even though they look really different they sort of feel similar. Thanks!
The Frankl piece is inspired by 1920s skyscraper architecture, and Manship was looking back to ancient Greek sculpture but they were both interested in smooth contours and surfaces.
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.

Is the furniture original to this house?
The Brooklyn Museum purchased the downstairs woodwork of the Cupola House on February 11, 1918. There is no record of furniture being purchased from the house at this time. The rooms are now furnished with individual pieces from the Brooklyn Museum's collection that would have been appropriate to an American home of the early- to late-18th century, primarily in the Queen Anne and Chipendale styles. If you are interested in a period room with original furnishings, see the 20th-century Weil-Worgelt Study or the 19th-century Milligan House parlor and library rooms.
What kind of materials are used in this piece?
That is actually a newly installed work by Shinique Smith. Forgive me if you already read the label, but it is made of bundles of fabric, stuffed toys, and articles of clothing as well as twine and cardboard. It even includes some of the artist's own clothes, and clothes of her friends. She was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt-her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. Mitumba is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Mitumba Deity is from Smith’s series of bundle sculptures.
Who is the model for these?
Those pieces are all modeled after a famous sculpture of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti that belongs to the Egyptian Museum of Berlin collection (currently on display in the Neues Museum). The original sculpture is over 3000 years old -- Nefertiti's estimated life/death dates are ca. 1370 – ca. 1330 BC.
Where was this painted?
The initial impulse for Degas' paintings was almost always a scene or figure that he had actually observed. In this case, it was a performance or rehearsal of the ballet La Source, which premiered at the Théâtre Impériale de l'Opéra in Paris in 1866. Although he made sketches on site, he painted the final canvas (as well as many preparatory studies) entirely in his studio, which was also in Paris, and later even reworked it.
Is this an original Monet?
Yes, this is an original Monet! There are two Monet paintings on that wall. This one shows a view in London, and the other shows a scene in Venice.
This is really creepy!
I am wondering what you see in the Louise Bourgeois  piece that makes you say creepy--is it the disembodied hands? Or maybe their gesture?
I guess it's because they are disembodied. Also, it reminds me of memento mori and vanitas pieces.
The Bourgeois  piece is interesting because the title means to "relax" or "let go" in French, so it has ambiguous implications. But many people have read that piece as a self-portrait of Bourgeois , as if she has finished sculpting and the hands and can let go.
Can you tell me something interesting about this painting?
There are so many symbols embedded in this painting. The symbol of the hand derives from the European cult of Saint Anne. It also bears the wound of the stigmata in reference both to the Crucifixion and to the life of Saint Francis. The chalice (similar to a goblet) is filled with Christ's blood, and the seven lambs drinking from it derive from the Book of Revelation. The figures on the fingertips are Christ, his earthly parents Mary and Joseph, and his grandparents.
I really like this painting - is there any special inspiration behind the subject?
This work is part of a whole series of night scenes painted by the artist of things she saw out the window of her Times Square painting studio.
That's interesting, thanks!
This painting reminds me of works by Gauguin, do you know if this artist was inspired him?
You may have read this on the label, but Bob Thompson was a noted African American artist who studied at the University of Louisville and at Boston University. In the early and mid-1960s, he traveled throughout Europe and experienced many Renaissance paintings and other artworks firsthand.Thompson was definitely aware of Gauguin. He borrowed freely from Gauguin, Goya, and others.(He often based his compositions on those of his predecessors.)
Can you tell me why these two art works were paired to be shown next to each other?
That's a great question, our curators have teamed up to combine fine arts (painting, sculpture) with decorative arts (furniture, household objects) in the galleries. These two works are close in date, the Manship sculpture is 1924, and the Frankl piece is late 1920s. They are both associated with the Art Deco, or Art Moderne, movement and they use streamlined forms and fine materials.
That makes sense because even though they look really different they sort of feel similar. Thanks!
The Frankl piece is inspired by 1920s skyscraper architecture, and Manship was looking back to ancient Greek sculpture but they were both interested in smooth contours and surfaces.
ASK App ASK Team

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

By Subway

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


By Bus

The closest bus stops are:

B41 and B69 at Grand Army Plaza

B45 at St. Johns Place and Washington Avenue

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


By Car

From Manhattan:

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

From Westchester, the Bronx, Queens, or Connecticut:

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

From Staten Island and southern or central New Jersey:

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

From northern or north central New Jersey:

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

From Long Island:

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


Parking

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


Bikes

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

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Here's what people are asking.

Is the furniture original to this house?
The Brooklyn Museum purchased the downstairs woodwork of the Cupola House on February 11, 1918. There is no record of furniture being purchased from the house at this time. The rooms are now furnished with individual pieces from the Brooklyn Museum's collection that would have been appropriate to an American home of the early- to late-18th century, primarily in the Queen Anne and Chipendale styles. If you are interested in a period room with original furnishings, see the 20th-century Weil-Worgelt Study or the 19th-century Milligan House parlor and library rooms.
What kind of materials are used in this piece?
That is actually a newly installed work by Shinique Smith. Forgive me if you already read the label, but it is made of bundles of fabric, stuffed toys, and articles of clothing as well as twine and cardboard. It even includes some of the artist's own clothes, and clothes of her friends. She was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt-her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. Mitumba is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Mitumba Deity is from Smith’s series of bundle sculptures.
Who is the model for these?
Those pieces are all modeled after a famous sculpture of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti that belongs to the Egyptian Museum of Berlin collection (currently on display in the Neues Museum). The original sculpture is over 3000 years old -- Nefertiti's estimated life/death dates are ca. 1370 – ca. 1330 BC.
Where was this painted?
The initial impulse for Degas' paintings was almost always a scene or figure that he had actually observed. In this case, it was a performance or rehearsal of the ballet La Source, which premiered at the Théâtre Impériale de l'Opéra in Paris in 1866. Although he made sketches on site, he painted the final canvas (as well as many preparatory studies) entirely in his studio, which was also in Paris, and later even reworked it.
Is this an original Monet?
Yes, this is an original Monet! There are two Monet paintings on that wall. This one shows a view in London, and the other shows a scene in Venice.
This is really creepy!
I am wondering what you see in the Louise Bourgeois  piece that makes you say creepy--is it the disembodied hands? Or maybe their gesture?
I guess it's because they are disembodied. Also, it reminds me of memento mori and vanitas pieces.
The Bourgeois  piece is interesting because the title means to "relax" or "let go" in French, so it has ambiguous implications. But many people have read that piece as a self-portrait of Bourgeois , as if she has finished sculpting and the hands and can let go.
Can you tell me something interesting about this painting?
There are so many symbols embedded in this painting. The symbol of the hand derives from the European cult of Saint Anne. It also bears the wound of the stigmata in reference both to the Crucifixion and to the life of Saint Francis. The chalice (similar to a goblet) is filled with Christ's blood, and the seven lambs drinking from it derive from the Book of Revelation. The figures on the fingertips are Christ, his earthly parents Mary and Joseph, and his grandparents.
I really like this painting - is there any special inspiration behind the subject?
This work is part of a whole series of night scenes painted by the artist of things she saw out the window of her Times Square painting studio.
That's interesting, thanks!
This painting reminds me of works by Gauguin, do you know if this artist was inspired him?
You may have read this on the label, but Bob Thompson was a noted African American artist who studied at the University of Louisville and at Boston University. In the early and mid-1960s, he traveled throughout Europe and experienced many Renaissance paintings and other artworks firsthand.Thompson was definitely aware of Gauguin. He borrowed freely from Gauguin, Goya, and others.(He often based his compositions on those of his predecessors.)
Can you tell me why these two art works were paired to be shown next to each other?
That's a great question, our curators have teamed up to combine fine arts (painting, sculpture) with decorative arts (furniture, household objects) in the galleries. These two works are close in date, the Manship sculpture is 1924, and the Frankl piece is late 1920s. They are both associated with the Art Deco, or Art Moderne, movement and they use streamlined forms and fine materials.
That makes sense because even though they look really different they sort of feel similar. Thanks!
The Frankl piece is inspired by 1920s skyscraper architecture, and Manship was looking back to ancient Greek sculpture but they were both interested in smooth contours and surfaces.
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.

Is the furniture original to this house?
The Brooklyn Museum purchased the downstairs woodwork of the Cupola House on February 11, 1918. There is no record of furniture being purchased from the house at this time. The rooms are now furnished with individual pieces from the Brooklyn Museum's collection that would have been appropriate to an American home of the early- to late-18th century, primarily in the Queen Anne and Chipendale styles. If you are interested in a period room with original furnishings, see the 20th-century Weil-Worgelt Study or the 19th-century Milligan House parlor and library rooms.
What kind of materials are used in this piece?
That is actually a newly installed work by Shinique Smith. Forgive me if you already read the label, but it is made of bundles of fabric, stuffed toys, and articles of clothing as well as twine and cardboard. It even includes some of the artist's own clothes, and clothes of her friends. She was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt-her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. Mitumba is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Mitumba Deity is from Smith’s series of bundle sculptures.
Who is the model for these?
Those pieces are all modeled after a famous sculpture of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti that belongs to the Egyptian Museum of Berlin collection (currently on display in the Neues Museum). The original sculpture is over 3000 years old -- Nefertiti's estimated life/death dates are ca. 1370 – ca. 1330 BC.
Where was this painted?
The initial impulse for Degas' paintings was almost always a scene or figure that he had actually observed. In this case, it was a performance or rehearsal of the ballet La Source, which premiered at the Théâtre Impériale de l'Opéra in Paris in 1866. Although he made sketches on site, he painted the final canvas (as well as many preparatory studies) entirely in his studio, which was also in Paris, and later even reworked it.
Is this an original Monet?
Yes, this is an original Monet! There are two Monet paintings on that wall. This one shows a view in London, and the other shows a scene in Venice.
This is really creepy!
I am wondering what you see in the Louise Bourgeois  piece that makes you say creepy--is it the disembodied hands? Or maybe their gesture?
I guess it's because they are disembodied. Also, it reminds me of memento mori and vanitas pieces.
The Bourgeois  piece is interesting because the title means to "relax" or "let go" in French, so it has ambiguous implications. But many people have read that piece as a self-portrait of Bourgeois , as if she has finished sculpting and the hands and can let go.
Can you tell me something interesting about this painting?
There are so many symbols embedded in this painting. The symbol of the hand derives from the European cult of Saint Anne. It also bears the wound of the stigmata in reference both to the Crucifixion and to the life of Saint Francis. The chalice (similar to a goblet) is filled with Christ's blood, and the seven lambs drinking from it derive from the Book of Revelation. The figures on the fingertips are Christ, his earthly parents Mary and Joseph, and his grandparents.
I really like this painting - is there any special inspiration behind the subject?
This work is part of a whole series of night scenes painted by the artist of things she saw out the window of her Times Square painting studio.
That's interesting, thanks!
This painting reminds me of works by Gauguin, do you know if this artist was inspired him?
You may have read this on the label, but Bob Thompson was a noted African American artist who studied at the University of Louisville and at Boston University. In the early and mid-1960s, he traveled throughout Europe and experienced many Renaissance paintings and other artworks firsthand.Thompson was definitely aware of Gauguin. He borrowed freely from Gauguin, Goya, and others.(He often based his compositions on those of his predecessors.)
Can you tell me why these two art works were paired to be shown next to each other?
That's a great question, our curators have teamed up to combine fine arts (painting, sculpture) with decorative arts (furniture, household objects) in the galleries. These two works are close in date, the Manship sculpture is 1924, and the Frankl piece is late 1920s. They are both associated with the Art Deco, or Art Moderne, movement and they use streamlined forms and fine materials.
That makes sense because even though they look really different they sort of feel similar. Thanks!
The Frankl piece is inspired by 1920s skyscraper architecture, and Manship was looking back to ancient Greek sculpture but they were both interested in smooth contours and surfaces.
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.

Is the furniture original to this house?
The Brooklyn Museum purchased the downstairs woodwork of the Cupola House on February 11, 1918. There is no record of furniture being purchased from the house at this time. The rooms are now furnished with individual pieces from the Brooklyn Museum's collection that would have been appropriate to an American home of the early- to late-18th century, primarily in the Queen Anne and Chipendale styles. If you are interested in a period room with original furnishings, see the 20th-century Weil-Worgelt Study or the 19th-century Milligan House parlor and library rooms.
What kind of materials are used in this piece?
That is actually a newly installed work by Shinique Smith. Forgive me if you already read the label, but it is made of bundles of fabric, stuffed toys, and articles of clothing as well as twine and cardboard. It even includes some of the artist's own clothes, and clothes of her friends. She was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt-her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. Mitumba is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Mitumba Deity is from Smith’s series of bundle sculptures.
Who is the model for these?
Those pieces are all modeled after a famous sculpture of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti that belongs to the Egyptian Museum of Berlin collection (currently on display in the Neues Museum). The original sculpture is over 3000 years old -- Nefertiti's estimated life/death dates are ca. 1370 – ca. 1330 BC.
Where was this painted?
The initial impulse for Degas' paintings was almost always a scene or figure that he had actually observed. In this case, it was a performance or rehearsal of the ballet La Source, which premiered at the Théâtre Impériale de l'Opéra in Paris in 1866. Although he made sketches on site, he painted the final canvas (as well as many preparatory studies) entirely in his studio, which was also in Paris, and later even reworked it.
Is this an original Monet?
Yes, this is an original Monet! There are two Monet paintings on that wall. This one shows a view in London, and the other shows a scene in Venice.
This is really creepy!
I am wondering what you see in the Louise Bourgeois  piece that makes you say creepy--is it the disembodied hands? Or maybe their gesture?
I guess it's because they are disembodied. Also, it reminds me of memento mori and vanitas pieces.
The Bourgeois  piece is interesting because the title means to "relax" or "let go" in French, so it has ambiguous implications. But many people have read that piece as a self-portrait of Bourgeois , as if she has finished sculpting and the hands and can let go.
Can you tell me something interesting about this painting?
There are so many symbols embedded in this painting. The symbol of the hand derives from the European cult of Saint Anne. It also bears the wound of the stigmata in reference both to the Crucifixion and to the life of Saint Francis. The chalice (similar to a goblet) is filled with Christ's blood, and the seven lambs drinking from it derive from the Book of Revelation. The figures on the fingertips are Christ, his earthly parents Mary and Joseph, and his grandparents.
I really like this painting - is there any special inspiration behind the subject?
This work is part of a whole series of night scenes painted by the artist of things she saw out the window of her Times Square painting studio.
That's interesting, thanks!
This painting reminds me of works by Gauguin, do you know if this artist was inspired him?
You may have read this on the label, but Bob Thompson was a noted African American artist who studied at the University of Louisville and at Boston University. In the early and mid-1960s, he traveled throughout Europe and experienced many Renaissance paintings and other artworks firsthand.Thompson was definitely aware of Gauguin. He borrowed freely from Gauguin, Goya, and others.(He often based his compositions on those of his predecessors.)
Can you tell me why these two art works were paired to be shown next to each other?
That's a great question, our curators have teamed up to combine fine arts (painting, sculpture) with decorative arts (furniture, household objects) in the galleries. These two works are close in date, the Manship sculpture is 1924, and the Frankl piece is late 1920s. They are both associated with the Art Deco, or Art Moderne, movement and they use streamlined forms and fine materials.
That makes sense because even though they look really different they sort of feel similar. Thanks!
The Frankl piece is inspired by 1920s skyscraper architecture, and Manship was looking back to ancient Greek sculpture but they were both interested in smooth contours and surfaces.
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.

Is the furniture original to this house?
The Brooklyn Museum purchased the downstairs woodwork of the Cupola House on February 11, 1918. There is no record of furniture being purchased from the house at this time. The rooms are now furnished with individual pieces from the Brooklyn Museum's collection that would have been appropriate to an American home of the early- to late-18th century, primarily in the Queen Anne and Chipendale styles. If you are interested in a period room with original furnishings, see the 20th-century Weil-Worgelt Study or the 19th-century Milligan House parlor and library rooms.
What kind of materials are used in this piece?
That is actually a newly installed work by Shinique Smith. Forgive me if you already read the label, but it is made of bundles of fabric, stuffed toys, and articles of clothing as well as twine and cardboard. It even includes some of the artist's own clothes, and clothes of her friends. She was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt-her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. Mitumba is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Mitumba Deity is from Smith’s series of bundle sculptures.
Who is the model for these?
Those pieces are all modeled after a famous sculpture of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti that belongs to the Egyptian Museum of Berlin collection (currently on display in the Neues Museum). The original sculpture is over 3000 years old -- Nefertiti's estimated life/death dates are ca. 1370 – ca. 1330 BC.
Where was this painted?
The initial impulse for Degas' paintings was almost always a scene or figure that he had actually observed. In this case, it was a performance or rehearsal of the ballet La Source, which premiered at the Théâtre Impériale de l'Opéra in Paris in 1866. Although he made sketches on site, he painted the final canvas (as well as many preparatory studies) entirely in his studio, which was also in Paris, and later even reworked it.
Is this an original Monet?
Yes, this is an original Monet! There are two Monet paintings on that wall. This one shows a view in London, and the other shows a scene in Venice.
This is really creepy!
I am wondering what you see in the Louise Bourgeois  piece that makes you say creepy--is it the disembodied hands? Or maybe their gesture?
I guess it's because they are disembodied. Also, it reminds me of memento mori and vanitas pieces.
The Bourgeois  piece is interesting because the title means to "relax" or "let go" in French, so it has ambiguous implications. But many people have read that piece as a self-portrait of Bourgeois , as if she has finished sculpting and the hands and can let go.
Can you tell me something interesting about this painting?
There are so many symbols embedded in this painting. The symbol of the hand derives from the European cult of Saint Anne. It also bears the wound of the stigmata in reference both to the Crucifixion and to the life of Saint Francis. The chalice (similar to a goblet) is filled with Christ's blood, and the seven lambs drinking from it derive from the Book of Revelation. The figures on the fingertips are Christ, his earthly parents Mary and Joseph, and his grandparents.
I really like this painting - is there any special inspiration behind the subject?
This work is part of a whole series of night scenes painted by the artist of things she saw out the window of her Times Square painting studio.
That's interesting, thanks!
This painting reminds me of works by Gauguin, do you know if this artist was inspired him?
You may have read this on the label, but Bob Thompson was a noted African American artist who studied at the University of Louisville and at Boston University. In the early and mid-1960s, he traveled throughout Europe and experienced many Renaissance paintings and other artworks firsthand.Thompson was definitely aware of Gauguin. He borrowed freely from Gauguin, Goya, and others.(He often based his compositions on those of his predecessors.)
Can you tell me why these two art works were paired to be shown next to each other?
That's a great question, our curators have teamed up to combine fine arts (painting, sculpture) with decorative arts (furniture, household objects) in the galleries. These two works are close in date, the Manship sculpture is 1924, and the Frankl piece is late 1920s. They are both associated with the Art Deco, or Art Moderne, movement and they use streamlined forms and fine materials.
That makes sense because even though they look really different they sort of feel similar. Thanks!
The Frankl piece is inspired by 1920s skyscraper architecture, and Manship was looking back to ancient Greek sculpture but they were both interested in smooth contours and surfaces.
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Is the furniture original to this house?
The Brooklyn Museum purchased the downstairs woodwork of the Cupola House on February 11, 1918. There is no record of furniture being purchased from the house at this time. The rooms are now furnished with individual pieces from the Brooklyn Museum's collection that would have been appropriate to an American home of the early- to late-18th century, primarily in the Queen Anne and Chipendale styles. If you are interested in a period room with original furnishings, see the 20th-century Weil-Worgelt Study or the 19th-century Milligan House parlor and library rooms.
What kind of materials are used in this piece?
That is actually a newly installed work by Shinique Smith. Forgive me if you already read the label, but it is made of bundles of fabric, stuffed toys, and articles of clothing as well as twine and cardboard. It even includes some of the artist's own clothes, and clothes of her friends. She was inspired by a film that tracks a T-shirt with a university logo from a thrift shop in New York to a mountain village in Africa, where it is purchased by a man and becomes his second shirt-her piece really comments on the global economy through the path of second hand clothing. Mitumba is a Swahili word that literally means “bundles” and refers to the packages and articles of used clothing donated by people in prosperous countries to charitable causes. Mitumba Deity is from Smith’s series of bundle sculptures.
Who is the model for these?
Those pieces are all modeled after a famous sculpture of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti that belongs to the Egyptian Museum of Berlin collection (currently on display in the Neues Museum). The original sculpture is over 3000 years old -- Nefertiti's estimated life/death dates are ca. 1370 – ca. 1330 BC.
Where was this painted?
The initial impulse for Degas' paintings was almost always a scene or figure that he had actually observed. In this case, it was a performance or rehearsal of the ballet La Source, which premiered at the Théâtre Impériale de l'Opéra in Paris in 1866. Although he made sketches on site, he painted the final canvas (as well as many preparatory studies) entirely in his studio, which was also in Paris, and later even reworked it.
Is this an original Monet?
Yes, this is an original Monet! There are two Monet paintings on that wall. This one shows a view in London, and the other shows a scene in Venice.
This is really creepy!
I am wondering what you see in the Louise Bourgeois  piece that makes you say creepy--is it the disembodied hands? Or maybe their gesture?
I guess it's because they are disembodied. Also, it reminds me of memento mori and vanitas pieces.
The Bourgeois  piece is interesting because the title means to "relax" or "let go" in French, so it has ambiguous implications. But many people have read that piece as a self-portrait of Bourgeois , as if she has finished sculpting and the hands and can let go.
Can you tell me something interesting about this painting?
There are so many symbols embedded in this painting. The symbol of the hand derives from the European cult of Saint Anne. It also bears the wound of the stigmata in reference both to the Crucifixion and to the life of Saint Francis. The chalice (similar to a goblet) is filled with Christ's blood, and the seven lambs drinking from it derive from the Book of Revelation. The figures on the fingertips are Christ, his earthly parents Mary and Joseph, and his grandparents.
I really like this painting - is there any special inspiration behind the subject?
This work is part of a whole series of night scenes painted by the artist of things she saw out the window of her Times Square painting studio.
That's interesting, thanks!
This painting reminds me of works by Gauguin, do you know if this artist was inspired him?
You may have read this on the label, but Bob Thompson was a noted African American artist who studied at the University of Louisville and at Boston University. In the early and mid-1960s, he traveled throughout Europe and experienced many Renaissance paintings and other artworks firsthand.Thompson was definitely aware of Gauguin. He borrowed freely from Gauguin, Goya, and others.(He often based his compositions on those of his predecessors.)
Can you tell me why these two art works were paired to be shown next to each other?
That's a great question, our curators have teamed up to combine fine arts (painting, sculpture) with decorative arts (furniture, household objects) in the galleries. These two works are close in date, the Manship sculpture is 1924, and the Frankl piece is late 1920s. They are both associated with the Art Deco, or Art Moderne, movement and they use streamlined forms and fine materials.
That makes sense because even though they look really different they sort of feel similar. Thanks!
The Frankl piece is inspired by 1920s skyscraper architecture, and Manship was looking back to ancient Greek sculpture but they were both interested in smooth contours and surfaces.
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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.