Archive for 2008

Going Paperless for 1stfans and Happy New Year!

For 1stfans, we are attempting to go as paperless as possible and this has been an interesting challenge for us. The first major shift is…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for January 2009: An Xiao

In the same spirit that we asked Swoon to launch 1stfans in person (that is to say, with the Museum’s existing community in mind), we…

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An Ongoing Series of Panels on Human Trafficking

In the autumn of 2008, the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art began an ongoing series on the serious and epidemic issue of sex…

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The Community Fills a Void at The Commons on Flickr

You may have read about the departure of George Oates in the media, but if not check out Seb’s blog post on the subject for…

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Swoon Print for 1stfans on January 3

Though the launching of 1stfans is being done mostly online, one of the critical goals of the group is to get people to come and…

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Costume Collection Q & A

You may have seen Carol Vogel’s article in the New York Times about the exciting news concerning the Brooklyn Museum’s costume collection, and our collaboration…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed & open call

One of the things we are really excited about with the launch of 1stfans is giving these new members something they can really get into….

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getting to know our 1stfans

It’s funny, if you know me, I’m sure you can imagine that I would have had a total fit if someone came into my office…

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introducing 1stfans: a socially networked museum membership

Working in Membership means my job is to get people excited about and involved with the Museum. In that way, my job is just as…

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Flickr Commons: Coping with a Small Staff and Community Ideals

One of the interesting things about The Commons is anyone can do it, which is pretty cool. Often, I think, larger institutions have an advantage…

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Flickr Commons: A Delicate Balance

This is part two in what I think will eventually be a three part series (sorry, Tyler, I realize you are the king of the…

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Utilizing YouTube Quick Capture for Community Voices

The Black List Project just opened last week and our education staff really wanted to include visitor response as part of the exhibition. Typically, we…

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Please sit down

You’ve been walking around a museum for several hours looking at hundreds of artworks, and want to take a break and sit for a minute….

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Mattress Factory meets Google Street View!

Last month, I was speaking at the Technology in the Arts Conference in Pittsburgh and a real highlight for me was taking a visit to…

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Flickr Commons: It’s Complicated

I’ve already reported on many of the really cool things that can happen when participating in a venture like this one. We continue to get…

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iPod Touch for use in the Gallery

So, the idea was pretty simple: the curators of Burning Down the House: Building a Feminist Art Collection wanted our visitors to hear directly from…

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Deinstalling Ghada Amer: Love Has No End

Introduction didactic to Ghada Amer: Love Has No End with packing boxes. Photo by Sarah Giovanniello Last week we watched as the deinstallation of Ghada…

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Whoa, we won a Forrester Groundswell Award!

This is more than a little overwhelming for us, but we’ve just been notified that the Brooklyn Museum has won a 2008 Forrester Groundswell Award…

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Portrait of a Librarian

If you’re one of the few people who still read, you might occasionally reach for a bookmark. The Bureau for Open Culture at Columbus College…

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Artists’ Books Conference and the Brooklyn Museum

This week there is a contemporary artists’ book conference being held in collaboration with Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair. The conference is being co-organized…

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Contemporary Take on Landscape Painting

Valerie Hegarty (American, born 1967). Fallen Bierstadt, 2007. Foamcore, paint, paper, glue, gel medium, canvas, wire, and wood. Gift of Campari, USA , 2008.9a–b. Photo…

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What does it take to Photosynth the Brooklyn Museum?

After seeing this demonstration video, we couldn’t wait to answer this question. Before I get too deep into this, it’s important to keep in mind…

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Who was Ida E. Jackson (1855-1927)?

What we do know about Ida Jackson can be found in an intriguing and beautiful diary found in the Brooklyn Museum Library’s Special Collections. The…

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Gilbert & George take Times Square!

If you’ve been in Times Square lately, you may have seen this already, but we were waiting to post until we had some good photos….

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What’s the perfect gift for an artist?

Paint brushes? Too obvious. A Brooklyn Museum Membership? Almost perfect. During the Members Preview & Reception for Gilbert & George this past Thursday, Museum Director…

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Italian Design on Display

Newly on view on our 4th floor: Italian Post-World War II Design The Brooklyn Museum has been at the forefront of collecting Italian twentieth century…

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Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh’s Artistic Collaboration

As part of September public programming here at the Center for Feminist Art, Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh stopped by the Forum on Saturday, September…

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Exhibition Index Re-Launch, New Collection Features and Tagging Update

The most exciting thing we’ve got going online this week is the re-launch of our Exhibition Index. The original index (below, left) has been online…

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Destination Paintings . . . as Featured on Sunday Arts

In planning our spots for Channel 13, we faced the challenge of choosing two particularly engaging paintings from among the many works on view objects…

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Jesper Just at the Opera

The catalogue for the show Jesper Just: Romantic Delusions draws our attention to how Jesper Just uses a variety of popular songs in his films,…

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The Description de l’Egypte in the Wilbour Library of Egyptology

If you have been following the numerous blogs on this website you are aware that the Brooklyn Museum has organized an exhibition of Egyptian objects…

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ArtShare Revisited

Facebook upgraded the design of the user profiles and we knew some action would be required on our part to overhaul ArtShare along with it. …

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Carnival is coming!

West Indian American Day Parade, 2006. Photo courtesy Sam Liu. All rights reserved. I always know that Labor Day weekend is coming when the the…

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How I learnt about Brooklyn – 2.0 style.

A little background, in 2006 I was finishing a Masters in Online Learning in Sydney Australia, researching how cultural institutions were participating in online social…

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A Public Programs Recap for July!

July was a hot month for programming in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art! First off, Ladan Akbarnia, Hagop Kevorkian Associate Curator of…

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Kehinde Wiley Here and Around Town

Kehinde Wiley (American, b. 1977). Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps, 2005. Oil on canvas. Collection of Suzi and Andrew B. Cohen, L2005.6. Photo…

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Reflections on Click! by James Surowiecki

Much of the critical reception of Click! has focused, understandably, on the artistic quality of the photographs that the crowd liked best, with a number…

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Petah Coyne – New Installation on 5th Floor

New on view on the 5th floor is an installation of works by Petah Coyne from the collection. These works are individual pieces that have…

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Tag! You’re it!

We’ve just launched our collection online and now we need some help tagging, so visitors can better find objects within it. Of course, we were…

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A Titanic–Egypt Connection in the Wilbour Library of Egyptology

Like people, books have histories. Bookplates, inscriptions and marginal notes all tell us something about where the book has been and who owned it. The…

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Q&A about the Conservation of objects for “To Live Forever”

“To Live Forever” is finally up at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and they have done an amazing job posting a wealth of information on…

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Crowd-Curated or Crowd-Juried?

After I was recently asked to write a blog posting about Click! from my perspective, I spoke with some of my colleagues—Patrick Amsellem, Associate Curator…

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Top 10 Reasons The Commons on Flickr is Awesome

I promised a follow-up after we’d been in The Commons for a while, so here you go. Top 10 Reasons The Commons on Flickr is…

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Collection Preview (and re-thinking tagging)

Our collection is going online and this is something we’ve been working on for a long time. Although we have some clean up to do…

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Ghada Amer’s Political Work

(Ghada Amer (American, born Egypt, 1963) and Ladan S. Naderi (French, born Iran, 1960). I ♥ Paris, 1991. Three chromogenic prints from a series of…

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Beaux-Arts Court Gets a New Floor

Postcard of the plan for the Brooklyn Museum as envisioned by McKim, Mead, & White in 1893. The original design plan for the Brooklyn Museum,…

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Click! The Book

Cover: Marcia Bricker Halperin. Dubrow’s Cafeteria, 1979. Softcover: 86 pages, 7 x 7 inches. Details, including a special $3-off coupon from Blurb.com, can be found…

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Information Cascade!

Photo by Donna Aceto, who saved the day when my camera battery died. Thanks, Donna. I couldn’t help but laugh last Saturday night. Click! was…

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Reflections on June Public Programs in the Center!

June was a rather fruitful month for programs in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art! On Target First Saturday we listened to Ghada…

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Moolaadé: Film and Discussion in the Forum this First Saturday!

(Film Still from Moolaadé (2004), directed by Ousmane Sembène.) This month’s Target First Saturday events at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art here…

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Click! Meetup

There’s been overwhelming positive feedback about the idea of a Click! meetup during the upcoming Target First Saturday, so let’s do it! I’ll be giving…

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Conservation Treatment of Demetrios Continues

To recap previous blogs, the mummy of Demetrios is wrapped in linen, then the entire surface of the linen is painted with red lead. On…

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happy opening, everyone!

As silly as this seems, it’s just not real until the signs go up and here they are. I will admit, I was more than…

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Click! is not a contest…

…it is a study in crowds. It should come as no surprise that this title made it into one of my blog posts (there are…

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Clicking at Figment 2008 this Saturday, June 28

As with many things for Click!, we’ve made life a little difficult, but for good reason. This Saturday (June 28) we’ve organized a great panel…

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Suffragettes in Silent Cinema

A viewing and discussion of the film Suffragettes in Silent Cinema will be taking place this Saturday, June 21st, in the Forum of the Elizabeth…

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Preparing to Click!

With the opening of Click! rapidly approaching, I have been asked to describe my approach in designing and mounting this particular exhibition. It is important…

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Who Was Demetrios and How Old Was He When He Died?

The mummy of Demetrios raises a large number of questions that can only be answered with the help of a team of scholars. Each of…

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Defining Face, Change, and Brooklyn in Click!

As a visual sociologist looking at the images as to how people define “face,” “change,” and “brooklyn,” I was very impressed with the quality and…

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Condos and Trolley Cars and Sugar Refinaries, Oh My!

As promised, this week we’re writing about the subject matter of the submitted images. If you evaluated all 389 or even a large part of…

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Conservation Treatment of Demetrios Begins

I’m back from leave, and during the last several months we’ve been busily getting all of the objects ready for the “To Live Forever, Egyptian…

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Lost and Found at the Brooklyn College Library

I spent a day last week in an auditorium at the Brooklyn College Library surrounded by librarians donning “Hello My Name is” tags and mulling…

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Ghada Amer: Happily Ever After?

(Ghada Amer (American, Born Egypt, 1963). And the Beast, 2004. Acrylic, embroidery, and gel medium on canvas. Collection of the artist, courtesy of Gagosian Gallery….

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South Asian Women’s Creative Collective

(Sara Rahbar, Hosein and I, Oppression Series #2 photo shoot, 2007. Courtesy of the artist.) Working to further the dialogue between women and contemporary art,…

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Gaming Click!??!?

Yikes! This week I wanted to take a moment and look at some rather amusing things (or scary things, depending on your perspective) that happened…

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Who Shot Rock will ROCK

On October 23, 2009, we’re launching a major exhibition, Who Shot Rock: Photographers of Rock and Roll. Who Shot Rock will be guest curated by…

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Last chance to catch our Add-Art show!

Last week I blogged about our participation in Add-Art, the plug-in for Firefox that blocks ads and replaces them with art. We just got an…

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Flickr Commons: Begin at the Beginning

We have just joined The Commons on Flickr to share a selection of images with the Flickr community and to begin our partnership, it seemed…

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Flickr Commons: High Resolution and what does it tell us?

We join The Commons on Flickr today and do so in a manner we hope will start an interesting discussion. Our Principal Librarian, Deirdre Lawrence,…

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Thank you!

Wowzer! If you were one of the 3344 visitors who cast 410,089 evaluations for Click!, you know what a commitment it really was. I can’t…

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Click! updates on the way…

I’ll be posting a Click! update later today after we crunch some numbers. We won’t be posting any results until the exhibition opens on June…

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Mashing-up Hiroshige to block ads and Add-Art!

What in the world am I talking about?? Brooklyn-based artist Steve Lambert has developed a plug-in for the Firefox browser that block ads and replaces…

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Last chance to Click!

We’ve been watching our little evaluation meter today and we hit 51.3 evaluations a minute this morning! This is a pre-thank you to all of…

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Fireworks! The Brooklyn Bridge’s 125th anniversary

A recent post on NYC Social alerted us to the Brooklyn Bridge’s upcoming 125th anniversary celebration (May 22nd-26th), featuring fireworks on the 22nd. Fireworks have…

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Esther Hobart Morris: A Suffragette Remembered

In conjunction with the Votes for Women exhibition in the Herstory Gallery, we are always looking for more stories about the many unsung pioneers of…

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