Archive for 2009

1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for January 2010: Nina Meledandri

1stfans is a year old (more on that to come), and we thought it fitting and affirming to start the new year of the 1stfans…

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Calling the Mayor…

If you’re our mayor on Foursquare, we’ve got a promo running that you should check out.  Not the mayor?  Be sure to check-in at the…

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Q&A with Lori Hepner

This month, Lori Hepner’s project for the 1stfans Twitter Art Feed has prompted a great response from 1stfans with interesting and thought-provoking @replies, but there…

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Lulua Mother and Child Figure Returns to View

One of the African collection’s most famous, signature objects has recently returned to view in the first-floor galleries, after well over a year’s worth of…

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Data Entry meets API Synergy

I’m telling you, this has been a long, never ending haul.  We’ve been quietly working on a number of ways to improve our online collection…

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Sloping the Floor for Accessibility

The Museum’s Kevorkian Gallery, on the third floor, has housed twelve large, alabaster reliefs that come from Nimrud, Iraq, ever since they arrived at the…

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You Shot Rock

Album covers are a part of rock photography that seems to resonate with people’s everyday experience. In talks with our Design and Education staff, we…

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First Saturday Photo Wrap-Up

As I am busily preparing for this month’s Target First Saturday, it’s a perfect time to reflect on last month’s, when we kicked off our…

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Take a seat…

Starting on December 2nd, that’s exactly what you’ll be able to do in the Museum’s Fourth Floor Schenck Gallery—in a handcrafted replica of our 17th-century,…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for December 2009: Lori Hepner

December’s artist for the 1stfans Twitter Art Feed is Lori Hepner, and it’s fitting that her project Status Symbols will grace the Feed for the…

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Rare Tissot resources on display in the Libraries and Archives

The Tissot exhibition recently opened to the public. On your visit to see the exhibition, don’t forget to stop by the Libraries and Archives display…

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Birdmaster Tames the Lion

To those of you who are regular readers to this blog, you may remember my colleague, Jakki Godfrey’s post from May 27 detailing the deinstallation…

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Peace, Love and Posters

The other day I started blogging about the museum’s cool collection of psychedelic posters.  These posters were displayed mostly in hippie boutique windows and on…

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Recent Archival Accessions

New York City is getting ready once again for the annual 5 Dutch Days event! This five-day celebration encompasses the five boroughs of New York…

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Elephant Mask on View

Once permanent installations are set into place, the opportunities for placing previously unseen works on view are rather rare—even with a collection as deep (with…

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Jen DeNike and PERFORMA are “happening” at First Saturday

Academic Programs Coordinator Eleanor Whitney and artist Jen DeNike conduct a walkthrough of the Rubin Pavillion and Lobby in preparation for TWIRL. For months, the…

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Terence Koh Performa 09

Terence Koh’s Untitled, a stack of thirty-three glass cases, is a striking presence in the Contemporary galleries.  Almost every case contains an artifact that’s been…

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Calling all photographers November 7th!

I am really looking forward to November’s Target First Saturday, which takes place on November 7th and highlights our special exhibition Who Shot Rock &…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for November 2009: Cass Bird

When Shelley and I went to visit Cass Bird at her Brooklyn studio last week, we weren’t sure what to expect.  We had known her…

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Psychedelic Rock Posters from the Vault

With the exhibition Who Shot Rock & Roll:  A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present, opening tomorrow at the museum, I thought now would be…

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Groupon and Discounting Membership

In an ongoing effort to be as transparent as possible, I want to take a minute to explain the Membership promotion we’re doing for today…

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Gearing up to install Who Shot Rock

Since early 2007, I’ve been working with the noted photo historian Gail Buckland to create Brooklyn Museum’s exhibition Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic…

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Common Ground 2009: A Flickr Meetup with NYPL and the Brooklyn Museum

If you are a fan of the The Commons on Flickr and live in the NYC area, come to our Common Ground meetup this weekend…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for October 2009: Trish Mayo

We found that 1stfans really enjoyed Nick Fortunato’s project for June’s Twitter Art Feed because of the idea that history could come alive again and…

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Mut Expedition Reports Online

In the final dig diary posting for 2009, I talked about the importance of publishing the results of our work at the site. The first…

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1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration Illuminations

One hundred years ago the Brooklyn Museum participated in the Hudson-Fulton Celebration, a city-wide event organized by New York State. The 1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration honored…

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Season Finale of True Blood – We’ll be watching for the Bird Lady!

You better believe we are going to be watching the True Blood season two finale, which is airing on HBO this Sunday night at 9pm!…

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Animal Mummy Update

Those of you who are 1stfans got an introduction to the animal mummy research project being done at the Museum when we held an informal…

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Common Ground: Global Flickr Commons Meetup Needs Your Favs!

Are you a fan of the materials being uploaded to the Flickr Commons?   Well, we are huge fans and that got a few of us…

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No September First Saturday, but join me on Facebook!

Summer’s Target First Saturdays have been great and I’ve loved watching everyone stream into the Museum’s parking lot to dance under the stars. West Indian-American…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for September 2009: Duke Riley

Duke Riley has been on our minds a lot over the past month. I’ve received a crash course in his work and the man himself…

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BklynMuse: Going Mobile with a Gallery Guide Powered by People

Ever wish you could remix the gallery experience?  When I walk into a museum I enjoy the structure—the information given, which objects have been placed…

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Why 1stfans is not a “young” Membership

One of the questions we often get about 1stfans is whether it is our “young members” group. Most NYC Museums have “young patrons” groups targeted…

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Membership is your friend…with benefits!

Over the last year Will and I have been taking a closer look at the benefits we offer our Members so that each one is…

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Kiosks in Museums: Win, Lose or Draw?

A couple of weeks ago, I discussed the issue of technology in museums and asked if tech engages or distracts.  The post mainly served to…

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The Heat is On

Here at the Brooklyn Museum, we’re never one to shy away from inter-museum competition of all sorts. I’ve blogged before about how art museums and…

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Does tech engage or distract?

Did everyone catch Michael Kimmelman’s article in the New York Times yesterday?  CultureGrrl adding her own take to museum sprinting was pretty amusing reading, too…

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The Fertile Goddess: Endings and Beginnings, Part III: Creation

An installation view of The Fertile Goddess intro panel and title taken for archival purposes by our ECAMEA Curatorial Assistant, Kathy Zurek-Doule. All this time,…

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The Installation of Reception

Through the generosity of Beth Rudin DeWoody, the Museum recently acquired a multiple component installation piece made by the artist Vadis Turner, which will be…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for August 2009: Lauren McCarthy

The 1stfans Twitter Art Feed artist for August is Lauren McCarthy, a young artist who has already worn many hats. A self-described “artist/programmer/designer/person,” Lauren’s work…

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Luce Center: Timex Night-Glo on Steroids

Last week we received a query via Twitter asking how we did the lighting in the Luce Visible Storage ▪ Study Center. This was a…

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Sun Bleaching in the Sculpture Garden

What is the Brooklyn Museum’s important Arshile Gorky lithograph doing outdoors?  And why is it immersed in water?  I received these questions many times from…

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Male and Female Mummies: Bad Grammar, Bad X-rays, Bad Judgment

It should not be so hard to tell a woman from a man. Yet three of the five male mummies from the Brooklyn Museum that…

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Shonibare at Play in the Period Rooms

Mother and Father Worked Hard So I Can Play is a work that was made specifically for our period rooms. Last spring when Yinka Shonibare…

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Sufi-Inspired Artist Books

One of the great feelings I experience at the Brooklyn Museum is when I see a true connection between the Library and art collections here….

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Art Handlers Go Mobile with iPod Touch and ArtSee

If you read the blog, you know we talk about our web initiatives all the time, but we rarely discuss the work we do on…

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Mummy Transport

As some of you may have seen from the recent press coverage, we took four of our Egyptian human mummies to North Shore University Hospital…

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Monkey at the Brooklyn Museum!

We’ve been so jealous of @museummodernart for so long because they’ve had multiple visits from Monkey and we’ve had none. We watched as Monkey got…

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The Fertile Goddess: Endings and Beginnings, Part II: Planning

Last summer we met in storage for a “bonding” session with the figures we selected from the collection for the show, where Maura, Ellen Belcher…

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5 Reasons to See Caillebotte By 5 July

Almost every day that the Caillebotte show has been open to the public, I have been in the galleries—to ponder the works, to give tours,…

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HBO’s True Blood team kindly answers our “Bird Lady” questions!

Many thanks are due to our faithful community. Their tweets helped us get in touch with @TrueBloodHBO, the official True Blood twitter feed and they…

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Share your Michael Jackson Story

Thursday afternoon, around noon, I was doing an advance press interview with Modern Painter magazine about the exhibition Who Shot Rock & Roll, which opens…

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How to Make an Entrance

Last Thursday we welcomed over 900 members to the opening of Yinka Shonibare MBE. The weather was perfect, the galleries were packed, and the glass…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for July 2009: Ranjit Bhatnagar’s “Exquisite Sonnet”

Judging by the number of re-tweets Nick’s “Poor SpumoniNick’s Almanack” project received, I think it’s safe to say that 1stfans enjoy Twitter Art Feed projects…

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Live Tweeting Mummy CT Scanning Today!

We’ve got something very cool going on!  Follow us on Twitter today to get our updates—we are going to be tweeting live as curators and…

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“Bird Lady” on HBO’s True Blood

     We were first notified of this surprise appearance from a comment in our online collection by Marlene F. Emmett, who spotted a statue that…

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Eye Spy Caillebotte

In anticipation for the exhibition, Gustave Caillebotte: Impressionist Paintings from Paris to the Sea, my colleague and I, Adelia Gregory, Museum Educator and School Partnership…

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An Update for Our Friends

Brooklyn Museum Director Arnold Lehman has issued an update to his April letter about the measures the Museum has taken to address the current economic…

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Hank Willis Thomas

One major recent acquisition is Hank Willis Thomas’ series “Unbranded: Reflections in Black by Corporate America.” The whole series consists of 82 images, two for…

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The Fertile Goddess: Endings and Beginnings, Part I: Conception

An installation view of The Fertile Goddess in the Herstory Gallery. Photograph by Christine Gant. As we deinstall The Fertile Goddess exhibition, it seems appropriate…

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The Fertile Goddess Comes to a Close

Excavated examples of figurines such as this one from northern Mesopotamia (modern Iraq) and Syria, made during the Late Halaf Period in the late fifth…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for June 2009: Nick Fortunato

Nick Fortunato is the second artist selected via the open call for the 1stfans Twitter Art Feed. Similar to An Xiao’s work with Morse Code,…

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When Lions and Dragons Fly

In preparation for renovation to the glass corridor roof, two of the museum’s exterior architectural elements, a stone dragon and a zinc lion, needed to…

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Reinstalling the Arts of the Islamic World

For those of you who have been missing the arts of the Islamic world (or wondering what it is you’ve been missing), we are almost…

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Dash Snow

The Museum recently acquired some great new photography. Much of it will be on view this coming August when we open a new show with…

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Crowdsourcing the Clean-Up with Freeze Tag!

As most of our readers know, we encourage tagging on our online collection and we created Tag! You’re It to make that contribution more fun…

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The New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC): Towards Radical Collaboration

Librarians are natural collaborators—we share materials through interlibrary loan, data through cataloging cooperatives, and our subject and technical expertise on numerous listservs and professional committees—but…

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An Adventurous Painting

One of the things that I love about museums that have blogs is how easy it can be is to get a hold of counterparts…

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Sarah Baley

Sarah Baley’s show “Bois” opened at Collette Blanchard Gallery on the Lower East Side last Thursday night and we are very happy to have this…

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Museum Membership and the N.B.A.

I’ve been watching the N.B.A. a lot lately, and not just because the playoffs are going on and I’m a huge basketball fan. I’m also…

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Walt Whitman and the Arts in Brooklyn: A Commemoration in the Brooklyn Museum Library

We are very proud of the fact that Walt Whitman not only lived and worked in Brooklyn but that he had a direct connection to…

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Thothirdes

Thothirdes may be familiar to those of you who have seen her on display in the 3rd floor Egyptian Galleries.  She was deinstalled and brought…

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“Body Language: Brooklyn Museum”: A Mother’s Day Performance by the True Body Project

The True Body Project. Photograph courtesy True Body Project. Copyright Esther Freeman, True Body class of 2005. This Mother’s Day program has grown out of…

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A visit from artist Seher Shah

Seher Shah recently stopped by the Brooklyn Museum to see her large drawing Jihad Pop Progressions 5 – Interior Courtyard 2, 2007 on view in…

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Specifically, Tag! You’re It!

One of the things we’ve gotten to know about our community is people often have specialized areas of interest.  In just one example, we’ve gotten…

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