Archive for 2009

1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for May 2009: Tracey Moffatt

Did you know that we have 1stfans residing in 17 countries around the world?  Outside of the United States, we have the most 1stfan representation…

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Re-making the mess

Have you ever had one of those days where everything falls into place? When Eugenie Tsai blogged about Valerie Hegarty’s Fallen Bierstadt back in October,…

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Not just another Saturday night…

It was about 4:30pm on Saturday when Shelley called me. Interestingly enough, I was here at the Museum giving a talk to our Student Guides…

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An Important Letter to our Friends

Brooklyn Museum Director Arnold Lehman has announced a series of measures the Museum is undertaking to address the current—and what may likely be ongoing—economic crisis….

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Google, Meet the Brooklyn Museum Posse

Chances are, if you’ve heard of the Internet, you’ve also heard of Google and chances are pretty good that you’ve set up an e-mail account…

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What’s Happening Today?—The Museum Calendar Gets Upgraded

If you’ve checked out the Museum’s calendar in the last twelve hours or so, you may have noticed how different (or, really, how not different)…

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Bringing Sun K. Kwak’s Enfolding 280 Hours to Brooklyn

People have been asking how I learned of Sun K. Kwak. I first noticed Sun’s work well over a year ago through the gallery that…

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The results are in!

I have been interested to see the results of our online quiz. I think the main problem with it was the software we had to…

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Wikipedia Loves Art: Lessons Learned Part 4: The Stats

My role in Wikipedia Loves Art was solely as a processor of data. I was not involved with the creation or any of the planning…

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Wikipedia Loves Art: Lessons Learned Part 3: Almost done

Erin is going to blog tomorrow about her own take on the process and some additional statistics, but here are just a few of the…

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Wikipedia Loves Art: Lessons Learned Part 2: Competition

This next part of the story will take you through the actual competition which was held during February 2009. I admit…index cards…say it with me…

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Wikipedia Loves Art: Lessons Learned Part 1: Pre-Competition

One of the things we hope to do with the technology posts on the blog is to take a look at our projects and carefully…

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Wrapping Up YouTube Quick Capture for Community Voices

This is a follow-up report to my earlier post about utilizing YouTube Quick Capture to create a community voices component for The Black List Project. …

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“Feminism Now: New Feminist Art Scholarship” Symposium Tomorrow!

Tomoko Sawada (Japanese, b. 1977). Untitled, from the OMIAI series, 2001. Chromogenic photographs. On Loan from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections in honor of the…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for April 2009: Jonathan Lethem

When we announced Mary Temple for the 1stfans Twitter Art Feed in February, one of the things that Shelley mentioned was our collaboration with the…

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Man with a Sword

Having the opportunity to write labels for objects in the collection is one of my favorite things about being an intern at the Brooklyn Museum….

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The Fertile Goddess: Consultants and Colleagues

Co-curator Maura Reilly, consultant Ellen Belcher, and the Halaf figurine. During the planning stages of special exhibitions or permanent installations, it is a common practice…

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And now it’s back to research and writing

The season is over. We finished digging on Tuesday and spent the rest of this week cleaning up, checking notes and taking final photographs. Our…

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The Caillebotte Merchandise Challenge

As the head of merchandising at the Brooklyn Museum, it is my responsibility, along with my staff, to keep the Museum shop stocked with a…

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Brooklyn Museum Collection API

We are at the sixth month marker of our Collection going online and you may have noticed that we keep adding to the features as…

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This week in conservation at Mut

   During this past week I continued to treat small finds excavated from the west side of the Taharqa gate, and to watch the progress…

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Time Flies

It’s hard to believe that the season is almost over: this was our last full week of work, and it has been hot. Still, we…

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The Silk Road at the Brooklyn Museum

The “Silk Road” has been a hot topic in recent years, thanks in part to the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the…

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1stfans Meetup for March 2009: Artist Matt Held

When 1stfans launched with the Swoon printing event on January 3rd, it was a pretty crazy night. Though Shelley and I didn’t get to meet…

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The Work Goes On

  Late last week we uncovered the top of a fairly substantial mud brick wall running across the Taharqa Gate square (left), but we only…

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Beautiful Asian Landscapes on View for 2009

Museums are full of small-scale changes of exhibition that are worth seeing but easily missed because they don’t get any publicity. Sometimes it’s as simple…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for March 2009: Joseph Kosuth

If nothing else, Shelley and I think the 1stfans Twitter Art Feed is a pretty cool concept. We readily admit that we have no idea…

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Back on Site

I’ve been back on site for a week now and am happy to rejoin the team for my second season. It’s great to see Richard,…

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Pop Quiz!

One of the most interesting aspects of preparing the Late Antique Egyptian sculpture exhibition has been sorting out the modern forgeries from the ancient works…

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Imsheer Winds

The month on the traditional Egyptian calendar known as “Imsheer” (mid-February to mid-March) began this week and so far is living up to its reputation…

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Animal Mummy Research

This past Saturday as part of programming for 1stfans at the Brooklyn Museum, I gave a presentation on the animal mummy research the Conservation Department…

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Unearthing the Truth

Unearthing the Truth opens on Friday, February 13th. Now that this rather unusual exhibition is ready to go, I am glad to have this opportunity…

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Restoring Taharqa

This week we were able to start putting the north wing of the Taharqa Gate back together, restoring fallen blocks to their original position. We…

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Wikipedia Loves Art … Let’s Meetup!

What would Erin and I do for love? Freeze, apparently (it was really, really cold and windy getting this pic)! We hear the weather is…

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Progress on all fronts

We are so happy that William and Elsie Peck could join us again this year. After a look around the site first thing Saturday morning…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for February 2009: Mary Temple

We all know this feeling, right? When you walk into an exhibition and there’s one work that really stops you in your tracks? On a…

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Wikipedia Loves Art, full house!

In addition to our original partners (Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Jewish Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, V&A)…

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Burning Down the House Artist Focus: CARRIE MAE WEEMS

Carrie Mae Weems (American, b. 1953). Untitled (Man Smoking/Malcolm X), from the Kitchen Table series, 1990. Gelatin silver print, edition 5 of 5. Brooklyn Museum,…

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Our First Week

At the end of last season we covered the baked brick building north of the Sacred Lake with plastic and sand to protect it and…

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Wikipedia Loves Art…continued…and a deadline coming up!

Wow, there was such a great response to my first post about prepping for Wikipedia Loves Art! Since that announcement, we’ve been joined by Art…

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The First Day

We flew up to Luxor from Cairo on January 13. The view out the window was absorbing: the mountains of the eastern desert always take…

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How do you convince a free content advocate (like me) to join 1stfans?

As Will Cary notes in his post we’ve seen plenty of feedback with regard to the 1stfans Twitter Art Feed. Will and I had been…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed as a Membership benefit

One bit of confusion that we have begun to see (<– 4 links) regarding the 1stfans Twitter Art Feed is the notion that we are…

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The world through Goodyear’s eyes: photographs from the 1890’s to 1923 from the Brooklyn Museum Archives

Seeing the response to historic photographs that we have posted on Flickr Commons begs a look back on why we have these images and who…

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Burning Down the House Artist Focus: NAYLAND BLAKE

Curator Maura Reilly installing Nayland Blake’s Untitled, 2003 in the galleries of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art with Supervising Maintainer Filippo Gentile,…

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Happy New Year from “The Fertile Goddess”

The latest exhibition in the Herstory Gallery, The Fertile Goddess, just opened on December 19, 2008. Imagine how delighted Sarah Giovanniello, Research Assistant, Elizabeth A….

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The 2009 Mut Expedition – back in the field

The Mut Precinct’s front gate The Brooklyn Museum Mut Expedition’s next season of fieldwork will take place between mid-January and mid-March, 2009. Once again we…

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Pictures! Pictures! Pictures!

Today we’re launching the next installment in the Brooklyn Museum Collection on the Web—more than 4,000 images from the Libraries and Archives will join the…

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Prepping for Wikipedia Loves Art!

This is just a quick note to any of the peeps at cultural institutions who may read our blog. We are helping organize Wikipedia Loves…

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Purchasing a Major Work of Art for the Collection – part VII

I can’t believe that it’s been more than a year since my last posting on this topic. I guess I got distracted by other tasks….

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