Saul Bolton in front of the Brooklyn Museum.

Welcome Saul at the Brooklyn Museum

I am just delighted to announce the wonderful news that this fall, Brooklyn’s acclaimed Michelin star restaurant, Saul, will move from its current location in…

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The Dinner Party

Ending the ongoing cycle of omission

The conversation about sexism on Wikipedia is longstanding. In 2011, The New York Times Room for Debate took up the question of why there are…

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Figure of a Hornblower

“Africanizing” Wikipedia

As I’ve been leading the current Wikipedia initiative at the Brooklyn Museum, I have recently started working with our curator of African Art, Kevin Dumouchelle,…

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Latoya Ruby Frazier Interview PDF

A Conversation With Artist LaToya Ruby Frazier

One of the best parts of working in contemporary art is that we often work closely with artists, and are able to build relationships over…

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WikiAfrica logo

Collaborating with WikiAfrica

In September 2012, a representative from WikiAfrica approached us about working with them to provide Africa-related content to the Wikimedia Foundation’s websites. As the WikiAfrica profile…

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Wikipedia logo

Adding Our Voice to the Wikipedia Chorus

Our online collections have a relatively small number of visitors compared to the whopping 470 million unique visitors to Wikipedia each month. Every day, hundreds…

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In Conversation iPad Kiosk

Moving Toward a Conversation

If you’ve ever heard me speak at conferences you know that one of our most successful technology projects is also one of our simplest—the comment…

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Arts of the Islamic World gallery

The Reinstallation of the Asian and Arts of the Islamic World Galleries

If you’ve visited the second floor of the Museum recently, you may have noticed that it looks considerably more bare than normal. Big changes are…

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George Grosz (American, born Germany, 1893-1959). For German Right and German Morals (Für Deutsches Recht und Deutsche Sitte), 1919. Lithograph, Sheet: 25 1/16 x 18 5/8 in. (63.7 x 47.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. F. H. Hirschland, 55.165.143

George Grosz, Otto Dix and World War I

In my last post, I highlighted several of the many prints in the Brooklyn Museum’s collection that, like those now on view in the Käthe…

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Käthe Kollwitz (German, 1867–1945). The Mothers (Die Mütter), 1922–23. Woodcut on heavy Japan paper, 18 13/16 x 25 9/16 in. (47.8 x 64.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Carll H. de Silver Fund, 44.201.6. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bon

German Expressionist Prints at the Brooklyn Museum

The current exhibition in the Herstory Gallery of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art features the politically engaged work of early twentieth-century artist…

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Social Singles Scavenger Hunt

Looking for love?

I’ve been at the Brooklyn Museum for about a year-and-a-half now, which is also as long as I’ve been a resident of our fair borough….

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Fine Lines Sensory Tour

Teaching with a 3D Simulacrum

When Shelley and David brought up the idea of 3D printing, my not-so-inner tech geek and my really-blatantly-outer education geek got pretty excited.  As Shelley…

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Join us at #table17

The Brooklyn Artists Ball is coming up next week and it’s an event that we are super excited about; this year’s ball celebrates Brooklyn and…

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Replicating a 19th Century Statue with 21st Century Tech

My first exposure to the world of 3D printing took place in 2009 approximately 500 feet under the Earth’s surface in a former missile silo…

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Double Pegasus

3D Printing for Accessibility

In the last year, we’ve seen a lot happening in the museum space with 3D printing.  The Smithsonian is working on what looks like a enormous project,…

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The End of the Season

Working together with the ARCE project team we got a great deal accomplished this season in preparing the site to open to visitors. Most of…

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W8 bricks

Our last week of excavation

Our last day of excavation was February 28, but we still have work to do. Since we are leaving Luxor next week, this will be…

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Julia

Old projects, new projects

Jaap’s wife, Egyptologist Julia Harvey, arrived on February 15, completing this season’s small team. Julia has agreed to take on the pottery, with which she…

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Raw/Cooked: Marela Zacarias

What was that about the WPA?

For her Raw/Cooked exhibition, Supple Beat, Marela Zacarias has installed in the Museum’s lobby and Great Hall four site specific works, each based on one…

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Ramesses III sphinxes

Our first week

According to the late French scholar, Agnes Cabrol, these 3 badly damaged sphinxes sitting east of Chapel D date stylistically to the reign of Ramesses…

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Theban cliffs

Back at Mut – How things have changed!

Our first day at the site this year was February 6, so most of this first posting will be about how the site has changed…

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Connecting Cultures

Armed with Input

As you may recall, we kicked-off a visitor study about Connecting Cultures back in May with an updated approach based on a bit of trial-and-error…

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Hoffman, Martinique Woman

Out of Africa, 1926: Malvina Hoffman and a Senegalese Soldier

In his newly opened installation Rumination, Raw/Cooked artist Duron Jackson has included Senegalese Soldier(28.385), a remarkable work by the early-twentieth-century sculptor Malvina Hoffman. Placed in…

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Yoko Ono's Wish Tree

Yoko Ono’s Wish Tree

Since the 1990s, Yoko Ono has created her work Wish Tree in locations all over world.   In honor of Ono’s acceptance of the Brooklyn Museum’s…

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Othoniel’s Sculptures and Glass from the Islamic World

Jean-Michel Othoniel: My Way just closed here in Brooklyn a few days ago, but The Secret Happy End (2008) is still on view in the…

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Yeon Ji Yoo

Join us in Celebrating GO

It’s hard to believe we are here after dozens of artist and voter meetups throughout the summer; an exhilarating open studio weekend that resulted in…

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Curators taking a look at the work of Naomi Safran-Hon during the installation of GO in the Brooklyn Museum mezzanine gallery.

Making Choices to Create an Exhibition

Once we had our group of the ten most nominated artists, Eugenie and I set out on our part of the collaboration. We visited the…

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GO installation

Creating a Framework to Collaborate with the Public

You have been following us from the 1708 studios to 9,457 nominations to 10 nominees to the 5 featured artists. Let’s take a look at…

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Going Gangnam Style in Support of Ai Weiwei

In late October, acclaimed artist Ai Weiwei and friends performed a parody of the “Gangnam Style” video by the South Korean rapper PSY. The video,…

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Henri Bendel Window Display

Candy Garments at Bendel’s Holiday Windows

If you want to see a fun window display go over to the Henri Bendel at 721 Fifth Avenue at 56th Street. Their designers used…

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featured artists

Our GO Featured Artists

Since our announcement of our top ten nominated artists in late September, Eugenie Tsai (John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art) and I have visited their…

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Charles Grignion. Canvassing for Votes, from "Four Prints of an Election," 1757. Engraving Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Samuel E. Haslett, 22.1890 Image: overall, 22.1890_bw.jpg. Photo Indianapolis Museum of Art.

William Hogarth’s Election series

After more than a year of partisanship, pundits, and polls, as well as a seemingly never-ending stream of gaffes, accusations, and distortions, Election Day has…

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Respite from Hurricane Sandy

As we all pulled ourselves together after the storm, those of us who managed to make it to the Museum yesterday were delighted to discover…

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Double Cosmetic Tube

Looking at Glass

Jean-Michel Othoniel has noted that he is fascinated and inspired by fragile glass objects that have survived for centuries, imbued with the unknown histories and…

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Kicking Off a New Season with Some Changes

We’re kicking off our new season of Target First Saturday next week.  We have been working on an exciting lineup of programs for months, and…

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GO Nominated Artists

Your Ten Nominated Artists

After approximately 147,000 studio visits to 1,708 artists, and then 9,457 nominations, we have our top ten nominated artists. In alphabetical order: Aleksander Betko, Cobble…

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Mickalene Thomas (American, born 1971). A Little Taste Outside of Love, 2007

What is hands-on art history?

This fall, for the first time since the program began, Gallery/Studio is going to offer a class in art history… sort of. We refer to…

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Heat Map

Moving Toward an Exhibition with 9,457 Nominations

As you saw in Shelley’s previous post, we were thrilled about the level of participation over the open studio weekend. At the same time, we…

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Open Studio Weekend Visitation Statistics

As the nomination phase of GO continues this week, now is a good time to review the weekend and share some statistics about weekend visitation…

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Brooklyn Museum staff will be out seeing as many studios as possible during the open studio weekend.

GO See Art in Brooklyn This Weekend!

Our borough-wide open studio weekend is finally just days away! On September 8th and 9th, more than 1800 artists across 46 neighborhoods in Brooklyn will…

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Getting Beyond the Like Button

The open studio weekend is just 16 days away and as we get closer, it’s worth taking a look at some of the participatory design choices we’ve…

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Red Hook Houses and GO Open Studios

Partnering with NYCHA for GO

GO is a project that’s rooted in community, but “community” is one of those words that can have a lot of different meanings. As Sharon…

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Participants discuss work at a recent open studio event in Brooklyn.

The Open Studio Model

As we’ve noted in our posts, the inspiration for GO came from two primary sources: ArtPrize and the long and burgeoning tradition of open studio…

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ArtPrize in 2010

Learning from ArtPrize

As we continue to move forward throughout the summer, it seems fitting to talk about the inspiration behind GO.  I’ve already mentioned that the Brooklyn…

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Bark painting in Connecting Cultures. Bamboo, palm spathes, paint. X579.

Resurrected Abelam Bark Painting Returned to View

When you look up at the large, towering Abelam bark painting in our exhibition Connecting Cultures, you wouldn’t guess that it had been bedridden for…

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Survey table sign inviting participation.

Inquiring Minds… Learn As They Go

You may recall my previous post, which introduced our two-part visitor study about the Connecting Cultures installation. Well, we are a little better than half-way…

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Map showing the 1861 registered artists registered to open their doors for GO.

1861 Artists Will Open Their Studio Doors Sept 8-9

When Sharon and I first started discussing the project that would become GO, one of our sources of inspiration was a map that the Brooklyn…

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Why Artist Registration for GO Continues to Surprise Me

As Sharon mentioned in her post yesterday, we continue to get a lot of questions and wanted to answer a few of them prior to…

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Why I Hope Artists Will Participate in GO

I have received a wide range of questions about GO from artists. Some of the more skeptical ones have included “So, it’s a contest?” and…

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Connecting Cultures Installation View

Exhibiting Architecture in a Salon

Yesterday conservator Kerith Koss introduced readers to a late 16th- or early 17th-century Ottoman tile panel (39.407.1-.54), is currently on view in Connecting Cultures: A…

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After Treatment, Panel of Tiles

Connecting with Conservation

If you’ve been through Connecting Cultures, you’ve probably wondered at the number of diverse objects.  You may not be aware, however, of the planning and…

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Mummy Mask of a Man Consisting of the Face Only

A New Addition from our Old Collection

Every museum strives to enrich its collection even further, but acquiring new objects is not always possible. Luckily, our storerooms have much to offer and…

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Team GO

Going Local with a Distributed Network

You’ve probably heard that if Brooklyn were its own city, we’d be the fourth largest in the United States. With a land mass of 73…

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Open Studio Weekend September 8-9, 2012

Calling All Brooklyn Artists!

When Shelley and I first started brainstorming the ideas that have now become GO, we were thinking about how to build upon some of the…

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Connecting Cultures

Inquiring Minds

Over the summer months you may notice an increased number of staff stationed in the museum lobby. One of these staff members may approach you,…

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Francisco Oller

Paris and Puerto Rico Unite in Brooklyn Acquisition

On June 6th, our recently acquired painting by Francisco Oller (1833-1917), the most important Puerto Rican artist of the nineteenth century, will go on view…

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GO: a community-curated open studio project

Let’s GO

Over the years many people have asked me if we’d do Click! again and my general response has been to say that we wouldn’t do a…

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07.447.501

Meet Another Charming Lady

All of us were a little sad to see “Bird Lady” go, even if it is only for a brief period of time, but we…

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Santi Moix

Santi Moix

Perched high on a lift in the fourth floor contemporary galleries, Brooklyn-based artist Santi Moix is drawing directly on the wall with charcoal to create…

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Smartglass case

Advances in Exhibition Casework

In my last post, I discussed the wall murals and the state-of-the-art photo enlargements in Connecting Cultures. Today, I’d like to talk about a few…

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Sanson Atlas Table of Contents

Connecting Cultures Through Books!

The presence of three books in the new Connecting Cultures installation  gives me a welcome opportunity to talk about these key works that are in the…

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Sunset from the Brooklyn Museum roof.

A Sunset for 1stfans

It’s been roughly three and half years since Will Cary and I started the 1stfans Membership program at the Museum; come July, the program will…

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Where is our Bird Lady?

Many of you may be wondering where our beloved Female Figurine, nicknamed the “Bird Lady” is. One of the stars of our Egyptian collection, she…

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Egyptian Eye

The Big Picture(s)

As Kevin mentioned in his last post, Connecting Cultures is presented in thematic sections: Places, People, and Things, in addition to an Introductory Center. Since…

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Arnold Lehman at the Connecting Cultures Desk

Say Hello

Yesterday, Arnold Lehman, our Director, initiated a new initiative that coincides with the opening of the installation Connecting Cultures: A World in Brooklyn. He was…

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Senwosret III

Vetting Wikipedia for WikiLink

In Shelley’s previous post, she announced the installation of QR codes installed in exhibitions that lead visitors to Wikipedia articles for further information. These QR…

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WikiLink

WikiLink (QR Redux)

You may remember my blog post a while back, QR in the New Year?  In it, I talked about our QR code testing and reported…

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Nick Cave's Soundsuit, 2008

Shifting the Paradigm in Connecting Cultures

Connecting Cultures, a new installation that includes works from the Brooklyn Museum’s many diverse collections, has now opened on the first floor in the Great…

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Keith Haring Journal

Doodling as Communication

One of my favorite discoveries since Keith Haring: 1978-1982 opened is how much Haring thought. Journals dating back as far as his middle school years…

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Brooklyn Museum Shop

Shop ’til you drop and follow us on Pinterest!

If you’ve visited us sometime over the last year, you probably noticed a lot of construction activity that is part of a multiphase transformation of…

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Brooklyn Museum in Google Art Project

Google Art Project Deux

Starting today, you can find the Brooklyn Museum in Google Art Project. I’m here in Paris at the launch for the second phase where more…

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Mary Lucier

Playing House: Working with Artists

In the exhibition Playing House four artists, Betty Woodman, Ann Chu, Ann Agee and Mary Lucier, install their own artwork into and around several period rooms…

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Portraits of a People

A Recent Donation from Camille and Luther Clark

The Brooklyn Museum Library collection has recently been enriched with the donation of several rare items of African American art given by Camille and Luther…

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Self-Portrait with Rita by Thomas Hart Benton

Ready-to-Wear: An Eye on 20s Fashion

First impressions of the exhibition Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties might suggest that the only important article of clothing during the Jazz Age…

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What’s Behind the Green Doors?

On the first floor of the Museum, if you look to your left while waiting for the double elevators, you will notice two wide green…

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