Cross-posting the Collection to Wikimedia Commons and the Internet Archive

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:  it’s simply not enough to publish assets on our own website—we cannot expect people to come…

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Object of the Month: April 2010: Pair Statue of Nebsen and Nebet-ta

It is pretty timely that this month’s object for discussion is the Pair Statue of Nebsen and Nebet-ta .  I absolutely adore this sculpture because…

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Brooklyn’s Finest: Mary Jane Nee

I recently came across the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s excellent “Meet the MIA” set on Flickr, and I couldn’t help but go through all the…

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Mobile Meetup at Target First Saturday

As I mentioned last week, we’re hosting an informal meetup to celebrate the launch of the mobile website and Gallery Tag!  If you are coming…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for April 2010: Joanie Gagnon San Chirico

After a month of staff tweets (feel free to provide feedback below!), Shelley and I have a great few months of artists tweets lined up…

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Gallery Tag!

As I mentioned yesterday, the creation of a mobile website allows us to grow, so today we are taking advantage of that by introducing a…

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Mobile Web

Today we are releasing a mobile version of our website and are happily following in the footsteps of our colleagues at the Powerhouse Museum and…

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BklynMuse: failing fast, retooling faster = version 2

This year, I had the privilege of speaking at Webstock and one of the things I learned from listening to the other speakers was the…

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Wilbour: One Man’s Obsession with Egypt

It’s a well known fact that the Brooklyn Museum has a great Egyptian collection but did you know that we have one of the best…

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Open for business, but when?

Our role in Visitor Services is to represent the voice and perspective of the visitor and the team I work with is responsible for many…

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Collection Online: Opening the Floodgates

Today, we are going from 12,598 records to more than 94,000 in our collection online and this increase represents a substantial change in the way…

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A token of appreciation…

As part of a monthly program, a couple weeks ago the Development staff of the Brooklyn Museum came together to hear a presentation by Radiah…

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The End of the Season

In this last dig diary for 2010 I want to acknowledge the hard work, skill and patience of some of the most important members of…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for March 2010: Jennifer Bantz

We’re going to try something different for the March edition of the 1stfans Twitter Art Feed. Instead of featuring an artist, we’re going to feature…

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The season’s almost over

The base of this sphinx east of the precinct entrance is made up mainly of re-used blocks dating to Dynasties 25-26. The one under the…

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Egyptian Objects Before Egyptology: Discoveries in the Wilbour Library

My work in the Wilbour Library involves keeping an eye out for books the Library needs, and carrying out archival research into the history of…

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Brooklyn Museum Collection Labs

Today, we are taking a page from Google and releasing a labs environment for our collection online.  Having the collection online for 18 months has…

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It’s Hot!

A general view of the excavation area on Thursday around noon. What you can’t see is how hot it is: 100°F on the site every…

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A new project and a few surprises

To the ancient Egyptians, magic (heqa in ancient Egyptian) was a potent force that could be used by deities and humans to influence the mortal…

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More brick

A view south from the precinct’s north enclosure wall of the whole area where we are now working. At the left are Chapel D and…

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Survey and changes after the first year of 1stfans

Going into our second year of 1stfans, Shelley and I wanted to do a survey to see how members felt about the first year of…

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The First Harvest in the Wilderness

Valerie Hegarty’s evocation of Asher B. Durand’s 1855 painting The First Harvest in the Wilderness in her benefit print for the 1stfans program adds another…

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Live Tweeting Mummy Wrapping and Conservator Q&A Tuesday!

If you were following us on Twitter last June, you probably remember us live tweeting as a group of mummies were taken to North Shore…

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The Week of the Brick

Tracing mud brick takes skill, patience and lots of scraping and brushing. It is paying off for Ayman and his team, though. By Tuesday, they…

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1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for February 2010: Man Bartlett

February’s 1stfans Twitter Art Feed artist is Brooklyn’s own Man Bartlett. Man’s work includes drawings (mostly of circles), paintings, sculpture, and, as those on twitter…

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Patricia Cronin and Harriet Hosmer Meet Across Generations

In the Herstory Gallery, Patricia Cronin’s luminous watercolors series has captivated many visitors since the exhibition opened last June. This is the last weekend to…

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We’re up and running

   On Sunday, Abdel Aziz began looking for more of the mud brick found last week. He had no luck, as the northern part had…

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Teaming up with 20×200 and Valerie Hegarty for 1stfans

I grow more convinced every day that unique partnerships and creative incentives are the key to acquiring and retaining members. With 1stfans, Shelley and I…

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Highlights from the Pacific Islands Collection on the Web

In the spirit of recent discussions about making our collection more available to view online, I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight a small…

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The Start of Another Season

The Brooklyn Museum Mut Expedition’s 2010  season of fieldwork is just getting underway. Once again we will be posting a blog each Friday describing the…

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Working Guidelines for the Copyright Project

“Any analysis of ownership and duration must be performed on a case-by-case basis for each work.” Copyright & Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for Digitization for U.S….

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Little Images, Big Art

Some of you may have noticed how, over time, some of the small images on our site—the ones with the “Why is this image so…

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Copyright is complicated

Copyright is complicated. What’s protected? What’s not? And it’s even more complicated for art, where the work may not be dated and there are questions…

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Doing the Right Thing

Did you know that today is the first annual World’s Fair Use Day? We’ve been toiling over an ongoing project to better identify the rights…

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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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