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All of these PDFs feature at least one artwork from our collection or a special exhibition, and include high-resolution color images, background information, questions for viewing, and activity ideas. Learn more about our collection with our database, featuring a search function that indicates artworks currently on view and their locations. Share your teaching stories with us! If you use these materials, let us know.

Contemporary (2000–present)

Photography/Film/Video

Agitprop!

Disguise: Masks and Global African Art

Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence

Ai Weiwei: According to What?

Question Bridge: Black Males

HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture

Jesper Just: Romantic Delusions

Painting/Drawing/Printmaking

Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008

Kehinde Wiley, “Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps” Collection Highlight

Hernan Bas: Works from the Rubell Family Collection

© MURAKAMI

Burning Down the House: Building a Feminist Art Collection

Tigers of Wrath: Watercolors by Walton Ford (Grades K–5)

Tigers of Wrath: Watercolors by Walton Ford (Middle and High School)

Decorative Arts/Textiles

Judith Scott—Bound and Unbound

Tipi: Heritage of the Great Plains

Mixed Media/Installation/Sculpture

Disguise: Masks and Global African Art

Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence

Judith Scott—Bound and Unbound

Ai Weiwei: According to What?

Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey

Valerie Hegarty: Alternative Histories

Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui

Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe

Sanford Biggers: Sweet Funk—An Introspective

Sun K. Kwak: Enfolding 280 Hours

Lorna Simpson: Gathered

Kiki Smith: Sojourn

The Eye of the Artist: The Work of Devorah Sperber

Ron Mueck

Fred Tomaselli

Yinka Shonibare MBE

20th Century (1900–1999)

Photography/Film/Video

Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present

Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera

Painting/Drawing/Printmaking

Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks

John Singer Sargent Watercolors

Fine Lines: American Drawings from the Brooklyn Museum

Joseph Stella, “The Virgin” Collection Highlight

Andy Warhol: The Last Decade

Gora Mbengue, “Al-Buraq” Collection Highlight (currently on view)

HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture

Keith Haring: 1978–1982

Thomas Hart Benton, “Louisiana Rice Fields” Collection Highlight

Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties

Mixed Media/Installation/Sculpture

Disguise: Masks and Global African Art

Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks

Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties

The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago Long-term installation (currently on view)

Joe Overstreet, “Power Flight” Collection Highlight

Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958–1968

Materializing “Six Years”: Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art

HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture

19th Century (1800–1899)

Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and His Transatlantic World

Disguise: Masks and Global African Art

Francis Guy, “Winter Scene in Brooklyn” Collection Highlight (currently on view)

Prince Yahya Collection Highlight

“Workt by Hand”: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts

Unidentified Kongo artist, “Power Figure” Collection Highlight (currently on view)

Gustave Caillebotte: Impressionist Paintings from Paris to the Sea

American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection

James Tissot: “The Life of Christ”

Healing the Wounds of War: The Brooklyn Sanitary Fair of 1864

Ancient to 18th Century (5000 B.C.E. –1799 C.E. )

Disguise: Masks and Global African Art

“From Spanish and Indian, Mestizo,” Mexico, early 18th century Collection Highlight

Huastec artist, “Life-Death Figure” Collection Highlight (currently on view)

“Wine Jar with Fish and Aquatic Plants,” China, early 14th century Collection Highlight

To Live Forever: Art and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt

Unknown Roman artist, “Mosaic of Lion” Collection Highlight

Unearthing the Truth: Egypt’s Pagan and Coptic Sculpture

“Nefertiti,” Egypt, Amarna Period Collection Highlight (currently on view)

The Fertile Goddess

Pharaohs, Queens, and Goddesses