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Brainerd Photographs

DATES October 11, 1940 through November 03, 1940
COLLECTIONS Photography
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  • October 11, 1940 A third showing of photographic prints from the collection of over 2,500 negatives made by George B. Brainard of Brooklyn, between 1870 and 1880, and now in possession of the Brooklyn Museum, goes on public view October 11 to run just over three weeks. In addition to Brooklyn views, which include two sections, Prospect Park and Coney Island, there are sections of views from Long Island, Staten Island, Albany and Troy, and two prints from New Jersey.

    A new feature inaugurated this time is a frame of six unidentified scenes. The public is asked to pick out the subject, if possible. The first person appearing at the Museum and making satisfactory identification will receive a print from the negative as a reward. Although Brainard was meticulous about putting the label on the envelope in which the negative was kept, the fortunes of the collection have been such that some of the envelopes have gone to pieces, thus leaving some gaps in the Museum’s information. As more unidentified prints appear from time to time, a similar practice will be followed.

    These exhibitions are a part of the work which is constantly going on of making prints of the 2,500 negatives to discover their subject matter in positive form. This collection is one that was brought to light when a house on Gates Avenue was emptied several years ago, and the negatives were deposited with the Brooklyn Museum.

    Brainard was a resident of Brooklyn, and began working as an amateur photographer in 1858, at the age of thirteen. In 1878 he was a Deputy Water Purveyor. He spent a great deal of time in the 1870’s photographing scenes in Long Island, Staten Island, Manhattan, Bronx, up-state New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Philadelphia and Delaware.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1939 - 1941. 10-12/1940, 173.
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  • October 11, 1940 BROOKLYN
    Brooklyn - From Bridge Tower
    #1425, 1428, 1431

    Brooklyn Bridge
    #1784

    Erie Basin
    #1794, 1799

    West Brighton
    #276

    View of Brooklyn
    #1424

    Washington Street
    #1767

    Adelphi Academy
    #1309

    Public School #3
    #1332

    Ice on Logs at Hunt’s Dock
    #1310

    Church of the Redeemer
    #1603

    The Dump
    #1391

    Morris House
    #1314

    City Hall
    #1303

    Painter on Brooklyn Bridge
    #1803

    Public School #15
    #248

    Christmas Letter Carrier
    #1592

    Building Brooklyn Bridge
    #1614

    Brighton Beach
    #1609

    Pipe Yard, Gowanus
    #1334

    Storage Reservoir from the Dam
    #1337

    Pipe Yard, Gowanus Bay
    #719

    Up the Trout Brook, New Lots
    #838

    Football - Fort Greene
    #1790

    Photograph of a Painting of Brooklyn
    #1435

    Washington’s Headquarters
    #1312

    City Hall Park from Window
    #711

    Down the Meadow Lane, New Lots
    #831

    Fort Greene Park
    #1743

    Ice on Hunt’s Dock
    #1313

    Sleigh at 3rd Avenue
    #1812

    Fort Greene Park
    #1827

    De La Paine House
    #1306

    Geese on Fourth Avenue
    #1792

    Rag Picker
    #1599

    Underhill Avenue
    #1347

    Coal Shoveler
    #1810

    Street Tinware Man
    #1824

    Hogs at Dump
    #1616

    Ducks in Gutter
    #2191

    Candy Man
    #1736

    Bay Ridge
    #728, 724, 702, 723

    Distant View - Fort Hamilton
    #832

    Flatbush, from Reservoir
    #1597

    Building Group in Flatbush
    #387

    L. A. Wilbour House - Flatbush
    #383

    Entrance to Flatbush
    #177

    Railroad Station, Flatbush
    #709

    Storey’s Wife’s Father’s House
    #639

    The Wyckoff House - Flatbush
    #1315

    Dutch Reformed Church - Flatbush
    #386

    Cortelyou House - Flatbush
    #713

    Methodist Church – Flatbush
    #417

    Group of Houses and Street
    #421

    Lott’s Mill - Flatbush
    Photograph of sketch by W.H. Story
    #179

    Johnny Smith’s Boat House
    #2178

    Repaving Clinton Street
    #1796

    Buffalo Bill
    #2202

    Clinton Street, Brooklyn
    #1793

    Montague Street - Bridge
    #1763

    Soap Fat Man
    #1604

    Repairing Clinton Street
    #1788

    Packard House, Remsen Street
    #1744

    LONG ISLAND
    Conelquot River at Club House
    # 581

    Club House
    #560

    Life Boat - Amagansett
    #1621

    Ely’s Artesian Well (?)
    #1622

    From Hill - Flanders, L.I.
    #577

    Distant View of Blue Point, L.I.
    #615

    Creek at Ashmonague, L.I.
    #600

    Beach at Ashmonague, L. I.
    #984

    Station at Babylon
    #608

    Meeting House Creek - Aquebogue
    #500

    Belle Pago, L.I.
    #613

    Sandbank of Belle Pago Brick Yard
    #610

    Cider and Sorghum Mill - Aquebogue
    #501

    Congregational Church, Aquebogue
    #499

    Club House - Long Island
    #582

    Station at Club House - L.I.
    #578

    Church - Amagansett
    #1620

    Claybeds of Belle Pago Brick Yard
    #611

    STATEN ISLAND
    New Brighton, Staten Island
    #1566, 1567

    North Shore, Staten Island
    #1560, 1559

    Elm Park, North Shore
    #1564

    Staten Island
    #1561

    Elm Park, Staten Island
    #1568

    PROSPECT PARK
    Lake at Prospect Park
    #1747, 1758

    Prospect Park
    #1589, 729, 1538

    A Breakdown
    #2238

    Snow Scene - Prospect Park
    #267, 708, 1000, 1430, 270

    Sheep - Prospect Park
    #1542

    Deer - Prospect Park
    #1821

    Bridge Prospect Park
    #1050

    Mt. Prospect Engine
    #1362

    Storage Reservoir, Gate Chamber
    #1335

    Prospect Park, View from Mountain
    #1539

    Prospect Hill Residence
    #1474

    Skating - Prospect Park
    #1765

    Payne's Bust - Prospect Park
    #715

    Gate House, Prospect Hill Reservoir
    #1544

    Prospect Hill Reservoir
    #1540

    View from Prospect Hill Reservoir
    #1541

    Tablet at Prospect Hill Reservoir
    #1546

    CONEY ISLAND
    Coney Island
    #1135, 714, 1127, 2136

    Beach - Coney Island
    #275, 2119, 2116

    Coney Island Railroad Station
    #277

    Wreck on Beach - Coney Island
    November 3, 1874
    #706

    Steamboat Landing - Coney Island
    #701

    One-Legged Athlete at Coney Island
    #2111

    Coney Island from Little Pier
    #271

    Coney Island Brighton Beach Railroad Station
    #389

    North View of Coney Island
    #2127

    Coney Island East from Iron Pier
    #274

    Swings at Coney Island
    #2114

    Little Wader at Coney Island
    #2117

    Entrance to Iron Pier - Coney Island
    #2113

    ALBANY & TROY
    Mastadon - Albany, N.Y.
    #955

    River at Albany, N.Y.
    #1142

    Albany, New York
    #1134, 1140

    Second Street, Troy, New York
    #1574

    River & Grand Division, Troy, N.Y.
    #1578

    Holy Cross Church, Troy, N.Y.
    #1572

    One River Street, Troy, N.Y.
    #1576

    At the Bridge - Troy, New York
    #1581

    NEW JERSEY
    View near Communipow, New Jersey
    #1517

    Children at Bridge
    #1737

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1939 - 1941. 10-12/1940, 174-6.
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  • October 19, 1940 The Brooklyn Museum’s plans for the greater part of the 1940-41 season and the first part of the 1941-42 season have just been announced.

    The principal exhibitions of the year begin with “Art Finds a Way,” a graphic comment on the subject of skilled work, about which there is so much discussion today, and will demonstrate the great skills man has developed through the years in producing useful objects that have become recognized as objects of art. This exhibition, arranged under the direction of Dr. Herbert J. Spinden, Curator of the Department of American Indian Art and Primitive Cultures, will be made up principally from the Museum’s collections augmented by several loans. It will run from November 1 through January 2.

    Also opening in November is an exhibition of Children’s Clothing, showing the development for the last 125 years and the emergence from slavish copying of adult costume into special designs for the younger generation. Materials for this exhibition will also come principally from the Museum’s collection, enhanced by a few loans. This show is being arranged by Mrs. Michelle Murphy, Supervisor of the Department of Education, and will extend from November 9 through January 12.

    On the 23rd of January, “Paganism and Christianity in Egypt - The Art of Egypt from the First to the Tenth Century,” will open. It will be the first purely Coptic showing arranged in this country. This is being prepared by the Museum’s Department of Egyptology. The exhibition will close on March 9.

    A show for which the Museum is internationally famous, the Biennial Water Color Exhibition, will open on March 27 and close May 11. It will be arranged under the supervision of John I. H. Baur, Curator of the Department of Painting and Sculpture.

    Another exhibition arranged from the Costume collections will be a showing of millinery, past and current, from March 8 through April 20, which will also be arranged by Mrs. Michelle Murphy, Supervisor of the Department of Education.

    The last large exhibition of the season will be made up of art from the printing press, to demonstrate the problems of those who are producing art every day, week and month for the great public, and the process involved in doing so. This exhibition is being arranged by a committee composed of Ralph Halker, architect, George Welp, art director, and Edward A. Wilson, illustrator, together with representatives of the Museum.

    Following the Silk Screen Prints exhibition, arranged by the Print Department, which opened September 20 and will run through October 20, is “The Stage is Set”, running from October 4 through November 17, made up of reproductions of theatre, opera and ballet subjects selected from Library material. As the result of the continual work which is going on in the Photographic Department at the Museum of the printing of negatives from the George B. Brainard Collection of 2,500 views of this part of the country, a third showing of prints will be put on view October 11 and will continue through November 3.

    On the 24th of October the Print Department will hang an exhibition of Current Campaign Cartoons by artists well known in this field, which will continue through December 1. During the same period but opening a day later, October 25, a gift in the form of a group of pressed glass, collected by Mrs. William Greig Walker and presented to the Museum as the result of a subscription fund, will be shown for the first time. The 138 items are all impressed with subjects relating to persons and events that held public interest in the United States, and to some extent in Europe, between 1820 and 1940. The title of the exhibition is “History in Pressed Glass.

    “The Nativity in Art,” made up of reproductions of 15th Century woodcuts and medieval manuscripts, will be put on view November 22 to continue through January 5. This exhibition was arranged by Miss Alice Ford, a member of the Art Reference Library staff. A showing of Recent Accessions will open on December 5 and extend through January 12. In this same period the exhibition called “Forever Young” will be shown. The latter will be composed of illustrations for children’s books, arranged by the Print Department. January 18 through February 2 the annual showing of the work of Brooklyn artists, restricted this year to water colors, will be arranged by John I. H. Baur, Curator of the Department of Painting and Sculpture, and there will be another exhibition in January of other views of Brooklyn and Long Island from the George B. Brainard Collection, from January 9 through February 9.

    For the 1941-42 season the following exhibitions are already planned: Paintings by John Quidor (1801-1881), and also a collection of works by William S. Mount (1807-1868), both arranged by John I. H. Baur, Curator of the Department of Painting and Sculpture; and “Colonial Art of Latin America,” prepared under the supervision of Dr. Herbert J. Spinden, Curator of the Department of American Indian Art and Primitive Cultures.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1939 - 1941. 10-12/1940, 181-3.
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