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Make Your Vote Count

The upcoming election on November 3 marks a critical moment for voters to impact the nation’s future. This fall, we're encouraging those eligible to get informed and vote, and offering public programs throughout the month of October to bring us all together in strengthening democracy.

What We’re Doing

OUR FLAG by Ed Ruscha: On view in our Robert A. and Martha S. Rubin Pavilion this fall, OUR FLAG (2017) by Ed Ruscha presents a windswept, torn, and threadbare American flag that invokes the precarious nature of democracy. As the artist explains, “any flag that flies for 250 years is bound to get a little ragged and tattered, especially if we help it along.” Ruscha grew up in Nebraska and Oklahoma before moving to California in the 1950s. His slickly painted images of gas stations, storefronts, logos, and singular words contributed to the rise of Pop art on the West Coast. OUR FLAG departs from his typically detached and hard-edged style, aligning more closely with a lineage of U.S.-born artists—from Jasper Johns and Faith Ringgold to Fritz Scholder and David Hammons—who have reinterpreted the American flag and questioned its presumed promises of liberty, justice, and equality.

Public Programs: We’re hosting public programs on democracy and civic engagement to keep you informed and restored ahead of the election. Learn more about our offerings.

Plan Your Vote: Your vote is your voice. Act today with Plan Your Vote, an artist-led initiative that empowers citizens to exercise their right to vote. Use their resources to find your polling location, check your absentee ballot status, or set a reminder to vote.

Voting at the Brooklyn Museum: We’re proud to once again serve as a polling site. If the Brooklyn Museum is your polling location, please find our early voting and Election Day hours below. For all other New Yorkers, locate your polling site at findmypollsite.vote.nyc.

Early voting hours, October 24–November 1, 2020: 

  • Saturday, October 24, 10 am–4 pm
  • Sunday, October 25, 10 am–4 pm
  • Monday, October 26, 7 am–3 pm
  • Tuesday, October 27, 12–8 pm
  • Wednesday, October 28, 12–8 pm
  • Thursday, October 29, 10 am–6 pm

The Commissioners have voted to increase the hours for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday:

  • Friday, October 30, is now 7 am–5 pm
  • Saturday, October 31, is now 7 am–5 pm
  • Sunday, November 1, is now 7 am–4 pm

Election Day hours: Tuesday, November 3, 6 am–9 pm

 

Photo: Installation view, Ed Ruscha (American, born 1937). OUR FLAG, 2017. Brooklyn Museum, September 30–December 13, 2020. (Photo: Jonathan Dorado)