These images of menace retain a uniquely human empathy. Goya’s Spaniards huddle under blankets on a tree branch, likely representing the artist’s fear of King Ferdinand VII’s renewed conservatism, having abolished Spain’s first liberal Constitution in 1814. Similarly teetering between hope and despair, the iconic still from Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin shows a mother clutching her son, defiant against the Cossack officers and their civilian massacre. Longo’s destroyed Assyrian sculpture refers to an attack of cultural vandalism, but nonetheless offers a poignant personal detail in the top left—a figure in their house slippers. #proofbkm
Hello, Salem! Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern opens today @peabodyessex and will be on view until April 1. Showcasing O’Keeffe’s remarkable wardrobe in dialogue with selected paintings and photographs spanning her career, this must-see exhibition offers a new look at the iconic artist. If you have a friend in Salem who you think will enjoy this show, tag them and tell them to check it out. #bkmtours#okeeffemodern#pemokeeffe
Rodin found inspiration in ancient sculptures and, like the Romantic generation before him, he saw such works as rich metaphors for a vanished past and the ravages of time. He said, “In my studio I have fragments of gods for my everyday delight; they are the blessing upon my spiritual life, and every day I stand in ardent admiration before their joyous divine sensuality.” These antique fragments, drawn from the Brooklyn Museum’s permanent collection, are similar to those Rodin collected and are on view now in Rodin at the Brooklyn Museum: The Body in Bronze. #rodin100
Looking for unique ways to spend the winter break with your family? Bring the kids (ages 3+) to Brooklyn Museum where they can become a Junior Egyptologist, exploring ancient animal mummies in #SoulfulCreatures and discovering other ancient treasures through a fun and enlightening scavenger hunt. Purchase your ticket in advance at link in bio or ask at our Admissions Desk for the Animal Mummies Family Package Ticket.
"A construction worker named Jibreel stands atop the highest minaret, one of the six towers used to call Muslims to prayer at the Grand Mosque, during its expansion. The developments throughout Mecca are immense, their ambitions signaled by a frenetic mass of cranes and bulldozers. The landscape of the holy city teems with skyscrapers; cranes and artificial lights clutter the skyline. Even the Ka‘aba is encroached upon, jostled among buildings that vie for space as the Mecca Royal Clock Tower, with its colossal crescent moon, rises above all." —#AhmedMater#أحمدماطر⠀
Anna van Schurman was an artist, theologian, and supporter of women’s education in the Netherlands in the 17th century. Her runner in The Dinner Party highlights her pioneering role in women’s education, her name stitched in gold with fertile core imagery inside the “A.” Simultaneously, the runner showcases Dutch embroidery samples of the era. These samplers emphasized traditional female virtues and forms of conditioning, like docility, as they taught young women, in Chicago’s words, to “think small, to deal with tedious tasks.” #dinnerpartyroots⠀
This portrait depicts the man who served as Korean prime minister in 1772. He wears a samo, the black silk hat of a high-ranking court official, with its wing-like protrusions of woven horsehair. The artist has captured the pattern created when two layers of fine mesh overlap. Unlike the wide-brimmed hat worn by all members of the upper classes, the samo was reserved for the most important courtiers. #artsofkorea#한국미술 ⠀
#HappyHanukkah! The festival of lights commemorates an event in the 2nd century CE, when a small group of Jews led by Judah the Maccabee rose against the ruling Syrian-Greek army and reclaimed the Holy Temple of Jerusalem. The eight-day celebration is observed with a nightly menorah (ritual candelabra) lighting, games, and fried food like latkes and jelly doughnuts called sufganiyot. Chag Sameach!
The Brooklyn Museum’s collection includes a rare “trial proof” set of #FranciscoGoya’s Los Caprichos print series, the famed indictment of the superstition and corruption of late 18th-century Spanish society; thirteen are currently on view in #proofbkm. Early impressions made before the first published edition, these prints showcase extraordinarily clarity and velvety tone. These particular examples were handled by Goya himself, as certain elements were later changed in the final version. His masterful handling of the technique comes through in dramatic contrasts between light and dark and many varied surface textures, hiding subtle details in the myriad shades of grey. #proofbkm⠀
A little #bluesday inspiration from #bkmegyptianart: Egyptians described their gods as having gold skin and hair of lapis lazuli. Occasionally, Egyptian gods also appear with blue skin, its color pointing to their celestial nature. As a deity closely associated with the moon, the ibis-headed god Thoth on this Funerary Stela was at times represented with blue skin. #infinitebluebkm
Alright London! The group of drawings from #IggyPopLifeClass by @jeremydeller can be seen in #FromLife@royalacademyarts now through March 11. These life drawings depicting the iconic Iggy Pop will be a central feature of a larger exhibition that explores the historic role of life drawing. If you have a friend in London who you think will enjoy these works, tag them below and tell them to check it out! #bkmtours
Raise your hand if you've already had enough of this cold. Winter may be rolling in but we got just the program to keep you warm. #SalsaParty returns this week, kicking off another hot season. Join us this Thursday and dance the night away with Brooklyn’s best Latin dance teams. Free with Museum admission. ⠀
Photo of @balmirdance by @kolinmendezphoto