A little #bluesday inspiration from #BKMAmericanart: There were no art schools in colonial New England in the 1760s-1770s. Instead, many artists learned to paint by copying prints of English art; they would borrow poses, clothing, and accessories for their own portraits of American clients. Mrs. Mumford may not have actually owned this blue gown and string of pearls, since similar details appear in other portraits that Johnston painted. They convey her desire to be portrayed as affluent and cosmopolitan. #infinitebluebkm ⠀
#5WOMENARTISTS: #GracielaIturbide is one of the best-known Mexican photographers of the last four decades. In a documentary style notable for its humanistic grace, her breakthrough photo-essay, Juchitán of the Women (1979–86), focuses on the indigenous Zapotec people in the town of Juchitán, in southeastern Mexico. Women dominate all aspects of social life in the community, from the economy to religious rituals. “Our Lady of the Iguanas,” shows the power and dignity of a Zapotec woman, who carries on her head live iguanas that form an elaborate crown. Iturbide is included in #radicalwomenbkm, which opens Apr 13.⠀
“May I be bolder than today, now the trees are almost green.” While Brooklyn is thawing out, Bowie's searching for a little green this #StPatricksDay. He was no stranger to Irish culture, having toured the country multiple times from 1987 onwards. Ireland has returned the affection in recent years by staging an annual Dublin Bowie Festival to commemorate his music, art, and influence. #bowiecity#davidbowieisbkm⠀
Cutout Image: David Bowie, 1973. Photograph by Masayoshi Sukita. Sukita/The David Bowie Archive. Photos: @BrooklynMuseum / @thebrookelynway⠀
Get ready! Less than one month until the opening of Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985, the first exhibition that explores the groundbreaking contributions to the contemporary art of Latin American and Latina women artists. Presenting more than 120 artists from 15 countries, the Brooklyn presentation will also feature Nuyorican portraits by photographer Sophie Rivera, as well as work from Chicana graphic arts pioneer Ester Hernandez, Cuban filmmaker Sara Gómez, and Afro-Latina activist and artist Marta Moreno Vega. #radicalwomenbkm ¡Prepárate! Estamos a menos de un mes hasta la apertura de Mujeres radicales: arte latinoamericano, 1960-1985, la primera exposición que explora las contribuciones innovadoras al arte contemporáneo de las mujeres latinoamericanas y latinas artistas. Presentando a más de 120 artistas de 15 países, la presentación de Brooklyn mostrarán imágenes Nuyorican por la fotógrafa Sophie Rivera, el trabajo de chicana pionera de artes gráficas Ester Hernández, películas por la cineasta cubana Sara Gómez, y obras de activista afro-Latina y artista Marta Moreno Vega. #mujeresradicales
"It seems nearly impossible to be a human being not impacted by the presence and energy of David Bowie. One of history’s few icons, he is a true legend and continues to inspire. It is impossible to ignore Bowie’s contributions to music, fashion, and culture. The ever-growing legacy of David Bowie will continue to inspire for generations to come.” — @olivialocher Have you created art inspired by David Bowie? Share it with us tagging @brooklynmuseum and #DavidBowieisBKM for a chance to be featured on our feed for #FanArtFriday.
Norigae are tassel-like pendants traditionally worn by Korean women, who attach them to their jeogori, a garment worn on the upper body. This norigae is composed of several charms with symbol meanings: the miniature sword wards off evil, the gourd-shaped vase represents joy and plenty, and the smaller pendant element is a noisemaker that protects the wearer from harm—similar to the way windchimes scare off birds in a field. #artsofkorea#한국미술⠀
Our season of salsa continues this Thursday with another #SalsaParty! Warm up with our hottest of hosts @balmirdance! This program is free all night (6-9:30pm), thanks to a partnership with Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
Fearlessly tackling sexism and racism in the arts since their founding in 1985, the iconic feminist #GuerrillaGirls collective has long been at the frontlines of conversations on oppression and exclusion. Brooklyn Museum recently acquired over 50 Guerrilla Girls posters, and remains committed to celebrating and honoring the work of artists whose practice is dedicated to social justice issues and equality. #womenshistorymonth⠀
Here’s a little #BLUESDAY inspiration from @slevijones, currently on view in Infinite Blue: #SamuelLeviJones makes assemblage paintings out of dismantled books. He is interested in challenging the assumed authority of institutional texts on history, law, medicine, and higher education, and in what he calls the “information that is selectively left out.” Composed of several medical books deconstructed by the artist, Blue Pill makes a poignant, tongue-in-cheek reference to a famous scene from the popular film The Matrix: the protagonist must choose between a red pill, granting knowledge, truth—and adversity; or a blue pill, for continued ignorance, illusion—and security. In reading history, Jones suggests we have the same choice. #infinitebluebkm
Rodin used the features of his assistant and lover, the sculptor Camille Claudel, for this allegorical personification of France despite the fact that their relationship had ended at least ten years earlier. A gifted sculptor in her own right, Claudel met Rodin during the early 1880s, while he was working on The Gates of Hell. She assisted him with this and other projects, and her features and body can be recognized in many of his sculptures. #rodin100 ⠀
#LourdesGrobet is a Mexican photographer whose best-known work is her extensive body of photographs documenting lucha libre wrestlers over multiple decades. In her series “Paisajes Pintados” (Painted Landscapes), Grobet documents her performative interventions which demarcate cacti, rocks, and patches of ground from the surrounding environment. Grobet is included in #RadicalWomenBKM, which opens April 13. #5WomenArtists ⠀