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The Brooklyn Museum is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the country. Its world-renowned permanent collections range from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, and represent a wide range of cultures. Our mission is to create inspiring encounters with art that expand the ways we see ourselves, the world and its possibilities.

When Congressman John Lewis spoke at the Brooklyn Museum in 2014, he repeated his oft-spoken adage about the importance ...
07/21/2020
In Conversation: Civil Rights

When Congressman John Lewis spoke at the Brooklyn Museum in 2014, he repeated his oft-spoken adage about the importance of arts and culture throughout history: “I’ve said on many occasions: without music, the Civil Rights movement would be like a bird without wings.”

Honor the intrepid activist’s life by revisiting his conversation with Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammed about the Civil Rights Movement, the power of culture, and the future of protest.

This program was originally presented as a part of the exhibition Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties.

How does history animate and empower the social movements changing the world today? Civil rights leader and congressman John Lewis and Dr. Khalil Gibran Muha...

This Mini Art Lesson honors Native American history and culture through the work of the Kwakwaka'wakw, the Indigenous pe...
07/21/2020

This Mini Art Lesson honors Native American history and culture through the work of the Kwakwaka'wakw, the Indigenous peoples to the Pacific Northwest Coast of the United States. This Baleen Whale Mask was worn to tell the story explaining why whales live deep in the ocean, and involved a very strong, persistent whale character. Follow along at https://bit.ly/2CxGnN6 to engage in pretend play with kids ages 2–6 and popsicle puppet crafting for kids ages 7 and up.

07/18/2020
Online Summer Camp: Noé Gaytán, Art Classes and Camps Coordinator

Each week in Online Summer Camp (for ages 8–10 and 11–13), campers have an opportunity to explore different themes, art materials, and parts of our collection. Hear from our very own Art Classes and Camps Coordinator on the class that he's most excited about this summer: the July 27–31 session where campers explore ancient Egypt's rituals and religious practices. If your kids want to learn more about ancient Egypt and how their culture will be remembered 3,000 years into the future, register today at https://bit.ly/2kZDubs.

#BKMPicks: Even though we can't join our friends BRIC & BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival at the Prospect Park Bandshell ...
07/17/2020

#BKMPicks: Even though we can't join our friends BRIC & BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn Festival at the Prospect Park Bandshell this summer, we can't wait to see what they've put together for the virtual BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, July 25-26! #BCBFLiveEverywhere

RSVP here: https://bit.ly/2B2gioK

Our @bkmteens just launched Youth Tours: Art at Two, free 30-minute Zoom talks for children ages 5–10 and their caretake...
07/14/2020

Our @bkmteens just launched Youth Tours: Art at Two, free 30-minute Zoom talks for children ages 5–10 and their caretakers. Beginning July 20, join us every Monday through Thursday at 2 pm to learn about art and engage in fun activities at home. All sessions are free, but registration is required via link in bio. To join in, just reserve your spot by 12 pm each day, and you’ll receive a Zoom link one hour before the session.⁠

07/14/2020

Our BkM Teens just launched Youth Tours: Art at Two, free 30-minute Zoom talks for children ages 5–10 and their caretakers. Beginning July 20, join us every Monday through Thursday at 2 pm to learn about art and engage in fun activities at home. All sessions are free, but registration is required at https://bit.ly/3fcKn3H. To join in, just reserve your spot by 12 pm each day, and you’ll receive a Zoom link one hour before the session.

In the 1960s and 70s, artist Dindga McCannon didn’t see many Black women warriors, so she created her own in Revolutiona...
07/14/2020

In the 1960s and 70s, artist Dindga McCannon didn’t see many Black women warriors, so she created her own in Revolutionary Sister. This mixed media artwork is made from lots of different materials—including a headpiece made from recycled flag-poles (a shape which was inspired by the Statue of Liberty), as well as pieces from the hardware store. Follow along in our stories, as we share step-by-step instructions to create your own mixed media artworks. Ages 2–6 will learn to create artworks out of household items and paint, while ages 7 plus will use found materials to create images that make them feel powerful. Tap stories to follow along, or link in bio for the full lesson.⁠⠀
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Dindga McCannon (American, born 1947). Revolutionary Sister, 1971 [Detail]. Mixed media construction on wood. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of R.M. Atwater, Anna Wolfrom Dove, Alice Fiebiger, Joseph Fiebiger, Belle Campbell Harriss, and Emma L. Hyde, by exchange, Designated Purchase Fund, Mary Smith Dorward Fund, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, and Carll H. de Silver Fund, 2012.80.32. © Dindga McCannon (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)⁠; Photos by @_tamaree_ and @neasg18. @ Brooklyn Museum

In the 1960s and 70s, artist Dindga McCannon didn’t see many Black women warriors, so she created her own in Revolutiona...
07/14/2020

In the 1960s and 70s, artist Dindga McCannon didn’t see many Black women warriors, so she created her own in Revolutionary Sister. This mixed media artwork is made from lots of different materials—including a headpiece made from recycled flag-poles, a shape which was inspired by the Statue of Liberty, as well as pieces from the hardware store. Follow along at https://bit.ly/38VWcZV, as we share step-by-step instructions to create your own mixed media artworks. Ages 2–6 will learn to create artworks out of household items and paint, while ages 7 plus will use found materials to create images that make them feel powerful.

#BKMPicks: Join our friends at Brooklyn Public Library weekdays at 10am for Adventures in Brooklyn and explore art, scie...
07/13/2020

#BKMPicks: Join our friends at Brooklyn Public Library weekdays at 10am for Adventures in Brooklyn and explore art, science, reading, and more across Brooklyn from home! Each week they'll highlight a different partner institution, and from 7/13 to 7/17 our teen educators will be sharing stories and activities about art from the Museum.

Register here: https://bit.ly/321q59q

Our weekly partnership with The Campaign Against Hunger returns on Monday from 4–5 pm. We invite those in need to stop b...
07/12/2020

Our weekly partnership with The Campaign Against Hunger returns on Monday from 4–5 pm. We invite those in need to stop by the parking lot behind the Museum for baskets of groceries, art activities, and vegetables from Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Children's Garden, which has been transformed into a production farm providing produce to food distribution sites all over Brooklyn. Learn more at https://bit.ly/2OaJ7C6.

Don't forget to reserve your signed copy of Shantell Martin's new monograph by Monday, July 13. Secure your #BKMShop cop...
07/10/2020

Don't forget to reserve your signed copy of Shantell Martin's new monograph by Monday, July 13. Secure your #BKMShop copy at https://bit.ly/3ixw77y, and be sure to check out a special interview with the artist at https://bit.ly/2AIBGPA.

This monograph charts, for the first time, the career of this prolific and popular artist, including early pieces such as “Dear Grandmother” (a 2003 collaboration between the artist and her grandmother on over 70 pieces of embroidery), large-scale murals and commissions and collaborations with museums, technical institutes, musicians and fashion brands.

07/09/2020
In this week's Mini Art Lesson, we’ll make art like Max Weber’s drawing The Dancer (1946). A modernist painter active in...
07/07/2020

In this week's Mini Art Lesson, we’ll make art like Max Weber’s drawing The Dancer (1946). A modernist painter active in the early 1900s, Weber’s versatile artistic practice encompasses many of the popular art movements of that time—such as Expressionism, Cubism, and Fauvism. Follow along at https://bit.ly/38vy2VP for step-by-step instructions to create drawings that identify different parts of the body with kids ages 2–6, while kids ages 7 and up explore artworks that represent memory, music, and movement.

07/06/2020

In celebration of Jeffrey Gibson: When Fire Is Applied to a Stone It Cracks, this installment of Art History Happy Hour focuses on Indigenous communities, art, and activism. First, art historian and cofounder of the Indigenous Kinship Collective Regan de Loggans discusses the activist group’s recent direct actions, and how Black and Indigenous communities are organizing in solidarity with one another. Then, artist Jeffrey Gibson joins Jami Powell, Associate Curator of Native American Art at the Hood Museum of Art, for a conversation about his practice, working with museum collections, the place and meaning of monuments in both the exhibition and the broader public conversation, and the ongoing work of building collective futures.

Please note that our weekly food distribution with @tcahnyc will not take place this afternoon. We'll be back next Monda...
07/06/2020

Please note that our weekly food distribution with @tcahnyc will not take place this afternoon. We'll be back next Monday, July 13 to offer free baskets of groceries to those in need. If you have any questions, please send us an email at [email protected].

The #BKMShop is pleased to offer signed copies of Shantell Martin's new monograph, Lines, which, for the first time, cha...
07/05/2020

The #BKMShop is pleased to offer signed copies of Shantell Martin's new monograph, Lines, which, for the first time, charts the career of this prolific and popular artist—including early pieces such as “Dear Grandmother” (a 2003 collaboration between the artist and her grandmother), large-scale murals and commissions, and collaborations with museums, technical institutes, musicians, and fashion brands. Published by Heni, Lines features text by Katharine Stout and an interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist. Reserve your signed copy at https://bit.ly/3ixw77y.

07/01/2020
Online Summer Camp Teaching Artist Jaizi Abedania

Jaizi, one of our Online Summer Camp Teaching Artists, drops by to share what she's most excited to teach campers ages 8-10 and 11-13 this summer. Hint: it involves exploring cool materials like metal jingles, beads, and textile! Weekly camp sessions begin in a few weeks, so be sure to register your young creatives right away. We're offering six different one-week classes, including Jaizi's class, Color Coded: Painting and Sculpture, where campers will learn about Jeffrey Gibson and other Indigenous artists before creating paintings and sculptures inspired by native patterns and designs. Explore all six classes at https://bit.ly/2kZDubs.

Through July 5, we're offering 10% off online summer camp with discount code Summer10. Scholarships are also available on a first-come, first-served basis at https://bit.ly/3dRildr.

To create the Gele Pride Flag Adejoke Tugbiyele, a Brooklyn-born artist who identifies as a queer woman of Nigerian desc...
06/30/2020

To create the Gele Pride Flag Adejoke Tugbiyele, a Brooklyn-born artist who identifies as a queer woman of Nigerian descent, sewed together six gele, which are headscarves worn by Nigerian women for important events. By bringing together these six headscarves associated with womanhood, and putting them together like the rainbow of the Pride flag, the artist combines and affirms two aspects of her identity. Follow along at
https://bit.ly/2VyITcd for step-by-step instructions to create your own rainbow paints and Pride message with ages 2-6, and a paper flag project for ages 7 and up.

"Blossom, by Sanford Biggers, is a monumental artwork that invites reflection on the violent history of white supremacy....
06/28/2020
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"Blossom, by Sanford Biggers, is a monumental artwork that invites reflection on the violent history of white supremacy. In the installation, a heavy tree grows through a grand piano, its keys moving on their own to play a rendition of Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit. When I teach from this piece, students are always curious about its surreal elements: How did this tree get here? Where did this piano come from, and who’s playing it? What’s this song? Teachers can leverage their students’ innate curiosity about the work, creating space for them to celebrate legacies of Black creativity and resilience, reflect on continuities between the past and the present, and confront the violent reality of racism in America."

— Michael Reback, Teacher Services Coordinator
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Check out our free Teaching Resource featuring more questions for viewing, activities, and resources about this work.

Just revealed in Downtown Brooklyn is a new public mural by JR that celebrates communities across New York City’s five b...
06/27/2020

Just revealed in Downtown Brooklyn is a new public mural by JR that celebrates communities across New York City’s five boroughs. Since JR: Chronicles opened at the Museum in October, JR has been leaving his mark on Brooklyn through a series of public murals installed in Flatbush, Bedford Stuyvesant, Williamsburg, and now in Downtown Brooklyn at 80 Hanson Place. If you’re in the Downtown Brooklyn neighborhood, be sure to check out the latest "The Chronicles of New York City" mural to see portraits of New Yorkers pasted on the entire facade of the building.

Photo: JR (French, born 1983) The Chronicles of New York City, 2019 (detail) Installation Image. 80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn. Laser print on paper and glue. © JR-ART.NET/ @JR for social. (Photo: Marc Azoulay)

If you're wondering what sort of artworks your kids will create in our first ever Online Summer Camp (for ages 8–10 and ...
06/26/2020

If you're wondering what sort of artworks your kids will create in our first ever Online Summer Camp (for ages 8–10 and 11–13), here's just one example! This still life was created by Leo, an 11 year old student in our recent online painting class inspired by Out of Place: A Feminist Look at the Collection. Now, we welcome kids to develop and expand their art-making skills in weekly summer camp classes! Learn more at https://bit.ly/2kZDubs, and use discount code SCPROMO for 6% off!

#BKMPicks: This summer, join our friends at New-York Historical Society via Zoom to explore the New-York Historical’s ex...
06/24/2020

#BKMPicks: This summer, join our friends at New-York Historical Society via Zoom to explore the New-York Historical’s exhibition Women March and be inspired by Vashti Harrison’s celebrated book Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History.

Register here: https://bit.ly/2C4ubTl

Primary Day is here and polls are now open though 9pm at the Museum and around the city 🗳️ Visit vote.nyc/vote-june-2020...
06/23/2020

Primary Day is here and polls are now open though 9pm at the Museum and around the city 🗳️ Visit vote.nyc/vote-june-2020 to find your @boenyc poll site, sample ballot, hours, and more. Please call 1-866-vote-nyc if you need to report a poll site issue.⁠
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This week's Mini Art Lesson continues to honor Pride Month and queer artists of color by exploring the work of Jeffrey G...
06/23/2020
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This week's Mini Art Lesson continues to honor Pride Month and queer artists of color by exploring the work of Jeffrey Gibson, an artist of Choktaw and Cherokee heritage who infuses historical and contemporary elements of Native American culture into his art. Visit https://bit.ly/3hU4Jk1 to create garments of healing with kids ages 2–6 and fabric banners inspired by Gibson’s own artwork with kids ages 7 and up.

#BKMPicks: TOMORROW: Inspired by the ground breaking exhibition Studio 54: Night Magic at the Brooklyn Museum join exhib...
06/22/2020

#BKMPicks: TOMORROW: Inspired by the ground breaking exhibition Studio 54: Night Magic at the Brooklyn Museum join exhibition curator Matthew Yokobosky, Marion Fasel jewelry historian and founder of The Adventurine, and Director of the Jewelry Center Jonathan Wahl, for a lively conversation about how the 70s helped shape style and creativity in New York City. #Studio54BKM

Register here: https://bit.ly/2V59IV2

Hi, we’re the photography collective Souls in Focus! In honor of Juneteenth, we captured community portraits on the Muse...
06/22/2020

Hi, we’re the photography collective Souls in Focus! In honor of Juneteenth, we captured community portraits on the Museum's plaza and asked folks: What does Juneteenth mean to you today? And, what work do we still need to be doing? To us, we believe that Juneteenth is a time for us to honor our ancestors and celebrate Black life. Given the current movement, it is clear that while progress has been made, we are still fighting against forces that continue to devalue Black lives. With that said, we think it is important for us on this day to acknowledge and celebrate our accomplishments, educate others on our history and share best practices that we can employ in our current fight for justice.⁠⠀
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Souls in Focus founders: Henry Danner, Natiah Jones, and Sade F.

Hi, we’re the photography collective Souls in Focus! In honor of Juneteenth, we captured community portraits on the Museum's plaza and asked folks: What does Juneteenth mean to you today? And, what work do we still need to be doing? To us, we believe that Juneteenth is a time for us to honor our ancestors and celebrate Black life. Given the current movement, it is clear that while progress has been made, we are still fighting against forces that continue to devalue Black lives. With that said, we think it is important for us on this day to acknowledge and celebrate our accomplishments, educate others on our history and share best practices that we can employ in our current fight for justice.⁠⠀
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Souls in Focus founders: Henry Danner, Natiah Jones, and Sade F.

We’ve been sharing this teaching resource with educators to raise their awareness of artist Joe Overstreet and encourage...
06/21/2020
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We’ve been sharing this teaching resource with educators to raise their awareness of artist Joe Overstreet and encourage discussion of art as a catalyst for Black joy and power. Power Flight is one of my favorite artworks to discuss with students because it invites conversations about Pan-Africanism and Black liberation through Overstreet’s use of color, composition, and title. I invite my students to ask, What does it mean to be Black and free? Why have some been resistant to support Black liberation?

While many adults remain resistant to these discussions their fear does a disservice to our young people by limiting their opportunities to examine history of the liberation efforts of diasporic African peoples for inspiration of imagining their own liberation. This resource is a starting point for those who haven’t had the conversation.

—Keonna Hendrick (School Programs Manager #BKMEducation

Good morning, Brooklyn. Today is the last day for early voting in NYC, and we're open 10am–4pm for our local district. V...
06/21/2020

Good morning, Brooklyn. Today is the last day for early voting in NYC, and we're open 10am–4pm for our local district. Visit https://nyc.pollsitelocator.com/ to find your poll site and view hours. 🗳

We will also be open for the Primary Election this Tuesday, June 23, 6am–9pm.

More info at www.vote.nyc

06/19/2020

Photography collective Souls In Focus took over our Instagram feed today with community portraits in honor of Juneteenth. Check out their takeover and find out what Juneteenth means to Brooklyn today.

If you had your portrait taken today and don't see it in the takeover, we'll be uploading all the portraits here on Facebook later this week.

On Monday, June 22, starting at 4 pm, we'll be distributing baskets of fresh produce, nonperishable foods, and art activ...
06/18/2020

On Monday, June 22, starting at 4 pm, we'll be distributing baskets of fresh produce, nonperishable foods, and art activities in our Biergarten, which is located in the parking lot behind the Museum. We'll also have a booth providing information on the 2020 Census, which is a completely anonymous survey that helps determine how billions of dollars in federal funding will flow into your state and community. You can learn more about the Census at www.2020census.gov.

If you have questions, email us at [email protected].

Thanks to all of you who reached out to help. If you have the means, please consider supporting our partners The Campaign Against Hunger and help fight hunger in NYC communities that are most in need.

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