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Brooklyn Museum

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200 Eastern Pkwy Brooklyn, NY 11238
718-638-5000 https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/

“The Brooklyn Museum is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States. Its roots extend back to 1823 and the founding of the Brooklyn Apprentices’ Library to educate young tradesmen (Walt Whitman would later become one of its librarians). First established in Brooklyn Heights, the Library moved into rooms in the Brooklyn Lyceum building on Washington Street in 1841. Two years later, the Lyceum and the Library combined to form the Brooklyn Institute, offering important early exhibitions of painting and sculpture in addition to lectures on subjects as diverse as geology and abolitionism. The Institute announced plans to establish a permanent gallery of fine arts in 1846.

By 1890, Institute leaders had determined to build a grand new structure devoted jointly to the fine arts and the natural sciences; the reorganized Institute was then renamed the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences, the forebear of the Brooklyn Museum. The original design of the new museum building, from 1893, by the architects McKim, Mead & White was meant to house myriad educational and research activities in addition to the growing collections. The ambitious building plan, had it been fully realized, would have produced the largest single museum structure in the world. Indeed, so broad was the institution’s overall mandate that the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum would remain divisions of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences until they became independent entities in the 1970s.

The museum division of the Institute, which came to be popularly called the Brooklyn Museum, was conceived, moreover, as the focal point of a planned cultural, recreational, and educational district for the burgeoning city of Brooklyn. Although the scope of that envisioned complex of parks, gardens, and buildings changed after the once-independent Brooklyn was absorbed into New York City in 1898, many features of the plan were eventually realized and are reflected in what can be seen today. In the area of land once designated as the Brooklyn Institute Triangle can be found not only the Brooklyn Museum but also such other institutions and facilities as the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Mount Prospect Park, and the Central Library of the Brooklyn Public Library system. Just beyond the western edge of the Institute Triangle complex stands the monumental entrance to Prospect Park, marked by the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Arch (1892) in the center of Grand Army Plaza…”

—Excerpt from the Brooklyn Museum’s History page. You can continue reading about the Brooklyn Museum’s history at brooklynmuseum.org/features/building

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THURSDAY 11 am–10 pm
FRIDAY 11 am–6 pm
SATURDAY 11 am–6 pm
SUNDAY 11 am–6 pm

Brooklyn Talks: Breaking the Canon

May 30 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Pkwy Brooklyn, NY 11238 + Google Map

Join us for an evening of rapid-fire conversation with artists Lorraine O'Grady, Eric N. Mack, and Nathaniel Mary Quinn. The three artists, whose works are featured in exhibitions across the Museum, discuss the influence of pre-1945 African American art on their practices today. Tickets are $16 and include Museum admission. Member tickets are $14. Not a Member? Join today! To request accommodations such as assistive listening devices, American Sign Language interpretation, and open captioning, email us at [email protected] Image caption…

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First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum 6/1

June 1 | 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Pkwy Brooklyn, NY 11238 + Google Map

Kick off Pride Month and celebrate our special exhibition Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall, which features twenty-eight LGBTQ+ artists who pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, during an evening of live music (New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, Amber Valentine, Linda LaBeija (pictured) film, art-making (design your own button), curator tours, book club, teen variety show, performance and book release of the new edition of the 1977 The Faggots & Their…

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Summer Salons with PEN America: Riots in Writing

June 6 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Pkwy Brooklyn, NY 11238 + Google Map
Free but please RSVP

Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor Experience an evening of intergenerational poetry in honor of the fiftieth anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising as contemporary poets read works by queer elders alongside their own original writing. Poets include Wo Chan, Denice Frohman, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Meredith Talusan, Brenda Shaughnessy, and Pamela Sneed. Part of our annual Summer Salons series, co-presented with PEN America. This event is free, but please RSVP. To request accommodations such as assistive listening…

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LGBTQ+ Teen Night(14+): Transforming Tomorrow

June 7 | 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Pkwy Brooklyn, NY 11238 + Google Map

Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor Inspired by Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall, June’s LGBTQ+ Teen Night celebrates the legacy of the LGBTQ+ rights movement, asking: how do we care for one another in the revolution? At every Teen Night, experience art-making, music, performance, gallery activities, snacks, great conversation, community-building, raffles, and more. LGBTQ+ Teen Night is planned by InterseXtions, our paid LGBTQ+ teen internship in community programming and queer art history. Free and open to all LGBTQ+…

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Papi Juice Presents Brooklyn Pride!

June 8 | 8:00 pm
Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Pkwy Brooklyn, NY 11238 + Google Map

8 pm–12 am Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor Kick off Brooklyn Pride with Papi Juice, Brooklyn’s beloved dance party centering queer and trans people of color. Enjoy sets from resident DJs Oscar Nñ and Adam R. with special guests Dee Diggs, Mazurbate, and Zenobia, plus drinks and curator tours of Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall happening all night long. Tickets start at $15 and include admission to Nobody Promised You Tomorrow. Member…

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