For nearly 125 years the massive Brooklyn Museum has housed an ever-expanding collection of art from around the world and across the centuries. Its vast permanent collection drawing from around the world cannot be seen in a single day. However, the museum's vibrant events and rotating exhibitions are the main draws for current visitors. Diverse, contemporary, and often controversial, exhibitions feature rising and established artists from across the country and the world. It's popular First Saturday program often fills to capacity.
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What You Will See
The museum is home to an impressive collection of Egyptian, African, European, Islamic, and Asian Art, often rivaling Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum. But despite the traditional collections and stoic, classical building, the museum's recent energy has tilted towards diverse modern and contemporary exhibitions and collections, including the Slacker Center for Feminist Art, which opened in 2007. Ceding responsibility for traditional art history exhibitions to other institutions, Brooklyn's flagship museum increasingly reflects the energy and diversity of the borough's population.
Why You Should Go
While the number of visitors is down from recent decades, renovations have kept some collections from view for several years, and the museum is often a source of artistic or cultural controversy, none of this should deter you from enjoying one of the great institutions of the city. The museum takes risks with its exhibitions--you will love some and not others. But with a collection this vast, when you find yourself in an exhibition that is not to your tastes, you have entire wings filled with an impressive and accessible permanent collection to fill out your day.
The street photographer Garry Winogrand was one of the most influential photographers of the 1960s and 1970s. Known for his vivid black and white photos of life in New York, this outstanding exhibition looks at a lesser-known medium: color photos. The works are projected on a large scale--more than 400 items--and immerse visitors in Winogrand's New York.
The Brooklyn Museum joins institutions around the city in commemorating the 50 year anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, which triggered LGBTQ civil rights protests. Unlike other exhibits commemorating Stonewall, this explores the on-going creative impact of the uprising. The exhibit features only works by LGBTQ artists born after 1969, focusing not on the uprising, but on the challenges that still exist 50 years later.