MUSEUM: Brooklyn Museum
TIME: 3 hrs
COST: $10 each
|Mask for Mblo Masquerade, Baule|
|Pierre de Weissant, Monumental by Auguste Rodin|
We went to breakfast beforehand at a local restaurant we choose based on air conditioning and the advertised “soul food.” There were a fair number of people eating good looking, interesting southern food, but unfortunately our menus had nothing but very plain breakfast entrees, and we were not allowed to order anything else. Annoyed, we ate our dry omelets and boring pancakes while everyone around us dug into delicious looking fried chicken and biscuits and gravy. It set a bad precedent for Brooklyn, making the place seem closed and elitist, and future visits have not dispelled this feeling for us, but at least we were able to order the excellent strawberry lemonade, so Paul maintains that it wasn't all bad.
One of the publicized exhibitions during our visit was a collection of Andy Warhol’s later works. Titled “Andy Warhol: The Last Decade” it examined his commercial and artistic ventures during his last years. Clips of his TV show and his gigantic series of “Last Supper” paintings were notable, but none of us are huge fans of pop art or Warhol in general. We agreed that it was an interesting exhibit, but despite the fame of the artist, he didn’t really capture our interest.
|Tree Evening Dress by Charles James 1955|
|Evening Ensemble by Norman Norell 1970|
|George Washington by Gilbert Stuart|
|Mrs Thomas Mumford IV by William Johnston|
|Moorish Smoking Room, Worsham-Rockefeller House|
|The Dinner Party, by Judy Chicago, 1974-79|
|Senwosret III, Hierakonpolis c 1836 BCE|
|Nespanetjerenpere c 945 BCE|
|Madonna of Humility, Sano di Pietro, 1405|
RATINGS FOR THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM:
Pauline: 9 out of 10. Gigantic museum with amazing variety and range.
Paul: 8 out of 10. It would be the best museum in any other city but New York City.
Images in this post, from the top: Winged Genie. Nimrud, Assyria (modern-day Iraq) 883–859 B.C.E. Alabaster. One of many panels that once adorned the palace of King Ashur-nasir-pal II. Mask for Mblo Masquerades, Baule, Ivory Coast, late 19th century. This mask's delicate, symmetrical features, ornate hairstyle, and smooth surface exemplify personal beauty and composure. Pierre de Wiessant, Monumental by Auguste Rodin (French) 1887, bronze 1979. Exterior of the Brooklyn Museum. The Last Supper by Andy Warhol, 1986, acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen. "Tree" Evening Dress Charles James, 1955. Rose pink silk taffeta; white silk satin; red, pink and white tulle. Evening Ensemble, Norman Norell, 1970–71. Gold organdy, beaded gold silk jersey. George Washington by Gilbert Stuart, 1796. Standing in the classical pose of an orator, Washington appears in civilian clothing, but holds a sword that recalls his military achievements and suggests the might of his presidency. Mrs. Thomas Mumford VI by William Johnston, 1763, the first portraitist to work in Connecticut, where he enjoyed the patronage of prominent colonists. Niagara by Louis Rémy Mignot 1866. Throughout the nineteenth century, few landscape forms were more recognizable than Niagara Falls, often employed to embody the natural might that underlay America's promise. Moorish Smoking Room, from the Worsham-Rockefeller House, 1864–65, remodeled 1881. Weil-Worgelt Study, originally part of the Park Avenue apartment of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Weil, decorated by Alavoine of Paris circa 1928–30. The room is in the style now known as Art Deco, paneled in veneers of palisander and olive and a painted lacquered panel designed by Henri Redard and executed by Jean Dunand. The Dinner Party, by Judy Chicago (1974-79) with a detail of the Mary Wollstoncraft place setting. Cartonnage of Nespanetjerenpere. Egypt, probably Thebes, circa 945–718 B.C.E. Linen or papyrus mixed with plaster, pigment, glass, lapis lazuli. The decoration here associates its occupant, the priest Nespanetjerenpere, with divine resurrection. Senwosret III. Egypt, from Hierakonpolis, circa 1836–1818 B.C.E. Granite. A powerful king of the Egyptian Twelfth Dynasty. Madonna of Humility, by Sano di Pietro, Italian 1405-1481.