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Brooklyn Museum
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Brooklyn Museum, June 2008
Brooklyn Museum is located in New York City
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Coordinates: 40°40′13.64″N 73°57′51.45″W / 40.6704556°N 73.9642917°W / 40.6704556; -73.9642917Coordinates: 40°40′13.64″N 73°57′51.45″W / 40.6704556°N 73.9642917°W / 40.6704556; -73.9642917
Built/Founded: 1895
Architect: McKim, Mead & White; French,Daniel Chester
Architectural style(s): Beaux-Arts
Governing body: Private
Added to NRHP: August 22, 1977
NRHP Reference#: 77000944 [1]
Statue of Liberty in back lot

The Brooklyn Museum, located at 200 Eastern Parkway, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, is the second-largest art museum in New York City, and one of the largest in the United States. Arnold L. Lehman is the museum's Director.

One of the premier art institutions in the world, its permanent collection includes more than one-and-a-half million objects, from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, and the art of many other cultures. Housed in a 560,000 square foot (52,000 m²), Beaux-Arts building, approximately 500,000 patrons visit the museum each year. Located in Central Brooklyn, the museum is a half-hour from midtown Manhattan and about 15 minutes from downtown Brooklyn. It is served by the Eastern Parkway–Brooklyn Museum subway station on the IRT Eastern Parkway Line (2 3 4), and the nearby Botanic Garden station of the Franklin Avenue Shuttle.

The Museum is located on Eastern Parkway, at Washington Avenue. It is co-located with the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Mount Prospect Park, and the Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. The museum sits at the border of the Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, and Flatbush neighborhoods. It is near Brooklyn's Prospect Park.

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History

Opened in 1897, the Brooklyn Museum building is a steel frame structure—built to the standards of classical masonry—designed by the famous architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White and built by the Carlin Construction Company. Daniel Chester French, the noted sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial, was the sculptor of two allegorical figures, Brooklyn and Manhattan (carved in 1916, and relocated to the museum in 1963), and of the figures on the pediment.

The Brooklyn Museum changed its name to Brooklyn Museum of Art in 1997. On March 12, 2004, the museum announced that it would revert to its previous name.

Funding

The museum hosted the Charles Saatchi exhibition Sensation in 1999, resulting in a court battle over New York City's municipal funding of controversial art.

In 2005, the museum was among 406 New York City arts and social service institutions to receive part of a $20 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation, made possible through a donation by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.[2][3]

Major benefactors include Frank Lusk Babbott.

Art and exhibitions

The Brooklyn Museum exhibits collections that seek to embody the rich artistic heritage of world cultures. The museum is well-known for its expansive collections of Egyptian and African art, in addition to 17th, 18th, and 19th century paintings, throughout a wide range of schools.

In 2002, the museum purchased the work The Dinner Party by feminist artist Judy Chicago, funded by a gift from The Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation. Its permanent exhibition began in 2007, in the museum's Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.

In 2008, curator Edna Russman announced that a third of the Coptic art held in the museum's collection—second-largest in North America—is fake.[4] Of 30 works of art, Russman believes 10 are faked. The fake artworks will be displayed in an exhibition starting in 2009.[4]

Contemporary artists have also been showcased in various exhibitions, such as the work of Patrick Kelly, Chuck Close, Denis Peterson, Ron Mueck, Takashi Murakami, Mat Benote[5], Kiki Smith, Jim Dine, Robert Rauschenberg, Sylvia Sleigh, William Wegman and Banksy[6].

Programs

In 2000, the Brooklyn Museum started the Student Museum Apprentice Program in which the museum hires teens ages 13–17, to give tours in the museum's galleries during the summer, assist with the museum's weekend family programs throughout the year, participate in talks with museum curators, serve as a teen advisory board to the museum, and help plan teen events.

The first Saturday of the month in the summer, the Brooklyn Museum stays open late with free family events, which include arts and crafts, live music and a dance party.

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Brooklyn Museum
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
Brooklyn Museum, June 2008
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Coordinates: 40°40′13.64″N 73°57′51.45″W / 40.6704556°N 73.9642917°W / 40.6704556; -73.9642917Coordinates: 40°40′13.64″N 73°57′51.45″W / 40.6704556°N 73.9642917°W / 40.6704556; -73.9642917
Built/Founded: 1895
Architect: McKim, Mead & White; French,Daniel Chester
Architectural style(s): Beaux-Arts
Added to NRHP: August 22, 1977
NRHP Reference#: 77000944 [1]
Governing body: Private
in the back lot]]

The Brooklyn Museum is the second-largest art museum in New York City. It is also one of the largest in the United States.

The museum is at 200 Eastern Parkway, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. Arnold L. Lehman is the museum's Director.

The Brooklyn Museum has more than one-and-a-half million objects. Some of these pieces of art are from as long ago as ancient Egypt while others are very recent. The museum is a 560,000 square foot (52,000 m²), Beaux-Arts building. Approximately 500,000 people visit the museum each year.

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History

The Brooklyn Museum was started by Augustus Graham in 1897. The building has a steel frame It was designed by McKim, Mead, and White and built by the Carlin Construction Company. Daniel Chester French, the man who made the Lincoln Memorial, made two allegorical figures, Brooklyn and Manhattan (carved in 1916, and moved to the museum in 1963), and of the figures on the building.

Thomas S. Buechner was made the museum's director in 1960. He was one of the youngest directors in the country.[needs proof]. Buechner made a large change in the way the museum displayed the art art. Also one thousand pieces of art that had been in the museum's archives were put back on display.[2]

The Brooklyn Museum changed its name to Brooklyn Museum of Art in 1997. On March 12, 2004, the museum announced that it would revert to its old name, the Brooklyn Museum.

Funding

In 2005, the museum was one of 406 New York City arts and social service institutions to get part of $20 million from the Carnegie Corporation, made possible by a donation by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.[3][4]

Art and exhibitions

The museum is known for its large collections of Egyptian and African art, and 17th, 18th, and 19th century paintings.

In 2002, the museum bought the work The Dinner Party by artist Judy Chicago. It has been in the museum's Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art since 2007.

In 2008, Edna Russman said that a third of the Coptic art in the museum's collection, the second-largest in North America, is fake.[5] Of 30 works of art, Russman believes 10 are faked. The fake artworks have been displayed since 2009.[5]

Artists like Patrick Kelly, Chuck Close, Denis Peterson, Ron Mueck, Takashi Murakami, Mat Benote[6], Kiki Smith, Jim Dine, Robert Rauschenberg, Sylvia Sleigh, William Wegman and Banksy have also been found in the museum.[7].

Programs

In 2000, the Brooklyn Museum started the Student Museum Apprentice Program. The museum hires teens ages 13–17, to give tours in the museum during the summer, help with the museum's weekend family programs during the year, and help plan teen events.

The first Saturday of the month in the summer, the Brooklyn Museum stays open late with free family events, which include arts and crafts, live music and a dance party.[needs proof]

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