SOUL OF A NATION+ AT THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM

 
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I had a rather unusual and delightful experience at the Brooklyn Museum recently. Unusual mostly for the fact that I approached my inauguration into the museum spectator society in a very me way. I had no idea where the museum was, their general ethos or what was currently on display. See, I had never been to a museum before. So instead of allow my controlling Capricorn nature to typically direct me to overly obsesses of the details of where I was about to go, i just went. To add to the bizarre of course somewhere in the not thinking of the destination I found time to partake in a past time of the hallucinogenic variety. Yea, because detaching from self and or environment around smart-ass art farts is always a grand idea. And I know how that sounds (for all of you) but I have a very stern humility with art. I’m silent with it. Singular and focused. I share the experience of viewing art with people, never my feelings or understanding. That’s typically a quiet dialogue I like to have with myself. Anyway, the skinny, right.

Upon entry you’re gonna be amused by the seemingly set, but positively suggested price of entry. Fine, its not so much amusing as it is, well, unusual. Told you. But this was my cherry popper as far as museums go so I tendered the full $16 bucks. I did mention to the attendant that I am a scoundrel and she may not want to present me with such a FREE choice. I’m kidding I said was Jamaican.

In Jamaica there aren’t exactly much to go around as far as ‘museums’ go. The technical ones by definition are more than likely small, very specific historical museums with no more than 50sq feet of space and a few relics that impacts a time already come and gone. The Brooklyn Museum’s current collections available for viewing includes a smashing display of black art from the 60’s-80’s in Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. From Emory Douglas’s graphic images of beleaguered Black city life to Barkley Hendricks and his melanated portraits of Black people with immense reverence and (sex) appeal. This exhibition brings together for the first time the excitingly disparate practices of more than sixty Black artists from this important moment, offering an unparalleled opportunity to see their extraordinary works side by side.



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At a time of mass global migration, the loss of leaving one's native country and searching for a permanent home have become universal issues. One: Do Ho Suh features a single, large-scale work by Korean-born artist Do Ho Suh, whose work engages with migration and cultural displacement. The Perfect Home II is a full-scale re-creation of the artist’s former apartment in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City and his home for 19 years. Visitors are invited to walk through the hand-sewn, translucent fabric replica, which includes details such as light fixtures, radiators, and even an intercom. (source)



Featuring more than 100 works from our collection, Half the Picture: A Feminist Look at the Collection explores a wide range of art-making, focusing on enduring political subjects—encompassing gender, race, and class—that remain relevant today. The exhibition’s intersectional feminist framework highlights artworks, in a plurality of voices, that aim to rally support or motivate action on behalf of a cause, or to combat stereotypes and dominant narratives. (source)

 
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