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Adult programs at the Brooklyn Museum

Symposium: Feminism Now: New Feminist Art Scholarship
Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Highlighting the work of emerging scholars, Feminism Now presents contemporary, groundbreaking research presented by graduate and post-graduate students on a wide range of feminist issues and topics that reflect new directions and perspectives in feminist scholarship. Featuring a keynote address by curator and critic Carey Lovelace and two consecutive panels moderated by artist Nayland Blake and art historian Johanna Burton. Free with Museum admission, but registration is required via e-mail to: academic.programs

Curator Talk: Ann Russmann on Unearthing the Truth: Egypt’s Pagan and Coptic Sculpture
Sunday, March 29, 2 p.m.
Ann Russmann, Curator of Egyptian Art, gives a talk on the special exhibition.

Curator Talk: The Fertile Goddess
Saturday, April 11, 2 p.m.
Madeleine Cody on the exhibition.

Panel Discussion: Fakes and Forgeries
Saturday, April 18, 2-4 p.m.
This discussion about the issues surrounding the presentation of forged objects in a museum exhibition uses Unearthing the Truth: Egypt’s Pagan and Coptic Sculpture as a starting point. A diverse range of experts including art collectors, art historians, lawyers who deal with authenticity issues, and curators who address forgery, discuss the questions of how forgery is handled and viewed on the spectrum of crime and art—from the tombs of Egypt to contemporary pieces. Moderated by Kevin Stayton, Chief Curator, Brooklyn Museum.

Gallery Talk: Hernan Bas: Works from the Rubell Family Collection
Sunday, April 26, 2 p.m.
An exploration of the paintings of contemporary artist Hernan Bas.

Gallery Tours
Museum Guides lead free tours Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 1:30 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2, 3, and 4 p.m. Guides lead a tour in Spanish on the first Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. Check the What’s Happening This Week guide at the Admissions Desk for times and specific topics.

Gallery Talks by Student Guides
Student Guides lead free, conversational gallery talks in the Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions on Saturdays at 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Check the What’s Happening This Week guide at the Admissions Desk for specific topics.

Tours for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Special touch tours for people who are blind or visually impaired can be arranged by calling (718) 501-6225 or e-mailing Tours are limited to groups of ten and are available on Tuesdays between 1 and 3 p.m.

Tours for Deaf and Hearing-Impaired Persons
A Sign Language-interpreted gallery talk is offered on the second Saturday of each month at 3 p.m. See the What’s Happening This Week guide at the Visitor Center for specific topics.

Group Slide Shows Available
To book a slide presentation on Brooklyn Museum collections or special exhibitions, e-mail or call (718) 501-6225.


Creative Art Making: "Come Sail Away "
Saturday, April 25, 2-4 p.m.
Katherine Rasmussen of Brooklyn-based Reiter8 leads a class teaching different methods of using recycled ship sails to make durable and unique travel accessories such as luggage tags, wallets, and travel pillows. This adult workshop is free with Museum admission, but registration is required via e-mail to:

Image: Before Night Falls (2000), Directed by Julian Schnabel
Shown: Javier Bardem and Johnny Depp

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Adult programs at the Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum Presents Public Programs for Adults in March and April

Before Night Falls During March the Brooklyn Museum celebrates Women’s History Month and the second anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art with an exciting array of public programs including a panel discussion about feminist archaeology; an appearance by Rena “Rusty” Kanokogi, the mother of women’s Judo; and an intergenerational discussion focusing on the goals of American women in the twenty-first century. April’s highlights include creative art making with Katherine Rasmussen; a panel discussion about fakes and forgeries in museums, and a performance by the Brooklyn Philharmonic featuring Deborah Buck.


Film and Discussion: Before Night Falls
Saturday, March 14, 2-4 p.m.
Before Night Falls (Julian Schnabel, 2000, 125 min., R) is a poetic and visually stunning film by painter-turned-film director Julian Schnabel. Actor Javier Bardem portrays the extraordinary life of Cuban novelist and poet Reinaldo Arenas in an Academy Award-nominated performance. Arenas, the author of over twenty novels, grew up in Cuba, where he was arrested and persecuted for being gay.

Film & Discussion: miamiHeights: Hernan Bas
Sunday, March 29, 2-4 p.m.
Part of the miamiHeights documentary series which profiles emerging Miami-based artists, miamiHeights: Hernan Bas (Dir: Bill Bilowit, Prod: Grela Orihuela, Wet Heat Project, 2009, 60 min., NR) follows Hernan Bas’s career since his first major survey show at the Rubell Family Collection during 2007’s Art Basel Miami Beach. A conversation with artist Hernan Bas and Eugenie Tsai, Brooklyn Museum’s Curator of Contemporary Art, follows the screening.

Music Off the Walls: The Brooklyn Philharmonic presents Shades of Blue
Sunday, April 19, 2-4 p.m.
Brooklyn Philharmonic Concertmaster Deborah Buck gives a rare and intimate recital appearance inspired by artist Hernan Bas. Visuals from the Hernan Bas and Gustave Caillebotte exhibitions will be featured in this performance designed to remind us to look below the surface and to live each day to the fullest. A gallery talk precedes the program at 1 p.m. Tickets are $15; $10 for Members, students, and seniors. To purchase tickets, visit or call (718) 488-5913.


Panel Discussion: Feminist Archaeology
Saturday, March 14, 2-4 p.m.
In conjunction with the exhibition The Fertile Goddess, Ellen Belcher and Diana Craig Patch discuss Halaf-era and pre-dynastic figurines. Moderated by exhibition curator Madeline Cody, panelists will investigate questions of provenance and how “herstory” is uncovered.

Lecture: Rusty Kanokogi: The Mother of Women’s Judo
Sunday, March 15, 2-4 p.m.
A role model for women athletes of all ages and a native of Brooklyn, Rena “Rusty” Kanokogi speaks about her trailblazing career in competitive judo at a time when women were prohibited from competition. Disguising herself as a man in order to compete, Rusty discusses the shift from her struggle as an unwelcomed outsider in a men’s sport to a celebrated female pioneer, athlete, and the highest-ranking American woman in judo.

EASCFA Panel Discussion: Unfinished Business
Saturday, March 21, 2-4 p.m.
Marking the second anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Unfinished Business is an intergenerational event focusing on the goals of American women and young women in the twenty-first century. A keynote address will be given by C. Nicole Mason, Executive Director of Women of Color Policy Network. Participating organizations include The Women’s Media Center, Ms. Foundation, and 21/64.

Panel Discussion: Women’s Art and the Market: From Collection to Cultural Record
Sunday, March 22, 2-4 p.m.
Prominent dealers, gallerists, collectors, and an economist discuss the role women’s art plays in the market. Panelists explore why women’s work often commands lower prices and how the current market has evolved. Moderated by Kat Griefen, Director of A.I.R. Gallery; and Ferris Olin, co-Director of the Institute for Women and Art at Rutgers, this panel is part two of a two part series presented in partnership with A.I.R. Gallery and The Feminist Art Project. Part one will be held at The Tribeca Performing Arts Center on March 11.

Art Classes at the Brooklyn Museum

Spring 2009 Art Classes

The Brooklyn Museum’s Gallery/Studio Program offers fun and challenging studio art courses for students age six and up. Through instruction in the gallery and studio, each course develops skills in viewing and creating art. Participants explore the Museum’s renowned collections, discover new art materials, and create their own works of art inspired by the galleries. Classes include instruction in painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, and printmaking.

Registration forms and a detailed list of the courses can be found on our Web site. Forms may be mailed, faxed, or dropped off at the Museum’s Independence Community Foundation Visitor Center.

Saturday Classes: March 7-May 16
Sunday Classes: March 8- May 17
No Classes: April 11 and 12

Classes are two hours long.

Note: Courses do not have any prerequisites. All levels of experience are welcome.

March 7, Brooklyn Museum honours female artists

Celebrate Women Power at Brooklyn Museum’s
Target First Saturday March 7
DJ Sabine In honor of Women’s History Month and the second anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, the Brooklyn Museum’s March 7 Target First Saturday event celebrates Women Power. Highlights include a showcase of feminist performers Mango Tribe, Mahina Movement, and Climbing PoeTree; storytelling by Diane Wolkstein; a dialogue and performance by feminist burlesque artists; and a deep groove dance party by DJ Sabine. The Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays event attracts thousands of visitors to free programs of art and entertainment each month.


5-7 p.m. Music: Chilean-Brazilian singer-songwriter Luca Mundaca mixes jazz, funk, and electronica with South American tradition.

6-7 p.m. Storytelling with Diane Wolkstein: Listen to award-winning Diane Wolkstein tell the stories of Inanna, Judith, and Ruth: a queen, a warrior, and a lover featured in The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago. A book-signing follows.

6:30-8:30 p.m. Performance: Interdisciplinary performance ensemble Mango Tribe and trio Mahina Movement, and spoken word duo Climbing PoeTree present socially conscious works with riveting melodies, lyrics, and projections in this feminist showcase. Free tickets are available at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.

6:30-8:30 p.m. Hands-On Art: Create a human form out of clay, inspired by examples in The Fertile Goddess. Free timed tickets are available at the Visitor Center at 5:30 p.m.

7 p.m. Curator Talk: Nicole Caruth, co-curator of Burning Down the House: Building a Feminist Art Collection, gives a Sign Language-interpreted talk in the exhibition. Free tickets are available at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.

8 p.m. Discussion and Performance: Performers Old Ma Femme and Darlinda discuss their involvement in queer and feminist burlesque scenes in New York City and Mexico City, and explore the use of reclamation, performance art, and female sexuality as recurring themes in feminist art. A demonstration is included. Free tickets are available at the Visitor Center at 7 p.m.

8 p.m. Young Voices Gallery Talk: Student Guides give a conversational gallery talk on feminist themes.

8:30 p.m. Film: Arranged (Diane Crespo and Stefan C. Schaefer, 2008, 90 min., NR). The story of two young women-one an Orthodox Jew, the other Muslim-who become friends as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. They share thoughts, struggles, and laughter as they both go through the process of arranged marriage. A question-and-answer session follows. Free tickets are available at the Visitor Center at 7 p.m.

9 p.m. Target First Saturdays Book Club: Read and join the discussion, led by Dr. Brenda Green, on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Toni Morrison’s newest offering, A Mercy, about an enslaved girl who acquires a sense of self and freedom at the dawn of the development of the United States of America.

9-11 p.m. Dance Party: Rock to the deep groove of an Afro-tech dance party by DJ Sabine.

Throughout the evening, a cash bar will offer beer and wine, and the Museum Café will serve a wide variety of sandwiches, salads, and beverages. The Museum Shop will remain open until 11 p.m.

Some Target First Saturday programs have limited space and must be ticketed; lines for free tickets often form 30 minutes in advance. Members may pick up tickets from the Membership Desk beginning at 2 p.m. while supplies last. Programs are subject to change without notice. Museum galleries are open until 11 p.m. Parking is a flat rate of $4 from 5 to 11 p.m.

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Museum galleries are open until 11 p.m.

Sponsored by Target

Made possible by the Wallace Foundation Community Programs Fund, established by the Wallace Foundation with additional support from DLA Piper, The Ellis A. Gimbel Trust, National Grid, and other donors. Media sponsor: New York Times Community Affairs Department.

Brooklyn Museum launches new socially-networked Membership

A first-of-its-kind new socially networked Membership tier has been created at the Brooklyn Museum and will debut on January 3, 2009 at Target First Saturdays. The program, known as 1stfans, will offer paperless benefits through the social networks Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter, as well as exclusive live events at the Museum’s monthly Target First Saturdays, all for an annual fee of $20.

Artists from Swoon’s studio will be on hand to help launch the initiative at the January Target First Saturday, the Museum’s popular evening of art and entertainment in which the Museum is open until 11 p.m. with free admission beginning at 5 p.m. They will create prints on found paper to be provided that evening by new 1stfans.

“Traditionally, Membership has meant a connection between one person and an institution,” comments Membership Manager William Cary. “By engaging our Members through online social networks and with live events at Target First Saturdays, we have created a way for visitors to become associated with the Museum and with each other. 1stfans isn’t just an online category of Membership; it’s a completely new way of using Membership to grow our Museum community.”

A groundbreaking benefit of the program will be a unique method of utilizing Twitter, the free social networking and micro-blogging service, to connect with 1stfans. Twitter technology enables its users to send and read other users’ updates, known as tweets, text posts of up to 140 characters in length. Each month, the 1stfans Twitter Art Feed will provide original content from contemporary artists exclusively to 1stfans, providing them with unique access to the perspectives of many contemporary artists. The January Twitter Art Feed artist will be announced in mid-December.

Currently there are eight Brooklyn Museum membership categories ranging from Individual Membership at $55 a year and Family and Friends at $85 through Director’s Circle at $2,500 to Benefactors Circle at $5,000.

Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn NY 11238-6052