The weather has been all over the place lately, but Spring is almost here. When it does eventually get warm and stay warm I suggest taking a trip into Brooklyn to see the art at the Brooklyn Museum. The trip there takes about an hour if you take the train from Mineola. Overall, the traveling consists of a transfer at the Jamaica train station to Atlantic Terminal and a quick subway ride to the museum.
When you arrive at the museum you have to walk through giant bead curtains into a large lobby. There are five floors in the museum and I got to visit three of the major exhibits. The first exhibit I went to was called ‘Pretty Dirty’ by Contemporary Artist, Marilyn Minter. Minter created beautiful visuals of unconventional items and angles. There were edgy explicit paintings, as well as food porn paintings. Here are a few portraits from the gallery.
After seeing Minter’s artwork my class went on our first tour to the Dinner Party Exhibit. It’s the largest feminist art installment and the Brooklyn Museum is the first museum to ever host feminist artist’s artwork. The exhibit consisted of a giant triangular table with thirteen settings on each side. Each setting had a different ceramic plate and tapestry representing a different feminist.
Lastly, we went to the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit, a tribute to O’Keeffe’s life and artwork. I got to see several different pieces she created throughout the span of her life, her clothing, and other artist’s art inspired by O’Keeffe. One painting included in the gallery was by Andy Warhol.
If you have the free time or you’re around for Spring Break the Brooklyn Museum has some great exhibits right now and it’s not far from Hofstra’s campus. Stop by and check out the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit before it leaves the museum.