Brooklyn Museum, June 2008
|Architect:||McKim, Mead & White; French,Daniel Chester|
|NRHP Reference#:||77000944 |
|Added to NRHP:||August 22, 1977|
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.
History[change | change source]
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. Buechner made a large change in the way the museum displayed the art. Also one thousand pieces of art that had been in the museum's archives were put back on display.
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[change | change source]
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.
Art and exhibitions[change | change source]
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. Of 30 works of art, Russman believes 10 are faked. The fake artworks have been displayed since 2009.
Artists like Patrick Kelly, Chuck Close, Denis Peterson, Ron Mueck, Takashi Murakami, Mat Benote, Kiki Smith, Jim Dine, Robert Rauschenberg, Sylvia Sleigh, William Wegman and Banksy have also been found in the museum.
Programs[change | change source]
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.
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References[change | change source]
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
- Grimes, William. "Thomas S. Buechner, Former Director of Brooklyn Museum, Dies at 83", The New York Times, June 17, 2010. Accessed June 19, 2010.
- City Groups Get Bloomberg Gift of $20 Million
- CARNEGIE CORPORATION OF NEW YORK ANNOUNCES TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS IN NEW YORK CITY GRANTS
- Usborne, David (2008-07-02). "New York museum admits third of its Coptic art is fake". The Independent. London. Retrieved 2008-07-07.
- Kennedy, Randy (2005-03-24). "Need Talent to Exhibit in Museums? Not This Prankster". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-04-27.