Our final location was Brooklyn and the trip down was lovely. (despite messing up the subway direction at first but we figured it out). Our trip to Brooklyn was superb from the breath taking views to the incredible art we had a great time in the downtown borough.
So lets discuss the Art. 4x4 walked into the iconic Brooklyn Museum. (Which by the way I was incredibly excited for considering I hadn't been there since I was 10) We focused on 3 exhibits at the museum. The first exhibit we visited was named Infinite Blue. The Brooklyn museum describes this exhibit as "The spiritual and material aspects of blue combine to tell us stories about global history, cultural values, technological innovation, and international commerce" The infinite Blue is part of A year of Yes:Reimagining Feminism a the Brooklyn Museum which is a year long series celebrating Elizabeth A. Sachler Center for Feminist Art. 2 notable pieces of art was first the modern neon tubing and electrical wire quote, the first piece in the exhibit, by Joseph Kosuth. This striking piece of art sets the mood for then entire blue aesthetic of the exhibit. (which I guess is ought to arouse our suspicions) The other art piece I loved from the exhibit was an oil canvas painting by Russian painter Borris Anisfeld. When I first saw this painting I thought it was the sky but with further inspection I realized that the blue was actually the ocean. In this painting Anisfeld challenges the perspective of traditional landscape paintings. The painting has no illusion of depth, as all the elements of the painting appear flat. The scene is painted from Aiou-Dagh Mountain in the Crimean Peninsula. And of course you can't miss the rich blue painted as the ocean.
After leaving the infinite blue exhibit and on our way to the mummy exhibit we saw a series of gothic paintings. Two I found intriguing was The Edge of Doom painting by Samuel Colman which depicts the destruction of the world. Interestingly, all that survives in the painting is a sculpture of William Shakespeare. The other gothic painting that intrigued me is named The Road of the War Prisoners by Vasily Vereshchagin. This painting from far away appears to be a beautiful picture of snow but then when you focus on the details you realize that it is a painting of crows and dead soldiers, painting the true horror of the Russo-Turkish War. This painting is a Russian interpretation of French Realism- which was a movement that embraced truthful portrayals of contemporary themes to bring about social reform.
After we entered a new exhibit named: "A Woman's Afterlife: Gender Transformation in Ancient Egypt. This exhibit, "tells the remarkable story of gender transformation in the ancient world, exploring the differences between male and female access to the afterlife." According to Egyptian history, "The ancient Egyptians believed that to make rebirth possible for a deceased woman, she briefly had to turn into a man" This exhibit explores that transformation and has it very own mummy exhibit. The Egyptian art work was magnificent.
Next we explored the Radical Women: Latin American Art exhibit. The museum says, "This is the first exhibition to explore the groundbreaking contributions to contemporary art of Latin American and Latina women artists during a period of extraordinary conceptual and aesthetic experimentation" The most beautiful piece of art was The Dinner Party. The Dinner Party is a banquet, arranged on a triangular table with a total of thirty-nine place settings, each commemorating an important woman from history. Each table setting resembles a uterus to represent the power of women. This exhibit was not only breathtaking but extremely powerful.
The art we found in Brooklyn was bold and powerful. It made political statements and all had a purpose. Overall the trip and art made the Brooklyn Trip incredible.