Art lovers the world over wax lyrical about Manhattan’s MoMA, Metropolitan, and Guggenheim art museums. These institutions possess impressive permanent collections and frequently host exhibitions with broad appeal, but they’re not the only art museums worth your time and money in The City That Never Sleeps.
An expansive collection containing 1.5 million works of art makes The Brooklyn Museum the third largest museum in New York City. Some of its most notable works include: Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party, Gilbert Stuart’s Portrait of George Washington, and Edward Hicks’ The Peacable Kingdom.
Here is a brand new addition and an upcoming exhibition to check out this fall and winter.
Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and His Transatlantic World
Now- January 3, 2016
A native Puerto Rican, Francisco Oller was a prominent figure on the San Juan art scene from a young age. Twenty years spent in Madrid and Paris with the likes of Cezanne, Pissarro, and Monet lent his work undertones of European impressionism, but Oller retained a Caribbean flair until the end of his days. Sugar plantations, Puerto Rican playas, tropical fruit, and mixed-race individuals feature heavily in his work, the crowning achievements of which are on display at the Brooklyn Museum until January 3.
Coney Island: Visions in an American Dreamland, 1861-2008November 20- March 13, 2016
If you visit Coney Island during your stay in Brooklyn, you’re bound to snap at least a few photos. While the convenience and ubiquity of camera phones has only been around for a small percentage of the beach’s tenure as a destination for leisure and entertainment, artists have visited Coney Island equipped with cameras and canvases for more than a century. In this inventive new Brooklyn Museum exhibition, you can follow the evolution of Coney Island through photographs and paintings spanning 150 years. Since you’re probably not going to want to visit the real Coney Island during winter, you can get a taste of the iconic neighborhood with a trip to the much closer Brooklyn Museum.
If you’re staying at Brooklyn’s NU Hotel, you’re just a $7 cab ride from the Brooklyn Museum.
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