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BROOKLYN, N.Y.- The Brooklyn Museum of Art presents Living Legacies: The Arts of the Americas, a thematic installation that features the Museum’s world-renowned collections of indigenous art from North, Central and South America, dating from about 3000 b.c. to the present. The three exhibitions currently on view comprise the first of two phases that, when completed in 2006, will present over four hundred objects of remarkable beauty, some of which have never before been shown.

The first phase of Living Legacies presents approximately one hundred objects in three thematic exhibitions: “Threads of Time: Woven Histories of the Andes,” featuring the Museum’s world-renowned textile collection; “Enduring Heritage: Arts of the Northwest Coast,” recontextualizing sculptural objects; and “Stories Revealed: Writing Without Words,” emphasizing the universality of the indigenous pictorial tradition. Each section includes examples of contemporary works, demonstrating the continuity of these artistic traditions and underscoring their role as living legacies for the indigenous peoples of the Americas.

The exhibitions are installed in the Museum’s grand Hall of the Americas, located on the first floor adjacent to the Museum lobby. The hall is a 12,000-square-foot gallery that is 24 feet high and features 16 freestanding columns. This soaring space, designed in 1910 by the architecture firm McKim, Mead & White, is divided into thematic areas that, although visually and conceptually distinct, allow the visitor to move easily from one to the other. Chief Designer Matthew Yokobosky incorporated colorful, abstract murals into the surrounding walls of the gallery to resonate with each adjacent theme. An Andean landscape is depicted next to “Threads of Time,” for example, and an abstract cedar forest mural echoes the Northwest Coast totem poles. Maps, photographs, drawings, diagrams, and wall panels and labels written in English and Spanish enhance the viewer’s understanding of the artworks. 

Arts of Africa at the Brooklyn museum

Ndop Portrait of King Mishe miShyaang maMbul - Brooklyn museumNdop Portrait of King Mishe miShyaang maMbul.
Democratic Republic of the Congo. Kuba artist, early 18th century. Wood. Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Alastair Martin, Mrs. Donald M. Oenslager, Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Blum and the Mrs. Florence A. Blum Fund, 61.33 

Over 250 works spanning more than 2,500 years represent art from the African continent in the Museum’s first-floor galleries. Additional related art from ancient Egypt and Islamic North Africa can be found in the second- and third-floor galleries. The art on view in the first-floor galleries ranges from ancient Nubian pottery and sculpture, Berber jewelry, and West African masks to East African beadwork, Ethiopian processional crosses, and a contemporary ceramic vessel by the Kenya-born artist Magdalene Odondo. The main focus of the African collections is on sculpture from West and Central Africa.

The gallery is arranged geographically, as if the viewer were moving across Africa—first from west to east and then, as the gallery turns, from north to south. The gallery seeks to celebrate the creative artistic genius of African artists by presenting exceptional examples of their work. At the same time it tries to help the viewer understand the cultural context in which these pieces were made and used. The groupings reflect stylistic relationships among objects produced in individual cultures as well as relationships among the diverse cultures found in Africa. Labels and panels describe the role that art plays in African life, while photographs and videos illustrate how, in many of these societies, art continues to transmit the traditions and values that have sustained African peoples for thousands of years.

Among the most famous pieces on view in the gallery are a figure of a hornblower, cast in brass for the king of Benin in the 16th century, and an ivory gong also made for the royal court in Benin at about the same time. A seventeenth-century figure of a Kuba king is the only one from that period in North America, and a Luluwa mother-and-child figure is world-renowned. The gallery also shows textiles, ceramics, jewelry, masks, and figures from more than 50 different cultures.

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