Brooklyn Museum

The first Saturday night of every month is Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum. This means free entry and a line-up of free programs from 5 to 11pm.

A large crowd outside the Brooklyn Museum

Unfortunately we were a bit late so I missed the curator’s talk and other art lectures. But we watched a live performance by a jazz / folk singer with a cocktail in hand, after which we visited some of the galleries in the vast museum.

Friends I met at the hostel who came along - Anna and Patrice. Two awesome ladies.

I LOVED the ceramic works of British artist Rachel Kneebone. The elaborate porcelain sculptures look like grotesque mini-dioramas of ogies. The curator paired Kneebones porcelain with Auguste Rodin’s classic bronze sculptures of human figures. I found the unexpected juxtaposition of contemporary with classical sculpture extremely intriguing. It forces one to look differently at the forms presented by Kneebone’s intricate and intimate figures. And it sexualizes Rodin’s work – making one look at it in a new light.

Rachel Kneebone, 'Eyes that look at wounds themselves are wounded' (2010)

Rachel Kneebone

Rachel Kneebone

Here are some of the other works I glanced at (it was just before 11pm and time was running out…)

Kara Walker

Louis Bourgeoisie - So glad I could see this sculpture! I've admired it in printed form for so long.

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