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This #MemorialDay, we remember the men and women who died serving our country with #EastmanJohnson’s dramatic scene from the Civil War. The artist drew his inspiration from an incident that reportedly occurred during the Battle of Antietam (1862) in which an injured drummer boy asked a comrade to carry him so that he could continue drumming his unit forward. The emblematic image of a heroic youth literally rising above the chaos of the battlefield resonated deeply with Northern audiences both during and after the war. Johnson’s initial drawing of the subject was exhibited in 1864 to foster support for the army, and the finished painting of 1871—for which this work is a preparatory study—helped to commemorate the hope and sacrifice of the Union effort.

Today’s black dandies take powerful ownership of their identity, redefining what it means to be black, masculine, and fashionable, in a similar fashion to how #GeorgiaOKeeffe proclaimed her progressive, independent lifestyle through a self-crafted public persona—including her clothing and the way she posed for the camera. This Thursday we're teaming up with @aperturefnd to present a night of fashion, film, conversation, and music celebrating author @apshantology's new book Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style. Featuring many local and international personalities of the black dandy movement, the evening will be presented throughout the Museum’s performance spaces and the #okeeffemodern galleries. Link in bio for tickets. @thedandylionproject

In Greek Mythology, satyrs were mischievous companions and enablers of Dionysus, the god of wine, fertility, and ecstasy. They roamed the forests on the lookout for pleasure, and accompanied by the sound of pipe and drum music. Find this sly little Satyr in #iggypoplifeclass, selected for display by artist #JeremyDeller.⠀

#GeorgiaOKeeffe is popularly known for her large-scale paintings of flowers from the 1920s and 1930s. Flowers as a theme were considered a “feminine” subject in the 19th and early 20th century, but no one had ever painted them like her. As soon as she began to exhibit such imagery, both male and female critics interpreted her art as having strong sexual and anatomical connotations, claiming her images were expressions of an essential and uniquely feminine artistic sensibility. O’Keeffe spent years denying these eroticized readings of her paintings as well as the qualification of her identity as an artist with the word woman. #okeeffemodern

"As the leader of the Teen Night, “Keeffe It Up!” I’m excited to be able to incorporate some #GeorgiaOKeeffe influence into the activities that my friends and I came up with. Besides having a DJ, food and interesting art activities for our visitors to do, we are having a fashion show for the first time—something that was never done before at a Teen Night. I hope that every teen that comes to our teen night has an amazing time dancing, eating, or even walking the fashion show to experience some O’Keeffe influence and share the modernization that she tried to incorporate into her art.” — @bkmteens senior lead, Alma R. about tonight's #okeeffemodern-inspired BKM Teen Night. FREE, 5-7:30pm. Come through! #bkmteens⠀

We're excited to announce our upcoming film series, Black Queer Brooklyn on Film! Throughout June, we’re showing new shorts by young, black, queer female-identified, and gender-nonconforming video artists and filmmakers working in Brooklyn. Featuring new releases by @tobogganeer, @dyanidouze, @j_______g_______, @nontsimutiti, @capontepearson and @steffisees—members of film collective @newnegressfilmsociety—and #ReinaGossett, @lindscathar, @maroonhorizon, @tajalindley, @tionam, @battyjack_dj, @naimaramchap, and @yung_reyes. Click link in bio for details and schedule.

From the 1960s to the 1980s, black women were at the forefront of Civil Rights struggles in the U.S., however their efforts fighting oppression specific to black women were dismissed by their male counterparts and by the mainstream Feminist Movement. In response, black women developed their own ways of fighting gender inequity and racism. Differentiating themselves from mainstream Feminists, some black women identified as "womanists." Coined by #AliceWalker in 1983—and defined as "a black feminist or feminist of color... committed to [the] survival and wholeness of entire people, male and female"—the term allowed black women to underscore their own unique priorities for a new social order. Tune in to our Livestream tonight at 7:30pm (EST) for an intimate lecture with Walker and hear about her life's work and the exhibition #wewantedarevolution. Link in bio!

Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the Present opens today at the @olympicmuseum in #Lausanne, Switzerland and will be on view until November 19, 2017. Through nearly 185 photographs of sporting events from around the world, the images in this show capture the actions and achievements of celebrated and amateur athletes alike that are typically invisible to the naked eye. If you know someone in Lausanne who you think will enjoy this show, tag them and tell them to check it out. #whoshotsports #bkmtours

Thanks to the inaugural Frieze Brooklyn Museum Fund, we welcome a newly acquired work by the septuagenarian New York artist #VirginiaJaramillo. Untitled (1971), was painted after she relocated to New York from California in 1967, following Civil Rights protests and the burning of Watts. Immersed in a new environment, and responding to the New York arts community, Jaramillo embarked on her ‘curvilinear’ paintings: intensely vivid fields of color disrupted by precisely painted lines in contrasting shades that appear to curve, divide and intersect. Although this is the first painting by Jaramillo to enter the Museum’s collection, Jaramillo's work was included in our 2014 exhibition, Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, and our current exhibition #WeWantedaRevolution.

Today is the 134th birthday of one of New York’s most iconic architectural landmark, the #BrooklynBridge! Since its creation, the bridge has been a source of inspiration for artists, residents, and tourists alike. The monumental landmark is captured here through a modernist lens by the urban realist painter #GlennOColeman. Coleman moved to New York with a strong interest in the modernization of the city and developed his modernist aesthetic under the tutelage of Robert Henri, the leader of the Ashcan School. His depiction of the Brooklyn Bridge captures the technological innovations that have greatly impacted the city, such as towering skyscrapers and structures that improved and eased transportation. #bkmamericanart

🖤 this noir-ish scene captured out on our plaza by @kaceyanisa. Whether you're visiting the Museum, or just walking by, we can't wait to see your shots. Share them with us tagging #mybkm and they may end up on our feed.

A little #bluesday inspiration from #bkmartsofamericas: In the Americas, greater access to glass trade beads enabled women to cover entire surfaces of clothing and bags with colorful, intricate beaded designs. In Mexico and Central and South America, glass beads were treasured for embellishing ceremonial garments. #infinitebluebkm 🔵

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