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Like many impactful leaders throughout history, images of and homages to Barack Obama have become an important part of popular culture. New York-based quilt artist #MichaelACummings created this image of the president surrounded by quotes from Civil Rights activists whose work paved the way for his election, and one quote from Obama’s own favorite president, Abraham Lincoln. #PresidentsDay #BKMDecarts

Michael A. Cummings (American, born 1945). Quilt, "President Obama," 2010. Various textiles, plastic buttons. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dorothy Bobrow in memory of her sister, Thelma Lippman Scott; Mrs. George Liberman, Alice Topp Lee, and Mrs. Hans H. Zinsser, by exchange and Designated Purchase Fund, 2013.14. © artist or artist's estate⠀

"FLY (2008) is installed high up on the wall, looking down on William Glackens’s Manet- inspired reclining nude and John Sloan’s picture of prostitutes milling about. FLY functions as the silent observer in this compelling gallery.” — #RobWynne

Installation views of Rob Wynne (American, born 1950). FLY (2018) above John Sloan (American, 1871-1951). The Haymarket, Sixth Avenue (1907) and William Glackens (American, 1870-1938). Girl with Apple (1909-1910). 📷@jonathan_dorado

On Thursday, February 28, enjoy an original live score by @djspooky_official created for the silent masterpiece Body and Soul. Starring a young Paul Robeson, the film is regarded as a rare work in African American cinematic history and boasts biting social commentary on race and gender in Hollywood. After the screening, participate in Q&A with Spooky. Visit link in bio for tickets.⠀

Still from Body and Soul (Oscar Micheaux, 1925, 93 min.). (Photo: Courtesy of Kino Lorber)⠀

Swirling into motion, egúngún masquerade costumes appear during annual festivities to bless the community. Manifesting ancestral spirits, they serve as a bridge between the living and the otherworld. Paka egúngún, which escort more senior masks and perform whirling dances, are covered with fabric panels that create a dwelling place for ancestral spirits. Arranged and selected according to Yorùbá design sense (ojú-ọnà), this mask incorporates hundreds of African, Asian, and European fabrics. These include imported damasks, velvets, faux furs, and embroideries, as well as local indigo-dyed cottons. On view through August 18, the exhibition #OneEgúngún takes a deep look at the life story of this stunning 20th century masquerade costume. 📷 @jonathan_dorado

Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón was born in Coyoacán, Mexico in 1907 on the eve of the Mexican Revolution, the experience of which shaped her lifelong commitment to communism and mexicanidad. Though a bright student, a near fatal accident in 1925 meant the end of her academic studies and plan to pursue medicine. During her lengthy recovery, she took up painting, focusing on the genre that would come to define her practice: self-portraiture. Though she was little acknowledged during her life for her work, Kahlo is now recognized as one of the most important and innovative artists of the twentieth century. Her unique approach to fashioning her self became a source — as well as a subject — of her bold, uncompromising art. #FridaKahloBKM

Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón nació en Coyoacán, México en 1907, en vísperas de la Revolución Mexicana, la experiencia de la cual formó su compromiso permanente al comunismo y la mexicanidad. Aunque era una estudiante brillante, un accidente casi fatal en 1925 significó el fin de sus estudios académicos y su plan de estudiar una carrera de medicina. Durante su larga recuperación, comenzó a pintar, enfocándose en el género que llegaría a definir su práctica: el autorretrato. Aunque su obra fue poco reconocida durante su vida, Kahlo es hoy reconocida como una de los artistas más importantes e innovadoras del siglo XX. Su modo extraordinario de construir su imagen propia se convirtió en fuente—así como en tema—de su audaz e inquebrantable arte.⠀

Guillermo Kahlo, Frida Kahlo, c.1926. Silver gelatin print. Collection of Museo Frida Kahlo. © Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera Archives. Bank of Mexico, Fiduciary in the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Museum Trust. ⇨ Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907–1954). Self-Portrait with a Necklace, 1933. Oil on metal. The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art and the Vergel Foundation. © 2019. Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York⠀

"Love is an invitation to people to stand up and be generous every day of their lives. It is not an action of receiving, but rather an action of giving. My question is what do you do to give love? How is love breaking the rules you have in your life?" — @Hankwillisthomas #HappyValentinesDay! 💙⠀

Installation view, Something to Say: Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine, Deborah Kass, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Hank Willis Thomas, (LOVE RULES, Hank Willis Thomas). Brooklyn Museum, October 3, 2018 – June 30, 2019. Photo @jonathan_dorado

💖 #HappyValentinesDay from us to you! Love is definitely in the air and we’re falling for these mushy #mybkm moments from visitors @audiohelkuik @hbcohen @archivalgold @cherryandcurls @daverobbinsphotography @imsobreuckelen @ulovelucy_rn @jaylav_theyoungfinessegod @sequoyahdaniel @coupleswhocommit and @musikmisuk 💞

#HarmonyHammond’s wrapped structures lean on and support one another, evoking associations of interconnectedness, community, and intimacy. Made from discarded fabric she found in Soho and old textiles from friends, Hammond envisions her sculptures as representing communities of women, specifically queer and trans women, who support one another and are ready to take collective action. #HalfthePictureBKM⠀⠀

Installation view of Harmony Hammond’s Hunkertime (1979-80) in Half the Picture: A Feminist Look at the Collection. #BrooklynMuseum 📸 @jonathan_dorado

Although it represents a specific place, #DoHoSuh’s The Perfect Home II nonetheless challenges the concept of site-specificity. The fabric membrane is a faithful re-creation of a singular site—Suh’s apartment space, an ethereal edifice that contains memories of his life in New York. #OneDoHoSuh

Do Ho Suh (born Seoul, South Korea, 1962). The Perfect Home II, 2003. Translucent nylon. Brooklyn Museum; Gift of Lawrence B. Benenson, 2017.46. #BKMContemporary

Be inspired by crowns, clothing, and jewelry in our Ancient Egyptian Art and Arts of Africa collections. Then, create art of your own to wear home during our spring semester of F.A.M. (Family Art Magic) for kids ages 4 to 6 and their adult companion. Visit link in bio to register for the full series or for a single day! Classes take place Sundays, March 3–April 28 from 1:30 to 2:45 pm. #bkmeducation

What an amazing beginning for Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving! Thanks to our thousands of visitors and Members who joined us for our sold out opening weekend, and thanks to our partners and sponsors @revlon @bankofamerica @delta @aeromexico @weareleach @cervezabocanegra @josecuervotequila @vamuseum @mexico_mx and @museofridakahlo for making this exhibition, and its festivities, possible. #FridaKahloBKM 📷 Vladimir Weinstein/BFA.com

Treat your Valentine to a night of salsa dancing, live music, and performance this Thursday! Our hosts @BalmirDance will get your hearts racing on the dance floor 💋💃 Visit link in bio for details 📷: @kolinmendez

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