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Planning to attend @brooklynbotanic's #SakuraMatsuri Festival this weekend? Spend time admiring the cherry blossoms then stop by the Museum (we're right next door) and take in some art! Show us your BBG ticket and receive 25% off Museum admission all weekend—a perfect time to see our sensational exhibition, #okeeffemodern. 🌸

#NowOnView in #BKMEuropeanart—Two works by acclaimed French artists depicting a famed 19th century ballerina. Made for the 1868 Salon, “Portrait of Mlle Fiocre in the Ballet ‘La Source’” by #EdgarDegas captures the young star during a break in rehearsal and is among the first of his many works focusing on contemporary ballet. In celebration of the painting’s return, the Degas is paired with #JeanBaptisteCarpeaux’s plaster bust of the dancer. On special loan from @petitpalais_musee, the bust is a reduced version of a marble sculpture he made for the Salon, where it was praised for its lively, expressive features and sensual form.

Over the course of her 60-year career, #FaithRinggold’s activism has moved strategically between reform and revolution. She helped form one of the first collectives for women of color artists in Brooklyn, led protests to push for the inclusion of artists of color, advocated for free speech, and worked with incarcerated women for a mural project. These powerful acts of art and activism are only a few of the many times Ringgold appears throughout #WeWantedaRevolution. Ringgold completed this self-portrait at the beginning of her career, concurrent with the rise of the Black Power and other radical political movements of the 1960s. In reflecting on this painting and the political and artistic awakening she experienced during this time, Ringgold has said, “I was trying to find my voice, talking to myself through my art.”

Inspired in part by the accoutrements of the artist’s fashion commissions, Smash was created by #MarilynMinter for our 2014–15 exhibition #KillerHeels. Rather than highlighting the glitz and glamour of the designer shoe, #MarilynMinter made a video that is much more foreboding. This is your second chance to see this smashing work, and there are just two weeks left to do so. Step into the Minter’s Pretty/Dirty world before it closes on May 7. #prettydirtybkm

As debates continue over what it means to be American, @whitneymuseum’s new exhibition Where We Are puts forward new ways of presenting the self and American life. Bringing together iconic and rarely exhibited works from the #WhitneyCollection, this show features American artists working between 1900–1960—including two powerful women also on view over in Brooklyn, #GeorgiaOKeeffe and #ElizabethCatlett (check them out in our Instagram Story!). Thank you #WhitneyMuseum for being awesome #MuseumInstaSwap partners and hello to any new followers! Tomorrow we’ll be back to regularly scheduled BKM posts. #ElllsworthKelly

The @whitneymuseum’s 2017 #WhitneyBiennial, which is the longest-running survey of contemporary American art, arrives at a time rife with racial tensions, economic inequities, and polarizing politics. The included artists, many of which live and work in Brooklyn, challenge viewers to consider how these realities affect our senses of self and community. Shout out to Brooklyn artists Susan Cianciollo, Shara Hughes, James N. Kienitz Wilkins, Ajay Kurian, Deana Lawson, An-My Lê, Ulrike Müller, Raúl de Nieves, Jessi Reaves, Dana Schutz, and Leslie Thornton and Torey Thornton! #MuseumInstaSwap

The @whitneymuseum and @brooklynmuseum hold works by many of the same American artists. You can see some of these shared artists in the Whitney’s exhibition Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s, which presents a focused look at #1980sPainting with works drawn entirely from the #WhitneyCollection. A few shared collection artists on view include Ida Applebroog, Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Mary Heilmann, Robert Indiana, Arthur Lee, Kiki Smith, Terry Winters and longtime BKM favorites #JeanMichelBasquiat and #KeithHaring. #MuseumInstaSwap

Today 32 art institutions across the city are joining forces to participate in a NYC Instagram Swap! We're partnering with our friends at @whitneymuseum to swap @instagram accounts and share about our current exhibitions and some of the connections between our American art collections. Peep our stories to join Brooklyn-turned-Whitney assistant curator @rjkhckly on a tour in both of our Museums. #MuseumInstaSwap

A little #bluesday inspiration from #BKMContemporary: In the ongoing series Sunday Paintings, #ByronKim inscribes personal notes about his daily life onto his painted images of the sky. In nuanced hues of blue, each one represents the sky on the Sunday it was painted. The words sit on the picture plane, creating a play between the painting as a flat surface and as a window opening onto the illusion of deep space. Lined up on a wall, the Sunday Paintings have a cinematic quality: each panel looks like a frame in a film sequence—a moment in time stilled—as if each is a part of a larger ongoing whole. #infinitebluebkm 🔵

This gray-black basalt torso of a youth probably represents Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and pleasure. The attribute of the skin of a recently slain fawn worn as a shawl over the god’s shoulder is the indicator of the subject matter. Similarly, the ends of meandering, shoulder length locks of his hair, visible beside the neck, in their length and luxurious disarray also point to the youthful Dionysus. The smooth bodily contours, too, suggest the god’s identity with some excess weight gained through overindulgence in wine and sybaritic pursuits. Find this figure in #iggypoplifeclass, selected for display by artist #JeremyDeller.

📍Ise, Japan: While in #Ise and its surrounding regions, we visited some of the most important temples and shrines in #Shintoism. Highlights included hiking #kumanokodo, the Shinto pilgrimage path that people have taken for more than a thousand years, #Isejingu or #Isegrandshrine, a complex that includes the shrine where the sun goddess #Amaterasu is believed to dwell, #Meotoiwa, or shrine called the “married couple rocks,” and #Tsumekirifudoson, a temple where Kūkai, the founder of the Shingon school of Buddhism left his mark. Follow #BKMAsianart researcher Amanda Imai’s journey at @curatorialchronicles and

Support art and creativity @brooklynmuseum and everywhere like recent visitors @minorhistorynyc 🔄When political agendas devalue art, do not stay seated. Support arts institutions - volunteer, visit, become a member, be vocal, and keep creativity alive. We need #artnowmorethanever. ✊️#brooklynmuseum #mybkm

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