Extended Family: Contemporary Connections

Contemporary Art Galleries, 4th Floor

Brooklyn Museum of Art

Friday 01 January 2010 to Sunday 01 January 2012
Extended Family: Contemporary Connections highlights recent acquisitions and presents them alongside notable works that entered the collection over the past five decades. The Museum’s contemporary collecting focuses on art of the twenty-first century, which has seen the rise of Brooklyn as one of the most vibrant centers of cultural production in the world.

Long-Term Installation

Contemporary Art Galleries, 4th Floor

In the face of the social upheaval of the past few decades, the family has remained territory that is routinely explored in art. The intergenerational selection of work on view in this installation demonstrates that familial relationships continue to provide a rich source of artistic material, while the concept of the family has also been extended beyond blood ties to embrace larger groups or communities united by shared values, identities, lifestyles, or emotional needs. The artists express fluid definitions of the family and domesticity, drawing on experiences that are private and public, individual and communal. As members of a community that is both homegrown and globetrotting, many of the artists in this installation also transcend national boundaries, representing a new twenty-first-century breed that travels to create work in cities around the world.

Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Dumbo—now established artists’ enclaves—have given way to Red Hook, Bed-Stuy, the Gowanus Canal, and Bushwick as frontiers that offer artists prospects for affordable studio spaces. The Brooklyn Museum has collected contemporary art since the mid-nineteenth century. Extended Family demonstrates the Museum’s continuing commitment to living artists and to collecting distinctive art of our time.

The exhibition is co-organized by Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art, and Patrick Amsellem, Associate Curator, Photography, Brooklyn Museum.

The generous support of the John and Barbara Vogelstein Contemporary Acquisitions Challenge has made possible many recent additions to the collection featured in Extended Family: Contemporary Connections.

The creation of the new contemporary galleries was made possible, in part, through support provided by the New York City Council through the efforts of Council Member Bill de Blasio.

Location

Brooklyn Museum of Art
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn Precinct
New York
United States
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Untitled #180, Edition: 10, 2000
© All rights reserved Brooklyn Museum 2000 United States
Hellen Van Meene, Dutch, born 1972. Chromogenic print Overall: 11 3/4 X 11 3/4 inches. Emily Winthrop Miles Fund
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Burning African Village Play Set with Big House and Lynching, 2006
© All rights reserved Brooklyn Museum 2006 United States
Kara Walker, American, born Stockton, California, 1969. Painted laser cut steel.
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Dad, Hampton Ponds III, Ed. 1/5, 2002
© All rights reserved Brooklyn Museum 2002 United States
Mitch Epstein, American, born 1952. Chromogenic photograph. Overall: 48 7/8 X 60 5/8 inches. Gift of Theodore Kheel
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Soundsuit, 2008
© All rights reserved Brooklyn Museum 2008 United States
Nick Cave, American, born 1959. Mixed media. Overall: 82 X 24 X 24 inches. Mary Smith Dorward Fund
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Forbidden Fruit, 2009
© All rights reserved Brooklyn Museum 2009 United States
Nina Chanel Abney (American, b. 1982). Acrylic on canvas, 67 x 77 1/2 in. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Brandt and anonymous gift
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A Little Taste Outside of Love, 2007
© All rights reserved Brooklyn Museum 2007 United States
Mickalene Thomas. Acrylic, enamel, rhinestones on wood enamel. 108 X 144 in. (274.3 x 365.8 cm). Gift of Guilia Borghese and Designated Purchase Fund