“Design: 1880 to Now” Exhibition

Brooklyn Museum

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20th-Century Decorative Arts, 4th Floor

The Brooklyn Museum unveils newly renovated galleries for its renowned Decorative Arts collection with Design: 1880 to Now. The installation draws from the Museum
‘s rich holdings of furniture, glass, ceramics, and metalwork dating from the late nineteenth century to the present day. This historical presentation offers competing visions of modernity, highlighting pressing themes from the era such as tensions between craft and industry, innovations in production, and cultural appropriation. The renovation has involved several changes to open up the gallery spaces, make the artworks more visible, improve accessibility, and encourage better visitor flow in the 3,000-square-foot space. Also on view are new contemporary acquisitions by Robert Lugo, Masanori Umeda, and Shiro Kuramata.

Design:1880 to Now is organized by Aric Chen, Curatorial Director, Design Miami, with Shea Spiller, Curatorial Assistant, Arts of the Americas and Europe, Brooklyn Museum. Additional curatorial contributions provided by Catherine Futter, Senior Curator, and Elizabeth St. George, Assistant Curator, Decorative Arts, Brooklyn Museum.

This installation honors the late Dr. Barry R. Harwood, Curator of Decorative Arts at the Brooklyn Museum from 1988 to 2018.



from October 23, 2020 to November 01, 2021

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