The Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238
The Brooklyn Museum has announced highlights of its 2022 exhibition schedule. Of the schedule, Anne Pasternak, Shelby White, and Leon Levy Director, Brooklyn Museum, says, “We’re presenting an impressive array of exhibitions this year, from topical collection activations to exciting artist installations.” This year will mark the conclusion of a multiphase reinstallation of the Arts of Asia and the Islamic World galleries, featuring the Museum’s world-renowned collection of masterpieces from across the continent and introducing several new acquisitions. Visitors will have the opportunity to see a new collection display in the Museum’s Egyptian galleries that recontextualizes ancient Egypt as an African civilization, as well as rediscover familiar jewels from its European collection.
The Museum’s upcoming artist presentations feature Guadalupe Maravilla’s exploration of intergenerational healing through art and ritual in his solo exhibition. The museum will also present the first museum survey of the work of Jimmy DeSana, a pioneering figure in post-conceptual photography. Boundary-breaking art by Nellie Mae Rowe, an important but overlooked figure of twentieth-century American folk art will be featured. Duke Riley’s timely examination of the plastic industry’s environmental impact on global and local ecosystems will be showcased and finally, a survey of the life work of late visionary artist and designer Virgil Abloh.
Virgil Abloh “Figures of Speech”
July 1, 2022- January 29, 2023
Great Hall, 1st Floor
The Brooklyn Museum will be honoring the late designer Virgil Abloh in their new exhibit “Figures of Speech” from July 1, 2022- January 29, 2023. It will be located in Great Hall on the 1st floor. This is the first museum survey exhibition devoted to the late designer, who was revolutionary and shifted the fashion and art world. Abloh made history when he became the first black designer appointed as the men’s artistic director of Louis Vuitton. The exhibition will showcase a combination of art, fashion, design, immersive spaces, videos, youth culture as well as sketches spanning nearly two decades of Abloh’s career. Virgil Abloh’s “Figures of Speech” exhibit is organized by Micheal Darling, former James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. The Brooklyn Museum presentation is organized by independent curator and writer Antwaun Sargent.
“DEATH OF THE LIVING”, Long Live Trash
July 17, 2022- April 23, 2023
Period Rooms, 4th Floor
Brooklyn artist Duke Riley takes a critical approach to the environmental impact of two major industries that have had a significant effect on global and local ecosystems, which are whaling and plastics. The exhibition will be located in the Period Rooms, 4th Floor. This exhibition also displays Riley’s recent works, which transform everyday plastic waste into scrimshaw, fishing lures, and sailor’s valentines (a type of souvenir made from seashells). The exhibition is in the form of a commentary and it emphasizes the role that major corporations and individuals have had in the destruction of the Earth’s waterways, past and present. “DEATH OF THE LIVING”, Long Live Trash is organized by Liz St. George, Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts, with Shea Spiller, Curatorial Assistant, Arts of the Americas and Europe, and Brooklyn Museum. The exhibition has received generous support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts as well.
Guadalupe Maravilla: Tierra Blanca Joven
April 8–September 18, 2022
Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st Floor
Brooklyn-based Salvadoran artist Guadalupe Maravilla draws from his own story of migration, displacement, illness, and recovery in this timely solo exhibition. The exhibition Guadalupe Maravilla: Tierra Blanca Joven will be located at the Robert E. Blum Gallery on the first floor. The exhibition addresses a collective sense of trauma that has grown out of a lengthy pandemic, civil unrest, and displacement. It includes more than a dozen of new and existing works by Maravilla, as well as objects from the Museum’s Maya art collection and a Healing Room designed by teen staff in the BkM Teens program. The exhibition highlights the ways that care and healing allow individuals and communities to meet the many challenges of contemporary life. This exhibition is part of Mindscapes, an international cultural initiative examining mental health that is sponsored by the Wellcome Trust. The Wellcome Trust is a British foundation devoted to scientific research, advocacy, and policy related to health.
For this global initiative, Wellcome is also collaborating with Gropius Bau in Berlin, Germany, the Museum of Art and Photography in Bengaluru, India, and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan. “Guadalupe Maravilla: Tierra Blanca Joven” is organized by Eugenie Tsai, John, and Barbara Vogelstein Senior Curator, Contemporary Art at Brooklyn Museum, as part of Mindscapes Wellcome’s international cultural program, which discusses mental health. Related Brooklyn resources are organized by Lindsay C. Harris, Interim Director of Education and Teen Programs Manager at Brooklyn Museum, with Rebecca Jacobs. As well as collaboration from Wellcome Trust Mental Health Curatorial Research Fellow, Center for the Humanities, and The Graduate Center at CUNY.
Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe
September 2, 2022-January 1, 2023
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, 4th Floor
In the exhibition Really Free by artist Nellie Mae Rowe, she examines autobiographical drawings, experimental sculpture, and “The Playhouse,” which is the environment she built and lived in for decades. This exhibition is located on Elizabeth A. Sackler for Feminist Art, on the 4th Floor. This solo exhibition positions Nellie Mae Rowe as an important yet overlooked figure of twentieth-century American folk art. Rowe’s practice explores themes of girlhood, play, and spirituality, while also contextualizing Rowe’s craft as a radical act of self-expression and liberation in the South after the Civil Rights era. This is the first major exhibition of Rowe’s work in twenty years. “Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe” is organized by Catherine Morris, Sackler Senior Curator, Jenée-Daria Strand, Curatorial Assistant and Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art.
Jimmy DeSana: Submission
November 11, 2022–April 16, 2023
Robert E. Blum Gallery, 1st Floor
This exhibition is the first survey of the work of Jimmy DeSana, a pioneering yet overlooked figure in New York City’s countercultural arts and music scenes during the 1970s and 1980s. The exhibition is located on Robert E. Blum Gallery, on the 1st Floor. Throughout his career, which was cut short when he passed away from AIDS-related illness in 1990, DeSana challenged notions of sexuality and the body; he helped elevate photography within the contemporary art world and participated in new art communities outside of traditional institutions and systems of distribution. From mail art and zines to collectives and artist-run spaces. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated publication and will tour to venues to be determined. The “Jimmy DeSana: submission” solo exhibition is organized by Drew Sawyer, Phillip Leonian, Edith Rosenbaum, and Leonian Curator.