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Pre-Columbian Art at the Brooklyn Museum: From 1897 to the Present
May 12, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Brooklyn Museum welcomes members of the Pre-Columbian Society of New York for a viewing and informal conversation in the Library Reading Room on Thursday, May 12, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Rare and unique items from the Brooklyn Museum’s Library special collections and from the Museum Archives will be on view. They will include a photo album of nineteenth century views of Tiwanaku, a carbon gelatin photograph taken by Alfred P. Maudslay in 1885 of a Mayan site, and documentation from the Museum Archives regarding the building of the Museum’s collections on pre-Columbian art.
Textual and visual documents from the Museum Archives illuminating the institution’s history of collecting pre-Columbian art will also be on view. There will be a discussion of some of the key figures involved in forming the collection such as Herbert Spinden, A. Hyatt Verrill, Ernest Erickson, and Alastair Bradley Martin. A selection of outstanding pre-Columbian ceramics and textiles, including the miniature tunic shown above, will also be on display.
Nancy Rosoff, Andrew Mellon Curator of the Arts of the Americas; Georgia de Havenon, Research Associate; and Deirdre Lawrence, Principal Librarian, will be leading the presentation. A small reception outside the Library will follow.
The Brooklyn Museum is open on Thursday nights until 10pm. We encourage you to visit the galleries after the program. Pre-Columbian art is on view in a few areas of the Museum: first floor – Connecting Cultures and on the fifth floor in the newly reinstalled American galleries and in Life, Death, and Transformation in the Americas.
Please note that the group will need to be escorted up to and from the Library as it is located on the second floor, which is currently closed for renovation. RSVP is required as space is limited. Directions to the museum can be found here. Please enter through the front door and gather around the Members Desk in the Museum’s Main Lobby. We will be escorted up to the second floor at around 6:10 pm, once the group has had a chance to gather, so please be prompt!
The Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives are open to researchers by appointment. Inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org