The works of art in Infinite Blue feature blue in all its variety-a fascinating strand of visual poetry running from ancient times to the present day. In cultures dating back thousands of years, blue-the color of the skies-has often been associated with the spiritual but also signifies power, status, and beauty. The spiritual and material aspects of blue combine to tell us stories about global history, cultural values, technological innovation, and international commerce.
This cross-departmental survey includes objects from our holdings of Asian, African, Egyptian, American, Native American, and European art, among them paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, the decorative arts, illuminated manuscripts, printed books, and contemporary art. It will expand as subsequent chapters unfold, eventually almost filling our first floor.
Infinite Blue is organized by a curatorial team including Yekaterina Barbash, Associate Curator of Egyptian Art; Susan Beningson, Assistant Curator, Asian Art; Connie Choi, Assistant Curator of American Art; Joan Cummins, Lisa and Bernard Selz Curator, Asian Art; Barry R. Harwood, Curator, Decorative Arts; Deirdre Lawrence, Principal Librarian, Libraries and Archives; Cora Michael, Associate Curator, Prints and Drawings; Nancy Rosoff, Andrew W. Mellon Curator, Arts of the Americas; Lisa Small, Curator of European Painting and Sculpture; and Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art; with guidance provided by Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Brooklyn Museum.
Generous support for this exhibition is provided by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and an anonymous donor.
Infinite Blue is part of A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum, a yearlong series of ten exhibitions celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Leadership support is provided by Elizabeth A. Sackler, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Calvin Klein Family Foundation, Mary Jo and Ted Shen, and an anonymous donor. Generous support is also provided by Annette Blum, the Taylor Foundation, the Antonia and Vladimer Kulaev Cultural Heritage Fund, Beth Dozoretz, The Cowles Charitable Trust, and Almine Rech Gallery.
The Brooklyn Museum is excited to announce A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum, ten distinct exhibitions and an extensive calendar of related public programs celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. The Museum-wide series starts in October 2016 and continues through early 2018.
A Year of Yes presents a multiplicity of voices from the history of feminism and feminist art while also showcasing contemporary artistic practices and new thought leadership. The project recognizes feminism as a driving force for progressive change and takes the transformative contributions of feminist art during the last half-century as its starting point. A Year of Yes then reimagines the next steps, expanding feminist thinking from its roots in the struggle for gender parity to embrace broader social-justice issues of tolerance, inclusion, and diversity.
From exhibitions of renowned and trailblazing women artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Marilyn Minter, to a breakthrough survey of the lesser-known artist Beverly Buchanan; from a long-overdue historical account of the centrality of women of color in the emergence of second-wave feminism, to exhibitions with global contemporary artists enacting a future of equality, A Year of Yes pushes back against conventional barriers while expanding the canon.
A Year of Yes also delves into the history of the Brooklyn Museum itself, reexamining the radical, progressive, and largely unheralded contributions so often left out of traditional institutional histories. By reinterpreting the collection, amid ten special exhibitions and innovative public programming, the Museum will demonstrate how feminism's reenvisioning of the contemporary world has changed how we understand the artworks in the building, the culture that surrounds them, and the ways history gets written.
A Year of Yes Exhibitions
Beverly Buchanan-Ruins and Rituals, October 21, 2016-March 5, 2017
Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty, November 4, 2016-April 2, 2017
Iggy Pop Life Class, November 4, 2016-March 26, 2017
Infinite Blue, Opening late November 2016
A Woman's Afterlife: Gender Transformation in Ancient Egypt, Opening December 2, 2016
Georgia O'Keeffe: Living Modern, March 3, 2017-July 23, 2017
Utopia Station, Launching late March 2017
We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85, April 21-September 17, 2017
The Roots of "The Dinner Party", Opening October 20, 2017
A Feminist Timeline, Opening October 20, 2017