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The Brooklyn Museum

Hey Guys,

This past visit to the Brooklyn Museum was particularly interesting. There were some exhibits which I absolutely loved, and others which I absolutely hated.

We first visited the Dinner Party, which really represented something really special for me. As a big advocate of Women’s rights, partly because of my growing with three sisters, I really appreciate when someone goes out of their way to appreciate what they have done, as the famous quote proves, “Behind every great man there is a woman.” It was also very informative. I did not recognize many of the women there, and so, when I saw Judith, the Jewish representative for Women who slaughtered Holofernes and rescued her people, I felt proud. I barely knew the story and she is part of my history, so the fact that they were hosting a dinner party to congratulate all these women on their fine accomplishments truly meant a lot to me.

And then we visited the period rooms, which were absolutely marvelous. Those rooms gave us the feel of those times, and there a hint of fear and awkwardness in each new room. We observed that there must have been nothing to do if not for work. There were no TVs, no radios, nothing to keep them from becoming bored. Their living rooms were the emptiest parts of their houses. But the fear stemmed from the darkness that lurked around each and every house that was alone for miles around them. Some of the houses were the only ones for miles on end. How could they have lived in such a distant, quiet and unsafe place? Anyone could just break into their house and kill everybody and no one would know who it was, how they did it, or even when. They could be dead for weeks before anyone would realize their absence. That point struck me the hardest. But all in all, it was an amazing experience; the rooms were absolutely delightful to visit.

And the last exhibit on the fourth floor, which resembled the Sistine Chapel in many ways, was interesting yet I could not connect to it. The art was beautiful but I could not feel an emotion broadcast. It was interesting because of its resemblance, but other than that, it was just paint on wall.

We then moved to the fifth floor, where we visited the piano and the tree, which was very cool, yet weird and eerie. I liked it because it showed that art does not have to be beautiful; it could also be scary and eerie and have a different effect, yet still be art. The fact that the piano was playing itself was also a nice trick, and added substantially to that eerie yet pleasant feeling.

And then we moved on to the Youth and Beauty Exhibit.

Unfortunately, we didn’t save the best for last. I hated it. The only thing the exhibit accomplished, in my eyes, was to make that line between pornography and nude art all the more murky. It seemed to me to be just another way to portray nude bodies, and not at all a way to portray art. Granted, it was nice to see the exhibit that we mentioned about in class, the young man pushing the wrench which turned the gear and moved the machine. That was an appealing photograph, because it portrayed the young man as a strong attractive individual, and made him seem reliable.

However, that was one of the couple of pieces of art which I enjoyed in that exhibit.

I did feel the need to continue exploring, but time waits for no one.

I do plan on returning in the near future to complete my Brooklyn Museum experience.

Joey Kabariti


1 Emibee Wong <3 { 11.29.11 at 9:41 am }

I agree with you on the period rooms as well! For every period room, I tried to put myself during that time, in that room, and thinking about all the possibilities that could have happened such as having barely anything to distract us from work and the tranquility really made me turn knots in my stomach. But what really brought out the subtle creepiness of these period rooms was the dark and quiet atmosphere. I’m not sure how I would have been able to survive the nights without being psychologically disturbed. The feeling I got when observing the period rooms reminded me of the time we were both in the basement in the Dia: Beacon museum…that kind of haunted feeling…dark and a sense of the unknown…

2 Joseph Kabariti { 11.30.11 at 1:35 pm }


It does give you that same eerie feeling, right? However, I did feel that there was less of a creepy feeling as more of an element of fear. I felt that the period rooms had a much more artistic effect on me, while the basement of Dia:Beacon was just plain weird. I actually enjoyed the majesticness (that’s not even a real word, but it’s the only thing that fits what I’m trying to say) of the period rooms. The beauty of it was that each and every room was simple, yet elegant. I loved that. The only creepy part was the actual darkness, of which I am definitely not a big fan. But aside from that element of darkness and fear, I would’ve loved to live in one of these beautiful houses.

Joey Kabariti

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