SCI-FI MURAL PREDICTS BLEAK FUTURE
In 1855, the Brooklyn Museum officially established its collection
of American art by commissioning a work by painter Asher B. Durand.
That work, "The First Harvest in the Wilderness" (1855),
still hangs prominently today in the "American Identities"
collection, and shows a farm carved out of a bucolic wilderness.
A shaft of light from the sky seems to hint that this is fate,
destiny or divine intervention - progress, if you will.
The Brooklyn Museum’s latest commission, an enormous painting
by Alexis Rockman, doesn’t have a similarly upbeat message about
man’s tangling with nature.
In "Manifest Destiny" (above) Brooklyn’s DUMBO and
other nearby neighborhoods have been submerged under water (as
a result of global warming), and instead of hipsters coming in
and out of the DUMBO General Store with their lattes, there are
all kinds of amphibians scooching in and around the abandoned
structures - like the Brooklyn Bridge - left behind by those
On Saturday, April 17, at 6 pm, Rockman will discuss his mural
with Marc Mayer, the museum’s deputy director for art.
As part of its celebration of its new front entrance, the Brooklyn
Museum is offering two full days of activities as well as two
new exhibits: "Open House: Working in Brooklyn" (see
) and "Patrick Kelly:
A Retrospective." On Sunday, April 18, at 2 pm, guest curator
Thelma Golden will discuss the Patrick Kelly exhibit, which she
In addition, the museum is offering dozens more lectures, live
music and dance performances, craft workshops for children, films
and much more on Saturday and Sunday.
Admission is free on April 17, from 11 am to 11 pm, and on
April 18, from 11 am to 6 pm. The Brooklyn Museum is located
at 200 Eastern Parkway at Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights.
For more information, log onto www.brooklynmuseum.org
or call (718) 638-5000.
Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010