Word on the street! Giant greeting now outside BK Museum

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Oy to the world: The 17-foot-wide sculpture was previously on display in Brooklyn Bridge Park and near the ferry stop in Williamsburg.
See something, say something: This sign by Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine is part of the “Something To Say” exhibit now on display at the Brooklyn Museum.
Neon wisdom: This display by Hank Willis Thomas spreads its message inside the Brooklyn Museum’s entryway.
You don’t say?: The “Something to Say” exhibit will welcome people the Brooklyn Museum.

Oy, you can say that again!

The giant yellow sculpture that shouted “Oy” to the world has returned! The 8-foot-high aluminum letters of “OY/YO,” which debuted in Brooklyn Bridge Park in 2015, settled into a new spot front of the Brooklyn Museum yesterday as part of the “Something To Say” exhibit, on display until next summer. The gargantuan art piece by Bushwick sculptor Deborah Kass will serve as a cheery salute to the community and visiting tourists, said the exhibit’s curator.

“The installation of ‘OY/YO’ will function as a new greeting, welcome to museum locals and visitors, and an intersectional ‘Hey!’ to all that walk in and visit the museum,” said Sharon Matt Atkins.

The sign, which can be read as an attention-grabbing “Yo” or a downbeat “Oy,” depending on your perspective, is set perpendicular across a set of low benches outside the Museum. Several other elements of the text-based “Something to Say” exhibit can also be found outside, including a woven ribbon sign from the art collective Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine, which reads “Do Not Disappear Into Silence” in bright red, all-caps letters across the Museum’s facade, and a set of prepositions written on the steps near the outdoor fountain, by Kameelah Janan Rasheed.

Inside the museum, Rasheed has also created a series of hanging banners that ask evocative questions of visitors, and a neon sculpture titled “Love Rules,” by Hank Willis Thomas, flashes various messages over the admissions desk.

Art fans can meet the artists at an opening ceremony for the exhibit happening outside the Brooklyn Museum on Oct. 6 from 11 am to 2 pm, where visitors can create political lawn signs, join a karaoke session, and enjoy music, snacks, and ice cream.

“Something To Say” opening event outside the Brooklyn Museum [200 Eastern Pkwy. at Washington Avenue in Prospect Heights, (718) 638–5000,]. Oct. 6 at 11 am. Free.

Reach arts editor Bill Roundy at or by calling (718) 260–4507.
Updated 2:41 pm, October 5, 2018
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