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This Place And Agitprop Review

Art often has a way of humanizing events that often seem hard to grasp conceptually.

Two new exhibits at the Brooklyn Museum, This Place and Agitprop, use art to tell stories and fill in these gaps.

The first exhibit, This Place, takes the cold, hard facts of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and uses photographs to humanize this conflict that more often seems black and white than grey.

Using over 600 photographs from some of the world’s most respected photographers, these pictures tell the stories of the individuals who live in Israel and The West Bank. Given creative license in terms of subject and scope, each photographer used his or her camera to put a face and a name on a conflict where many take sides, but few truly comprehend.

The second exhibit, Agitprop, brings together the world of propaganda and agitation. On first glance, propaganda and agitation might seem worlds apart, but upon closer inspection, it’s quite easy to see how similar they are.

Using a variety of mediums and artists, this exhibit shows how close propaganda and agitation are.

I found both exhibits to be fascinating. They reveal a dimension of reality that the media and the facts cannot.

I recommend them both.

This Place will be at the Brooklyn Museum until June 5th. Agitprop will be at the Brooklyn Museum until August 7th.

The museum is located at  200 Eastern Parkway, in Brooklyn, NY. 

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Coney Island Exhibition

For many New Yorkers, Coney Island (otherwise known as the People’s Playground), is more than the beach, the boardwalk or the amusement park. It is home and the site of fond childhood memories.

Back in November, the Brooklyn Museum premiered its newest exhibit,  Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008. Containing photographs, films clips, art and artifacts from Coney Island’s past, this exhibit, takes the visitor back in time. The multi-media exhibit is a feast for the eyes, the ears and the memories.

I grew up near Coney Island and have many happy childhood memories there. As an adult, I go to Coney Island to play, to relax and to remember.

I highly recommend this exhibition.

Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008 will be at the Brooklyn Museum until March 13th, 2016. The Museum is located at 200 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, NY.  

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Judith Scott-Bound And Unbound

Art, in it’s purest form, is a form of expression. While some artists have trouble communicating in their daily lives, their work speaks volumes.

Judith Scott did not have happy childhood. She was one half of a set of fraternal twin girls. While her sister Joyce was born healthy, Judith was born deaf, mute and with down syndrome. Her parents institutionalized her at an early age. In 1987, Judith joined the Creative Arts Center. There, she began a new life as an artist. Her art combines yarn, pieces of wood and other materials to expose the true person within.

An exhibit of her art will be at the Brooklyn Museum up until tomorrow. What is fascinating to me is that her art is full of color. It is vibrant, alive, sometimes dark, but fascinating.  It is unconventional, but extremely powerful. Her art is a symbol of her feelings as not just a woman of her generation, but a disabled woman for whom life was that much more difficult for.

I highly recommend this exhibit.

 

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