As the face of America changes and becomes more diverse, this major reinstallation of our American Art galleries attempts to take a more inclusive approach. It embraces work by women and people of color and extends the definition of America to encompass not only the United States but Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean basin, beginning with the art of the first peoples who lived in the region thousands of years before contact with European colonizers.
Works on view include a broad range of mediums, periods, and objects, from furniture and other decorative arts, to sculpture and painting, to ceremonial and functional stone, ceramic, and buckskin works. Highlights include Gilbert Stuart, George Washington (1796); Albert Bierstadt, A Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rosalie (1866); a Maya artist’s Figure Emerging from a Water Lily (600–900); Herter Brothers, Cabinet (circa 1872); and Red River Metis or Yanktonai Sioux artist, Dress Shirt (before 1830). — Brooklyn Museum
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Gilbert Stuart (American, 1755â1828). George Washington, 1796. Oil on canvas, 961/4 x 601/4 in. (244.5 x 153 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund and Museum Purchase Fund, 45.179
Albert Bierstadt (American, born Germany, 1830â1902). A Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rosalie, 1866. Oil on canvas, 83 x 1421/4 in. (210.8 x 361.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, Healy Purchase Fund B, Frank L. Babbott Fund, A. Augustus Healy Fund, Ella C. Woodward Memorial Fund, Carll H. de Silver Fund, Charles Stewart Smith Memorial Fund, Caroline A.L. Pratt Fund, Frederick Loeser Fund, Augustus Graham School of Design Fund, Museum Collection Fund, Special Subscription, and John B. Woodward Memorial Fund; Purchased with funds given by Daniel M. Kelly and Charles Simon; Bequest of Mrs. William T. Brewster, Gift of Mrs. W. Woodward Phelps in memory of her mother and father, Ella M. and John C. Southwick, Gift of Seymour Barnard, Bequest of Laura L. Barnes, Gift of J.A.H. Bell, and Bequest of Mark Finley, by exchange, 76.79
Maya. Figure Emerging from a Water Lily, 600â900. Ceramic, pigment, 81/4 x 21/8 x 111/16 in. (21 x 5.4 x 4.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 70.31
Herter Brothers (American, 1865â1905). Cabinet, late 1870s. Ebonized cherry, other woods, glass, brass, pigment, 423/8 x 66 x 163/4 in. (107.6 x 167.6 x 42.5cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 76.63aâf
Red River Metis or Yanktonai Sioux artist. Dress Shirt (detail), 19th century. Buckskin, porcupine quills, garnet beads, pony beads, seed beads, thread, 39 in. (99.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Henry L. Batterman Fund and Frank Sherman Benson Fund, 50.67.4
Cover photo: LoÃ¯s Mailou Jones (American, 1905â1998). Dans un CafÃ© Ã Paris (Leigh Whipper), 1939. Oil on canvas, 36 x 29 in. (91.4 x 73.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Fund for African American Art and gift of Auldlyn Higgins Williams and E.T. Williams, Jr., 2012.1. Â© Estate of LoÃ¯s Mailou Jones, LoÃ¯s Mailou Jones Pierre-Noel Trust. (Photo: Sarah DeSantis, Brooklyn Museum)