Brooklyn Museum of Art

Hey everyone, I hope you are enjoying the remainder of your holidays. Today a friend and I ventured to the Brooklyn Museum to see the highly touted Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties. Our expectations were high and I can only say that they were exceeded. It is not every day that one sees the works of Georgia O’Keeffe, Thomas Hart Benton, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Hopper, Marsden Hartley, Aaron Douglas, and others all on display, and so intelligently. American is the key word in the exhibit’s title. While Europeans were exhausted and recovering from the slaughter of the Great War, artists on this side of the Atlantic were busy creating a uniquely American idiom. Incorporating photography, painting, sculpture, and mass media, it is the type of show that changes one’s ideas of what “modern” is. The exhibit was so overpowering that we took a break and went to Tom’s Restaurant for lunch before going back for more. I used to volunteer at the Brooklyn Museum and can tell you that it is one of our country’s leading cultural institutions. If you are hesitating to travel to the land of us bridge and tunnel folk, don’t. The museum is remarkably easy to get to from Manhattan. Any time is a good time to visit the Brooklyn Museum, but if you can see this show before it ends on January 29. And bring your appetite for Tom’s around the corner.