Difference, Desire, and Djuna: A shout out to the Brooklyn Museum

I love the Brooklyn Museum and now I know what I’m doing this weekend:

1. HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture. I have been seeing adverts for this exhibition on gender and sexuality in modern American portraiture in the subway for months now and have seriously been meaning to go.

I love portraits, and with over 100 works highlighting the contributions of gay and lesbian artists there is bound to be a lot to like—including this awesome photo of expat lesbian New Yorker journalist Janet Flanner. Note the two masks. Clever.

This show closes on Feb 12 so get to it.

Then, featuring another expat lesbian Flanner would have known in 1920s Paris, we have:

2. Newspaper Fiction: The New York Journalism of Djuna Barnes, 1913–1919. I will admit to being a little obsessed with Djuna Barnes–but she rocks! And not enough people know about her. Hopefully, this exhibition will change that because before she wrote troubling, challenging novels like Nightwood she was a troubling, challenging, and kickass journalist—one of the only women reporting for major nespapers in NYC and one of the pioneers of experiential journalism—yes, that is her dangling on a rope to know what it’s like to be rescued by a firefighter.

She was also a fierce illustrator. She pushed so many boundaries throughout her life and in a sea of rich lesbians swanning about Paris, she made her own way. And did I mention she had style?

It doesn’t end well—if you read Nightwood that would be pretty apparent—but every time I pass Patchin Place in the Village I pay my respects to #5 and imagine ee cummings shouting across the way every morning, “are you still alive, Djuna?” Yes, yes she is.

This exhibit runs through August.

3. And if that isn’t enough, there is the permanent exhibition of The Dinner Party created by Judy Chicago with place settings representing 39 mythical and historical famous women. I recently took someone to see it for the first time and relived just how incredible it really is—and what a conversation starter! This is the show for all of those crazy people who don’t like museums.

The web just does not do them justice, but here’s Saint Brigid.

An abundance of riches!

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2 Responses to Difference, Desire, and Djuna: A shout out to the Brooklyn Museum

  1. natasiarose says:

    I looove the BK museum! I used to live a few blocks away so I could go alll the time. I need to see Hide/Seek it looks amazemaze.

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