Brooklyn Museum & Space

This past semester I wanted to go to more museums. Therefore, when my friend asked if I’d like to go to the Brooklyn Museum with him the first Saturday of the month, I immediately said yes. The first Saturday is free all day. NYC has a ton of museum deals similar to this, where on certain days they’ll have “free” hours/days for people to come and venture the shows. I always try and take advantage of this when I can.

I had never been to this museum before, so I truly did not know what to expect. It was very busy and that happened to make the museum itself more of a spectacle. Some of the special exhibits I saw were Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power (up until Feb 3, 2019), Kwang Young Chun: Aggregations (up until July 28, 2019), One: Do Ho Suh (up until May 5, 2019), and Half the Picture: A Feminist Look at the Collection (up until March 31, 2019).

All were very interesting, but one that caught my eye, in particular, was the One: Do Ho Suh special exhibit. His translucent nylon structure is called The Perfect Home II, and while I couldn’t go in it, which I believe is an option during regular museum hours, I was able to take a few photos from afar.

At the time of seeing this, I was taking an architecture course and was immediately reminded of all we had spoken about regarding space as an abstract concept and a reality. There is a deeper feeling that exists among all “spaces” we come across. Space is a word that has become overused. With this space and that space, too much space and too little space, what is space? Is space beyond earth or upon it? As for a modern conclusion, I think Do Ho Suh was able to visualize space in such a way as to make people appreciate it in a more impactful manner. Something not so easily attainable as one may think, especially since the word is so loosely thrown around for whichever instance. The light and folds of Do Ho Suh’s “translucent” makes the open area into something it is no longer. Openness becomes closeness with space, regardless of how high the ceilings are. One might feel that space is open-concept, but it is always also a closing of other spaces, spaces of air and life. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Drawing comfort through the creation of a spatial enclosure can be quite good for the living organism, hiding it from the drastic elements of nature, a space of its own accord. My class focused on architectural and filmic narratives in regards to spaces seen in films, mine being A Clockwork Orange directed by Stanley Kubrick. Here we regard to space in the abstract, seeing it from a screen. Referencing this structure to the one I was building in class out of chipboard was inspiring, and I began to feel I was grasping more of what my professor was trying to relay the whole semester thus far. It is fascinating how much can be drawn from one word. I encourage everyone to see the exhibit along with the others I mentioned. They are all quite gorgeous and thought-provoking.

Here are some images from my time spent at the museum that evening:

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