Welcome to Quinn vs. Quinn, your review source for arts, culture, and whatever else we both deem acceptable to bring to your attention! Penned by Erica (Quinn) and (Quinn) Daly
In the midst of a Wednesday afternoon monsoon, The Quinns set forth with several Australian companions into the depths of The Brooklyn Museum. Here are our findings, along with some sad art girl photos.
EQ: It was raining today, so we thought: why not go find some treasures? And, because I am really into art for the people, we went to Brooklyn’s great treasure: The Brooklyn Musuem! What was your favorite part, Quinner?
QD: My favourite part of the Brooklyn Museum is, and likely always will be, the visible storage section! You can look at all the crazy little dishes and sweet chairs and cool bikes and scrimshaw, and it’s tucked away in a quiet dark corner where you never feel presured to move on or anything! It’s the best!
EQ: Yes, I’m really happy that the museum makes its stacks visible. The gesture of making their collection available– even if the pieces are not “on view” makes clear that the pieces of art and design are, at least in some ways, public property. Isn’t this so exciting! I was quaking in my leopard-print boots.
QD: The art-for-the-people aspect of the BK Musee is one of the things that make it my favourite museum in New York. Also, their shows are always immaculately curated, and they have cool stuff that you don’t see at more heavily-trafficked museums, like the awesome period rooms!
EQ: Totally, it was just really enjoyable to explore, go through hallways and galleries we’ve not been into before because we were attracted by bigger shows on other visits. Living where we do, there is so much you need to just pass so you can get things done like clean your teeth and put food on the table. Today was a nice lesson in, “oh wait, look around”.
QD: The wandery nature of the BK is, as I mentioned, one of the things that makes it my favourite. Just a bunch of people checking out some pretty great art. The American collection is a perennial favourite. A touch of oldschool oils, some Frank Lloyd Wright, and after that just take the elevator to Raw/Cooked or whatever you want! Go for the nooks, stay for the crannies.
EQ: Yes! For your viewing pleasure we have enclosed some personal favorites, and maybe you’ll be like, “Ohhh I should go find that” and that will be the right thing to do. Go on a treasure hunt! The Brooklyn Museum is in your own backyard, at least if you live where I do. (Don’t come to my house, please.)
QvQ gives a day of exploration at The Brooklyn Museum two thumbs up and a hearty recommendation.
The Brooklyn Museum is located at 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY.
(Quinn Daly is a retired horse trainer, writer, and photographer. He enjoys cocktails, food, and “art, in general.”)