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Archives Week 2019 -- Brooklyn Museum Archives & Joseph Kosuth's The Play of the Unmentionable Exhibition

  • Saturday, October 19, 2019
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States

Join a tour of the Brooklyn Museum Archives with Molly Seegers, Museum Archivist, and view records from the 1990 exhibition "The Brooklyn Museum Collection: The Play of the Unmentionable" which was curated by Joseph Kosuth. During the height of the 1990 NEA and NEH funding crisis and debate about "obscene or indecent art", Kosuth displayed works that ranged from ancient Egyptian objects to contemporary photographs that could have been deemed objectionable at the time of their creation and juxtaposed them with works that were once considered acceptable in the cultures in which they were created, but might be viewed by some as otherwise. See the short video created for the exhibition in which Kosuth explains his curatorial practice. The even will finish with a tour of storage. Attendees are then welcome to visit the rest of the Museum.

RSVP: molly.seegers@brooklynmuseum.org 

Attendees must arrive promptly at 2 to meet in the lobby as the Archives is in a closed area. There will be no late admittance. Attendees are advised to give themselves an extra half hour to an hour of travel time due to weekend transit delays. The Museum itself is accessible, but the 2/3 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn Museum Subway stop only has stairs as elevators are currently being installed.

Questions? communications@nycarchivists.org

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