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Fri, Apr 26, 2013 1:00pm –


Brooklyn Museum of Art
200 Eastern Pkwy
Brooklyn  New York  11238
United States
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Arts Initiative

Museum Meetup at the Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum
Special Guided Tour led by Eugenie Tsai and Carol Becker
Friday, April 26 from 1:00pm-2:00pm 
Bonus option:  Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Tour at 2:30pm 
Group departure:  Meet at TIC at 12:00pm

Join the Arts Initiative for our spring Museum Meetup on Friday, April 26, with a special guided tour of the Brooklyn Museum led by Eugenie Tsai, the Museum's John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art, and Carol Becker, Dean of Columbia School of the Arts.  Experience the museum's world-renowned contemporary collections, and discuss the importance of our public institutions, walking amongst the collections with Tsai and Becker. The Brooklyn Museum will offer free admission to the museum for all Columbia CUID holders attending the tour.

After the tour, we hope you'll consider a visit to the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens where you can spend the afternoon strolling through the cherry blossoms, lilacs, and wisteria in advance of the weekend's annual "Sakura Matsuri" Cherry Blossom festival (April 27 and 28).  Members of our Meetup group will receive free admission (more details here).

Note: Travel to the Brooklyn Museum is very simple. The 2/3 subway stop, "Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum", is directly in front of the Museum and the Botanical Gardens. Travel from campus is approximately 45 minutes.
About Eugenie Tsai
Eugenie Tsai joined the Brooklyn Museum in the fall of 2007 as John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art. With Patrick Amsellem, she organized 21: Selections of Contemporary Art from the Brooklyn Museum, a long-term installation that opened on September 19, 2008. Previously she was Director of Curatorial Affairs at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in Queens, New York. Prior to Joining P.S.1 in 2005, she was an independent curator with projects for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Berkeley Museum; and the Princeton University Art Museum. She held several positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art prior to becoming Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs. Among the exhibitions and installations she has organized are the mid-career survey Threshold: Byron Kim, 1990-2004; Robert Smithson, which received the International Association of Art Critics’ first place award for the best monographic exhibition of 2005; and for Princeton University, Shuffling the Deck: The Collection Reconsidered. Dr. Tsai received a B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.
About Carol Becker
Carol Becker is Dean of Faculty and Professor of the Arts at Columbia University School of the Arts. She was previously Dean of Faculty and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs as well as Professor of Liberal Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She earned her B.A. in English literature from State University of New York at Buffalo and her PhD in English and American literature from the University of California, San Diego. With research interests that range from feminist theory, American cultural history, the education of artists, art and social responsibility, to South African art and politics, she has published numerous articles and books on cultural criticism including: The Invisible Drama: Women and the Anxiety of Change (translated into seven languages); The Subversive Imagination: Artists, Society and Social Responsibility; Zones of Contention: Essays on Art, Institutions, Gender, and Anxiety; Surpassing the Spectacle: Global Transformations and the Changing Politics of Art and Thinking in Place: Art, Action, and Cultural Production. She lectures extensively in the U.S. and abroad and is the recipient of numerous awards. She also is a member of the Global Agenda Council on the Role of Art in Society for the World Economic Forum.
About the Brooklyn Museum
The Brooklyn Museum, housed in a 560,000-square-foot, Beaux-Arts building, is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the country. Its world-renowned permanent collections range from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, and represent a wide range of cultures. Only a 30-minute subway ride from midtown Manhattan, with its own newly renovated subway station, the Museum is part of a complex of nineteenth-century parks and gardens that also includes Prospect Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Prospect Park Zoo.