One of the major steps in the Brooklyn Museum’s decade-long project to revamp its first and second-floor galleries was completed on Friday, when the institution inaugurated its new Robert E. Blum Gallery with the exhibition “Fine Lines: American Drawings from the Brooklyn Museum,” a permanent collection show including works by John Singleton Copley, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, and others.
“This remarkably elegant new gallery space is the perfect venue for exhibitions such as ‘Fine Lines’ where the space, intimate yet expansive, beautifully shows our important holdings of drawings to their best advantage,” Brooklyn Museum director Arnold Lehman said in a statement. “It is a significant step in the transformation of the Museum’s first floor into spaces that are dynamic, welcoming, and engaging for all of our visitors.”
The next step in the museum’s ambitious renovation and expansion project — which began with the construction of its glassy entrance pavilion, inaugurated in 2004 — will be a revamped ground floor gallery space for the museum’s collection of African art. That will be followed by a thorough updating of its second floor galleries devoted to Asian and Islamic art. In addition to these gallery upgrades, back-of-house logistics like infrastructure and climate control systems are also being upgraded.
“Fine Lines: American Drawings from the Brooklyn Museum,” the inaugural exhibition in the new Robert E. Blum Gallery, is on view through May 26.
— Benjamin Sutton
(Image: Robert E. Blum Gallery. Brooklyn Museum. Photo by Adam Husted.)