Current & Upcoming Exhibitions
Shifting Perspectives: Photographs of Brooklyn's Waterfront
May 19, 2017 - September 10, 2017
Located at Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO, 55 Water St.
This exhibition features the work of two dozen photographers whose images
crisscross the Brooklyn shoreline, from Newtown Creek to Jamaica Bay. By
picturing decades of Brooklyn’s coastal scenery, including its changing
industrial and postindustrial environment, the exhibition presents dramatic
panoramic vistas; spectacular aerial views; glimpses of popular recreational
attractions, particularly in nearby Brooklyn Bridge Park and at Coney
Island; and other scenes, including those impacted by natural or manmade
forces, as well as by gentrification.
Curated by guest curator Marilyn Symmes, featured photographers include: Berenice Abbott; David Attie; Rudy Burckhardt; Bruce Davidson; Morris Engel; Mitch Epstein; Lucille Fornasieri Gold; Anders Goldfarb; Stanley Greenberg; Chester Higgins, Jr.; Michael Kenna; Nathan Kensinger; Shai Kremer; Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao; John Matturri; Robin Michals; Jeffrey Milstein; Garry Pierre-Pierre; Matthew Pillsbury; Paul Raphaelson; Lynn Saville; Julienne Schaer; Harvey Stein; Todd Webb; Jackie Weisberg.
Until Everyone Has It Made: Jackie Robinson's Legacy
April 6, 2017 - June 2018
April 15, 1947 Jackie Robinson broke the professional baseball color line
when the Brooklyn Dodgers started him at first base. 70 years later, on
April 5, 2017, Brooklyn Historical Society is proud to open a new
exhibition celebrating this seminal moment in American history. Featuring a
wonderful array of archival materials, photography, programs, and
memorabilia, the exhibition will tell a story that continues to resonate
This exhibition is made possible by:
Individual Support from Peter O'Malley
Truman Capote’s Brooklyn:
20, 2016 - Winter 2017
The Lost Photographs of David
In the spring of 1958 a young photographer named David Attie was led through the streets of Brooklyn Heights and to the Brooklyn waterfront by an unexpected guide—33-year-old Truman Capote. The images Attie took that day were to illustrate Capote’s essay for Holiday magazine about his life in Brooklyn. Decades later, these largely unseen photographs are being exhibited for the first time.
This major, long-term exhibit explores the unsung heroes of Brooklyn's anti-slavery movement -- ordinary residents, black and white -- who shaped their neighborhoods, city and nation with a revolutionary vision of freedom and equality. The exhibit is part of the groundbreaking In Pursuit of Freedom public history project that features new research on Brooklyn's abolition movement in partnership with Weeksville Heritage Center and Irondale Ensemble Project.
Learn more on the exhibition website here.
View a replica of Brooklyn Historical Society's rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Abraham Lincoln in 1863, and examine its dramatic and polemic impact on Americans at the height of the Civil War. The exhibit suggests ways that the document's social and political meaning has evolved in the 150 years since it was signed, and invites visitors to reflect on its legacy in the twenty-first century.
Permanent Collection Installations
Chronicling Brooklyn's Landscapes
Features paintings of Brooklyn
from many eras
alongside a copy
of Brooklyn Historical Society's rare Ratzer Plan of New York.
2nd Floor Parlor
Portraits of Prominent New Yorkers
paintings from Brooklyn Historical
collections as well as a recent artist commission by Meredith Bergman, Historia
Testis Temporis: Pinky.
2nd Floor Hall and 3rd Floor Landing