Center for Feminist Art
A vital new venue and focal point within the Brooklyn
Located on the Brooklyn Museum's fourth floor, the new Center contains permanent and changing exhibition galleries, a study center, and presentation space to promote dialogue and exchange about the exhibition and related issues represented in the galleries.
The design creates a visually distinctive environment, symbolic
of the Museum's commitment to creating a permanent home for
showcasing Feminist Art.
Spatially, the plan is organized in a series of distinct, yet interconnected experiences. Movement through the Center allows for a variety of encounters with the permanent and changing exhibitions. Judy Chicago's seminal work - The Dinner Party - is the centerpiece of the overall design and is integrally related to the other spaces within the new Center.
The overall design is conceived as a series of concentric layers: the perimeter walls of the 19th century building, the enveloping zone of changing exhibition galleries, and the walls and inner sanctum of the Dinner Party Gallery. This strategy serves to reconcile the scale and geometry of The Dinner Party within the structure of the Museum.
An equilateral triangle in plan, the geometry of The Dinner
Party Gallery forges a vital relationship between the art and the
space it occupies, which is intended to heighten the visitor's
perception of the piece and to reinforce the artist's original
A dramatic sculptural threshold immediately inside the entry
portal signals arrival to the new Center. Defined by the large
canting walls and glass membrane of The Dinner Party Gallery, this
point of arrival permits anticipatory glimpses of the piece
Changing exhibition galleries flank all three sides of the
central gallery. The permanent installation begins with a linear
gallery space featuring The Banners, a series of seven Aubusson
tapestries hung perpendicular to a vivid red wall. The Dinner Party
follows, accessed through an aperture at the apex of the triangular
Immediately outside the Central Gallery, a flexible exhibition
space presents The Heritage Panels, which summarize the research
done by the artist and her team on the lives and accomplishments of
the dinner guests. Directly adjacent, a changing biographical
gallery highlights the individuals recognized in the piece; the
sequence ends in the study center, a flexible presentation
The primary entrance to the Center, located directly adjacent to
the northwest, overlooks the Beaux Art Court. The sequence begins
through a large portal with double glass doors and signage
announcing the Center in the transom above.
Facts about Center for Feminist Art
8,500 square feet
Polshek Partnership Architects
Susan T. Rodriguez FAIA
Don Weinreich AIA
Steven Chang AIA
Last updated: December 19, 2013
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