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Brooklyn Museum Expands Collections with More Than 300 New Artworks

Highlights include exciting additions that strengthen the Museum’s Asian, African and feminist collections.

The Brooklyn Museum has acquired more than 300 noteworthy pieces this year. This adds to its historic collections representing 5,500 years of human creative excellence. 

The American holdings have continued to broaden to represent the diversity of the United States, creating more space for Black and Asian American artists. The Museum is also proud to have added numerous works by early Asian American artists to the American Art collection.

For example, Satoshi Studying is among the first acquisitions of work by an Asian American woman artist to enter the Brooklyn Museum’s American Art collection. These additions will be unveiled in the Museum’s reinstalled American Art galleries, slated to open in late 2024. 

The Brooklyn Museum has acquired three paintings by influential Nigerian painter, sculptor and musician Twins Seven Seven. Twins Seven Seven, one of the most celebrated African artists of his generation, was a leading member of the Oshogbo art movement that arose in the newly independent Nigeria in the early 1960s. The Brooklyn Museum’s has furthered its goal to deepen its holdings of works by contemporary African artists by adding the the first of Esther Mahlangu's paintings to its collection. 

The Museum has also strengthened its Contemporary Art collection by representing Native American artists such as Dyani White Hawk and Dwayne Wilcox, and other notable contemporary artists such as Rashid Johnson and María Magdalena Campos-Pons. 

“We are grateful for the generous support of our benefactors, who help us build a collection that sparks awe and wonder, bridges our humanity, and illuminates important historical stories," Anne Pasternak, Shelby White and Leon Levy Director, Brooklyn Museum, said. "It is a privilege to welcome these remarkable and meaningful contributions to our collection and to share them with our visitors.”