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Brooklyn Museum of Art

Exhibition Detail
Curated by: Eugenie Tsai
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238-6052

April 13th, 2012 - June 24th, 2012
April 13th, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 The Northern Oracle: We Will Tear the Roof Off the Mother, Heather HartHeather Hart,
The Northern Oracle: We Will Tear the Roof Off the Mother,
2010, Roof top, gold, interaction, 36 x 20 x 12 ft. (11.0 x 6.1 x 3.7 m)
© Courtesy of the artist & Franconia Sculpture Park, Minnesota
Wed, Fri-Sun 11-6; Thu 11-10

The fourth exhibition in the Raw/Cooked series presents the work of Bedford-Stuyvesant–based artist Heather Hart. Hart built a large-scale structure titled The Eastern Oracle for display in the Museum’s fifth-floor rotunda. She describes the work as “an independent rooftop, removed from its house, and dropped from the sky to live its own life in a new context. A rooftop can refer to home, stability, or shelter, but in this context, it is also an action of reclaiming power.” The work makes reference to the Museum’s ancient Egyptian and African collections and to the Jan Martense Schenck House, a two-room structure built in 1676 that is Brooklyn's second-oldest example of Dutch-American architecture, and the oldest architecture in the Museum’s period room collection. Viewers are encouraged to physically interact with The Eastern Oracle and to use it as a place for self-reflection and self-empowerment.

Hart received a B.F.A. from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle in 1998 and an M.F.A. from Rutgers University, New Jersey, in 2008. She was recommended for Raw/Cooked by advisory board member Mickalene Thomas.

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