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Brooklyn Museum to Enhance Thursday Evening Programs, Friday Night Hours Canceled

Open every Thursday evening until 10 p.m. since last October, the Brooklyn Museum will enhance its Thursdays @ 7 programming this fall to better meet the needs of visitors who work during the day.

However, effective July 1, the Brooklyn Museum will no longer remain open until 10 p.m. every Friday. This change is a result of the challenging economic climate confronting many public institutions throughout New York City and the country.

Museum Director Arnold L. Lehman states, "Although the difficult economy made it impossible to serve our visitors two evenings each week, based on our good experience with the history of First Saturdays, we believe that by focusing our resources on Thursday nights, we can more effectively serve our audience by presenting an increasingly dynamic and engaging schedule of programs each Thursday."

The Museum will continue to come alive every Thursday evening at 7 p.m. with a series of special programs including interviews, performance, film, and tours. The lineup for July and August is as follows:

July 7
Music: Winard Harper, one of the most celebrated drummers in jazz, performs with his sextet. Presented in conjunction with WBGO Jazz 88.3FM and Heart of Brooklyn as part of Jazz: Brooklyn's Beat.

Moonlight Tour: "Nude, Naked, or Undressed? Eroticism in American Art"

July 14
Moonlight Tour: "Behind the Scenes with Split Second: Indian Paintings."
Curator Joan Cummins and Director of Technology Shelley Bernstein discuss the curatorial experiment that resulted in Split Second. Space is limited, and reservations are required. RSVP to

July 21
Moonlight Tour: "Visitor's Choice"

July 28
Moonlight Tour: "Fantasy, Fashion, and Reality in American Art"

Film: POV Short Cuts (2011, 60 min.). A collection of documentary films on subjects ranging from bird watching and Tiffany lamps to Sunday school teachers and family relationships. Appropriate for all audiences.

August 4
Moonlight Tour: "Vishnu: Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior with Curator Joan Cummins"

August 11
Moonlight Tour: "The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago"

August 25
Film: Yogawoman (Kate Clere and Saraswati Clere, 2011, 90 min.). Documentary about how women are changing the face of yoga.


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