Brooklyn Connections at the Museum of Modern Art

In this Road Trip Close to Home, News 12 travels to the Museum of Modern Art and explores two new Brooklyn-related works.

Outside the Museum of Modern Art are two life-size paintings depicting moments from daily black life.

“Every day black life is just a normal experience that is not always highlighted. There are also places and experiences that should also be highlighted, which are more about normality and just the idea of ​​experiences that aren’t necessarily subject to oppressive structures,” says Brooklyn-based artist Derrick Adams.

The paintings imagine a moment when drivers drive past two billboards of the iconic film noir “Juice” and “Set It Off” while driving futuristic cars.

Adams says he wants passers-by to see black people not as entertaining but just being and living.

“These characters are really about being in their space, having this ability to explore, to see friends. You know, just to travel,” says Adams.

On the fifth floor of the museum is the Motion and Illumination collection, which focuses on the invention of photography and cinema. The collection includes a film titled “Coney Island at Night,” featuring Luna Park, rides, and other neighborhood attractions in the early 1900s.

The window collection and installation will be on display throughout the fall.

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