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Coney Island:Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008
When Daily until March 13, 2016
Where Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238, USA
For 150 years, Coney Island has lured artists as a microcosm and icon of American culture. Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008 is the first major exhibition to explore the kaleidoscopic visual record they created, documenting the historic destination’s beginnings as a watering hole for the wealthy, its transformation into a popular beach resort and amusement mecca, its decades of urban decline culminating in the closing of Astroland, and its recent revival as a vibrant and growing community.

This exhibition charts shifts in artistic styles and national moods through approximately 140 objects. Included are paintings of the Coney Island shore in the 1870s by William Merritt Chase and John Henry Twachtman; modernist depictions of the amusement park by Joseph Stella and Milton Avery; Depression-era scenes by Reginald Marsh; photographs by Walker Evans, Diane Arbus, Weegee, and Bruce Davidson; Coney Island carousel animals and sideshow ephemera; and contemporary works by Daze and Swoon.

WEDNESDAY 11am–6pm
THURSDAY 11am–10pm
FRIDAY 11am–6pm
SATURDAY 11am–6pm
SUNDAY 11am–6pm
Reservations Brooklyn Museum 718-638-5000