Exhibition

Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo

8 Sep 2017 – 7 Jan 2018

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Monday
Closed
Tuesday
Closed
Wednesday
11:00 – 18:00
Thursday
11:00 – 22:00
Friday
11:00 – 18:00
Saturday
11:00 – 18:00
Sunday
11:00 – 18:00

Brooklyn Museum of Art

New York
New York, United States

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Bringing together the striking work of three innovative chroniclers, Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo offers insight into the energy, empathy, and creativity with which these artists recounted and reimagined often disturbing realities.

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At particular moments in history, artists use their artwork to reveal social, cultural, and political complexities, responding with urgency and conviction to the times in which they live. Bringing together the striking work of three innovative chroniclers, Proof: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo offers insight into the energy, empathy, and creativity with which these artists recounted and reimagined often disturbing realities.

Together spanning four centuries and three continents, Spanish artist Francisco Goya (1746–1828), Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein (1898–1948), and contemporary American artist Robert Longo (born 1953) each witnessed a turbulent transition from one century to another and the profound repercussions of revolution, war, and civil unrest. Within a broad chronological framework, Proof traces the historical lineage of a visual language and artistic impulse.

Featuring artwork almost exclusively in black and white, Proof showcases the artists’ technical acuity and bold experimentation in three mediums: etching, film, and charcoal drawing. With a rare combination of selections, it invites viewers to find new meaning in artworks not normally encountered together. These works call to mind images—such as mutiny on a Russian battleship, or American riot police standing guard at a political protest—that are usually represented through journalistic coverage, yet they express the artists’ personal, often emotional, perspectives. As the exhibition title suggests, Goya, Eisenstein, and Longo together provide powerful proof not only of significant events or actions, but more crucially of their ongoing resonances through art.

Exhibiting artists

Francisco de Goya

Francisco de Goya

Robert Longo

Sergei Eisenstein

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