Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492 - 1898

William Williams, American, 1727-1791, active in America 1746-1776, Deborah Hall, 1766, Oil on canvas, 71 3/8 x 46 3/8 in. (181.3 x 117.8 cm), Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund

Until May 18, 2014

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Behind Closed Doors explores the private lives and interiors of Spain’s New World elite from 1492 through the nineteenth century, focusing on the house as a principal repository of fine and decorative art. Through approximately 160 paintings, sculptures, prints, textiles, and decorative art objects, this exhibition presents for the first time American, European, and Asian luxury goods from everyday life as signifiers of the faith, wealth, taste, and socio-racial standing of their consumers.

The exhibition explores themes including representations of the indigenous and Creole elite, rituals in the home, the sala de estrado (women’s sitting room), the bedchamber, and social identity through material culture.

Behind Closed Doors primarily consists of works from the Brooklyn Museum’s world-renowned collections as well as exceptional loans from distinguished institutions and private collectors. The exhibition is accompanied by a scholarly catalogue with contributions by leading scholars of Colonial Spanish and British American art.

Behind Closed Doors is organized by Richard Aste, Curator of European Art, Brooklyn Museum.

MasterWorks Program
Individuals or organizations can sponsor a specific artifact or work of art in Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492 - 1898. Contact Rita Butler at 505.338.8732 or by email for more information.

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View an article written by the New York Times on this exhbition.