The works of art in Infinite Blue feature blue in all its variety—a fascinating strand of visual poetry running from ancient times to the present day. In cultures dating back thousands of years, blue—the color of the skies—has often been associated with the spiritual but also signifies power, status, and beauty. The spiritual and material aspects of blue combine to tell us stories about global history, cultural values, technological innovation, and international commerce.
This cross-departmental survey includes objects from our holdings of Asian, African, Egyptian, American, Native American, and European art, among them paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, the decorative arts, illuminated manuscripts, printed books, and contemporary art. It will expand as subsequent chapters unfold, eventually almost filling our first floor.Infinite Blue is organized by a curatorial team including Yekaterina Barbash, Associate Curator of Egyptian Art; Susan Beningson, Assistant Curator, Asian Art; Connie Choi, Assistant Curator of American Art; Joan Cummins, Lisa and Bernard Selz Curator, Asian Art; Barry R. Harwood, Curator, Decorative Arts; Deirdre Lawrence, Principal Librarian, Libraries and Archives; Cora Michael, Associate Curator, Prints and Drawings; Nancy Rosoff, Andrew W. Mellon Curator, Arts of the Americas; Lisa Small, Curator of European Painting and Sculpture; and Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art; with guidance provided by Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Brooklyn Museum.