Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Brooklyn Art Museum: Coney Island Visions of an American Dreamland

November 20, 2015 – March 13, 2016

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.

Mort Künstler's painting "Coney Island" was selected to be part of this traveling exhibit which is now at the Brooklyn Museum, thru March 13, 2016. Going to the opening was quite special for Mort and Deborah as they were both born and raised in Brooklyn and met at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. As a child, Mort would often go to the Brooklyn Museum to draw and take art lessons. He went on to study Art at Brooklyn College and Pratt Institute. As you know, the rest is history. 



Mort and Deborah Künstler at the opening of the exhibit on November 18, 2015.

For more information about the event, click here.

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