Curator Richard Aste from the Brooklyn Museum will give a lecture titled “Expanding and Redefining American Art at the Brooklyn Museum.”
For over seventy years the Brooklyn Museum has been a leader in the promotion of Spanish American culture through the visual arts. Beginning in 1941 with the vision and acquisitiions of curator Herbert J. Spinden and continuing today, the Museum has been a constant force behind our understanding of "American" art and identity as a hemisphere-wide construct. Aste will speak on Brooklyn's pan-American approach to its New World collections while providing a focus on objects from the Caribbean Basin, a region often overlooked in Spanish-American surveys, but integral to understanding Florida's own history.
About Richard Aste
Richard Aste joined the Brooklyn Museum in the spring of 2010 as Curator of European Art. From 2007 until 2010, he was Associate Curator of European Art at Museo de Arte de Ponce in Puerto Rico, where he organized El Greco to Goya: Masterpieces of Spanish Painting from the Prado, The Journey to Impressionism, Masterpieces of European Painting from Museo de Arte de Ponce, and The Age of Rodin. At Brooklyn, Aste oversees the Museum’s holdings of European painting, sculpture, and works on paper from the Middle Ages through 1945 as well as the institution’s world-renowned Spanish colonial collection. He was born in Lima, Peru, and raised in Miami. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan, his M.A. from Hunter College, and his M.Phil. from the CUNY Graduate Center, and he has taught at Hunter College and worked as an Old Master paintings and drawings specialist at Christie’s New York and Rome. Aste’s other curatorial credits include Giulio Romano: Master Designer (1999); Venus and Love: Michelangelo and the New Ideal of Beauty (2002); Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898 (2013); and Impressionism and the Caribbean: Francisco Oller and his Transatlantic World (2015).