Photos: The Brooklyn Museum's "Playing House"

Contemporary artists update the institution's period rooms.

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  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

Photograph: Marielle Solan

The 17th-, 18th- and 19th-century period rooms inside the Brooklyn Museum look a little more contemporary, now that four artists have updated the historically accurate decor with their own works in "Playing House."  This mash-up of past and present features Anne Chu's silk flowers growing out of plush armchairs and Mary Lucier's videos playing on furniture that has never held a television before. Installation artist Ann Agee transformed one of the most luxurious rooms into a studio, while Betty Woodman displayed her own ceramics on top of 200-year-old tables and carpets. We were on hand as Chu and Woodman put the final touches on their works. Click through our slide show to see how they transformed the space.

"Playing House," Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy at Washington Ave, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org). Wed, Fri--Sun 11am--6pm; Thu 11am--10pm; suggested donation $12, seniors and students $8, children under 12 free. Fri 24--Aug 26.

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