The Brooklyn Historical Society officially opened a second location on the DUMBO waterfront today with a ribbon cutting ceremony at noon. The new outpost, which will be called Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO, is located in the Empire Stores complex, a 19th-century warehouse that has recently been renovated on Water Street.
The inaugural exhibition for the new space, fittingly enough, is “Shifting Perspectives: Photographs of Brooklyn’s Waterfront” and will explore the borough’s waterfront spaces through modern and contemporary photographs. Twenty-five photographers are included in the show including Berenice Abbott, Rudy Burckhardt, Bruce Davidson, Chester Higgins and Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao. In December, a major, long-term exhibition on the same theme, Waterfront, will open with an in-depth exploration of the interwoven stories of workers, artists, industries, activists, innovators and ecosystems on Brooklyn’s waterfront.
On its official opening day tomorrow, BHS DUMBO will be open to the public from noon-6pm. It has two public programs planned for the month ahead which will focus on the queer history of Brooklyn’s working waterfront (June 8) and the inspiration Brooklyn writers and artists have taken from the water’s edge over the years (June 21).
Check out some images of the new museum below.