Promotional video for BHS DUMBO and the Waterfront exhibit.
The introduction to the exhibition features a backlit lenticular that displays the text "water" and "front" as visitors walk to the visitor services desk.
"An Unfree Waterfront" highlights the stories of enslaved Brooklynites through the lens of three different kinds of documents – a painting, a slave bill of sale, and an account book.
In "A Laboring Family," visitors learn the story of one dockworker, Michael Harkins, and his family as they get a glimpse into how historians piece together the lives of the less-documented working class.
Factory Women honors the women who worked in waterfront factories in the 19th and 20th centuries and contributed to Brooklyn’s booming economy despite inequality in pay and the prejudice they faced.
Along with the interiors and finishes of the museum, Pure+Applied designed the custom millwork in the space, including the visitor services desk and gift shop. The gift shop shelving features retractable panels that secure the gift shop when the museum is used as an event space.
“After Industry” covers the mid-20th-century decline in manufacturing and shipping and the effect of the current reinvention and gentrification. Visitors can sit and look at salvaged artifacts from the abandoned Empire Stores warehouse while listening to oral histories of Brooklyn residents.
"Made in Brooklyn" cases inside the museum restrooms highlight some of the iconic products made on the Brooklyn waterfront, including Chiclets Gum, Domino Sugar, and Benjamin Moore paint.
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