Icon of Modernism: Representing the Brooklyn Bridge, 1883-1950

This Icon of Modernism: Representing the Brooklyn Bridge, 1883-1950 activity & project also includes:

The Brooklyn Bridge is not for sale but it is certainly a valuable work of art, and is certainly an American icon. Class members research the history of the bridge, examine eight works of art depicting the bridge, and then design their own interpretation of the subject.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Divide the class into groups based on interest; future engineers tackle the straw bridge project, artists develop one of the three studio arts projects, and mathematicians analyze the geometric shapes in suspension bridges
  • Have groups investigate and prepare presentations about other famous suspension bridges
  • Show the 8.36 minute Ken Burns Brooklyn Bridge 1981 Documentary
Classroom Considerations
  • Although designed to accompany a visit to "The Icon of Modernism: Representing the Brooklyn Bridge, 1883-1950" exhibit, the materials may be used independent of such a visit
  • The 37-page teaching resource packet includes full-color images of eight works of art from the exhibition as well as information about selected works
  • Activities address STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) standards
  • Includes lesson plan ideas for studio art, art history, language arts, as well as science, technology, engineering, and math classes
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