Visual Brooklyn

Course Number


Study Group Leader (SGL)

Diane Winkelman


This course will take place virtually on Zoom. Participation requires a device (ideally a computer or tablet, rather than a cell phone) with a camera and microphone in good working order and basic familiarity with using Zoom and accessing email.

5-Week Course

Feb. 26 - March 25


The creativity and diversity of Brooklyn makes it the borough of New York not to be missed. Brooklyn has a unique art scene and rich cultural history that distinguish it from the other boroughs. According to Conde Nast magazine, “Brooklyn probably sustains more artists per square foot than the Venice Biennale.” What can we learn about the history of and current visual art scene in Brooklyn? What is new and exciting? Participants will learn about the neighborhoods that are most interesting for the visual arts in Brooklyn. We will learn from museum spokespersons and gallerists as well as through artist videos and small group discussions. Let’s explore the visual arts of Brooklyn together.  

Group Leadership Style

More facilitated discussion than lecture.

Course Materials

Homework (approximately 1 hour per week) will consist of videos, articles and questions for the coming class. A google site for the course will be created. Participants will have an opportunity to present briefly on an artist or exhibit of their choice.

Preparation Time

1 hour per week.


Diane Winkelman is a retired speech language pathologist who grew up in Brooklyn. In addition to her love exploring New York and surrounding boroughs, she brings experience in linguistics and working with recent immigrants on accent reduction. Diane has led several five week BOLLI courses that focus on the visual arts. She is eager to learn about the borough she grew up in with fellow BOLLI members.