Swizz Beatz And Alicia Keys Gave Us A Glimpse Of Their Iconic Art Collection

I visited the Brooklyn Museum to see the 'Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys' exhibit. Here's why I highly recommend planning a visit!

Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys
Photo courtesy of Donicia Hodge

In February, I jumped at the chance to visit the Brooklyn Museum during First Fridays to attend its new exhibit, Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia KeysI figured, what better way to celebrate Black History Month than to get tickets for the popular showcase? I’m happy I did.

Open until July 7, Giants showcases a focused selection from the celebrity couple’s world-class holdings. The first major exhibition of the Dean Collection, Giants features the monumental works by such creators as Derrick Adams, Arthur Jafa, and Meleko Mokgosi. 

As I walked the museum, I was impressed by the couple’s eye for art and their smooth ability to bring legendary artists and canon-expanding contemporary artists together. The immense pieces—including the largest ever by Mokgosi—were paired with standouts such as Parks’s seminal photographs, Wiley’s revolutionary portraits, and Esther Mahlangu’s globe-bridging canvases. 

As a collection, it inspired you to examine our society and celebrate the beauty of our Blackness. The vibe? We ARE giants! A message well received. I also found that the pieces truly aligned with the Brooklyn Museum’s vision to spotlight works by Black diasporic artists to expand the art-historical narrative. 


One thing about me, imma go to the museum. Specifically, @Brooklyn Museum! Thank you to @Alicia Keys and @SWIZZ BEATZ for their #GIANTSBKM exhibit! Y’all def need to check it out. Link in bio to read more about it! #BlackHistoryMonth

♬ original sound – Nicia Hodge

I’m not sure if y’all remember, but back in 2016, Swizz Beatz hosted an art exhibit in the Bronx called The BACARDÍ x The Dean Collection ‘No Commission’ Project. I’ve always admired his eye for artwork, so I also attended that exhibit.  

The project was a triumphant display of creativity and beautifully brought together the many disparate strands of contemporary visual art with established and up-and-coming artists. In my opinion, the project landed its goal of showcasing the work of a wide range of global artists while giving them a platform to sell their work and keep 100% of the money—hence, No Commission.

To get tickets for the Giants: Art from the Dean Collection of Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys, visit brooklynmuseum.org.

Editor’s Note: This story has been edited and condensed for clarity. This story was originally published on niciatravels.com.

Donicia is a foodie, social media marketer, and travel enthusiast who documents her adventures on her blog, Nicia Travels. Her love for travel started in her youth when she often visited her parent's homelands of Antigua and Anguilla. As a college student, she studied abroad in Sevilla. Some of her favorite travel destinations thus far are Zanzibar, Dubai, and Italy. When she's not enjoying a trip or writing about her excursion, she's researching food or at the spa.