Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum: Welcoming Spring
Where: Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway (Washington Ave.)
718-638-5000 Price: Free
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On May 4, the Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturday celebrates spring with three dynamic exhibitions: One: Egúngún, Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall, and Liz Johnson Artur: Dusha. Highlights include music by Kaleta & Super Yamba Band, a film screening of Dreams from the Deep End, and an exhibition tour of Liz Johnson Artur: Dusha.
Note: To ensure the safety of all of our visitors and to comply with city fire codes, starting at 5 pm, visitors should enter through the front of the Museum. Please keep in mind that there could be lines for entry and that in order to comply with safety regulations we may have to limit entry when we reach maximum capacity.
Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturday events attract thousands of visitors to free art and entertainment programs each month. Some First Saturday programs have limited space and are ticketed on a first-come, first-served basis. *Denotes a ticketed event.
Programs do not include admission to the ticketed exhibition Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving (visit brooklynmuseum.org for more details.)
5-6 pm Music: Enjoy a fusion of Afro-Caribbean, merengue, pop, and cumbia sound from bilingual salsa dura rock band Descarrilao.
5:30-6:30 pm Artist and Curator Tour: Artist Liz Johnson Artur and Drew Sawyer, Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Curator of Photography, lead a joint gallery tour of the special exhibition Liz Johnson Artur: Dusha.
*6:30-8 pm Film: Nigerian artist Modupeola Fadugba screens her short film, Dreams from the Deep End (2018, 15 min.), which follows her process as she paints NYC’s only 55+ African American synchronized swimming team and interrogates the history of swimming pools and race relations in America. This screening is followed by a discussion with Fadugba; Kristen Windmuller-Luna, Sills Family Consulting Curator, African Arts; and swim team members
*6-8 pm Hands-On Art: Create a print design artwork inspired by One: Egúngún, Eric N. Mack’s installation Lemme walk across the room, and work by Elektra KB in Nobody Promised You Tomorrow.
6:30-7:30 pm Teen Pop-Up Gallery Talks: Teen Apprentices host ten-minute talks about works on view in One: Egúngún.
7-8 pm Music: Pakistan-born, Brooklyn-based composer and performer Arooj Aftab shares her ambient experimental music that explores themes of female empowerment.
7:30-9:30 pm Performance: To celebrate One: Egúngún, The Fadara Group presents True To Our Native Land, featuring Chief Ayanda Clarke and Friends, a night of African music honoring Yorubaland and African Diaspora ancestors.
8-9 pm Artist and Curator Talk: Artists Park McArthur and Constantina Zavitsanos join Allie Rickard, co-curator of Nobody Promised You Tomorrow, to discuss their work as it intersects with issues of disability politics, care, and interdependency.
9-10 pm Music: Brooklyn-based Afro-funksters Kaleta & Super Yamba Band perform psychedelic sounds with Afrobeat veteran, singer, guitarist, and percussionist Leon Ligan-Majek (a.k.a. Kaleta).