Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum: Come Together in Honor of Brooklyn’s Latinx Communities
Where: Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway (Washington Ave.)
718-638-5000 Price: Free
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On October 6, Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturday celebrates the strength, resilience, and diversity of the borough’s Latinx communities in the face of increased anti-immigration policy in the United States and recent natural disasters across the Caribbean. Highlights include a conversation with artist Cecilia Vicuña, a Salsa Party, and music from the Afro-Cuban ensemble El Septeto Santiaguero.
Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturday events attract thousands of visitors to free art and entertainment programs each month. Some Target First Saturday programs have limited space and are ticketed on a first-come, first-served basis. *Denotes a ticketed event.
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.
5-7pm Music: Direct from the famous Casa de la Trova club in their hometown of Santiago de Cuba, El Septo Santiaguero is the foremost son music ensemble innovating on Afro-Cuban musical traditions today. This performance is part of the Carnegie Hall Citywide series.
6 pm Community Talk: Following a year of recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria, Jonathan Soto of Union Theological Seminary and Project Refuge, Melissa Mark-Viverito of Latino Victory Fund, and community organizer and activist Arnie Segarra examine the status of Puerto Rico today, focusing on the role communities across the Latinx diaspora have played in restoring the island.
6-7 pm Lit Crawl: This multilingual version of the popular literary game Most Exquisite Corpse brings together four international writers and their translators as they stitch together a story in multiple languages. Presented by Words Without Borders and SLICE Literary as part of PEN America’s Lit Crawl Brooklyn 2018.
6:30-7:30 pm Music: The all-women drumming collective Legacy Women performs a dynamic mix of palos, congos, salves, and bomba rooted in indigenous Afro-Dominican and Afro-Puerto Rican musical traditions.
*6-7 pm Conversation: Join artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña and Gary Urton, founder of the Harvard Khipu Database Project, for a conversation about Vicuña’s exhibition Disappeared Quipu and Urton’s new book Inka History in Knots: Reading Khipus as Primary Sources.
6-8 pm Hands-On Art: Create wearable rope art in patterns that hold personal significance, inspired by the materials and form of Cecilia Vicuña: Disappeared Quipu.
7-8 pm Pop-Up Poetry: Enjoy readings by poets Gabriel Ramirez, María Fernanda, and Roberto Carlos Garcia. Presented in partnership with Cave Canem Foundation, committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of Black poets.
7-10 pm Dance: Catch a special edition of our monthly Salsa Party with a class led by professional dancers, followed by live music, social dancing, and performances by Brooklyn’s best Latin dance teams.
7:30-8:30 pm Curator Tour: Catherine Morris, Sackler Senior Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, and Liz Munsell, Lorraine and Alan Bressler Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, give a behind-the-scenes tour of Cecilia Vicuña: Disappeared Quipu, which has a partner show opening at the MFA Boston later this month.
7:30-8:30 pm Music: Maya Monès, who performs under the stage name br0nz3_g0dd3ss, plays Latin pop and hip-hop tracks that celebrate her roots and amplify the voices of women across the Latinx diaspora.
*8 pm Film: En el Séptimo Día (Jim McKay, 2017, 92 min.) follows a group of undocumented immigrants living in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, as they work at various jobs to earn a living, then savor their day of rest on Sundays, which are spent on the soccer field. The screening is followed by a Q&A with the director and cast. This program is bilingual and presented in Spanish and English.
9-10 pm Music: Kombilesa Mí merges traditional Palenquero rhythms-such as sexteto, mapalé, bullerengue, chalupa, and chalusonga-with hip-hop to honor musical inspirations across the Colombian Caribbean.Buy tickets/get more info now