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Juneteenth at the Brooklyn Museum, 2022. (Photo: Kolin Mendez)

Juneteenth Jubilee

Sunday, June 18, 2023

2–6 pm

Throughout the Museum


Celebrate Juneteenth—the annual holiday commemorating the end of legal slavery in the United States—with a full slate of activities celebrating self-expression, community, and Black liberation and creativity. 

Schedule: 
2–3 pm: Performance of Webbed Fugues by Renegade Performance Group 
Auditorium, 3rd Floor
Inspired by Dr. Nadine George-Graves’s writing on “diasporic spidering,” or webs of people of African descent across the globe, this dance performance honors the power of lineage. Webbed Fugues features choreography and projection designs by creative director André M. Zachery and music by Charles Vincent Burwell and Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste. Space is limited and first come, first served.

2–6 pm: Community Portraits
Sculpture Garden, 1st Floor
Get your photograph taken by Brooklyn collective Souls in Focus in front of backdrops by James Umbrella Creative.

2–6 pm: Brown Sugar Bounce
Sculpture Garden, 1st Floor
Listen to sets by ClassicNewWave and DJ 9 am as part of Brown Sugar Bounce, a celebration of Blackness and soulful music in its purest form.

2–6 pm: Food vendors and bar
Sculpture Garden, 1st Floor
Kick back with food and beverages by Brooklyn’s favorite Black-owned businesses, including beer and wine from Bed-Stuy’s Bed-Vyne Brew and Brooklyn Tea, and snacks from East Flatbush’s vegan eatery Aunts et Uncles. 

3–5 pm: Art-making
Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
Inspired by two exhibitions that center Black liberation—A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration and Mary Enoch Elizabeth Baxter: “Ain’t I a Woman”—make your own mixed-media family portrait.

4–5 pm: Curator tour of A Movement in Every Direction with Kimberli Gant 
Center for Feminist Art and Schapiro Wing, 4th Floor
Join the exhibition curator to examine works by twelve contemporary artists who consider the Great Migration’s complex impact. Space is limited and first come, first served.

This program is free; registration is required and includes Museum general admission.