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February 2, 2019

Soul of a Nation

Music: Winard Harper

5–6 pm

Percussionist Winard Harper plays with a passion for the powerful messages behind jazz music.

Tour: Archives as Raw History

6–7 pm

Delve into the Museum’s history during the age of Black Power with archivist Molly Seegers. Go behind the scenes, see archival storage, and examine original documents related to historical exhibitions that featured work by local Black artists. 20 free tickets at Admissions at 5 pm.

Hands-On Art

6–8 pm

Create your own wearable activist patches inspired by the messages of the Guerrilla Girls and AfriCOBRA. 330 free tickets in Hands-On Art line at Admissions at 5 pm.

Learning Session: Kameelah Janan Rasheed

6–7 pm

Artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed hosts a discussion inspired by Octavia Butler’s idea of “primitive hypertext” and sparked by a word, a work of art, and a fragment of text from Rasheed’s current explorations in archives, scores, and time. 30 free tickets in Auditorium line at Admissions at 5 pm.

Artist Talk: Lineage

6–7 pm

Celebrate the launch of Shani Jamila’s new podcast Lineage with artists Ming Smith and Russell Fredrick of the Kamoinge Collective, a photography group founded during the Black Power movement which is still active today. 330 free tickets in Auditorium line at Admissions at 5 pm.

Teen Pop-Up Gallery Talks

6:30–7:30 pm

Teen Apprentices host ten-minute talks about works on view in Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power.

Music: Toshi Reagon

7–8 pm

Eclectic singer-songwriter-guitarist Toshi Reagon melds folk, country, blues, spirituals, and funk.

Black Gotham Experience: Magnetic Resonance

7:30–9:30 pm

Immerse yourself in Soul of a Nation with visual storytelling project Black Gotham Experience. Participate in a photo studio by Kamau Ware with styling by Charles Johnson, video collage by Kearaha Bryant, and music by GoodWill, P.U.D.G.E., and Rimarkable.

Pop-Up Poetry

7:30–9 pm

Hear readings by poets Karisma Price, Naomi Extra, and Stephanie Jean, as they respond to themes in Soul of a Nation. Presented in partnership with Cave Canem Foundation, committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of Black poets. Seating is limited and first come, first served. Please arrive early.

Film: Mr. Soul

8–10 pm

Mr. Soul (Melissa Haizlip and Samuel D. Pollard, 2018, 115 min.) tells the story of SOUL!, the first Black talk-variety show nationally broadcast on public television, and its pioneering producer Ellis Haizlip. Directors Melissa Haizlip and Samuel D. Pollard introduce the screening. 330 free tickets in Auditorium line at Admissions at 7 pm.

Music: YahZarah

9–10 pm

Multi-genre vocalist YahZarah performs "I'm Taking You Back," a set dedicated to female artists and ideas of reclamation in the age of Black Power.

For twenty years, Target First Saturdays have been the freshest place to kick off the month. To ensure the safety of our visitors and to comply with city fire codes, starting at 5 pm, please enter through the front of the Museum. Keep in mind that there could be lines for entry and that we may have to limit entry when we reach maximum capacity.

Join us for engaging and eclectic free art and entertainment every month (except September), 5–11 pm. Some Target First Saturday programs take place in more intimate locations, so you’ll need a ticket. Lines often form one hour before ticket distribution at our Admissions Desk. Members can pick up tickets from Member Services while supplies last. We do our best to keep listings as up-to-date as possible, but sometimes last-minute program changes are unavoidable.

Visit The Norm restaurant or our Café. Parking is a flat rate of $6 starting at 5 pm. (All other Saturdays, we close at 6 pm.)

We are committed to making our galleries and programs accessible to everyone. To request accommodations, such as assistive listening devices, ASL interpretation, or open captioning, contact us at

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Made possible by the Wallace Foundation Community Programs Fund, established by the Wallace Foundation, with additional support from DLA Piper US LLP, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Ellis A. Gimbel Trust, National Grid, and other donors.