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November 3, 2018

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power

Music: Antoine Drye

5–6 pm

Antoine Drye honors the grandeur and richness of 1960s and 1970s jazz with groundbreaking grooves that draw on the artistic legacies of the Black Power era.

Art & Dialogue: Valerie Cassel Oliver and Catherine Morris

5:30–6:30 pm

Valerie Cassel Oliver, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Catherine Morris, Sackler Senior Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler for Feminist Art, discuss their curatorial practice as part of Artadia’s Art & Dialogue series. 30 free tickets at Admissions at 5 pm.

Curator Talk: Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power

6–7 pm

Ashley James, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, gives an in-depth look at the works in Soul of a Nation. No tickets needed; seating is first come, first served.

Hands-On Art

6–8 pm

Listen to jazz from the 1960s and 1970s and create your own colorful painting on miniature canvases, inspired by the works of Alma Thomas, William T. Williams, and more. 330 free tickets at Admissions at 5 pm.

Dance: Brooklyn Dance Festival

6:30–9:30 pm

Brooklyn Dance Festival showcases the Brooklyn-based dance companies, emerging artists, and youth ensembles they support and foster. Catch performances and a movement workshop.

Community Talk: Black Art Futures Fund

6:30–7:30 pm

Black Art Futures Fund (BAFF) shares their strategy for supporting Black arts and culture through collective organizing by emerging philanthropists to amplify and strengthen the future of Black art and provide grants to small nonprofits.

Music: Jaime Lee Lewis

7–8 pm

Jaime Lee Lewis, Jennifer Falu, Joekenneth Museau, Asante Amin, Frank Malloy, and Terry Lovette share original poetry and music, and perform excerpts from the groundbreaking 1968 collection Black Fire: An Anthology of Afro-American Writing, Amiri Baraka and Larry Neal’s compilation widely considered the defining work of the Black Arts Movement.

Tour: Archives as Raw History

7:30–8:30 pm

Delve into the Museum’s history during the age of Black Power with archivist Molly Seegers. Go behind the scenes to look at archival storage and examine original documents. 30 free tickets at Admissions at 6:30 pm.

Pop-Up Poetry

8:30–10 pm

Hear readings by poets Sean DesVignes, Joel Dias-Porter, and Omotara James. Presented in partnership with Cave Canem Foundation, committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of Black poets.

Music: Shelley Nicole's blaKbüshe

9–10 pm

Shelley Nicole's musical collective blaKbüshe draws on influences from the `60s and `70s, blending rock, funk, jazz, and more with theatrical performances and unforgettable soul ballads.

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.)

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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.