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February 4, 2017

I See Myself in You and Beverly Buchanan’s Ruins and Rituals

Music: Courtnee Roze

5:00 p.m.

Start off the night enjoying blends of R&B, jazz stylings, and heavy percussion by Courtnee Roze.

Interactive Performance: Black Gotham Experience

6:00–9:00 p.m.

Immerse yourself in an interactive performance by Black Gotham Experience (with artists William Ellis, Adrian Franks, Kamau Ware, and Cliff Washington) that uses visual stories to celebrate and explore the impact of the African diaspora on New York City from 1626 to 1890. Learn about such freedom-fighting women as Warrior Queen Nzinga and Catalina d’Angola.

Curator Tour: Beverly Buchanan

6:00 p.m.

Curator and artist Park McArthur discusses her encounters with Buchanan’s work, the development of the exhibition Beverly Buchanan—Ruins and Rituals, and the importance of reviving Buchanan’s practice for new audiences.

Dance: SHE

6:00 p.m.

Experience selections from SHE, a "choreoplay" (multimedia performance) by Jinah Parker on sexual violence, Sandra Bland, and healing. Followed by a talkback with the dancers and Kevin Powell, author of The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy's Journey into Manhood. 410 free tickets at Admissions at 5 pm.

Hands-On Art

6:00 p.m.

Get inspired by the sculptural work of Beverly Buchanan and use wood to build a miniature home that represents your inner and outer self. 305 free tickets at Admissions at 5 pm.

Screening and Community Talk: Fit the Description

6:30 p.m.

Created in response to police shootings of unarmed black men and retaliatory violence against officers, Fit the Description (2016) documents conversations between black male civilians and black male police officers. Its goal is to shift the national conversation, which currently polarizes and dehumanizes both communities. Followed by a discussion with co-producers Boyuan Gao, Jahan Mantin, and Ant Demby. 25 free tickets at Admissions at 5:30 pm.

Pop-Up Gallery Talks

6:30–7:30 p.m.

Teen Apprentices host ten-minute discussions about works of art that honor revolutionaries and artists of the African diaspora.

Music: OSHUN

7:00 p.m.

Listen to a refreshing mix of neo-soul and hip-hop by the duo OSHUN. They pay homage to the Yoruba river deity Oṣun, who represents love, femininity, and womanhood.

Music: Everyday People

8:00–10:00 p.m.

One of Manhattan’s most popular dance parties brings classic feel-good jams to Brooklyn. Featuring DJ mOma and DJ Rich Knight spinning '90s and '00s R&B, reggae, and hip-hop. Includes live music performances and a dance contest.

Book Club: Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

8:00 p.m.

Join a discussion about poet and feminist Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider, facilitated by Well-Read Black Girl founder Glory Edim and Jessica Lynne from Arts.Black.

Kids Corner

8:15 p.m.

Laugh, clap, and sing along with Garifuna artist James Lovell as he shares tales from the Caribbean and beyond during this family-friendly drumming and storytelling session.

Join us for engaging and eclectic free art and entertainment every month (except September), 5–11 p.m. Happy Hour is 4–6 p.m.

In 2017, Target First Saturdays highlight female-identified and gender-nonconforming artists as part of A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum.

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

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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.

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