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May 4, 2019

​Celebrate Spring

Music: Descarrilao

5–6 pm

Enjoy a fusion of Afro-Caribbean, merengue, pop, and cumbia sound from bilingual salsa dura rock band Descarrilao.

Artist and Curator Tour: Liz Johnson Artur

5:30–6:30 pm

Artist Liz Johnson Artur and Drew Sawyer, Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Curator of Photography, lead a joint gallery tour of our special exhibition Liz Johnson Artur: Dusha.

Hands-On Art

6–8 pm

Create a cloth artwork inspired by One: Egúngún, Eric N. Mack’s installation Lemme walk across the room, and work by Elektra KB in Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall. 330 free tickets in Hands-On Art 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 One: Egúngún.

Film: Dreams from the Deep End

6:30–8 pm

Dreams from the Deep End (Modupeola Fadugba, 2018, 15 min.) follows Nigerian artist Modupeola Fadugba as she paints NYC’s only 55+ African American synchronized swim team, Harlem Honeys and Bears. Followed by a Q&A with Fadugba and team member Ms. Lettice Graham. 330 free tickets in Auditorium line at Admissions at 6 pm.

Music: Arooj Aftab

7–8 pm

Pakistan-born, Brooklyn-based composer and performer Arooj Aftab shares her ambient experimental music that explores themes of female empowerment.

Performance: The Fadara Group

7:30–9:30 pm

To celebrate One: Egúngún, the Fadara Group presents True To Our Native Land, featuring Chief Ayanda Clarke and friends for a night of African music honoring Yorubaland and African Diaspora ancestors.

Artist and Curator Talk: Nobody Promised You Tomorrow

8–9 pm

Artists Park McArthur and Constantina Zavitsanos join Allie Rickard, co-curator of Nobody Promised You Tomorrow, to discuss how their work intersects with disability politics, care, and interdependency. Seating is limited and first come, first served.

Music: Kaleta & Super Yamba Band

9–10 pm

Brooklyn-based Afro-funksters Kaleta & Super Yamba Band perform psychedelic sounds with Afrobeat veteran, singer, guitarist, and percussionist Leon Ligan-Majek (a.k.a. Kaleta).

For twenty years, 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. NOTE: To see Frida Kahlo, purchase tickets online.

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.