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February 1, 2020

Futura Noir

Sound Bath: Ancestral Healing

5–6 pm

Join HealHaus, a Black-owned holistic wellness studio that advocates for mental health, inclusivity, and diversity within wellness. Omar Davis begins the evening with an intention-setting, followed by a relaxing sound bath with singing bowls, facilitated by Phyllicia Bonanno.

Music: Topaz Jones

5–6 pm

Singer and rapper Topaz Jones creates his own island of infectious funk and quick-witted wordplay with a sound that is a true hybrid of all things funk, rap, and blues.

Curator Tour

5:30 pm

Lisa Small, Senior Curator, European Art, and Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Senior Curator, Contemporary Art, lead a tour of the exhibition Jacques-Louis David Meets Kehinde Wiley.

Real People: A Fireside Chat with Common

6 pm

Artist, actor, and activist Lonnie Rashid Lynn, a.k.a. Common, draws on his personal journey to highlight the importance of mental and physical health in our communities. Moderated by Peloton Cycling Instructor Tunde Oyeneyin. 200 free tickets in Auditorium line at Admissions at 5 pm.

Hands-On Art

6–8 pm

Cultivate self-care by starting your own urban garden. Decorate planters and fill them with flowers, all inspired by Kehinde Wiley’s work. 330 free tickets in Hands-On Art line at Admissions at 5 pm.

Scholar Talk: Niama Safia Sandy

6 pm

Delve into the interconnected histories of Napoleon, Haiti, and Brooklyn with anthropologist and curator Niama Safia Sandy. Using the lens of the exhibition Jacques-Louis David Meets Kehinde Wiley, Sandy explores themes of race, power, nationalism, and imperialism. Seating is limited and first come, first served.

Teen Pop-Up Gallery Talks

6:30–7:30 pm

Our Teen Apprentices host ten-minute talks about works by Black artists on view in our American Art galleries.

Music: Niles Luther

7 pm

Niles Luther, cellist, composer, and musical director for Kehinde Wiley, is joined by other musicians to perform works by Jean-Baptiste Barrière and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Music: NVR Sleep

7:30–10 pm

Enjoy sets by the NVR Sleep collective in advance of the second season of DRMRS.FM. Creators Rodney Hazard, Mikey, Fab Roc, and ClassicNewWave blend vibrant DJ sets featuring dancehall, reggae, soca, hip-hop, R&B, electronic, world music, and positive vibes.

Poetry Reading

8 pm

Catch Brooklyn-based poets Chanice Hughes-Greenberg and Cyrée Jarelle Johnson as they share their original work that centers themes of roots, resilience, and representation. Seating is limited and first come, first served

Film: Second Eulogy: Mind the Gap

8 pm

Filmmaker Billy Gerard Frank tells the story of his father, weaving a tale of family, estrangement, memory, and loss to explore queer Caribbean identity in this short film (2019, 40 min.), which debuted at the 2019 Venice Biennale. Screening followed by a talkback with artist and activist Renee Cox, artist Christopher Udemezue, and the filmmaker, moderated by writer and curator Ebony L. Haynes. 330 free tickets in Auditorium line at Admissions at 7 pm.  

Music: Bri Blvck

9 pm

Be electrified by violinist Bri Blvck as she plays her own unique and unparalleled sound: sultry neo soul with a mix of upbeat synth-filled hip-hop and R&B.

Join us for our Dance Party on January 24!

First Saturdays do not include entry to ticketed exhibitions.

For over 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 January and September), 5–11 pm.

Visit The Norm restaurant or our Café. Parking is a flat rate of $7 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.

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