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December 2, 2017

From Ancient Egypt to the Afrofuture

Music: Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber

5 pm

Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber caramelizes an experimental soul/jazz/hip-hop tribute to the legendary Afrofuturist musician Sun Ra.

Curator Tour: Soulful Creatures

5–6 pm

Exhibition curator Edward Bleiberg offers a behind-the-scenes look into our special exhibition Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt.

Artist Talk and Tour: Ahmed Mater: Mecca Journeys

5:30 pm

Artist Ahmed Mater and curator Catherine Morris lead a tour of the new special exhibition Ahmed Mater: Mecca Journeys, and discuss the art of preserving multilayered histories in the rapidly changing environment of Mecca.

Scholar Talk: Makeba Lavan, "Everything in the Future Is Black"

6 pm

Ph.D. candidate Makeba Lavan (Graduate Center, CUNY) introduces the aesthetic and imaginative strategies of Afrofuturism, using our 2013 exhibition Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey to examine the speculative fiction of Octavia Butler and the music of George Clinton, Janelle Monae, and Erykah Badu, among others. 25 free tickets in Forum line at Admissions at 5 pm.

Hands-On Art

6–8 pm

Create a headdress inspired by our ancient Egyptian collection, using different patterns and materials. 330 free tickets in Hands-On Art line at Admissions at 5 pm.

Music: Daví

7 pm

Multidisciplinary artist Daví spins a mix of the many acoustic iterations of Afrofuturism and explores its sonic legacy from funk to hip-hop and dancehall.

Teen Pop-Up Talks

7:30–8:30 pm

Teen Apprentices host ten-minute talks about works of art in our ancient Egyptian collection.


8 pm

In honor of World AIDS Day, Visual AIDS presents a series of film shorts for their annual Day With(out) Art, featuring new commissions by Mykki Blanco, Cheryl Dunye and Ellen Spiro, Reina Gossett, Thomas Allen Harris, Kia Labeija, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, and Brontez Purnell, curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett. Film program will be presented twice, at 8 and 9 pm.

Music: Everyday People

8–10 pm

Everyday People, New York City’s daytime dance party phenomenon, takes the stage with a set by DJ mOma and a performance by Jade de LaFleur.

Film: Shorts by Terence Nance

8 pm

Brooklyn-based filmmaker Terence Nance screens a selection of his short films, including They Charge for the Sun (2016, 16 min.), Swimming in Your Skin Again (2015, 21 min.), and Univitellin (2016, 15 min.). Followed by a talkback with the director. 330 free tickets in Auditorium line at Admissions at 7 pm.

Feminist Book Club with Well-Read Black Girl

8:30–10 pm

In conjunction with Roots of “The Dinner Party”: History in the Making, Glory Edim of Well-Read Black Girl hosts a series of four Target First Saturday book clubs focusing on Judy Chicago’s favorite feminist reads. In the first session, read and discuss selections from Angela Y. Davis’s 1983 text Women, Race & Class.

Join us for engaging and eclectic free art and entertainment every month (except September), 5–11 p.m. Happy Hour is 5–7 p.m.

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.)

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 the Admissions Desk. Members can pick up tickets from our Membership Desk while supplies last. We do our best to keep listings as up-to-date as possible, but sometimes last-minute program changes are unavoidable.

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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.