First Saturday: Ourselves, Together
In the spirit of Copy Machine Manifestos: Artists Who Make Zines, honor the antiestablishment ethos of DIY with a gender-expansive lineup of artists and collectives. Experience a range of experimental genres, such as drag, punk, folk medicine, and alternative interventions into film and poetry.
This program is free; registration is required and includes Museum general admission. Tickets are released on a rolling basis. Sign up for the Brooklyn Museum newsletter to be notified of the next release.
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Hands-On Art: Zines
Inspired by artist Neta Bomani’s “How to Plan a Zine Project,” make your own manifesto to give to a friend or keep for yourself.
Brooklyn Pop-Up Market
Shop one-of-a-kind, handmade items by more than thirty artists and vendors from across Brooklyn, featuring artwork, jewelry, fashion, and home and apothecary goods.
Classically trained cellist MIZU performs from Distant Intervals, her debut record of soundscapes exploring openness, vulnerability, and wonder. She also previews selections from her upcoming album Forest Scenes.
Artist Tour: Linda Simpson on Zines
Tour Copy Machine Manifestos: Artists Who Make Zines with drag queen and theater artist Linda Simpson, whose work is featured alongside more than 100 other artists’.
Film: Going to Mars with Nikki Giovanni
Watch the award-winning documentary Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project (Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson, 2023, 96 min.), which travels through time to reveal the enduring influence of renowned poet and social commentator Nikki Giovanni. Followed by a conversation between Giovanni and Doreen St. Félix, staff writer at the New Yorker. Presented with PEN America.
Music: Downtown Boys
Fronted by vocalist and lyricist Victoria Ruiz, punk band Downtown Boys started in the basements and DIY spaces of Providence, Rhode Island, and went on to open for such acts as Bikini Kill. Loved for their radical approach to rock, the band performs a set in both Spanish and English.
Music: Yalla! Party Project
Dance to sets by resident DJs of Yalla! Party, an artistic collective that celebrates Southwest Asian and North African (SWANA), queer, and nonbinary people of color from New York and beyond.
Workshop: The Green Gold Oracle Deck with Star Feliz
Join Star Feliz to learn how to use the Green Gold Oracle Deck: a set of divinatory cards featuring plants, animals, and elements that may support self-discovery and transformation. Feliz is an herbalist rooted in ancient Afro-Taino traditions and the founder of creative wellness company Botánica Cimarrón.
Music: Las Mariquitas
Immerse yourself in salsa’s legacy as liberation music with Las Mariquitas, which writes fresh, queer, and transfeminist versions of classic salsa songs. The New York–based band starts their set with a lesson led by queer and trans instructors, in an effort to foster a culture of consent on the dance floor.
For twenty-five years, we’ve hosted First Saturdays—monthly evenings of free programming welcoming visitors from central Brooklyn and beyond—at the Brooklyn Museum. Join us the first Saturday of February–August and October, 5–11 pm.
Advance registration is required. Admission is subject to our capacity at the time of your arrival. To ensure the safety of our visitors and to comply with city fire codes, please enter through the front of the Museum starting at 5 pm.
Masks are optional except for programs in the Auditorium, at which masks will be provided upon arrival. Coat check is available in a limited capacity on a first-come, first-served basis.
Proud Sponsor of First Saturdays
First Saturdays are supported by the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso, the Charles H. Revson Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
Made possible by the Wallace Foundation Community Programs Fund, established by the Wallace Foundation.