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February 4, 2023

First Saturday: Legacy

Ring in Black History Month and celebrate twenty-five years of First Saturdays! This month’s theme honors the legacy of Black artistic production in Brooklyn. The evening’s events vibrate with the creative excellence of Black artists who are shaping the borough’s culture today and of throwback performers who put First Saturdays on the map.

This event is free; advance registration is required. Admission is subject to our capacity at the time of your arrival. 

Purchase separate tickets to Thierry Mugler: Couturissime for $25. Member tickets to the exhibition are free. Not a Member? Join today!

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Signature Cocktail by Ode to Babel

Throughout the Museum
5–10 pm

Enjoy a specialty cocktail that pays tribute to First Saturdays’ vibes, created by our local Crown Heights bar Ode to Babel.

Brooklyn Pop-Up Market

Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor
5–9:30 pm

Stop by our market to shop one-of-a-kind, handmade items from more than thirty artisans and vendors from across Brooklyn, featuring artwork, jewelry, fashion, home and apothecary goods, and more. This month, we are joined by Urban Outfitters, which celebrates Black History Month at a table stocked with exclusive collections from Ron Bass, Riveriswild, Oswin Benjamin, Electric Circus, and other designers. 

Music: Jelani Akil Bauman

Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Lobby, 1st Floor
5–6 pm

Hailing from New Orleans, trumpeter Jelani Akil Bauman comes from a long lineage of musicians who have shaped the culture of jazz in the United States.

Hands-On Art

Great Hall, 1st Floor
5–7 pm

Work with adidas S.E.E.D. (School for Experiential Education in Design) staff and Museum educators on sketching your own sneaker designs.

Poetry: Supa Dupa Fresh

The Norm Restaurant and Bar, 1st Floor
6–8 pm

Poets Mahogany L. Browne, Adam Falkner, Rico Frederick, Jive Poetic, and Jon Sands host a special edition of the reading series Supa Dupa Fresh, with featured reader Jamaal St. John. Drop in to hear original work inspired by the theme of legacy, as well as music by Jive Poetic, who is also a DJ. Plus, snag the evening’s signature drink by Ode to Babel, a Crown Heights favorite and the monthly host of Supa Dupa Fresh.

Dance: A Mother’s Rite by Jeremy McQueen’s Black Iris Project

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor
6–7:15 pm

Jeremy McQueen’s Emmy Award–winning Black Iris Project performs A Mother’s Rite, a ballet inspired by the countless Black mothers who have lost children to police brutality and racially targeted violence. Followed by a Q&A with McQueen and dancer Fana Tesfagiorgis.

Curator Talk: American Art

Luce Center for American Art, 5th Floor
6:30–7:30 pm

Curator Stephanie Sparling Williams explores the theme of legacy in a tour highlighting Black artists in the American Art galleries.

Music: Yaya Bey

Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Lobby, 1st Floor
7–8 pm

Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter Yaya Bey blends rhythm and blues with jazz, reggae, and Afrobeat. The music pays tribute to fed-up women everywhere through the themes of misogynoir, generational trauma, carefree romance, and self-love.

Music: The Lay Out

Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor
7–10 pm

The Lay Out, a community event formed during the pandemic, celebrates the legacy of making spaces for Black joy and creativity in Fort Greene Park. With DJ sets by Niara Sterling and Quiana Parks, and percussion by Frankie Malloy.

Teen Pop-Up Talks

Luce Center for American Art, 5th Floor
7:30–8:30 pm

Join teen staff for pop-up talks highlighting contemporary works by Black artists in the American Art galleries.

Music: Delmar Browne

Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Lobby, 1st Floor
8–10 pm

Flatbush native and DJ Delmar Browne returns to First Saturdays with his signature mix of classic disco, house, funk, and soul.

Film: The Sound She Saw

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor
8:30–10 pm

The Sound She Saw (Crystal Whaley, 2022, 51 min.) spotlights groundbreaking contemporary Black women photographers, revealing their histories and struggles while celebrating their work. The film also answers a compelling question: What happens when a Black woman photographer has the agency to reverse the gaze and see the world through her unique lens? The screening is followed by a talkback with the filmmaker and subjects.

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.

Have a performance, film, or activity you’d like to present? Submit a proposal or get in touch with us at

Proud Sponsor of First Saturdays 25th Anniversary Season

February First Saturday is presented by 


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.