Brooklyn Museum Public Programs for Adults, Teens, and Kids in April 2015

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Brooklyn Museum Public Programs for Adults, Teens, and Kids in April 2015
DJ Spooky. Photo courtesy of Sozo Artists, Inc.

The Brooklyn Museum will present a variety of programs for adults, teens, and kids in April. Public programs include talks, nighttime events, performances, screenings, and hands-on workshops for children and adults that amplify the Museum’s exhibitions and permanent collection, serve its diverse public, and support learning through the visual arts.


Highlights include an evening of film and conversation with feminist artist Judy Chicago discussing her pyrotechnic work; an artist talk and dance party with Kehinde Wiley that features an interactive music performance with DJ Spooky; two performances by the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra featuring the works of Michael Tippett and William Walton; and a reading and book signing by Natalie Frank, artist and author of Tales of the Brothers Grimm, with readings from Grimm’s tales by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham, legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones, and acclaimed essayist Ariel Levy following the panel discussion with the artist.

The full schedule follows:

Thursday and Friday, April 9, 7 p.m.
Film and Discussion: Judy Chicago: A Butterfly for Brooklyn
Free with Museum admission
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor

The Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art and the Museum of Arts and Design are honored to host “Judy Chicago: On Fire,” a two-night event exploring Judy Chicago’s works in pyrotechnics. This event at the Brooklyn Museum marks the premiere of A Butterfly for Brooklyn, a 20-minute documentary by award-winning film editor Kate Amend, and by director of photography Joan Churchill, that showcases the making of Chicago’s spectacular 2014 fireworks piece in Prospect Park, which was applauded by more than 12,000 viewers. Immediately after the screening, Glenn Adamson, director of MAD, will moderate a discussion with Chicago, Amend, Donald Woodman, and fireworks producer Chris Souza.

Saturday, April 11, 2 p.m.
Gallery Tour: Slow Art Day
Free with Museum admission
Beaux Arts Court, 3rd Floor

The average museum visitor spends just 30 seconds in front of a single artwork. Why not try slowing down with a guided tour on global Slow Art Day? Join a Museum Educator for an hour of long-looking and quiet contemplation.

Sunday, April 12, 11 a.m.
Arty Facts: Visiting Artist Series with Nobutaka Aozaki
Materials fee (Museum admission not included): $10 per family (up to four participants); $5 for Gallery/Studio families and Members at the Family level; free to Members at the Friend level and above
Meet in the Rubin Lobby, 1st Floor

Join Visiting Artist Nobutaka Aozaki in learning how today’s artists create. Then transform everyday objects and moments into art. For children ages four to seven and their parents or caregivers. Please do not bring siblings older than seven or younger than four.

Tuesday, April 16, 7:30-9 p.m.
Drop-In Drawing
$8 materials fee; $7 for Museum Members
Rubin Lobby, 1st Floor

Join us the third Thursday of the month for Drop-In Drawing in our galleries. Explore artists’ processes, build professional drawing tools and techniques, and meet others who share your interests in a casual and fun environment. Each workshop is led by a skilled teaching artist and focuses on a different object from our collection. Open to all ages; no experience necessary. All materials are provided, and you’ll go home with an original work on paper. To register, visit our online registration form.

Thursday, April 16, 7 p.m.
Multimedia Artist Talk: Kehinde Wiley and DJ Spooky
Tickets are $16 and include Museum admission
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd floor

Join artist Kehinde Wiley in an interactive multimedia talk about his work on view in the exhibition Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, followed by a performance by special guest DJ Spooky and a Q & A. Reception to follow. Tickets are $16 and include Museum admission. Seating is first-come, first served; to guarantee seating, purchase tickets in advance at or at the Visitor Center.

Thursday, April 16, 7-9:30 p.m.
Poetry Reading and Reception
Free with Museum admission
Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor

In celebration of Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks and National Poetry Month, enjoy live jazz music and poetry readings by Lorenzo Bueno, Lyric Hunter, Morgan Parker, and James Allister Sprang, presented in partnership with Bushwick reading series, Hero Systems. Reception to follow.

Saturday, April 18, 2 p.m.

Artists Roundtable: Art, Protest, and the Black Body
Free with Museum admission
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor

For many years, the Brooklyn Museum has exhibited works by contemporary artists who have examined the placement of the black body in social, political, and historical terms. What are activist artists saying now, in light of the recent fatalities of black males and subsequent civil protest? Join dissident artist Dread Scott; Ferguson, Missouri, activist artist Damon Davis; and other artists from the Brooklyn Museum collection for a conversation on the artist’s role in social protest.

Thursday, April 23, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 26, 2 p.m.
Music: Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor

The Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra presents works by twentieth-century composers Michael Tippett and William Walton. For tickets and more information, visit

Saturday, April 25, 2 p.m.
Discussion and Workshop: “Our Memories are Cut and Paste”
Free with Museum admission
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center, Forum, 4th Floor

Writer Jordan Alam hosts a discussion and workshop with photographer Sherley Olopherne and writer Suzy X on storytelling and self-publishing, inspired by Chitra Ganesh’s Tales of Amnesia (2002). View the exhibition Chitra Ganesh: Eyes of Time, hear from queer and/or trans people of color (QTPOC) zine makers about approaches to self-publishing, and create your own mini zine. Materials will be provided. R.S.V.P. requested at

Thursday, April 30, 7 p.m.
Conversation: “States of Visual Activism”

Free with Museum admission

Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor

South African artist and activist Zanele Muholi and Brooklyn-based poet and activist Staceyann Chin discuss Muholi’s photography and documentary films produced with and about black lesbians. Muholi urges all black queer and trans persons to document, revisualize, and rewrite their own her/histories for posterity, but most of all to be included and counted in national historical archives in order to educate current and future generations of their existence and resistance. Chin pulls from her Jamaican and American experiences in considering Muholi’s work, proposing that LGBTQ struggles across artificial global divides, constructed classes, and related barriers are at once completely different, and achingly the same. Includes a preview of the exhibition Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence.

Thursday, April 30, 7 p.m.
Reading and Book Signing: Grimm’s Fairy Tales with Natalie Frank
Free with Museum admission
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor

On the occasion of the exhibition Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm, at the Drawing Center, Frank joins Claire Gilman, curator at the Drawing Center, renowned art historian Linda Nochlin, and fairy tale expert Jack Zipes for a panel discussion about fairy tales, sexuality, feminism, and Frank’s recent work. The conversation will be followed by readings of select Grimm’s tales. Readers include Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham, legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones, and acclaimed essayist and feminist sage Ariel Levy. Following the program, the artist will be on hand to sign copies of her new book, Tales of the Brothers Grimm, published by Damiani and distributed by DAP. The book features an introduction by Zipes and essays by Gilman and Nochlin, as well as a conversation between the artist and theater director Julie Taymor. This event is co-produced by the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art and the Drawing Center.


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