|Toshi Reagon Photo by Sharon Farmer
On April 5 Target First Saturday celebrates the impact artists had on the Civil Rights Movement. Explore the exhibition Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixtiesand the use of art as a vehicle for social change. The Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturday events attract thousands of visitors to free art and entertainment programs each month. April 5th’s highlights include:
*Denotes a ticketed event. Some Target First Saturday programs have limited space and are ticketed on a first-come, first-served basis.
5-10 p.m. Music Showcase: Toshi Reagon’s BIGLovely expresses political consciousness with a blend of traditional styles, including blues and rock; CharlieRED stretches the boundaries of soul with a fusion of blues and hip-hop.
*6 p.m. Performance: American Contemporary Theater director and artist Ping Chong presents Brooklyn ’63, a performance inspired by the stories of participants in the Civil Rights Movement.
*6 p.m. Curator Talk: Kellie Jones, Associate Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, discusses themes in the exhibition Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties.
*6:30-8:30 Hands-On Art: Make a protest poster and learn printmaking techniques.
*7 p.m. Talk: Anthropologist and public historian Jennifer Scott discusses the Weeksville Heritage Center and the use of oral history for understanding activism and social change.
8 p.m. Film: Freedom Summer (Stanley Nelson, 2013, 113 mins.) captures the struggles of volunteers and activists fighting segregation in Mississippi during the summer of 1964.
8-10 pm Interactive Space: Various activities include: meetups with New York activist organizations, making protest buttons, and the interactive performance Sit, with artist Aisha Cousins, the Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, and singer songwriter Yolanda Zama.
*8:30 pm Talk: Kevin Powell, activist, award-winning author, and founder of BK Nation, gives a dynamic talk titled “Civil Rights: Then & Now.”