The Brooklyn Museum Honors Art from the Civil Rights Movement at April’s Target First Saturday
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.”
Museum admission is free from 5 to 11 p.m. and includes entrance to all galleries and events. Programs are subject to change without notice. Lines for free tickets often form 30 minutes in advance. For more information, visit www.brooklynmuseum.org. Museum galleries are open until 11 p.m. Parking is a flat rate of $5 from 5 to 11 p.m.
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.