Join the Brooklyn Museum for Target First Saturday, in celebration of the installation African Innovations, on February 2
On February 2nd, Target First Saturday celebrates Africa’s long history of artistic excellence and creative achievement, and the long-term installation African Innovations, showcasing roughly 200 works from the Museum’s world-renowned collection of African art. Target First Saturday events attract thousands of visitors to free art and entertainment programs each month. February highlights include:
5 p.m. Music: Cameroon’s Kaissa blends modern African music with elements of R&B, pop, and jazz.
5:30–8:30 p.m. Gallery Talks: Museum Guides lead discussions on some of the Museum’s most intriguing works.
6 p.m. Dance: Zimbabwe-born Rujeko Dumbutshena debuts her original piece Jenaguru, inspired by a Zimbabwean creation myth.
6 p.m. Curator Talk: Kevin Dumouchelle, Associate Curator of the Arts of Africa and the Pacific Islands, discusses African Innovations.
6:30 p.m. Music: Akoya Afrobeat, a fourteen-piece multicultural ensemble, melds traditional Yoruba music, jazz, highlife, funk, and chanted vocals into a sound that’s all their own.
6:30–8:30 p.m. Family Activity: Explore the production of traditional West African instruments.
7–9 p.m. Interactive Space: Africa 21, a project of lifestyle and culture blog Society HAE, spotlights emerging artists and contemporary innovations from Africa with a variety of interactive offerings, including a movement workshop, a technology station, and short films.
7 p.m. Community Forum: Join creative conversations on contemporary issues facing Africa today, including foreign aid, technology, and social justice.
9 p.m. Music: Sierra Leone’s Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew blends traditional African music with hip-hop, funk, dancehall, and reggae.
9 p.m. Book Club: A scholar leads a discussion on the groundbreaking 1958 novel Things Fall Apart, by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe.
9 p.m. Fashion Show: New York– and Philadelphia-based designers Lea Mono and Aso Damisi showcase contemporary couture fashions inspired by African textiles. Musical accompaniment provided by special guest DJ.
Throughout the evening, a cash bar will offer beer and wine, and the Museum Café will serve a wide variety of sandwiches, salads, and beverages. The Museum Shop will remain open until 11 p.m.
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. Some Target First Saturday programs have limited space and are ticketed on a first-come, first-served basis. Lines for free tickets often form thirty minutes in advance. For more information, visit http://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.
Sponsored by: TARGET
200 Eastern Parkway,
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Admission: Contribution $12; students with valid I.D. and older adults $8. Free to Members and children under 12 accompanied by an adult. Group tours or visits must be arranged in advance by calling extension 234.
Directions: Subway: Seventh Avenue express (2 or 3) to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum stop; Lexington Avenue express (4 or 5) to Nevins Street, cross platform and transfer to the 2 or 3. Bus: B41, B69, B48. On-site parking available.
Museum Hours: Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; first Saturday of each month, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.