The Brooklyn Museum celebrates Art + Activism at May's Target First Saturday On May 3
On May 3 Target First Saturday celebrates the work of Ai Weiwei and explores the power that art hasto shape social and political movements. The Brooklyn Museum's Target First Saturday events attract thousands of visitors to free art and entertainment programs each month.
*Denotes a ticketed event. Some Target First Saturday programs have limited space and are ticketed on a first-come, first-served basis.
May highlights include:
*6 p.m. Curator Talk: Sharon Matt Atkins, Managing Curator of Exhibitions, gives an insider's look at the making of Ai Wei Wei: According to What?
*6:30-8:30 Hands-On Art: Explore the concept of peaceful protest as art. Create a flower arrangement inspired by one of Ai Wei Wei's protests.
*7 p.m. Talk: The Friends of Ai Wei Wei facilitate a discussion about using social media as a platform for organizing activism.
7 p.m. Music: Activist electronic artist JD Samson explores the radical potential of dance music.
8 p.m. Interactive Space: Take part in a collective action led by Renegade Performance Group, show your activism through an art-making project, and enjoy performances by artists to be announced.
*8:30 p.m. Discussion: Celebrating the rich history of Asian American activism in NYC, artists and activists lead an interactive dialogue about the important political and social issues their work addresses.
8:45 p.m. Music: Underground lyricist, independent producer, writer, director, and activist Jean Grae pushes the envelope of what it means to be a rapper in Brooklyn today.
Museum admission is free from 5 to 11 p.m. and includes entrance to galleries and events. Ai Wei Wei: According to What? is a ticketed exhibition; tickets are available at a special discounted rate of 10 dollars. Programs are subject to change without notice. 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.
Photo by Craig Carpenter