Brooklyn Museum Offers Public Programs in May and June


New VillagerDuring May and June the Brooklyn Museum will present a wide array of public programs for adults, teens, families, and kids including art-making classes and workshops; talks and tours; Thursdays @ 7, a series of engaging adult programs that takes place every Thursday evening; and the return of the Audiophile concert series. 


The Museum remains open every Thursday evening until 10, allowing visitors to linger later in the galleries and enjoy exciting evening programs. Events include interviews, performances, films, and eclectic, eye-opening tours. Programs begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. The lineup for May and June is as follows: 

May 3
Gallery Tour: "Sensations and Scandals in American Art"
Talk: Jenna Freedman, Zine Librarian at Barnard College, and Josh MacPhee of Interference Archive present a show-and-tell about do-it-yourself feminism. 

May 10
Gallery Tour: "The Body Beautiful in Ancient Egypt"
In Conversation: Philosopher Simon Critchley and artist Liam Gillick discuss their commonalities as interdisciplinary collaborators. 

May 17
Sensory Tour: Keith Haring: 1978-1882. Note: This tour begins at 6 p.m.
Audiophile: New Villager plays psychedelic pop, and Caveman blends spaced-out guitars and driving percussion. The Audiophile series is curated by Shirley Braha of MTV Hive'sWeird Vibes.
Conversation: "Focus on Peg Alston: Collecting African American Art"
A conversation with Peg Alston, the foremost private dealer of African American art, and Teresa A. Carbone, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of American Art, Brooklyn Museum. Mentored in the 1970s by major figures including Romare Bearden and Norman Lewis, Peg Alston has long been a leading voice in shaping this thriving field of the American art market. She will share insights into the artists with whom she has worked, and her thoughts on trends and opportunities in today's market. This program is sponsored by the Brooklyn Museum Fund for African American Art. Reservations are required. Contact Mira Abramsohn at (718) 501-6589Note: This event takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

May 24
Gallery Tour: Keith Haring: 1978-1882.
Film: Afro-Punk and Weeksville Heritage Center, present Triptych, a series of short films highlighting the work of artists Sanford Biggers, Wangechi Mutu, and Barron Claiborne. Followed by a Q & A with director Terrence Nance and live music. 

May 31
Panel Discussion: Four of the Brooklyn-based artists from the Museum's Raw/Cookedseries--Kristof Wickman, Shura Chernozatonskaya, Heather Hart, and Ulrike Müller-- speak about the burgeoning Brooklyn art scene and their experience with theRaw/Cooked project. Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art, moderates the conversation.
Gallery Tour: African Innovations 

June 7
Gallery Tour: "Egyptian Art: The Mystery of Akhenaten and Nefertiti"
Talk: In connection with the exhibition Rachel Kneebone: Regarding Rodin, art historian David Getsy discusses the ways in which Rodin's artistic practice was involved with gender and his fashioning of the persona of the modern sculptor. 

June 14
Gallery Tour: "Brooklyn: Our Town"
In Conversation: The Brooklyn International Theater Company presents Nelson George's Our BK, a series of dialogues about life in Brooklyn inspired by Thornton Wilder's Our Town. Acclaimed actress and Brooklyn native Annabella Sciorra reads the lead character. A primer in Brooklyn street games, with audience participation, will follow the presentation. Tickets, which include Museum admission, are $12; $8 for Members and cultural colleagues. Tickets are nonrefundable; advance purchase recommended via

June 21
Sensory Tour: "Tastes of Summer." Note: This tour begins at 6 p.m.
Audiophile: Alternative dance band Lemonade and electronic band Small Black perform. The Audiophile series is curated by Shirley Braha of MTV Hive's Weird Vibes

June 28
Music: The finale of the annual neighborhood jazz series Brooklyn's Beat, presented in partnership with Heart of Brooklyn and WBGO, features trumpeter Jeremy Pelt.
Gallery Tour: "The Body Beautiful in Ancient Egypt" 


Talk: "Wonder and Decay: Djuna Barnes's New York"
Saturday, May 12, 2 p.m.
Katherine Biers, Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, speaks about Barnes's journalism. 

Poetry Reading and Panel Discussion: "Poets on Painters"
Sunday, May 13, 2 p.m.
In homage to Keith Haring, poets Kenny Goldsmith areads poems and discusses the interchange of ideas between the visual arts and the written word in New York City from 1978 to 1982. Presented in collaboration with the Poetry Society of America. 

Panel Discussion: "Question Bridge Blueprint Roundtable"
Saturday, May 19, 1 p.m.
A young participant in the Question Bridge: Black Males video asks an elder from the civil rights movement generation, "Why didn't you leave us a blueprint?" In this panel, local community leaders engage in a multigenerational dialogue about the most pressing issues facing black males today. Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, moderates. 

Artist Talk: Heather Hart and Bayeté Ross
Friday, May 25, 2 p.m.
Artists from Raw/Cooked and Question Bridge link the two exhibitions by discussing themes of oral tradition and self-reflection. 

Panel Discussion: "Keith Haring's Artistic Language"
Sunday, June 10, 2 p.m.
A panel including graffiti artist and designer Eric Haze, visual culture scholar Dr. Marvin Irvine, and art historian Dr. Robert Farris Thompson investigates how Keith Haring developed his own language and applied it across artistic mediums. 

Walking Tour: Street Art 
Saturday, June 30, and Sunday, July 1, 2 p.m.
Explore Manhattan's street art with Graff Tours. Saturday focuses on the lower East Side; Sunday covers Chelsea. Each tour is limited to twenty visitors; advance purchase required via

Sensory Tours
Thursdays, May 17 and June 21, 6 p.m.
Multisensory encounters with works of art designed to be enjoyable for all adults, including individuals who are blind or partially sighted. FM assistive-listening devices available. Space is limited, and registration is required. For more information or to register, call (718) 501-6229 or email

Brooklyn Afternoons: Art and Conversation for Individuals with Memory Loss 
Wednesdays, May 16 and June 20, 2-4 p.m.
A monthly gallery program for individuals with memory loss and their caregivers. Light refreshments are served, and FM assistive-listening devices are available. Space is limited, and registration is required. To register, call (718) 501-6229 or

Russian Language Tours
Gallery tours in Russian are offered at 3 pm. the second Sunday of every month


Creative Art Making: Keith Haring Artist's Studio
Saturday, May 12, 1-5 p.m.
The Brooklyn-based Urban Folk Art® collective leads a daylong workshop inspired by Keith Haring's studio. Visitors can participate in a number of art-making activities, such as creating monoprints inspired by Haring's work and contributing to a community mural project in the Education Gallery. There will also be guidEd Gallery tours of the exhibitionKeith Haring: 1978-1982 throughout the day. There is a $15 materials fee for the monoprint workshop, and registration is required. To register, 

New Ways of Seeing: A Drop-in Drawing Workshop
Thursdays, May 17, and June 21, 7:30-8:45 p.m.
Led by a professional teaching artist, participants work with the Museum's collection to develop their own drawing style. No experience is necessary, and all materials are provided. Materials fee (Museum admission not included): $5 ($4 Members). RSVP

Gallery/Studio Program
Registration is now open for the summer session of the Gallery/Studio Program, the Museum's studio art program for students ages six through adult. Classes meet for eight sessions, Wednesdays and Fridays through July or August, or Saturdays starting July 7. New this semester are courses in ceramics, comics, industrial design, and a watercolor course for adults. For more information, visit


Arty Facts
Sundays, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Children four to seven and their adult friends explore the galleries, enjoy a family activity, and make their own art in each ninety-minute Arty Facts class. This May explore how artists are inspired by their surroundings--from skyscrapers to cherry blossoms. Please do not bring siblings older than seven or younger than four. Materials fee (Museum admission not included: $10 per family (up to four participants), $5 for Gallery/Studio families and Members at the Family level, and free to Members at the Contributor level and above. Note: Arty Facts will not be held May 27 and will be on summer hiatus starting in June. 

Meet the Museum
Thursdays, May 10, 17, and 24, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
In this monthly, three-session class, toddlers two and three years old (two to four in the 4 p.m. session) engage in song, gallery activities, and art making. Adult companions discover fun ways to interact with their children. Each session is an hour and a half. In May, families will explore nature in art. The fee, which includes Museum admission, is $75 for non-Members, $40 for Members at the Family level, and free for Members at the Contributor level and above. Spaces are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and there is a limit of twelve families per class. To register, Meet the Museum will not be held in June.


Teen Night: Keith Haring 
Friday, May 11, 4:45-6:45 p.m.
This free event in connection with the exhibition Keith Haring: 1978-1982 includes live musical and dance performances, hands-on art making, interactive activities, and refreshments. For more information or to RSVP,

Teen Info Online
For more information about programs for teenagers, visit To sign up for the Museum's teen mailing list, Visit us on Facebook!/brooklynmuseumteens.

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