First Saturdays at Brooklyn Museum give guests free admission and programs like dance and music performances, films and gallery talks.
It started as a way to attract diverse audiences to the museum. Founded by former Museum Director Arnold L. Lehman, it was similar to events at the Baltimore Museum of Art where he worked before. The first one at Brooklyn Museum was in October 1998, but the museum had been open Saturdays until 9 before that.
The next Target First Saturday, August 5, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the West Indian American Day Parade with performances by RIVA & Bohio Music, Sol Nova, Ting & Ting with Kitty Cash and more. There’s also a movement workshop by Wukkout! and a mobile art center, caribBEING House, which is there during the month of August.
You can enjoy pop-up bars with veggie and beef patties, as well as jerk chicken wings and rice & peas in the café. Stop by The Norm for Uncle Errol’s Porgy Escovitch Sandwich, an homage to Errol’s Caribbean Bakery in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.
The 2017 First Saturdays all coincide with A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. The events highlighted female and gender-nonconforming artists and groups that challenge gender conventions.
First Saturdays are sponsored by Target Corporation and the Edward John Noble Foundation. They occur every month except September.
Photos ©Debra Reyes