Gather and celebrate activists and artists from the national and global African diaspora through a dynamic evening of music, dance, literature, and film.
Happy Hour is 5–7 p.m.
The schedule is as followed:
Pianist and soul singer Aaron Abernathy performs music inspired by gospel, funk, and the Civil Rights Movement.
Experiment with scratch and resist techniques as you create your own artwork inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat. 330 free tickets at Admissions at 5 pm.
FILM: WHOSE STREETS?
Whose Streets? (Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis, 2017, 103 min.) documents the killing of eighteen-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the movement that ignited across the country in the wake of his death. Followed by a conversation with director Sabaah Folayan. 310 free tickets handed out in front of the Auditorium on the 3rd floor at 5:30 pm.
CURATOR TALK: ONE BASQUIAT
Eugenie Tsai, John and Barbara Vogelstein Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, gives a curator talk on Untitled (1982) by Jean-Michel Basquiat. 40 free tickets in Forum line at Admissions at 5 pm.
COMMUNITY TALK: THE BLACK JOY PROJECT
Kleaver Cruz, Bronx-based writer, activist, and creator of The Black Joy Project, discusses the significance of centering black joy—online and offline—as a form of resistance. 25 free tickets in Forum line at Admissions at 5 pm.
FEMINIST BOOK CLUB WITH WELL-READ BLACK GIRL
Well-Read Black Girl continues her monthly series focusing on Judy Chicago’s favorite feminist reads. This month, drop in to discuss bell hooks’s Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics (2000).
MUSIC: The Skins
The Skins return to the Museum, where the Brooklyn-born and -raised band first performed as teens, with an irresistible mix of funk, rock, and soul from their album Still Sleep.
BLACK JOY PHOTO BOOTH WITH The Black Joy Project
Show off your Black joy and have your portrait taken by photographer Dominique Sindayiganza as part of The The Black Joy Project.
COMMUNITY TALK: MALCOLM X IN BROOKLYN
Zaheer Ali, Oral Historian and director of the project Muslims in Brooklyn at Brooklyn Historical Society, discusses Malcolm X’s longstanding influence on Brooklyn’s religious, political, and cultural life.
POP-UP POETRY: URBAN WORD NYC
Teen poets from Urban Word NYC, which champions the voices of New York City youth through free and uncensored writing, perform in the American galleries. Performers include William Lohier (NYC Youth Poet Laureate), Shakeva Griswould, Roya Marsh, Jive Poetic, Anthony McPherson, and more. Hosted by Shanelle Gabriel.
MUSIC: Everyday People
Everyday People returns to the Museum to host its beloved dance party, featuring a set from Mo Djmoma and performances by Ian Isiah and Donae’O.
Brooklyn-based rapper and multimedia artist LATASHA, also known as L.A., presents the sequel to her 2017 interdisciplinary performance art project. All A Dream II: An Intro to Latasha shares stories of the “around the way” Girl. 330 free tickets in Forum line at Admissions at 7:30 pm.