Half the Picture: A Feminist Look at First Saturday

The Brooklyn Museum's Target First Saturday on March 2, 2019, in Park Slope

Half the Picture: A Feminist Look at First Saturday

Brooklyn Museum | Park Slope

The Brooklyn Museum's Target First Saturday on March 2, 2019, celebrates the special exhibition Half the Picture: A Feminist Look at the Collection and artists who aim to rally support and motivate action through their work. Highlights include a performance by Ajna Dance Company, a film screening of Little Woods, and music from Quay Dash.

Brooklyn Museum's Target First Saturday events attract thousands of visitors to free art and entertainment programs each month. Some Target First Saturday programs have limited space and are ticketed on a first-come, first-served basis. *Denotes a ticketed event.

For twenty years, Target First Saturdays have been the freshest place to kick off the month. To ensure the safety of our visitors and to comply with city fire codes, starting at 5 pm, please enter through the front of the Museum. Keep in mind that there could be lines for entry and that we may have to limit entry when we reach maximum capacity.

Join us for engaging and eclectic free art and entertainment every month (except September), 5–11 pm. NOTE: To see Frida Kahlo, purchase tickets online.

5-6 pm Music: Singer-songwriter Madison McFerrin performs a cappella songs from her debut EP Finding Foundations, Volumes I and II, which merges poetry and politics to create a sound Questlove has described as "soulappella."

5:30-6:30 pm Curator Tour: Carmen Hermo, Associate Curator, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, gives a tour of the special exhibition Half the Picture: A Feminist Look at the Collection.

*6-7 pm Community Talk: Join select artists from the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts' upcoming exhibition Give Me Body!: Femme Re-Divined.

6-7:30 pm Dance: All-women Indian dance collective Ajna Dance Company performs their signature blend of classical, folk, and Bollywood choreography in honor of Holi, the Hindu spring festival. After their performance, the company will host an interactive movement workshop.

All-women Indian dance collective Ajna Dance Company will perform at First Saturday


*6-8 pm Film: Little Woods (Nia DaCosta, 2018, 105 min.) is an emotionally-charged thriller set in the fracking boomtown of Little Woods, North Dakota, and anchored by the relationship between sisters Ollie (Tessa Thompson) and Deb (Lily James). This screening is followed by a Q&A with producer Rachel Fung. Recommended for mature audiences.

*6-8 pm Hands-On Art: Create a mixed-media collage using newspapers, magazines, and oil pastels. The activity is inspired by the work of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and Stacy Lynn Waddell, whose work appears in Half the Picture.

7-8 pm Teen Pop-Up Gallery Talks: Teen Apprentices host ten-minute talks about feminist artworks in Infinite Blue.

8:30-9:30 pm Music: Sunny Cheeba spins a mixture of hip-hop, disco, soul, jazz, salsa, reggae, and Afrobeats that reflects the pulse of her Bronx heritage.

*8:30-10 pm Brown Girls Burlesque: Brown Girls Burlesque presents "Arrest! Unrest! Herstory!," an evening of theatrical burlesque that addresses topics of womanhood, resistance, culture, and what it means to be free. This performance features Hoodoo Hussy, Chicava Honeychild, Dakota Mayhem, Skye Syren, Tutu Toussaint, and Voodoo Onyx. Adult content.

9-10 pm Music: Bronx-born rapper Quay Dash fires up the evening with a hip-hop performance.


About Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States. Its roots extend back to 1823 and the founding of the Brooklyn Apprentices’ Library to educate young tradesmen (Walt Whitman would later become one of its librarians). First established in Brooklyn Heights, the Library moved into rooms in the Brooklyn Lyceum building on Washington Street in 1841. Two years later, the Lyceum and the Library combined to form the Brooklyn Institute, offering important early exhibitions of painting and sculpture in addition to lectures on subjects as diverse as geology and abolitionism. The Institute announced plans to establish a permanent gallery of fine arts in 1846.

In recent years, the Museum has focused on redesigning its galleries and reinstalling its major collections to make them more accessible to the public. Flowing spaces, vivid wall colors, dramatic graphic elements, and multimedia components feature in many of these reconfigured galleries. The Museum opened its spectacularly redesigned front entrance and new public plaza on April 17, 2004. With the nineteenth-century Beaux-Arts facade as a backdrop, a two-story glass entrance pavilion, named the Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion and Lobby, provides a sense of direct connection between the interior of the building and the exterior surroundings, while bringing natural light into the formerly dark interior. The new 15,000-square-foot glass pavilion, recalling the staircase of the original McKim, Mead & White entrance, combined with the renovated lobby area of nearly 9,000 square feet, creates an entirely new entrance facility that more than doubles the size of the previous lobby area. Among the amenities is a new, full-service Visitor Center offering information, ticketing, and a range of services to the public.


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