Another month has begun, and you know what that means? Time to share the programming for Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum. April’s programming is exceptionally exciting as it is a true homage to New York City during the 1980s. To celebrate the opening of Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks, Saturday’s programming is meant to evoke the NYC that he experienced in the realm of art, music, and culture. Special live performance by one of my fave downtown duos of the moment, Lion Babe.
Full program below. Be there Saturday, April 4th! As a note, all events with an asterisk are ticketed, with free tickets offered at the museum visitors desk.
5 p.m. Music: Revive Music presents a jazz tribute to Basquiat reminiscent of downtown NYC in the 1980s.
*6 p.m. Curator Talk: Exhibition Co-Curator Tricia Laughlin Bloom shares her insights into the creation of Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks.
*6 p.m. Film: Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child (Tamra Davis, 2010, 88 min.) offers an intimate look at Basquiat’s career from his first SAMO tags in the 1970s to his early death in 1988.
*6:30–8:30 p.m. Hands-On Art: Design and create your own crown in celebration of Basquiat.
7 p.m. Music: Natasha Diggs, of New York City’s premiere all-vinyl party Mobile Mondays, spins ’80s and ’90s hip-hop.
7–9 p.m. Interactive Space: Join W.A.F.F.L.E. (We are Family for Life Entertainment), a collective known for transforming subway cars with gravity-defying pole pirouettes and acrobatics, for an interactive performance and dance workshop. Contribute to a collective mural with Slackgaze and enjoy an ’80s hip- hop set by DJ Kid Ginseng from Tom Tom Club.
7 p.m. Poetry Reading: Inspired by Basquiat’s rich use of language, Cave Canem presents Poetry Meets Art, featuring readings from LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs and Roger Reeves.
*8 p.m. Dance Performance: Urban Bush Women explore representations of the body in Dark Swan, for which the contemporary dance company won a 2014 Bessie Award.
*9 p.m. Workshop: Tom La Farge and Wendy Walker of the Brooklyn-based Writhing Society lead a writing workshop inspired by Basquiat’s notebooks.
9 p.m. Music: Recently named one of “10 New Artists You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone, Lion Babe presents a unique blend of soul- and funk-infused R&B.