Brooklyn Museum

Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum
Saturday, October 6: Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe
Free admission from 5 to 11 p.m.


Mickalene Thomas (American, b. 1971). Din, une très belle négresse #2, 2012

October's Target First Saturday celebrates Mickalene Thomas's exhibition Origin of the Universe. Highlights include:

5–6:30 p.m. Music
Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor

Candice Anitra blends poetry and melody in edgy, electro-rock–infused songs.

6 p.m. Performance
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor

New York– and Brooklyn-based artists Latasha Diggs, Beatrice Anderson, and Jamie Philbert present a multimedia performance, bringing Origin of the Universe to life through dance, song, monologue, and poetry. A Q&A with the artists will directly follow the performance. Free tickets (310) available at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.

6–9:30 p.m. Pop-up Gallery Talks
Throughout the galleries

Museum guides and staff present lively ten-minute talks on beloved objects throughout the Museum.

6:30 p.m.  Curator Talk
Contemporary Art Galleries, 4th Floor

Eugenie Tsai gives a spotlight talk on Thomas’s painting A Little Taste Outside of Love, part of the Museum’s permanent collection.

6:30 p.m. Artist Talk
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Forum, 4th Floor

G. Lucas Crane creates a live sonic collage and discusses the parallels between his soundscapes and Thomas’s collages.  Free tickets (40) available at the Visitor Center at 5:30 p.m.

6:30–8:30 p.m. Hands-on Art
Education Gallery, 1st Floor

Use sumptuous, plush embellishments to create a Thomas-influenced collage. Free tickets (380) available at the Visitor Center at 5:30 p.m.

7–10 p.m. Interactive Space
Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor

Enjoy conversation and activities in this space, where you can take a snapshot in our photo booth, contribute to a collective collage, or discuss representations of beauty with other visitors.

7:30 p.m. Book Club
American Identities Galleries, 5th Floor

Poet and conceptual artist Harmony Holiday presents an interactive performance and talk on her first full-length poetry collection. A discussion with the author will directly follow.

8 p.m. Participatory Program
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Forum, 4th Floor

In honor of the mother influences in Thomas’s art, visitors are invited to share stories about the great mother figures in their lives.

8:30 p.m. Performance
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor

Nucomme and the Curators perform “Betty’s Story,” a musical tribute to Betty Mabry Davis, ex-wife and muse of Miles Davis and innovator of jazz funk fusion. Free tickets (310) available at the Visitor Center at 7:30 p.m. This performance is directed at adult audiences.

9 p.m. 1970s Fashion Show
Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor

Visitors are encouraged to wear their 1970s best and strut down the catwalk for this fashion show. Brooklyn-based songstress Raye 6 will host alongside hair artist Marcus Simms and vintage clothing connoisseur Gizmovintage Honeys Beeline.


Our Target First Saturday Dance Party is on hiatus as we explore new and exciting ways to interact, including dynamic performances and participatory experiences. We appreciate everyone who has made this part of First Saturday such a success over the years and invite you to read more about these programming changes and discuss with us online.

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