Saturday night I attended Target’s First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, which is probably my favorite free event. The first Saturday of every month the museum is open until 11 and has free music, movies, lectures, and other programing (sponsored by Target). Although everything except the bar and cafe are free, you have to go early (activities begin at 5) to get tickets for the movies and lectures. You can still enjoy the music/dance party, and art without tickets, which is what I did with my friends.
The current main exhibit is The Black List Project by photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. Greenfield-Sanders photographed twenty-five prominent African Americans and filmed them in an accompanying documentary. Greenfield-Sanders uses a 20X24 Polaroid camera to create his signature large format portraits. There are only six 20X24 cameras in the world and you can rent them for the day at three international Polaroid studios (my mother rented the camera at the NY studio when I was in middle school and did portraits of our friends and family).
I asked my mother why the majority of Greenfield-Sander’s subjects look unhappy because he took her portrait when she participated in a workshop with him. She said he tells subjects not to smile because it isn’t natural. He instructs you to “smile with the eyes.” He also asks subjects to wear a piece of jewelry to make the portraits more personal.
Target First Saturday always has a theme and this month it was “Celebrate Women’s Power.” The dance party featured afro-tech music spun by DJ Sabine. There was also a live female jazz singer in the lobby, but we missed most of her performance when we were seeing the exhibits.
The BMA is known for their Egyptian wing.
Some works I like from the BMA’s contemporary art collection:
There is no artist statement with this. I love the textures!
This mixed-media sculpture of Queen Elizabeth explores the relationship between contemporary Britain and its colonial past.
Near the museum I passed Cafe Shane, which is now serving chicken and waffles. That combo sounds nasty to moi, but I’m partial to the name (I mentioned earlier my real name isn’t Rose…hint hint).