Celebrate African Innovations at Target First Saturday

Kaïssa, Afrika21, Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew, and more.
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Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum
Saturday, February 2: African Innovations
Free admission from 5 to 11 p.m.
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Bajah and the Dry Eye Crew. Photo by Move Forward Music

February¹s Target First Saturday celebrates the Museum¹s African Innovations
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explore the continent¹s long history of artistic excellence and creative
achievement.

5 p.m. Music
Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
The Republic of Cameroon¹s Kaïssa blends modern African music with elements
of R&B, pop, and jazz.

6 p.m. Dance
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor
Zimbabwe¹s Rujeko Dumbutshena debuts her original piece Jenaguru, inspired
by a Zimbabwean creation myth and fusing West African influences with a
contemporary flair. Free tickets (310) available at the Visitor Center at 5
p.m.

6­7 p.m. Family Interactive
African Innovations, 1st Floor
Explore the production of traditional West African instruments.

6:30 p.m. Curator Talk
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Forum, 4th Floor
Kevin D. Dumouchelle, Associate Curator of Arts of Africa and the Pacific
Islands, discusses African Innovations. Free tickets (30) available at the
Visitor Center at 5:30 p.m.

6:30­8:30 p.m. Hands-on Art
Education Galleries, 1st Floor
Create a regal sculpture based on a West African proverb. Free tickets (330)
available at the Visitor Center at 5:30 p.m.

7 p.m. Music
Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
Akoya Afrobeat melds traditional Yoruba music, jazz, highlife, funk, and
chanted vocals into a sound that¹s all their own.

7­9 p.m. Pop-up Gallery Talks
Throughout the Museum
Museum Guides lead discussions on some of the Museum¹s most intriguing
works.

7­9 p.m. Interactive Space
Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor
Afrika21, a project of Society HAE, celebrates Africa¹s next wave of
musicians, artists, and other creatives. Attendees enjoy films, music, a
pop-up shop, a photo booth, and more. Support for this project by Arik Air.

8 p.m. Film & Discussion
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor
Applause Africa leads a discussion exploring innovations in Africa,
following a screening of Africa.com’s short documentary Africa Straight Up.
Free tickets (310) available at the Visitor Center at 7 p.m.

8:30 p.m. Book Club
American Identities Galleries, 5th Floor
Dr. Augustine Okereke, English department chair and assistant professor at
Medgar Evers College, leads a discussion on the groundbreaking 1958 novel
Things Fall Apart, by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe.

9 p.m. Fashion Showcase and Performance
Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor
A collection of New York­based designers showcase couture informed and
inspired by African textiles. Musical accompaniment provided by special
guest DJ Sirak, hailing from Ethiopia.

9 p.m. Music
Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
Sierra Leone’s Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew, known for their bold lyrics and
energetic performance, blend traditional African music with hip-hop, funk,
dancehall, and reggae, creating a sound that will bring you to your feet.

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