Brooklyn Museum Public Programs for Adults, Teens, and Kids in April 2015

The Brooklyn Museum will present a variety of programs for adults, teens, and kids in April. Public programs include talks, nighttime events, performances, screenings, and hands-on workshops for children and adults that amplify the Museum’s exhibitions and permanent collection, serve its diverse public, and support learning through the visual arts.

Thursday, April 16, 2015,  7:30-9:00pm
Drop-In Drawing
$8 materials fee; $7 for Museum Members
Rubin Lobby, 1st Floor

The third Thursday of the month is Drop-In Drawing in the Brooklyn Museum galleries. Explore artists’ processes, build professional drawing tools and techniques, and meet others who share your interests in a casual and fun environment. Each workshop is led by a skilled teaching artist and focuses on a different object from our collection. Open to all ages; no experience necessary. All materials are provided, and you’ll go home with an original work on paper. To register, visit the online registration form.

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7:00 pm
Multimedia Artist Talk: Kehinde Wiley and DJ Spooky
Tickets are $16 and include Museum admission
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd floor

Among today’s most innovative and successful painters, Kehinde Wiley is known throughout the world for his vivid portraits of African-American men and women that use the conventions of traditional European portraiture. The portraits raise questions about race, gender, and the politics of representation.

Join artist Kehinde Wiley in an interactive multimedia talk about his work on view in the exhibition Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, followed by a performance by special guest DJ Spooky. Q & A. Reception to follow. Tickets are $16 and include Museum admission. Seating is first-come, first served. to guarantee seating, purchase tickets in advance at or at the Visitor Center.

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 7-9:30pm 
Poetry Reading and Reception
Free with Museum admission
Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor

In celebration of Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks and National Poetry Month, enjoy live jazz music and poetry readings by Lorenzo Bueno, Lyric Hunter, Morgan Parker, and James Allister Sprang. Reception to follow.

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 2:00pm
Artists Roundtable: Art, Protest, and the Black Body
Free with Museum admission
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor

For many years, the Brooklyn Museum has exhibited works by contemporary artists who have examined the placement of the black body in social, political, and historical terms. What are activist artists saying now, in light of the recent fatalities of black males and subsequent civil protest? Join dissident artist Dread Scott; Ferguson, Missouri, activist artist Damon Davis; and other artists from the Brooklyn Museum collection for a conversation on the artist’s role in social protest.

Saturday, April 25, 2015, 2:00 pm
Discussion and Workshop: “Our Memories are Cut and Paste”
Free with Museum admission
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center, Forum, 4th Floor

Writer Jordan Alam hosts a discussion and workshop with photographer Sherley Olopherne and writer Suzy X on storytelling and self-publishing, inspired by Chitra Ganesh‘s Tales of Amnesia (2002). View the exhibition Chitra Ganesh: Eyes of Time, hear from queer and/or trans people of color (QTPOC) zine makers about approaches to self-publishing, and create your own mini zine. Materials will be provided. R.S.V.P. requested at

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:00pm
Conversation: “States of Visual Activism”
Free with Museum admission
Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor

South African artist and activist Zanele Muholi and Brooklyn-based poet and activist Staceyann Chin discuss Muholi’s photography and documentary films produced with and about black lesbians. Muholi urges all black queer and trans persons to document, revisualize, and rewrite their own her/histories for posterity, but most of all to be included and counted in national historical archives in order to educate current and future generations of their existence and resistance. Chin pulls from her Jamaican and American experiences in considering Muholi’s work, proposing that LGBTQ struggles across artificial global divides, constructed classes, and related barriers are at once completely different, and achingly the same. Includes a preview of the exhibition Zanele Muholi: Isibonelo/Evidence.

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:00pm
Reading and Book Signing: Grimm’s Fairy Tales with Natalie Frank
Free with Museum admission
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor

On the occasion of the exhibition Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm, at the Drawing Center, Frank joins Claire Gilman, curator at the Drawing Center, renowned art historian Linda Nochlin, and fairy tale expert Jack Zipes for a panel discussion about fairy tales, sexuality, feminism, and Frank’s recent work. The conversation will be followed by readings of select Grimm’s tales. Readers include Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Cunningham, legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones, and acclaimed essayist and feminist sage Ariel Levy. Following the program, the artist will be on hand to sign copies of her new book, Tales of the Brothers Grimm.

Subway: Seventh Avenue express (2 or 3) to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum stop; Lexington Avenue express (4 or 5) to Nevins Street, cross platform and transfer to the 2 or 3. Bus: B41, B69, B48.On-site parking available



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