target first saturdays

It’s an age old lesson in life, you can know something however, its easier to speak to it when you are wise to it. Although I’ve mentioned Target First Saturdays twice before, this month, I became wise to it.

jazz band in lobby

Target First Saturdays takes place at the Brooklyn Museum the first Saturday of every month.  Not only is the museum entrance fee $0 and free to roam and explore all exhibits, they have created a schedule of events around one of their main exhibits with curator talks, films, hands on art activities and pop up gallery talks.  With the sponsorship from Target, the museum hosts a schedule of events curated around one of the exhibits in the museum.

The night begins at 5p with a live band or orchestra in the lobby, while patrons roll in to take in the sounds and to map out their plan for the evening.

BasquiatThe first Saturday of April coincided with the opening of its Basquiat exhibit, which the museum also curated its events around it.  One of the events that evening was a film that offered an intimate look at his career from he started out tagging in the 1970s to his early death in 1988.

Note, this film, although still free, was ticked and they only gave out a certain number of tickets for it.  I recommend you getting there slightly before 5 to get on line should you want to attend something that is ticked.

Looking back, we were smart to check out the exhibit after getting our tickets and before the film started as the exhibit was still fairly manageable and you were able to maneuver around.  After the film we attempted to go back to look closer at a few things and there was a line on the 3rd floor waiting to get in!

Instead we checked out the Kehinde Wiley exhibit, who is known for his “portraits of everyday men and women riff on specific paintings by Old Masters, replacing the European aristocrats depicted in those paintings with contemporary black subjects, drawing attention to the absence of African Americans from historical and cultural narratives”

Kihinde Wiley

Heading back downstairs, now around 9 or so we walked into a scene and a half – the DJ was pumping, drinks were flowing and kids were dancing!

It was a wondering way to spend a FREE Saturday night in Brooklyn.


About cara protzko

A wanderlust at heart, I believe there is no better city to explore than NYC. With so much culture to experience, both old and new, my mission is to share my under the radar findings to enhance the experiences of the locals and the full-time NYC wanderers. I want my experiences and this blog be your go-to place for insider tips as you travel and explore this great city.
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