BROOKLYN, NY - The Brooklyn Museum's Target First Saturday attracts thousands of visitors to free programs of art and entertainment each month. The February 5 event celebrates Black History Month and the contributions of African Americans during the thirties, forties, and fifties with programs inspired by the exhibition Lorna Simpson: Gathered. Highlights include:
5-7 p.m. Music
The Fat Cat Big Band plays bebop and swing.
5:30 p.m. Film
The Great Debaters (Denzel Washington, 2007, 126 min., PG-13). True story of Melvin B. Tolson, a professor at Wiley College in Texas who inspired students to form the school's first debate team in the segregated South of 1935. Writer Trey Ellis introduces the film and leads a discussion following the screening. Free tickets are available at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.
6-7 p.m. Discussion
Writer Kalia Brooks on Lorna Simpson: Gathered.
6:30-8:30 p.m. Hands-On Art
Create a triptych portrait inspired by the work of Lorna Simpson. Free timed tickets are available at the Visitor Center at 5:30 p.m.
7 p.m. Curator Talk
Sharon Matt Atkins, Curator of Exhibitions, on Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera. Free tickets are available at the Visitor Center at 6 p.m.
7-8 p.m. Interactive Project
Bring your photos to contribute to a collaborative artwork on African American history.
8 p.m. Young Voices Talk
Student Guides on American Identities: A New Look.
8-10 p.m. Dance Party
DJ Stormin' Norman, resident DJ of Harlem's Sundae Sermon, hosts a hip-hop and soul dance party highlighting African American contributions to music.
9-10 p.m. Artist Talk
Hank Willis Thomas discusses his installation Unbranded and issues of race and class in magazine advertisements.
9-10 p.m. Performance
The Small's Jazz Club All-Stars play big-band music of the thirties, forties, and fifties.