During November and December the Brooklyn Museum will present an array of public programs for adults, teens, and kids, including the Sixth Annual Children's Book Fair; performances by award-winning trumPeter Christian Scott, bassist-composer Linda Oh, and the Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra; conversations with artists Mickalene Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, and Harmony Hammond; a reading from the memoir Conversations with Stalin by author Eleanor Antin; a screening of Mickalene Thomas's film Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman; a tour of the exhibition Aesthetic Ambitions: Edward Lycett and Brooklyn's Faience Manufacturing Company with curator Barbara Veith; and a variety of art-making classes and workshops.
TALKS & TOURS
Discussion: African American Conceptual Art
Saturday, December 8, 2 p.m.
When Conceptual art emerged in the 1960s, African American artists used it as a framework to analyze race and identity. Assistant Curator Naima Keith of the Studio Museum in Harlem leads a discussion on the development of African American Conceptual art and its legacy in contemporary works on view at the Brooklyn Museum.
Panel Discussion: Materializing "Six Years"
Sunday, December 9, 2 p.m.
Curators Vincent Bonin and Catherine Morris and art historian Julia Bryan-Wilson discuss Lucy R. Lippard's career as a critic, curator, and activist.
Artist Talk: "What's a Nice Feminist Like You Doing in the Modernist Painting Field?"
Sunday, December 16, 2 p.m.
Harmony Hammond discusses her recent near-monochrome paintings.
Brooklyn Afternoons: Art and Conversations for Individuals with Memory Loss
Tuesdays, November 13 and December 18, 2 p.m.
This gallery program for individuals with memory loss and their caregivers is offered one afternoon a month. Private tours for groups can also be arranged. For information call 718-501-6229 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PERFORMING ARTS & FILM
Film: Materializing "Six Years" on Screen
Sunday, November 18, 12-6 p.m.
The Sackler Center presents a day of film shorts from the original program that Lucy R. Lippard organized for her 1969 exhibition 557,087, with art historian Branden W. Joseph as guest speaker.
Music: Sounds of the Season
Saturday, December 15, 2 p.m.
A quartet from the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra presents a program of winter-inspired music curated by Artistic Director Nocholas Armstrong. A gallery tour making connections between the music and art in the Museum will follow the performance.
THURSDAY EVENINGS AT THE MUSEUM
The Museum remains open every Thursday evening until 10, allowing visitors to linger later in the galleries and enjoy exciting evening programs. The series includes interviews, performance, film, and eclectic, eye-opening tours. Members receive free entry to Thursday evening programs. November and December highlights include:
7 p.m. Reading: Eleanor Antin reads from Conversations with Stalin, her memoir about growing up in New York as the daughter of Jewish Communist immigrants.
6 p.m. Sensory Tour: Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe
Designed for individuals who are blind or who are partially sighted, but open to all. Verbal descriptions, tastings, and tactile experiences included. RSVP requested at email@example.com or 718-501-6229.
7 p.m. BrooklynNites Jazz: Bassist-composer Linda Oh performs music from her new album, Initial Here. Presented in partnership with WBGO 88.3 FM. Hosted by Rob Crocker. Museum and WBGO members receive free admission; please call the Membership Hotline at (718) 501-6326 for reservations.
7 p.m. In Conversation: Artists Mickalene Thomas and Carrie Mae Weems talk with curator Eugenie Tsai about using their art to challenge conventional ideas of beauty, race, and gender.
7:30 p.m. News Ways of Seeing: A Drop-In Drawing Workshop: Explore artists' processes, develop professional drawing techniques, and meet others who share your interests. All ages are welcome, and no experience is necessary. There is an $8 fee to cover the cost of materials.
Film: Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman (Mickalene Thomas, 2012, 30 min.) A celebration of artist Mickalene Thomas's mother and muse, Sandra Bush. A discussion with Thomas and Bush follows the screening.
6 p.m. Sensory Tour: "Brooklyn Stories"
Designed for individuals who are blind or who are partially sighted, but open to all. Verbal descriptions, tastings, and tactile experiences included. RSVP requested at firstname.lastname@example.org or (718) 501-6229.
7 p.m. Curator Tour: Aesthetic Ambitions: Edward Lycett and Brooklyn's Faience Manufacturing Company with exhibition curator Barbara Veith.
7 p.m. BrooklynNites Jazz: Edison Award-winning trumpeter and bandleader Christian Scott performs selections from his new album, Christian aTunde Adjuah. Presented in partnership with WBGO 88.3 FM. Hosted by Rob Crocker. Museum and WBGO members receive free admission; please call the Membership Hotline at (718) 501-6326 for reservations.
7 p.m. In Conversation: How much of our memory is real and how much is constructed? Neuroscientist Karim Nader and other guests discuss how art and science intersect in exploring the complex and poetic concept of memory.