Go Local – Art After Dark

What better way to enjoy a museum than during one of its after hours events? Music, art, drinks, and there’s typically an age requirement of 21 and up. This is one of my favorite times to visit some of the museums in New York City either solo, with friends, or for date night.

Art After Dark at The Guggenheim
1071 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10128

Hours:  9 pm–midnight

$18 guests and general public (credit card only at the door); cash bar

At its Art After Dark program, the Guggenheim transforms into a cocktail-driven, DJ-studded, fashion-forward event designed to introduce the masses to the museum’s art collections without the formality of daylight the first Friday of most months. The DJs change frequently and often bring a highly loyal fan base with them.  Lines can be long, so it’s best to arrive early. http://www.guggenheim.org

Target Saturdays at Brooklyn Museum

200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn NY 11238

Hours: 5pm – 11pm

Free

On the first Saturday of every month, the Brooklyn Museum hosts Target Saturdays, an evening of special events and drinks.The  is transformed into a DJ-thumping, bodies moving, fun dance party. Attendees also enjoy live music, special programs, and access to all of the museum’s exhibits until 11pm! Each month is a different theme i.e African Dance, Hispanic Culture, Pride, etc…Children are welcome at attend this event and there is special programing for them as well. http://www.brooklynmuseum.org

K2 Nights at Rubin Museum

150 W 17th St., New York, NY 10011

Hours: Fridays, 6pm – 10pm

Free

Every Friday night, the Rubin Museum’s Serai Restaurant morphs into the K2 Lounge, serving cocktails and Asian tapas.  Admission to the galleries is free from 6-10pm, and you can stroll the museum’s Himalayan-themed exhibits while DJs spin accompanying tunes. The museum hosts special curated exhibits, film viewings and live music performances. Arrive early for the 2-for-1 drink specials offered from 6-7pm. http://www.rmanyc.org

Late Nights at the MOMA

11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019

Hours: Fridays, 4pm – 8pm

Free

Admission is free for all visitors during UNIQLO Free Friday Nights, held every Friday evening from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Your UNIQLO Free Friday Night ticket permits you to all other Museum galleries, exhibitions, and films. http://www.moma.org

Uptown Fridays! At the Studio Museum in Harlem

144 West 125th Street, New York, New York 10027

Hours: Fridays 6pm – 9pm

Free

Join friends and neighbors to dance to the sounds of the DJ in the Studio Museum’s courtyard, check out the exhibitions on view during guided tours, browse through the innovative items in the Museum Store, and enjoy great food and creative cocktails at the Atrium Café.Uptown Fridays is FREE and open to the public. Visit their website for the next Uptown Friday event. http://www.studiomuseum.org 

Until next time! -xo AGT

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Brooklyn Museum Block Party!

Tomorrow, check out the Block Party being held at the Brooklyn Musuem as apart of Target First Saturdays. The first Saturday of every month the museum presents a different theme to both educate and inspire visitors. Enjoy free programs of art and entertainment from 5 to 11 p.m. All evening long, the Museum Café serves a wide selection of sandwiches, salads, and beverages, and a cash bar offers wine and beer. Parking is a flat rate of $4 starting at 5 p.m. All other Saturdays, the Museum closes at 6 p.m. 

Schedule of Events 

Music

5–7 p.m.

Son de Madre blends Cuban music with jazz, funk, and Brazilian. Part of Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concerts series.

Performance

5–8 p.m.

Performers from the Museum’s local community showcase their talents throughout the Museum.

Action Station

5–8 p.m.

Laura Nova and Theresa Loong, creators of the Feed Me a Story project, invite visitors to reflect on their lives through memories of food.

Film

6 p.m.

Hands to the Sky (Angelo Boyke, 52 min., 2010). A documentary celebrating the world of outdoor house music parties. A Q&A with the filmmakers will follow. Free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.

Lecture

6 p.m.

Blue Marble Ice Cream’s Alexis Miesen and Jennie Dundas speak about their nonprofit, Blue Marble Dreams, which has helped eleven Rwandan women open their country’s first ice cream shop. Free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.

Gallery Tour

6 p.m.

A Museum Guide leads a gallery tour on the Museum’s architecture.

Hands-on Art

6:30–8:30 p.m.

Search the galleries for hot Brooklyn styles, and create a fashionable wrap to wear to the dance party. Free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 5:30 p.m.

Gallery Tour

7 p.m.

A Museum Guide leads a gallery tour on the topic of “Summer Fun.”

Activation

7–9 p.m.

Raw/Cooked artist Heather Hart discusses her installation, as visitors participate in transformative activities, from tarot readings to makeovers. Free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 6 p.m.

Dance Party

8–10 p.m.

Society HAE presents “Beats, Blocks & Brooklyn” featuring DJ crew the Ahficionados with Jasmine Solano, spinning music from Biggie to the Beastie Boys.

Participatory Program

8–10 p.m.

Pose for street style–inspired portraits by photographers Jamel Shabazz, Iafotographeuse, Delphine Fawundu-Buford, and Laylah Amatullah Barrayn. Visitors are also encouraged to post their own images, tagged #BrooklynMuseum and #BeatsBlocksBrooklyn.

Book Club

9 p.m.

Suleiman Osman, author of The Invention of Brownstone Brooklyn: Gentrification and the Search for Authenticity in Postwar New York, speaks about his book and leads a discussion on gentrification in Brooklyn.

Performance

9–10 p.m.

Zongo Junction blends West African rhythms with funk, jazz, and soul.

Please note that due to limited capacities, some Target First Saturday programs require tickets. Ticket lines often form 30 minutes before ticket distribution at the Visitor Center located in the Rubin Lobby. Members may pick up tickets from the Membership Desk while supplies last. Programs subject to change without notice.

Love AGT :)

Fierce, Phenomenal Women

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Fierce, Phenomenal Women is the focus for Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum this month.

Admission to the museum is free from 5pm-11pm and parking is available for a flat rate of $4, or you can access the museum by taking the 2 or 3 to Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum. I usually drive there and I’ve never had a problem with parking.

Schedule of Events:

Action Station
5–8 p.m.
Visitors are invited to contribute images to community-curated heritage panels inspired by Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party, which will highlight the influential women in our lives.

Music
5–8 p.m.
Performances by Alakande! Spread Joy!, lo-fi punk group Making Friendz, and New Zealand contemporary soul group Fredericks Brown.

Artist Talk
6 p.m.
Mary Lucier on the installation Playing House. Free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.

Performance
6 p.m.
Brooklyn Ballet performs excerpts from their spring 2012 program, which draws on influences including Stravinsky, Isadora Duncan, and hip-hop. Free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.

Performance
6 p.m.
The Bad Feminist Readings, produced by Sarah Gentile and Sarah Giovanniello, offer a feminist take on over a century’s worth of popular books written with women in mind. Free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.

Hands-on Art
6:30–8:30 p.m.
Create your own illustration to accompany a newspaper headline, inspired by the exhibition Newspaper Fiction: The New York Journalism of Djuna Barnes, 1913–1919. Free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 5:30 p.m.

Artist Talk
7 p.m.
Feminist artist Kate Gilmore speaks about her work, including Blood From a Stone. Free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 6 p.m.

Curator Talk
8 p.m.
Catherine Morris, curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, on Rachel Kneebone: Regarding Rodin and Newspaper Fiction. Free tickets available at the Visitor Center at 7 p.m.

Dance Party
8–10 p.m.
The original Ladies of Ubiquita, DJs Reborn, Moni, Selly, and shErOck, celebrate their twelfth anniversary and all the women who’ve inspired them.

Book Club
9 p.m.
Author Sara Marcus leads a lively discussion of her book Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution. A book signing follows in the Museum Store.

Performance
9–10 p.m.
Brooklyn-born performance artist Queen Godis presents poetic hip-hop soul.

I’ve been to several Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum and have always had a wonderful time. Music, dance, arts and crafts, and artists talks bring cultures and themes alive every first saturday at the museum. It’s definitely a fun way to get your Saturday night started, or spend a fun night with friends and/family. I won’t be able to make it tonight, but I’d recommend it if you’re in the area and you don’t already have plans and are looking for something to do.

Love AGT :)