First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum, January 2019. (Photo: Kolin Mendez Photography)

In-person and virtual programming, including the return of First Saturdays, welcomes community members to the Museum for the spring season

The Brooklyn Museum presents a robust lineup of programming for adults and children this spring and is thrilled to announce the much-awaited return of First Saturdays, kicking off with an evening of free programming on April 2. Other programs include talks, classes, tours, and special events that amplify the Museum’s exhibitions and collection, serve the surrounding community, and support learning through the visual arts.

In accordance with state and local guidelines, the Museum no longer requires proof of vaccination and masks. Out of care for our neighbors, the Museum asks that community members stay home if they are feeling unwell and please respect those who continue to wear masks. Some programs will take place online and through the Museum’s social media channels.

Museum Members enjoy complimentary or discounted tickets and early access to public programs.

The full schedule is as follows:

First Saturdays: Welcome Back!
Saturday, April 2, 5–10 pm

Throughout the Museum
Tickets are sold out.

The Museum’s beloved First Saturdays are back! This month’s dynamic lineup honors the continued fight for Black liberation in Brooklyn and beyond, celebrating the excellent culture, community, and creativity of the local community. This event has limited capacity and advance registration for entry.

Virtual We Speak Art
Thursday, April 7, 6–7 pm

Free, reserve tickets in advance.

Participants join fellow English language learners to practice conversational English skills in a discussion inspired by a work of art. All levels of English proficiency are welcome.

Artist’s Eye: Deborah Kass on Andy Warhol
Thursday, April 7, 7–8 pm

Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing and Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, 5th Floor
Tickets are sold out.

Deborah Kass leads a walkthrough of Andy Warhol: Revelation in this edition of Artist’s Eye, the Museum’s series of talks by contemporary artists that engage our special exhibitions with fresh perspectives. In this tour, Kass explores religion within the context of Pop art and discusses her engagements with Andy Warhol’s body of work.

Virtual Verbal Description Tour
Tuesday, April 12, 3–4 pm

Free, reserve tickets in advance.

Blind individuals and those with low vision are invited to experience the Museum’s collections and exhibitions online by tuning in for vivid verbal description tours. This month, participants get a fresh perspective on the reinstallation of the Museum’s European Art galleries, Monet to Morisot: The Real and Imagined in European Art.

Brooklyn Artists Ball
Tuesday, April 12, 6:30 pm–midnight

Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion and Lobby, 1st Floor, and Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor
Tickets to the Artists Ball start at $2,500 and tickets to the After Party start at $100.

The Brooklyn Artists Ball is the Museum’s largest annual fundraiser and one of the art world’s most beloved events of the year. From a glamorous cocktail reception to the legendary gala, dinner, and After Party, the night’s lively celebrations are not to be missed.

Curator Talk: Ancient Nubian and Egyptian Vessels
Wednesday, April 13, 6–7:30 pm

Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Free, reserve tickets in advance.

On International Day of Provenance Research, Museum curators Annissa Malvoisin (Postdoctoral Fellow, Arts of Africa) and Yekaterina Barbash (Curator of Egyptian Art) lead an after-hours walkthrough of African Ancestors of Egypt and Nubia: From the Green Sahara to the Nile.

Salsa Party
Thursday, April 14, 6–9:30 pm

Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
Free, reserve tickets in advance.

Close out the Museum’s season celebrating the art of salsa with social dancing and performances with Balmir Dance Society. The evening starts with a class led by professional dancers, after which the floor opens up for social dancing with live music and performances.

Virtual Hablemos de Arte
Thursday, April 14, 6:30–7:30 pm

Free, reserve tickets in advance.

Spanish language speakers and learners are invited to practice exchanging ideas in Spanish with an informal conversation inspired by a work of art. All levels of Spanish proficiency are welcome.

Brooklyn Talks: Guadalupe Maravilla
Thursday, April 14, 7–8:30 pm

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor
Tickets are $16 and include after-hours access to Guadalupe Maravilla: Tierra Blanca Joven.

Artist Guadalupe Maravilla celebrates his new special exhibition Tierra Blanca Joven with Pastor Juan Carlos Ruiz and drag artist Lady Quesa through a conversation on art, healing, and immigrant communities. This program features live Spanish language interpretation.

Scent Tour: Faith, Fragrance, and Andy Warhol
Thursday, April 21, 6:30–8 pm

Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing and Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery, 5th Floor
Tickets are sold out.

Jessica Murphy—fragrance culture writer, educator, and Manager of Visitor Engagement at the Museu —leads a multisensory tour of Andy Warhol: Revelation, pairing works in the exhibition with a selection of perfumes to further illuminate the connections between spirituality and physicality in Warhol’s art.

Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra: Strauss, Finzi, Beethoven
Sunday, April 24, 2–3:30 pm

Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor
Advance tickets are $20 and same-day tickets are $25 at the door. Free for youth 16 and under.

The Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra returns to the Museum for an exciting program including Richard Strauss’s Sonatine no. 1 in F for Winds; Gerald Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto, Op. 31, featuring Gary Dranch on clarinet; and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony no. 1 in C, Op. 21.

The Art of Poetry: Empowering Communities, Literacy, and the Immigrant Experience
Sunday, April 24, 2–4 pm

Arts of the Americas Galleries, From Colonies to States, 5th Floor
Free with Museum admission.

Students from the YWCA’s English language learning program present special pop-up talks in the Museum’s American Art galleries. Over six weeks, participants studied art and activism and responded to these issues through the creation of altered books. To celebrate the culmination of the project, students share their stories and poetry in a series of talks that emphasize how creativity and language learning go hand-in-hand.

Stroller Tour
Thursday, April 28, 10–11:15 am

Meet in the Education Gallery, 1st Floor
Tickets are sold out.

Designed for children up to 24 months and their caregivers, this interactive, strollerfriendly tour features touchable objects, songs, and exploration of artworks on view. April’s tour visits Andy Warhol: Revelation.

Teen Night: Art of Healing
Friday, April 29, 5–7:30 pm

Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
Free, reserve tickets in advance. Open to all youth ages 14–22.

This month’s Teen Night—a teen-led program centered on art and activism—offers a range of art-making programs, performances, and other activities inspired by the exhibitions Baseera Khan: I Am an Archive and Guadalupe Maravilla: Tierra Blanca Joven.

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