We Celebrate Black History Month 2009
Brooklyn Museum Celebrates Black History Month
The Black List Project: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and Elvis Mitchell, Through March 29, 2009.
An exhibition of extraordinary portraits by internationally renowned photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, along with excerpts from a series of filmed interviews directed by Greenfield-Sanders and conducted by noted film critic Elvis Mitchell, will be on view at the Brooklyn Museum. The portraits and film feature many prominent African Americans from the worlds of politics, the arts, sports, religion, and business, including Chris Rock, Al Sharpton, and Serena Williams, and present a compelling image of what it is like to be Black in America today.
Panel Discussion: “Black Men, Love, and Community”, Saturday, February 21, 2-4 p.m.
Black men from a cross-section of society, including activists, doctors, and scholars, discuss their evolving roles in their relationships, families, and communities. Panelists, contributors to the anthology, “Be a Father to Your Child”, include: filmmaker and entrepreneur Byron Hurt; human rights activist and educator Lumumba Bandele; founder of the Black Gay and Lesbian archive Steven Fullwood; and professor James Peterson. The book’s editor, April R. Silver, moderates.
Arty Facts: Bodies and Faces, Saturday and Sunday, February 21-22, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Discover how artists use gestures and expressions in their artwork. In honor of Black History Month, Arty Facts will feature African and African American-related art on Saturday, February 21, and Sunday, February 22.
Film and Discussion: The Black List: Volume One, Sunday, February 22, 2-4 p.m.
In conjunction with the exhibition of the same name, the documentary “The Black List: Volume One” (Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, 2008, 88 min., NR) features Elvis Mitchell interviewing a cross-section of prominent African Americans including Toni Morrison, Vernon Jordan, and Serena Williams, who speak to re-defining the concept of “blacklist” for a new century. A post-screening discussion with both the photographer/director and writer follows.
Art Making: Jewelry Making, Saturday, February 28, 2-4 p.m.
Get deeper into the special exhibition From the Village to Vogue: The Modernist Jewelry of Art Smith through a jewelry-making workshop led by Brooklyn jewelry maker Nkrumah Jennings, whose work is a contemporary expression of Art Smith’s legacy. Registration and a $10 materials fee, which includes Museum admission, are required for this workshop. Please register and purchase tickets for this workshop at museumtix.com.
Lecture: Faye Wattleton, Saturday, February 28, 2-4 p.m.
Women’s rights activist and President of the Center for the Advancement of Women, Faye Wattleton, whose portrait is featured in the exhibition “The Black List Project”, gives a talk on feminist issues.
The Arts of Africa
Visit the Museum’s world-famous collection of African art: The Arts of Africa Long-Term Installation, Open Now African Galleries, 1st Floor. #