wowza! we’re only 5 days in and this already happened. i feel like black history month has already peaked, but of course brooklyn is going out of its way to do the absolute most within these 28 days. check out the insane schedule below!
black artstory month
the myrtle avenue brooklyn partnership is back for the third year with black artstory month! curated by a host of amazing people reppin’ the borough, including my girl jessica lynne (empress of the art criticism site arts.black) the project is providing a month full of free activities including with an art walk along one of bk’s most tony blocks.
weeksville heritage center
the caribbean cultural center african diaspora institute, afripop, and the weeksville heritage center have teamed up to produce the exhibition, “after afropolitan“. the term “afropolitan” has become super popular as of late, but this exhbition is really sifting through the buzzword to find it’s true meaning, how it manifests, and what comes after through artists talks, performances, and a conference.
big shoutout to another one of the homie, val piriaino for having her work included in this dope event!
mocada must be reading my mind with this whole “year of the real black girl” thing because saturday, february 7th is the opening of their new show “vision quest”, showcasing the work of amaryllis dejesus moleski and sheena rose. i’m always excited about being exposed to new artists, especially when they look like me. girl powaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!
“vision quest” will be up until may 31st.
mocada is also celebrating this month with a film series featuring iso14below’s 2014 doc of the year, “evolution of a criminal”, its runner up “american promise”, and a film i’ve been dying to see “mother of george”. click here for further details and to rsvp.
the bk museum continues to live up to it’s title as my personal fave museum! we all love first saturdays, of course, but february 2015 is just next level. bk museum always excels as far as programming but this month will be like a family reunion. so many of my friends (real and in my head) are on the bill! kim drew, from black contemporary art is hosting an artist talk. my inner circle will have a viewing of their doc “the peculiar kind“. chen lo + asante amin are bringing the amazing play “soundtrack 63” to the stage. thennnnnn bilal is closing out the night.
check out the full schedule here. you do not want to miss this epic night!
…the other lands we don’t discuss in these parts (aka manhattan) are trying to get in on the black excellence month action too. the film society at lincoln center is hosting launching a black indie film fest on february 6th. the schomburg center is hosting a talk with artist titus kaphar on february 8th, a town hall on policing on february 18th, and a viewing of the web series “african city“. harlem stage is continuing their “year of baldwin” series on february 19th and bringing my fave lady band, king to the stage february 27th! (feel free to cop for my bday on the 26th if ya’ll really luhh me!)