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August 3, 2019

​Big Up Yuhself

Music: Los Habaneros

5–6 pm

Afro-Cuban band Los Habaneros plays a fusion of sounds inspired by New York City and Havana, Cuba.

Hands-On Art

6–8 pm

Create a mask inspired by our collection and Caribbean carnival traditions, then wear it for the Noise Cans performance at 9 pm!

The Fadara Group Presents Yoruba in Pop Culture

6–7 pm

Chief Ayanda Clarke, an African American master percussionist, Grammy Award–winning musician, and arts educator, leads a discussion about Yoruba influences on pop culture.

Artist Talk: Liz Johnson Artur

6–7 pm

Liz Johnson Artur presents new photographs taken in Brooklyn in May, during the opening weekend of her special exhibition Liz Johnson Artur: Dusha.

Movement Workshop: Flag Fête

6–7 pm

Get ready to sweat with Haitian choreographer and dance instructor Charnice Charmant and Afrobeat dancers. Workshop followed by a short performance. Open to all ages and experience levels.

Music: DJ I.M.

7–9 pm

DJ I.M. shares soca music from his family’s native Barbados, plus the best of dancehall, reggae, nineties hip-hop, Afrobeat, trap, and more.

Teen Pop-Up Gallery Talks

7:30–8:30 pm

Teen Apprentices host ten-minute talks about works on view in Liz Johnson Artur: Dusha.

Film: Black Mother

8–9:30 pm

Experience the film Black Mother (Khalik Allah, 2018, 77 min.), a spiritual exploration of Jamaica’s history and present day, from the city to the countryside. Followed by a conversation between director Khalik Allah and curator Drew Sawyer.


8:30–10 pm

Queer, Jamaican-born DJ TYGAPAW spins a high-energy set.

Music: Noise Cans

9–10 pm

Celebrate Bermuda’s gombey masquerade traditions with live music and dancing by Noise Cans.

First Saturdays do not include entry to the ticketed exhibition Pierre Cardin: Future fashion.

For twenty years, First Saturdays have been the freshest place to kick off the month. To ensure the safety of our visitors and to comply with city fire codes, starting at 5 pm, please enter through the front of the Museum. Keep in mind that there could be lines for entry and that we may have to limit entry when we reach maximum capacity.

Join us for engaging and eclectic free art and entertainment every month (except January and September), 5–11 pm.

Visit The Norm restaurant or our Café. Parking is a flat rate of $6 starting at 5 pm. (All other Saturdays, we close at 6 pm.)

We are committed to making our galleries and programs accessible to everyone. To request accommodations, such as assistive listening devices, ASL interpretation, or open captioning, contact us at

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Made possible by the Wallace Foundation Community Programs Fund, established by the Wallace Foundation.

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