February is Black History Month, which honors the history, achievements, and contributions of African Americans. We've compiled a selection of BRIC programming that contributes to the spirit of this special month. Join us for these events!
SANKOFA KICKOFF CELEBRATION:
The Share Series: Theater, Dance, Music, and Spoken Word
Fri, Feb 2, 2018 | 7PM | Ingersoll Cornerstone Community Center, 117 Myrtle Ave
Curated by Brooklyn's first Intergenerational Community Arts Council, a joint initiative of BRIC and University Settlement. This event is hosted by our neighbors, Myrtle Ave Bkln.
The Black Gotham Experience with Kamau Ware
Tue, Feb 20, 2018 | 7PM | STOOP | FREE W/ RSVP
The Black Gotham Experience is an immersive visual storytelling project founded in 2010 that celebrates the impact of the African Diaspora on New York City. Black Gotham is a real and imagined place, an expansive public experience that includes interactive walking tours through Manhattan’s Financial District, a developing series of photography-based graphic novels, and a web series, weaving together art, research, fashion and entertainment. During this Stoop Series event, Kamau Ware will share the historic and creative process behind the graphic novel, and creative partner William “GoodWill” Ellis will join the conversation during the audience Q&A.
Kenseth Armstead: Master Work: Slaves of New York 1776
On view: Jan 18 - Feb 25, 2018
Tue-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, 12-6pm; Closed Mondays | PROJECT ROOM | FREE Admission
Master Work: Slaves of New York 1776, part of Kenseth Armstead's ongoing Farther Land project, will envelop BRIC’s Project Room with one duck feather for each slave in the colony of New York at the time of the American Revolution. The sculptural forms and materials of his work are derived from revolutionary-era symbolic content and amounting to twenty thousand feathers, each tarred onto a translucent perforated steel frame, Armstead directly challenges the denial and censorship necessary to perpetuate myths of meritocracy and the American Dream.
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BROOKLYN POETRY SLAM:
With Hosts Mahogany L. Browne and DJ Jive Poetic
Mon, Feb 12, 2018 | 7PM | BALLROOM | FREE w/ RSVP
The Brooklyn Poetry Slam brings together Brooklyn’s best slam poets for a monthly gathering of words and wisdom, hosted by poet, activist, and educator Mahogany L. Browne with music by DJ Jive Poetic. The Slam is followed by an Open Mic, so come early to sign up and make your voice heard. As Mahogany says, “These poets will make you feel things.”
Brother(hood) Dance! Afro/Solo/Man
Thu-Fri, Feb 22-23, 2018 | 7PM | ARTIST STUDIO | $8 Adv / $12 Door
A (Film) Race To The Mountain Top!
Wed, Feb 21, 2018 | 6:30-8:30PM | Free w/ RSVP
BRIC HOUSE SESSIONS:
Mokoomba / Mandingo Ambassadors
Thu, Feb 22, 2018 | 8PM | STOOP & BALLROOM | $15 Adv / $20 Door
An electrifying blend of Afro-fusion, funk, ska, pop, and traditional Zimbabwe rhythms, Mokoomba kicks-off BRIC House Sessions with a blazing dance party! Drawing inspiration from the Tonga people and their vibrant life, music, and culture, Mokoomba is regarded as one of Africa’s best touring acts; “a band that deserves to be seen live” (NPR). Mandingo Ambassadors will start the party with their Guinean Afro-jazz grooves on the Stoop, and Brooklynite DJ Bembona (Vibras NYC) spins her blend of Afro-Diasporadical sounds in the Gallery.