This Saturday, Brooklyn Museum will be officially reopening its doors after the coronavirus pandemic forced them shut six months ago.
To celebrate, the museum will be holding a reopening party with a steel pan performance by Pan in Motion — led by composer and educator Kendall K. Williams, DJ sets by Sabine Blaizin and chalk drawing for kids and families.
Local food vendors Greedi Vegan, Island Pops and Wadadli Jerk will be cooking up a storm for the festivities, celebrating Brooklyn culture. The event will take place outdoors in the museum’s public plaza between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Social distancing will be enforced and masks are required for all adults and children over the age of 2.
The museum also launched an outdoor film exhibition on Wednesday, Art on the Stoop: Sunset Screenings, which features video artworks by a range of artists exploring themes of power and uncertainty, distance and loss and history’s hand in present times.
The videos are being screened in the museum’s plaza, giving viewers a safe place to watch the show, while “acknowledging the critical role that public spaces play for idea-sharing, community-building, and democracy,” Brooklyn Museum’s website states.
The screenings run Wednesdays through Sundays starting at 6 p.m. for around two hours, and for four hours on Fridays and Saturdays. The screenings include public service announcements from Carrie Mae Weems’s RESIST COVID TAKE 6! project, promoting preventive measures for COVID-19.
The exhibition will run until November 8.
In light of pandemic precautions, the museum will be operating at reduced hours with timed tickets, with entry every 15 minutes. To limit the number of people in the galleries, only the 1st and 5th floors will be open. Tickets must be reserved in advance.