Although summer is winding downing, our public programs for August are heating up! Even if you missed our latest installment of The Big Quiz Thing, Broadway edition, you can still join in on the fun! Tonight and next week, we’re offering two inspiring programs that are free with Pay-as-you-wish Fridays. Both events celebrate an ongoing exhibition.
You can still attend tonight’s sure-to-be dazzling performance by a Julliard jazz trio, Hirschfeld’s Broadway Songbook (doors open at 7 pm). Come early to view the exhibition that inspired the show: The Hirschfeld Century now on view through October 12. Together, these musicians will serenade concert-goers with a night of classic show tunes. Since the curtains first rose, Broadway has been a source of inspiration for musicians and artists alike, including the legendary Al Hirschfeld. Over the course of his nine-decade career, he immortalized countless Broadway performers with the stroke of his pen. This performance will showcase jazz trio arrangements from the Broadway classic shows, Very Warm for May and Oklahoma!, among others.
And don’t miss out on next Friday’s poetry showcase—the crossroad of spoken word and social change: PoeticJustice: A performance. #PoeticJustice celebrates the 20th-century push for peace and justice in America, which mirror the political posters in our groundbreaking exhibition Art as Activism, currently on view through September 13. Art as Activism presents more than 70 original political posters that highlight enduring themes in American political and art history and demonstrate how messages went “viral” before the birth of the internet. This performance continues our national tradition of voicing social concerns through art. The performance features works from three generations of New York poets. It is presented in partnership with the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, and is curated by AKILA WORKSONGS. Follow the performance on Twitter: #PoeticJustice Click here to reserve your seat!