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Brooklyn Museum: Free Target Saturdays

Let's take advantage of the free admission for Brooklyn Museum (every first Sat of the month). The featured exhibit for May 3 is Ai Weiwei: According to What? Please note admission for this exhibit is $10, but there are plenty other exhibitions and events. There will be free music, too. Please read the details below about Target First Saturdays.

We will meet inside the lobby. Look for the huge meetup group;) There is a restaurant/bar and a cafe inside, with wine and local beer. Contact info will be emailed. Directions and Floor Plan are in links below.

Join us for Target First Saturdays and enjoy engaging and eclectic free art and entertainment programs every month, from 5 to 11 p.m. Michelin-starred Saul restaurant and bar is open all evening. The Counter café serves sandwiches, salads, and sweets, as well as wine and local beer. Parking is a flat rate of $5 starting at 5 p.m. (All other Saturdays, we close at 6 p.m.)

Some Target First Saturday activities take place in smaller and more intimate locations in the Museum, so you’ll need a ticket for those programs. Ticket lines often form 30 minutes before tickets are distributed at the Visitor Center (in the Rubin Lobby). If you’re a Member, pick up tickets from the Membership Desk while supplies last. While we do our best to keep our listings as up-to-date as possible, sometimes last-minute program changes are unavoidable.

May 3, 2014

Ai Weiwei: Art and Activism 

Visit Ai Weiwei: According to What? at the discounted admission price of $10 (regularly $15) during Target First Saturday.


5 p.m.

Magnetic North & Taiyo Na present socially conscious hip-hop fused with the rhythms of NYC and the soul of Asian immigrant culture.

Curator Talk

6 p.m.

Sharon Matt Atkins offers an inside look at the making of the exhibition

 Ai Weiwei: According to What?



6 p.m.

Members of Friends of Ai Weiwei talk about social media as a platform for organizing activism. 

Free tickets (330) at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.

Hands-On Art

6:30–8:30 p.m.

Inspired by Ai Weiwei’s flower protest, participants make flower arrangements of their own. 

Free tickets (330) at the Visitor Center at 5:30 p.m.

Pop-Up Gallery Talks

6:30–8:30 p.m.

Lively, ten-minute talks about the intersection of #activism and art throughout the Museum. Look for Museum Guides wearing orange “Pop-Up Gallery Talks” buttons.


7 p.m.

Activist/electronic artist JD Samson explores the radical potential of dance music.


7 p.m.

Celebrate the rich history of Asian American activism in NYC. Artists and activists lead an interactive dialogue about important political and social issues in their work. 

Free tickets (330) at the Visitor Center at 6 p.m.

Interactive Space

8 p.m.

Every person has the power to change the world. Take part in a collective action, engage in activism through art-making, and enjoy performances by GHOSTLIGHT Chorus.


8:30 p.m.

Sneak preview of 

Ai Weiwei The Fake Case 

(Andreas Johnsen, 2013, 86 min.), which follows the artist while under house arrest after his release from three-month solitary confinement. (Opens theatrically on May 16 at the IFC Center.) 

Free tickets (330) at the Visitor Center at 7:30 p.m.


9 p.m.

Underground lyricist, producer, writer, director, and activist Jean Grae pushes the boundaries of Brooklyn’s rap scene.


Made possible by the Wallace Foundation Community Programs Fund, established by the Wallace Foundation, with additional support from DLA Piper US LLP, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Ellis A. Gimbel Trust, National Grid, and other donors.

WNYC Radio, broadcast media sponsor.

April 18–August 10, 2014

Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 4th and 5th Floors

Purchase Tickets

Ai Weiwei: According to What? has a special admission fee. On-site ticket sales end 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and 9 p.m. Thursday. Free for Members.

Ai Weiwei is one of China’s most prolific and provocative contemporary artists. Featuring over thirty works spanning more than twenty years, Ai Weiwei: According to What?explores universal topics of culture, history, politics, and tradition, showcasing the artist’s remarkably interdisciplinary career as a photographer, sculptor, architect, and activist.

These works spotlight issues of freedom of expression, as well as individual and human rights both in China and globally. Many use minimal forms and methods, while others manipulate traditional furniture, ancient pottery, and daily objects in ways that question cultural values and challenge political authority.

Ai is best known for projects such as his collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron on the 2008 Beijing Olympic National Stadium, as well as his embrace of the Internet and social media as a platform for his activism. Despite his arrest and eighty-one-day detention in 2011, Ai has continued to create art that transcends dualities between East and West.

Ai Weiwei: According to What? is organized by the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. It is curated by Mami Kataoka, Mori Art Museum Chief Curator, and the Brooklyn presentation is organized by Sharon Matt Atkins, Managing Curator of Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum.

This exhibition in Brooklyn has been made possible by  Lisson Gallery, Mary Boone Gallery, the Andrew J. and Christine C. Hall Foundation, the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Galerie Urs Meile, and the Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Exhibition Fund. Additional support is provided by the American Chai Trust for education and public programs.

Other Exhibitions

Directions                       Accessibility                   Floor Plan

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  • Harish T.

    Really great hanging out with you all. I had a lot of fun.

    2 · May 5, 2014

  • 🐧Susan🐧

    I had fun! Great seeing everyone!!! :)

    2 · May 4, 2014

  • Eddie C

    Thanks for coming out everybody! The Museum was fascinating, I have to go back. And a big thanks to George for the delicious Caribbean food afterwards.

    1 · May 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was awesome meeting all 8 of you guys. It was interesting and I will energize myself better next time. (I shouldve read the reviews on that place first, it was teeny and took 1 hour for me to be served).

    1 · May 3, 2014

    • Eddie C

      No prob, Terri. See you next time.

      May 4, 2014

  • Wesley

    Awesome Meetup, thanks Eddie. Soon i will be a drunken tai chi master

    2 · May 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cripes, I would really love to join you for this but I forgot I already had tickets for tonight. Have a good time and I look forward to seeing everyone in the future.

    May 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member it. Im hoping the subway will be ok.
    Looking forward to meeting everyone.

    1 · May 2, 2014

  • Eddie C

    Just sent the email out with my contact info. We will meet on the corner of Eastern Parkway and Washington Avenue, by the fountain, instead of in the lobby, as it may be crowded. We will wait a few minutes and then proceed into the museum. Admission is free after 5, so we should be able to just walk in, unless anybody wants to get tickets for the Ai Weiwei exhibit. Meeting time is at 5pm. If you're going to be late, just proceed into the museum.

    May 2, 2014

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