This morning, activists, intellectuals, civic leaders, and artists will gather at BAM for the city’s largest public celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. #MartinLutherKing, Jr. 2018 marks the 32nd year of this event, but the revolutionary leader has been celebrated in the county that bears his name since the 60s. Dr. King had deep ties to New York City, and visited Brooklyn in 1963 to deliver a sermon at the historic @plymouthchurchbrooklyn in Brooklyn Heights.
Here, illustrator @gelgud explores #MLK's 1963 Brooklyn address and the legacy of the church that helped give voice to the iconic "I Have a Dream" speech. #MLKinBK
In the 32 years of our annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we have welcomed many special guests including Harry Belafonte, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Angela Davis, and close to 100,000 New Yorkers! Below is our poster from 1991 when we hosted speakers Robert Kennedy, Jr. and Gail Lumet Buckley—daughter of Lena Horne.
Join us tomorrow morning (Mon, Jan 15) for this year's edition of #MLKinBK. Lobby doors open at 8am and tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Poster courtesy the #BAMHammArchives Leon Levy BAM Digital Archive.
Today we remember when Resurrection Dance Theatre of Haiti graced our stage for #DanceAfrica, our annual celebration of culture from Africa and the diaspora. The 2003 theme was "Rhythmic Rites and Rituals: Connecting Cultural Borders." #FlashbackFriday : Jack Vartoogian
We’re so excited to announce our participation in @wethefederation’s upcoming #ArtActionDay next Sat, Jan 20! Join us at #BAMcaféLive at 9pm for a FREE concert featuring the remarkable Flor de Toloache—New York’s first and only all-female full mariachi ensemble. Doors open at 7:30, and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Can’t make it in person? No stress—we’re broadcasting the whole thing LIVE over on our Facebook page. #ArtUnitesUs#CultureKeepsBordersOpen
A very happy birthday to the late Alvin Ailey, who would be 87 years old today! Choreographer #AlvinAiley formed his company the @alvinailey American Dance Theater in 1958. Ailey wrote in his autobiography, “The concert dance scene was basically closed to black dancers... I very much wanted to be a choreographer... and the time had come for me to make my own decisions.” His company first performed at BAM in 1968 and Ailey served as artistic director of the troupe until his death in 1989. AAADT continued to perform regularly at BAM over the years, and notably celebrated its 50th anniversary season in the Howard Gilman Opera House in 2008.
Pictured: Alvin Ailey in 1960. Courtesy of Eva F. Maze/International Artists Productions via the #BAMHammArchives Leon Levy BAM Digital Archive
BAM Rose Cinemas are OPEN today (screenings start at 4:30pm), but the Curator's Choice screening of The Shape of Water has been postponed to a later date. Keep warm and be safe out there! BAM cyclone pic by @laurcap several storms ago
Tickets to The Great Experiment: Questioning Democracy, a new seminar series with BAM and Think Olio (@whatisolio), are on sale now! [link in bio]
In this particular political moment when fractures in our democracy and the challenges posed to it become ever more urgent, The Great Experiment: Questioning Democracy is a call to grapple with some of the compromises necessary to make democracy function as a realistic form of government—while also addressing the areas where democracy can and needs to move closer to its professed ideals.
New Year’s Day is traditionally a day on which we look back and look ahead. We consider the importance of good friends and family, and also assess what we hope to improve—in our lives, our communities, and the world. The first day of a new year always presents a fresh start in our efforts to work toward a better future.
This past year has been a difficult one for so many. Global, national, and local communities have experienced natural disasters, terrible acts of violence, insecurity and fear. Indeed, there are so many people today who find themselves vulnerable. At such time, BAM reaffirms its commitment to being an open and inclusive place, one that respects multiple voices, cultures, and beliefs.
Complex problems can’t be sorted out easily or immediately. What we can do is to offer our home as a place for consciousness raising and communal gathering. Whether by hearing from thought-leaders, engaging in discussion, or by exposure to a variety of artists’ perspectives on our society—expressed on film or on stage—there is strength and support in those moments when we gather knowledge and clarity.
BAM is a home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas. To us, adventurousness is showing compassion in the face of hate, courage in the face of adversity, and open-mindedness in the face of ignorance and uncertainty. It’s providing artistic work that both provokes and consoles, which questions preconceptions and opens our minds to ideas beyond our comfort zone or familiarity—and which provides a forum for those voices not often heard, for the widest audience we can reach.
I wish you peace and happiness in 2018, and hope to see you at BAM.
We're so pleased to announce that @annalouiseplease is the winner of the #BAMVoyageContest! Anna Louise will travel to Barcelona to explore Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo courtesy our friends at @Delta. There, she'll research the legacy of Spanish art and design in order to create work about conflicting creative practices between her Spanish and indigenous ancestors.
Congratulations Anna Louise—and thank you to the many inspiring entrants whose provocative and adventurous spirits reminded us that, no matter how bleak it may seem at times, the world is always full of possibility. #Delta