Mapplethorpe in Performance

June 7, 2019 6:00pm

With Bryce Dessner, Korde Arrington Tuttle, Kaneza Schaal
Moderated by Nico Wheadon
In conjunction with Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)

The creative team behind this season’s production of Triptych (Eyes of One on Another), composer Bryce Dessner, director Kaneza Schaal, and multidisciplinary artist and dramaturg Korde Arrington Tuttle, discusses the range of artistic influences that informed Robert Mapplethorpe’s work—and how the production translates the visual medium into an interdisciplinary experience.

All tickets: $15

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Location
Peter Jay Sharp Building – Hillman Attic Studio
30 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Pop-Up Magazine: Spring 2019 Issue

May 29, 2019 7:30pm

Presented in partnership with WNYC Studios

Pop-Up Magazine is a live magazine—a night of new, true stories about the fascinating world around us—with photography, film, radio, and original music all mixed together and performed live onstage by a big cast of talented people. 

Past contributors include bestselling authors (Michael Pollan, Alice Walker, Susan Orlean), award-winning filmmakers (Ava DuVernay, Alex Gibney, Barry Jenkins), prominent radio and podcast producers (Ira Glass, Jad Abumrad, Kelly McEvers), renowned photographers (Larry Sultan, Alec Soth, Katy Grannan), musicians and actors (Beck, Kumail Nanjiani, Sasheer Zamata), as well as a wide, eclectic group of emerging media makers.

Tickets start at $36.

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Location
Peter Jay Sharp Building – BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
30 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Composing Beauty: Mapplethorpe’s Quest for Perfection

May 29, 2019 7:00pm

Co-presented by BAM and Think Olio
Led by Jeanne Proust
In conjunction with Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)

“I am obsessed with beauty. I want everything to be perfect.”
—Robert Mapplethorpe

In this seminar, philosopher Jeanne Proust engages participants in an expansive conversation about Robert Mapplethorpe’s work, through the lens of aesthetics and the famed photographer’s quest for perfect beauty. In thinking about Mapplethorpe’s carefully composed photographs of provocative subjects, can we engage with beauty solely through the aesthetic qualities of the representation itself? Or is our appreciation of beauty inherently linked to the moral connotations of the subject matter? Proust also brings Mapplethorpe’s work into dialogue with French poet Baudelaire, who helped redefine our notion of beauty and what can be considered beautiful. Is beauty within the subject matter or within the spectator?

All tickets: $20

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Location
BAM Fisher
321 Ashland Pl
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Anna Deavere Smith

May 21, 2019 7:00pm

Unbound: Anna Deavere Smith
Co-presented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore
In conversation with Dr. Carla Shedd
Launch of Notes from the Field

Tony- and Pulitzer-nominated playwright Anna Deavere Smith takes part in an intimate conversation to celebrate the literary publication of her 2015 play Notes from the Field. Smith’s acclaimed one-person play, now for the first time in print, includes the voices of a host of real-life figures who witness, experience, and fight the system that pushes students of color out of the classroom and into prisons. This urgent work brings together twenty voices—students and teachers, counselors and congressmen, preachers and prisoners—that shine a light on the school-to-prison pipeline.

ALL TICKETS:  $20 event only; $30 with pre-signed book (over 35% off book list price)

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Location
BAM Fisher
321 Ashland Pl
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

Whitewalling on Stage: Art, Race, and Protest in Performance

May 13, 2019 7:00pm – 8:00pm

With James Hannaham, Okwui Okpokwasili, and Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)

In conversation with Aruna D’Souza

Writer Aruna D’Souza, writer and artist James Hannaham, performer and choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili, and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) convene for a conversation about the politics of race in the performing arts. Looking to D’Souza’s critical 2018 book Whitewalling: Art, Race, and Protest in 3 Acts, which traces the troubled history of art and race in America through three distinct controversies, the participants transpose these issues to the arena of performance, examining how artists, audiences, critics, and institutions can more thoughtfully engage in dialogue around these questions.

In particular, the discussion focuses on claims of artistic censorship that are levied in reaction to questions of who can or should authentically tell which stories. What are the limits of artistic intent and empathetic allyship in considering what work is created, by whom, and in which institutions it’s shown? Does the inherently collaborative nature of the performing arts allow for greater authenticity in developing more nuanced and inclusive work or is it bound by the same institutional biases as the visual art world?

ALL TICKETS:  $15

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Location
BAM Fisher
321 Ashland Pl
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA

New Labor in New York and the Fight for Workers’ Rights

May 22, 2019 6:30pm – 8:30pm

New York City has long been known as a Union Town. While nationwide 10.5% of American workers are union members, here in New York State membership tops 22%. In addition to the ongoing work of New York’s unions, a host of alternative organizations, known as “new” or “alt” labor groups have grown dramatically in number and size over the last few years.New labor organizations share the aim of improving workers’ lives and often work hand in hand with traditional unions to advocate on behalf of labor. Join three of New York’s most dynamic new labor activists, Bhairavi Desai of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, Allison Julien of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and Michelle Miller of Coworker.org, for a conversation about recent gains (and setbacks) in their movements to protect the workers who make this city run. Moderated by Ed Ott, former Executive Director of the New York City Central Labor Council.

About the Speakers:

Bhairavi Desai is the founder and executive director of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance (NYTWA). Born in Gujarat, India, she founded the NYTWA in 1998, which now represents more than 21,000 city taxi drivers. Desai previously worked at Manavi, the South Asian women’s organization in New Jersey that worked with victims of domestic violence.

Allison Julien is a founding member of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA). For over a decade Julien organized domestic workers in NYC. She was part of the founding of NDWA in 2007 and was a key leader in the six-year campaign for the New York Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, that resulted in a successful, historic passage in 2010.

Michelle Miller is the co-founder of Coworker.org, a platform for worker voice. Coworker.org has catalyzed the growth of global employee networks who’ve won paid parental leave at Netflix, scheduling reform at Starbucks, and changes to Google’s code of conduct. In 2015, Miller was proud to join President Barack Obama as co-moderator of the first ever digital Town Hall on Worker Voice.

Ed Ott (moderator) has 50 years of experience in the labor movement. He formerly served as Executive Director of the New York City Central Labor Council, which represents 1.3 million trade unionists. Ott began his career as a union organizer, served as a local union officer, and later as the political director for several large labor organizations. He is the co-author with Ruth Milkman of New Labor in New York: Precarious Workers and the Future of the Labor Movement (Cornell University Press, 2014).

$15 Adults | $12 Seniors, Students, and Educators (with ID) | $10 Museum Members

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Location
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets
New York NY 10029 US

Uncovering the Lost Lives of Workers: The Archaeology of Labor

May 8, 2019 6:30pm – 8:00pm

The New York we know today was profoundly shaped by workers. Not only did workers build and maintain the physical city, but their struggles over pay, power, and inclusion have made and remade the city many times over and, in the process, left a physical record for archaeologists to uncover. Inspired by our exhibition, City of Workers, City of Struggle: How Labor Movements Changed New York (opens May 1, 2019), join archaeologists Dr. Meta Janowitz, Dr. Jean Howson, and Alanna Warner-Smith as they share their latest findings about New York City’s working and living conditions from the 18th to the early 20th centuries and consider the lasting impact of labor on workers’ bodies, both female and male.

This is our 39th annual program presented in partnership with Professional Archaeologists of New York City.

About the Speakers:

Dr. Jean Howson has conducted urban archaeological research in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut for 35 years. She served as Staff Archaeologist at the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Associate Director for Archaeology for the African Burial Ground Project, and currently consults on projects for city and state agencies.

Dr. Meta Janowitz is an archaeologist and ceramic historian, specializing in the study of pottery made in the metropolitan area during the 18th and 19th centuries. Semi-retired from the Cultural Resource Management crew at AECOM, a large engineering firm, she teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Alanna Warner-Smith is a historical bioarchaeologist and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Her doctoral research explores citizenship and labor during the 19th century by examining the skeletal remains of Irish immigrants who died in New York City between 1893 and 1921. She has also conducted fieldwork in Turkey, Peru, Guatemala, and throughout the Caribbean.

About Professional Archaeologists of New York City:

Professional Archaeologists of New York City, Inc. (PANYC) is a non-profit organization of local professional archaeologists concerned with preserving and protecting the archaeological and historical resources of New York City and educating the public about our cultural heritage.

Price: $15 for Adults | $12 for Seniors, Students, and Educators (with ID) | $10 for Museum and PANYC Members

Includes Museum admission.

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Location
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets
New York NY 10029 US

DigiMarCon East 2019 – Digital Marketing Conference & Exhibition

May 9, 2019 9:00am – 5:30pm

DigiMarCon East 2019 is your chance to …

– Hear from some of the most audacious and thought provoking speakers in the digital marketing industry.

– Gain insight into emerging strategies, the latest innovative technologies, and best practices to move your business to the next level.

– Network with thought leaders, collaborate with your peers and build your network in a beautiful atmosphere.

DigiMarCon East 2019 Digital Marketing Conference & Exhibition will be held from May 9th to 10th, 2019 at the luxurious New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square, New York, NY. Whatever your goal is; reinforcing customer loyalty, improving lead generation, increasing sales, or driving stronger consumer engagement, the DigiMarCon East 2019 line up has been specifically designed to help you develop your audience. 

Immerse yourself in topics like digital strategy, programmatic advertising, web experience management, usability / design, mobile marketing & retargeting, customer engagement, user acquisition, social media marketing, targeting & optimization, video marketing, data science & big data, web analytics & A/B testing, email marketing, content marketing, conversion rate optimization, search engine optimization, paid search marketing, geo-targeting, predictive analysis & attribution, growth hacking, conversion rate optimization, growth marketing tools, marketing & sales automation, sustainable growth strategies, product marketing & UX / UI and much, much more!

At DigiMarCon East 2019, you will receive all the elements you need to achieve digital marketing success! Conventional thought will be challenged, new ways of thinking will emerge, and you will leave with your head and notebooks full of action items and ideas to lead your agency / team / account to even greater success.

Be a part of DigiMarCon East 2019 and discover how to thrive and succeed as a marketer in a rapidly evolving digital world.

Secure your seat now and take advantage of our discounted super early bird registration rates.

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Location
New York Marriott Marquis
1535 Broadway
New York NY 10036 US

The Struggle Against Jim Crow North: Police Brutality, Mass Incarceration and Educational Discrimination

May 2, 2019 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Jim Crow is best known for its impact in the south, but institutional segregation and systemic inequality defined life for African Americans living in the north through racist policies in housing, schools, and policing. This Conversation in Black Freedom Studies program will feature Brian Purnell, Kris Burrell, Clarence Taylor, and James Forman who will examine the history of the Jim Crow North, and its continued impact on the inequality of today’s educational and criminal justice systems.

Price: Free

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Location
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street
New York NY 10037 US

Min Jin Lee

May 1, 2019 6:30pm

Presented in partnership with the National Book Foundation

On-sale dates:
BAM Members & Patrons, Mon, Dec 10 at 10am
General Public, Mon, Dec 17 at 10am

Moderated by Deborah Treisman

Author Min Jin Lee creates “radical empathy through art” with a sharp focus on diaspora, human rights, and telling the stories that often don’t get told. Her novel Pachinko, the product of nearly thirty years of research, was a finalist for the National Book Award, a Top 10 Books of the Year for The New York Times, and a joint book club selection of PBS NewsHour and The New York Times. Lee’s debut novel, Free Food for Millionaires, was a Top 10 Books of the Year for The Times of London, NPR’s Fresh Air, and USA Today. Her writings have appeared in The New Yorker, The Guardian, New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, The Times Literary Supplement, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and Wall Street Journal. Her work is a powerful meditation on the challenges of migration, immigration, assimilation, and discrimination. She is a Guggenheim and Radcliffe Fellow for 2018-9.

Run time: 2hrs
Full price tickets:  $70 (Includes dinner, dessert, wine, and tax)

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Location
Peter Jay Sharp Building – Lepercq Space/BAMcafé
30 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn NY 11217 USA