WRITTEN BY JACQUELINE MARINO

While sports fanatics were preparing for the Superbowl this past Saturday, art fiends were celebrating “Black Males Defying Stereotypes” at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

The First Saturday of every month is a special one for the Brooklyn Museum of Art, located on the border of Prospect Park, just 10 minutes downtown on the 2/3 train from Borough Hall.

Every month Target hosts a themed party at the Museum, drawing a crowd of at least 13,000 people from all corners of New York City. The night is free to the public after 5pm and continues until 11pm. This month’s theme was centered around Black History Month.

There are a wide variety of events to choose from. For those who are interested in the exhibits, it is a rare chance to attend curator-led tours and special lectures. For other individuals who just want to have fun, there are live bands, pop-up performances, DJ’s, dance parties, and interactive projects.

The night began in the lobby with a performance by “Game Rebellion,” an eccentric hip-hop/metal/punk band. The crowd, ranging from children to adults to seniors, seemed to have enjoyed the night. It was almost impossible not to, surrounded by about 10 beautiful scantily clad models dancing around the stage pumping up the crowd.

The band is just a warm-up for the dance party that took place a few floors above. With barely any room to move, the entire Beaux-Arts Court was packed to the brim. With beautifully constructed sky-high ceilings and the four walls adorned with classic European art, it is the perfect environment for the event.

Sure, there are tons of interestingly decorated clubs in the Meatpacking District and elsewhere, but even the swankiest joints cannot compare to being surrounded by one-of-a-kind works of art.

The Museum is also a sponsor for the hit reality show on Bravo, “Work of Art”. The winner, Kymia Nawabi, was awarded with the honor of having her own exhibit on display at the museum. All galleries are open to the public until 11PM to enjoy on First Saturdays as well.

After the dance party was another treat. Brooklyn based clothing company, “The Brooklyn Circus” showcased their latest fashions. To check out some pictures from the fashion show, click here. (http://thebkcircus.com/2012/02/06/brooklyn-museum-bkc-first-saturdays-show)

The museum is always featuring new exhibitions, including British sculptor Rachel Kneebone in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist art. Over the next few weeks, people can also look forward to the opening of a new Keith Haring exhibit, showcasing his work between the years 1978-1982.

Keith Haring was a prominent young pop and graffiti artist in New York City. This retrospective will chronicle some of his earlier works as an emerging figure in the art world.

First Saturdays at the Museum are a great way to go out with a group of friends and feel like a star.

Everyone in attendance is simply looking for a good time and it is a great place to network and make friends.

The next First Saturday will be on March 3, 2012. Be sure to mark your calendars!

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