On March 2, Target First Saturday highlights the work of conceptual artist El Anatsui. In Gravity and Grace, Anatsui connects the histories of Africa, Europe, and the Americas through large-scale works of art that straddle the boundary between sculpture and painting. Target First Saturday events attract thousands of visitors to free art and entertainment programs each month. March highlights include:
5 p.m. Music: The Sway Machinery fuses Jewish cantor melodies, Afro-pop horns, and blues to create a sound that draws on the band members' multicultural roots and the diverse sounds they adopted while traveling through northwest Africa.
6 p.m. Curator Talk: Kevin Dumouchelle, Associate Curator, Arts of Africa and the Pacific Islands, discusses the exhibition Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui.
6 p.m. Film: An African Election (Jarreth Merz, 89 min., 2011). This documentary follows the 2008 presidential elections in Ghana and provides a glimpse at the complex political machinery of an African democracy struggling for legitimacy.
6:30-8:30 p.m. Hands-on Art: Create a graceful sculpture inspired by El Anatsui's art.
6-9 p.m. Pop-up Talks: Museum Guides will lead short, lively talks on some of the Museum's most intriguing objects.
7 p.m. Music: Ghanaian-Burkinabe singer-songwriter Ria Boss lays down poetic melodies on her acoustic guitar.
8 p.m. Artist Talk: Brooklyn-based artist Fernando Mastrangelo speaks on global consumerism, trade, and identity in his work, including Avarice, currently on view in Connecting Cultures.
8-10 p.m. Interactive Space: Mirroring El Anatsui's process of creating monumental works from small components, visitors to this space become part of large collaborative projects, such as a photo mosaic, a singing activity, and a tai chi movement workshop.
8:30 p.m. Music: Zozo Afrobeat delivers cascades of horns, hypnotic Benino-Nigerian rhythms, and stunning solos, reminiscent of the free-form improvisations of El Anatsui's work.