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User Image bam_brooklyn Posted: Nov 14, 2017 10:09 PM (UTC)
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@bigdancetheater's 17c (opening TONIGHT in the Harvey!) considers diarist Samuel Pepys as a startling precursor to today's social media culture. 📷: Johanna Austin

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User Image bam_brooklyn Posted: Feb 24, 2018 4:39 PM (UTC)

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Throwback to 1970, when BAM organized a Black Film Series that amounted to a virtual anthology of black film from 1929—1969. Opening night featured 1933’s The Emperor Jones, which marked Paul Robeson’s first talking picture. As chronicled in 2015’s The Tallest Tree in the Forest, Robeson was one of the most radically outspoken and political black artists of all-time, and served as a mentor to figures like Harry Belafonte in the civil rights movement. Other highlights of the Series included Ousmane Sembene's Borom Sarret, which we paired with Black Girl back in 2016, and Carlton Moss's The Negro Soldier, which was included in last November’s Strange Victories: Black Soldiers and World War II program. #BlackHistoryMonth #LetsAmplifyBlackVoices
User Image bam_brooklyn Posted: Feb 22, 2018 11:58 PM (UTC)
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Teknopolis, our second annual tech takeover, returns to BAM Fisher this weekend! We’re excited to welcome @momentfactory, whose work Sound Tracer will be featured in the Fisher Lower Lobby.

About Sound Tracer: “Our piece this year is an abstract exploration of touch, sound and gesture; something akin to a living abstract painting. Visitors discover a world of colour, shape, sound and movement in constant evolution by exploring the myriad hidden affordances of the system. Each person can also leave their trace, which then serves as the starting point for the next user’s own playful exploration. It’s an experience that’s difficult to describe without trying it for yourself. And that’s the whole point. We wanted to create something that isn’t easily reduced to words, and that explores the complexity of multimodal experience; where sound, touch, shape and movement become blurred together, and it’s unclear which sense is taking the lead.” #BAMTeknopolis #digitalart #interactiveart
User Image bam_brooklyn Posted: Feb 22, 2018 9:31 PM (UTC)
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T-2 weeks ‘til #RadioLoveFest! For the fifth year running, BAM presents a one-of-a-kind celebration of innovative radio, live on stage. From a new edition of @mothstories to a behind-the-scenes look at @stownpodcast, it’s a weekend-long celebration of the personalities, stories, and shows of public radio. Mar 7—10:
Pictured: #tbt to RadioLoveFest 2015. Photo: Rebecca Greenfield
User Image bam_brooklyn Posted: Feb 21, 2018 9:45 PM (UTC)
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BAM Casting Notice: seeking Brooklyn residents for community chorus in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of #KingLear!
@thersc returns to BAM this April to present King Lear and is looking to cast volunteers from the local community for the show’s various non-speaking roles. Non-actors eligible. Deadline to apply is Sun, Feb 25. Visit (on desktop) for details. 📷: Ellie Kurtz #RSCKingLear
User Image bam_brooklyn Posted: Feb 16, 2018 9:48 PM (UTC)
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Filmmaker @ryancoogler joined us for our Feb 14 screening of @blackpanther.

Check out highlights from the Q&A with Coogler and @abiolaoke of @okayafrica on our YouTube channel (link in bio). #BlackPanther is now showing on the Steinberg Screen at the BAM Harvey Theater. 📸: Travis Matthews

#BlackPantheratBAM #WakandaForever
User Image bam_brooklyn Posted: Feb 14, 2018 7:25 PM (UTC)

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A very happy birthday to the brilliant and prescient Frederick Douglass, who was born 200 years ago today.
Did you know that in 1866 a faction of BAM’s board tried to prevent the acclaimed abolitionist from taking the stage at 176 Montague Street? Knowing Douglass was likely to launch a pointed attack on sitting President Andrew Johnson, they did so on the utterly spurious grounds that “no black person could take the stage at BAM.” Fortunately, a close friend helped convince the majority of the board to overrule this denial—and Douglass was permitted to speak on “The Assassination [of Abraham Lincoln] and Its Lessons” after all.
He began his oration by commenting directly on the scandal. “The day is coming,” he declared, “when Brooklyn will be quite ashamed that any subjection could have been made to a man appearing before it for the purpose of vindicating the cause of justice, of humanity and of liberty.” And throughout his two-hour address, he frequently circled back to the controversy to illustrate his points about the need for the North to be resolute in pushing for black equality. ✊🏿 #BlackHistoryMonth #LetsAmplifyBlackVoices
User Image bam_brooklyn Posted: Feb 13, 2018 10:28 PM (UTC)
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Help us celebrate the release of #BlackPanther! Royal attire is encouraged for our Feb 14 screening + Q&A with Ryan Coogler. Join us in your Wakanda finest at the BAM Harvey Theater tomorrow! #WakandaForever
User Image bam_brooklyn Posted: Feb 12, 2018 2:48 AM (UTC)

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Join the artists, patrons, and friends of BAM as we celebrate @darrenaronofsky, Jeremy Irons, and Nora Ann Wallace & Jack Nusbaum at the 2018 #BAMgala. May 30th in Red Hook. Save the date!
User Image bam_brooklyn Posted: Feb 7, 2018 11:51 PM (UTC)
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We are excited to announce that David Binder (@davidbinderarts) will be BAM's new Artistic Director! Read the full announcement in the @nytimes (link in bio). 📸: Vincent Tullo for The New York Times
User Image bam_brooklyn Posted: Feb 5, 2018 8:02 PM (UTC)
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Due to popular demand, we've added a second screening of @phantomthread with Live Score performed by Wordless Music Orchestra and principals from London Contemporary Orchestra on Sun, Feb 25 at 3:30pm. Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 10am!
User Image bam_brooklyn Posted: Feb 2, 2018 10:43 PM (UTC)
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Ready for hundreds of young cinephiles to take over the lobby, cinemas, and café this weekend at the 20th annual BAMkids Film Festival. 🎬🎈#BAMkidsFF features the best new shorts and features from over 31 countries, plus puppet-making workshops, 360 films, live performances, arts & crafts, and more! 10am—3pm this Sat & Sun! For ages 3—11.
User Image bam_brooklyn Posted: Feb 1, 2018 8:44 PM (UTC)

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In 1969, the manifold interests of psychedelic hippies and civil rights activists dovetailed across two nights at BAM when jazz prophet ✨#SunRa✨ joined radical writer #AmiriBaraka (then known as #LeRoiJones) on the Howard Gilman Opera House Stage. The following night? Legendary Beat poet #AllenGinsberg appeared alongside #TheBand. Sun Ra makes a BAM homecoming of sorts this Mon, Feb 6, when his iconic Afrofuturist film Space is the Place screens as part of our #FightthePower: #BlackSuperheroes on Film series: ✊🏿
This month and every month, let’s celebrate the remarkable stories and achievements of Black artists, and #LetsAmplifyBlackVoices. Happy #BlackHistoryMonth!

Pictured: Ad from The @villagevoice, October 1969
#tbt courtesy the #BAMHammArchives
Eat, Drink & Be Literary is back! The beloved literary and dining series, presented in partnership with @nationalbookfoundation, returns this spring with #HariKunzru (3/13), #ValeriaLuiselli (3/27), #KevinYoung (4/17), and #LorrieMoore (5/8). Tickets go on sale to #BAMmembers on Mon, Feb 5, and to the general public on Feb 12 📚 #EDBL
User Image bam_brooklyn Posted: Jan 31, 2018 9:49 PM (UTC)

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A very happy birthday to one of our all-time favorites, #PhilipGlass! ✨🎉🎶
Photo: Jack Mitchell courtesy the #BAMHammArchives
User Image bam_brooklyn Posted: Jan 29, 2018 6:02 PM (UTC)
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Happy Birthday, #AntonChekhov! The iconic writer (and medical doctor!) was born 158 years ago today. Pictured above is @DanilaKozlovsky as Lopakhin and Elizaveta Boiarskaia as Varya in 2016’s The Cherry Orchard with the @malydramatheatre. Kozlovsky, Boiarskaia and the rest of the Maly Drama Theatre return to BAM this June in Friedrich Schiller’s Love and Intrigue, and tickets are on-sale now at
📷: Stephanie Berger
User Image bam_brooklyn Posted: Jan 29, 2018 3:50 PM (UTC)

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Special thanks to our friends @wendyssubway for another year of inspired and provocative curation in the Wendy's Subway Reading Room! The collection might be closed, but you can still peruse highlights by using the #WSxBAM hashtag or perusing the #BAMblog at 📚✨
Our final library spotlight is on @dispersedholdings—a listening and publication space located in the former apartment of artist Eva Hesse on the Bowery in New York. The space gives site to small-scale gatherings, slowed durations, reading, writing, publishing, cooking and eating, collective making, and collective listening. The dispersed library features books bearing on art, reading, resistance, listening and sound, publishing, and philosophy, as well poetry, fiction, and artist books.
#HannahArendt #MoyraDavey #MichaelFried #IvanIllich #AlbertoManguel #LisaRobertson #AlanR.White
@uchicago @bookthug_press
User Image bam_brooklyn Posted: Jan 28, 2018 4:23 PM (UTC)
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Our penultimate library in the #WSxBAM collection is Yale Union—a center for contemporary art led by a desire to support artists, propose new modes of production, and stimulate the ongoing public discourse around art. Though it has plans to grow, the immediate iteration of the library is consciously unassuming. Housed in the smallest room at Yale Union, the library’s footprint is less than 100 square feet.
Check it out the #BAMFisher Lower Lobby through 5pm TODAY only!
#SusanHowe #AaronFlintJamison #BernadetteMayer #MarkvonSchlegell #CharlemagnePalestine
@ndpublishing #VeneerMagazine @sternbergpress #filipsoneditions
User Image bam_brooklyn Posted: Jan 27, 2018 7:56 PM (UTC)

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Animator, storyman, trailblazer. Floyd Norman is an undisputed trailblazer in the animation world. The first African-American to be hired at Disney in 1956, Norman’s refusal to quit—even though the company forced him to retire at age 65—is a testament to his unparalleled devotion to the craft.
Floyd Norman: An Animated Life screens Sat, Feb 3 at 1:40pm for the #BAMKidsFF!
User Image bam_brooklyn Posted: Jan 25, 2018 4:57 PM (UTC)
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@ashkal_alwan’s library is a publicly accessible artistic and cultural resource that houses a growing collection of books, catalogs, periodicals, and ephemera gathered over the years. This open public collection is primarily focused on contemporary artistic and cultural practices in Lebanon and beyond. The library includes books on art history, art theory, art education, architecture, photography, film, media, theater, performance art, comics, philosophy, psychology, critical and political theory, literature, poetry, and cultural policy. Peruse the collection every day from 12noon—5pm in the @wendyssubway Reading Room. #wsxbam

#theatreoftheoppressed #arabtheater #lebanesecinema #contemporaryartartists #AugustoBoal #EyadHoussami #LinaKhatib #JoachimKoester #RabihMroué
@plutopress @i.b.tauris @buchhandlungwaltherkoenig @BAKbasis @hkw_berlin
User Image bam_brooklyn Posted: Jan 23, 2018 10:47 PM (UTC)

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Today, we grieve the loss of legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela—pictured here in 1956—whose music was featured at BAM in one of @alvinailey’s first main stage programs. A stalwart in the struggle for black liberation, Masekela formed the near-mythical ensemble, the Jazz Epistles, with pianist Abdullah Ibrahim in the late 1950s.
The Jazz Epistles were a short-lived sensation, breaking attendance records in Cape Town, channeling jazz giants from the US, and recording the first all-black modern jazz record in the country’s history. But South Africa’s apartheid government, threatened by their progressive message, ultimately shut it down.
This spring, we honor the legendary ensemble on Thu, Apr 19—and are deeply saddened that Masekela won’t be here to join us for this much deserved celebration. Love to all those who knew and were inspired by him. ✊🏿🎺🎶 #RIP #hughmasekela