EMP kicks off Black History Month with a party on Saturday, Feb. 7, with a “Through the Eyes of Art” event.
EMP celebrates Black History Month with programs exploring the lives and legacies of African Americans and the African-American experience, kicking off with “Through the Eyes of Art” Saturday, Feb. 7, in the museum’s Sky Church with hip-hop performances by Talib Kweli and Draze and a display of work from regional artists and photographers in “The Value of Black Life” art showcase.
The “Snap to Action” photo display curated by EMP Youth Advisory Board, with images of protesters taking part in Black Lives Matter events in Seattle over the past several months, is on display through February in the museum’s Soundboard Alley. Special events through the month include a performance and discussion on the transformative power of dance by Northwest Tap Connection urban-dance studio Feb. 14, and videographers’ panel discussion and music video debuts at Black Collaboration: A Night of Music, Video, and Conversation Feb. 21.
EMP, a colorful Seattle landmark designed by famed architect Frank Gehry, has its roots in rock ’n‘ roll and describes its collections, exhibits and programs for all ages as “dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel popular culture.”
EMP Museum Black History Month
Through the Eyes of Art: 6-9:30 p.m. Saturday Feb. 7, Sky Church; $17-$20, by reservation (206-770-2702)
Museum hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
Cost: $15-$25, discount with advance online tickets; or $22-$29 including Star Wars costume exhibit, by advance purchase for timed entry
Location: 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle
More info: 206-770-2700 or empmuseum.org
Current exhibits include “Indie Game Revolution,” “Spectacle: The Music Video,” “Fantasy: World of Myth and Magic,” “Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London,” “Can’t Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film” and “Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses.” The special exhibit “Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume,” costumes worn in the first six films of the “Star Wars” franchise, is on display at EMP through Oct. 4.
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