This weekend, in addition to Saturday’s Girls Who Rock volunteer meeting, my subway travels took me to the Brooklyn Museum of Art’s Target First Saturday after hours party—a fitting end to a day already made special by working on She’s the First!
The museum’s free First Saturday monthly event attracts thousands of visitors to free programs of art and entertainment. Made possible by the Wallace Foundation Community Programs Fund, these parties have long functioned as a great way to be exposed to visual artists, filmmakers, and music from a variety of cultures and genres. Last night, my fellow museum patrons and I were invited to get glammed up for the “Brooklyn Chic” theme in celebration of the special exhibition American High Style: Fashioning a National Collection (with a particular emphasis on women designers!).
While I was sure to strike a pose next to some of fabulous outfits on display, I couldn’t help but notice some of the other powerful contemporary works of art on display. Photographer Vera Lutter’s portfolio Samar Hussein commemorates the civilian deaths caused by the war in Iraq since the invasion in March 2003. The title actually derives from the name of the 13-year-old Iraqi girl who was sadly the first recorded civilian causality. In her series of photographs, Lutter beautifully adopts images of the hibiscus flower’s life cycle “as a metaphor of the transience of human existence.”
If you want to get a better glimpse of Lutter’s work, check out her website, and if you can, try to make it out to the next Brooklyn Museum First Saturday on July 3rd!