Moms, Meals and Museums

MOTHER’S DAY TOUR AND BRUNCH

Lets  See It:  Sunday, May 14th 930-11am

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a before-hours tour of the 2017 Biennial, followed by brunch at Untitled.

Tours led by Teaching Fellows explore the Whitney’s signature survey of contemporary American art. The first Biennial to take place in the Whitney’s downtown home, it features sixty-three individuals and collectives whose work takes a wide variety of forms, from painting and installation to activism and video-game design.

Following the tour, guests enjoy a two-course brunch and cocktail at the Museum’s ground-floor restaurant, Untitled.
9:30 am tour
10:30 am brunch

10 am tour
11 am brunch

Capacity is limited. Tickets are required ($95; $85 members). Please contact grouptours@whitney.org.

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Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party

Lets  Do It: Sunday, May 14th. 10am–6pm

New York Botanical Garden 2900 Southern Blvd Bronx 10458

Before you get a regrettable “I Heart Mom” tat, honor your mother with a delightful garden party. Start the morning meandering through the newly reopened Lilac Collection while bands and dancers perform on the Daffodil Hill main stage. Make Mom a homemade watercolor card, then eat brunch picnic-style (just make advance reservations). Tons of activities are planned, all on the beautiful landscape, including putting on the green, croquet and guided walking tours through the gardens. There will even be professional photographers to snap pics for mom’s fridge.

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My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter: Mother’s Day Poetry Reading

Lets  Do It: Sunday, May 14th. 3–5pm

Brooklyn Museum Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor

On Mother’s Day, join us for an intimate afternoon of poetry by Brooklyn-born Aja Monet, whose new collection, My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter, is an ode to mothers, daughters, and sisters—the important people who fight to change the world. Complemented by striking cover art from Carrie Mae Weems, these stunning poems tackle racism, sexism, heartbreak, and grief, but also love, motherhood, spirituality, and black joy. Angela Davis says this collection and its title poem, performed at this year’s Women’s March, “offers us textures of feeling and radical shifts of meaning that expand our capacity to envision and fight for new worlds.”

Monet discusses how resistance is fostered through mother-daughter relationships, bringing to life the radical legacy presented in the exhibition We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85Tickets are $12 ($10 for Members). Tickets with copy of Monet’s book are $25 ($20 for Members).