5 Free Events in NYC This Week: Black Citizenship in Jim Crow South, Fabric in Fashion and More

5 Free Events in NYC This Week: Black Citizenship in Jim Crow South, Fabric in Fashion and More

Here’s our weekly roundup of five free arts and culture events taking place in New York City.

Fabric in Fashion
Fashion Institute of Technology, Manhattan
Dec. 4; hours vary
Spanning the last two and a half centuries, this exhibition focuses on the four most common fibers in Western women’s fashion: silk, cotton, wool and synthetics. The pursuit of these materials has spurred colonialism, industrialization and slavery, all of which will be explored through using clothing as the entry point.

AKARI: Sculpture by Other Means
The Noguchi Museum, Queens
Dec. 4; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Take advantage of First Friday in Queens by strolling around Socrates Park and then stopping by The Noguchi Museum. Once you’ve wandered through the breathtaking first floor, head upstairs to see “Akari: Sculpture by Other Means.” The exhibition draws inspiration from Japanese lanterns that helped illuminate fishing boats on the Nagara River.

Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow
New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, Manhattan
Dec. 7; 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
The exhibition, which opened in September to mark the 150th anniversary of the 14th Amendment, highlights art, artifacts and photographs from Reconstruction-era America. Organized chronologically from the Civil War to the end of World War I, the show, curated by Marci Reaven, traces the backlash that swiftly followed efforts to create an interracial democracy.

Fab Folk Fest at the American Folk Museum
American Folk Museum, Manhattan
Dec. 8 and Dec.9;  hours vary
Visit the always-free American Folk Art Museum this weekend to see Jamaican artist John Dunkley’s first exhibition outside his native country. Titled “Back To Nature,” the show will feature more than three dozen pieces from the artist, who died in 1947. The museum is also hosting its annual holiday celebration focused on self-taught artistry.

Columbus Circle Broadway Under the Stars
Columbus Circle, Manhattan
Dec. 10; 5 p.m.
Continuing its holiday tradition, The Shops at Columbus Circle will host a free concert featuring cast members from hit Broadway shows. The final show, on Dec. 10, will feature the cast of “Mean Girls” and “Wicked.” (You can also take a behind-the-scenes tour of the sets on ALL ARTS digital series Broadway Sandwich.)

Top Image: Courtesy of Noguchi Museum; AKARI: Sculpture by Other Means