5 Free Events in NYC: “Women’s Work” Exhibition, Portraits of Immigrants and the Underground Railroad

5 Free Events in NYC: “Women’s Work” Exhibition, Portraits of Immigrants and the Underground Railroad

Here are our favorite free events happening this week in New York City.

Women’s Work
NARS Foundation, Brooklyn
Opening reception Feb. 8, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m; exhibition running through Feb. 20
Featuring works by Carmen Lizardo, Maureen McCourt, Regina Ruff and others, this exhibition explores connections between domestic labor and craft and is intended to challenge patriarchal normativity. In the process, the artists seek to reclaim the term “Women’s Work” from its demeaning implications.

Inspired by Malcolm X: Healing and Self-Determination Through the 4MX Greenhouse
Feb. 9; all day
Weeksville Heritage Center and A Blade of Grass have joined together to host a full-day of free programming centering on Black History Month. Although there are a lot of activities to choose from, we’re partial to A Blade of Grass fellow Jordan Weber’s discussion about 4 Malcolm X Greenhouse. As part of the project, the artist constructed a sustainable, eco-friendly structure on the foundation of Malcolm X’s childhood home in North Omaha, Nebraska.

Brooklyn and the Underground Railroad
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn
Feb. 9; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The history and legacy of the Underground Railroad is explored in this official tour from NYC Parks, hosted in honor of Black History Month. While general information about the use of the underground tunnels will be explored, the focal point of this event is Brooklyn’s own role in helping enslaved African Americans find freedom.

Babylon: Beyond Borders
Harlem Stage, Manhattan
Feb. 13; 2 p.m to 4 p.m. 
The International Babylon Festival touches down at Harlem Stage this week, bringing along a slew of performances. Brazilian performer Pedro Granato, South African artist Mwenya Kabwe and London-based artist Ruthie Osterman will present a performance piece that explores the concept of “Babylon,” which will be live streamed with other venues participating in the global festival.

Portraits of Immigrants
Saint Thomas Church, Manhattan
Through Feb. 15
Artist and writer Betsy Ashton started creating portraits of immigrants in 2016. The goal was to capture the diversity and resiliency of those who came to America in search of a better life, while also dismantling pernicious stereotypes that spread unabated during the 2016 election. After the show completes its run on Feb. 15, “Portraits of Immigrants” will move to The Riverside Church in Morningside Heights on March 6.

Top Image: Carmen Lizardo's “Punch Cards: Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate" is included in the "Women's Work" exhibition at NARS Foundation.