Public Programs Calendar
All public programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise indicated.
PRESS PREVIEW | Crosscurrents: Africa and Black Diasporas in Dialogue, 1960-1980
Wednesday December 4, 2013
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join us for a Press Preview of Crosscurrents: Africa and Black Diasporas in Dialogue, 1960-1980. An introduction to the exhibition will be given by the exhibition curator Dr. Lizzetta LeFalle-Collins.
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EDUCATOR OPEN HOUSE | Exhibition Training
Saturday December 7, 2013
9:45 am - 1:00 pm
Be one of the first to view Crosscurrents: Africa and Black Diasporas in Dialogue, 1960-1980. This exhibition considers African-American identity, culture and politics through the lens of the global African diaspora. Receive interpretive materials and connect with fellow teachers at an Open House. Admission to the museum is complimentary all day for Educators. This in-depth training – led by Visual Arts Director Dr. Lizzetta LaFalle-Collins and Director of Education Lovisa Brown – is designed for members of MoAD’s guide program and educators (self-defined).
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AUTHORS IN CONVERSATION | Literary Portraits of Afro-Cuban Customs: 19th Century Cuban Costumbrismo with Rafael Ocasio
Saturday December 7, 2013
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Costumbrismo, which refers to depictions of life in Latin America during the nineteenth century, introduced some of the earliest black themes in Cuban literature. This popular literary movement had a prominent socio-political function in the heated political scene in nineteenth-century Cuba. It was often associated with the abolitionists, who opposed dominance by the rich sugar-cane plantation owners, and, consequently, it attacked the colonial status quo maintained by the Spanish empire. Rafael Ocasio's Afro-Cuban Costumbrismo: From Plantations to the Slums, examines ways in which Costumbrista writers documented slaves’ and freed Blacks’ cultural practices through testimonial accounts of public popular Afro-Cuban characters, such as street vendors or male coach drivers, and the writers’ dependency on visual aids, such as objects of art, to make veiled comments on the current state of Cuban society. This multi-media presentation expands the idea of texts that constitute Costumbrismo and ways that 19th century writings still resonate in our own multi-cultural societies.
Rafael Ocasio is Charles A. Dana Professor of Spanish at Agnes Scott College and author of two books about Reinaldo Arenas, Cuba's Political and Sexual Outlaw and A Gay Cuban Activist in Exile.
Free with MoAD Admission.
ARTWORDS | Lorraine Hansberry Theater at MoAD
Sunday December 8, 2013
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Lorraine Hansberry Theatre presents a collection of poetry and prose that reflects the ideas that drove the struggles for liberation, civil rights, human rights and cultural identity. These struggles were international in the '60s, '70s and continue to the present. We will draw from the writings of numerous writers including Ishmael Reed, Nikki Giovanni, Jayne Cortez, Franz Fanon, Amiri Baraka, Nelson Mandela, Haki Madhubuti, Gwendolyn Brooks, Mari Evans and activists supporting the Angolan Liberation War. The writings and ideas expressed by the various authors came into existence at the same time as the artwork and photos in Crosscurrents: Africa and Black Diaspora in Dialogue, 1960-1980. We put them together again to get a more complete understanding of a transformative era of cultural and political affirmation. Performed by Steven Anthony Jones, Artistic Director of Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. Compiled by Steven Anthony Jones and Brenda Payton Jones.
This program is presented in conjunction with our current exhibition, Crosscurrents: Africa and Black Diaspora in Dialogue, 1960-1980.
Free with MoAD Admission and for LHT Subscribers.
FILM SCREENING | Sweet Dreams: A Documentary Film
Tuesday December 10, 2013
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Museum of the African Diaspora co-presents a screening of Sweet Dreams at the Landmark Opera Plaza Theater on Tuesday, December 10 at 7pm. A discussion will follow with Sweet Dreams Producer and Director Lisa Fruchtman.
Ingoma Nshya is Rwanda’s first and only all women’s drumming troupe. Made up of women from both sides of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the troupe offers a place of support, healing and reconciliation. When the group decides to partner with two young American entrepreneurs, Jennie Dundas and Alexis Miesen of Brooklyn’s Blue Marble Ice Cream, and open Rwanda’s first ever ice cream shop, these remarkable Rwandan women embark on a journey of independence, peace and possibility. SWEET DREAMS interweaves intimate, heart-wrenching stories with joyous and powerful music to present a moving portrait of a country in transition.
For more information on Sweet Dreams http://www.sweetdreamsrwanda.com
This screening will be held at the Landmark Opera Plaza Theatre at 601 Van Ness in San Francisco.
OPENING RECEPTION | Crosscurrents: Africa and Black Diasporas in Dialogue, 1960-1980
Wednesday December 11, 2013
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Willie L. Brown, Jr. and the Board of Directors of the Museum of the African Diaspora Cordially invite you to a Patrons, Members & Invited Guests opening of Africa and Black Diasporas in Dialogue, 1960–1980
Crosscurrents: Africa and Black Diasporas in Dialogue, 1960–1980 explores African- American identity, culture and politics through the lens of the global African Diaspora. Showcasing the key figures and significant events at the heart of the civil rights movement, Black Power, and the Black Arts Movement, the exhibition investigates the influence of Black liberation movements on various artistic genres—including music, art, poetry, and film—and probes the aesthetics of Black internationalism.
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FREE ADMISSION | Crosscurrents: Africa and Black Diasporas in Dialogue, 1960-1980
Saturday December 14, 2013
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
A special admission-free day during the official Opening Week of CROSSCURRENTS – exploring Black liberation movements in American and around the world through art, photography and ephemera. All galleries will be open to the public on Saturday, December 14th, 11:00am – 5:00pm. The Museum Gift store will offer a pre-holiday 10% discount. This free day is made possible by a grant from the Yerba Buena Community Benefits District. A special welcome waits for Yerba Buena residents and employees of companies in the neighborhood.