Public Programs Calendar

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Film: Sabar: Life is a Dance RESCHEDULED

Thursday March 4, 2010 - March 6, 2010

4:00 pm - 9:00 pm MoAD Salon

This event has been rescheduled for Friday, April 23rd at 5:00 and 7:30 pm and then again on Saturday, April 24th at 4:00 pm and a special VIP screening at 7:00 pm.

Please check our website to RSVP for the new dates.

An African American hip-hop girl resists the ancestral call of the Senegalese dance Sabar. When she finally gives in, she discovers more than a dance - she finds herself. Set against the backdrop of the African dance movement in the United States, Sabar is a dramatic feature film about the triumph of the human spirit in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Sabar examines how we constantly negotiate and choreograph our way through the bigger and sometimes arrhythmic dance called LIFE.

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Migrations of the Sacred: Spiritual Practices Across the Diaspora

Saturday March 6, 2010

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm MoAD Salon

Exploring and Evoking the Balm in Gilead: The Healing Power of Spirituals

Jacqueline Hairston, the 2007 Winner of San Francisco's Jefferson Awards for Preserving Negro Spirituals, elicits support for the deeper meaning of spirituals, such as, "There is a Balm in Gilead" and other transforming selections. Learn why Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. often quoted Dr. Howard Thurman's reference to the affirmation that "There is a Balm in Gilead." Through lecture, performance, and film, Ms. Hairston will evoke the deeper meaning of spirituals in their religious and cultural contexts.

Jacqueline Hairston, Bay Area pianist and ASCAP published composer- arranger received her musical training at the Juilliard School of Music and Howard University School of Music and earned a Masters Degree in Music and Music Education at Columbia University, New York City. In addition to her work as a pianist and vocal coach, she is a prolific composer and arranger, especially of Spirituals.

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Applique Flag Workshop - Session I

Saturday March 13, 2010 - April 13, 2010

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Once little known outside of Haiti, Vodou flags (drapo Vodou), dazzling in color and imagery, have become popular commodities in the international art market. Shimmering with sequins and reflected light, they capture the attention of Vodou practitioners and art lovers alike. Participants in this three-part (March 13, 30, and April 13) workshop will learn to make their own Applique Flags using techniques from Haitian drapo Vodou.

NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

Workshop series $75 members/$95 non-members. All Materials provided.

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Opening Reception - African Continuum: Sacred Ceremonies and Rituals

Friday March 19, 2010

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm MoAD Members

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm General Public

Join MoAD Members as we celebrate the opening of African Continuum, our new exhibition. The exhibition includes 39 color and black and white photographs by Bryan Wiley, a highly regarded Bay area photo historian who has traveled extensively throughout the Atlantic Black Diaspora documenting altars and ritual practices by African descendants in Brazil, Haiti, Cuba, South Carolina and New Orleans.

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Applique Flags Workshop - Session II

Saturday March 20, 2010

11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Once little known outside of Haiti, Vodou flags (drapo Vodou), dazzling in color and imagery, have become popular commodities in the international art market. Shimmering with sequins and reflected light, they capture the attention of Vodou practitioners and art lovers alike.

Participants in this 3 part workshop will learn to make their own Applique Flags using techniques from Haitian drapo Vodou.

NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

Workshop series $75 members/$95 non-members. All Materials provided.

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Gyrating on the Hips of Gede with Dowoti Desir

Saturday March 20, 2010

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm MoAD Salon

Lecture|Demonstration

Focused on the Haitian Vodou nation of lwa Gede, Guardian of Struggle associated with the ancestors, death, children, and sexuality. Often depicted as lewd and mischievous, Dowoti Desir argues this spiritual gatekeeper is the key to innovation, evolution and survival for Afro Atlantic communities. There is an interactive element which accompanies this surprising presentation.

A Manbo Asogwe in Haitian Vodou, Dowoti Desir is both a priest and a scholar who has officiated various rites at the request of the U.S. Federal Government General Services Administration for the New York African Burial Ground, and The Five Points Memorial; Museum of Natural History for the exhibition the Sacred Art of Haitian Vodou; and Cornell University Africana Studies Department. Ms. D├ęsir lectures extensively on Haitian Vodou and the spiritual traditions of the Afro-Atlantic at a variety of institutions through out the United States

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Teacher Open House - African Continuum Curriculum

Saturday March 27, 2010

10:00 am - 12:00 pm MoAD Education Center

ATTENTION ALL EDUCATORS!

Join MoAD's Education Department for a FREE workshop. Educational resources available for all grade-level appropriate classroom teachers. Focus for K-12 grade teachers of art, social studies and language arts. Learn about the Curriculum resources MoAD has to offer for our latest exhibition, African Continuum: Sacred Rituals and Ceremonies, hear ideas from other Educators, and find out how to take your existing classroom curriculum further. Also, receive an exclusive exhibition walk-through with MoAD Education staff.

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Gallery Talk - Bryan Wiley

Saturday March 27, 2010

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 3rd Floor Gallery

Photo historian Bryan Wiley traveled the Atlantic Black diaspora documenting altars and ritual practices of African descendants. Wiley reveals the blurred lines between sacred and secular worlds and illuminates continuities in beliefs and customs in Brazil, Haiti, Cuba, South Carolina and New Orleans. Join him in the gallery as he talks about his journey.

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