Public Programs Calendar

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TELL ME MORE | Scholarly Voices from the African Diaspora

Saturday November 3, 2012

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This series is designed to bring different scholars to MoAD who will present on a variety of topics related to the African Diaspora. These events create a bridge of conversation between scholars and the community. All talks occur on Saturday mornings 10am-12pm in the Salon. Seating is limited.

Emory Douglas presents Social and Political Art for Self Determination created by Emory Douglas, Black Panther Party, 1970-1980 & Beyond. Douglas was the main graphic designer for the Black Panther Party from it's beginning to the conclusion. His art could always be seen on the front, back and interior of their pubilcations. He will discuss the history behind many of the art images from that period and more recent works.

Free with MoAD Admission.

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AUTHORS IN CONVERSATION | Why Images Move Us: Family Photography and the African Diaspora in Europe with Tina Campt and Leigh Raiford

Saturday November 3, 2012

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Tina Campt will read from and discuss her newest work Image Matters: Archive Photography and the African Diaspora in Europe, which explores family photography of Black Germans and Black Britons from the turn of the last century through the 1960s. Her discussion will focus on the question of how and why family photographs 'move' us, and the crucial significance of photography for black families in Diaspora. Such images present an alternative history of Black Europe -- one told through the vantage point of Black Europeans themselves that challenges our assumptions about the African Diaspora, and inspires us to see the relationship between images, history, identity, and community both differently and more complexly.

 

Tina Campt is Director of Africana Studies and Professor of Africana and Women’s Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University. Campt’s work theorizes gender, race and diasporic formation in black communities in Germany, and Europe more broadly. She is the author of two books: Other Germans: Black Germans and the Politics of Race, Gender and Memory in the Third Reich (2004) an oral history of Black Germans in the Third Reich; and her most recent book, Image Matters: Archive, Photography and the African Diaspora in Europe (2012), which explores early twentieth century family photography of Black Germans and Black Britons.

Dr. Leigh Raiford is associate professor of African American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her interests include race, gender, and visual culture with an emphasis on film and photography's intersections with memory.

Free with MoAD Admission.

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SACRED MUSIC, SUNDAY FELLOWSHIP | An Offering in Word and Song: Introducing California's Hyers Sister -- Voices for Freedom

Sunday November 4, 2012

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In this presentation, singer-filmmaker Susheel Bibbs, Ph.D., unfolds the Hyers Sisters' story and art -- their daring way of giving voice to their people in the perilous 1880s. The Hyers were the first African Americans to integrate casting in American music theater and the first operatic touring artists to win nationwide acclaim before mainstream audiences. In the program, enriched with video, visuals and the Hyers' story, Dr. Bibbs will sing spirituals and period song.

Susheel Bibbs, PhD is a touring singer and actress, award-winning filmmaker, and writer; she is currently known as the foremost expert on Mary Ellen Pleasant (Mother of Civil Rights in California) whom she has presented on stage and in films. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in opera from Boston University, a Masters Degree in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory. Bibbs, who served on the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley for 25 years, also holds a doctorate in Communications with an emphasis in the mass communication of African-American and Diaspora history. She made her operatic debut with the Opera Company of Boston and sang opera and concerts for 30 years in the US and abroad.

Sacred Music, Sunday Fellowship is supported by a grant from The James Irvine Foundation.

Free with MoAD Admission.

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Science, Culture and Social Justice - Culinary in the Classroom

Sunday November 4, 2012

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Are you interested in bringing the African Diaspora into your classroom? Throughout the year, MoAD offers a series of Sunday afternoon workshops to teachers and educators. Each workshop covers a different aspect of our permanent exhibition and is an opportunity for teachers to explore how they can integrate MoAD's resources into their classroom's curriculum. These workshops also provide an occasion to network with other like-minded professionals in the Bay Area.

In SCIENCE, CULTURE, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE - CULINARY IN THE CLASSROOM we use MoAD's "Culinary" display to explore food traditions across the globe, food movements and adaptations, and issues of food and social justice.

This is a FREE workshop - please email education@moadsf.org to RSVP.

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MOAD ANNUAL MEETING – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Wednesday November 14, 2012

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

November 14, 2012

5:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Museum of the African Diaspora

3rd Floor Education Center

685 Mission Street

San Francisco

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PROGRAM CANCELLED | The Creative Power of Berber Women: Feminine Attire in Rural Morocco with Dr. Cynthia Becker

Wednesday November 14, 2012

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

PROGRAM CANCELLED 

Imazighen (popularly known as Berbers) are the indigenous people of Morocco and other northern African countries. Berber women create and use textiles and body adornment to express their distinctiveness from other groups in this multi-cultural region. During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, women commonly wove brightly colored carpets and embroidered indigo-dyed shawls. They adorned themselves ornate jewelry of amber, coral and silver and tattooed themselves with geometric designs. This talk examines the evolution of Berber arts in rural Morocco from the nineteenth century to the present. Specifically it uses examples from the exhibition Desert Jewels to illustrate the artistic skill and personal creativity of rural Berber women as they adapt their arts to the contemporary world.

Cynthia Becker is Associate Professor of the history of African art at Boston University. She specializes in the arts of the Imazighen (Berbers) in northwestern Africa, specifically Morocco, Algeria, and Niger. Her research has been supported by grants from Fulbright, the Council of American Overseas Centers, Fulbright-Hays, and the American Institute of Maghreb Studies. She is the author of Amazigh Arts in Morocco: Women Shaping Berber Identity and the co-author of Desert Jewels: Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermès Collection

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Desert Jewels: Jewelry and Photography from the Xavier Guerrand-Hermès Collection

Free with MoAD Admission.

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AUTHORS IN CONVERSATION | Isabel Allende in conversation with Carolina de Robertis

Thursday November 15, 2012

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Isabel Allende will read from Island Beneath the Sea and discuss her work and its relationship to the African Diaspora in conversation with local author Carolina de Robertis.

Chilean author Isabel Allende won worldwide acclaim when her bestselling first novel, The House of the Spirits, was published in 1982. In addition to launching Allende’s career as a renowned author, the book, which grew out of a farewell letter to her dying grandfather, also established her as a feminist force in Latin America’s male-dominated literary world.She has since written nearly 20 more works, including Island Beneath the Sea in which Allende spins the unforgettable saga of an extraordinary woman born into slavery on the island of Saint-Domingue determined to find love amid loss and forge her own identity under the cruelest of circumstances. In addition to her work as a writer, Allende also devotes much of her time to human rights. Following the death of her daughter in 1992, she established in Paula’s honor a charitable foundation dedicated to the protection and empowerment of women and children worldwide.

Carolina de Robertis is the author of the novels Perla and The Invisible Mountain, which was an international bestseller translated into fifteen languages, a San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year, and an O, The Oprah Magazine 2009 Terrific Read. De Robertis grew up in a Uruguayan family that immigrated to England, Switzerland, and California. Prior to completing her first book, she worked in women’s rights organizations for ten years, on issues ranging from rape to immigration. She lives in Oakland, California, where she is at work on her third novel, and is also co-producing a documentary entitled Afro-Uruguay: Forward Together, about people of African descent in Uruguay, their musical tradition of candomble, and their road toward racial equity and uplift.

Free with MoAD Admission

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ARTIST'S TALK with Ingrid Pollard

Friday November 16, 2012

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Ingrid Pollardʼs images are invested with a sense of belonging. They are acts of belonging, be that through culture, heritage, practice, experience or through a landscape. Pollard played an important role in early 1980s photography, documenting black people’s creativity and presence in Britain. Pollard became known for her photographic series questioning social constructs, such as “Britishness” and racial difference. While investigating race, ethnicity and public spaces, she has developed a body of work juxtaposing landscape and portraiture, which provide a context for issues of migration, family and home.

Ingrid Pollard (born 1953 in Georgetown, Guyana) is a British artist and photographer. Her work uses portraiture photography and traditional landscape imagery to explore social constructs such as Britishness or racial difference. Pollard is associated with Autograph, the Association of Black Photographers. She lives and works in London. Pollard’s work is in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, the National Trust, Bath University, and other UK institutions. She is the subject of a dozen scholarly monographs and journal articles.

Free with MoAD Admission.

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FAMILY PROGRAM | Folktales Across the African Diaspora with Muriel Johnson

Saturday November 17, 2012

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Muriel will enthrall the listener with folktales and songs from various parts of the African continent. Focusing on concepts of justice, forgiveness and the importance of ancestors. The thought provoking interactive tales will remind you of people you know and experiences you've had. Families will be invited to participate by singing along and providing musical accompaniment with African Instruments. The program will conclude with the making of Cowtail Switches which is symbol of authority in West Africa.

Muriel was born and raised in Maryland where her mother, an actress, avid reader and English teacher, exposed her to a wide range of literature. This instilled in Muriel a love of language and an awareness of the power of stories. As a parent and veteran pre school teacher, Muriel began telling folk tales to her own children and students. For the past 13 years she has enjoyed sharing personal and multi cultural traditional tales and tales from the African Diaspora with people of all ages. Muriel's warm, gentle presence connects immediately with the audience as she transforms herself into different characters. Her voice, movements, expressions and loving spirit will resonate with anyone listening. She has performed throughout the Bay Area at many public libraries, the Oakland Zoo, UC Berkeley's Cal Day, Habitot Children's Museum, Storytelling festivals and countless elementary schools. In addition, she conducts educational workshops on Storytelling and the connection between Early Literacy and the Oral Tradition.


Free with MoAD Admission

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6th-12th EDUCATOR WORKSHOP: Youth Movements in the African Diaspora

Sunday November 18, 2012

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) has developed an education initiative whose centerpiece is an innovative curriculum focusing on the African Diaspora and the contributions of people of African descent throughout the world. This five-module, interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to develop social studies, history, science, and visual arts skills for students grades 6-12. The Diaspora Curriculum Project (DCP) aims to think with people, not about them and tell history from the perspective of those who live it.

Each workshop - facilitated by local educator Dr. Ruth Bissell - will explore ways in which to implement one of the five DCP curriculum modules into a 6-12 grade classroom. In YOUTH MOVEMENTS IN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA, we showcase how youth of the Diaspora have come together to create significant change in history. How can we encourage youth to develop a process for problem solving and creating effective change in today's world?

This is a FREE workshop. To attend, please RSVP to education@moadsf.org.

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Post-Thanksgiving MoAD/CJM Day

Friday November 23, 2012

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join us for a special day of reciprocal admission at Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) and the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM), shared Family Bingo activity with a prize for completion, and fun family activities. Two locations, one price!

MoAD – Day After Thanksgiving

11 – 3pm Family Table with Museum Bingo

11:00 – 12pm and 3 – 4:30pm Happily Ever After Cartoons

12:30 – 1:30pm Folktales with Awele Makeba, the Teller of All Tales will bring to life African American folklore and games in her interactive storytelling program for all ages.

12 – 4pm Jewelry Making with teaching artist Nicole Dixon

 

CJM – Day After Thanksgiving 

11 – 3pm Family Table with Museum Bingo

11:30am – 12:15pm Family Gallery Tour of The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats Exhibition

12 – 1pm Keats on the Big Screen Animated Films

1 – 3pm Drop-In Art-Making with Ezra Jack Keats Themes

Programs are free with MoAD or CJM admission.

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Small Business Saturday

Saturday November 24, 2012

11:00 am - 5:00 pm All Day.

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is Small Business Saturday a day dedicated to supporting small business nationwide. The Museum of the African Diaspora invites you to support the arts. Shop small, shop locally and support museum stores. All purchases in our museum store support our  educational programs, all public programs and our exhibitions. Become a member or purchase a gift membership and receive a 20% discount on your purchases (11/24/12 only).

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