Public Programs Calendar

All public programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise indicated.

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DANCE ACROSS THE DIASPORA | Black Swan with The Jetta Martin Dance Company

Saturday February 2, 2013

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Bay Area artist Jetta Martin is excited to return to MoAD and present her choreographic exploration, Black Swan. Collaborating with two other classically trained dancers, they will explore the politics and practice of dance that has resulted in a scarcity of black ballerinas. Through a performance followed by a panel discussion, these three dancers will investigate and embody the reality of the "black swan." Join us for thought provoking dance and lively discussion!

Jetta Martin holds a B.A. in African and African American Studies and Social Studies from Harvard University and has been performing, teaching, and choreographing in the San Francisco Bay Area for several years. Martin's choreography is influenced by an array of techniques including West African, Afro-Haitian, modern dance, and classical ballet. The content of her work explores myriad themes touching on the reverberating effects of displacement, the creative synergies that close relationships inspire, and the tenacity required to breathe life into a dream.

Free with MoAD Admission.

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EDUCATOR WORKSHOP | What's your beat?

Sunday February 3, 2013

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Are you interested in bringing the African Diaspora into your classroom? Throughout the year, MoAD offers a series of FREE 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 What's Your Beat? Rhythm and Prose Science and Celebration in  Music & Instrument Making from Re-Purposed Materials we will make interdisciplinary connections between celebrations, recycling, and the science of sound.This workshop is designed for teachers of K-5th Grade, but any educator is welcome to attend.

To attend, please RSVP to education@moadsf.org.

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PROGRAM POSTPONED | AUTHORS IN CONVERSATION | Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party with Waldo Martin, Joshua Bloom and Ula Taylor

Sunday February 3, 2013

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

POSTPONED NEW DATE: Sunday, March 17th, 2-4pm

Join us for a conversation with authors Waldo E. Martin, Jr. and Joshua Bloom moderated by Ula Taylor. Black Against Empire is the first comprehensive overview and analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party. The authors analyze key political questions, such as why so many young black people across the country risked their lives for the revolution, why the Party grew most rapidly during the height of repression, and why allies abandoned the Party at its peak of influence. Bold, engrossing, and richly detailed, this book cuts through the mythology and obfuscation, revealing the political dynamics that drove the explosive growth of this revolutionary movement, and its disastrous unraveling. Informed by twelve years of meticulous archival research, as well as familiarity with most of the former Party leadership and many rank-and-file members, this book is the definitive history of one of the greatest challenges ever posed to American state power.

Waldo E. Martin, Jr. is Professor of History at UC Berkeley. He is the author of No Coward Soldiers: Black Cultural Politics in Postwar American, Brown Vs. Board of Education: A Brief History with Documents, and The Mind of Frederick Douglass.

Joshua Bloom is a Fellow at the Ralph J. Bunche Center at UCLA. He is the co-editor of Working for Justice: The L.A. Model of Organizing and Advocacy and the collection editor of the Black Panther Newspaper Collection.

Ula Taylor is Associate Professor of African American Studies at UC Berkeley.

Free with MoAD Admission.

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Film Screening and Discussion | White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books

Thursday February 7, 2013

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Please join us for a film screening and discussion. White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities in Comic Books critically examines the earliest representations (1965-1977) of Black masculinity in comic books and the troubling influence of race on these representations. Within the last several years, many scholars have critically engaged comic books as a legitimate source of scholarly interest and critique. Indeed, comic books represent a genre within popular culture that is older than the television. Thinking critically about the manner in which Black men were first portrayed in hero serials provides insight into broader societal conceptions of the Black man as character, archetype and symbol. Through interviews with prominent artists, scholars and cultural critics along with images from the comic books themselves, it becomes clear that the Black superheroes that did eventually emerge are generally constrained by stereotypical understandings of Black people and Black men in particular. From the humorous, to the offensive, to the tragic, early Black superheroes never strayed too far from common stereotypes about Black men.

Co-presented by the Cartoon Art Museum.

Free with MoAD Admission.

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OPENING RECEPTION | The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, Where Art and History Intersect

Friday February 8, 2013

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm MoAD Members

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm General

Please join us for the Opening Reception for The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, Where Art and History Intersect, a national touring exhibition of authentic and rare art, artifacts, books, documents and manuscripts that tell the often untold story of African American achievement and contribution. On View from Friday, February 8, 2012 through Sunday, May 19, 2012.

The exhibition is organized by The Bernard & Shirley Kinsey Foundation for Arts & Education and KBK Enterprises, Incorporated.

Image: The Cultivators, 2000, Samuel L. Dunson, Jr., Oil on canvas

Presented by Wells Fargo

Honoring the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation

Complimentary Admission

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EDUCATOR OPEN HOUSE - The Kinsey Collection

Saturday February 9, 2013

11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Be one of the first to view The Kinsey Collection, receive exhibition curriculum and interpretive materials, and connect with fellow teachers at Open House. Admission to the museum is complementary all day for Educators.

10am – 1pm - Exhibition Training

This in-depth training – led by MoAD’s Education Department – is designed for educators and members of MoAD’s guide program. Collectors Shirley and Bernard Kinsey will be on hand from 12-1pm to give additional insight into some of the key pieces in the exhibition, as well as to their collecting process. No additional charge.

2pm – 6pm COLLECTOR'S TALK | An Afternoon of Art and Legacy with The Kinsey's

Please join us for a lecture on The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, Where Art and History Intersect. The lecture will take place in the St. Regis hotel. The book signing and guided tour will follow directly at the museum. Admission to the lecture is $10.

To attend the Open House, please RSVP to education@moadsf.org .

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COLLECTOR'S TALK | An Afternoon of Art and Legacy with The Kinsey's

Saturday February 9, 2013

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Please join us for a lecture on The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, Where Art and History Intersect. The lecture will be followed by the book signing and guided tour led by the Kinseys.

Admission to the lecture is $10. http://kinseylecture.eventbrite.com/

This program is made possible by Wells Fargo

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ScholarShare presents FREE DAY | Celebrating Black History Month

Sunday February 10, 2013

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join us for a FREE DAY (complimentary admission) at MoAD Celebrating Black History Month.

12:30-2pm Martin's Dream with Dr. Clayborne Carson

Clayborne Carson will talk about his recently-published book, Martin's Dream: My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., a memoir about his transition from being a teenage participant in the March on Washington to becoming the editor of King's papers. Among other topics, Carson will talk about his unexpected discovery of the love letters King sent to Coretta Scott during the 1952 courtship.

The founding director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford, Carson is the author or editor of more than a dozen books about King and the movements he inspired. His play, Passages of Martin Luther King, has been performed in Beijing and the West Bank, as well as in the United States. He was also one of the designers of the King National Memorial in Washington, DC.

3-5pm Rebel Dance, Renegade Stance with Dr. Umi Vaughan and DJ Walt Digz

Local author and professor Umi Vaughan will present a lecture and signing of his new book about contemporary dance music in Cuba entitled Rebel Dance, Renegade Stance: Timba Music and Black Identity in Cuba. From his unique perspective as an African American anthropologist, musician, dancer, and photographer who lived in Cuba, Vaughan reveals a rarely discussed perspective on contemporary Cuban society during the 1990s, the peak decade of timba, and beyond. By looking at the experiences of black Cubans and exploring the notion of “Afro Cuba,” Rebel Dance, Renegade Stance explains timba’s evolution and importance in the larger context of Cuban culture. The event will include a Q&A session and salsa/timba dancing with music provided by local timba heavyweight, DJ Walt Digz.

Umi Vaughan is an artist and anthropologist who explores dance, creates photographs and performances, and publishes about African Diaspora culture. He has conducted extensive anthropological research in Cuba about Afro-Cuban music and dance, and created numerous scholarly presentations, art exhibits, and cultural events in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Vaughan is currently Associate Professor of Africana Studies at California State University, Monterey Bay.

FREE DAY sponsored by ScholarShare College Savings Plan

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Film Screening and Discussion | The Manuscripts of Timbuktu

Friday February 15, 2013

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for a screening and discussion of the The Manuscripts of Timbuktu. The documentary film refutes the misperception that Africa lacked vibrant scholarly institutions and advanced written cultures prior to European colonialism. Founded in the 11th century, Timbuktu became a cosmopolitan hub for trans-Saharan trade, science, culture and Islamic scholarship where cultures converged and intellectual life flourished. This highly literate environment generated thousands of treasured documents which became knows as the "Manuscrips of Timbuktu," as well as places now recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage sites. The epic story of Timbuktu has survived over the centuries, yet the 2012 occupation of the area by Islamic fundamentalists has places the manuscripts and other valuable artifacts in peril. In addition to a screening of the film, there will be a discussion on the historical and cultural significance of Timbuktu along with an update about the current situation with Malian scholar Dr. Yacine Badian Kouyate.

Dr. Yacine Badian Kouyate holds a Ph.d in Microbiology from the University of California at Davis, and a Master of Science in Genetics from Moscow State University in Russia. A student of cultural history, Dr. Kouyate stewards the wisdom and traditions of thousands of years fo the Bambara and Dogon peoples. As a consultant for the Timbuktu Educational Foundation, Dr. Kouyate participated in the making of the documentary Timbuktu: The Untold Story, produced in 2003.

Free with MoAD Admission.

 

 

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Performance | The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre @ MoAD presents a staged reading of Dominique Morisseau's Detroit 67

Saturday February 16, 2013

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre at MoAD is a collaboration that connects theater and the visual arts, bringing both audiences together, making each art form more accessible and relevant to both constituencies and providing context across art forms. Each presentation will be followed by an audience discussion.

Join us for a staged reading of Detroit 67 by Dominique Morisseau. A brother and sister are pulled into the '67 riots...

Founded in 1981, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre (LHT) presents plays by America's foremost African-American and multicultural playwrights. LHT has produced over 130 plays, including west coast and world premieres, experimental works, classics in the African-American canon, lively musicals, and poignant socio-political dramas. LHT distinguishes itself as an eclectic learning community, sustained by both rigor and creativity. LHT draws from aesthetic, cultural and economic resources of the San Francisco Bay Area to enrich and strengthen the performing arts.

Free with MoAD Admission and for LHT Subscribers.

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Film Screening and Discussion | John L. Waller: Striving For Equality

Friday February 22, 2013

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us for a screening of John L. Waller: Striving for Equality and a discussion with the filmmakers. Born into slavery in New Madrid County, Missouri (USA) in 1850, John Waller rose to become a lawyer, publisher and prominent member of the Kansas Republican establishment. Although spurned in his attempts to seek elected office, he was the only African-American elector in the 1888 U.S. Presidential election. In 1891, he was appointed United States Consul to Madagascar, by President Benjamin Harrison. His imprisonment (and subsequent release) by the French, after attempting to form an African-American colony on that island elevated his status to that of an national and international figure.

The Executive Producer, David M. Talley, is a former network television executive and a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Talley also holds advanced degrees from the Stanford University Law School and from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

The Technical Producer, Melvin H. Cox, is a graduate of Merrill College at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and holds a certificate in UNIX System Management and Administration from the University of California, Santa Cruz Extension. Production teams under Mr. Cox's leadership have successfully completed documentary assignments in Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States - and in various African nations and throughout the African Diaspora.

Free with MoAD Admission.

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TELL ME MORE | Scholarly Voices from the African Diaspora

Saturday February 23, 2013

10:00 am - 11:30 am

The Scholarly Voices series brings locally, nationally, and internationally recognized scholars to present on a variety of topics related to the African Diaspora. These events create a bridge of conversation between the academic world and the local community. All talks occur on Saturday mornings in the Salon. Seating is limited.

Dr. George Barganier presents "LOVE, Black Men and the African Diaspora". Barganier is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Africology at The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. His current work, Fanon’s Children: The Military Defeat of the Black Panther Party and the Rise of the Crips and Bloods in Los Angeles is a historical analysis of political activism, state actions and economic conditions from 1964 to 1992 and subsequent effects on Black male consciousness in Los Angeles.

Complementary Admission.

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SCHOLARSHARE PRESENTS FAMILY FREE DAY | Connections, Origins and History

Saturday February 23, 2013

10:00 am - 4:00 am

Please join us for a FREE day at Museum of the African Diaspora where we explore our Origins, our History and our Connectivity.

Join MoAD and the One Million Bones Project to take the Students Rebuild Challenge: Make a clay bone, a symbol of solidarity with victims and survivors in ongoing conflicts in places like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia and the Sudan. Each bone that is created generates funds for CARE's work in the region. All the bones made at MoAD will be included in an installation that will blanket the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

10-11:30 Tell Me More | Scholarly Voices from the African Diaspora. Dr. George Barganier presents "LOVE, Black Men and the African Diaspora"

12-1 pm Folktales Across the African Diaspora | Storytelling with Obafemi Origunwa in the MoAD Salon

12-4 pm One Million Bones Project | Clay Bone Making in the Education Center

2-4 pm Panel Discussion | Hear Us Now: Amplifying Unheard Voices

11:30, 1:30, 2:30 | 30 minute Family Tours of MoAD. To reserve a spot, please rsvp to estorer@moadsf.org

Take a Family tour of MoAD!

Enjoy the Kinsey Collection exhibition

FREE DAY sponsored by ScholarShare College Savings Plan

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SCHOLARSHARE PRESENTS FAMILY FREE DAY | Connections, Origins and History

Saturday February 23, 2013

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Please join us for a FREE day at Museum of the African Diaspora where we discover our Origins, our History and our connectivity. 

Join MoAD and the One Million Bones Project to take the Students Rebuild Challenge : Make a clay bone, a symbol of solidarity with victims and survivors in ongoing conflicts in places like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia and the Sudan. Each bone that is created generates funds for CARE's work in the region. All the bones made at MoAD will be included in an installation that will blanket the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

12-1 pm Folktales Across the African Diaspora | Storytelling with Obafemi Origunwa in the MoAD Salon

12-4 pm One Million Bones Project | Clay Bone Making in the Education Center

2-4 pm Panel Discussion | Hear Us Now: Amplifying Unheard Voices

11:30, 1:30, 2:30 | 30 minute Family Tours of MoAD. To reserve a spot, please rsvp to estorer@moadsf.org  

 

FREE DAY sponsored by ScholarShare College Savings Plan

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AUTHORS IN CONVERSATION | The Hiplife in Ghana with Halifu Osumare

Sunday February 24, 2013

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Hiplife in Ghana: West African Indigenization of Hip-Hop explores Accra, Ghana as a site of as a site of a whole new form of world music called hiplife. Dr. Halifu Osumare will present a brief slide presentation on Ghana and the history of hip-hop in that West African country, and then share excerpts from the book. The Hiplife in Ghana investigates hiplife music not merely as an adaptation of hip-hop, but as a revision of Ghana’s own century-old popular music known globally as highlife. Documentary filmmaker Eli Jacob-Fantauzzi will join Dr. Osumare and will show a clip of his film on hiplife called HomeGrown: Hiplife in Ghana (http://hiplifemovie.com/) with his Clenched Productions.

Halifu Osumare is Associate Professor and Director of African American & African Studies at UC Davis. She has been involved with dance and black popular culture internationally for over thirty years as a dancer, choreographer, teacher, administrator and scholar. Having taught and researched in Malawi, Kenya, Ghana, and Nigeria, her work has spanned traditional African performance and ritual to contemporary African American dance and performance.

Free with MoAD Admission.

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