Calendar

December 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Performance | 2018 Poets-in-Residence
Join us for the culminating event of our 2018 Poets-in-Residence program. Raina León and Tongo Eisen Martin will perform their poetry at a reading to celebrate their work created during the inaugural Poets-in-Residence program at[...]
ARTIST TALK + POP UP | A Conversation with Afro-Parisian Artist and Illustrator Nicholle Kobi
This event has been cancelled. We regret any inconvenience. Artist, activist and entrepreneur, Nicholle Kobi has deftly and with distinct artistry straddled two very different worlds. Born in Kinshasa, Congo but raised in Normandy, France,[...]
December 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Open Mic at MoAD
OPEN MIC THIRD THURSDAYS continue. We are hosting an evening of spoken word, featuring amazing poets throughout the Bay Area. Sign up for your chance to read some of your poetry at the museum in[...]
December 26, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Kwanzaa
Join The Village Project & Community Partners for Kwanzaa 2017 The Village Project presents its 13thth annual Kwanzaa celebration throughout San Francisco, with seven days of community events starting on Dec. 26th, running through January 1st. Striving[...]
January 17, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
FREE ADMISSION | Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena
Enjoy Free Admission to our exhibitions, Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Sadie Barnette: Phone Home as MoAD joins the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the California Historical Society for Art, Drink,[...]
January 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Open Mic at MoAD
OPEN MIC THIRD THURSDAYS continue. We are hosting an evening of spoken word, featuring amazing poets throughout the Bay Area. Sign up for your chance to read some of your poetry at the museum in[...]
FREE ADMISSION | Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service
image: Ruben Marquez, MLK Jr. , 2018. Digital photo collage. Courtesy of the artist. MoAD will celebrate the national observance of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday as a Day of Service, providing FREE admission[...]
ARTIST TALK | Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem
This event is sold out. Thank you. Join us for an evening with two extraordinary artists featured in Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem, Lyle Ashton Harris and Njideka Akunyili Crosby as they[...]
READING | Lorraine Hansberry Theater at MoAD presents A WOLF IN SNAKESKIN SHOES by Marcus Gardley
MoAD and The Lorraine Hansberry Theater present a reading of A WOLF IN SNAKESKIN SHOES by Marcus Gardley. This fresh take on Molière’s Tartuffe, set in a world of fast-food tycoons and megachurches is a[...]
DIASPORA, CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS & THE ART OF MICHAEL RICHARDS | A conversation with artist William Cordova and author Jeff Chang
Image: Michael Richards, Winged, 1999. Bonded bronze and metal, 20 x 38 x 4 inches. Photograph by Etienne Frossard, courtesy of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Ethnic-specific cultural institutions play an important role in supporting and advancing the work of[...]
February 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
PERFORMANCE | Emotional/Content with Brontez Purnell
Image by Melissa Dale Join us for a performance by Brontez Purnell EMOTIONAL/CONTENT a piece dealing with matriarchal lineage and inner “alternatives facts” dedicated to his Mother and Grandmother Brontez Purnell is a writer, dancer,[...]
February 20, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
PRESENTATION | All Your Favorite Music is (Probably) Black
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. THANK YOU. Join us for All Your Favorite Music is (Probably) Black, a humorous, highly immersive, and historically accurate hour that uncovers the African-American roots of popular music genres that appear to[...]
February 21, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
FREE ADMISSION | Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena
Enjoy Free Admission to our exhibitions, Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Sadie Barnette: Phone Home as MoAD joins the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the California Historical Society for Art, Drink,[...]
February 21, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Open Mic at MoAD
OPEN MIC THIRD THURSDAYS continue. We are hosting an evening of spoken word, featuring amazing poets throughout the Bay Area. Sign up for your chance to read some of your poetry at the museum in[...]
February 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm @ Museum of the African Diaspora
ENGAGE: Black Refractions Symposium @ Museum of the African Diaspora | San Francisco | California | United States
Join MoAD for our second annual day-long symposium. This year’s program is inspired by the artists in Black Refractions: Selections from the Studio Museum in Harlem. Featuring exhibition artists, curators, collectors, gallerists, and art writers[...]
AUTHORS IN CONVERSATION | Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon
Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) and Maison Noire Américaine present Sophisticated Giant: The Life and Legacy of Dexter Gordon Join us for an evening with Maxine Gordon as she discusses her late husband, tenor[...]
March 2, 2019 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
ARTIST TALK | PHONE HOME with Sadie Barnette
Sadie Barnette, Untitled (Sound System), 2018. Metal flake on found objects. Courtesy of the artist and Charlie James Gallery. Photo courtesy Charlie James Gallery. Come join Sadie Barnette in conversation with Olivia Young as they[...]
Film Screening & Discussion | BETTY - THEY SAY I'M DIFFERENT
BETTY – THEY SAY I’M DIFFERENT A film by Phil Cox – Music Documentary – 52 min – United Kingdom/France 2017 Funk Queen Betty Davis changed the landscape for female artists in America. She “was[...]
March 8, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip Hop
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. THANK YOU. Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop takes you on a chronological journey through hip-hop visual culture. Featuring rare outtakes from over 100 photoshoots alongside interviews and essays from[...]
March 10, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Black Joy & Resistance with Adreinne Waheed
This program was originally scheduled for February 27th, but has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 10th at 2pm. What can be deemed as a visual representation of Maya Angelou’s, “And Still We Rise,” through her[...]
March 21, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm @ Museum of the African Diaspora
MoAD Open Mic @ Museum of the African Diaspora
OPEN MIC THIRD THURSDAYS continue. Hosted by poet Nia McAllister, join us for an evening of spoken word, featuring amazing poets from throughout the Bay Area. Participate or just watch. Sign up to perform below[...]
Québec History X: The Black Presence and Slavery in Québec with Webster
Image: Philipe Ruel MoAD and the Government of Québec present Québec History X: The Black Presence and Slavery in Québec Webster is a hip-hop artist and historian from Québec City, in Canada. He is passionate about[...]
April 6, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Postpartum Justice Summit 2019
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. THANK YOU. Chef-in-Residence Bryant Terry & UC Berkeley’s Mothers to Mothers Project present Postpartum Justice Summit 2019 We are in a crisis. With U.S. black maternal mortality and morbidity risks[...]
CUBACARIBE | Reception & Artist Talk with Pablo Soto Campoamor
15th Annual CubaCaribe Festival- Kick-Off Event Artist Talk Join CubaCaribe and Museum of African Diaspora for the kick-off special event of the 15th Annual CubaCaribe Festival which will include reception with live music and artist[...]
April 11, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm @ Museum of the African Diaspora
MoAD Open Mic @ Museum of the African Diaspora
OPEN MIC THIRD THURSDAYS continue. Hosted by poet Nia McAllister, join us for an evening of spoken word, featuring amazing poets from throughout the Bay Area. Participate or just watch. Sign up to perform below[...]
PERFORMANCE | Time to Talk with the Davalois Fearon Dance Company
Time to Talk is a multimedia dance piece rooted in research on American history, dance history, racial identity formation, and systemic racism. It is inspired by Davalois Fearon‘s own experience of oppression and racial bias[...]
April 14, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm @ Museum of the African Diaspora
Film Screening and Discussion | Rise and Shine T.V. Trailer Premiere @ Museum of the African Diaspora
MoAD and the creators of Rise and Shine are premiering the trailer for their T.V Show concept which blends science fiction, race and culture in a truly unique and comical way. We’ll follow the trailer[...]
May 5, 2019 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm @ Museum of the African Diaspora
Curators & Artists in Conversation | Coffee, Rhum, Sugar & Gold: A Postcolonial Paradox @ Museum of the African Diaspora
Image: Lavar Munroe, Spy Boy, 2018 Acrylic and earing stud on untrimmed canvas. Courtesy of the Artist and Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco and New York. Arrive at 4:30pm for a special rum tasting with[...]
Chef-in-Residence Bryant Terry presents LAND, LOCAL FOOD, AND LIBERATION
This program is sold out. Thank you. Chef-in-Residence Bryant Terry presents LAND, LOCAL FOOD, AND LIBERATION: A Conversation with Leah Penniman and Dr. Ashanté M. Reese Join us for a stimulating conversation with Leah Penniman–co-founder[...]
May 11, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Performance | THE ARSONIST
The Arsonist integrates theatrical storytelling with the principles of fire science, movement, visual projections, trap music and a live cello score to explore the personal implications of our social and political theories surrounding justice and[...]