ENGAGE: Black Refractions Symposium

February 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Museum of the African Diaspora
685 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105
$45 General Admission | $35 MoAD Members | $25 Students with ID | $55 at the door, if space is available

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 who will join us for insightful conversations around identity, politics, and the role of institutions on the works and careers of artists of African descent. The day begins and ends with keynote addresses, live music and dance performances, inspiring panel discussions with artists and curators, and a catered lunch. For the first time, MoAD will fully livestream the entire event.


10:00 am Doors Open

10:30 am Introduction

10:45 am Opening Keynote: Naima Keith, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, California African American Museum

11:15 am Panel 1: On Artists of African Descent

Moderator: Jacqueline Francis, PhD., California College of Art

Henry Taylor, Artist

Mariane Ibrahim, Gallerist, Mariane Ibrahim Gallery

Emily Kuhlmann, Director of Exhibitions & Curatorial Affairs, Museum of the African Diaspora

12:15 pm Lunch provided by Blackberry Soul Catering

12:50 pm Performance : PUSH Dance Company

1:20 pm Panel 2: Artist as Social Change Agent

Moderator: Leigh Raiford, PhD., UC Berkeley

Kori Newkirk, Artist

Erin Christovale, Assistant Curator, Hammer Museum

Bridget R. Cooks, PhD., UC Irvine

2:20 pm Performance

2:50 pm Closing Keynote Speaker: Aruna D’Souza

3:20 pm Adjourn

This program is made possible by the generous support of Art Bridges, Yerba Buena Community Benefit District, and Zellerbach Family Foundation