PERFORMANCE | Diasporic Futurism: Taking Up (Outer) Space

August 19, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Yerba Buena Gardens
750 Howard Street
San Francisco

Museum of the African Diaspora and The Contemporary Jewish Museum present


As part of Yerba Buena Day, experience the latest iteration of an ongoing project by GLTTR Collective co-founders Leah King and Juan Carlos Rodriguez RiveraDiasporic Futurism: Taking Up (Outer) Space. Join us in the Yerba Buena Gardens for an evening of multidisciplinary live performance, including visual art and music by Leah King, Nina SolTrovarsiAfatasi The ArtistSandy VazquezBlack Fairy Dust, Nahid Elgadi, and more.

Diasporic Futurism: Taking Up (Outer) Space is an extension of King’s current studio work, On My Mother’s Side, a graphic collage and sound design project exploring futurist ancestry developed in part during her participation in Artist Studios at The CJM.

Leah King is a curator, artist, musician, and educator born and raised in the Bay Area. Her work is deeply rooted in afrofuturist aesthetics, joyful noises, and unabashed reclamations. She is a member of female:pressure international DJ network, the co-founder of GLTTR Collective, and was a curatorial resident at Root Division Gallery and a YBCA Political Power Fellow.

Juan Carlos Rodríguez Rivera is a designer, artist, educator, and curator passionate about food, lover of ephemeral objects, gradients, and anything deemed as kitsch. Rivera was born and raised in the smallest town of Puerto Rico. His practice focuses on dismantling colonial legacies in art and design from the perspective of a queer Boricua diaspora. The ongoing research that informs his work is the study of decoloniality, pedagogy, design, and non-western methodologies.

We are proud to be a part of Yerba Buena Day, a full day of programming in partnership and with the support of the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District and the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. Just prior this event, MoAD will present Open Mic All-Stars, a celebration of the last 3 years of open mic poetry at MoAD.

All programming will take place in the Yerba Buena Gardens and is free and open to all.

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