Museum of the African Diaspora

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The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) is a museum in San Francisco, California, documenting the African diaspora. MoAD showcases the history, art, and cultural richness that resulted from the migration of Africans throughout the world. By realizing their mission, MoAD connects all people through their shared African heritage. Their focus spans the African Diaspora across history, from the diaspora at the origin of human existence through the contemporary African Diaspora that has affected communities and cultures around the world.[1] It is located at 685 Mission St. next to the St. Regis. The museum, and the building, opened in 2005.

History[edit]

MoAD was developed as part of a public/private partnership led by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. In 1999, the City of San Francisco created a mandate to include an African American cultural presence in the last vacant parcel of Yerba Buena Gardens. San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown appointed a steering committee to determine the mission and scope of a cultural facility within the complex. Cultural management, architectural and design consultants worked with members of the committee to design a world-class facility and develop fresh, vital programming that didn’t exist anywhere else.

The African American Cultural Institute grew out of the research and development process that began in 2002. The new museum was renamed Museum of the African Diaspora to reflect a broadened scope and mission, and incorporated as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. The architecturally stunning space was designed by the nationally-renowned Freelon Group within the St. Regis Museum Tower. MoAD opened its doors in 2005, debuting a modern museum designed to showcase art and culture through the lens of the African Diaspora.[2]

Linda Harrison was appointed as the Executive Director of MoAD in November 2013.[3] In June 2014, MoAD underwent a 6-month renovation that created more gallery space and refreshed the museum’s overall look.[3][4] By October 2014, MoAD was named an official Smithsonian Affiliate.[5]

The Original African Diaspora[edit]

MoAD introduces visitors to the original African diaspora—the original movement of Homo sapiens (from the earliest human remains found in Africa)—to eventually all inhabited regions. The museum asks visitors "when did you first realize you are African?" The museum espouses the scientifically accepted idea of panethnicity, wherein all humans have a common African origin.

Past exhibitions[edit]

  • Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA[6][7]
  • The Art of Elizabeth Catlett: Selections from the Collection of Samella Lewis[8]
  • Lava Thomas: Beyond[9]
  • Bearing[10]
  • Finding the I in Diaspora[11]
  • Drapetomanía: Grupo Antillano and the Art of Afro-Cuba[12][13]
  • Crosscurrents: Africa and Black Diasporas in Dialogue, 1960-1980[14]
  • J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere: Sartorial Moments and the Nearness of Yesterday[15]
  • The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, Where Art and History Intersect[16]
  • Desert Jewels[17]
  • Tuareg and Anima[18]
  • Choose Paint! Choose Abstraction![19]
  • Collected Stories of Acquisition and Reclamation[20]
  • Soulful Stitching: Patchwork Quilts by Africans in India[21]
  • From Process to Print: Graphic Works from Romare Bearden[22]
  • Textural Rhythms: Constructing the Jazz Tradition through Contemporary African American Quilts[23]
  • Who Among Us . . . The Art of Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle[24]
  • Art/Object: Re-Contextualizing African Art[25]
  • Ghosts/Ships[26]
  • African Continuum: Sacred Ceremonies and Rituals[27]
  • The Art of Richard Mayhew[28]
  • Let Your Motto Be Resistance[29]
  • Beyond the Blues: Ending the Prison Industrial Complex[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Our Mission". MoAD Museum of African Diaspora. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Our History". MoAD Museum of African Diaspora. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Museum of the African Diaspora's Rebirth: Q&A with MoAD Director Linda Harrison". SF Weekly. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  4. ^ Steven Winn (1 December 2014). "MoAD reopens with big changes and big plans". SFGate. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  5. ^ "Smithsonian Affiliations". si.edu. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "New MoAD Series Spotlights Community Contributors". hoodline.com. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA". MoAD Museum of African Diaspora. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  8. ^ "The Art of Elizabeth Catlett". MoAD Museum of African Diaspora. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "Lava Thomas". MoAD Museum of African Diaspora. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "Imagined Worlds at MoAD, Alphabets and Artifacts Included". KQED Arts. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  11. ^ "Finding the I in Diaspora". MoAD Museum of African Diaspora. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  12. ^ "Drapetomanía". MoAD Museum of African Diaspora. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  13. ^ "DRAPETOMANIA". queloides-exhibit.com. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 
  14. ^ "Crosscurrents". MoAD Museum of African Diaspora. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  15. ^ "J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere". MoAD Museum of African Diaspora. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  16. ^ "The Kinsey Collection". MoAD Museum of African Diaspora. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  17. ^ "Desert Jewels". MoAD Museum of African Diaspora. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  18. ^ "Tuareg and Anima". MoAD Museum of African Diaspora. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  19. ^ "Choose Paint! Choose Abstraction!". MoAD Museum of African Diaspora. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  20. ^ "Collected". MoAD Museum of African Diaspora. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  21. ^ "Soulful Stitching". MoAD Museum of African Diaspora. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  22. ^ "From Process to Print". MoAD Museum of African Diaspora. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  23. ^ "Textural Rhythms". MoAD Museum of African Diaspora. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  24. ^ Chris Hambrick. "Sights & Sounds Weekly: 11/19/15". kalw.org. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  25. ^ "Art/Object". MoAD Museum of African Diaspora. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  26. ^ "The Bay Area Reporter Online - Classy". Bay Area Reporter. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  27. ^ "African Continuum". MoAD Museum of African Diaspora. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  28. ^ "The Art of Richard Mayhew". MoAD Museum of African Diaspora. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  29. ^ "Let Your Motto Be Resistance". MoAD Museum of African Diaspora. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  30. ^ Jesse Hamlin (2 September 2015). "Marcus Shelby's musical suite on prison industry". SFGate. Retrieved 28 April 2016. 

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