May
30
Wed
Emerging Artists Informational Open House @ MoAD Salon Tickets
May 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Artists interested in applying to be featured in our Emerging Artists program should attend this informational meeting.

We will hold two information sessions to review the application process, tour the gallery and answer any questions applicants may have. These sessions will be held on May 30 and June 19 at 6pm in the MoAD Salon.

 

Over the last three years, through the Emerging Artists Program, MoAD has provided California artists the opportunities to generate and exhibit works reflecting the cultural and artistic richness of the African Diaspora in a dynamic gallery setting.

Competitive proposals will present innovative artworks to activate the Salon, a multipurpose space in the heart of the museum where we hold public programs, education workshops, and events.

Four final artists and/or collectives will be chosen to participate in the Emerging Artists Program. Each selected artist or group will have a 6-week long exhibition in addition to a 2 hour long celebratory opening reception, which includes an artist talk.

Selected artists will be announced to the public in August 2018.

 

EAP exhibition dates*:

Exhibition #1 – September 19, 2018 through November 4, 2018
Exhibition #2 – November 11, 2018 through December 23, 2018
Exhibition #3 – May 8, 2019 through June 22, 2019
Exhibition #4 – July 1, 2019 through August 13, 2019

*Due to the need to accommodate a large exhibition Spring of 2019, the exhibition lengths during this round of EAP are slightly shorter than previous exhibitions. These dates are subject to change.

 

All applicants will be notified by July 27, 2018, of the status of their application. EAP finalists will be notified of their exhibition dates and will have approximately one week to confirm participation. Then, artists will then work with the exhibitions team at the museum to finalize and prepare work.

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May
31
Thu
Born Free Film Screening | THE GIANT IS FALLING Tickets
May 31 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

THE GIANT IS FALLING (Rehad Desai, 77 minutes, 2016)

This documentary takes a sweeping look at the big political events of recent years that possibly signify the end of an era in South Africa. Patronage and government corruption (most notably from the recently resigned President Jacob Zuma), coupled with the failure to address the festering sore of inequality, has led to declining popularity of the African National Congress at the polls.  The film charts the various ways people have collectively responded to the ANC’s failure to deliver on its promises including growing trade union and student protests. The big debate in South Africa is whether or not the party can recover its reputation as the most respected liberation movement in the world and generate genuine change in the country?

*Born Free is a term for people who have grown up since the end of apartheid

Curated by Cornelius Moore.

This program is presented in conjunction with our current exhibition After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art

Jun
2
Sat
Nkisi Nkondi-Sacred Kongo Sculpture | Performance Installation Tickets
Jun 2 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Image by Jen Phillip

Join us for a very special performance installation conceived of and choreographed by Byb Chanel Bibene.

Nkinsi Nkondi project emerged from a trip to Paris, France. During a visit to the Quai Branly Museum, choreographer Byb Bibene discovered a nkisi nkondi statue from the Kongo people of central Africa. This divine figure represents the moral and spiritual codes of the people – it is also a political and religious symbol of power, resistance, fear, and defiance. The minkisi were power figures used to destroy evil spirits, cure illnesses, and resolve disputes. The performance installation guides the audience through time, through the walls and floors of the museum where one can witness multiple performances and installations exhibiting how text, body pigments, dance, and music, converge to tell history.

Byb Chanel Bibene is a dance instructor, researcher, choreographer and performer working in theater and contemporary dance. His own technical and aesthetic sensibility is rooted in the culture and dances of his country of origin, the Republic of Congo. He has toured the world and performed internationally with companies and choreographers originating from Africa, England, France and the USA. Artistic Director of Kiandanda Dance Theater, Bibene initiated Mbongui Square festival, a multidisciplinary arts festival that gathers dance, music, spoken word and visual artists from the Bay Area and across the world. Outside of his professional careers of Theater and Dance, Bibene has a passion for writing. He is author of numerous poetry and shorts. Bibene owns a Bachelor in Science, Economics/Finances from Marien Ngouabi University/Brazzaville, an MFA in Dance and a certificate in Dance Production Management from Saint Mary’s College of California. For more info, visit www.kiandanda-dance.com.

Performances on Saturday, June 2 at 4pm & 7pm | Sunday, June 3 at 1pm & 4pm

Nkisi Nkondi-Sacred Kongo Sculpture | Performance Installation Tickets
Jun 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Image by Jen Phillip

Join us for a very special performance installation conceived of and choreographed by Byb Chanel Bibene.

Nkinsi Nkondi project emerged from a trip to Paris, France. During a visit to the Quai Branly Museum, choreographer Byb Bibene discovered a nkisi nkondi statue from the Kongo people of central Africa. This divine figure represents the moral and spiritual codes of the people – it is also a political and religious symbol of power, resistance, fear, and defiance. The minkisi were power figures used to destroy evil spirits, cure illnesses, and resolve disputes. The performance installation guides the audience through time, through the walls and floors of the museum where one can witness multiple performances and installations exhibiting how text, body pigments, dance, and music, converge to tell history.

Byb Chanel Bibene is a dance instructor, researcher, choreographer and performer working in theater and contemporary dance. His own technical and aesthetic sensibility is rooted in the culture and dances of his country of origin, the Republic of Congo. He has toured the world and performed internationally with companies and choreographers originating from Africa, England, France and the USA. Artistic Director of Kiandanda Dance Theater, Bibene initiated Mbongui Square festival, a multidisciplinary arts festival that gathers dance, music, spoken word and visual artists from the Bay Area and across the world. Outside of his professional careers of Theater and Dance, Bibene has a passion for writing. He is author of numerous poetry and shorts. Bibene owns a Bachelor in Science, Economics/Finances from Marien Ngouabi University/Brazzaville, an MFA in Dance and a certificate in Dance Production Management from Saint Mary’s College of California. For more info, visit www.kiandanda-dance.com.

Performances on Saturday, June 2 at 4pm & 7pm | Sunday, June 3 at 1pm & 4pm

Jun
3
Sun
Nkisi Nkondi-Sacred Kongo Sculpture | Performance Installation Tickets
Jun 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Image by Jen Phillip

Join us for a very special performance installation conceived of and choreographed by Byb Chanel Bibene.

Nkinsi Nkondi project emerged from a trip to Paris, France. During a visit to the Quai Branly Museum, choreographer Byb Bibene discovered a nkisi nkondi statue from the Kongo people of central Africa. This divine figure represents the moral and spiritual codes of the people – it is also a political and religious symbol of power, resistance, fear, and defiance. The minkisi were power figures used to destroy evil spirits, cure illnesses, and resolve disputes. The performance installation guides the audience through time, through the walls and floors of the museum where one can witness multiple performances and installations exhibiting how text, body pigments, dance, and music, converge to tell history.

Byb Chanel Bibene is a dance instructor, researcher, choreographer and performer working in theater and contemporary dance. His own technical and aesthetic sensibility is rooted in the culture and dances of his country of origin, the Republic of Congo. He has toured the world and performed internationally with companies and choreographers originating from Africa, England, France and the USA. Artistic Director of Kiandanda Dance Theater, Bibene initiated Mbongui Square festival, a multidisciplinary arts festival that gathers dance, music, spoken word and visual artists from the Bay Area and across the world. Outside of his professional careers of Theater and Dance, Bibene has a passion for writing. He is author of numerous poetry and shorts. Bibene owns a Bachelor in Science, Economics/Finances from Marien Ngouabi University/Brazzaville, an MFA in Dance and a certificate in Dance Production Management from Saint Mary’s College of California. For more info, visit www.kiandanda-dance.com.

Performances on Saturday, June 2 at 4pm & 7pm | Sunday, June 3 at 1pm & 4pm

Nkisi Nkondi-Sacred Kongo Sculpture | Performance Installation Tickets
Jun 3 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Image by Jen Phillip

Join us for a very special performance installation conceived of and choreographed by Byb Chanel Bibene.

Nkinsi Nkondi project emerged from a trip to Paris, France. During a visit to the Quai Branly Museum, choreographer Byb Bibene discovered a nkisi nkondi statue from the Kongo people of central Africa. This divine figure represents the moral and spiritual codes of the people – it is also a political and religious symbol of power, resistance, fear, and defiance. The minkisi were power figures used to destroy evil spirits, cure illnesses, and resolve disputes. The performance installation guides the audience through time, through the walls and floors of the museum where one can witness multiple performances and installations exhibiting how text, body pigments, dance, and music, converge to tell history.

Byb Chanel Bibene is a dance instructor, researcher, choreographer and performer working in theater and contemporary dance. His own technical and aesthetic sensibility is rooted in the culture and dances of his country of origin, the Republic of Congo. He has toured the world and performed internationally with companies and choreographers originating from Africa, England, France and the USA. Artistic Director of Kiandanda Dance Theater, Bibene initiated Mbongui Square festival, a multidisciplinary arts festival that gathers dance, music, spoken word and visual artists from the Bay Area and across the world. Outside of his professional careers of Theater and Dance, Bibene has a passion for writing. He is author of numerous poetry and shorts. Bibene owns a Bachelor in Science, Economics/Finances from Marien Ngouabi University/Brazzaville, an MFA in Dance and a certificate in Dance Production Management from Saint Mary’s College of California. For more info, visit www.kiandanda-dance.com.

Performances on Saturday, June 2 at 4pm & 7pm | Sunday, June 3 at 1pm & 4pm

Jun
7
Thu
FREE ADMISSION | Yerba Buena Art Walk Tickets
Jun 7 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Experience the Art Heart of downtown San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Neighborhood

For the 11th year the Yerba Buena Alliance is proud to present the Art Walk as a way to explore the Yerba Buena neighborhood for FREE while experiencing the fabulous world class art and culture exhibitions.

Pick up your Yerba Buena Art Walk Passport to get stamped at each location. Get stamped at each location to be entered to win the grand prize, a pair of guest passes to each participating institution to be drawn at the art walk after party.

At 2pm MoAD and Litquake present a conversation about What We Lose, a stunning novel about a young African-American woman coming of age — a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, family and country, from an author of rare, haunting power. Zinzi Clemmons will be in conversation with Caille Millner. Also enjoy free admission to our exhibitions After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art and Digitalia: Art & the Economy of Ideas.

Yerba Buena Art Walk Schedule of Events

1:00-2:30 pm

Yerba Buena Garden Festival

Traditional Balinese Music & Dance with Gamelan Sekar Jaya

Legendary Bay Area arts and culture organization http://www.gsj.org
See more here.

Inside Yerba Buena Gardens on Mission Street between Third and Fourth.

2:00-3:00 pm

Pre Art Walk Event Reception

California Historical Society

678 Mission Street, San Francisco
Mix, mingle and get to know your fellow art walk attendees

3:00 – 6:00 pm

Yerba Buena Art Walk

FREE

6:00-7:30 pm

Yerba Buena Art Walk After Party & Prize Drawing

American Bookbinders Museum

355 Clementina Street, San Francisco

Prize drawing approximately 6:45 pm. Will include Grand Prize for a pass to every location for those who get their passport stamped at every location can be entered to win.

Nine Participating Institutions at Eight Locations all Open FREE


Pick up your Yerba Buena Art Walk Passport at each location for a fun interactive way to experience Yerba Buena

  1. 111 Minna Gallery
    111 Minna Street
    111minnagallery.com

  2. American BookBinders Museum
    355 Clementina Street, bookbindersmuseum.org
    In collaboration with the Mexican Museum http://mexicanmuseum.org/

  3. California Historical Society
    678 Mission Street
    californiahistoricalsociety.org

  4. Mirus Gallery
    540 Howard Street
    mirusgallery.com

  5. Museum of the African Diaspora
    685 Mission Street
    moadsf.org

  6. SFMOMA*
    151 Third Street sfmoma.org
    Free admission only includes access to the public spaces sfmoma.org/visit/free-to-see

  7. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
    Yerba Buena Gardens on Mission between Third and Fourth Streets
    ybgfestival.org
    Traditional Balinese music and dance with Gamelan Sekar Jaya

  8. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
    701 Mission Street
    ybca.org
Jun
9
Sat
AUTHORS IN CONVERSATION | What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons Tickets
Jun 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

MoAD and Litquake present a conversation about What We Lose, a stunning novel about a young African-American woman coming of age — a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, family and country, from an author of rare, haunting power. Zinzi Clemmons will be in conversation with Caille Millner.

The conversation will be followed by a book signing.


Zinzi Clemmons
was raised in Philadelphia by a South African mother and an American father. Co-founder of the literary journal Apogee, she currently serves as Associate Editor at the Believer and as Contributing Editor to Literary Hub. Her debut novel, What We Lose (Viking 2017) was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal, the Aspen Words Literary Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Leonard Prize. She is a 2017 National Book Award 5 Under 35 Honoree.

 

Caille Millner is a cultural columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle. Her essays on art and culture have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of BooksMichigan Quarterly Review, and Hyperallergic. She is also the author of The Golden Road: Notes on My Gentrification from Penguin Press.

Jun
12
Tue
Diaspora Dinner 2018 with Chef Tanya Holland @ Museum of the African Diaspora Tickets
Jun 12 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

An evening of food, drinks and music with Tanya Holland, Top Chef contestant, author, and owner of the Michelin-honored restaurant Brown Sugar Kitchen.

Join us for a champagne toast at the Museum and then on to The St. Regis for a curated multi-course dinner, with a lively conversation between Chef Holland and Shakirah Simley, co-founder of Nourish | Resist, about Tanya’s life as a celebrity chef, and her thoughts on today’s hot topics related to food, race, and gender.

After two decades, Chef Tanya Holland continues to be a visionary force in the culinary world.

As The New York Times and many others have noted, she has been at the forefront of “reinventing, reinterpreting, and reinvigorating what’s thought of as African American food.”

“This dinner will provide a rare opportunity to eat some of Tanya’s mouthwatering dishes that can’t be found at her restaurant.

This is a not-to-be-missed event.”

— MoAD Chef-in-Residence Bryant Terry

$250 includes signed copy of Brown Sugar Kitchen: New-Style, Down-Home Recipes from Sweet West Oakland. Seating is limited. Proceeds benefit the artistic programs of the Museum of the African Diaspora.


 

MoAD Chef-in-Residence is generously underwritten by

 


 

 

 

Jun
19
Tue
Emerging Artists Informational Open House @ MoAD Salon Tickets
Jun 19 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Artists interested in applying to be featured in our Emerging Artists program should attend this informational meeting.

We will hold two information sessions to review the application process, tour the gallery and answer any questions applicants may have. These sessions will be held on May 30 and June 19 at 6pm in the MoAD Salon.

 

Over the last three years, through the Emerging Artists Program, MoAD has provided California artists the opportunities to generate and exhibit works reflecting the cultural and artistic richness of the African Diaspora in a dynamic gallery setting.

Competitive proposals will present innovative artworks to activate the Salon, a multipurpose space in the heart of the museum where we hold public programs, education workshops, and events.

Four final artists and/or collectives will be chosen to participate in the Emerging Artists Program. Each selected artist or group will have a 6-week long exhibition in addition to a 2 hour long celebratory opening reception, which includes an artist talk.

Selected artists will be announced to the public in August 2018.

 

EAP exhibition dates*:

Exhibition #1 – September 19, 2018 through November 4, 2018
Exhibition #2 – November 11, 2018 through December 23, 2018
Exhibition #3 – May 8, 2019 through June 22, 2019
Exhibition #4 – July 1, 2019 through August 13, 2019

*Due to the need to accommodate a large exhibition Spring of 2019, the exhibition lengths during this round of EAP are slightly shorter than previous exhibitions. These dates are subject to change.

 

All applicants will be notified by July 27, 2018, of the status of their application. EAP finalists will be notified of their exhibition dates and will have approximately one week to confirm participation. Then, artists will then work with the exhibitions team at the museum to finalize and prepare work.

APPLY NOW
Jun
20
Wed
FILM SCREENINGS & DISCUSSION | Flows with Yoram Savion Tickets
Jun 20 @ 7:00 pm

14th Annual CubaCaribe Festival and MoAD present

Flows : A series of short films by YAK FILMS that illustrate the beauty and art of “street” hip-hop dance.

Discussion to follow with co-founder Yoram Savion

Films include: Liquid Flow by YAK, The Oakland Museum of California and PROJECTOR featuring Turf Feinz crew members: Gary “No Noize” Morgan Leon “Mann” Williams Byron “T7” Sanders Darrell “D-Real” Armstead; EXQUISITE ZOMBIES by YAK x ADOBE Project 1324 featuring Les Twins, DA, Ibuki, Wisko, Bluprint, Zoo, Zamounda, and Buck; Mike Song in Manila, Philippines 2014 by YAK FILMS and Mr. CARMACK and more.

Yoram Savion is is co-founder of YAK Films, a multimedia company dedicated to filming movement-based art. For over 10 years, they have traveled the world to reveal unique dance talent in diverse urban landscapes. We promote innovative filming techniques using the latest gear that will fit in our backpack yet deliver the highest image quality possible. Currently Yoram is working with Adobe and Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, teaching multimedia production with up and coming dancers, musicians and martial artists.

The 14th Annual CubaCaribe Festival, June 15-24, 2018, features two weekends of performances at Laney College in Oakland (Weekend 1, June 15-17) and the Brava Theater in San Francisco (Weekend 2, June 22-23), as well as an evening lecture & film series at Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD). This year, our focused theme is “The Movements of Migrations.” The CubaCaribe Festival has been highly acclaimed for being the only festival to present popular, contemporary and folkloric cultural expression, religion, history, and politics of the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora. More at cubacaribe.org

Jun
27
Wed
LECTURE | Current Conditions for Cultural Exchanges between Cuba and the U.S. by Bill Martinez Tickets
Jun 27 @ 7:00 pm

14th Annual CubaCaribe Festival and MoAD present

Current Conditions for Cultural Exchanges between Cuba and the U.S.

A lecture by Bill Martinez, immigration attorney and cultural arts producer.

BILL MARTINEZ is an immigration attorney who has also produced and managed cultural events in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1973. A native San Franciscan, he is a graduate the University of San Francisco and Hastings College of the Law. He has worked in the Community Law Collective (’74-’79), New College of California School of Law (’79-’83) and the Volunteer Legal Services Program of the Bar Association of San Francisco (’84-’93). In 1981, he co-founded the Encuentro del Canto Popular, a San Francisco-based Latin American music festival. His work with the Encuentro lead him to become one of the nation’s leading experts in U.S.-Cuba cultural exchanges and artists’ visas. He co-founded the Latino Entertainment Partners which produced historically significant concerts of Cuban artists.

The 14th Annual CubaCaribe Festival, June 15-24, 2018, features two weekends of performances at Laney College in Oakland (Weekend 1, June 15-17) and the Brava Theater in San Francisco (Weekend 2, June 22-23), as well as an evening lecture & film series at Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD). This year, our focused theme is “The Movements of Migrations.” The CubaCaribe Festival has been highly acclaimed for being the only festival to present popular, contemporary and folkloric cultural expression, religion, history, and politics of the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora. More at cubacaribe.org

Jun
28
Thu
Poets Speak: Community Voices 2018 @ Museum of the African Diaspora Tickets
Jun 28 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Nomadic Press poets reflect on the themes of our current exhibitions, After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art and Digitalia: Art & The Economy of Ideas, by reading and discussing original work in the galleries among the pieces that inspired them.

These readings and discussions take place in the galleries for 30 minutes each.  The series culminates with an evening wine and performance by the participating poets on August 16.

Founded by J.K. Fowler in 2011, Nomadic Press lifts the voices of emerging and established writers and artists. Through publications (including translations) and performances, Nomadic Press aims to build community among artists across disciplines.

Vernon Keeve III is a Virginia born writer that California molded into an educator. He lives and teaches in Oakland. His purpose is to teach the next generation the importance of relaying their personal narratives, sharing their experiences, and taking control of their destinies. He holds a MFA from California College of the Arts and a Masters in Teaching Literature from Bard College.

Artist Talk | “WE HAVE IRÉ” @ Museum of the African Diaspora Tickets
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm

14th Annual CubaCaribe Festival and MoAD present

An artist talk and excerpts of the theater project (work in progress) We have Iré – an exploration of Cuban artists, immigration and Afro-Cuban religious themes. Featuring DJ Leydis, Ramón Ramos Alayo, recorded music by Yosvani Terry and video by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi.

Paul Flores is a published poet, performance artist, playwright, and well known spoken word artist. He was raised in Chula Vista, CA and spent much of his youth in Tijuana, Mexico. Flores plays have been produced at Brava Theater, GALA Hispanic Theatre, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Pregones Theatre, Abrons Art Center, Taller Puertorriquena, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, InterAct Theater, DiverseWorks, Su Teatro, South Coast Rep, and many more. Flores is a Doris Duke Artist, a MAP Fund awardee, a Gerbode-Hewlett Theater commission recipient, a NALAC Fund for Arts recipient, and 2011 SF Weekly Best Politically Active Hip-hop Performer. He is co-founder of Youth Speaks, and currently an adjunct professor of Theater at the University of San Francisco. His last play “On The Hill: I am Alex Nieto” (2016) dramatizes the life and death of Alex Nieto who was killed by San Francisco Police Department, using music, dance and theater as a powerful tool for communities divided by issues of police violence, racism, gentrification and economic disparity to discover opportunities for solutions, healing and unification. Flores previous play PLACAS (2012) was based on testimonies of members of MS-13 in California barrios. One of his newest plays “We Have Iré” is commissioned by Yerba Buena Center for The Arts and follows Afro-Cuban immigrant artists and their connection to Lucumí religious traditions.

$10 Advanced Purchase | $15 Door

The 14th Annual CubaCaribe Festival, June 15-24, 2018, features two weekends of performances at Laney College in Oakland (Weekend 1, June 15-17) and the Brava Theater in San Francisco (Weekend 2, June 22-23), as well as an evening lecture & film series at Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD). This year, our focused theme is “The Movements of Migrations.” The CubaCaribe Festival has been highly acclaimed for being the only festival to present popular, contemporary and folkloric cultural expression, religion, history, and politics of the Afro-Caribbean Diaspora. More at cubacaribe.org

Jul
5
Thu
Poets Speak: Community Voices 2018 @ Museum of the African Diaspora Tickets
Jul 5 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Nomadic Press poets reflect on the themes of our current exhibitions, After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art and Digitalia: Art & The Economy of Ideas, by reading and discussing original work in the galleries among the pieces that inspired them.

These readings and discussions take place in the galleries for 30 minutes each.  The series culminates with an evening wine and performance by the participating poets on August 16.

Founded by J.K. Fowler in 2011, Nomadic Press lifts the voices of emerging and established writers and artists. Through publications (including translations) and performances, Nomadic Press aims to build community among artists across disciplines.

James Cagney is a poet from Oakland. He has appeared as a featured poet at venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Vancouver, and Mumbai. Nomadic Press will publish his first collection Black Steel Magnolias In The Hour Of Chaos Theory in August. Visit his blog at https://thedirtyrat.blog/

 

Jul
12
Thu
Poets Speak: Community Voices 2018 @ Museum of the African Diaspora Tickets
Jul 12 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Nomadic Press poets reflect on the themes of our current exhibitions, After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art and Digitalia: Art & The Economy of Ideas, by reading and discussing original work in the galleries among the pieces that inspired them.

These readings and discussions take place in the galleries for 30 minutes each.  The series culminates with an evening wine and performance by the participating poets on August 16.

Founded by J.K. Fowler in 2011, Nomadic Press lifts the voices of emerging and established writers and artists. Through publications (including translations) and performances, Nomadic Press aims to build community among artists across disciplines.

Nazelah Jamison is a performance poet, actor, vocalist, and emcee. She is an East Coast transplant, former organizer of the Oakland Poetry Slam, and sometimes a reluctant superhero. Nomadic Press released her first book of poetry Evolutionary Heart in fall of 2016. Nazelah gives the best hugs in the Bay Area.

 

Jul
19
Thu
Poets Speak: Community Voices 2018 @ Museum of the African Diaspora Tickets
Jul 19 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Nomadic Press poets reflect on the themes of our current exhibitions, After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art and Digitalia: Art & The Economy of Ideas, by reading and discussing original work in the galleries among the pieces that inspired them.

These readings and discussions take place in the galleries for 30 minutes each.  The series culminates with an evening wine and performance by the participating poets on August 16.

Founded by J.K. Fowler in 2011, Nomadic Press lifts the voices of emerging and established writers and artists. Through publications (including translations) and performances, Nomadic Press aims to build community among artists across disciplines.

Natasha Dennerstein was born in Melbourne, Australia, to a family originating in Belarus. She worked as a psychiatric nurse for many years, which gave her an interesting perspective on the human condition. She has an MFA from San Francisco State University and has had poetry published in many journals including Landfall, Shenandoah, Bloom, Red Light Lit, Spoon River Poetry Review, Foglifter and North American Review. Her collections Anatomize (2015), Triptych Caliform (2016) and her novella-in-verse About a Girl (2017) were published by Norfolk Press in San Francisco. Her chapbook Seahorse (2017) was published by Nomadic Press in Oakland.

 

Jul
26
Thu
Poets Speak: Community Voices 2018 @ Museum of the African Diaspora Tickets
Jul 26 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Nomadic Press poets reflect on the themes of our current exhibitions, After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art and Digitalia: Art & The Economy of Ideas, by reading and discussing original work in the galleries among the pieces that inspired them.

These readings and discussions take place in the galleries for 30 minutes each.  The series culminates with an evening wine and performance by the participating poets on August 16.

Founded by J.K. Fowler in 2011, Nomadic Press lifts the voices of emerging and established writers and artists. Through publications (including translations) and performances, Nomadic Press aims to build community among artists across disciplines.

Director, poet, and playwright Dr. Ayodele Nzinga received an MFA in Writing and Conciseness and a PhD in Transformative Education. One of Theater Bay Area’s 40 faces of Theater, Nzinga is an Alameda County Arts Leadership awardee, Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame member, and is the current Helen Crocker Russell awardee.

 

Aug
2
Thu
Poets Speak: Community Voices 2018 @ Museum of the African Diaspora Tickets
Aug 2 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Nomadic Press poets reflect on the themes of our current exhibitions, After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art and Digitalia: Art & The Economy of Ideas, by reading and discussing original work in the galleries among the pieces that inspired them.

These readings and discussions take place in the galleries for 30 minutes each.  The series culminates with an evening wine and performance by the participating poets on August 16.

Founded by J.K. Fowler in 2011, Nomadic Press lifts the voices of emerging and established writers and artists. Through publications (including translations) and performances, Nomadic Press aims to build community among artists across disciplines.

Juliana Delgado Lopera is an award-winning Colombian writer, historian based in San Francisco. The recipient of the 2014 Jackson Literary award, and a finalist of the ClarkGross Novel award, she’s the author of ¡Cuéntamelo! an illustrated bilingual collection of oral histories by LGBT Latinx immigrants (Aunt Lute 2017) and Quiéreme (Nomadic Press 2017). She’s received fellowships from Brush Creek Foundation of the Arts, Lambda Literary Foundation, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and The SF Grotto, and an individual artist grant from the SF Arts Commission. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published in various publications. She’s the executive director of RADAR Productions. Follow her on Instagram @julianadlopera

 

Aug
9
Thu
Poets Speak: Community Voices 2018 @ Museum of the African Diaspora Tickets
Aug 9 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Nomadic Press poets reflect on the themes of our current exhibitions, After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art and Digitalia: Art & The Economy of Ideas, by reading and discussing original work in the galleries among the pieces that inspired them.

These readings and discussions take place in the galleries for 30 minutes each.  The series culminates with an evening wine and performance by the participating poets on August 16.

Founded by J.K. Fowler in 2011, Nomadic Press lifts the voices of emerging and established writers and artists. Through publications (including translations) and performances, Nomadic Press aims to build community among artists across disciplines.

nick johnson was born and raised near the brackish Chesapeake Bay but now calls the Bay Area waters home. johnson is a poet, global wanderer, and yogi. His book, music for mussolini, released by Nomadic Press in 2016, was a finalist for the 2017 CLMP Firecracker Award.

 

Aug
16
Thu
Poets Speak: Community Voices 2018 @ Museum of the African Diaspora Tickets
Aug 16 @ 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Nomadic Press poets reflect on the themes of our current exhibitions, After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics and Culture in Contemporary South African Art and Digitalia: Art & The Economy of Ideas, by reading and discussing original work in the galleries among the pieces that inspired them.

These readings and discussions culminate in the MoAD Salon with an evening of wine and performance by the participating poets on August 16.

Founded by J.K. Fowler in 2011, Nomadic Press lifts the voices of emerging and established writers and artists. Through publications (including translations) and performances, Nomadic Press aims to build community among artists across disciplines.

 

Participating poets

James Cagney

James Cagney is a poet from Oakland. He has appeared as a featured poet at venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Vancouver, and Mumbai. Nomadic Press will publish his first collection Black Steel Magnolias In The Hour Of Chaos Theory in August. Visit his blog at https://thedirtyrat.blog/

 

 

Rohan DaCosta is a multi-disciplinary artist from the city of Chicago, working primarily through photography, writing, and song. He is the founder of and curator for GRACEGOD The Collective, which celebrates the unique work of artists, craftsmen, and activists from all over the world. His work in graphic design and clothing has been featured as limited edition merchandise at The Koppel Project in London.  His photography has been featured at The Flight Deck Gallery as a solo exhibition titled Ordinary People (2018). His photography has also been featured at Root Division Gallery as part of a group exhibition titled Let Me Be a Witness (2018). His first publication of photography and poetry, The Edge of Fruitvale, was published by Nomadic Press in April 2018.

Natasha Dennerstein was born in Melbourne, Australia, to a family originating in Belarus. She worked as a psychiatric nurse for many years, which gave her an interesting perspective on the human condition. She has an MFA from San Francisco State University and has had poetry published in many journals including Landfall, Shenandoah, Bloom, Red Light Lit, Spoon River Poetry Review, Foglifter and North American Review. Her collections Anatomize (2015), Triptych Caliform (2016) and her novella-in-verse About a Girl (2017) were published by Norfolk Press in San Francisco. Her chapbook Seahorse (2017) was published by Nomadic Press in Oakland.

Nazelah Jamison is a performance poet, actor, vocalist, and emcee. She is an East Coast transplant, former organizer of the Oakland Poetry Slam, and sometimes a reluctant superhero. Nomadic Press released her first book of poetry Evolutionary Heart in fall of 2016. Nazelah gives the best hugs in the Bay Area.

 

 

nick johnson was born and raised near the brackish Chesapeake Bay but now calls the Bay Area waters home. johnson is a poet, global wanderer, and yogi. His book, music for mussolini, released by Nomadic Press in 2016, was a finalist for the 2017 CLMP Firecracker Award.

 

 

Vernon Keeve III is a Virginia born writer that California molded into an educator. He lives and teaches in Oakland. His purpose is to teach the next generation the importance of relaying their personal narratives, sharing their experiences, and taking control of their destinies. He holds a MFA from California College of the Arts and a Masters in Teaching Literature from Bard College.

 

Juliana Delgado Lopera is an award-winning Colombian writer, historian based in San Francisco. The recipient of the 2014 Jackson Literary award, and a finalist of the ClarkGross Novel award, she’s the author of ¡Cuéntamelo! an illustrated bilingual collection of oral histories by LGBT Latinx immigrants (Aunt Lute 2017) and Quiéreme (Nomadic Press 2017). She’s received fellowships from Brush Creek Foundation of the Arts, Lambda Literary Foundation, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and The SF Grotto, and an individual artist grant from the SF Arts Commission. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published in various publications. She’s the executive director of RADAR Productions. Follow her on Instagram @julianadlopera

Director, poet, and playwright Dr. Ayodele Nzinga received an MFA in Writing and Conciseness and a PhD in Transformative Education. One of Theater Bay Area’s 40 faces of Theater, Nzinga is an Alameda County Arts Leadership awardee, Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame member, and is the current Helen Crocker Russell awardee.