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MoCADA Museum Exploring the arts and social justice through the lens of the African Diaspora!
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The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) is committed to creating a greater awareness and appreciation of the relevance of the African Diaspora as it relates to contemporary urban issues through innovative exhibitions, public programs and educational interactive tours.

Mission: The experiences and cultural contributions of people of African descent have been marginalized throughout history and MoCADAโ€™s mission is to undertake the responsibility of rewriting that history in order to give a more accurate portrayal of the contributions of people of African descent to the artistic and global landscape.

๐ŸŽจ: โ€œBlack Seminolesโ€ by artist Jules Arthur, 57โ€ x 41โ€ oil on fabric over wood panel, dear skin, cowry shells...
11/29/2019

๐ŸŽจ: โ€œBlack Seminolesโ€ by artist Jules Arthur, 57โ€ x 41โ€ oil on fabric over wood panel, dear skin, cowry shells, turquoise beads, brass parts, stained wood, antique machete .
From the artist: "I would like to recognize and thank those First Nation People (Native Americans) who embraced black folk who were escaping off of plantations into the hills, swamps and forest. A union was born, maroon societies rose and cross cultures flourished under the protectorate of Native Americans. For centuries Africans and Native Americans wove unique historical existences deep into the American fabric. Their homeland. โ€œBlack Seminolesโ€ is the powerful and beautiful union of two indigenous groups that are hereditarily connected to the wind, water, sun, plants, animals and earth." ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸพโœŠ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿพ #blackseminoles #africandiaspora #firstnationspeople #nativeamerican #contemporyart #blackart #socialjustice #creators #unapologeticallyblack

11/27/2019
Calling All Art Collectors!

Here's your chance to acquire art made by rising contemporary artists from across the globe! Presented by The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, your support will also go a long way in making community arts education programs accessible to everyone! Bid or Buy now, the art auction ends December 15, 2019. Visit MoCADA.org/auction for more details. Happy Bidding!

A word.... #creators #audrelorde #africandiaspora #blackart #thoughtleaders #unapologeticallyblack #unapologeticallyafri...
11/16/2019

A word.... #creators #audrelorde #africandiaspora #blackart #thoughtleaders #unapologeticallyblack #unapologeticallyafrican

Welcome "Unity", a new, 22-foot bronze sculpture created by the revered Hank Willis Thomas (@hankwillisthomas). "This sc...
11/12/2019

Welcome "Unity", a new, 22-foot bronze sculpture created by the revered Hank Willis Thomas (@hankwillisthomas). "This sculpture is a homage to, and celebration of, the unique and multifaceted character of the borough of Brooklyn,โ€ Mr. Thomas said to The New York Times. โ€œThe spirit of Brooklyn has always been about upward mobility and connection to roots.โ€ The piece, which stands at the intersection of Tillary and Adams Streets near the Brooklyn bridge, features a raised arm with an index finger pointing to the sky. Originally called, "We're No. #1", the sculpture was commissioned by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs program entitled, Percent for Art, which enables artists across a variety of mediums to create new public works that "reflect the diversity of New York City." ๐ŸŽจ: "Unity", Hank Willis Thomas, 2019 #mocadafirsts #creators #blackart #publicart #hankwillisthomas #unapologeticallyblack #africandiaspora #unapologeticallyafrican

Thanks to all who came out to celebrate the first presentation in our three part series exploring spirituality in the Af...
11/09/2019

Thanks to all who came out to celebrate the first presentation in our three part series exploring spirituality in the African diaspora. We kicked off last night with the opening of "God Body", an exhibition of mixed media and protraiture by Patrick Dougher, who unlocks the code of the Five-percent nation, and encourages viewers to seek God within. The show, which is on view until December 22, will be followed by Marc Baptiste's "Rara" a vodoo spiritual base that is centered on music (mainly the African drum) and later, Harmonia Rosales' "Misunderstood", which will explore Yoruba and the feminine principle. Visit MoCADA.org for more details, and MoCADA BK to see Patrick's show, which is currently on view. ๐ŸŽจ: GOD ABOVE IV, Acrylic/ Silver Leaf on Canvas - 30โ€ x 40โ€, by Patrick Dougher. #mocadaonview #patrickdougher #godbody #spirituality #africandiaspora #creators #socialjustice

How can Black institutions educate the community in the realm of philanthropy to build wealth? What stands in the way of...
11/08/2019

How can Black institutions educate the community in the realm of philanthropy to build wealth? What stands in the way of growth for these institutions? How do we sustain spaces for Black artists and cultural workers to thrive and be supported by their community?

Join us for a public conversation with cultural leaders engaged in groundbreaking and critical work in the field, including MoCADA's own Amy Andrieux (@missaimstar). Letโ€™s design a future of financial liberation for Black art and cultural institutions where we take care of we. Join us from 1-3pm, Saturday, November 9 at Weeksville Heritage Center! Don't forget to RSVP! Link in bio. #forusbyus #africandiaspora #collectiveresponsibility #wealthbuilding

11/06/2019
MoCADA's Fall Art Auction is LIVE! Bid Now!

For 20 years,The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA Museum) in Brooklyn has celebrated contemporary art via 500+ free public programs and 60+ exhibitions featuring over 100 groundbreaking artists from across 20+ countries to dateโ€ฆ and counting. Help us continue to make art more equitable for rising artists by supporting our fall art auction. Bid now to buy an art piece at MoCADA.org/auction

Our upcoming exhibition, entitled โ€œGod Bodyโ€ which features the work of Patrick Dougher (@patrickdougher), is part o...
11/01/2019

Our upcoming exhibition, entitled โ€œGod Bodyโ€ which features the work of Patrick Dougher (@patrickdougher), is part one of a three-part series that explores spirituality in the African diaspora. Featuring portraiture and sculptures, and themes ranging from self-image to the search for a higher power, Dougher's forthcoming presentation is a call-to-action, a rallying cry to understanding that the ultimate source is within. Made of flesh and a soulfulness that is beyond measure, Dougherโ€™s work captures this iconic beauty --- our richness, our fragility, and our bold audacity to inspire all. Mark your calendars, this show opens on November 8. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸพโœŠ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿพ #creators #unapologeticallyafrican #blackart #africandiaspora #unapologeticallydope #unapologeticallyblack #mocadaonview #godbody

10/31/2019

Guess who stopped by MoCADA today for Halloween? It's Mookie, Tina and Radio Raheem. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพโค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘Š๐ŸพโœŠ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ•ธ๏ธ๐ŸŽƒ #fightthepower #halloween #dotherightthing #africandiaspora #costumecontest

Baby Marcellus Marley Mayo just won Halloween with his costume as political activist / Black Panther Party co-founder Hu...
10/31/2019

Baby Marcellus Marley Mayo just won Halloween with his costume as political activist / Black Panther Party co-founder Huey Percy Newton. Shouts to the parents for a brilliant idea. Power to the People! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐ŸพโœŠ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿพโค๏ธ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ•ธ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ป #halloween #socialjustice #blackpantherparty #hueynewton #africandiaspora #creators #freedomfighters

The MoCADA Fall Auction continues! Explore art made by some of the rising arts featured in MoCADA exhibitions over the l...
10/31/2019

The MoCADA Fall Auction continues! Explore art made by some of the rising arts featured in MoCADA exhibitions over the last 12 months, like Lot116 by Komikka "The Martian" Patton. Entitled "CoCo Butter", this original piece made Patton using ink on papet was created in 2018. "Pulling on Afrofuturist themes, my motifs relate to Black motherhood and motherships. In a post-apocalyptic world, the epics created signified to the time period โ€œXโ€, reconstructs societal hierarchies, authorities, and brings forth a voice to Black female futuristic narratives." - Komikka Patton. Bid Now while you can. This auction ends on November 19, 2019. Visit MoCADA.org/auction for more details. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸพโœŠ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿพ #blackart #creators #africandiaspora #changetheratio #buyblackart #supportblackart #unapologeticallyblack #afrofuturism

Salute to Uzumaki Cepeda (@uzumaki.gallery) who recently had an installation at Revolt Summit last weekend and will be a...
10/30/2019

Salute to Uzumaki Cepeda (@uzumaki.gallery) who recently had an installation at Revolt Summit last weekend and will be at ComplexCon this weekend! ๐Ÿ‘Š๐ŸพโœŠ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ There's only a few days left to catch Uzumaki's show "Safe Space" at MoCADA. Come see it before it ends this Sunday. #mocadaonview #safespace #uzumakicepeda #creators #unapologeticallydope #africandiaspora

The MoCADA Fall Art Auction is live! Explore art made by some of the rising arts featured in MoCADA exhibitions over the...
10/29/2019

The MoCADA Fall Art Auction is live! Explore art made by some of the rising arts featured in MoCADA exhibitions over the last 12 months, like Lot133 by Langston Allston. Entitled "St. George (no. 2)", this original piece made of ink on vinyl was created by Allston in 2018. " I began this ongoing series of paintings of St. George after seeing the images in New Orleans on the beaded patches of Big Chief Demond Melancon. Each repainting allows me to further investigate the origins of this icon in Ethiopia and in Palestine." - Langston Allston. Bid Now while you can. This auction ends on November 19, 2019. MoCADA.org/auction ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸพโœŠ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿพ #blackart #creators #africandiaspora #changetheratio #buyblackart #supportblackart #unapologeticallyblack

ICYMI Here's the third public mural by MoCADA in 2019. Entitled, "Take it Easy", the mural which was created by MoCADA's...
10/28/2019

ICYMI Here's the third public mural by MoCADA in 2019. Entitled, "Take it Easy", the mural which was created by MoCADA's own Macy Rajacich, Audrey Lyall, and Nikki Freyermuth, was made to inspire joy and encourage local residents to invest in their own self-care. Many thanks to the Auster Agency, Atlantic Terminal, and the people of Fort Greene, Brooklyn. #buildingcommunity #creators #mocadapublicart #fortgreene #africandiaspora @ Atlantic Terminal

Brooklyn! Don't let the rain deter you today! The Free Black Women's Library will still host it's tribute to Toni Morris...
10/27/2019

Brooklyn! Don't let the rain deter you today! The Free Black Women's Library will still host it's tribute to Toni Morrison today at MoCADA. Come ready to share and commune within this amazing sister circle to honor our beloved. We'll be here from 12-5pm, and dont forget to bring a good book written by a Black woman to trade! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘Š๐ŸพโœŠ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ“š #tonimorrison #creators #africandiaspora #blackart #literary #freeblackwomenslibrary

๐ŸŽจ: "Patrice Lumumba" by MoCADA Creator in Residence Idi Basengo, as part of his African heroes series which is now on...
10/26/2019

๐ŸŽจ: "Patrice Lumumba" by MoCADA Creator in Residence Idi Basengo, as part of his African heroes series which is now on view at MoCADA House! Catch this entire series and more amazing work from 10 other artists this weekend on Governors Island. It's your last chance! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸพโœŠ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿพ #mocadaonview #mocadahouse #letthecirclebeunbroken #idibasengo #patricelumumba

๐ŸŽจ: "Oil Paint Tap W. Symbols of Direction" a mixed media sculpture by Denae Howard currently on view at MoCADA House ...
10/26/2019

๐ŸŽจ: "Oil Paint Tap W. Symbols of Direction" a mixed media sculpture by Denae Howard currently on view at MoCADA House on Governors Island. Catch this piece and 10 others created by our 2019 Creators in Residence before the season is over! This weekend is the your last chance to see it in person in New York! See you soon โœŠ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ #letthecirclebeunbroken #denaehoward #MoCreators #africandiaspora #blackart

Finally! Little Africa Paris is coming to Brooklyn! Join us for an enlightening conversation with the founder and CEO of...
10/24/2019

Finally! Little Africa Paris is coming to Brooklyn! Join us for an enlightening conversation with the founder and CEO of this amazing enterprise, Jacqueline NGO MPII, whose entrepreneurial spirit and vision to transform her passion for art, tourism and languages in a multidimensional project with character. And she will be signing her books too! Come show your love tomorrow, Friday, October 25 at 7:30pm at MoCADA Brooklyn! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘Š๐ŸพโœŠ๐Ÿพ #creators #africandiaspora #cityguide #littleafricaparisbooktour #jacquelinengompiii @ MoCADA Museum

The ladies of MoCADA have been painting our public art mural #3 all week! Shouts to the artists, MoCADA's own Audrey Lya...
10/15/2019

The ladies of MoCADA have been painting our public art mural #3 all week! Shouts to the artists, MoCADA's own Audrey Lyall, Macy Rajacich, and Nikki Freyermuth. Come see it this Saturday at Harvest Fest at Atlantic Terminal. We'll be there from 1-3pm. #takeiteasy #mocadapublicart #3 #creators #unapologeticallydope #artisforthepeople #atlanticterminal

Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day! Today we celebrate the 1st nations of Africa and the Americas, and their parallel stories...
10/14/2019

Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day! Today we celebrate the 1st nations of Africa and the Americas, and their parallel stories. This photo taken in the early 1900s shows members of the Comanche Nation located in southwestern Oklahoma. Ta-Ten-e-quer, the elder man in Comanche traditional clothing, stands with his wife, Ta-Tat-ty, their niece (center), Wife-per aka Frances E. Wright. Her father was a Buffalo Soldier who deserted and married into the Comanches. Henry and Lorenzano, the young boys in the photo, are sons of Frances, who married an African American man. #indigenouspeoplesday #blackhistory #firstnations #africandiaspora #unapologeticallyblack #unapologeticallyafrican #changethenarrative ๐Ÿ‘Š๐ŸพโœŠ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ ๐Ÿ“ท: Sam DeVenney

24th anniversary of the Million Man March. Salute! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸพโœŠ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿพ #socialjustice #millionmanmarch #blackhistory...
10/11/2019

24th anniversary of the Million Man March. Salute! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸพโœŠ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿพ #socialjustice #millionmanmarch #blackhistory #blacklivesmatter

Stepping into the work week like Tyler Perry...with a plan and the sole agenda of building for us by us. This is afrofut...
10/07/2019

Stepping into the work week like Tyler Perry...with a plan and the sole agenda of building for us by us. This is afrofuturism! ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ–คโค๏ธ๐Ÿ–คโค๏ธ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸพโœŠ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿคฉ #legendary #historymaker #tylerperry #getinspired #africandiaspora #tylerperrystudios #blackart #blackcinema #unapologeticallydope #unapologeticallyblack #unapologeticallyafrican

๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸŽจ: art by contemporary artist Adeyemi Adegbesan who "explores Pan-African narratives and ancestral wi...
10/06/2019

๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸŽจ: art by contemporary artist Adeyemi Adegbesan who "explores Pan-African narratives and ancestral wisdom through an Afrofuturistic lens" #afrofuturism #creators #blackart #unapologeticallydope #unapologeticallyblack #unapologeticallyafrican

Unacceptable!!!!! #justiceforjoshuabrown
10/06/2019

Unacceptable!!!!! #justiceforjoshuabrown

Brooklyn!!!!! Come down to Fort Greene today and bring the kids because MoCADA Museum will be out on The Plaza at 300 As...
10/05/2019

Brooklyn!!!!! Come down to Fort Greene today and bring the kids because MoCADA Museum will be out on The Plaza at 300 Ashland Place from 12-5pm offering up free arts programming for kids! There will be painting classes, sketching, face-painting and more --- all free! It's Community day!

Made possible thanks to Downtown Brooklyn! See you soon! โค๏ธ๐ŸŽจ๐Ÿ–Œ๏ธ๐Ÿ–ผ๏ธ

Here's a taste of what you'll see tomorrow at the opening of "Let the Circle be Unbroken," a new exhibition featuring Mo...
10/05/2019

Here's a taste of what you'll see tomorrow at the opening of "Let the Circle be Unbroken," a new exhibition featuring MoCADA's 2019 Creators in Residence. 12 artists, 4 months, 2 floors, 1 unforgettable exhibition!!! We're excited! Join us at MoCADA House on Governors Island from 2-6pm, Saturday, October 5. See you tomorrow! ๐Ÿ‘Š๐ŸพโœŠ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ #MoCreators #mocadaonview #creators #blackart #letthecirclebeunbroken #exhibition #GovernorsIsland

Farewell to another great one.... Rest in power to the ionic singer, model, and unforgettable actress Diahann Carroll. T...
10/05/2019

Farewell to another great one.... Rest in power to the ionic singer, model, and unforgettable actress Diahann Carroll. Thank you for breaking every barrier... We will miss you greatly. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸพโœŠ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿพ #icons #blackhistory #blackcinema #blackart #creators #africandiaspora #unapologeticallyblack #restinpeace #restinpower

We've been waiting all summer for it, and that time is finally here! Join us this Saturday at MoCADA House on Governors ...
10/03/2019

We've been waiting all summer for it, and that time is finally here! Join us this Saturday at MoCADA House on Governors Island from 2-6pm for the special exhibition opening of "Let the Circle be Unbroken"!

Inspired by Dr. Marimba Ani's incredible literary work of the same name, our Creators in Residence creatednew bodies of work influenced by themes of reconnecting the African diaspora, healing personal stories of lineage, and everything in between. #mocadaonview #mocadacreatoes #MoCreators #letthecirclebeunbroken #blackart #creators #africandiaspora #unapologeticallydope #unapologeticallyblack #unapologeticallyafrican

Major praise to Kerby Jean-Raymond, Aurora James   and all the other Black designers who walked out of the BoF 500 gala ...
10/03/2019

Major praise to Kerby Jean-Raymond, Aurora James and all the other Black designers who walked out of the BoF 500 gala last night. Thank you for doing this necessary work. We salute you. Kerby's complete transparency in his outstanding written piece detailing his ongoing saga with BoF is nothing less than inspiring. We are in awe of you. We stand with you๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸพโœŠ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿพโค๏ธ๐Ÿ–ค #creators #fashion #socialjustice #gooff #westandwithyou #soldiarity #art #warriors #blackart #leadersofthenewschool #unapologeticallydope #unapologeticallyblack #unapologeticallyafrican

Happy birthday to Nat Turner, the unforgettable slave preacher who led a two-day rebellion also known as the Southampton...
10/02/2019

Happy birthday to Nat Turner, the unforgettable slave preacher who led a two-day rebellion also known as the Southampton Insurrection. Beginning August 21, 1831, both enslaved and free black people in Southampton County, Virginia took arms to fight for their complete emancipation. To date, Nat Turner's rebellion remains the only effective, sustained rebellion in U.S. history. Rest in power. โœŠ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿ–คโค๏ธโค๏ธ #historymaker #africandiaspora #natturner #heroes #freedomfighter #restinpeace #restinpower #powertothepeople #blackhistory ๐ŸŽจ: "Head of a Negro" by Singleton Copley, 1777.

Rest in power to a majestic soul, multiple Grammy award winner, icon and legendary opera singer Jessye Norman. #blackart...
10/02/2019

Rest in power to a majestic soul, multiple Grammy award winner, icon and legendary opera singer Jessye Norman. #blackart #blackhistory #creators #music #theater #opera #stage #legend #unapologeticallyblack #restinpeace #restinpower

Mood.... #unapologeticallyblack #unapologeticallyafrican #hispanicheritagemonth #elders #latinx #africandiaspora #brujas
09/29/2019

Mood.... #unapologeticallyblack #unapologeticallyafrican #hispanicheritagemonth #elders #latinx #africandiaspora #brujas

Kehinde Wiley. "Rumors of War". Time Square... NYC thanks you! โœŠ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿพโค๏ธ๐ŸŽจ: "Rumors of War,โ€ by ...
09/27/2019

Kehinde Wiley. "Rumors of War". Time Square... NYC thanks you! โœŠ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿพโค๏ธ

๐ŸŽจ: "Rumors of War,โ€ by Kehinde Wiley is the artist's largest sculpture to date at a towering 27 feet high and 16 feet wide. According to The New Times, the structure is "inspired by the heroic, equestrian statues of Confederate generals in Richmond, Virginia, that line its famous Monument Avenue.

The statue will be on display on Times Square until December 1st. Then it will move to near the entrance of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond on Arthur Ashe Boulevard, a major thoroughfare, recently renamed after the Richmond-born African-American tennis icon, that crosses Monument Avenue." #kehindewiley #blackart #creators #socialjustice #unapologeticallydope #unapologeticallyblack #unapologeticallyafrican

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