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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.

In case you missed our stories and newsletter.... This February 8, we're co-hosting Bandung Learnings with our partners ...
02/02/2024

In case you missed our stories and newsletter.... This February 8, we're co-hosting Bandung Learnings with our partners Asian American Arts Alliance () at The Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice ().

This special event is our second community share out since the inception of our residency program, which will see our 2023 residents expand upon their projects, learnings, and experiences in the program as they worked to build solidarity between Black and AAPI communities in real time.

The 2023 Bandung Residency cohort includes:

Anooj Bhandari (), Bryan Hahn (), Kai Naima Williams (), Lehna Huie (), Louise Yeung (), Malaika Temba (), Margaret Rhee (), Suhyun Choi (), Dana Davenport (), Sunnie Liu (), and Tiffany Diane Tso ().

This event is totally free and open to the public, but limited seats are available! So RSVP now (by February 6) to claim your seat, or watch via Livestream.

Link in bio with details! ❤️🖤💚💛

Happy  . Here are 3 books to add to your reading list. ❤️🖤💚1. "Black Africa: The Economic and Cultural Basis for a Feder...
02/02/2024

Happy . Here are 3 books to add to your reading list. ❤️🖤💚

1. "Black Africa: The Economic and Cultural Basis for a Federated State" by Cheikh Anta Diop

Examines the benefits of the political and economic unification of the nations of Black Africa, and includes a lengthy interview with Diop contextualizing his campaign to unify the Continent.

2. "In the Wake: On Blackness and Being" by Christina Sharpe

Interrogates literary, visual, cinematic, and quotidian representations of Black life that comprise what she calls the "orthography of the wake." Formulating the wake and "wake work" as sites of artistic production, resistance, consciousness, and possibility for living in diaspora, In the Wake offers a way forward.

3. "Faces at the Bottom of the Well: The Permanence of Racism" by Derrick Bell

The noted Civil Rights activist uses allegory and historical examples to present a radical vision of the persistence of racism in America. These essays shed light on some of the most perplexing and vexing issues of our day: affirmative action, the disparity between civil rights law and reality, the “racist outbursts” of some Black leaders, the temptation toward violent retaliation, and much more.

The world is watching.     The International Court of Justice will have hearings this week on South Africa’s case accusi...
01/11/2024

The world is watching. The International Court of Justice will have hearings this week on South Africa’s case accusing Israel of genocide in Gaza.

Here’s a cheat sheet for those of you who want to know the main arguments in South Africa’s genocide case against Israel but don’t want to read the whole legal brief. (Though you absolutely should read the whole thing.)

Apologies that this is too much text to put in the caption for accessibility — if you’d like a plaintext version, please DM.

Link to South Africa legal brief in bio.

UPDATE: see next post for part 2, summary of section on statements of genocidal intent in the legal brief.

Boycott. Divestment. Sanctions....
01/09/2024

Boycott. Divestment. Sanctions....

Happy New Year and Happy Haitian Independence Day! May the light and strength of our ancestors guide us through our miss...
01/01/2024

Happy New Year and Happy Haitian Independence Day!

May the light and strength of our ancestors guide us through our mission to reclaim our land, our people, our culture, and our power, as witnessed across the African diaspora in recent years, months, and weeks.

Let us be intentional in our move toward restorative justice, restitution, reparations, and reunification!

✨❤️🖤💚

🎨: "Haitian Revolution" by Lyne Luicen

Habari gani?!    ❤️🖤💚✨
12/26/2023

Habari gani?! ❤️🖤💚✨

Merry Christmas.
12/25/2023

Merry Christmas.

It's that time of year again! Every December, MoCADA gives creatives (artists, curators, organizers, performers, educato...
12/03/2023

It's that time of year again!

Every December, MoCADA gives creatives (artists, curators, organizers, performers, educators, writers, producers podcasters and more) from within the African Diaspora an opportunity to submit their work for potential programming inclusion. INTERESTED? Fill out our Open Call questionnaire and submit it by January 1, 2024. All disciplines and project types are welcome. ⁠

LINK: https://bit.ly/MoOPENCALL23

Want to learn more about Bayard Rustin now that you've watched the highly-anticipated film about him on Netflix?ICYMI Ou...
11/30/2023

Want to learn more about Bayard Rustin now that you've watched the highly-anticipated film about him on Netflix?

ICYMI Our friends over at created this extensive guide to help expand your awareness and understanding of Rustin's incomparable contributions to human rights. Tap in and follow for updates and more.

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: Knowledge Is Power.

“The principal factors which influenced my life are 1) nonviolent tactics; 2) constitutional means; 3) democratic procedures; 4) respect for human personality; 5) a belief that all people are one.” — Bayard Rustin

Check out The RUSTIN Syllabus if you would like to do a deeper dive into the iconic Black q***r Civil Rights activist’s life and legacy.

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Salute 2023 Joan Mitchell Fellow Big Chief Demond Melancon (), an artist who works in the tradition of Black Masking, a ...
11/23/2023

Salute 2023 Joan Mitchell Fellow Big Chief Demond Melancon (), an artist who works in the tradition of Black Masking, a culture that celebrates the shared histories and relationship between Black and Indigenous communities of Louisiana.

Melancon writes: "The imagery in my suits often reflects untold stories from bygone pasts, honoring Black subjects historically excluded from the artistic canon while confronting stereotypical representations of Black identity. Through my work, I'm interested in exploring the possibilities of visual storytelling and redefining the traditions of portraiture."

Melancon was born and raised in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward. In his youth, he had the opportunity to learn from influential elder Big Chiefs who taught him how to sew and bead intricate suits, along with the history and traditions of the Black Masking Culture. Melancon joined the Seminole Hunters and masked as a Spy Boy for over 15 years. In 2012 the elders of the Black Masking community declared Melancon the Big Chief of the Young Seminole Hunters, his very own tribe based in the Lower Ninth Ward.

Melancon’s Suits are sculptural forms, based on the size of his body and composed of intricate, hand-sewn beadwork revealing a collective visual narrative. Since 2017, Melancon has pioneered a contemporary art practice using the same beading techniques he’s been refining in the Black Masking Culture.

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1: Demond Melancon, Jah Defender, 2020. Glass beads and rhinestones on canvas with velvet and feathers, 7.5 x 6 x 3 ft.

2: Demond Melancon, Ethiopia (Suit), 2018. Glass beads and rhinestones on canvas with velvet and feathers, 7.5 x 6 x 3 ft.

3. The artist, Big Chief Demond Melancon.

"Amplifying and connecting struggles is important in a world full of complex and interconnected systems of violence and ...
11/08/2023

"Amplifying and connecting struggles is important in a world full of complex and interconnected systems of violence and exploitation.

Political education is a key piece of collective liberation."

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Join us at ’s Abolition House on Governors Island this Saturday, 10/28, for closing celebrations of exhibitions by our B...
10/28/2023

Join us at ’s Abolition House on Governors Island this Saturday, 10/28, for closing celebrations of exhibitions by our Bandung Residents: Malaika Temba (), Sunnie Liu (), and Margaret Rhee ()!

Temba & Liu’s “Presence” posed a question to viewers: “If you were in charge of the funds and space designated by the city for the jails in Harlem and Chinatown, what would you want to build or see instead that would better serve these communities?” Titled after a quote by Ruth Wilson Gilmore that asserts “abolition is not absence, it is presence,” the work presents community-sourced alternatives to the carceral system.

Rhee’s “Afro-Asian Poetic Pantry of Solidarity” is an installation of poetry, literature, scholarship, writing, and food that celebrates and honors Black & Asian community. Drawing from models of mutual aid that oppressed peoples have relied upon to survive, the installation invites viewers to contribute to or learn from the refrigerator sculptures.

Inspired by the Bandung Conference of 1955, MoCADA and Asian American Arts Alliance’s Bandung Residency is an opportunity designed to uplift the work of organizers, artists, educators, and waymakers whose practice is intended to foster solidarity between Asian American/Pacific Islander and Black communities.

📆 Closing celebration 10/28, 2.30–3.30pm

📍MoCADA Abolition House, 7A, Nolan Park, Governors Island⁠
⛴ The ferry to Governor's Island is free for those with IDNYC!⁠

Made possible thanks to NYC Coalition for Theaters of Color, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in collaboration with City Council, and Department of Youth and Community Development, with much thanks to NYC Council Members Crystal Hudson and Christopher Marte.

THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28! LAST CHANCE!⁠⁠Join us as we bid farewell to the powerful "M’Dear: The Black Maternal" exhibit...
10/28/2023

THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28! LAST CHANCE!⁠

Join us as we bid farewell to the powerful "M’Dear: The Black Maternal" exhibition, curated by Crystal Whaley, with an afternoon of art, mindfulness, and movement in a closing program designed to nurture your spirit.⁠

The program will commence with a meditative journey led by Aimee Cox, who will guide us through a serene exploration of the self. As we connect with our inner selves, we will also honor the powerful narratives showcased in the exhibition.⁠


TIME: 1-2:30PM (1PM MIXER, 1:45PM MEDITATION + MOVEMENT)⁠

LOCATION: MOCADA ABOLITION HOUSE, GOVERNORS ISLAND⁠

COST: FREE ⁠

LINK: https://bit.ly/mdearmeditation

Presented by The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA). Made possible thanks to generous gifts from The Ford Foundation, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development.

10/27/2023

MoCADA Museum proudly announces, "Ti Maché", a special installation by fashion designer and celebrated photographer Daveed Baptiste. Refocusing Haitian-American life through the lens of ceremonious spaces, the artist’s marketplace celebrates Caribbean culture via a new collection of eight menswear looks, as well as a short film and photography made in collaboration with Black Q***r collective, MASISI.

The installation, which follows the artist’s other collaborative projects like, Haiti To Hood and Between Lands, extends the artist’s self-examination into his immigrant heritage. Photographed in the heart of Little Haiti in Miami, Florida, which is home to the largest Haitian population in the United States, the presentation also seeks to contextualize the experience of rapid gentrification and displacement of this cultural community.

"Daveed Baptiste: Ti Maché" will be on view from November 3 through December 3, 2023.

More: https://bit.ly/TiMache23

The Lampblack Reading series, which was created by Black writers to support, promote, and celebrate Black writers, retur...
10/17/2023

The Lampblack Reading series, which was created by Black writers to support, promote, and celebrate Black writers, returns to MoCADA this week. Join us to experience the vital work of acclaimed writers India Lena González, Jared Jackson, and Ama Codjoe.

When: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20
Where: MoCADA CULTURE LAB, 80 HANSON PLACE, BROOKLYN Time: 6:00PM - 8:30PM

This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

RSVP: https://bit.ly/3q0QGSs

Help us get matching funds! It's Foundation Week at Macquarie, an annual celebration that sets out to empower organizati...
10/17/2023

Help us get matching funds! It's Foundation Week at Macquarie, an annual celebration that sets out to empower organizations who are doing great community work near and far. When you pledge your support to MoCADA between October 14-22, 2023, Macquarie will match it 100%!

So make your donation of any domination to MoCADA this week to contribute to our growing legacy. !

LINK: https://bit.ly/GiveMoFW23

Performance artist .m.evans presents the 2nd annual C.R.E.A.M. Career Fair, a non-traditional career fair with a hyperfo...
10/12/2023

Performance artist .m.evans presents the 2nd annual C.R.E.A.M. Career Fair, a non-traditional career fair with a hyperfocus on NYC’s arts and music companies that are committed to non-discriminatory hiring.

MoCADA is excited to join Ayana and the many participating organizations, who are centering those marginalized by race, class, s*x, gender, s*xuality, or the intersections of these identities. While this career fair is completely free and open to all, we collectively strive to create an environment where QTBIPOC (Q***r & Trans, Black & Indigenous, People of Color), particularly those who have experienced prior incarceration and/or other systemic challenges, feel especially welcome. Plus enjoy free soul food and live DJ sets by  and ,.

See you this Friday, October 13, and Saturday, October 14 at  . No suits allowed.

Join us as we celebrate the release of the Afro-Asian Poetic Index and the openings of two art installations -- the Afro...
09/27/2023

Join us as we celebrate the release of the Afro-Asian Poetic Index and the openings of two art installations -- the Afro-Asian Poetic Pantry and Presence -- at MoCADA Abolition House!

WHEN: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2023
TIME: 2:00PM-3:30 PM

The celebration, which is organized by The Palah Light Lab and The New School, will feature poetry, community sharing, a writing workshop, and musical performances from contributors.

"Presence" by Malaika Temba & Sunnie Liu and the Afro-Asian Index and Afro-Asian Poetic Pantry of Solidarities by Margaret Rhee are projects from The Bandung Residency 2023 by MoCADA and the Asian American Arts Alliance (A4).

RSVP: https://bit.ly/3ZxCygP

Join us as we celebrate the literary brilliance of the Black Arts Movement! The Center for Black Literature, in collabor...
09/26/2023

Join us as we celebrate the literary brilliance of the Black Arts Movement! The Center for Black Literature, in collaboration with MoCADA, presents the Brooklyn Literary Salon!

"Black Fire This Time", edited by Kim McMillon with a compelling foreword by Ishmael Reed, has captivated readers with its exploration of the multifaceted Black Arts Movement. This anthology brings together the works of over 100 talented poets and writers, delving into the theme of "Black is Beautiful, Black is Powerful, Black is Home."

We are honored to present engaging conversations with some of the contributors to "Black Fire This Time" including authors Keisha-Gaye Anderson; James E. Cherry, Judy Juanita, Quincy Troupe, moderated by Heather Buchanan.

RSVP: bit.ly/CBLSalon2023

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