Reopened African Diaspora Museum Raises Praise for Ghanaian Paintings, Also Gets NBA Foundation Grant

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Amoako Boafo’s first museum exhibit, “Soul of Black Folks”, is toast the local art scene, and MoAD won an NBA Foundation grant and an appearance in a new Dockers ad.

Much has happened at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) since it reopened at the end of October. Now that new exhibits are opening, famed Ghanaian painter Amoako Boafo’s first museum exhibit fascinates critics, the museum has received a generous grant from the NBA Foundation, and you can spot the museum in an advertisement during an NBA game. .

“Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks” is on display until February 27. The Chronicle notes in its review that “As striking as Boafo’s portraits are in the form of thumbnails or digital photos, they amaze in person. Entering the gallery is to be surrounded by images of blacks existing freely outside the gallery. blank gaze and stories of oppression.

Johannesburg-based upholsterer artist Billie Zangewa is also on display Thread for a Web Begun, also through February 27. scenes and characters in jewel tones with a hyper-contemporary resonance.

In other good news, the MoAD has just named one of the recipients of a global grant of 11 million dollars from the NBA Foundation. According to a statement, “the grant will support the museum’s Diaspora Stories project, a paid summer program for Bay Area youth who will work collaboratively with black art professionals to explore their personal diaspora stories. through digital photography and podcasting “.

And yes, you see the MoAD in the background of a new Dockers ad featuring Ghanaian-American curator and art critic Larry Ossei-Mensah. Yes, this is an advertisement for casual pants. But it’s cool that they put art reviews in clothing ads, and the MoAD is one of the few cool places in San Francisco seen in the background.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for Kwanzaa celebrations, MoAD’s 16th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration in San Francisco: A Live Poetry Reading is an outdoor event at Golden Gate Park Music Concourse on Sunday, December 26, 2021, from 15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Related: SF African Diaspora Museum to reopen next week with updated gallery space and new exhibits [SFist]

Image: @PeripateticMe via twitter

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