Visit San Francisco’s Museum of African Diaspora
Located at 685 Mission Street in San Francisco, the Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD) has been inspiring and educating people since its opening in 2005. MoAD is one of the only museums in the world that is solely focused on African Diaspora culture. This museum, whose stunning space was designed by the highly-accomplished Freelon Group, celebrates the people of Africa and their culture.
Using both traditional and very unconventional methods, MoAD presents cultural art and the history of the African Diaspora via computer, multi-media displays, projection screens, programmed lighting and music, and even “talking walls.”
Planning Your Trip
You’ll find MoAD is in the center of the Yerba Buena cultural district of San Francisco’s South of Market area, next to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. More specifically, MoAD is situated on the first three floors of the five-star St. Regis Tower complex, extending into the third floor of the Williams Building.
MoAD is open noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday; closed Monday and Tuesday; and open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. If you need a hotel room while visiting the museum, you can book your hotel at San Francisco Hotels online. For affordable hotel rooms in San Francisco, visit Cheaphotels.org
The exhibit, “Textural Rhythms,” is making quite a splash at MoAD. Curated by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, founder and coordinator of The Women of Color Quilter Network, this exhibit combines jazz and quilts in a very unique, artistic way. This exhibit includes artistic works from some of America’s best known African American quilters such as: Michael Cummings, Edjohnetta Miller, Tina Brewer and Jim Smoote to name a few.
Another exhibit that will intrigue you is called, “From Process to Print: Graphic Works by Romare Bearden,” which features more than 75 screen prints, drypoints, monoprints and engravings taken from Bearden’s three decades of graphic work. You’ll gain insight into the print-making process and grasp key themes such as family life, urban scenes, jazz, mythology and more. Bearden, who died in 1988, is celebrated today as someone who incorporated influences from American, African, Asian and European art, as well as used inspirations from his memories of the rural South, the urban North and the Caribbean to create meaningful works. Don’t miss it!
MoAD’s permanent exhibitions include: “The Origins of the African Diaspora,” “Celebrations: Ritual and Ceremony,” “Music of the Diaspora,” “Culinary Traditions,” “Adornment,” “Slavery Passages” and the “Freedom Theater.” These exhibits are a beautiful blending of art and technology, wrapped up in the African tradition of storytelling.