This Thursday, San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora (MOAD) will be opening the exhibition Cutivating Crosscurrents. It is a feature of works that explores the influence of Black liberation movements in various artistic genres including music, art, poetry, and film. The exhibition will feature over sixty black-and-white- documentary and artistic photographs, around twenty-five social justice and liberation posters, flyers, manuscripts, and letters.
Hence the name and in addition with works from the U.S., the concept of Cultivating Crosscurrents also focuses on works from other parts of the world including Africa and the Caribbean, with over fifty works of art from a selected group of artists including MalickSidibé, Donald Locke, David Hammons, and Romare Bearden. All featured works are organized and represented in seven different categories: diasporic crosscurrents, civil rights, Black Power, the Black Panther Party, liberation posters and buttons, the Black Arts Movement, and visual fine art.
MOAD features four samples of what is bound to be featured in the Cultivating Crosscurrents exhibition. It features a photograph of writers Langston Hughes and Léon-Gontran Damas, a 1970s screenprint by artist Barbara Jones-Hogu titled Unite, which represented the Black Power movement, and two paintings, one of them from an artist from Ethiopia. The exhibition is on view until March 2nd. Log on to www.moadsf.org for more information.