MoAD Annual Report 2022

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Dear Friends,

It is with great pride and appreciation that I share with you the tremendous accomplishments of Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in our 2022 Annual Report. Thank you for your belief in our mission as a contemporary art museum, celebrating Black cultures, igniting challenging conversations, and inspiring learning through the global lens of the African Diaspora. You ensure that MoAD thrives as a space for sharing, appreciating, and better understanding contemporary Black art for learners of all identities and ages. You invest in uplifting Black artists. You invest in the future.

Reflecting on the significant strides made in 2022, I am filled with a renewed sense of inspiration and confidence in the future of this institution. Despite the unprecedented challenges posed by the pandemic, we emerged stronger, paving the way for an exciting period of growth. As we continue to expand, our commitment to excellence, inclusivity, and accessibility remains at the forefront of everything we do.

Our cutting-edge exhibitions maintain the highest caliber of excellence and provide a platform for both emerging and established artists. In February 2022, we closed Ghanaian artist, Amoako Boafo’s premier exhibition, Soul of Black Folks and Malawi-born Johannesburg-based artist, Billy Zangewa’s first solo U.S. museum exhibition, Thread for a Web Begun. We are excited to be the first museum to highlight the important works of the se two artists and build a bridge across continents.

In the spring of 2022, we presented David Huffman: Terra Incognita, showing the world-renowned, Oakland-based artist’s Traumanauts series together for the first time. Curated by Monique Long, Elegies: Still Lifes in Contemporary Art challenged the art world’s focus on figurative works by Black artists and shared seventeen artists’ use of still life in its many contemporary forms. The Emerging Artists Program which has introduced some of the most talented Bay Area artists since 2015 presented four astounding exhibitions, exemplified by Cynthia Aurora Brannvall’s sublime repurpose of antique lace to explore history, line age, and memory. In the fall of 2022, MoAD presented the west coast premiere of The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion, a stunning photography exhibition curated by Antwaun Sargent.

Ensuring that all communities have access to MoAD is a priority. We launched Thrive@MoAD, a partnership with Kaiser Permanente that allowed us to open our doors on the second Saturday of each month with free admission. Combined with our Martin Luther King Jr. Community Free Day, free Juneteenth event, and Museums for All, MoAD is making art more accessible to low-income families and youth. In 2022, we proudly welcomed over 3,000 individuals with complimentary admission.


MoAD in the Classroom (MIC) returned in person to over 38 Title One Bay Area public school classrooms. We expanded our youth educational opportunities by creating Diaspora Stories, an arts education program for teens. The classes taught by professional creatives focused on teens exploring their personal histories and were designed to build professional life skills while expanding possibilities for the future. Art and creative production were explored as viable careers.

In September, MoAD hosted the inaugural Black Food Summit which closed out the seven-year residency of MoAD’s first Chef-in-Residence, Bryant Terry. In 2015, MoAD launched the Chef-in-Residence program most likely the first of its kind at a contemporary arts museum! Through the program, Bryant carved out how a contemporary art museum could be a platform for food education, advocacy, and celebration. MoAD became a critical component of Black food spaces in the Bay Area. The Black Food Summit explored the histories, the present, and the possibilities of Black foods and chefs through education and activism.

Closing out 2022 and helping to prepare MoAD for the future, was the appointment of Key Jo Lee as Chief of Curatorial Affairs and Public Programs. Funded by Mellon Foundation, this newly created role under Key Jo’s scholarship acts as a guiding star for MoAD’s growth and goals of establishing the institution as a global thought leader in contemporary art of the African diaspora.

Thank you for your support of our mission and work. MoAD is an institution focused on contemporary art of the African diaspora and uplifting Black artists. We are also a community created by artists, curators, scholars, creatives, and you. We appreciate you for being and growing with us.


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Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks

10.20.21 - 2.27.22

Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah, Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks, was the premier museum solo exhibition for Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo. Soul of Black Folks is a timely exploration into the varying strategies that Boafo employs within his practice to capture the essence of the Black figure. Variables such as COVID-19, the constant resistance against systemic oppression, and the commodification of Black bodies in the media are some of the issues that heighten this exhibition’s urgency.

Billie Zangewa: Thread for a Web Begun

10.20.21 - 2.27.22

Malawi-born, Johannesburg-based artist, Billie Zangewa’s first solo U.S. Museum e xhibition, Thread for a Web Begun, curated by Dexter Wimberly included e xamples of the artist’s work from the past 15 years, as well as new pieces made specifically for the show. Although many of the scenes depicted in Zangewa’s layered silk tapestries are autobiographical, there is a relatability that goes beyond her personal journey as an artist. Zangewa’s labor-intensive processes recall the historic implications of “women’s work” but remain a steadfast contemporary interpretation of lived experiences.

Beyond the Sky

10.20.21 - 2.27.22

Curated by Leila Weefur, Beyond the Sky was a presentation of four short films from a selection of contemporary African filmmakers. Each film moves seamlessly between the personal and metaphysical, connecting cinematic voices across the different regions of Africa. Finding comfort floating in uncertainty, these filmmakers pose questions some obvious, some hidden in an attempt at guiding us toward futurity. While maintaining allegiance to specific regional traditions, the images presented in this series reframe traditional African images into a new digital vernacular.

Presented Films

Kalu Oji - Beyond the Moon

Lebohang Kganye - Ke sale teng

Yo - Yo Gonthier - Burey Bambata

Tabita Rezaire - Deep Down Tidal

Sam Vernon: Impasse of Desires

3.31.22 - 9.18.22

Curated by Elena Gross, Sam Vernon: Impasse of Desires was a site-specific installation and solo exhibition which used Matt Richardson’s 2013 publication The Queer L imit of Black Memory as a critical entry point. Vernon draped the first-floor gallery and lobby of the museum with sheets of colored fabric creating a constellation of made and found images. Long sheets of colored textiles act as connective tissue, bringing together the museum’s internal and external publics, by creating a visual bridge between the museum’s lobby and the building’s facade. In Richardson’s introduction, he cites the photomosaic based on Chester Higgins Jr’s Young Girl from Ghana that adorns two and a half floors of the museum’s exterior street front as a troubling site of both celebration and erasure: while the mosaic offers a k aleidoscope of Black faces, familial structures, and community, it noticeably underrepresents non-normative gender and sexual expression.

David Huffman: Terra Incognita

Curated by Elena Gross, this exhibition showcased the extensive narrative that David Huffman has been designing since the early 1990s across a range of media including large-scale canvas, works on paper, ceramics, video, and printmaking. This work explored an Afrofuturistic landscape disrupting the canon of historical narrative painting with otherworldly horizons.

Elegies: Still Lifes in Contemporary Art

Curated by Monique Long, this group exhibition brought together an international group of artists who have disrupted or extended the traditional presentation of still lifes. The artists have appropriated the genre to create works within a framework of Black diasporic identities, histories, and collective experiences. Featured: Sadie Barnette, LaKela Brown, Elizabeth Colomba, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, David Antonio Cruz, Awol Erizku, Leslie Hewitt, Yashua Klos, Deana Lawson, Azikiwe Mohammed, Rashaad Newsome, Toyin Ojih Odutola, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Devan Shimoyama, William Villalongo, and Brittney Leeanne Williams.

The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion

Curated by Antwaun Sargent and organized by Aperture, this exhibition highlighted the work of 15 contemporary fashion photographers—from London to Lagos, New York to Johannesburg— whose images presented radically new perspectives on the medium of photography and art, race and beauty, and gender and power. Featured: Campbell Addy, Arielle Bobb-Willis, Micaiah Carter, Awol Erizku, Nadine Ijewere, Quil Lemons, Namsa Leuba, Renell Medrano, Tyler Mitchell, Jamal Nxedlana, Daniel Obasi, Ruth Ossai, Adrienne Raquel, Dana Scruggs, and Stephen Tayo.


Cynthia Aurora Brannvall: The Threads That Bind

The Threads that Bind was an allusion to a body of artwork rendered in textiles to evoke memory, presence, labor, trade, industry, slavery, luxury, baptisms, weddings, funerals, gender, and history in the African diaspora. The concept and material of thread created meaning as an ancestral carrier traveling through time across borders through voluntary and involuntary migration from one body to another. The bind refers to shared experiences of trauma, oppression and perseverance that cohere in Black identity.

Nelson: Interlacing Distributed Intelligence/ Noir Care

In this exhibition, Nelson brought together traditional craft practices like embroidery, weaving, and quilting along with digital art to reimagine the Black body as a place for futuristic progress. Nelson created images of the Black diaspora far removed from the historic depiction as servile and without agency, and instead as visually and culturally complex individuals. The work is balanced visually between the dichotomy of Blackness as an expansive unknowable monolithic void and a chromatically intense generator of culture.


Trina Michelle Robinson: Excavation: Past, Present and Future

Using early photography and motion picture processes, Excavation looked at the relationship between memory and migration. Robinson’s ancestry was the catalyst for this exploration, but the work also looked at stories of migration and memory outside of her immediate family. In Paul Virilio’s The Vision, the author talks about capturing the impression of someone or something rather than producing an exact copy when it comes to creating an image. An ethereal copy was Robinson’s approach when considering the excavation of memories. An exact replica might not be possible, but we can get a glimpse, hold on, and sit with what remains so we can move forward

10/27/03 is a body of work that surveys the ways in which experiential dualities can exist within the confines of a religious upbringing. Bringing together staged black and white photographs, familial archive layered works, and installation, this body of work uses photography and personal memorabilia to illustrate ideas about indoctrination and legacy within the black familial structure. Whether through visual allegories or the artist’s personal explorations of religion, each photographic work represents the process of rumination and memory when confronting one’s own former spiritual experience allowing the viewer to contemplate the ways in which we internalize belief systems.






MoAD’s Chef-in-Residence program, the first of its kind in a contemporary art museum, has been seminal in creating space for people of color to give voice to crucial issues around food justice, climate justice, and social justice while nurturing a love of healthy foods, creativity, and community. From its very first offering, a panel discussion entitled Black Women, Food, and Power, to the widely lauded Black Food Summit in September 2022, the program under Chef-in-Residence Bryant Terry’s direction brought together hundreds of leading Black chefs, writers, scholars, activists, artists, and other creatives to advance the health and well-being of the African Diaspora.


Founded in 2018, the MoAD Poets-in-Residence program provides writers with opportunities to respond to contemporary art of the African Diaspora and extend the reach of the museum through programming embedded within historically marginalized Bay Area communities. This annual four-month paid residency provides two poets of African descent the opportunity to further develop their writing, while partnering with a local high school to lead youth poetry workshops. The 2022 Poets-in-Residence were Tureeda Mikell and Nefertiti Asanti.

African Literary Award

Presented by MoAD, the African Literary Award recognizes an African author who has produced a work of literary excellence and taken a leadership role in promoting writing and literacy in their local communities. The award is granted to an author whose work has been read by the Museum’s monthly African Book Club. In September 2022, author Rémy Ngamije was selected as the inaugural African Literary Award recipient for his book An Eternal Audience of One and his community literary initiatives in his home country of Namibia.

I always search for different ways that poetry can intersect with other art forms, inhabit public spaces differently, and be interactive. The activation was beautiful.
- Attendee


Performance | bone black: a ritual reading for bell hooks

bone black was a ritual performance reading for the late black feminist writer and theorist, bell hooks/Gloria Jean Watkins. Conducted by Courtney Desiree Morris, a visual/conceptual artist and an assistant professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, the performance featured 69 Black women, transgender, and non-binary performers who served as live and virtual ritual readers reciting hooks’ prolific body of work. The ritual gathered artists, scholars, activists, workers, spiritual leaders, and everyday people to engage in this work and create collective spaces for grieving, reflection and ancestral veneration.

MoAD & SFJAZZ Present: Black History Month Celebration with Martin Luther McCoy

In celebration of Black History Month, San Francisco native Martin Luther McCoy blessed the space with a concert and multimedia performative excavation of Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks. With original and repurposed found film and video as the backdrop along with original music, Luther celebrated the close of the current exhibitions with his signature mix of blues drenched R&B and griot storytelling from a classic soul point of view.

Chef-in-Residence | Black Food Summit

A two-day summit inspired by MoAD Chef-in-Residence Bryant Terry’s latest book Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora. The weekend featured thought-provoking panels at MoAD (navigating the ins and outs of publishing, telling compelling stories, and effectively using design). The following day, hosted at the TomKat Ranch in Pescadero, was a day of experiential le arning and communal leisure (hikes, contemplative writing, gardening, breathwork, and equine activities) and a community supper made by some of the Bay Area’s most talented Black chefs.

MoAD & SFJAZZ Present: Paula West

Paula West, an artist JazzTimes calls

“the finest jazz-cabaret singer around,” presented an exclusive intimate concert featuring bassist Owen Clapp and pianist Adam Shulman. They performed a mixture of originals, jazz standards, and socially conscious Americana classics.

MoAD & Litquake Present: Comrade Sisters: Women of the Black Panther Party

Celebrating the publication of Comrade Sisters: Women of the Black Panther Party, this panel conversation featured author Ericka Huggins, photographer Stephen Shames, and contributors Cheryl Dawson and Gayle Asali Dickson, moderated by Professor Leigh Raiford.

The lovely spirit of that day has carried me through these past couple of weeks.
- Attendee



In conjunction with the exhibition artist Yashua Klos conducted a collective reading of his installation which consists of 16 cardboard protest signs, each sign bearing a line from Ross Gay’s poem ‘A Small Needful Fact’ in commemoration of the slain Eric Garner (1970-2014). This reading highlighted the communal acts of mourning and protesting, while blurring the boundaries between the two. The activation was followed by a conversation with the artist Yashua Klos and actor-art collector Michael Ealy.



MoAD in the Classroom (MIC)

MoAD in the Classroom is an arts-based, visual literacy and cultural studies program for third grade classrooms in the San Francisco Bay Area. Through MIC, students view current art exhibitions, learn how to view and talk about art, and participate in hands-on art activities. MoAD Educators teach students about museum themes, current exhibitions, and visual arts vocabulary. As a culminating event, students display and present their work to peers, family members, and other stakeholders beyond the classroom.

Virtual Programs

In the Artist’s Studio

Each month, MoAD staff members visit some of our favorite artists in their studios to see what they’re currently working on and how their work has changed since the onset of Covid-19. This is a rare opportunity to hear from artists directly from their studios. We follow all talks with an audience Q&A.

Teen Program

MoAD Teens: Diaspora Stories Project is a program where Bay Area youth explore their identities in relation to their diaspora stories and influence the future of museum youth programming.

MoAD worked with dedicated Bay Area students from grades 10, 11, and 12 who showed commitment to documenting diaspora stories in the Bay Area. During their participation, youth worked collaboratively with Black art professionals on learning, investigating, and exploring their connection to their individual stories through the lens of digital photography and podcasting.

Art As We See It

This series of conversations by MoAD Docents celebrates the art and rhythms of the African diaspora by pairing visual art with music. Our Docents search online archives to bring selected artworks and pair each piece with music. Participants are invited to join the discussion via chat as they consider style, inspiration, political and cultural context, and highlight the textures and rhythms of art and music.

REVENUES Corporations $987,438 Earned Income $969,584 Foundations $759,349 Government $1,065,989 Individuals $990,968 $4,773,327 EXPENSES Capital Expenditures $10,703 Designated Operating Reserve $294,442 Fundraising $1,192,122 Management General $670,697 Program Funding $2,605,363 $4,773,327


This list reflects gifts received between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Sheeka Arbuthnot, Chief Development Officer, at


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Ethnicity, Race and Indigenous Peoples

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San Francisco Public Library

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Healdsburg Jazz Festival

Community Music Center

Artist as First Responder

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Ruth Asawa School of the Arts

Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art

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L. Wade Rose - Board Chair

Peggy Woodford Forbes - Vice Chair

Eric McDonnell - Treasurer

Julius Robinson - Secretary

Susan E. Brown

Jill Cowan

Elisa Durrette

Michelle Gaskill-Hames

Vimbayi Kajese

Christine Keener

Robert S. Kenney

Beryl Potter

Tiffany Stevenson

Tom Troy

Ammanuel Zegeye


Monetta White - Executive Director

Sheeka Arbuthnot - Chief Development Officer

Selam Bekele - Curator, Interim Director of Exhibitions

Kendall Benford - Visitor Experience Associate

Demetri Broxton - Senior Director of Education

Lisbeth Cervantes - Executive Assistant

Tinashe Chidarikire - Digital Content Manager

Henry Davis III - Visitor Experience Associate

Mela Delgado - Registrar

Sedey Gebreyes - Senior Education Program Manager

Elizabeth Gessel - Director of Public Programs

Elena Gross - Director of Exhibitions and Curatorial Affairs

Kitsaun King - Development Manager

Imani Lee - Visitor Experience Manager

Nia McAllister - Senior Public Programs Manager

Tamara Orozco - Director of Marketing and Communications

Paul Plale - Brand Design Manager

Paul Rodriguez - Director of Operations

Maya Sadler - Education Program Manager

Dayonna Tucker - Development Associate

Charlena Wynn - Visitor Experience Manager


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