Museum of the African Diaspora held a preview of Portraits and Other Likenesses, a joint exhibition comprising works from SFMOMA. In her opening remarks, MoAD Executive Director Linda Harrison reminded us that we are all African & had us repeat, "I am the diaspora." Ruth Berson, Deputy Museum Director, Curatorial Affairs of SFMOMA, told us that the show includes objects never before exhibited publically, because they were acquired after the SFMOMA closed for renovation. We also heard from co-curators Lizzetta LeFalle-Collins of MoAD & Caitlin Haskell of SFMOMA.
Mickalene Thomas's perfect & loving recreation of a 1970s living room. We ought to be allowed to stretch out on that couch.
Nick Cave's flamboyantly adorned Soundsuit is fun to look at, though I really wanted to see someone actually wearing it.
Joaquin Truijillo's imperious portraits of children are arresting.
Leslie Hewitt's metaphysical still life. One of the curators also made sure that I did not overlook a room containing Nicole Miller's Untitled video projection, which allows us to spy on a MacBook user's restless browsing of multiple media streams. Portraits and Other Likenesses officially opened on Friday, & several of the artists appear in the gallery today.
§ Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA
On view at Museum of the African Diaspora
May 8 ̶ October 11, 2015
§ Media Preview
Thursday, May 7, 10:30a
Museum of the African Diaspora