Posted May 22, 2020 by Editorial Staff in Art+Culture
 
 

MoAD Raises $450k in Online Benefit Auction



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Pictured Above: Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)
Contributor: Masrk Sabb – Marketing & Communications, MoAD

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Monetta White, Executive Director, MoAD

MoAD’s future is looking assuredly brighter after an online auction of work by Black artists from around the world, entitled Diaspora Unite! Artists of African Descent for MoAD, exceeded all expectations and raised over $450,000 for the organization.

Concerned about making ends meet in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, MoAD had announced drastic cost-saving measures in March. An outpouring of support soon followed for the fate of this foundational platform for artists of African descent in the Bay Area and beyond. Artists, donors, gallerists, collectors, and individuals banded together in support of the Museum, and the idea for an auction, the first ever attempted by MoAD, was born.

MoAD had announced drastic cost-saving measures in March…Thirty-four artists, many with close ties to the Museum, rallied to donate work.
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Son of the Tailor at MoAD’s online auction

Thirty-four artists, many with close ties to the Museum, rallied to donate work. Diaspora Unite! featured a who’s who of Black creativity, with work by Wesaam Al-Badry, Tiffany Alfonseca, American Artist, Amoako Boafo, Kwame Brathwaite, Dominic Chambers, Andrea Chung, William Cordova, Dewey Crumpler, Jerrell Gibbs, Todd Gray, February James, Clotilde Jiménez, Whitfield Lovell, Wangari Mathenge, Manuel Mathieu, Adia Millett, Cassi Namoda, Rashaad Newsome, Ludovic Nkoth, Otis Kwame Kye Quaicoe, Enrico Riley, Ferrari Sheppard, Alexandria Smith, Lava Thomas, Peter Uka, Raelis Vasquez, Didier William, Purvis Young, David “Mr. StarCity” White, Collins Obijiaku, Joshua Michael, Gavin Benjamin, and Lewis Watts.

During the two weeks, April 21-May 5, that Diaspora Unite! ran on the art sales platform Artsy, bids were brisk and generous. Many of the works sold for well above the starting price.

Gallerists and collectors from across the nation made an incredible effort to assist and support the event including Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Roberts Projects, Goodman Gallery, James
Fuentes, Traywick Contemporary, Klowden Mann, Philip Martin Gallery, Jenkins Johnson
Gallery, Rena Bransten Gallery, Sikkema Jenkins, David Lewis Gallery, Kavi Gupta Gallery,
Koenig & Clinton,and iv Gallery, along with collectors Arthur Lewis, Hau Nguyen, Ron Casentini, and Destinee Ross.

During the two weeks, April 21-May 5, that Diaspora Unite! ran on the art sales platform Artsy,
bids were brisk and generous. Many of the works sold for well above the starting price.
The Museum is so grateful for the support of the community in this sustaining endeavor. The
passionate response of art lovers from across the globe affirms and ensures MoAD’s mission in
both the near and long-term future.

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