Posted February 4, 2015 by Editorial Staff in Photo
 
 

[PHOTOS] MoAD Re-opens Its Doors with New Exhibitions Featuring the Works of Elizabeth Catlett and Marie Johnson Calloway

Museum of the African Diaspora • San Francisco, CA
Museum of the African Diaspora • San Francisco, CA

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Event: Opening Reception: The Art of Elizabeth Catlett: Selections from the Collection of Samella Lewis & Marie Johnson Calloway: Legacy of Color
Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Location: Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco
Photos: Rodger P. Allen Photography

With more than 240 guests attending, the reception featured MoAD signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while Destiny Arts Trio played jazz in the Salon.

MoAD Excerpt -
We were honored to have the effervescent Marie Johnson Calloway speak about her art, make jokes and throw kisses to her audience. She is an incredibly versatile artist – from vibrant painting to textile assemblage, she uses multiple mediums and techniques to convey her experience as a Black female artist. Bay Area broadcast journalism legend, Belva Davis, recently interviewed Marie Johnson Calloway for a special program at MoAD. Davis prompted insightful dialogue and Calloway charmed the crowd as she always does. When asked if she still had fun painting, Calloway exclaimed that she always had fun painting and that she was having fun just talking about it at MoAD. After the program, Calloway took photos with her fans – Spike Lee even made an appearance and snagged a photo with her! Marie Johnson Calloway is an amazing woman and we are thankful to have the chance to exhibit her art!

Exhibitions
The Art of Elizabeth Catlett: Selections from the Collection of Samella Lewis celebrates the life of Elizabeth Catlett in 38 works by Elizabeth Catlett, her husband Francisco Mora and artist-historian Samella Lewis, Ph.D. American-born sculptor and printmaker, Catlett is considered one of the most important African American artists of the 20th century whose work blends art and social consciousness while confronting the most disturbing injustices against African Americans.

Marie Johnson Calloway: Legacy of Color – From vibrant painting to textile assemblage, Marie Johnson Calloway (b. 1920) uses various media and techniques to convey her experience as a Black female artist. Inspired by her family and the Bay Area, Calloway represents the rhythm and spirituality of Black life through color. With a life spanning over nine decades, MoAD celebrates Calloway’s contributions as an educator and an artist.

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