The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) uses the visual arts as a point of departure for exploring new artistic production across a variety of disciplines. Through exhibitions and programming, MoCADA incites dialogue on pressing social and political issues facing the African Diaspora, and fosters a dynamic space for the creation and continuous evolution of culture.
MoCADA was founded in 1999 by Laurie Angela Cumbo in a brownstone owned by the Bridge Street AWME Church in the Bedford Stuyvesant community of Brooklyn, New York. The concept of the Museum grew out of Ms. Cumbo’s graduate thesis at New York University, which focused on the feasibility of an African Diaspora Museum contributing to the revitalization of central Brooklyn economically, socially and aesthetically. The Museum began with hard-hitting socially and politically charged exhibitions and public programs focused on contemporary issues impacting people of the African Diaspora that would attract the unlikely museum goer for community debate and exchanges. Twelve years later, the energy of the exhibitions have grown and the community of Brooklyn has recognized MoCADA as its Town Hall institution for the discussion of complex topics that arise in a constantly evolving world.
In 2006, MoCADA relocated to the ground floor of James E. Davis 80 Arts Building within the BAM Cultural District in a space designed by the architectural firm of studiosumo. The larger space gives MoCADA an opportunity to expand its audiences and its programming, which includes the Exhibition and Curatorial Program, The Curatorial Fellowship and Internship Program, the Educational Artist-In-Schools and Guided Tours Program, the KIDflix Film Fest of Bed-Stuy, MoCADA Television and the Soul of Brooklyn Tourism Initiative. MoCADA is currently working with Rodney Leon Architects PLLC to plan for the future home of MoCADA.
A dynamic presentation made up of virtual and public art exhibitions by Caribbean-American artist Theda Sandiford, Hidden in Plain Sight confronts the psychological impact of racial gaslighting as it has been revealed in her everyday…Read More »
Change is ever present in the work and life of Nigerian bred artist Ndidi Emefiele. Faced with a series of unexpected, insurmountable events since the dawn of her career a decade ago, Ndidi has risen time after time to reveal new modes of…Read More »
Featuring the works of mixed-media and portraiture artist Patrick Dougher, “God Body” is a call-to-action, a rallying cry to understanding that the ultimate source is within as it directly relates to the Five-Percent Nation. Made of…Read More »
Uzumaki Cepeda: Safe Space features a tableau of plush everyday objects and furred household goods in a living room interior and garden landscape. Complicating reality and the imaginary, Uzumaki constructs a disorienting fur environment grounded in…Read More »
Curated by Kwesi Abbensetts + Amy Andrieux Featuring painted and photographic works by Kwesi Abbensetts Umbilical, the connection that never disappears. An exploration of the connecting forces relating to or affecting. The supply line. The…Read More »
Hycide presents Now Jeru[salem] The highly-anticipated release of Hycide magazine’s 9th issue, Hycide In Flux, and pop up exhibition at MoCADA, traces Akintola Hanif’s evolution as an artist to date, including Hanif’s amazing…Read More »
Littattafan soyayya is a genre of literature unique to Kano, Nigeria. Translated from Hausa to mean â€œbooks of love,â€ the paperback novels are written and self-published by women in Northern Nigeria. Referencing friendly relationships and moments…Read More »
Through the works of Doreen Garner and Keisha Scarville, Surrogate Skin: The Biology of Objects is an exposition on the consciousness of materials and how they bear the memory of lived experience. Recalling the medical exploitation of black…Read More »
The use of state-sanctioned violence against people of color has historically functioned as a warning that death is a suitable consequence for assumed criminality, suspected or otherwise. With the advent of social media and citizen journalism,…Read More »
Displacement, or a state of being rooted in uprootedness, is a consequence of colonial conquest in Africa and the Americas that has come to frame dominant perceptions of diasporic identity and nationhood. Dis place maps the somatic, psychological…Read More »
By Kameelah Janan Rasheed HOW TO SUFFER POLITELY (and Other Etiquette) is a large format print series by Brooklyn-based artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed that examines how expressions of anger and resistance to racialized violence are regarded as…Read More »
Photography by Kudzanai Chiurai MoCADA is pleased to present Selections from Revelations, a photography series by Zimbabwean artist Kudzanai Chiurai. Chiurai chronicles the rise of a fictitious African leader through a satirical lens, and…Read More »
Curated by Stephanie George MoCADAâ€™s 2015 Curatorial Fellow SELFiE is a solo public art exhibition featuring multimedia artist RAFiA SANTANA. It pairs visual art with carefully crafted soundscapes (accessed through QR codes below each image) to…Read More »
Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts Curated by Holly Bynoe Field Notes: Extracts highlights core elements innate to art practices including note-taking, observation, discovery, and transformation. The collection supports the work of seven…Read More »
Baye Fall: Roots in Spirituality, Fashion, and Resistance is a photographic series that visually engages the Baye Fall, an enterprising sub-group of Senegalâ€™s notable Sufi Muslim community, the Mourides. These images encourage viewers to…Read More »
Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski & Sheena Rose Curated by Isissa Komada-John Vision Quest is a collection of whimsical, visual tales of powerful female protagonists on earthly and otherworldly adventures. Artists Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski and Sheena…Read More »
Curated by Dexter Wimberly Abstraction, by definition, has no overt subject matter. However, upon further inspection, deeper meaning can emerge from art that once appeared random and devoid of obvious significance. Powerful ideas about…Read More »