What’s on at MOCADA this fall?

OPENING RECEPTION

They Won’t Budge: Africans in Europe
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2009
6:00pm – 9:00pm   Free to the public

MoCADA & NYU Africana Studies will jointly host an opening reception to give Brooklyn viewers a first glance at They Won’t Budge. Afrobeatradio will interview visitors during the reception on their reactions to the exhibition themes and works on display. The reception will include refreshments, music & the opportunity to meet the exhibition curatorial team!

AFTER PARTY
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2009
9:00PM – 11:00PM Free to the public

Join us at Ft. Greene’s own Der Schwarze Koelner, a recently opened beer garden to partake of German appetizers and a wide selection of German beers & wines. Appetizers are complementary with a cash bar! It is located at 710 Fulton Street, corner of Hanson & Fulton!

CURATORIAL DISCUSSION AND BOOK SIGNING
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2009
6:30pm – 8:30pm   Free to the public

The curatorial team for They Won’t Budge will discuss the vision behind the exhibition and its components within a larger migration project. Moderated by photographer, art historian and curatorial consultant for the project, Dr. Deb Willis, audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions about the works on view, the curatorial vision and African immigrant populations currently living in Europe. Viewers can then view the exhibition at their leisure and purchase signed copies of Dr. Willis’ new book Posing Beauty in African and African American Culture.

DJ PERFORMANCE & MUSIC PANEL
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2009
7:00pm – 9:30pm   Free to the public

MoCADA and Nomadic Wax will host an interactive DJ performance and panel on the influence of hip-hop in both African and European musical forms and how DJ’s borrow from numerous music types to create new house and jungle beats. The panel, consisting of DJ Boo, DJ Laylo & DJ Madi, will be moderated by arts and culture journalist Siddhartha Mitter and will have a live feed on Afrobeatradio. Following the discussion audience members can enjoy listening to each DJ perform a 15-minute set.

MINI-CONFERENCE
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2009
10:00am – 6:00pm   Free to the public

Spike Lee Screening Room – Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus (DeKalb & Flatbush Aves)
NYU Africana Studies & MoCADA will host an all day mini conference examining different elements of the migration of African populations into Europe.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

10:00am – 1:00pm – PANEL DISCUSSION:

NYU Africana Studies Director, Dr. Awam Amkpa will lead an academic and community panel discussion examining the historical and current migratory patterns of African populations into Europe.

1:30pm – 2:30pm – BOOK SIGNING
Following the panel, NYU professor, film and music critic Dr. Manthia Diawara will briefly discuss his book We Won’t Budge. Signed copies of the book will be available for purchase.

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