Visual Arts- Fahamu Pecou: Do or Die: Affect, Ritual, Resistance

Venue: Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
Address: 161 Calhoun Street
Admission: Free
On View: Through October 8, Monday-Saturday, 11:00am-4:00pm

This solo exhibition features the work of Fahamu Pecou, an artist profoundly involved in exploring the state of Black existence – life and death – today. DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance serves as one artist’s action in opposition to overwhelming societal forces, seeking instead to elevate and re-contextualize Black life and death. Through performance, painting, drawing and video Pecou reframes our view, incorporating references from Yoruba/ Ifa ritual to cultural retentions of hip-hop to the philosophy of Négritude, and through this shapes a story that seeks to affirm life via an understanding of the balance between life and death.

As Pecou states: “DO or DIE is a different type of spectacle, one that distances itself from the terror and violence typically associated with Black bodies. It affirms life and life beyond. It reclaims what was lost, turning our gaze inward and ultimately forward. Through ritual, performance and image, the exhibit challenges the perception of death’s dominion. Ultimately, DO or DIE is a reminder of an intimate balance that affirms life. It is art as affective resistance. It is a healing.”

33rd Annual MOJA Arts Festival Juried Art Exhibition

33rd Annual MOJA Arts Festival Juried Art Exhibition


On View: September 29-October 9, 2016; Monday-Friday, 10:00am-5:00pm
Venue: Avery Research Center
Address: 125 Bull Street
Admission: Free

Featuring new works by regional artists, this annual juried art exhibition invites submissions from artists living in the Southeast, welcoming a range of works in oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, printmaking, drawing, photography, graphics, fiber, sculpture, metals, ceramics, basketry and mixed media.

This year’s juror is Greg Jenkins, the Operations Manager and Chief Preparator at the Gibbes Museum of Art, having worked with the Gibbes since 1983. A native of Charleston and a graduate of Chicora High School, Mr. Jenkins has a lifelong interest in art. He was the 1986 MOJA Arts Festival poster artist and is a member of the MOJA Arts Festival Planning Committee.

Artists featured:
Jeffery Callaham, Judith Chamberlin, Katherine DuTremble, Meyriel J. Edge, Maria Espinosa, Susanne Frenzel, Bob Graham, Earnest Hampton, Karyn Healey, Shirley Holmes, Chuck Hooker, Katherine Houghton, Rachel Jones, Hampton Olfus, Jenifer Padilla, David Sanders, Tyson Smith, James St. Clair, and Matt Wilson

Poetry & Storytelling: Marcus Amaker

Monday, October 3 at 6:00pm
Venue: City Gallery
Address: 34 Prioleau Street
Coordinators: Warachal E. Faison, MD and  Tribal Raine

Photo by Lisa Livingston

Marcus Amaker, Charleston, South Carolina’s First Poet Laureate, is an award-winning web designer, graphic designer, videographer, musician and author. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. As an author, Amaker has released sevenpoetry books and has performed on national TV. Amaker’s poems have been featured on PBS Newshour, The Huffington Post, several journals and poetry collections. Additionally, he was one of the poets featured in Seeking the Spirit: An Evening of Poetry and Jazz which was inspired by Jonathan Green’s painting, Seeking. A well-known graphic/web designer and videographer, Amaker produces award-winning work for many local nonprofits and organizations. He is also the lead graphic designer for the national music magazine, No Depression. As a musician, Marcus has been releasing and recording music since he was 10 years old. His 2014 spoken word/jazz album, The New Foundation, was recorded with Grammy-nominated drummer and producer Quentin E. Baxter.

Maryville/Ashleyville Communities: Then and Now

Monday, October 3 at 6:30pm
Venue: Emanuel AME Church
Address: 1057 5th Avenue (at St. Andrews Boulevard, West Ashley)
Admission: Free
Facilitator: Dr. Karen A, Chandler
Panelists: Diane Hamilton, Theresa Hillliard, Victoria Stewart, Marguerite “Julie” Richardson.

A panel discussion of the Maryville/Ashleyville communities bringing light to an era gone by relating the history of the Town of Maryville and its residents.

When I First Remember

Monday, October 3 at 7:00pm
Venue: Old Bethel United Methodist Church
Address: 222 Calhoun Street
Admission: $21 Adults; $11 Children 12 and under

Queen Atterberry of Lady in White Production Company blends music, dance, and dialogue to tell the story of the inception of Gullah-Geechee culture, which is unique to the Lowcountry.

College of Charleston Gospel Choir

Monday, October 3 at 7:00pm
Venue: Sottile Theatre, College of Charleston
Address: 44 George Street
Admission: $10 at the door only; free for CofC Students with Student ID

Performing Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, the College of Charleston’s Gospel Choir will highlight both traditional and contemporary music from each genre. The group is under the direction of Brenten Weeks.