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

THE AVERY CENTER IS CLOSED DUE TO THE WEATHER-RELATED EVACUATIONS

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

Children’s Programs at the Library: Julian Gooding Presents The Adventures of Malachiae Moon

Saturday, October 1 from 11:00am-11:45am; Tuesday, October 4 from 9:15am-10:00am
Venue: Charleston County Public Library, Auditorium
Address: 68 Calhoun Street
Admission: Free
Produced by: Charleston County Public Library

Storyteller Julian Gooding shares tales from a journal given to him on the day he was born. The journal once belonged to Malachiae Moon who was born the day the American Civil War ended in 1865. Malachiae Moon, a wise and skilled sailor of African descent, lived to be 100 years old. The stories from his journal will take you to Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. This 45-minute performance is designed for ages 6 to 60.

Poetry & Storytelling: Tabu Hazel

Tuesday, October 4 at 6:00pm
Venue: The Southern
Address: 2 Carlson Court
Admission: Free
Coordinators: Warachal E. Faison, MD and Tribal Raine

Originally from White Plains, New York, Peggy Logan (aka Tabu Hazel) is an actress and poet who grew up in Summerton, South Carolina, and currently resides in Columbia, South Carolina. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in theater/education from Claflin University and a Master of Education in counseling. For Tabu Hazel, there is power in poetry. As a spoken word artist, she is an advocate who promotes awareness of cancer, domestic violence, homelessness and sexual assault. Her number one goal is to change lives with words. Her poetry and deliverance can be described as being “smooth, fluid, melodic and empowering.”
She has performed throughout the country in many venues.

We Are Charleston Panel Discussion

Tuesday, October 4 at 6:00pm
Venue: Historic Dock Street Theatre, Drawing Room
Address: 135 Church Street
Admission: Free

Following the shooting of nine victims at a June 2015 Bible study at Emanuel AME Church, residents of the community and nation recognized the need to examine and learn from the events that led to the tragedy. Through in-depth interviews with the victims’ families, friends and community members, three authors penned We Are Charleston as a way to explore the impact of the shooting, the role of the AME Church and the importance of awareness, action and forgiveness. Authors Herb Frazier, Dr. Bernard Edward Powers Jr. and Marjory Wentworth will reflect on their journey and what they uncovered in this deeply emotional book.

Literary Corner- Tayari Jones

Tuesday, October 4 at 7:00pm
Venue: Avery Research Center
Address: 125 Bull Street
Admission: Free

Author Tayari Jones will read excerpts from her novel, Silver Sparrow, followed by a discussion with the audience.

Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoon’s families– the public one and the secret one. When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. It is a relationship destined to explode when secrets are revealed and illusions shattered. As Jones explores the backstories of her rich and flawed characters, she also reveals the joy, and the destruction, they brought to each other’s lives.

At the heart of it all are the two girls whose lives are at stake, and like the best writers, Jones portrays the fragility of her characters with raw authenticity as they seek love, demand attention, and try to imagine themselves as women.

MOJA Arts Festival Juried Art Exhibition Reception

Tuesday, October 4th at 6:00-7:00PM
Venue: Avery Research Center
Address: 125 Bull Street
Admission: Free

Join us for a reception for artists, friends, and family.

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.