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

Children’s Programs at the Library: AeroVision with Roots: A Hip-Hop Dance Performance

Venue: Charleston County Public Library
Address: 68 Calhoun Street
Admission: Free
Produced by: Charleston County Public Library

Lamar Hunter, a member of the Peace, Love, and Hip-Hop Dance Company and a graduate from the School of the Arts, will demonstrate his own unique blend of freestyle hip-hop dancing. Local photographer, Ron Rocz, will also have photographs of Lamar on display in the Main Library lobby throughout the month of October.

Poetry & Storytelling: Tammaka Staley

Thursday, October 6 at 6:00pm
Venue:Historic Dock Street Theatre
Address: 135 Church Street
Admission: Free
Coordinators: Warachal E. Faison, MD and  Tribal Raine.

Tammaka Staley is a performance poet, activist, and teaching artist. A resident of Columbia, South Carolina, she has been writing and performing poetry for 10 years. Tammaka actively works in the community with poetry and youth organizations like OneWord Columbia, the University of South Carolina Upward Bound Program, and Girls Rock Columbia. She was also a sponsor for the SC Community Uplift Foundation Science Rocks benefit concert in 2015. She won the title “Queen of the South” at the 2015 Queen of the South Poetry Slam in April 2015.  She has also performed as a featured artist at the Kennedy Center in the 2016 American College Dance Festival in Washington, DC.  Tammaka strives to empower black communities and use poetry as a tool to give people everywhere something to believe in.

Dance Theatre of Harlem

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2017 AT 7:30PM.  Current tickets will be honored for the new show date.  If you cannot attend, call the Gaillard ticket office for a refund. For more details visit or call 843-242-3099.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 7:30pm
Venue: The Gaillard Center
Address: 95 Calhoun Street
Admission: $27.44- $77.84, Reserved Seating.

Known for its thrilling performances that successfully challenge preconceived notions, The Dance Theatre of Harlem consists of 14 racially diverse dance artists who perform an eclectic, demanding repertoire. Francesca Harper will create a new work to John Adams’ String Quartet performed by the acclaimed Attacca String Quartet. The Dance Theatre of Harlem brings new life to the classical ballet art form. They celebrate African American culture through treasured classical and neo-classical works by George Balanchine and resident choreographer Robert Garland, to cutting edge contemporary works.

The presentation of Dance Theatre of Harlem was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional Support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

This performance of Dance Theatre of Harlem is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the South Carolina Arts Commission.

The October 6th performance of Dance Theatre of Harlem is a co-presentation of the Gaillard Center and the MOJA Arts Festival.