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: Jeffrey Guillaume


Friday, October 7 at 6:00pm
Venue: City Gallery
34 Prioleau Street
Warachal E. Faison, MD and  Tribal Raine

Jeffrey Guillaume (aka Mr. Emotional The Poet) is a native of Newark, New Jersey, and currently resides in Columbia, South Carolina. Guillaume discovered his love for the performing arts at Benedict College, where he received a Bachelor of Science in public health. Since his graduation, Guillaume has quickly become one of South Carolina’s most celebrated poets, winning poetry slams and performing all over the nation. With the love he has for young people, poetry is his unique way of giving back and connecting with youth by showing them alternative methods of self-expression. In 2013, Guillaume discovered a literacy program entitled, Write Yourself Free.

An Evening of Jazz featuring Najee

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER-RELATED EVACUATIONS.  Refunds will be automatically issued in the manner the ticket was originally purchased.  Please allow 3-5 business days for refund to appear.  If you have any questions, please call the Gaillard ticket office at (843) 242-3099.

Friday, October 7 at 7:30pm
Venue: The Gaillard Center
Address: 95 Calhoun Street
Admission: $22.40-$66.08, Reserved Seating. 

Two-time Grammy nominated saxophonist and flautist, Najee has made a career following his heart and keen musical intuition by pushing musical boundaries, all of which have made him an international pioneer in the music industry. Having collaborated with everyone in the music business from Prince, Quincy Jones to Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and Herbie Hancock, Najee’s technical agility, grace, compositional prowess, unbridled passion and fearless genre bending have made him one of the most sought after musicians of his generation. With two Platinum and four Gold albums under his belt, Najee is an icon whose musical vision spawned an entire new genre by fusing the music close to his heart (R&B and Jazz).

Opening for Najee is Charleston’s own First Class Band featuring a wide variety of music including top ten hits, Motown, pop, R&B, beach and smooth jazz.

Youth Forum/Poetry Slam

Venue: College of Charleston Science Center Auditorium
Address:202 Calhoun Street, Room 129
Admission: Free

College of Charleston students and local youths are invited to enter the 2016 MOJA Arts Festival’s Youth Forum- Poetry Slam. Join us to raise your voice of awareness. Come affirm a positive youth engagement message that inspires both youth and adults to raise consciousness about youth as valuable and respected assets to each other, family and community.