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.”

MOJA Arts Festival Opening Reception

Thursday, September 29, 6:00 pm
Venue: Dock Street Theatre Courtyard
Address: 135 Church Street
Admission: Free

Meet new people and socialize in the intimate courtyard at the Dock Street Theatre and learn more about the exciting events planned during the 2016 MOJA Festival.
Graciously sponsored by Total Wine & More.

Dock Street Theatre

Opening Day Street Parade

Thursday, September 29 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Venue: Parade begins at Marion Square
Address: Calhoun and King Streets
Admission: Free

Join the celebration and feel the beat at the annual opening street parade featuring festive Carribean and African costumes, African drummers and more. Local community groups including bands, youth and school groups perform throughout. The parade begins at Marion Square and heads down King Street, turning on Market Street and ending at the US Custom House at East Bay and Market Streets.

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

Art Forms & Theatre Concepts, Inc. present Stick Fly

Thursday, September 29 and Friday, September 30 at 8:00pm; Saturday, October 1 at 2:00pm; Sunday October 2 at 4:00pm
Venue: Historic Dock Street Theatre
Address: 135 Church Street
Admission: $26 Adults; $21 Seniors & Students

This wickedly funny, award-winning drama tells the story of the LeVay family, an affluent, African American family, as they gather at their Martha’s Vineyard home. The two brothers bring their girlfriends home to meet their parents for the first time—at the same time. A relaxing family weekend quickly turns into a sharp discussion about race, class and identity as long standing tensions bubble under the surface reaching a boiling point when family secrets are revealed.

Stick Fly arrived on Broadway in 2012 and the Wall Street Journal called the play “A must see, fascinating, arrestingly fresh.” The New York Times calls it, “a juicy family drama” that “supplies enough simmering conflict, steamy romance and gasp-worthy revelations to satisfy just about anyone…” The play’s author, Lydia R. Diamond is an important, modern voice in American theatre today and explores themes of families, class and identity in her works.