MOJA Arts Festival Juried Art Exhibition

On View: September 28-October 8; Tuesday through Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 5pm

Venue: City Gallery
Address: 34 Prioleau Street
Admission: Free

This annual juried art exhibition features work from artists living in the Southeast in a range of styles and media. In it, viewers will find artworks in photography, painting, drawing, graphic arts, fiber arts, sculpture, ceramics, basketry, and more.
This year’s juror is Orisanmi Kehinde Odesanya, whose work has been exhibited at the City Gallery as part of the 2016 exhibition Sixteen Crowns: Manifestations of Ase. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Orisanmi Kehinde Odesanya is an artist, storyteller, and author. With a background in costuming and academic studies in African Art and religious art forms, she has developed an art practice that includes writing and following the rich cultural tradition of the African Masquerade through doll making and metaphysical interpretation. Her published works include Kwanzaa: A Learning Guide for Parents, Teachers, and Children.

Sixteen Crowns: Manifestations of Ase

Visual Arts- Libation

On View: September 28-October 29; Tuesday through Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 5pm

Venue: City Gallery
Address: 34 Prioleau Street
Admission: Free

In the tradition of the Ancestors of Black people in America and abroad, the giving of libation has been a practice which is deeply rooted in black culture. It’s not just the action of pouring out a drink for those who are no longer on earth with us, but much more than that: it’s the recollection, remembrance, and celebration of the life and lifetimes of those who have passed on to other side as an Ancestor.

This exhibition consists of mixed media works, a short film installation, as well as a wall-to-floor installation. The artists offer healing to the community on a local and state-wide level, as they examine a lack of acknowledgement for the diverse experiences through many people’s lives in the black community. Artists include Roni Nicole Henderson (film, photography); Dogon Krigga (graphic design); and 2017 MOJA poster artist, Cedric Umoja (multi-media, muralist).

Cedric Umoja, Visual Artist

Visual Arts- Dance of the Ancestors: Egungun Masquerade

On View: September 28-October 29; Tuesday through Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm to 5pm

Venue: City Gallery
Address: 34 Prioleau Street
Admission: Free

City of Charleston, the masquerade has arrived! The Masquerade is an integral part of culture and tradition, often taking part of yearly festivals, weddings, birth of children, funeral rites, and family observances: uniting the ancestral presence with the living, connecting the past to the present while moving forward to the future. Dance of the Ancestors: Egungun Masquerade focuses primarily on the Yoruba tradition of masquerade, the many styles reflecting the diversity and creativity of the culture through the artistic eye of Orisanmi Kehinde Odesanya, who started creating these ancestral vessels in 2015 to educate the general public about the masking traditions throughout the continent. Prominently featured is the creation of a full size Gelede Mask costume and photo documentary of the mask in process. This exhibition features various styles of Masquerades from West Africa, primarily based upon Yoruba culture, as represented through small sculpture and a full sized creation of a mask, Ere: Spirit in Cloth. Dance of the Ancestors will have a performance function to dance the mask bringing its energy to life and bless all those who witness its “magic.” Artist: Orisanmi Kehinde Odesanya, Cleveland, OH; Curator: Dr. Ade Ofunniyin, Adjunct Professor, College of Charleston, Executive Director of the Gullah Society, and Project Director of the Gullah Society Sacred Burial Ground Projects; Curatorial support: Jody Berman, PhD Candidate and Robin Poynor, PhD.

Reggae Block Dance

Friday, September 29 from 6:00pm-11:00pm
Venue: Brittlebank Park, corner of Lockwood & Fishburne Streets
Admission: Free
Sponsored By: The Boeing Company
Coordinator: Osei Chandler

Join your friends and neighbors for one of the MOJA Festival’s favorite traditions, an entertaining and energetic evening on the Ashley River, filled with music, food and fun. Dance the night away to music from local and regional Reggae artists including Emekris and True Concept Reggae Band and Mighty Joshua. Bring your folding chairs and blankets and set up a picnic or enjoy fare from a delicious variety of ethnic and international food vendors. Coolers are not permitted.

Art Forms & Theatre Concepts, Inc. presents Fences

Friday, September 29 at 8:00pm; Saturday, September 30 at 4:00pm; Sunday, October 1 at 6:00pm
Venue: Historic Dock Street Theatre
Address: 135 Church Street
Admission: $35

Art Forms & Theatre Concepts presents August Wilson’s Fences, a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning drama from his well-known Pittsburgh Cycle, consisting of ten plays, each set in a different decade and aiming to explicate the Black experience in the 20th century. The story follows Troy Maxson, former Negro league baseball athlete turned sanitation worker, depicting race relations in 1950’s Pittsburgh with uncommon richness, density and emotion. In this pre-civil rights movement moment, the tension is palpable as Troy comes to terms with a world he never had access to and his youngest son looks for his own chance to play ball.

PURCHASE TICKETS

Higher Ground: The Music of Stevie Wonder

Friday, September 29 at 8:00pm
Doors open at 7:00 pm
Venue: Charleston Music Hall
Address:
37 John Street
Admission:
Tier I $24.50, Tier II $19.50, Student/Groups of 6+ $14.50 (additional fees may apply)
For Tickets: CharlestonMusicHall.com or 843-853-2252

Charlton Singleton, Quiana Parler, and Friends continue their immensely popular series of tribute concerts. First it was Prince, then Michael Jackson, and now everyone’s idol, Stevie Wonder. From Sir Duke and Isn’t She Lovely to Overjoyed and You Are the Sunshine of My Life, Higher Ground: The Music of Stevie Wonder is sure to be another incredible night at the historic Charleston Music Hall.