TBWIG: Assembly of Gods
Aug
23
to Jan 4

TBWIG: Assembly of Gods

  • African American Art and Culture Complex: Activism Alley & Hall of Culture 3rd Floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

For the first time at the first space The Black Woman Is God exhibited, the African American Cultural Complex will be Black male artists answering what it means to define Black women as Gods. 25 Black men from Northern and Southern California will enter into this conversation to give their visual perspective of this topic. Some of the luminaries are Charles Bibbs, Joe Sam, The Arthur Wright, and Malik Seneferu.

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Life is Living: The Black Woman Is God’s Procession
Oct
13
9:00 AM09:00

Life is Living: The Black Woman Is God’s Procession

  • Little Bobby Hutton Park (Defermery) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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The 2nd Line Procession similar to the first one at The Black Woman Is God at SOMArts will be presented as a way to unify the black community through spiritual art performance. Black women from the church, masque, Orisha, sorority, artists community will dress up their crowns and gowns. Some will sage the park, lead by Oakland's 2nd Line Brass Band.

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TBWIG: Assembly of Gods at Ashara Ekundayo Gallery
Oct
5
to Oct 28

TBWIG: Assembly of Gods at Ashara Ekundayo Gallery

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The acclaimed exhibition, The Black Woman is God: The Assembly of Gods (#TBWIG), has found home at Ashara Ekundayo Gallery. Celebrating the Black female presence as the highest spiritual form, #TBWIG features 9 intergenerational, international Black women artists: KaliMa Amilak, Alexa Christine Burrell, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Michaela Pilar Brown, Ashara Ekundayo, Angela Hennessey, Kenyatta AC Hinkle, Rosalind McGary, Gabrielle Tesfaye. 
The Black Woman is God, originally curated by Karen Seneferu and Melorra Green is an exhibition, and a movement-building platform that explores the intersections of race and gender, dismantling racist and patriarchal notions that devalue Black women’s contributions to society. This year, Ashara Ekundayo Gallery is one of three Oakland galleries with satellite shows for The Black Woman is God: Assembly of Gods. #TBWIG #Oakland#BlackArt #BlackWomen #BlackWomensArt

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In the Wake of the Quiet Hours: Black Women In The Wake
Oct
1
6:00 PM18:00

In the Wake of the Quiet Hours: Black Women In The Wake

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A PRELUDE - The Black Woman Is God #TBWIG
Join us on MONDAY October 1st for a special edition of "In The Wake Of The Quiet Hours" where we will pay a special tribute to black women through "BLACK WOMEN IN THE WAKE."

Join artist Angela Hennessy and public theologian Marvin K. White who will guide us through the offering of sermon, poetry and prose. Bring stories and writings from your Deadcestors. Ase! Every Body Welcome.

Meditation starts at 6pm. Free

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The Black Woman is God: at People of Color Sangha
Sep
27
7:00 PM19:00

The Black Woman is God: at People of Color Sangha

 Art credit:  Black woman in meditation by Claudine Menou

Art credit: Black woman in meditation by Claudine Menou

The Black Woman Is God: The Paradox of identity

The East Bay Meditation Center's 'People of Color Sangha': Thursday Night Meditation Sit and Dharma Talk. Dharma Teacher, Amana Brembry will lead the Meditation and Dharma talk, highlighting 'The Black Woman is GOD: The Assembly of GODS' exhibition.

SUMMARY: East Bay Meditation Center's Dharma Teacher, Amana Brembry will lead the Meditation and Dharma talk, highlighting The Black Woman is God exhibition. Amana Brembry will lead a 30-minute meditation and a 20 minute Dharma Talk, highlighting in honor for the East Bay Meditation Center's 'People of Color Sangha' Thursday night sit.

Every being seeks to have a life filled with well being, free of fear, and resonate with a sense of belonging and self worth.  Inherent within the lived experience of People of Color and Black Women in particular, is a pervasive conditioning towards dehumanization that impedes this personal fulfillment.  Self identity is essential in healing the wounds of oppression.  During this talk we will dive into the internal healing that takes place when Black Women reconnect with their essential benevolence through radical self identification and identify the internal barriers to liberation that arise when definitions of self are not fully embodied with the ethics of one's innate goodness.  The paradox of identity lies in the question of how can internal vitality strengthen and flourish in ways that do not construct masks and barriers that block personal and collective liberation.

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Closing Reception at SOMArts
Sep
27
6:00 PM18:00

Closing Reception at SOMArts

Join us for the closing reception of The Black Woman is God: Assembly of Gods at SOMArts.

The closing reception on Thursday, September 27, 6–9pm provides a final opportunity to activate the exhibition with a community celebration and performances by Dakatari Dance Collective.

The Black Woman is God: Assembly of Gods
Exhibiting Artists
Vanessa Addison-Williams
Bushmama Africa
KaliMa Amilak
Marissa Arterberry
Latisha Baker
Traci Bartlow
JaeMe Bereal
Lorraine Bonner
Camille Brown
Tracy Brown
Jessica Care Moore
Toshia Christal
Ijania Cortez
R. Dafina Kuficha
Nicole Dixon
Aneesah Dryver and Alie Jones
Alise Eastgate
Anna W. Edwards
Regina Evans
Lisa Evans and Sabaa Zareena
Elizabeth D. Foggie
Bree Grant
Melorra and Melonie Green
Asia Hamilton
Naomi Hanna
Idris Hassan
Nzinga Hatch
Jazz Hudson
Ebony Iman Dallas
Ayana Ivery
Sydney G. James
Kierra Johnson
Marcia Jones
Val Kai
Dana King
Ave-Ameenah Long
Mary Lovelace-O’Neal
Jeanette Madden
Ajuan Mance
Kristine Mays
Lemia Monet Bodden
Nayila Moore
Venus Morris
Taylor “Made” Mosley
Sabrina Nelson
Shah Noor Hussein
Chiamaka Onyemelukwe
Shylah Pacheco Hamilton
Lakiba Pittman
Karen Seneferu
Sage Stargate
The Isis Effect
Nye’ Lyn Tho
Sylvia Toy St. Louis
Lava Thomas
karin turner
Kristina Williams
Kytana Winn
Ripley Jene Young

For more information, visit www.somarts.org/theblackwomanisgodclosing2018

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Sistas Wellness by Uppity Edutainment
Sep
22
12:00 PM12:00

Sistas Wellness by Uppity Edutainment

These sessions are to hold space for Black women, to allow room to process and talk, to breathe and to simply be. Each session will begin with a general check in with light plant based pre-workout nutrition. Discussions will take place on the floor with stretching. Topics will focus on areas of anxiety for African American women. An hour will be dedicated to the group topic. We will then follow with self defense classes taught by a certified instructor.  

12-2pm

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The Black Woman is God: Assembly of Gods
Sep
20
to Oct 30

The Black Woman is God: Assembly of Gods

  • African American Art and Culture Complex: Sargent Johnson Gallery, 1st Floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Black Woman is God: Assembly of the Gods Tech Show in the Sargent Johnson Gallery will feature art as technology, spirituality as technology, technology as art. The exhibiting artist  created video, sculpture, paintings,  photography and dolls with the mission to represent the Black Woman as God.

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Genealogy Workshop
Sep
16
3:00 PM15:00

Genealogy Workshop

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Topics will include:
Navigating testing companies
DNA Terminology
Surnames
Tracking Locations
Preserving Family Histories
Researching Documentation

Free admission
Material and snacks provided
Bonus workshop offered to participants who have dna tested (date tba)

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TBWIG: Assembly of Gods at Betti Ono Gallery: Artist Talk
Sep
14
7:00 PM19:00

TBWIG: Assembly of Gods at Betti Ono Gallery: Artist Talk

An artist talk and workshop moderated by the Black Female Project and The Black Woman Is God artists will present Black women artists and academics talking about the challenges of being artists and scholars in the workforce. The workshop will have others observe the conversation of those who coming up with strategies as forms of healing.

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Sistas Wellness by Uppity Edutainment
Sep
8
12:00 PM12:00

Sistas Wellness by Uppity Edutainment

These sessions are to hold space for Black women, to allow room to process and talk, to breathe and to simply be. Each session will begin with a general check in with light plant based pre-workout nutrition. Discussions will take place on the floor with stretching. Topics will focus on areas of anxiety for African American women. An hour will be dedicated to the group topic. We will then follow with self defense classes taught by a certified instructor.  

12-2pm

****event supporters****

Resilient Wellness
The Black Woman is God
Plant Based Fitness
Uppity Edutainment
I Love Being Black

***

Donation based tickets assist with venue, snacks, and instructors.

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TBWIG: Assembly of Gods at San Francisco's Human Rights Commission
Aug
30
to Oct 2

TBWIG: Assembly of Gods at San Francisco's Human Rights Commission

  • San Francisco Human Rights Commission (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The underlying inspiration for A Sacred Beautiful - Natural Heritage Hair: An African Diasporan Photo Exposé exhibition was inspired by curatorial research on the "reclamation of our hair-itage," the global African diasporan Natural Hair Movement - birthed in the 20th Century, and to bring attention to hidden American history on the Louisianan '1786 Tignon Laws.'

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The Black Woman is God: Assembly of Gods
Aug
30
to Oct 2

The Black Woman is God: Assembly of Gods

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SOMArts is proud to present The Black Woman is God: Assembly of Gods, a multidisciplinary exhibition with free admission from August 30–October 2, 2018, celebrating the Black female presence as the highest spiritual form. More than 50 intergenerational artists working in sculpture, painting, new media, and photography create new myths to challenge Eurocentric notions of God.

Now in its third year at SOMArts, the exhibition’s theme represents the various spiritual traditions of the African diaspora that encourage members of the Black community to claim their own divinity. The exhibition uplifts and makes visible the multiplicity of Black art, culture and spirituality.

Opening with a free public reception on Thursday, August 30, 6–10pmThe Black Woman is God presents a Crowns and Gowns procession that will reveal beauty as a site of resistance to annihilation.

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TBWIG: Assembly of Gods at Betti Ono Gallery
Aug
25
to Sep 29

TBWIG: Assembly of Gods at Betti Ono Gallery

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An artist talk and workshop moderated by the Black Female Project and The Black Woman Is God artists will present Black women artists and academics talking about the challenges of being artists and scholars in the workforce. The workshop will have others observe the conversation of those who coming up with strategies as forms of healing.

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The Black Woman is God Presents 'A Sacred Beautiful' Natural Heritage Hair: An African Diasporan Photo Exposé
Aug
18
1:00 PM13:00

The Black Woman is God Presents 'A Sacred Beautiful' Natural Heritage Hair: An African Diasporan Photo Exposé

Creating exquisite Diasporan textural imagery, AmiLak and Tho, aspirational photographers, and Mcgillvery, Natural Hair Movement designers embody Ma’atian cultural consciousness, and are paradigm shape-shifters. In essence, these new-day shape-shifters embrace visionary sensibilities, and illuminate the acceptability of presenting diverse ways of existing in the world. Curator, Chartrand posits that the underlying inspiration for A Sacred Beautiful exhibition was inspired by curatorial research of the "reclamation of our hair-itage," the global African Diasporan Natural Hair Movement - birthed in the 20th century, and to bring attention to the dreadful Louisianan 1786 Tignon Law.

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Sistas Wellness by Uppity Edutainment
Aug
18
12:00 PM12:00

Sistas Wellness by Uppity Edutainment

These sessions are to hold space for Black women, to allow room to process and talk, to breathe and to simply be. Each session will begin with a general check in with light plant based pre-workout nutrition. Discussions will take place on the floor with stretching. Topics will focus on areas of anxiety for African American women. An hour will be dedicated to the group topic. We will then follow with self defense classes taught by a certified instructor.  

****event supporters****

Resilient Wellness
The Black Woman is God
Plant Based Fitness
Uppity Edutainment
I Love Being Black

***

Donation based tickets assist with venue, snacks, and instructors.

Sign Up Here

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Night Light: Multimedia & Performance Festival
Aug
25
to Aug 26

Night Light: Multimedia & Performance Festival

On Friday, August 25 & Saturday, August 26, from 8:00pm-midnight, Night Light: Multimedia & Performance Festival blankets SOMArts in luminous art installations, including audiovisual performances and performative interventions by over 25 artists, and digital and cinematic projections by over 20 artists. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, or $20 for guaranteed entry to both nights of the festival. Advance tickets are available online now at: http://nightlightparty2017.eventbrite.com

This year Night Light responds to the themes of The Black Woman is Godby presenting visual art installations and performances by artists of many gender identities and cultural backgrounds that reclaims the African cultural narrative of God being a Black woman.

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Black Life: Karen Seneferu | BAMPFA
Aug
18
6:00 PM18:00

Black Life: Karen Seneferu | BAMPFA

Seneferu presents a performance piece highlighting the themes that drive her curational work. She says, “Through an examination of cosmology, womanhood, feminism, politics, and psychology, The Black Woman Is God challenges gaps and fragments in art history that position Black art as only ancient or contemporary, failing to honor the space in between.”

 

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THE BLACK WOMAN IS GOD ARTIST WORKSHOPS
Aug
5
1:00 PM13:00

THE BLACK WOMAN IS GOD ARTIST WORKSHOPS

On Saturday, August 5The Black Woman is God exhibiting artists will present a variety of artist talks and workshops designed to give attendees hands-on experience and insight into the theme of Divine Revolution.

Workshops will include:
Genealogy with Tarika Lewis

Black Goddess Archetypes: Revealed through African Mythology and Astrology presented by Djenne Ba Batties: Black goddess archetypes and ancient African mythology will be explored through astrology and the four elements — Fire, Water, Air and Earth. Learn which archetype you embody!

- Live spoken word performed by Audacious Iam

Living an Uplifted Lifestyle—Recognize the Divine in You presented by Karin Turner

Ask An Elder presented by Marnika Shelton

More information, including workshop descriptions, will be available soon. Please join us for an afternoon of creative and inspiring workshops presented by The Black Woman is God exhibiting artists.

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