|Opening Reception and Music of West Africa
Thursday February 4
Press/Member Preview: 5-6pm
Public Reception: 6-8pm
Curatorial Tour with Curator Cynthia LeCount Samaké: 7pm
|Folksy Family Days
Saturday, February 6
Join us for an exciting day starting with a guided tour at 1pm of the Museum's exhibition, followed by a short walk to the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) for some hands-on fun, West African style—indigo dyeing and bogolanfini (mudcloth) making. Reserve your space by calling 415 227 4888 x 10.
|Craft Bar with Etsy Labs
Thursday March 4, 6-8pm
Free with admission
Craft Bar with Etsy Labs at MOCFA SF returns! 2010 launches with an eco-savvy theme for the conscientious consumer.
On March 4 learn how to crochet with recycled plastic bags (local artists demonstrate), or participate in guided knitting lessons. Sip locally-brewed refreshments, nibble on homemade baked goods, and visit the new exhibit Rhythm and Hues: Cloth and Culture of Mali for inspiration. All skill levels welcome: materials and instruction provided.
|Folksy Family Days
Saturday, March 6
12 – 5pm
In conjunction with the Museum's exhibition, Rhythm and Hues: Cloth and Culture of Mali, award-winning children's book author, illustrator and storyteller, Baba Wagué Diakité, will join us for a colorful presentation on his book illustrating process, with storytelling, booksigning, and snacks. Sessions start at 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm.
Baba Wagué Diakité's books have received a Coretta Scott King Honor, an Ana ALA Notable Children's Book award, and a Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon. His best-sellers include I Lost my Tooth in Africa, The Magic Gourd, The Hatseller and the Monkeys, and The Hunterman and the Crocodile.
| CRAFT BAR with ETSY LABS @ MOCFA SF
Thursday April 1
Craft Bar with Etsy Labs at MOCFA continues! Each month we feature an original, easy to follow project, designed to guide and encourage you. For those who prefer a less-structured craft experience, we also offer a free-form Stitch and Bitch area where you can start a new project, or work on an existing one.
Join crafter extraordinaire Katy Kristin as she teaches you how to take old sweaters and turn them into cute and cuddly plushies or upcycled cup cozies! April's CRAFT BAR is free for students, and will feature live music from local favorite Allie Simpson. Take inspiration from the gallery and the store while you explore the creative process, socialize, and enjoy refreshments. Fee is $5 (for non-students) which includes one free beer, admission to the gallery, and supplies for the craft.
Resident Crafter Amelia will be doing the Etsy Virtual Lab at 1 PM on April 1 – be sure to check it out if you can't make it to CRAFT BAR!
|Folksy Family Days
Saturday, May 1
Start with a tour at 1pm of the Museum's exhibition, followed by a short walk to the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) for some hands-on fun, West African style—make your own bogolanfini (mudcloth). Reserve your space by calling 415 227 4888 x 10. $3 donation for materials.
1pm: First Tuesday of every month; 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month
All events marked * are free with Museum admission.
For more information about these events, please call the Museum at (415) 227-4888.
Pictured on homepage:
Photo by Cynthia LeCount Samaké.
Textiles by Mamadou Koné.
Rhythm and Hues:
Cloth and Culture of Mali
February 5, 2010—May 2, 2010
Mali's extraordinary legacy of textile arts, with its vibrant colors and complex graphic statements will be presented at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco from February 5-May 2, 2010.
Rhythm and Hues: Cloth and Culture of Mali gives long overdue recognition to contemporary Malian fabric artisans and highlights the enduring significance of textiles as a major form of aesthetic in Mali. Featuring works beyond the mudcloth tradition, this exhibition seeks to showcase contemporary styles and techniques which have yet to be shown in the US.
With superb examples of dress, and accompanying photographs, Rhythm and Hues: Cloth and Culture of Mali will document hand-dyed as well as factory-printed cloth. Social issues such as empowerment of women, the status of dress, women’s identity, and current trends in fabric design will be explored.
Due to the expository role of cloth in daily life, both hand-dyed and factory printed kinds of popular fabrics reveal current and constantly evolving cultural trends. The pictorial nature of the prints allows the wearer to express unique and equally critical messages, such as political attitudes, educational institutions and affiliations, or social views, and public health concerns. Although the shapes of the garments remain fairly constant, the colors, patterns, designs and messages of the cloth are constantly transforming.
In addition to the cloth and clothing, Rhythm and Hues: Cloth and Culture of Mali showcases other forms of traditional art and craft from Mali, such as wooden puppets, and the life-sized masked and costumed figures called “marionettes” which act out village legends. Unusual calabashes and baskets are also included to show the wide variety of Malian craft and folk art.