San Francisco’s Museum of the African Diaspora remains closed during the coronavirus pandemic, but its supporters are keeping plenty busy.
The museum that features a wide range of African and African-American art has kicked off an auction featuring more than two dozen works — paintings, sculptures, photos and prints — donated to help the museum’s cause. Like most museums and arts venues, MoAD faces as uncertain future as sheltering-at-home regulations halt the flow of visitors and revenue.
Oakland artist Adia Millett, who has shown works in previous MoAD exhibits, is among those contributing to the auction.
“This unexpected cultural transition is not a time to isolate, but a time to observe and listen to the wisdom of our creative voices,” she said. “We must remember that it is art which has not only taught us to see the beauty and the struggle of our past, but the wisdom and hope of our future.”
Other galleries and artists that contributing works include Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, James Fuentes Gallery, Raelis Vasquez, February James, Sikkema Jenkins, Meliksetian Briggs, and more. The auction was created in collaboration with Artsy, the online fine arts marketing site.
Even if you can’t afford to buy a work of art, you’re invited to browse the works for free. There is a link on the auction website that enables you to make a donation to the museum.
“Arts institutions are important now, more than ever, as artists continue to teach us new ways of existing,” said MoAD director Monetta White.