Press Release: Bearden Exhibition Opening

Press Release: Bearden Exhibition Opening

Romare Bearden exhibition opening draws celebs and artists among hundreds to Museum of the African Diaspora
Jazz-infused reception jammed with art lovers and admirers
“From Process to Print” exhibition on view until July 3, 2011

Photo Credit: Rodger Allen. Courtesy of the Museum of the African Diaspora

SAN FRANCISCO (May 11, 2011)-– The Museum of the African Diasporaʼs latest exhibition, a celebration of the work of Romare Bearden — one of the most talented and original visual artists of the twentieth century — drew nearly 400 guests to a jam-packed opening night reception Friday, May 6, where art lovers and celebrities enjoyed some of Beardenʼs greatest work in a festive environment of wine, hors dʼoeuvres and music provided by the Jazzschool in Berkeley.

The free opening-night event at MoAD introduced “From Process to Print: Graphic Works by Romare Bearden,” a traveling exhibition that is part of a national centennial celebration of Bearden, an American artist of African American heritage.

The evening buzzed with guests like U.S. Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA), actor Delroy Lindo and artist Richard Mayhew. Baritone Lawrence Beamen, a 2009 finalist on “America’s Got Talent” was also among the Bearden admirers.

The stunning exhibition, organized by the Romare Bearden Foundation, includes 84 lithographs, etchings, collagraphs, collagraph plates, screen prints, drypoints, monotypes, and engravings produced over three decades by Bearden. It will be on view through Sunday, July 3, 2011.
The exhibition is a rare opportunity to view Beardenʼs work in the Bay Area, where it was last on display in 2004.

Photo Caption
1.     MoAD Exhibition Gallery
2.     Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Grace Stanislaus (Executive Director, MoAD), Jewelle Taylor Gibbs, Ph.D. (Vice Chair, MoAD Board)
3.     Artist Richard Mayhew, Colette Rodgers (Director of Development, MoAD), Actor Delroy Lindo
4.     Kimberly Brandon (MoAD Board Chair), (guest), Lawrence Beamen (America’s Got Talent Finalist), London Breed (Executive Director, African American Arts & Culture Complex)

Media Contacts
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Related programs and events
• Saturday, May 21:  Family Day | The Art of Romare Bearden
• Saturday, June 4 – Performance | “Find Your Song: The Blues Arias of August Wilson”
• Saturday, June 18 – Family Day | “Screenprinting Your Family History”
• Sunday, June 19 – FREE DAY | Celebrate Juneteenth and Father’s Day with the Marcus Shelby Trio
• Friday, June 24 – Film Screening and Discussion | “From the Quarters to Lincoln Heights”.

Available for Interviews: Grace C. Stanislaus, Executive Director, MoAD; Fmr. President and CEO, Romare Bearden Foundation

About the Museum of the African Diaspora
The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) showcases the history, art and the cultural richness that resulted from the dispersal of Africans throughout the world with innovative and engaging exhibitions, education and public programs. Incorporated in 2002 as a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, MoAD opened its doors in 2005 in space contiguous with the St. Regis Hotel and Residences and in the historic Williams Building at 685 Mission Street at Third. MoAD was conceived as a cornerstone of the revitalization of downtown San Francisco, and has become an anchor with its neighbors, the San Francisco MoMA, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Zeum, and the Contemporary Jewish Museum, making this dynamic cultural corridor a premier destination.

Museum of the African Diaspora
685 Mission Street (at Third), San Francisco, CA 94105 | | 415.358.7200

Museum Hours
Wednesday–Saturday: 11:00 am–6:00 pm | Sunday 12:00–5:00 pm | Monday–Tuesday: CLOSED

Admission Prices
General Admission $10; Students and Seniors $5; Members and Children 12 and under w/adult FREE

MoAD is easily accessible by Muni, BART, Golden Gate Transit, SamTrans, and Caltrain. Hourly, daily, and monthly parking is available within 1 – 2 blocks of the museum.