Dedicated to the influence that people of African descent have had all over the world, MoAD provokes discussion from the get-go with the question, "When did you discover you are African?" painted on the wall in the lobby. Recently renovated and reimagined for its 10th anniversary in 2015, MoAD is moving away from static historical displays toward temporary exhibits in its three new galleries over two upper floors. Its new status as a Smithsonian affiliate means access to resources, lecturers, and touring shows, and perhaps a higher profile for this institution, which has struggled to find its place. With floor-to-ceiling windows onto Mission Street, the museum fits perfectly into the cultural scene of Yerba Buena and is well worth a 30-minute foray. Happily, the museum retained its striking front-window exhibit: a three-story mosaic, made from thousands of photographs, that forms the image of a young girl's face. Walk up the stairs inside the museum to view the photographs up close—Malcolm X is there, Muhammad Ali, too, along with everyday folks—but the best view is from across the street.
Jul 10, 2008
This musuem is a treasure. It is unlike anything else I have experienced, small and inviting, the exhibits are great for kids and their traveling collections kept my interest. I will be back.