On March 23, the Museum of the African Diaspora premiered a new exhibition which features nine Bay Area artists active from the 1960s and 1970s to the present who lean towards abstract representation but do not not disregard figuration in their work.

Gone, 2005 | Squeak Carnwath (b. 1947)


Painters and mixed-media artists featured in the exhibition incorporate influences from Diego Rivera, Beat culture and jazz and blues music–the works reflect a cross-cultural collaboration between the black and white artists that pioneered abstract art on the West Coast.


She Thought She Could Fool the Zebra With Powder and Paint Trying to be Something She Just Ain’t, 2007 | Mary Lovelace O’Neal (b. 1942)


All pieces are evocative and complex; they play with color, brushwork and space in a thought-provoking way that encourages repeated viewings.

The exhibition will be on display at the Museum of the African Diaspora until September 23. See here for the gallery guide