The MOAS West Wing features the Cuban Foundation Museum, the Prehistory of Florida Gallery, and exhibits on African Art and Weaponry from around the world. The West Wing also contains several locations for rotating temporary and traveling exhibitions.
Karshan Center of Graphic Art
On display through October 27, 2019
This exciting exhibition features works by African American artists who have helped to shape the contemporary art conversation in the Bay Area and beyond. The show covers a wide range of prints, paintings, quilts, and sculptures, and includes an array of abstract and formal imagery. Narratives that speak to personal experiences and political perspectives are woven throughout. At the heart of this show is a Berkeley based fine art print studio - Paulson Fontaine Press - who over the past two decades has developed an unparalleled roster of internationally celebrated artists - artists like Martin Puryear, Kerry James Marshall, and the Gee's Bend Quilters - who characterize the fresh perspectives that are today's avant-garde.
Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press was organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA.
Photo Credit: Mary Lee Bendolph, Patch, 2014, color softground etching with aquatint and spitbite aquatint, 38" x 53.5"; Courtesy of Paulson Fontaine Press, Berkeley, CA
The Cuban Foundation Museum is home to one of the most important collections of Cuban fine and folk art outside of Cuba. The collection chronicles 300 years of Cuban history and art in more than 200 objects.
The Museum of Arts and Sciences (MOAS) has dedicated a portion of the museum to the prehistory of Florida. This section of the Museum includes preserved insects and butterflies, shells and teeth, along with the remains of a giant ground sloth, mastodon, and glyptodont that were found in our own backyard!
The various pieces of armor and variety of weapons and firearms in this gallery represent the artistic merit and function of weaponry of the past. From hunting to organized warfare and courtly life; from the ivory-inlaid German crossbow to the murderous Napoleonic swords, muskets and sabers on dipslay, these important objects were created from exquisit woods and steel with silver inlay, gold and other precious materials brought together by fine craftsmanship and beauty of form.
The African tribal objects in this gallery, are part of a significantly larger number of artifacts gathered and donated to the Museum during the 1980's. In their historic homeland, in isolated and highly organized communities these items orginally played vital roles in dialy events; for example in cermonies for celebration, initiation from childhood into adulthood, preparation for war or harvesting.