March 30

April 1

Massachusetts College of Art:

Sustainability in Footwear: What’s the real footprint? 

March 30 @ 6:30pm - 9:30pm

MassArt Pozen Center  

621 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115



A panel discussion with design representatives of leading brands to discuss how they are managing resources and creative development to address and make transparent sustainable practices in the footwear industry.

Massachusetts College of Art:

The Multiple Lives of African Print Cloths: Capulana and Tsigan

April 1 @ 5:30pm - Reception, 6:00pm - 8:00pm Conversation

Reception: MassArt Museum

Program: MassArt Pozen Center

621 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115



Mozambican entrepreneur Wacy Zacarias and MIT Professor of Anthropology and African Studies M. Amah Edoh will share their expertise about the complex meaning, design, and multinational history of African print cloths. Zacarias started her first company, Woogui, in 2008 as an ethical accessories and tailored shirt brand. Later she co-founded Karingana Wa Karingana, which is committed to creating sustainable, authentic, and bespoke African textiles. M. Amah Edoh’s work focuses on the production of knowledge about Africa, and in particular on how “Africa” as a category of thought is produced, through material practices across African and non-African locations. Her recent book, Our Grandmothers’ Cloth: Materiality, Class, and Global Membership in the Age of “The New Africa,” traces the trajectory of Dutch Wax cloth between the Netherlands and Togo.


This talk is held in conjunction with the exhibition Joana Vasconcelos: Valkyrie Mumbet, on view at the MassArt Art Museum (MAAM) through August 2, 2020. Boston’s newest and only free contemporary art museum, MAAM has opened after extensive renovations that have transformed the former Bakalar & Paine Galleries. With a continuing mission to offer an accessible contemporary art experience for all audiences, MAAM will always be free and open to the public.

Joana Vasconcelos’s "Valkyrie Mumbet," 2020 (Detail).

Courtesy of the artist. Photo Credit: © Unidade Infinita Projecto

Wacy Zacarias. Photo Credit: Edson Arthur Lace.

M. Amah Edoh. Photo Credit: Andy Levine.

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