Episode 7.5: Rodney Ewing and Indira Allegra with Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen

Notes from MoAD

Episode 7.5: Rodney Ewing and Indira Allegra with Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen

By Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen April 15, 2020

Notes from MoAD is dedicated to the Museum of the African Diaspora’s Emerging Artist Program, giving the exhibiting artists an opportunity to discuss their featured exhibition at MoAD and how their art practice is in dialogue with contemporary art as it considers themes of the African diaspora.

Welcome to Notes from MoAD: Emerging Artists and Critic Series, dedicated to the Museum of African Diaspora’s 2018-20 Emerging Artist Program. In this bonus episode, curator Rhiannon Evans MacFayden sits down with visual artists Rodney Ewing and Indira Allegra to discuss collaboration, scarcity and abundance, community, and collective modes of creating and presenting work.


Indira Allegra is re-imagining what a memorial can feel like, the scale on which it can exist and how it can function. Deeply informed by the ritual, relational and performative aspects of weaving, Allegra explores the repetitive crossing of forces held under tension be they material, social or emotional. Their work has been featured at the Museum of Art and Design, Museum of the African Diaspora, The Arts Incubator in Chicago, John Michael Kholer Art Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SFMOMA and the de Young Museum among others. Allegra has been the recipient of the Artadia Award, Tosa Studio Award, Windgate Craft Fellowship, Jackson Literary Award, Mike Kelley Artist Project Grant and MAP Fund. She is the 2019 Burke Prize winner, Eureka Fellow and a triennial 2019-2022 Montalvo Art Center Sally and Don Lucas Artist Fellow.

Rodney Ewing’s drawings, installations, and mixed media works focus on his need to intersect body and place, memory and fact to re-examine human histories, cultural conditions, and events. Through his work, he is pursuing a narrative that requires us to be present and intimate. His work has been exhibited at Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA; The Drawing Center, New York, NY; and in San Francisco, CA at Root Division, Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, Nancy Toomey Fine Art, Alter Space Gallery, and Ictus Projects. He has been an Artist-in-Residence at Recology and the De Young Museum of Fine Arts both in San Francisco, as well as Djerassi in Woodside, California. Ewing received his BFA in Printmaking from Louisiana State University and his MFA in Printmaking from West Virginia University.

Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen is a curator, consultant, and project-based artist going on several decades in the performing and visual arts. Born and based in San Francisco, Rhiannon is moved by "productive discomfort." Her curatorial practice focuses on projects that push formal and contextual boundaries and poke at imperialist formats, and her cross-discipline art practice engages symbols, identity, communication, and the unseen. Founder of A Simple Collective and Black & White Projects and Director of Emerging Arts Professionals SFBA, she is passionate about equity, experimentation, and independence in the arts. She is currently serving on the board of SOMArts Cultural Center as Interim Co-Chair and sits on curatorial and advisory committees for Root Division, Sites Unseen, and Pro Arts.


  1. Cover images:  Rodney Ewing. Butterfly Effect, 2019. Indira Allegra. BODYWARP — Ravel, 2017; archival pigment prints; 4 x 6 in.

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