Museum of Art and Origins

The Museum of Art and Origins – MOAO – is inspired by the original concept of the Brazilian art critic Mario Pedrosa who in 1978 affirmed that to be primitive or contemporary is equal. The collection includes Classical African art, Modern and Contemporary art, works on paper from East Asia and First Nation arts of The Americas. The collection also includes photography and 18th-19th century European Prints. In February 2006, The Museum of Art and Origins in New York City became a reinvention of the concept originated at the Museo National de Belas Artes – Rio de Jenero, Brazil in 1990 under direction of Heloisa Aleixo Lustosa, with the technical assistance of Professor Dinah Papi de Guimaraens.

We Free Strings

WeFreeStrings debut release, Fulfillment, consists of 5 original works by violist Melanie Dyer, linked by 5 collectively improvised “Paraphrases” of “brief, yet unfettered sonic dialogue.” Dyer’s songs are inspired by womanhood (I’m Still Here) and (Hope and Fulfillment), the rhythm of Harlem (So(u)stice), and the Batwa people of the Congo rainforest. After Linda/Say Her Name, inspired by Linda Sharrock’s vocals on“Black Woman,” serves as an elegiac homage to the black women who have died at the hands of police/mob violence in the USA. Likewise, the titles of the “Paraphrases” honor “pioneering free thinkers and artists” including Sun Ra, Leroy Jenkins, and Ornette Coleman. To find out more about We Free Strings CLICK HERE.


George Nelson Preston
Founding Director & Chief Curator

Aay Preston-Myint
Co-founding Director

Fernanda Figueiredo, Frank Stewart
Associate Curators

David Baberski

Sarah Escarraz

Donna Thompson Ray