A museum centered on Art + Education + Social Justice through the lens of Africa + the diaspora


Listen to an audio-diary based on a series of transformative days in the life of Dion as remembered by Detroit based BLK queer artist, digital curator, and writer, Darryl DeAngelo Terrell. Dive into six episodes of this MoCADA Radio podcast to explore gender, sexual identity, performance, and American Blackness.


Darryl DeAngelo Terrell (b. 1991 Detroit, Mi) is a BLK queer artist, digital curator, and writer, currently based in Detroit, Mi. A recent MFA graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he studied Photography, under the supervision of Roberto Sifuentes, Ayanah Moore, and Xaviera Simmons. Darryl’s work is centered around the philosophy of F.U.B.U. (The Shit Is For Us) He thinks about how his work can aid to a larger conversation about blackness, and it many intersectionalities. Their work explores the displacement of black and brown people, femme identity, and strength, the black family structure, sexuality, gender, safe spaces, and personal stories, all while keeping in mind the accessibility of art.

Darryl is a 2019 Kresge Arts In Detroit Visual Arts Fellow, 2018 Luminarts Fellow in Visual Arts, a 2017/18 Hatch Project Artist in Resident at Chicago Artist Coalition, 2017 Artist in Resident at ACRE, a semifinalist for the 2017 Edes Fellowship. Darryl has also shown at The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Brooklyn, NYC YC,  the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Il, Xpace Cultural Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, TN, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art  in Scottsdale, AZ and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.


“I’d like to think that my practice encourages conversation, conversations that are so often looked over. I make work that puts blackness in the forefront making way for us to feel seen and included in not only the thought process but also in the contemporary conversation, and not as an afterthought. I explore the different identities that are apart of the shared lived black experience across the diaspora.

In my practice, I work across personal narratives, gender, and sexual identities and performance, the idea of American blackness, ideas of safe space, black leisure, and fictional storytelling. I use my obsessions with music, poetry, social media, pop culture and black people as a humorous influence on me and my practice giving me a perspective that isn’t completely mine but of a collective black mind. My practice consists of lens-based media (i.e photography and video), performance, text-based media, Djing, social engagement, writing, and storytelling

I look to artists such as Xaviera Simmons, Danez Smith, Carrie Mae Weems, Lyle Ashton Harris, Kerry James Marshell, Rashid Johnson, Glenn Ligon, and the ALL the Black Femme Identifying people in my life.” – Darryl DeAngelo Terrell