Visual Arts

Art of Black Miami kicks off its fifth annual celebration of cultural diversity

Polymathic artist Sanford Biggers, left, greets attendees during the Art of Black Miami event inside the Brightline Central Station in Overtown on Thursday, November 8, 2018. Art of Black Miami is a marketing platform and destination driver organized by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Polymathic artist Sanford Biggers, left, greets attendees during the Art of Black Miami event inside the Brightline Central Station in Overtown on Thursday, November 8, 2018. Art of Black Miami is a marketing platform and destination driver organized by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. cjuste@miamiherald.com

Art of Black Miami, the fifth annual marketing platform of arts, culture and diversity in Miami and the Beaches by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), kicked off Thursday night with an invitation-only event at the Brightline Miami Central Station in downtown Miami.

“The Art of Black Miami collaborative involving Miami’s diverse community shines a spotlight on aspiring and renowned artists, exhibits and activations found throughout Greater Miami’s diverse, mosaic communities that sometimes may not get elevated exposure,” said Connie W. Kinnard, vice president of multicultural tourism and development for the GMCVB.

During Miami Art week, events are activated and rolled out through curated art initiatives organized by art organizations, galleries and spaces in neighborhoods including Historic Overtown, Little Haiti, Little Havana, North Miami, Miami River, Downtown Miami, Miami Beach and other surrounding neighborhoods.

Below are some of the events scheduled for this year. A full list of Art of Black Miami events can be found at www.ArtofBlackMiami.com

Historic Overtown

8th Annual Art Africa Miami Arts Fair 2018

Presented by the Urban Collective/ Art Africa Miami Arts Fair

Black Art Matters explores how Black art has always been and still is about an intellectual, political and artistic rereading, trying to think of the contemporary condition of peoples that have been involved in struggles to stay human. Black Art Matters unveils how the contemporary accommodates itself with oppression thus the necessity for Black proclamations of emancipation, independence, liberation and revolution.

Art Africa Miami Arts Fair is a multidisciplinary exhibition of fine contemporary art from the global African Diaspora that takes place in historic Overtown. The central idea of Art Africa Miami is to present an array of visual works that pay homage to the centrality of Africa and its descendants’ contribution to the modern art world.

Exhibition Hours:

December 5th - 8th 12:00 pm- 8:30 pm and December 9th 12pm- 5pm

Miami River

Pigment International- Miami Reveal

PIGMENT International, the artists’ collective, will host a three-day intimate salon event that includes an exhibition of fine art by some the preeminent African American artists in the country. The event will include an Art Talk on collecting and valuing art, special recognition of the careers of two acclaimed national artists – Frank Frazier and Gerald Griffin, and special entertainment and guest appearances.

Penthouse Riverside Wharf, 125 SW North River Rd.

December 4, 5 & 6

Little Havana

Umbrellas of Little Havana

(ULH) brings over 30 local and international artists to Futurama 1637 Art Galleries | Viernes Culturales’ gallery space for the 3-day festival. Hand painted 6 ft. umbrellas will display the works of local artists in the heart of Little Havana which is a hub for art and culture and a platform for established and emerging artists, musicians and performers accompanying this unique street exhibition. Now in its 6th year the festival offers a unique Latin flavor that has become a keystone attraction attended by thousands of international visitors.

December 7-9

Little Haiti

Muce Arts & Culture Festival

MUCE ARTS & CULTURE FEST (MACF) happening at the Little Haiti Cultural Center Campus, presents a weekend of art, film, and music. The festival features the 4th Annual Now or Neverland art exhibit: Ode To Hip Hop which pays homage to the genre’s significant influence in music, art, literature, and politics. The festival also includes film screenings, artists’ talks, and a nightly artsy kick-backs throughout Little Haiti.

December 5-9

Downtown Miami

Prizm Art Fair 2018

Prizm Art Fair 2018: a cutting edge art fair exhibiting artists from Africa, the African Diaspora and Emerging Markets who reflect global trends in contemporary art. Organized in three exhibitions curated by Jeffreen Hayes, Mikhaile Solomon, and William Cordova, Prizm will present a global program examining the articulation of narratives in Africa and the African Diaspora through varying degrees of currency; the most overt being economic currency, but also, cultural, social, political, and even spiritual currencies.

December 3-9

North Miami –Museum of Contemporary Art- MOCA

AfriCOBRA: Messages to the People

The black artist collective that defined the visual aesthetic of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s. 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the collective which came out of Chicago. Curated exhibit by Jeffreen Hayes.

November 27, 2018 – April 7, 2019

Artist reception: December 6th 8:00pm-11:00pm







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