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Miami Soul: Soul Basel Mega Guide Part 1 - Black Exhibits to check out during Miami Art Week

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It’s Art Basel time! This time each year Miami gets ready for a week-long experience where art lovers, curators, collectors, and enthusiasts descend upon Miami to soak in our growing art culture. Most exciting is how for the past three years now, the line up of Black exhibits continues to grow year after year with new exhibits being added each year.

For the third year now, Miami Soul has you covered on all of the Black exhibits and events where you can experience and enjoy art from the global Diaspora representing Africa-American, Caribbean, and African artists. Use this list to find the best that Soul Basel has to offer, and don’t let the traffic nightmare ruin your experience. Use this shuttle guide that outlines the complimentary trolley system with shuttles beginning on Wednesday, December 2 through Sunday, December 6 available at

Art of Black Miami

2nd Annual Art of Black Miami collaborative is presented by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) during Art Basel and shines a spotlight on local, national and international art and artists representing the African diaspora that include African-American, Latin, Afro Cuban, Caribbean, and African artistry. The initiative also highlights more than 50 exhibits showcasing the diversity and creativity within Miami’s heritage neighborhoods. Attendees will experience new artwork and projects while attending special events, meeting artists, visiting pop-up art galleries and more. For more info, visit

Art Africa Miami Arts Fair

December 2-6, 11AM – 6PM

Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex, 819 NW 2nd Ave

Free admission in the gallery

The Urban Collective presents their fifth installment of their annual Art Africa Miami Arts Fair in the Historic Overtown district featuring an array of visual works and fine contemporary that pay homage to the African Diaspora’s contribution to the modern art world. This year’s fair features a collection of exhibits, lectures, and live entertainment. For more info, visit RSVP at

Red Carpet & Opening Night Reception

Wednesday, December 2, 7PM – 10PM

Come out for a special evening and celebrate a VIP First Look at the two story gallery featuring fashion models among works of art.

Overtown Renaissance talk with Architect Neil Hall

Thursday, December 3, 5PM – 6PM


Lyric Live Basel Style

Thursday, December 3, 6PM – 11PM

The Apollo-style monthly amateur night hosts a special Basel week event hosted by Comedian Chello with live music by Jody Hill and the Deep Fried Funk Band

Movie Screening – “Deep City: The Birth of Miami Sound”

Thursday, December 3, 6PM – 7:30PM

The Art of Conversation

Friday, December 4, 7PM – 11PM

City of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon and Southeast Overtown Park West CRA in partnership with Headliner Market Group hosts a cocktails and conversation style event while creating a professional fusion between Generation X and Millennial influencers. The night will be full of the arts as guests can elect to sip and paint, play interactive games, and view the Art Africa exhibit. Music by DJ Fly Guy and hosted by Terrance J. Free admission and complimentary wine and tapas. RSVP at

Moving Screening – “The Radian Child”

Saturday, December 5, 12:30PM – 1:30PM

This acclaimed documentary highlights the phenomenon of graffiti artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Lecture – Transcultural Black Presence

Saturday, December 5, 1:30PM -3:30PM

Curator Dr. Carole Boyce-Davies presents the lecture discussion.

Live Entertainment

Saturday, December 5, 7PM – 10PM

Soul Basel VIP Champagne Brunch

Sunday, December 6, 11AM – 2PM

Join cultural and community influencers for a soulful brunch and close out of Art Africa celebrating the renaissance of Overtown’s cultural and artistic landscape. Partial proceeds to benefit Overtown Children and Youth Coalition. Admission $50.

Soul Basel Lounge

December 2 – 5, 6PM – 11PM

The Ward Gallery, 249 NW 9th St

Free admission Wed – Fri

The Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South Florida presents a daily lineup of live music and a soulful chic outdoor cigar bar for patrons to interact and network in a unique Basel styled relaxed environment under the stars with hand rolled cigars by Cuban Crafters. The “No More Blues” exhibit by photographer Cendino Teme will also be featured. Guest DJs each night. Receive free passes to attend the transformed environment of “Expression” of art, poetry, and jazz on Saturday night, December 5, 2015.

Artist Talk with Cendino Teme

Thursday, December 3, 7PM – 9PM

Exhibition hours are Tuesday thru Thursday from 10am to 5pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am to 6pm.

“No More Blues” photography art exhibit dedicated to advocacy and change for Black Lives is featured as captured by Haitian-American photographer Cendino Teme. The exhibit is a compilation of images from the I-95 peaceful protest that took place during last year’s Art Basel and makes an important contribution to the dialogue of Black lives having value. This exhibition also captures the zeal, tenacity, and fearlessness of young individuals conveying a message of urgent change and action. The exhibit will continue to run through December 31.

Expressions: An Evening of Spoken Word & Live Jazz

Saturday, December 5, 8PM – 11PM

This spoken word and jazz showcase features high profile and up-and-coming poets on an open mic format alongside jazz musicians from the South Florida area and beyond. RSVP at $10 in advance; $5 at the door.

Art Beat

December 1-6, 12PM – 8PM

Caribbean Marketplace at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terr

The Northeast Second Avenue Partnership (NE2P) brings the the Basel experience to Little Haiti with the 2nd annual Art Beat festival spanning six days. Art Beat showcases emerging and renowned artists, painters, craftspeople, sculptors, performers, musicians, and folklore dancers from from Haiti and the Caribbean Diaspora. Listen to steel drums, jazz, and roots music while enjoying culinary creations in the Art Village. Pulitzer Prize winning Miami Herald photojournalist Carl Juste will be curating the exhibition. More info on Art Beat is available at

One of the main highlights of Art Beat is the Little Haiti Mural Project, which brings a large-scale public street art installation spanning 30 buildings in Little Haiti. For more info, visit LittleHaitiMuralP

Art Beat Miami Opening Ceremony & Preview Party

Tuesday, December 1, 6PM – 9PM

Experience the pulse and flavor of Little Haiti with the opening ceremony hosted by Melky Jean and live musical performances by La Vie.

A Conversation with the Artist: Eduard Duval-Carrie

Wednesday, December 2, 12PM

The conversation will take place at the Ayiti Exhibition.

Art Beat Vernissage

Friday, December 4, 10AM

The preview of the exhibition is presented in collaboration with the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance and the Miami Mountain Foundation.

Poetic Lakay

Friday, December 4, 7PM

A night of poetry, spoken word, and music is hosted by Mecca Aka Grimo.

Celebrity Brunch with Chef Creole & Friends

Saturday, December 5, 11AM – 1PM

Chef Creole hosts his 2nd annual Art Beat brunch with proceeds benefitting charitable works by NE2P. Admission $35.

Prizm Art Fair

December 1-13

7300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami

For the third year now, Prizm Art Fair returns during Art Basel for a cutting-edge exhibition of international artists from the African Diaspora. The fair also features conversations with leading thinkers of the African Diaspora, a community block party, and various events. Exhibiting artists include Dr. Deborah Willis Ph.D., Amber Robles-Gordon, T. Eliott Mansa, Asser Saint-Val, Brianna McCarthy, Olalekan Jeyifous, Wesley Clark, Dr. Margot Sawyer, Martha Jackson Jarvis, Tyrone Mitchell and Alexis Peskine, just to name a few. For more information, visit

VIP Prizm Art Fair Preview

Tuesday, December 1, 7PM – 10PM

Prizm, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, and MoCADA Museum, co-host the opening of the third annual Prizm Art Fair with an evening of cocktails with the exhibiting artists. RSVP:

Prizm Panels

Saturday, December 5, 1PM – 2:30PM

  • 1pm – 2:30pm – Panel conversation with Professor Kobena Mercer discussing his new book “Travel & See.”
  • 2:45pm – 3:15pm – “Pap Machete” Film Screening about the Haitian slave revolt 200 years ago against Napoleon’s armies in the historic revolution of 1791-1804.
  • 3:30pm – 4:15pm – Panel conversation with contemporary visual artist, Jefferson Pinder
  • 4:30pm – 5:30pm – Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation discuss their work in Brooklyn and how they’re using the arts to educate.

Prizm Block Party & Domino Tournament

Saturday, December 5, 12PM – 7PM

Prizm hosts a mid-day social with co-hosts Rush philanthropic Arts Foundation for an afternoon of cocktails, music, light bites, and networking with friends in art. The Domino tournament features Domino tables by the arts collaborative Bien Conectao and each table being a one-of-a-kind conversation piece. Free, but suggested donation $10.


What’s Inside Her Never Dies…A Black Woman’s Legacy

Yeelen Gallery

294 NW 54th St

Exhibition featured from November 30 – February 28, 2016

Special Art Basel hours: Mon – Sat 10AM – 10PM; Sun 10AM – 6PM

Yellen director, Karla Ferguson Soimaud curates a group exhibition in collaboration with Poets & Artists Magazine to celebrate the legacy and influence of the Black woman. This exhibit marks the three-year anniversary of the Little Haiti-based art gallery and features a compelling body of artist/activists including: Sylvia Parker Maier, Tim Okamura, Joseph Adolphe, Jerome Soimaud, and Numa Perrier.

Art | Ritual | Womanhood: A Conversation & Kickoff Event

Wednesday, December 2, 2PM

This conversation delves into the intersection of artistic practice and feminine ritual featuring Numa Perrier, a Haitian-American artist with a focus on film/video and large scale installation and Michelle Papillion, Founder of Papillion Art, a contemporary art space in Los Angels. Light bites and cocktails will be served.

Panel: Saving Tomorrow Today

Thursday, December 3, 2PM

Yeelen founder Karla Ferguson hosts a panel featuring prominent activists, influential artists, and educators and six prominent activist women whom have collectively shared the grief of losing children as a direct result of racial profiling and violence from police. The panelists include: Rev Al Sharpton, Michael Skolnik, David Banner, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, and Charles HF Davis. The Circle of Mothers include: Iris Baez, Valerie Bell, Constance Malcolm, Hawa Bah, as well as Sybrina Fulton and Kadiatou Diallo, both mothers of late Trayvon Martin and Amadou Diallo featured throughout the portraiture of artist Sylvia Parker Maier, which will be on exhibit. Invite only private event.

‘Back to Black’ Pre-gallery Opening Dinner

Saturday, December 5, 8PM – 10PM – Shokudo, 4740 NE 2nd Ave

Intimate dinner and prelude to Yeelen’s gallery opening at 10pm. Limited seats and $5 fee required to confirm a seat. RSVP at

“Back to Black’ Party & Reception

Saturday, December 5, 10PM – until

This annual reception attracts one of the largest constituencies of artists and influencers outside of the usual fair grounds. RSVP at

Yeelen Closeout

Sunday, December 6, 4PM

Yeelen closes out Miami Art Week with the BLCK family, for a family style meal prepared by chef Luz McCook. Catering to the literal taste buds with various international cuisines and the proverbial through the arts and the unity of the African diaspora. Live performances follow by Freedom Hall and Rimidi.

Haitian Heritage Museum: Les Jacmelien V

Haitian Heritage Museum

4141 NE 2nd Ave, Miami Design District

December 3-4

Through the photography of Bob Metelus, a series of artist talks and a film screening, the Haitian Heritage Museum will explore how the Contemporary Afro-Caribbean voice can affect change.

Bob Metelus: Images of a Veiled Haiti – Opening Reception

Thursday, December 3, 6:30PM

Featuring the work of Bob Metelus, this exhibition presents a view of Haiti unrecognized by much of society. Metelus’ contemporary photographs enlighten the viewers on many different aspects of Haiti’s vast landscape and culture in an attempt to correct this misperception.

Lectures & Conversations with the Artists

Thursday, December 3, 6:30PM

The Artist’s Voice | Contemporary Afro-Caribbean Art and the Changing Landscape – with Miami Photographer Bob Metelus. Launched in 2015, ‘The Artist’s Voice’ lecture series allows for the Artist to discuss their recent projects. Bob Metelus’ work displays an unseen Haiti in order to change a miss-guided negative view. Hear him present his work, and offer insight on how the Afro-Caribbean artist can affect society.

Special Film Screening: “Nous Haitiens” Documentary

Friday, December 4, 6:30PM

Largelline, a young Haitian woman shocked, helple

ss, and disarmed before the destruction is projected on a quest for history, life experiences, pain, and hope. The film follows young Haitians on their identity quest, search for knowledge, and understanding of the Haitian nation.

Calabash Visual Arts Fair

African Heritage Cultural Arts Center

6161 NW 22nd Ave, Miami

December 1 – 6

The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center presents its fourth installment of the Calabash Visual Arts Festival with a six-day event celebrating the Black life experience through the arts and honors the Black artist. More info at


Calabash Arts Fair Community Opening

Tuesday, December 1, 6PM


Calabash Fete

Saturday, December 5

A fete with an outdoor fair and tours to various Black Art galleries and presentations.

Calabash Community Art Talk & Breakfast

Sunday, December 6

Join the dialogue with extraordinary artists discussing their craft and how we use creativity in our everyday life.

Special Events

reDew Group Exhibition Opening Reception

Monday, November 30, 6PM – 8PM – 6308 NW 2nd Ave

Runs from November 30 – December 11

Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator presents the opening reception for reDew – a group show ritualizing the artist’s process in creating a moment of rebirth, resurrection and renewal.

Miami Heritage Month Kickoff

Tuesday, December 1, 6:30PM – 8:30PM – Kroma, 3670 Grand Ave, Coconut Grove

The Greater Miami Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (GMCVB) kicks off Miami Heritage Month with a reception. This is the second year of Miami Heritage Month, which is celebrated throughout the month of December and is sponsored by Citibank. This is an opportunity to celebrate and explore unique heritage neighborhoods – Little Haiti, Coconut Grove, Overtown, Little Havana – through heritage trails, multicultural events, culinary tours, and special offers.

Tracy Wilson Mourning & Honey Shine Art Basel Kickoff

Wednesday, December 2, 6PM – 9PM – Gallery 88, 237 20th St Suite C, Entrance on Liberty Ave

Tracy Wilson Mourning hosts a celebration of expression with legendary artist, Anthony Liggins. Enjoy art, cocktails, and hors d’oevres. RSVP at

Kroma Art Gallery Opening Reception

Wednesday, December 2, 7PM – 11PM – Kroma, 3670 Grand Ave, Coconut Grove

Kroma hosts the opening for the ‘Reflections in Watercolor’ exhibit by nationally renowned artist, James Gayles of Oakland, CA. The exhibit runs through January 28.

Let the Mural Speak: A Spoken Word Experience

Thursday, December 3, 6PM – 11PM – OneUnited Bank, 3275 NW 79th St, Miami

OneUnited Bank, the nation’s largest black-owned bank, celebrates the art of poetry representing the urban experience as part of a continuing celebration of the 550sq foot mural “Thunder & Enlightening” painted by Miami Muralist Addonis Parker on the façade of OneUnited Bank’s Miami branch. The spoken word experience will feature some of South Florida’s esteemed poets giving a voice to the art, in addition to, Addonis unveiling a trilogy entitled “Lady Liberty,” another continuing piece inspired by the mural. Free admission. RSVP at

Art of Transformation VIP Closing Party

Friday, December 4, 10PM – 2AM – The ARC, 675 Ali Baba Ave

The Art of Transformation, which has been running from November 6 to December 11 to celebrate the revitalization of Opa-locka, closes with a VIP Basel party. Enjoy cocktails by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, food, music, and the exhibition “Through the Eyes.” Free.

6th Annual Art Basel Panel Discussion on Contemporary African Diaspora Art

Sunday, December 6, 12PM – 3PM – Nathan W. Collier Library at Florida Memorial University, 15800 NW 42nd Ave, Miami Gardens

Curator Ludlow Bailey hosts a discussion with a lineup featuring Nigerian artist and curator, Dr. Ugochukwu Smooth Nwezi, Dartmouth Hood Museum, African American Artist, Bernard Williams, Ethiopian based cultural curator, Dr. Desta Meghoo and the, art writer, Julie Walker.

Black Exhibits

Afropolis in the Gardnes

Wednesday, December 2 – Betty T Ferguson Complex, 3000 NW 199th St, Miami Gardens

AFROPOLIS in the Gardens is an Afropolitan art event designed to engage the residents and visitors to the City of Miami Gardens during Art Basel week in Dade. This year’s event will feature three films from Afro-Cuban film maker, Sergio Giral, along with an evening of Afropolitan video art and music.

Kroma Gallery

3670 Grand Ave, Coconut Grove

Kroma Presents: 12×12: 12 Artists. 12 Installations.

Twelve artists will be selected and challenged to create 72 12” x 12” pieces that must be installed in a designated 6’ x 6’ space by opening night. The thematic prompt for the show is “Coconut Grove (The oldest modern continuously-inhabited neighborhood in Miami),” but the artists can interpret it however they wish. Each artist must post 2 “confessionals” a week, documenting their progress on designated social networks with the appropriate and required hashtags. Confessionals can be in the form of status updates, sketches, or photos, but there must be at least one video post per week. This will bring participants into situations and environments that they would otherwise never be a part of.

Borderless Caribbean Exhibit-on

December 4 – January 17 – Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terr

The Borderless Caribbean exhibition  is part of the larger Global Caribbean art program started by the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance in 2009. It has been designed to create an artistic dialogue, and to encourage exchange between Caribbean and Miami-based artists, which have emerged from the Caribbean Diaspora.

Now or Neverland Exhibition

December 3 – 6 – Chef Creole, 200 NW 54th St, Miami

The Miami Urban Contemporary Experience (MUCE) partners with the iconic Chef Creole and #ArtCentralMiami to present, Now or Neverland, Adventures in Urban Surrealism.T he exhibition takes place in the heart of Little Haiti at the iconic Chef Creole Performance Park (directly behind restaurant). December 3 – 6, guests can expect a three-day tented Pop-up adventure through the psyche of 40 artistic minds that reveal their reality of now & the fantastical Neverland’s of their childhood, adulthood, and perspective on how urban landscapes shape one’s reality. General exhibition tickets are $15, VIP tickets: $30. Tickets are available at

Tizita Ethiopian Fine Art Exhibition

Saturday, December 5, 10AM – 6PM – All Soul’s Episcopal Center, 4025 Pine Tree Dr, Miami Beach

TIZITA (Ti-zee-ta) is a fine art group exhibition featuring Ethiopian and African Diaspora artists. This unique show proffers eclectic perceptions and interpretations of the past and present through the lens of renown and rising artists in a pop Up exhibition of paintings, photography, installations and sound art.

No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting

Perez Art Museum, 1103 Biscayne Blvd

PAMM brings together the work of nine Aboriginal Australian artists who are leader within their community and while th

ey began painting late in life, their works explore complex and innovative modes of abstraction. Relating to cultural systems, religious beliefs, and social structures, these intricate works are at once distinctly grounded in the context of Aboriginal life and profoundly resonant with abstract painting of the 20th and 21st centuries.