Now in its eighth year, Art of Black Miami showcases Miami’s cultural diversity of the visual arts locally, nationally and internationally celebrating the Black diaspora
MIAMI (Nov. 14, 2022) — The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) ramps up opportunities to showcase Greater Miami and Miami Beach’s rich cultural history and diverse heritage by kicking off its Art of Black Miami cultural programming for the 2022 arts season. Officially launched in 2014, the GMCVB’s Multicultural Tourism & Development Department (MTDD) developed the Art of Black Miami as a 365-day marketing platform and destination promotion that showcases the visual arts and artists locally, nationally and internationally celebrating the Black Diaspora.
“The Art of Black Miami programming has continued to expand over the past eight years,” said David Whitaker, president & CEO of the GMCVB. “The program, which further positions Greater Miami and Miami Beach as a leading and inspiring multicultural destination, celebrates the unique talent developed in our community, and establishes a platform for artists to exhibit their skills while gaining valuable exposure.”
Events for the upcoming arts season will be rolled out via curated art initiatives organized by local art organizations, galleries and spaces in neighborhoods throughout Historic Overtown, Little Haiti, Little Havana, Opa-locka, North Miami, Design District, Downtown Miami, South Dade and Miami Beach. Festivities will kick-off on November 16th with a GMCVB Coffee & Conversation featuring Miami Arts, Culture & Heritage Months. Presenters, John Copeland, director of Cultural Tourism and Petra Brennan, director of Tourism Business Enhancement will share updates, news and information about Miami Art Week 2022 and how the GMCVB is encouraging visitors and residents alike to explore all that Greater Miami and Miami Beach has to offer.
“Art of Black Miami honors the spirit of Miami Art Week by bringing awareness to extremely talented, diverse local artists,” stated Connie Kinnard, GMCVB’s senior vice president, Multicultural Tourism & Development Department. “The global arts community has its eyes on Greater Miami and Miami Beach giving us an opportunity to showcase the cultural diversity of our artists, organizations and galleries celebrating our neighborhoods and communities year-round. This year, we welcome visitors and residents to our in-person events, putting forward a robust array of artists who express their creativity across different media, showcasing stories that make our communities uniquely beautiful.”
The Art of Black Miami brand has grown into a cultural powerhouse featuring prominent Black Miami artists including Marcus Blake, Addonis Parker and Purvis Young, along with other influential and up-and-coming artists in the community. Last year, the GMCVB expanded the platform with the introduction of the Art of Black Miami Podcast Series offering a space for Miami-based artists to lead engaging conversations about how their style of work is represented and influenced by Miamiʼs unique landscape.
This year’s Art of Black Miami events continue to raise the bar for the program, featuring artists from across the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America and other parts of the world, featuring curated exhibitions, performances, artists’ talks, films, pop-up events and mural unveilings. For more information on Art of Black Miami, please visit ArtofBlackMiami.com.
A sampling of additional Art of Black Miami 2022 events is provided below.
Ancestral Ground Presented by Peter London Global Dance Company and Adrienne Arsht Center of Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
Celebrating its tenth season at the Adrienne Arsht Center of Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, Peter London Global Dance Company presents a one-of-a-kind, electrifying dance concert titled Ancestral Ground. The performance will feature a magnificent array of choreographed voices loaded with New-Kids-on-the-Block fierceness and beyond-the-wall innovation. Miami’s leading multiethnic choreographers display the rich multicultural heritage of the city’s global community in a colorful explosion of Afro-Caribbean and Latin flair, imbued with spiritual energy and duende, while sizzling with Miami heat and agua dulce. The 12 thrilling dancers are empowered with technical virtuosity and dramatic passion, incomparable in their unique ability to execute with ease. Performances in Afro-diaspora dance, contemporary and modern dance, classical and contemporary ballet, urban funk, jazz, Latin dance and hip-hop.
Dec. 28 to Dec. 31, 2022
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
1300 Biscayne Blvd.
Dec. 28 to Dec. 30, 2022, show is at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 31, 2022, show is at 2 p.m.
Prizm Art Fair 2022 VERNACULAR À LA MODE
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Prizm presents Vernacular À la Mode with presentations of select galleries and artists exploring how vernacular modes of artmaking originating in global African contexts have influenced the cultivation of fine art practice worldwide. This holistic program will include four sections: Prizm Panels, Prizm Perform, Prizm Film, Prizm Preview and Prizm Art Fair at large, exhibiting international artists from Africa and the global African diaspora. Artists will represent global locales including Angola, Barbados, South Africa, Kenya, Mozambique, Martinique, Norway, Portugal, Saint Martin, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom and more.
Nov. 29 to Dec. 4, 2022
Nov. 29, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Prizm Preview – Design District – 4220 North Miami Ave.
Nov. 30, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Prizm Preview – Little Haiti Cultural Center
Prizm Panel Talk
Little Haiti Cultural Center
2121 NE 59th Terrace
Nov. 30, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Dec. 2, 11 a.m. – 4. p.m.
Hours: 10 a.m.– 6 p.m.
Point Comfort Art Fair and Show 2022
Hampton Art Lovers presents Point Comfort Art Fair + Show in Historic Overtown, at the Historic Ward Rooming House and Gardens. Point Comfort Art Fair + Show comprises an art exhibition and Indaba Lounge Series and is a panoramic experience of Art, Conversations and Vibes featuring the art of Basil Watson, Brandon Clark, Tiffany Glenn, Nathalie Jolivert, Phil Shing, Musa Hixon, Chris Clark, Tommy the Animator and Judy Bowman. Point Comfort’s Indaba Lounge Series brings people together in conversation through art and music. The word “Indaba” is Swahili for “come together” or “meeting of great minds.” This year, in collaboration with Miami Museum of Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora (Miami MoCAAD), Hampton Art Lovers will host a talk and mural unveiling moderated by UM law professor Charlton Copeland, grandson of a New Orleans longshoreman.
Nov. 27 to Dec. 6, 2022
Nov. 27, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Creative Conversation and mural unveiling
Dec. 1, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Dec. 1, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Opening reception – RSVP required
Indaba Lounge Series:
Dec. 2, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Dec. 3, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Dec. 3, 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Closing Reception)
Dec. 4, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Historic Ward Rooming House
249 N.W. 9th St.
Hours: 12 p.m.– 6 p.m., Thur.–Sun.
Miami MoCAAD Soul Basel Kickoff Creative Conversation and Mural Unveiling
Miami MoCAAD is finding new and inventive ways to combine art, technology and the use of oral histories for its immersive digital art experience during Art of Black Miami. The organization has commissioned Overtown native and artist Reginald O’Neal to create a mural on the side of Miami’s Black Longshoreman’s #1416 building in Historic Overtown. In addition, residents and visitors will have the opportunity to scan a QR code and listen to the contributions that ILA #1416 has made through its oral history interviews. In conjunction with the Mural Unveiling Miami MoCAAD will host a creative conversation, co-hosted with Hampton Art Lovers at the Historic Ward Rooming House on Friday, Nov. 27, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. The event will be moderated by UM law professor Charlton Copeland, grandson of a New Orleans longshoreman.
Nov. 27, 2022
Historic Ward Rooming House
249 NW 9th St.
Mural unveiling location:
816 NW 2nd Ave.
4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Admission: Free – In-person and virtual
RSVP required via www.Eventbrite.com
Art Beat Miami
Art Beat Miami celebrates its ninth year with its annual art fair exhibition showcasing the works of more than 30 emerging and renowned local, international and celebrity artists during Miami Art Week/Miami art season in various locations throughout Miami-Dade County. Art Beat Miami’s gallery will be accessible in-person from Dec. 1 to Dec. 4 and online from Dec. 1, 2022 through Jan. 31, 2023.
Nov. 30 to Dec. 4, 2022
Brightline Miami Central Station
600 NW 1st Ave.
Joseph Caleb Center
5400 NW 22nd Ave.
Nov. 30, Noon – 3 p.m.
Preview party (Caleb Center)
Dec. 1, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Preview Party – (Brightline Miami)
Dec. 2, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Conversation with the Artists (Brightline Miami)
Dec. 3, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Chefs of the Caribbean Celebrity Brunch (Brightline Miami)
Dec. 4, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Sew Artsy (Art on the Catwalk)
819 NW 2nd Ave.
Admission: Free and ticketed
Le Art Noir, Diversity in Color
Le Art Noir, Diversity in Color is back with a bang for its second year of thought-provoking art, culture and entertainment. The event showcases more artists and expands its cultural wings to explore the influence of fashion including runway shows from breakthrough designers, plus the return of its education outreach program with the wider Miami community. Taking place during Art Basel Miami Beach, Le Art Noir is a unique multicultural collaboration of artists and creatives from around the globe highlighting innovative collections that represent ‘Art of Times’ by focusing on current issues that have visual beauty and evoke an emotional connection.
African Heritage Cultural Arts Center
6161 NW 22nd Ave.
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
The Art of An Athlete
The Art of an Athlete by Maxwell Pearce, a Harlem Globetrotter superstar, reflects vibrant textured mixed media works that explore diversity within Black athleticism and celebrate athletes’ individual abilities to do more than dribble, shoot and score. Propelled by a deeply inappropriate live interview with Alabama television anchors in 2020 that he felt had racist undertones, Pearce channeled the extreme backlash and racist messages he received into an artistic celebration of Black athletes’ abilities to shape their narrative beyond their careers in sports. His mixed media sculptures—each of which offers multiple points of view—maintain historical and contemporary references through inspirations like Wilma Rudolph and Serena Williams, while also transporting audiences through space and time to a specific cultural moment of each athlete. Further, Pearce intends for his works to act to engage society to reflect on meaning, material and movement that echoes his civic engagement work.
Dec. 2 to Dec. 4
N’Namdi Gallery in Little Haiti
6505 N.E. 2nd Ave.
Opening night, Dec. 2, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Public viewing, Dec. 3 and Dec. 4, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
10th Annual Umbrellas of Little Havana Art Festival
Umbrellas of Little Havana Art Festival is a cultural celebration of the arts, featuring local artists using a variety of media and genres who come together to celebrate the arts in South Florida during the annual Art Basel festivities. Over the years, the festival has created great community partnerships promoting inclusion including its relationship with Miami Lighthouse for the Blind. Featured with various arts displays are amazing, colorful, hand-painted patio umbrellas. This year will introduce 25 newly designed umbrellas to the festival. Umbrellas of Little Havana Festival is a family festival attracting both local and international visitors each year.
Dec. 2 to Dec. 4 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Futurama 1637 SW 8 St.
Art UnRestricted at MUSE Art Fair
ArtUnRestricted, an exhibit at MUSE Art Fair, is the fourth edition of MUSE reflecting the diversity and outstanding talent of our local and global community. With the absence of geographical boundaries, MUSE aims to cultivate conversation, connection and a feeling of community within the global art world. It features an eclectic mix of paintings, photographs and sculptures from Black, Hispanic, Caribbean, African and women artists residing throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Nov. 30 to Dec. 4
Kimpton Angler’s Hotel
660 Washington Ave.
Nov. 30, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Dec. 1 to Dec. 3, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Dec. 4, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
13th Annual CADA Panel Discussion on Contemporary African Diaspora Art
The 13th Annual CADA Panel Discussion on Contemporary African Diaspora Art is composed of a panel of art innovators, global curators, renowned artists and leading contributors, discussing the current state of the contemporary African diaspora art market. This year’s panelists will include award-winning Journalist, Julie Walker; artist and Nova Southeastern University art professor, Kandy Lopez; Jamaican sculptor, Basil Watson; U.S.V.I. Cultural Ambassador, Myron Jackson; Darwin Guard, chairman of the Cultural Development Foundation of St. Lucia; Jarvis Dubois, Smithsonian Museum of American Art and Marie Vickles, director of education, Pérez Art Museum Miami. The Panel Discussion will also be simultaneously live streamed on Facebook, Clubhouse and YouTube.
Dec. 4, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Art Deco Museum
1001 Ocean Drive
Didier William: Nou Kite Tout Sa Dèyè
The largest retrospective of Didier William’s career. Translated as “We’ve Left That All Behind,” the show presents an in-depth look at the North Miami-raised artist’s career and memory in the very neighborhood where he once grew up. Curated by Erica Moiah James, Ph.D., the exhibition will feature over 40 works spanning multiple media, including some of his newest paintings. Complementing the painted work and speaking to the close relationship of painting and printmaking in William’s practice, are new drawings and artist books. The show also includes William’s first monumental sculpture: a 12-ft.-tall wooden body emblematic of a religious column present in Haitian worship rituals. The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) will also showcase Art on the Plaza, “To What Lengths” by Chire “VantaBlack” Regans, through Jan. 20, 2023 as well as Leah Gordon’s “Kanaval” through April 16, 2023.
Through – April 16, 2023
Dec. 1,6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – VIP reception
Dec. 1,8 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Public reception
Dec. 3,11 a.m. – Artist and curator-led tour
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
770 NE 125th St.
The Art of Transformation Presents:
This Here Place: Africa and the Global Diaspora
A Beautiful Human Love
AfriKin Art 2022: The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born
The Art of Transformation is a five-day, two-block event in the heart of Opa-locka, set to coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach 2022. The event will feature three incredibly special art exhibitions. The first is This Here Place: Africa and the Global Diaspora, which is inspired by a quote from Toni Morrison’s novel “Beloved,” where Morrison describes the nightmare of slavery and calls for a reimagining of the past and an embrace of a future reality infused with love. The exhibition, which brings together six international artists from Opa-locka Development Corporation collection, including African masters Abdoulaye Konaté from Mali, Senegalese Viyé Diba, and Barthélémy Toguo from Cameroon, is curated by South African Tumelo Mosaka. A Beautiful Human Love, is built on the letter to humankind titled, “La Belle Amour Humaine,” which was written by Haiti’s Jacques Stephen Alexis in 1957. It inspired Lyonel Trouillot’s novel by the same name. A Beautiful Human Love presents slices of Haitian Art History through the wo/men, stylistics and movements that have shaped the aesthetics of this great Caribbean nation. The exhibition participates in Alexis’ 100th birthday celebrations and is curated by Haitian American Jean Jacques Alexis, the son of the author. The third exhibition is curated and presented by Alfonso D’Niscio Brooks of AFRIKIN® and is titled: The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born, a play on the title of Ayi Kwei Armah’s novel, it features an array of international, emerging and acclaimed mid-career artists from the world stage. The artists assembled in this exhibition have defied their otherness to enter mainstream art history. The curated panel discussions, lectures and performances provide a site for immersion into a new way of understanding how what we have in common is far greater than that which divides us. The lectures initiate conversations about issues in politics and aesthetics and the subjects resonate in the contemporary era.
Dec. 1 to Dec. 4
Dec. 1, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Film screening
Dec. 2, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Curatorial panel
Dec. 3, ,7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Black women and leadership
Dec. 4, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – Dance performance
The ARC (Arts & Recreation Center)
675 Ali Baba Ave.
Hours: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.