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The Art Issue 2023

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Museum MOCA North Miami The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA) celebrates Miami Art Week with a public reception on Tuesday, December 5, featuring exhibitions, Jamea Richmond-Edwards: Ancient Future and Juan Francisco Elso: Por América, as well as curator-led tours of each exhibition on Saturday, December 9. Jamea Richmond-Edwards: Ancient Future delves into the realms of Afro-futurism and Black mythologies, highlighting Richmond-Edwards’ signature paintings, new film explorations and immersive installations. A monumental painting will serve as the centerpiece, reflecting the artist’s innovative approach to art-making. Ancient Future will also feature a site-specific installation with a new video work, showcasing a performance by a majorette dance team. During Miami Art Week a live performance will be staged throughout the MOCA building, recreating the procession from the video, including majorettes and a trio of musicians. Juan Francisco Elso: Por América offers a captivating retrospective of the brief but influential career of the late Cuban artist Juan Francisco Elso (1956-1988). The exhibition presents the largest survey of Elso’s career to-date, showcasing the evolution of his practice, from his experimentation with new materials to incorporating spirituality, ritual, and decolonial ideals. Por América includes more than 70 works by over 30 artists, including Elso, Glenn Ligon, Tania Bruguera, Belkis Ayón, and new commissions by Tiona Nekkia McClodden and Reynier Leyva Novo. Also on view will be Art on the Plaza artist Chris Friday’s Narcissist, a large-scale, free-standing metal figure gazing at its reflection in the Museum’s fountain. The work symbolizes Black art’s self-celebration of beauty without revealing deeper emotions, especially when placed in a public contemporary art space. Jamea Richmond-Edwards: Ancient Future Oct 25, 2023 - Mar 17, 2024 Curated by Adeze Wilford, MOCA North Miami Juan Francisco Elso: Por América Nov 1, 2023 - Mar 17, 2024 Curated by Olga Viso with Susanna V. Temkin, El Museo del Barrio Chris Friday: Narcissist Nov 29, 2023 - Feb 18, 2024 Miami Art Week Schedule Reception Dec 5, 6 pm – 10 pm VIP Reception 6 pm – 8 pm Public Reception 8 pm– 10 pm Artist and Curator-Led Exhibition Tour Dec 9, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami Joan Lehman Building 770 NE 125 Street North Miami, FL 33161 305-893-6211 About MOCA North Miami

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