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Events Happening at MOCA North Miami this July

Les Sirènes showcases seven different types of mermaids that inhabit the waters of Haiti, from the beaches to the Basin Bleu waterfalls in Jacmel, each representing a cautionary tale from Haitian folklore. Also open through MOCA’s Welcome to Paradise series is Germane Barnes’s Play House, an installation that activates MOCA’s Paradise Courtyard with a pared-down replica of a shotgun house, paying homage to a definitive style of home frequently seen throughout parts of South Florida. 


The installation serves as a site of play and exploration, transforming the building into a playscape that balances recreation with learning, where visitors can explore the history of these homes through VR-activated archives. Beyond the newly opened exhibits, much of MOCA’s programming for July takes its inspiration from artist Manuel Mathieu’s presentations—World Discovered Under Other Skies and Dwelling on the Invisible.


Germane Barnes: Play House (right) and Christopher Mitchell: Les Sirénes (Left).


Here’s what’s coming up:


On July 1, the first book for MOCA’s inaugural Book Club will be announced. The program will touch on themes of migration and displacement, similar to the work featured in Manuel Mathieu’s exhibitions. For this first club meeting, all are invited to join at MOCA in-person or virtually in the first week of August 2024. More information to be announced soon!


JAZZ at MOCA featuring SAMAMBAIA – June 28, 8-10 pm


South Florida’s longest-running free outdoor jazz concert series and one of the museum’s most beloved public programs returns for in-person open air musical entertainment, rain or shine. Since 1999, Jazz at MOCA has been presented on the MOCA Plaza on the last Friday of the month. Hundreds of concert-goers have enjoyed a free concert, activations, and pay as you wish admission to the museum from 7 to 10 p.m. Seating starts at 7 PM, Concert begins at 8 PM


SUMMER ART CAMP 2024 – June 10 – August 16


MOCA’s Summer Art Camp 2024 offered children ages 6-13, a diverse range of activities to ignite their creativity. From Studio Arts Camp to Dynamic Design Camp, the young artists explored their creativity in a stimulating and supportive atmosphere.


Mini Makers Inspired by Manuel Mathieu – July 6 – 2-4 PM


Get an insider experience into MOCA’s exhibition “Manuel Mathieu: World Discovered Under Other Skies” in this workshop! Join MOCA as we use unexpected tools to paint & create masterpieces. RSVP here


Sunday Stories – Summer is Here! – July 7 – 10:30 – 11:30 AM


Everyone Can in this colorful workshop! Join MOCA as we celebrate Summer by reading "Summer is Here” by Renee Watson, illustrated by Bea Jackson, then we’ll create our own magical bubble paintings. 

RSVP here.


 Conversations at MOCA: Light as Sublime and the Salacious – July 10 – 7 – 9 PM


Join us for a conversation inspired by the current collection exhibition, Light Play, curated by Adeze Wilford with Kimari Jackson. In this discussion, we consider the dynamic use of light in creative practices throughout greater Miami and delve into the dual nature of light as both ethereal and provocative. Discover light's potential to both transform and transcend with a panel that includes art practitioners, educators, curators and administrators. Participants: Amanda Sanfilippo and Jeffrey Noble, Artist & co-founder of We Are Nice ’n Easy. Moderated by Thom Wheeler Castillo. RSVP here.


Summer Film Series: Summer Poetry and Art Series – July 13 – 1 – 3 PM


Inspired by the current exhibit, Light Play, MOCA’s Summer Film Series steps into the world of neon-noir films. Punctuated by an electronic score, neon soaked visuals and a complicated hero, these films explore urban isolation and moral ambiguity.  Tickets include admission to the museum until 8 pm close. RSVP here.


Art on the Plaza x Welcome to Paradise Reception – July 26 – 6:30 – 8 PM


A reception honoring exhibiting artists Germane Barnes and Christopher Mitchell


JAZZ at MOCA featuring the Heavy Weather Quartet – July 26 – 6:30 – 8 PM


Free, open-air jazz featuring The Heavy Weather Quartet. Seating starts at 7. Concert starts at 8 PM. Rain or shine! RSVP here.


By ML Staff. Courtesy of MOCA North Miami



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