Conversations at MOCA: Napoleon Jones-Henderson in discussion with Carter Jackson Brown
The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) presents a lively discussion on Feb. 17 at 7:00 p.m. highlighting the new and historic works of artist Napoleon Jones-Henderson, accompanied by music selections and photographs from his extensive archive which documents over 50 years of art and social justice. The panel is moderated by Carter Jackson Brown.
Viewers will have the rare opportunity to hear this living legend discuss his decades-long career as an artist and educator. A question and answer period will follow.
Napoleon Jones-Henderson was born in 1943 in Chicago, Illinois. In 1968, during the apogee of the Chicago Black Arts Movement, Jones-Henderson was a member of the Chicago-based artists’ collective called COBRA (Coalition of Black Revolutionary Artists). The collective changed its name in 1969 to AfriCOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists). During the formative years of AfriCOBRA, Jones-Henderson created large pictorial woven tapestries that were included in the group’s important series of exhibitions. Jones-Henderson is one of the longest continual active members, and today, AfriCOBRA is one of the oldest continuously active American art collectives.
On the occasion of the collective’s 50th anniversary, MOCA North Miami premiered “AFRICOBRA: Messages to the People” during Art Basel Miami Beach in 2018, which bought together the founding artists with five early members, Sherman Beck, Napoleon Jones-Henderson, Omar Lama, Carolyn Mims Lawrence and Nelson Stevens, to look back at their early contributions to the shaping of AfriCOBRA while presenting the artists’ current works of art. “AFRICOBRA: Nation Time,” the next chapter of the exhibition, was selected as an official Collateral Event of Biennale Arte 2019 in Venice, Italy.
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