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The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA) Offers Public Programming Throughout November

Through the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA)’s continued efforts to include diverse voices and perspectives, the museum is offering a robust series of educational and public programming throughout the month of November, in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. MOCA is also proud to announce the openings of its Fall 2022 and Miami Art Week exhibitions: Didier William: Nou Kite Tout Sa Dèyè and Leah Gordon’s “Kanaval.”

Debuting on Nov. 2, 2022, “Didier William: Nou Kite Tout Sa Dèyè” (through April 16, 2023) is the largest solo presentation of Didier William’s career. Translated as “We’ve Left That All Behind,” the show presents an in-depth look at the Haitian-born, North Miami-raised artist’s career and memory among the very neighborhood where he once grew up. Curated by Erica Moiah James, Ph.D., the exhibition will feature over forty works spanning multiple mediums and 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.

Opening Nov. 9, 2022 is “Kanaval,” a survey by photographer, filmmaker, curator, and writer Leah Gordon that documents twenty years of Carnival in Haiti. Curated by Adeze Wilford, the exhibition consists of a series of black-and-white photographs taken on a mechanical medium format camera.

MOCA’s November programming includes:

MOCA miniMakers: Native American Heritage Month | Saturday, Nov. 5, 2 – 4 p.m.

· Details: Inspired by Native American basket-weaving traditions, MOCA is celebrating Native American Heritage Month by learning how to weave baskets. Join MOCA in this workshop as attendees learn about the tradition of basket weaving and its importance to Native American communities across the country.

MOCA miniMakers is MOCA’s free and inclusive series of art workshops for children ages six and up. Children will have access to a variety of art techniques, as well as an inclusive curriculum incorporating step-by-step guides, STEAM activation and creative free play. Taught by experienced artists and sponsored by the North Miami Community Redevelopment Agency, MOCA miniMakers aims to foster an accessible spirit of learning through the arts.

· Cost: Free

· RSVP: For more information, please click here.

Sunday Stories: “Grandmother’s Dreamcatcher” by Becky Ray McCain | Sunday, Nov. 6, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.'

· Details: Join MOCA on the first Sunday of every month for MOCA Sunday Stories’ story time, followed by a DIY early childhood art project. MOCA is celebrating Native American Heritage Month by learning how to make dreamcatchers. Guests will enjoy the reading of "Grandmother's Dreamcatcher" by Becky Ray McCain and learn about the tradition of dreamcatchers. After the reading, participants will make their own dreamcatcher and explore their importance to Native American communities across the country. Sponsored by the North Miami Community Redevelopment Agency, this early childhood art series engages toddlers and fosters reading, motor skill development and socialization. MOCA Sunday Stories is a great way for children to bond with their parents or guardians as they create together.

· Cost: Free

· RSVP: For more information, please click here.

MOCA Makers: Portrait Painting | Saturday, Nov. 19, 1 – 3 p.m.

· Details: MOCA Makers is a series of adult art workshops, which bring forward an artistically interested public to work with and learn from local artists in South Florida. Topics such as figure drawing, print making, and portrait painting are hosted for all level of participants. Art Packs are available for purchase from the MOCA Shop. This November, participants will be studying portrait painting with the artist, Lucia Morales. MOCA Makers courses are made possible with the support from the North Miami CRA.

· Cost: Free

· RSVP: For more information, please click here.

Jazz at MOCA Featuring Nanny Assis | Friday, Nov. 25, 7 p.m.

· Details: “Jazz at MOCA” is MOCA’s free outdoor concert series in-person on the last Friday of every month. On Friday, Nov. 25, MOCA is pleased to welcome Nanny Assis. Assis is a Brazilian-American singer, percussionist, composer, producer and guitarist based in the New York City area. In 2011 and 2017, he was the recipient of the prestigious Brazilian International Press Award as “Best Singer of the Year.” In 2017 in Tokyo, Japan, Assis received the award of “Brazilian Ambassador in Music and Arts” for his work promoting the Brazilian culture in Japan, New Zealand, Cuba, Italy, Russia, Israel, Turkey, England and more. Assis is a composer of the new season New York City-based musical “Rio Uphill.” He also has recorded three albums, “Brazilian Vibes,” “Double Rainbow,” and “Honey and Air.”

· Cost: Jazz at MOCA is free and open to the public.

· RSVP: For more information, please click here.

Art on the Plaza: “To What Lengths” | Oct. 14 through Jan. 20, 2023

· Details: On view from Oct. 14 through Jan. 20, 2023, as part of MOCA’s Art on the Plaza series, VantaBlack’s “To What Lengths,” will showcase a key component to her artistic practice by reflecting on legacy building and preservation as foundational to Black culture and other diasporic peoples. VantaBlack will explore how ideas about legacy are woven into everyday actions by activating five palm trees on the MOCA Plaza with large-scale braids, adorned with beads, metal, and artificial sunflowers and gardenias. The braids of each tree will follow stylings representative of the women in VantaBlack’s family. At the base of each tree will be a round mat with cushions for seating, inviting viewers to engage with the work while looking up.

· Cost: Free and open to the public

· Where: Outside on MOCA Plaza

By ML Staff. Images courtesy of MOCA


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