Noire Miami’s Ultimate Black Basel guide – Part 1: Black exhibits to check out during Art Basel 2013


Art Basel features something for everyone including a cadre of black and Caribbean exhibits and break out new artists to check out.

Fusion MIA

By Fabiola Fleuranvil | Noire Miami |

Art Basel = swanky parties, fab venues, eclectic art, chic parties, dapper men and hot women, and loads of $$$ in the air!

Get your cute cocktail dresses and your dapper gear ready. It’s Art Basel time, and Noire Miami is making sure to keep you in the loop of the best in all of the artsy stuff, culture, even a few brunches, and definitely tons of the swankiest parties. Decembers in Miami are to live for from galas and holiday receptions to weekends like this. Art Basel last year was crazy…really crazy, and judging by the mega list of events, parties, and art fairs, this year’s Art Basel will be a zoo. That just means that if you didn’t get your rest in from the Thanksgiving madness then you’re out of luck because this city doesn’t sleep during Art Basel. Word to the wise, make sure you map out your plans for hopping from one event to the next and don’t hesitate to hop in a Miami Trolley because the streets will be a jungle.

Art Basel is really about the art, really, but you can’t tell with all of the parties and hobnobbing that goes on. Every Art Basel there are a few events that I can count on to be winners like the Vanity Fair party and the Art of Basketball party with the Heat players. And then there are other parties that I just ‘window shop’ because I know it’s reserved for the uppity and super bougie and I’m still working on mine. What’s really exciting this year are all of the black and Caribbean art exhibitions, which means that the local black art scene is blossoming. Also exciting is that Haitian artists are buzzing big time this year.

Here’s Noire Miami’s first in a series of “How to Basel It” black Basel guide. Part 1 is all about the black exhibits to check out, support, and broaden your perspective and love for black art. Heads up, this list of black exhibits is pretty large, which is a great thing. Parts 2 and 3 are about the events, live Hip Hop performances, and black art galleries and the art fairs to check out.

It’s highly recommended to use public transportation, the Metro Mover, the Art Basel Miami Beach Midtown Shuttle that will provide shuttle service between the beach and Midtown from 11am - 10pm Wednesday through Saturday and 11am - 8pm Sunday, every hour on the hour, and the Miami Mover that will run every 30 mins (view bus route).


Part 2: Live music events and a Hip Hop Art Basel vibe


Part 3: The mega list of all the parties 12/2/13


Prizm Art Fair

Dec 5 – 8, 12pm – 6pm daily at Marquis Residences, 1100 Biscayne Blvd

Inaugural art fair powered by two women of color promoting contemporary artists from the African Diaspora. Schedule of events and info:


Thursday, Dec 5, 7pm – 10pm: Premiere launch at Yeelen Gallery, 294 NW 54th St, Little Haiti
Start the night with a sizzle with Rara Lakay, cocktails & libations, and then hop in the party Tap Tap at 10pm and blast off to an intergalactic fete and blast off preview at 11:11pm at Prizm Art Fair at the Marquis, 1100 Biscayne Blvd.

Friday, Dec 6, 10:45am 11:15am: Miami Community & Education Day
Hosted by South Florida Cares. RSVP:

Saturday, Dec 7: Art & Technology Day
Hosted by community tech connoisseurs - Brain Brackeen (Kairos) and Felecia Hatcher (Code Fever Miami) with select Prizm artists

Sunday, Dec 8, 12pm 4pm: New Wave: Collectors & Curators Brunch
Enjoy an afternoon of yoga, international DJ, and cosmic mimosas with yoga instructor Takeyah Young

Grey Goose® Vodka presents Fusion MIA

Dec 4 – 7, 10am – 10pm at the pop-up gallery on 22nd Street and NW 2nd Ave in Wynwood

The Fusion MIA Fair and GREY GOOSE Vodka are combining efforts during Art Basel for a first-time display of African and Latin artists taking place in the heart of Wynwood. Created by Michelle Spence-Jones and curated by Art Muse in collaboration with N’Namdi Contemporary. Schedule of events and info:

Tuesday, Dec 3, 7pm 10pm: “Fly Beyond” First Look (Blue carpet gets under way at 5:45 p.m.)
invitation only for VIPs, media, celebrities, and influencers. Specialty GREY GOOSE® cocktails served, sounds provided by the Miami Symphony Orchestra fused with an urban twist, delectable treats from a global Caribbean cuisine.

Wednesday, Dec 4, 7pm 10pm: “Women Who Rock"
Hosted by Jones Fashion Magazine. Special Art Basel edition of Miami Fashion Week featuring a star-studed fashion show to celebrate the art of fashion and the contributions of designers from the African and Caribbean diaspora. Renowned fashion designers, to include Julian Chang, Art of Shade and Tania Marie. In observance of HIV/AIDS Awareness Month, a red color theme is weaved throughout the event. (“Grey Goose Vodka” Lounge open to the public from 10pm - 1am)

Thursday, Dec 5,  7pm – 9pm: “Art of Music” (Blue carpet gets under way at 5:45 p.m.)
Hosted by Uptown Magazine. A collaboration between Fusion MIA, Ted Lucas Foundation, and the Miami Foundation, the aim of “Don’t Stop the Music” is to return music classes to public middle schools. Awards honoring Circle House, the Overtown Jazz Music Project, and Miami Symphony Orchestra Maestro Eduardo Marturet will be presented. Capitol Records recording artist Sebastian Mikael will perform. Proceeds to benefit the Ted Lucas Foundation. (“Grey Goose Vodka” Lounge open to the public from 10pm - 1am).

Friday, Dec 6, 10am – 12pm: ‘Global Caribbean’ Brunch at Little Haiti Cultural Center, 260 NE 59th Terr, Miami
Visual artists from Haiti, Jamaica, Bahamas, and the Dominican Republic, among other Caribbean countries join Caribbean Consul Generals and international leaders for a mixer brunch to showcase the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance contributions to the arts. Special performance by the Peter London Global Dance Company and participation of the FIU Digital Library Island Luminous online exhibit and the Mapping Arts Project-Miami. Brunch served at 11am and is highlighted by the culinary artistry of celebrity chef Wendell Price, as well as live artist demonstrations and Grey Goose-infused holiday drinks. Free public access. 
Info: The Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance, (305) 756-3037 or

Friday, Dec 6, 6pm – 9pm: FUSION Mixer and “Fly Beyond” Award Dinner (Blue carpet gets under way at 5:45 pm)
An evening of music, epicurean French cuisine, and exceptional people driven by a common passion for the arts, attendees for the private dinner includes artists, collectors, curators, business professionals, taste makers, trendsetters, and media. Iconic artist Ed Clark will be honored for his incredible body of work, in addition to a surprise celebrity. A four-course meal will be cooked by celebrity chef David Whyko, who has counted Lenny Kravitz, Denzel Washington, and Nicole Kidman among his clients. (“Grey Goose Vodka” Lounge open to the public from 6pm - 1am)

Friday, Dec 6, 10pm – 1am: Fusion Friday Night Live
Jill Tracey presents a great night of music and art with HOT 105 and co-host Tamara G starring Big Brooklyn Red and Friends! We’re broadcasting live with James T and sipping cocktails courtesy of Grey Goose and art featuring some of Miami’s best and brightest!

Saturday, Dec 7, 11am – 3pm: Emerge Lecture Series & Panel Discussion: The Business of Art
Organized in partnership with the African Studies Department of the University of Miami, this event features a panel discussion and a movie highlighting various aspects of art. Part 1: panel discussion from 11am - 12:30pm featuring the iconic artist Ed Clark. Panel 2: Screening of “The Art of Murals” movie 2pm - 3:30pm (“Grey Goose Vodka” Lounge open to the public from 10pm - 1am)

Saturday, Dec 7, 6pm – 10pm: FUSION Mixer - A Celebration of Music
The close out event of Fusion MIA Fair & Grey Goose features Elevations, a Chicago-based group that creates art and music simultaneously. (“Grey Goose Vodka” Lounge open to the public from 6pm - 1am)

Celebrity Art Series II presents BLACK: The Art of Color

Dec 3 - 8, 12pm - 5pm at Kroma, 3670 Grand Avenue, Coconut Grove (a new black-owned art space)

"Black: The Art of Color," presents primitive, contemporary, and modern art by African American, Haitian, and African artists. The exhibition and cultural programs showcase the talent of high-profile artists: Andre Guichard, Charly Palmer, Joseph Grant Jr., Najee Dorsey, Adrian Pickett, and Derek Joshua Beard.

Added to the event is a spin on the annual "Taste of the Grove," in which each nightly reception is sponsored by a local Grove restaurant with samples of their signature appetizers. The Women's International Film and Art Festival's [501(c)(3)], initiative "Reel Girls: Real Women" is the 2013 beneficiary of art sales. Dignitaries, art collectors, and the black-arterati have been invited for an exciting week of events in historic Coconut Grove.

Tuesday, Dec 3rd, 4pm 8pm: Vernissage
A Night in Tuscany Reception sponsored by STRADA in the Grove

Wednesday, Dec 4, 6pm 8pm: Art of Collecting presented by artist Joseph Grant
Indian delight reception sponsored by Bombay Darbar Restaurant

Thursday, Dec 5, 6pm – 10pm: Art of Investing presented by artist Adrian Pickett
Lyrical palette presented by Medium Four and Latin flair reception sponsored by Panorama Restaurant

Friday, Dec 6, 6pm 8pm, Performance Art featuring Artist Charly Palmer
American Bistro reception by Green Street Restaurant

Saturday, Dec 7, 2pm – 5pm: Signature Art Auction
A Night in France reception sponsored by George in the Grove

Sunday, Dec 8, 12pm 5pm: Champagne Closing Reception
Thai Fusion reception sponsored by Atchana East West Kitchen

Art Africa presents Caribbean Fantastic

Dec 3 - Jan 2, 10am - 11pm at Multitudes Contemporary Art Gallery, 5570 NE 4th Ave

Art Africa made its debut during last year’s Art Basel and returns for a second year presenting Caribbean Fantastic, which brings Haitian spice to Art Basel and features the work of Haitian Jean Claude Legagneur. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, Dec 4, 7pm – 10pm: Night of Haitian Diplomacy opening reception at Multitudes
Under the patronage of the Consul General of Haiti in Miami, The Night of the Haitian diplomacy is at the heart of the dynamics of the new Cultural Diplomacy policy of the Haitian government. The event presents Haiti in all its potentials.

Thursday, Dec 5, 10:30am 1pm: Centering the Margins: Issues in African Diaspora Art

Thursday, December 5, 8pm-10pm - Jazz at Multitudes Gregory Ledon & the Miami Jazz quartets

Rooted in the tradition of Miles Davies, he encountered at a very young age, Ledon’s style employs a more subdued approach than that found in other contemporaneous jazz idioms. His tonal sonorities of this player, similar to pastel colors which Miles believed was a lighter sound, thus more expressive.

Friday, Dec 6, 10:30am 1pm: Exceptional Pioneers: Collecting African Diaspora Art

Friday, Dec 6, 8pm 10pm: Hollywood United for Haiti: An Evening with Jimmy Jean Louis
The actor who masterfully interpreted historical consciousness through Toussaint Louverture: The Battle of the Eagles is also a humanitarian whose work focuses on the construction and operation of a school in the Haitian countryside. This fund raising event will be attended by Hollywood stars with his fans and colleagues.

Friday, Dec 6, 8pm 10pm: Caribbean Literary Art: Lecture & Book Signing Caribbean Spaces: Escape from the Twilight Zones by Carole Boyce-Davies
Persuasive and comprehensive, Caribbean Spaces achieves an intriguing sequence of intricate journeys through Caribbean and African diasporic cultural spaces, political landscapes, historiographies, and literary-artistic terrains, each keenly observed.

Saturday, Dec 7, 11am 1pm: ARTALK: A conversation with Jean Claude Legagneur

Saturday, Dec 7, 8pm: Multitudes Annual Art Lecture Series: Art in the African Diaspora

The Haitian Heritage Museum presents "Les Jacmeliens Trois”

The Haitian Heritage Museum, 4141 NE 2nd Ave, Miami Design District

Les Jacmeliens Trois" Bridges Haiti's renowned Arts District in Jacmel Haiti with the Art District of Miami. A group exhibition will feature works by Haitian American artists Asser Saint Val, Laurenee, Jafleu, and Harold Caudio. Art Lovers will be intrigued by the artist's unique abstract expressions that celebrates a new generation of Haitian contemporary artists.

Thursday, Dec 5, 7pm - 10pm: Opening show 

Rituales en Haití Exhibit

Dec 4 - 8, 12pm - 7pm at the MDC Museum of Art + Design, 600 Biscayne Blvd, Miami

“Rituales en Haití” is a series of works by famed Spanish photographer Cristina García Rodero, which debuted at the 2001 Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy. For “Rituales en Haití,” García Rodero traveled to Haiti over a period of four years, where she documented voodoo rituals, producing a series of expressive portraits and moving scenes flanked by engaging documentary observations. Admission is free

Tuesday, Dec 3, 11am – 1pm: Private reception

Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art + Design and the Consulate General of Spain in Miami,
in partnership with the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and Centro Cultural Español hosts a special private reception and exhibition preview celebrating the opening of Rituales en Haití Photographs by Cristina García Rodero. For invited guests and Art Basel VIP cardholders and exhibitors. RSVP by 11/30

Haitian-American Historical Museum & Archives

Wednesday, Dec 4, 7pm at 645 NE 127 St, North Miami

A group of Haitian Contemporary Artists, living both in Florida and in Haiti will be presented: Albert Desmangles, Alexandra Barbot, Dominique Ambroise, Elizabeth Guerin, Alpi, Ernst Sylla, Fred Thomas, Fritz Millevoix, Jacques Garcon, Kristo, Raphaelle Castera, Robert Sylvain and Sophia Lacroix. The exhibition will be available until December 20th 2013

Global Caribbean V

Dec 6 - Jan 26 at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, 260 NE 59th, Miami

An exhibition component of the Haitian Arts Alliance that over the last five years has promoted and shown art created in the Caribbean. For Art Basel, Global Caribbean V will be focusing on Caribbean diaspora artists who live in Miami, as well as produce their art in an exhibit at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. Some of the featured artists are: Glexis Novoa (Cuba); Noelle Theard (Haiti); Rodney Jackson (Jamaica); Fabian Pena (Cuba); and Misael Soto (Puerto Rico).

I’M POSSIBLE Burn Borders Build Bridges

Opening night Thursday, Dec 5, 8pm at CU1 Gallery, 117 NE 1St Ave, Downtown Miami

Multi-media exhibition, curated by Mallence Bart- Williams, artist, designer, entrepreneur from Sierra Leone and Germany, I’M POSSIBLE showcases a multifaceted exhibition of paintings, photography and mixed media installations – a collaborative effort between international artists and the Folorunsho Creative Collective – a group of former street kids that emerged from a life in the streets of post war Freetown, Sierra Leone, who today personify the transformation from – a ‘struggle for existence’ to ‘creator of one’s own destiny,’ transforming the ‘impossible’ to I’M POSSIBLE, through their art work and designs. They now support themselves through  collaborations with international artists and forward thinking brands.

The opening night will feature the screening of  the short movie The Rising of The Son set in the heart of Freetown, Sierra Leone starring former street kids of the Lion Base crew. The movie was directed by Patrice Bart-Williams and shot by cinematographer ShawnPeters and acclaimed visual artist BarronClaiborne. The visual masterpiece was edited by Academy Award nominee Anne Sophie Bion, who is best known for her work in the film The Artist.

The art will be auctioned in benefit of the ongoing education of the Folorunsho creative collective. The proceeds from the silent auction will enable them to continue their school and college education in Sierra Leone which they commenced in 2011 and paid for by themselves from the profits earned through their international collaborations.


Black Galleries

Multitudes Contemporary Art Gallery (4470 NE 4th NE 55th Terrace)

In Little Haiti, owner and curator Babacar Mbow has both culinary and artistic treats in store for Art Basel starting with a private dinner for art collectors on November 30. Three days later artwork from master artist Jean Claude Legagneur will be on display from Dec. 4-9, and will be complemented with panel discussions and a series of lectures. For more information, call (954) 338-8670.

N'NAMDI Contemporary (177 NW 23rd St, Wynwood)
For Art Basel, the gallery is having a group exhibit featuring master and emerging artists Robert Cole Scott, Al Loving, Ed Clark, Nanette Carter, Frank Bowling, Hugo McCloud and Vicente Pimentel. Around the corner on NW Miami Avenue, N’NAMDI will also be hosting a pop-up gallery, where musician Kahil El-Zabar is to hold forth over an exuberant mix of art, music and video known as “Elevation.”

The Jakmel Art Gallery (2703 NW 2nd)
This 14-year old Wynwood space is run by artist and musician Jude Papaloko Thegenus who hails from Port au Prince, Haiti, and is better known in art circles simply as Papaloko. He’ll have his distinctive surrealist creations on display for Art Basel and on Dec. 4 at 9pm he and his vodou pop band, Loray Mistak, will be performing at Jakmel. The Jakmel Art Gallery can be reached at (786) 312-5947.

Purvis Young Art Museum (255 NW 23rd)
During Art basel, artists from Italy and Brazil will be featured in several graffiti-free walls to wage a "Graffiti Competition."  The Museum will feature the artwork of Frank Frazier, a master painter known for his pieces making liberal use of African cloth as well for his more recent `shoe polish’ collection about desegregation. Lastly, the works of young contemporary artist Jamaal Stafford and Purvis Young Art Museum resident artist Emilio Martinez will be displayed along with pieces by Purvis Young.

KROMA (3670 Grand Avenue, Coconut Grove)
A new collective art space located on Grand Avenue in the heart of the historic Coconut Grove consisting of 18 artists studios and a communal gallery space. KROMA’s mission is to serve as an affordable, contemporary space for artists, whose creative output will contribute to connecting the spirits of Coconut Grove’s rich past, present and future.

As a premiere arts incubator and the latest initiative of the Collaborative Development Corporation, KROMA will host exhibits showcasing the myriad of perspectives that are a result of the African diaspora and beyond. KROMA looks to advance the knowledge and practice of the arts through education and programming, which will not only enrich the lives
of the community, but further develop the careers of resident artists.


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