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Like last year’s Ultimate Black Basel guide, this year’s guide features a mega list of places to go, things to do, people to see, and all of the Black exhibits, art, culture, and events to experience during Art Basel. The Black art scene has grown exponentially in Miami with even more exhibits this year, including: Art Beat, Soul Basel Overtown, Prizm, Global Caribbean, Art Africa, Fusion MIA, Urban Arts Week, Haiti Contemporary, AYITI Kriye, and Shifting the Paradigm, From Overtown, Little Haiti, and West Coconut Grove in addition to all of the art fairs in Wynwood, the Design District and South Beach, there’s a cadre of events to check out, and you can use this guide as a cheat sheet.
So this is how you Basel it! Part 1 is the most comprehensive list you’ll find of all of the black exhibits to check out, support, and broaden your perspective and love for black art. Part 2 is the social guide with the social events and parties to check out so that you get a good balance of art appreciation + the Miami social life.
It’s highly recommend to use the free trolley to get between Wynwood, the Design District, and South Beach, and a schedule and map of routes is available at artbasel.com/-/media/ArtBasel/Documents/Visitor_Information/Shuttle_Bus_Schedule.pdf.
Miami Soul Ultimate Black Basel Guide – Part 2: The party guide for Art Basel 2014
Art of Black Miami
December 3 – 7
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Multicultural Tourism department showcases the diversity of black art, culture, and events in a diversity of communities, including Little Haiti, Overtown, West Coconut Grove, Wynwood, Opa-locka, and the Downtown area with the launch Art of Black Miami kicking off for Art Basel 2014. For info on events: ArtofBlackMiami.com
Soul Basel Overtown: A Celebration of Art, Music, and Culture in Colored Town
December 3 – 7
The Historic Lyric Theater, 819 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
Exhibit hours: 9AM – 9PM
Soul Basel showcases the largest exhibition of art from Overtown urban expressionist artist, Purvis Young. More than 200 of Young’s creations will make up “A Man Among the People: A Purvis Homecoming” exhibition at Overtown’s Historic Lyric Theater from December 4 until March 2015. The lobby of the theater will be turned into a gallery showing art from South Florida visual artists.
Opening Reception of Soul Basel Overtown & 1st Wednesdays Black Alumni Art Basel Edition
Wednesday, December 3, 6PM – 9PM – The History Lyric Theater, 819 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
The Historic Lyric Theater and the Black Archives Foundation hosts a cocktail reception for the preview of A Man Among the People: A Purvis Homecoming. A cocktail & hors d’oeuvre reception will be hosted by WPLG’s Neki Mohan from 6pm – 8pm. Admission $20 for the reception. Free admission and cash bar from 8pm until. The South Florida HBCU Alumni Alliance hosted by Fabiola Fleuranvil and Ed the World Famous will also co-host the reception as part of their monthly 1st Wednesdays HBCU/Black Alumni Networking Social. RSVP: BAFPurvisreception.eventbrite.com. For info: (786) 708-4610 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Folk Life Friday’s Outdoor Marketplace
Friday, December 5, 11AM – 6PM – 9th Street Pedestrian Mall at NW 9th St & 2nd Ave
An outdoor marketplace presented by New Washington Heights CDC with live entertainment, tasty food, and arts and crafts.
Soul Basel Young Professionals Mixer: The Generation of Greatness
Friday, December 5, 7PM – 11PM – The History Lyric Theater, 819 NW 2nd Ave, Miami
Mix and mingle with City of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon, the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency, and Headliner Market Group. Features complimentary wine & tapas, VIP appetizer buffer, and Create Your Own Masterpiece Painting.
Art Africa Miami Arts Fair
December 3 – 6, 11AM – 7PM
The Carver Building, 801 NW 3rd Ave, Overtown Miami
The 4th annual Art Africa fair showcases artistic works that blend the Black, Caribbean, social, political, and hip hop artistic strand. This year’s Art Africa Miami Arts Fair takes over the entire ground floor of the newly renovated Carver building at the entrance of Historic Overtown. Curated by The Urban Collective, this year’s theme “The Art Of Nobody” features world renowned artist Nobody (AKA TMNK) and other talented art nobodies from the African and Caribbean Diaspora. The exhibit also features a youth gallery exhibiting works from the Overtown Youth Coalition’s arts program.
First-look VIP Reception
Wednesday, December 3, 7PM – 9PM
Celebrate the opening exhibit and First Look at four exciting galleries with fashion mannequins and the art.
Art & Design
Thursday, December 4, 11AM – 7PM
Experience the unique design objects from master designer Michael O.
Art & Jazz
Friday, December 5, 5:30PM – 7PM
Groove to the soulful sounds of Gregory Ledon & Miami Jazz whose sound is rooted in the tradition of Miles Davis.
Art & Community
Saturday, December 6, 3PM – 5PM
Artist and community dialogue with the Nobodies outside the margin. Also includes a panel discussion “Art, Poverty, Ideas, and Vision” moderated by Dr. Carol Boyce Davis with a book signing to follow.
Soul Basel Brunch & Conversation
Sunday, December 7, 11AM – 2PM
Official close-out of Art Africa. Join the conversation, donate to a worthy organization, and have brunch with the Who’s Who of South Florida’s biggest cultural influencers as they discuss arts, culture, and emerging cultural hubs in Miami. Brunch inspired tasting menu by Rakkasan Chef and art exhibit by Overtown Youth Arts Coalition. Limited tickets $50. RSVP to Harris Public Relations at email@example.com or (786) 897-8854.
December 4 – 6
Caribbean Marketplace Pop-up Gallery: open daily from 11am – 9pm with musical performances, LIVE art, conversations with artists, and food
Mural Mile: public street installation spanning 20 buildings along NE 2nd Ave from 54th St to 62nd St and NE/NW 54th St from NE 2nd Ave to NW 6th Ave
Admission is free and open to the public. Free trolleys offer transportation between the Design District and Little Haiti.
Info: ArtBeatMiami.com | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The inaugural highly anticipated Art Beat Miami satellite showcase of emerging and renowned artists from Haiti and around the world features a festival with highlights that include a conceptual pop-up gallery, Mural Mile of 20 building murals, a public art installation spanning Northeast Second Avenue, live mural paintings, upcycled garbage bin murals, a creative hackathon for young innovators, and a grande homage to Haitian-American neo-expressionist, Jean-Michel Basquiat.
The groundbreaking showcase is inspired by Chef Creole, owner and operator of 5 Chef Creole restaurants, and co-produced by B.ART Studio and made possible through partnerships among local galleries, community and civic arts organizations, including B.ART Studio, Northeast Second Avenue Partnership (NE2P), Little Haiti Optimist Club, Chef Creole Restaurant, Arte del Barrio, BKS, Yo-Space Miami, Midtown Studios, and Everyday People United.
Thursday, December 4, 6PM – 9PM – Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terr
Opening reception for Art Beat. At 8:30pm, a public shrine paying homage to neo-expressionist Jean-Michel Basquiat will be dedicated to celebrate his origins as a native son of Haiti.
The New Eden Movement Youth Design Studio
Friday, December 5, 4PM – 5:30PM – Art Studio I at Little Haiti Cultural Center
A youth-centered art day where local innovators of all ages are invited to participate in a free creative hack-a-thon. The Everyday People United social design collective will present The New Eden Movement workshop and host an interactive panel to teach youth about the influence of culture on technology, innovation, and art.
Conversations with the Artists & Happy Hour
Friday, December 5, 6PM – 8PM – Chef Creole Restaurant Tiki Hut, 200 NW 54th St
Meet exhibiting muralists and artists at an authentically Haitian happy hour hosted by Chef Creole Restaurant.
Art Beat Pop Up Gallery
Thursday, December 4 – Saturday, Dec 6, 12PM – 8PM – Caribbean Marketplace, 5925 NE 2nd Ave
These pop up galleries showcase diverse art, music, and culture through paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, and Mural mile of 20 building murals.
Celebrity Brunch with Chef Creole & Friends
Saturday, December 6, 11AM – 1PM – Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terr
Art Beat comes to a close as master chef and beloved restaurateur, Wilkinson “Chef Creole” Sejour, entertains a grande feast with friends in an authentic celebration featuring culinary splendor, good vibes, LIVE art, and music. Tickets are $25 with proceeds to benefit participating charitable organizations. Tickets available at: eventbrite.com/e/art-beat-miami-celebrity-brunch-with-chef-creole-friends-tickets-14493044085?aff=es2&rank=0
Art Beat Closing Reception
Saturday, December 6, 6PM – 9PM – Caribbean Marketplace, 5925 NE 2nd Ave
A lively reception to close off the grand celebration of the inaugural Art Beat. Line up TBA.
December 4 – January 25, 2014
Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terr
“Borderless Caribbean: Unmapped Trajectories – Annotating Art Histories” exhibition series is presented on the 20th anniversary of the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance as part of the its Global Caribbean contemporary art program now in its 6th addition and under the artistic director Edouard Duval Carrie and curated by museologist and cultural producer, Jorge Luis Gutierrez. The narrative of the exhibit aims to include historical references of unmapped trajectories of the Caribbean along with the political, cultural, social, religious, and economic related experiences with other parts of the world.
The exhibit is presented with support by the Green Family Foundation, the City of Miami, the Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs, Triennial Miami of Contemporary Art, FIU, and University of Miami and features a diversity of artists, including Luis Gonzalez Palma, Mario Benjamin, Wendy Wischer, Luis Cruz Azaceta, Francesca Lalanne, Tomas Esson, Christopher Cozier, Carlos Garaicoa, Flor Garduño, Flow Mafia Collective, Sergio Garcia, and Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow.
Art in Moon Workshop
December 3 – 4, 3PM – 5PM – Yeelen Gallery, 294 NW 54th St
Art in Motion features a two-day series of art workshops to immerse, inspire, and empower local youth to become creative agents and artists of the future. Participants will create collages and paintings around the central theme, “Street Art Culture and Pop Culture.” Registration info: email@example.com or (832) 741-4657. Space is limited, and RSVP is required by Dec 1.
December 5, 10AM – 12PM – Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 260 NE 59th Terr
The preview event for the Borderless Caribbean exhibit presented by the Board of Directors of the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance.
December 5 – 7
Miami Center for Architecture & Design, 100 NE 1st ave, Miami
Art Basel hours: 10AM – 5PM
Dec 8 – 22 weekday hours: 10AM – 5PM
Opening VIP Preview & Reception
Thursday, December 4, 7PM – 10PM
Prizm, MoCADA Museum, and Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation co-host the opening of the 2nd annual Prizm Art Fair with an evening of cocktails with exhibiting artists: T. Eliott Mansa, Amber Robles Gordon, Briana McCarthy, Asser Saint-Val, Frank Frazier, Gary L. Moore, and Johnnie Bess. Tunes provided by producer, composer, and curator King Britt.
RSVP ($10 donation accepted): eventbrite.com/e/prizm-opening-reception-tickets-13956904477
Lecture Panel | Art: Agent of Change
Saturday, December 6, 10AM – 12PM
Discussion on how art serves as an agent of change in Miami and how our panelists are working to create sustainable communities with art as their medium. Our estimable guests include:
- Dr.George N’Namdi: Director of N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art
- Dr.Willie Logan: President and CEO of Opa-locka Community Development Corporation
- Tracey Robertson-Carter: Executive Director of South Florida Cares Mentoring Movement
- Neil Ramsay: Arts and Entrepreneurship Consultant
Coffee and Waffles will be served by Mad Chiller Coffee. Presented by: OLCDC, Miami Center for Architecture and Design, and National Organization for Minority Architects South Florida Chapter.
Holiday Happy Hour
Friday, December 19, 6PM – 8PM
Join Prizm for the Holiday Season for a holiday happy hour. General admission $10, donations are accepted.
Urban Arts Week
November 20 – January 15, 2015
KROMA Art Space, 3670 Grand Ave, Coconut Grove
Urban Arts International Art Fair showcases over 25 international renowned artists within various disciplines examining the tussle and lure of the urban landscape and consists of KROMA Art Space and Iris PhotoCollective. Art Basel events feature five events in five days and an inclusive art gallery experience in the heart of historic Coconut Grove.
Trends: Shaping the Future of Art
Tuesday, December 2, 5:30PM
Urban Arts Week opening panel discussion about the newest trends in art, why they are trending, and best practices to engage young artists.
KROMA Opening & Afro-Cuban Jazz Fusion
Tuesday, December 2, 7PM
Exhibit preview with live music. Admission $20 for non-guests.
Thursday, December 4
Welcome event of great conversations with artists and trendsetters. Music by local DJ.
Sunday Breeze Art Brunch
Sunday, December 7, 12PM
Sunday brunch with live jazz performance and Caribbean sounds.
The Color of Art – The Game – Panel Discussion
Sunday, December 7, 3PM – 4:30PM
Lively panel discussion on the importance of production, purchase, and power of art by and for people of color.
Fusion MIA: Abstract Masters
Dec 3 – 7
Location: Mana Village Wynwood Pop-up gallery, corner of 2nd Ave and 22nd St
Gallery: 10AM – 10PM (free and open to the public)
BET Art Lounge: 4PM – 9PM daily (featuring BET’s top talent, screenings, panels, and community workshops highlighting “Art is Life” as a central theme)
Fusion After Dark: 10PM – 1AM
The 2nd annual Fusion MIA, an eclectic and critically-acclaimed exhibit curated by father son duo George and Jumanni Nnamdi in the Wynwood Arts District, exhibits the nation’s top African-American Abstract artists, including Howardena Pindell, Rashid Johnson, David Hammons, and Ed Clark.
BET Networks will host the BET Art Lounge showcasing live art, music, and film in an 11,000 square foot pop up tent that will be home to the BET Art Lounge and showcasing upcoming BET and Centric shows and projects. BET Art Lounge will include screenings, talent meet and greets, exhibits, live performances, and community outreach efforts with local high school students and today’s hottest artists. Cast members from the hottest BET and Centric shows such as Being Mary Jane, Nellyville, and Single Ladies will be highlighted during the weekend of festivities. Lecture series will be presented by local Universities that focus on the power and the global influence of black art.
Through My Lens Reception
Wednesday, December 3
Presented by Microsoft and Play to Win Foundation, Fusion MIA kicks off with the photo exhibit, Through My Lens, featuring the emotional and artistic photographs of 25 high school students from Allapattah and Overtown. Ticketed event.
BET Art Lounge: Being Mary Jane Presents “The Stacy Barthe Acoustic Experience”
Wednesday, December 3, 7:30PM – 8:30PM
Being Mary Jane kicks off the BET Art Lounge with Grammy-nominated song writer and musical talent Stacy Barthe. Stacy, a featured musician on the upcoming season of BMJ, is featured on multiple spots promoting the upcoming season of BMJ. BET executive Tamara Gregory will introduce the show via promo and performance. Free.
Fusion After Dark – Heat & Hawks Official After Party
Wednesday, December 3, 11PM – 2AM
Fusion MIA kicks off Art Basel festivities with a white Heat night at the official welcome to Miami party with special guest appearances by the Hawks and Heat players to party the night away after the game and experience Miami’s hottest DJs and muralists as they paint the town to hip hop beats. Hosted by DJ Irie. Admission $25; VIP $50
Fusion After Dark
Thursday, December 4, 10PM – 1AM
BET Presents H.I.S. Celebrity Style
Thursday, December 4, 7:30PM – 8:30PM
An introduction to H.I.S. followed by a conversation and Q&A on fashion and more. H.I.S. BET is the new destination for Black men. The event will feature a conversation with the stylish men of BET and will feature Boris Kodjoe’s menswear line, Nelly’s new show (via promo) Nellyville, and B.J. Britt from Being Mary Jane. Miami DJ K Foxx from 103.5 The Beat will moderate the evening. Free.
2nd Annual Fly Beyond Awards Dinner
Friday, December 5 – Private reception & BET Pink Carpet: 6PM – 8PM; Awards Dinner: 8PM – 10PM; Party to follow
The event kicks off with a private BET pink carpet reception at 6:30pm and flows into an awards dinner at 8pm celebrating the lives and careers of Smithsonian curator Dr. Tuliza Fleming, artist and African-American art historian and scholar David Driskell and BET CEO Debra Lee for their love and commitment to the Arts sponsored by Grey Goose. Attendees for the private dinner will include artists, collectors, curators, business professionals, taste makers, trendsetters, and media. Ticketed event.
MVM Boutique Fashion Preview Breakfast
Friday, December 5, 9AM – 11AM – Fusion Mia Garden Lounge, NW 23rd St Between NW 2nd Ave & NW 3rd Ave
Fashion and art collides as MVM Miami Boutique hosts a special preview of the 2015 collections of designer, Leila Kashanipour, and famed designer, Jay Godfrey, while enjoying a gourmet brunch catered by celebrity Chef Amaris Jones.
Fusion After Dark
Friday, December 5, 10PM – 1AM
BET Art Talk
Saturday, December 6, 11AM – 12PM
Art is Life conversation featuring Smithsonian curator Dr. Tuliza Fleming and African-American art scholar David Driskell.
BET Art Lounge
Saturday, December 6, 4PM – 7PM
Preview screenings of BET’s upcoming shows, talent meet and greets, and community panels. Free admission.
BET Presents Book of Negros
Saturday, December 6, 6PM – 7PM
ather for an introduction of the Book of Negroes via a 3-5 minute trailer followed by a conversation and Q&A with Clement Virgo, Book of Negroes Director, and Ajunanue Ellis, star of Book of Negroes. The discussion will be centered around the origin and historical relevance of the Book of Negroes and the important and unique role of the lead character, Aminata Diallo, in this historical and epic mini-series coming to BET. Free
Centric Presents Single Ladies & The Art of Fashion
Saturday, December 6, 7:30PM – 8:30PM
Join an introduction to the Centric rebrand and the show via a promo followed by a conversation and Q&A on fashion and more. Centric, the first network designed for Black Women, presents Single Ladies with a conversation with Letoya Luckett.
Fusion After Dark ft Erykah Badu
Saturday, December 6, 10PM – 2AM
Headliner Market Group hosts BET’s Art lounge Wynwood pop-up gallery with music by DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown aka Erykah Badu. Admission $25; VIP $50. Tickets available at wantickets.com/Events/ShowEvent.aspx?eventId=172042
Fusion MIA Farewell Brunch & “The Black Renaissance” Fashion Show
Sunday, December 7, 11AM – 2PM
Hosted by Jill Tracy of Hot 105. Ticketed event.
A Caribbean Bazaar
Sunday, December 7, 2PM – 6PM
Presented by Cultures To Go featuring at the fashion show, “Black Renaissance.”
Haiti Contemporary – “Les Jacmelien IV”
December 4 – April 10, 2015
Haitian Heritage Museum, 4141 NE 2nd Ave, Design District
Internationally-renowned Haitian-American Artist Charles Philippe Jean-Pierre known for his dynamic blend of vibrant graffiti, folk, graphics, and multimedia will feature his neo, and abstract expressionism series in a solo exhibition at the Haitian Heritage Museum show entitled “Haiti Contemporary- Les Jacmelien IV.”
VIP Opening Show
Thursday, December 4, 6:30PM
The fourth in a series of the Haitian Heritage Museum’s Les Jacmelien exhibit opens up with a VIP reception. RSVP required at firstname.lastname@example.org. Guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more to benefit children in Haiti.
Black Art in America
December 4 – 7
Brisky Gallery, 130 NW 24th St, Wynwood
Wednesday, December 3, 11PM – 1:30AM
Multiple events over four days will offer you the opportunity to experience stellar installation of visual artworks, exhibitions, performances, and events.
Mobile Media Lounge “Get Juked” Art Exhibit/Opening
Thursday, December 4, 5PM – 10PM
In The Paint – The Wade Collection 2014
Billi Kid curates a ground-breaking exhibition of original artworks created by three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade who transformed sections of the 2011 NBA All-Star Game basketball court into extraordinary works of art using only his natural brush, the basketball. “In The Paint” is an exhibition and event hosted by the Brisky Gallery, in association with the NBA, Dwyane Wade, and the Wade Foundation.
Black Art in America Exhibit
Friday, December 5, 2PM – 10PM
Black Art in America Exhibit
Saturday, December 6
- Art Exhibition – 11am – 10pm
- Black Art In America Member Signup and Workshop – 11am – 1pm
- Discussion: Why Black Art in America?- 2pm – 3pm
- The New Outsider Is In — who will be instrumental in creating new works for the arts market?
- The Art of Collecting – 4pm – 7pm
- Collectors Cocktail Party – 8pm – 10pm
December 2 – 4
Yeelen Gallery, 294 NW 54th St, Miami
AYITI KRIYE is a series of new photographic works by French artist Jerome Soimaud created immediately after Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake. Soimaud incorporates photographs of religious ceremonies and those taken in the aftermath of the Haïtian earthquake on the ground in Port-au-Prince to create a cohesive, spiritual, and physical understanding of Haïti. Born in Paris in 1964, Jerome Soimaud’s work has shown extensively in the U.S., Belgium, and France.
AYITI KRIYE Artist Reception
December 4, 7PM – 10PM
Partial proceeds will be donated to Motion (AIM) and their Batey 106 Project and the Little Haiti Cultural Center.
Shifting the Paradigm: The Art of George Edozie
December 2 – 7
Museum of Contemporary Art of North Miami (MOCA), 770 NE 125th St, North Miami
Curated by Pr. Nzegwu and featuring contemporary artist, George Edozie, Shifting the Paradigm is designed to tear down aging but still prevalent concepts surrounding the creation, consumption and interpretation of contemporary that will include the Moca Breakfasts – an engagement with contemporary aesthetic issues by scholars, critics, and artists — Moca Moving Images, the series of film screenings, and a host of both public and private events surrounding the exhibition.
Tuesday, December 2, 7PM
The opening reception to launch a week of activities at MOCA. Free for MOCA members; $25 for non-members. RSVP: eventbrite.com/e/shifting-the-paradigm-the-art-of-george-edozie-tickets-13827631819.