Miami Soul 4th Annual Ultimate Soul Basel Guide – Part 1: Black exhibits to check out during Miami Art Week 2016

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It’s Basel time! There’s plenty to see, do, and enjoy, but it can also be overwhelming to squeeze it all in a short one week with the more than two dozen art fairs and a plethora of events and parties. So for the fourth year in a row, Miami Soul is keeping you connected with the ultimate guide of how to ‘Basel it’.

Part 1 of our Ultimate Black Basel Guide features the Art of Black and Soul Basel exhibitions and events celebrating art from across the Diaspora. Overtown is taking full advantage of its renaissance as the newest art and entertainment hub with the 6th annual Art Africa Miami Art Fair. Little Haiti also goes hard for Miami Art Week as a satellite location hosting four thematic exhibitions and events at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, including the return of Art Beat Miami and Borderless Caribbean and the newest events Now or Neverland Art Fair and the South Florida Web Fest. And between Coconut Grove and through North Dade, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to appreciate Black art and enrich your creative senses between KROMA, Prizm Art Fair, and more.

As a warning, the streets will be a nightmare navigating from event to event. Luckily, there’s the Miami Dade Trolley and the Art Basel Miami Week trolley loop that also extends its route from Midtown to the Design District and Little Haiti, and it’s free. If you’re looking for a more personal ride service that will also include various art tours, the Cultural Heritage Alliance for Tourism (CHAT) is offering a headache-free deluxe coach shuttle service from December 1-4 with daily passes for $10 for adults and $5 for kids with park and ride shuttle service from the Golden Glades Tri-Rail Station throughout the entire county. Departures are at 12pm, 3pm, and 6pm and passes and stop locations are available at


Part 2: The Ultimate Soul Basel Party & Event Guide


Part 3: The Mega List of Miami Art Week Events



Art Africa Miami

6th Annual Art Africa Miami Art Fair presents “Afrotopia”
December 1-4
Clyde Killens Pool Hall, 920 NW 2nd Ave, Historic Overtown

Art Africa continues to expand as one of the premier Soul Basel events hosted during Miami Art Week. The newly renovated and historic Clyde Killens Pool Hall is the background for this year’s Art Africa theme, “Afrotopia: Aesthetics and the Politics of Representation.” Through a series of storied art exhibits, community driven conversations, and a pop-up youth art interactive lab, “Afrotopia” expresses Black culture, economic liberation, and the role of artists in resistance to oppression.

The exhibition features works by artists: Nakazzi Hutchinson, Turgo Bastien, Maximo Caminero, Miles Regis, Carl Craig, Ivan Gross, Doba Afolabi, Freddy Osorio, Rafael Lopez Ramos, Anthony Burks, Tessa Mars, Jean Sebastien, Dan Arlan, Philippe Dodard, Solomon Adufah, Philippe Curtis, Najee Dorsey, Noel Theard, Guy Syllian, Christina Nicola, and Robert McKnight, among others.

General admission is free with advance RSVP, $10 at the door, and $25 for multi-day passes at the door. RSVP at

Art Africa: Art + Champagne VIP Preview
Wednesday, November 30, 11:30AM – 1:30PM

VIP preview and press gathering of the Afrotopia exhibition with a guided gallery tour by Art Africa’s founder, Neil Hall, and welcome remarks from Commissioner Keon Hardemon. Enjoy passed brunch bites, a champagne bar, and a live performance by The Saxophone Guy. Invite only, private event.

Art Africa: Art + Community Talk
Thursday, December 1, 5:30PM – 6:15PM

Neil Hall leads an introspective discussion on the importance of an ongoing commitment to the Historic Overtown neighborhood through the activation of art and culture.  

Art Africa: Art + Youth
Friday, December 2, 4PM – 6PM

Youth Art Insiders participate in an afterschool interactive virtual reality workshop with the youth from Overtown Youth Center and Urgent, Inc. and powered by Code Fever Miami.

Afrotopia Thematic Lecture
Saturday, December 3, 12PM

This lecture addresses the failures and disillusions of integration in the African Diaspora and independence on the continent and in the Caribbean, the quartering and ambiguity of consciousness torn between cultures, the shadows of the police killing and clarity of Black Lives Matter as well as the poetry of the real grasped through hip hop.

’13th’ Featured Documentary
Saturday, December 4:30PM

Art Africa hosts a family gathering to watch Ava Duvernay’s highly acclaimed documentary, 13th,  which draws a direct line from slavery to America’s mass incarceration.



November 29 – December 11
7230 NW Miami Ct, Miami

Prizm One-Day Pass $15:
Prizm Multi Day Pass $50:
Prizm VIP Pass $150:

Curated by Mikhaile Solomon and interdisciplinary artist William Cordova, Prizm Art Fair has been exhibiting contemporary artists from the global African diaspora for the fourth year now. Prizm returns to Miami Art Week bigger and bolder with over 40 emerging and established artists representing eight countries, including France, Haiti, Jamaica, Nigeria, St. Martin, and Trinidad and Tobago. This year’s fair explores the global impact of Africa’s cultural DNA and includes a lineup of a range of diasporic perspectives, riveting conversations lead by diasporic thought leaders, and cutting-edge events and installations.

Prizm opens with a a VIP preview on November 29 and opened to the public through December 11. Admission is $15. For more information, visit

Prizm Preview Reception
Tuesday, November 29, 7PM – 11PM

Prizm hosts a first look of this year’s exhibition over a three-course dinner for VIP ticket holders. The preview features Allison Janae Hamilton’s video installation, The Land of Milk or Honey. The culinary pop-up also introduces some of the signature dishes The Copper Door plans on serving at their “coming-soon” Bed & Breakfast project. By invitation only. Tickets to the preview dinner is $75 and can be purchased at

Famous Art Critics
Wednesday, November 30, 7PM – 11PM – Miami Science Barge, 1075 Biscayne Blvd

The Famous Art Critics is a cohort of multi-cultural art enthusiasts who gather for dinner and dialogue annually during Miami Art Week to discuss, highlight and elevate diverse individuals, institutions, and best practice for pathways to cultural equity in art: journalism, curation, and execution praxis. Dinner presented by The Copper Door B&B.

Prizm Perform – Nyugen Smith presents: A Letter Home – Hoping to Reach You Soon, Part 2
Thursday, December 1, 6PM – 6:30PM

This 30 minute performance aims to bring together three generations of Haitians to tell a story of belonging, longing, achievement and their contributions to global culture. This story will be told through instrumentation and performative actions made by the artist and a small ensemble of Haitian residents of Miami.
Prizm Perform – Ayana Evans: Gurl, I’d Drink Your Bath Water
Thursday, December 1, 6:45PM – 7:15PM

The title is based on the Black-American old school saying, “You’re so fine, I’d drink your bathwater,” used as both an extreme compliment and as an all too familiar catcall for Black women. Evans delivers a layered performance that is part social commentary, part autobiographical with references to the religious use of water to cleanse the soul, the need for women to be “clean” in our society, beauty ideals in the US, and even a nostalgia for the Palmolive soap used in the piece.

Prizm Panels
Friday, December 2, 12PM – 5PM

The fair hosts a series of conversations with leading thinkers in African Diaspora arts practice. The panel line up includes:

12PM – 12:45PM – Evolution of Black Artist Movements
Jamea Richmond-Edwards and Amber Robles-Gordon, Co-Founders of Delusions of Grandeur artist collective, will speak of the relevancy, evolution, and power of artist collectives and artistic movements.

1PM – 1:45PM – Young Art Collectors presented by Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation

2PM – 2:45PM – Caribbean Canon: A Caribbean Art Education Initiative
Stephanie Cunningham, Erin Hylton, and Daniela Fifi of Caribbean Arts Network and Exchange (CANE) discusses the gap in Caribbean art education by presenting an online platform that will provide information and resources to regional and global audiences.

3PM – 3:45PM – Oasa Duverney Presented by Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation   Duverney discusses her exhibition, The View From Nowhere, a showcase of social justice-driven large-scale drawings and mixed media works created to give a visual voice for those who continue to be silenced. Her work comes from her own lived experiences and observations, with themes ranging from criminalization of black and brown, bodies, gentrification, housing scarcity, and other pressing social justice issues facing women and people of color in New York City and the United States at-large.

4PM – 4:45PM Black Femininity In Contemporary Art
Karen Senefuru discusses The Black Woman is God exhibition, a multi-media visual and spiritual exhibition for audiences to recognize an alternative to Western cultural narratives that challenges Eurocentric notions of God. The Black Woman is God challenges gaps and fragments in art history that position Black art as only ancient or contemporary, failing to honor the space in between.



KROMA Spectra: Urban Art Intensity

KROMA, 3670 Grand Ave, Coconut Grove

KROMA presents a new exhibition to kick off Miami Art Week with a series of events.

A Conversation with David C. Driskell
Tuesday, November 29, 6PM – 8PM – Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), 1103 Biscayne Blvd, Downtown Miami

Kroma Art Space and The David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland presents an evening of art and philanthropy to benefit PAMM’s African American Art Fund. The evening starts with a cocktail reception and then follows with a conversation with David Driskell on the topic of African-American art and the importance of collecting for investment and preservation of cultural legacy. Vocalist Carole Ann Taylor will provide entertainment alongside Kevin Mahogany & the Zach Bartholomew Trio. Free RSVP at

Kroma Soiree
Tuesday, November 29, 9PM – 12AM

Works on Paper – David C. Driskell Collection Opening Reception
Wednesday, November 30, 6PM – 9PM

3 the Art Way: Art, Food, Music & Theater – Opening Reception
Wednesday, November 30, 6PM – 9PM & DJ Set 8PM – 12PM



Art Beat Miami

Exhibit open December 1-4, 12PM – 8PM
Caribbean Marketplace at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, 5925 NE 2nd Ave

Now in its third year, the Northeast Second Avenue Partnership presents Art Beat Miami with a pop-up art gallery showcase of over 30 emerging and renowned artists from Haiti and around the world and curated by Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Carl Juste. Over the course of three days, Little Haiti becomes the hub of artistic expression, music, and food inspired by the people and culture of Haiti.

The pop-up experience also features Mural Mile, a large-scale street art installation spanning 20 buildings (along NE 2nd Avenue to NW 6th Ave and from 54th Street to 62nd Street) featuring the work of muralists, including Juan Rozas, Tatiana Suarez, Tesoro Carolina, Nate Dee, Matt Adnate, Eduardo Mendieta, Natalia Molina, and more. With the “Pretty in Little Haiti” reviltalization project, large oil drums will be repurposed into beautiful works of art that also act as garbage bins painted by local muralist Serge Toussaint.

For more info, visit

Art Beat Miami Preview Party
Wednesday, November 30, 7PM – 10PM

Presented by the Northeast Second Ave Partnership, the 3rd annual Art Beat Basel satellite fair hosts a preview party hosted by Haitian-American actor, Jimmy Jean Louis, and featuring live musical performances, artwork curated by Pulitzer prize winning photojournalist Carl Juste, and catered by Chef Creole. In homage to neo-expressionist Jean-Michel Basquiat, a public shrine and mural will be dedicated to celebrate his origins as a native son of Haiti.

Art Beat Miami Vernissage
Friday, December 2, 10 AM

In collaboration with the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance, Art Beat Miami opens up its exhibit.

Art Beat Miami Celebrity Brunch
Saturday, December 3, 11AM – Caribbean Marketplace at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, 5925 NE 2nd Ave

Art Beat hosts their annual Chefs of the Caribbean Brunch featuring a curated brunch presented by Chef Creole’s Wilkinson Sejour, Chef Ron Duprat, Chef Michelle Crichlow, Chef Jerry Dominique, and Chef Irie. Brunch is $50, and tickets can be purchased



Now or Neverland Art Fair: Urban Uproar Edition

Chef Creole Performance Park, 200 NW 54th St, Little Haiti
Exhibit open December 1-4, 3PM – 9PM

Free exhibit admission for Miami-Dade County residents on Thursday, December 1
General admission $15; VIP $40

Miami Urban Contemporary Experience (MUCE) and Chef Creole collaborate to present the Urban Uproar exhibit featuring a collection of over 42 visual artists that reflect on cultural identity. The four-day event features daily curated exhibition tours, live performances, a fashion show, live performances, and live and interactive art including the work of  photographer Joe Wesley whose recent project “Black Bodies” works to bring awareness to both the strength and sensuality of the black body. Local artist Anthony Lumpkin of Lavish-n-Looney will also feature work exploring social issues affecting the black male experience in America.

MUCE will also showcase a duo photography exhibition at the African Heritage Cultural Center at 6161 NW 22nd Ave from November 26- January 5 featuring Lee Hazzard’s collection documenting the lives of Afro-Cuban youth and Saddi Khali’s imagery of Black identity before colonization.

Tickets can be purchased at

YOLAH! A Visual Journey Inside Cuba’s African Diaspora Opening Reception
Saturday, November 26, 6PM – 9PM – African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave, Miami

The Yolah photographic exhibition explores the Afro-Cuban Diaspora produced by emerging visual artist LeRoy Hazzard, featuring a Celia Cruz memorabilia exhibition presented by The Celia Cruz Legacy Foundation, and works by visual artist Saddi Khali. Free admission.

Now or Neverland Art Fair Press & Tastemakers Preview
Wednesday, November 30, 6:30PM – 9PM – Chef Creole Performance Park, 200 NW 54th St

The exhibit opens with a private preview for press and tastemakers for an evening of art, dinner, drinks, and a discussion on the value of investing in art.

Now or Neverland Brunch
Sunday, December 4, 1PM – 2:30PM

Chef Creole serves the famous Soup Jomou, a Haitian dish representing liberty of Haiti. Brunch also includes a artist talkback on the art and power of storytelling in a digital age with MUCE featured artist Shanequa Gay from Atlanta and winner for South Florida WebFest Grand Jury prize. Brunch ticket is $15.



South Florida Web Fest

Screenings from December 1-4
Brunch & Conversations – December 4, 12PM – 4PM – Chef Creole, 200 NW 54th St
Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terrace

Miami Urban Contemporary Experience (MUCE), Puntilla Films New Discovery Media, and Florida Film House premieres the inaugural South Florida Web Fest (SoFloWebFest) during Miami Art Week. The premier festival showcases twenty-seven international web series and short films from the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Iran, India, and Australia.

The event lineup includes expert panel discussions on the business of technology and film, a virtual reality and immersive content experience, distribution panels, a digital art crawl, and an awards ceremony and block party with its sister festival, the Now or Neverland Art Fair: Urban Uproar Edition. Kicking off the screenings on December 1 is the award winning feature “Soup Joumou” by Dudley Alexis highlighting the Haitian tradition of celebrating freedom with Pumpkin soup. The selected web series and short films are from six categories: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Non-Fiction, Suspense/Thriller, and Animation.

The full screening schedule is available at Tickets start at $25 and all-access passes are $100. Tickets can be purchased via



Other Black Exhibits

Borderless Caribbean: Liquid Knowledges
November 30 – February 28, 2017 – Little Haiti Cultural Complex

Borderless Caribbean has become a mainstay in Little Haiti’s Basel lineup and presents an exhibition by the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance that runs through February 28, 2017. Borderless Caribbean presents three series that explores the contributions of Africans to the ethno-botany of the new world as well as the ideas of the enslaved populations of the Americas.

American Banned
Macaya Gallery, 145 NW 36th St, Midtown

Black-owned gallery, Macaya, showcases its latest exhibition, American Banned, with works by Danny Simmons and Ashley Reid.

#OurVoiceMatters Youth Photography Exhibit
November 30 – December 4 – Ward Rooming House Gallery, 249 NW 9th St, Overtown

Urgent, Inc. presents a youth exhibition of photography, art, and media produced by Urgent’s Film Arts Culture Coding Entrepreneurship (FACE) program. The exhibition narrates from the youth’s perspective complex sociopolitical and economic systems that impact their everyday lives. Free Admission for school age youth; $30 general admission.