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Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami Presents “Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly” May 24 – Aug. 5, 2018


North Miami, Fla. TheMuseum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami will present the group exhibition “Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly” from May 24 – Aug. 5, 2018. Curated by Risa Puleo, the exhibition features the works of 37 artists who are native to the Americas separated into conceptual categories including indigenous, immigrant and assimilated.

The exhibition focuses on the monarch, the only butterfly that migrates in two directions, as a geographic range and a metaphor. Monarchs (specifically those of eastern North American) fly from southern Canada through the Midwest on their way to Michoacán, Mexico and back.

This survey of artists from or living in the path of the monarch, brings to life the Dakota Access Pipeline and the call to build a wall in Mexico as unrelenting issues that create challenges for people native to the Americas — being separated by conceptual categories of indigenous, immigrant, and assimilated.

Like the butterfly, which takes at least four generations to completely navigate its way through middle America with inherited knowledge, these artists also use inherited cultural memory to showcase and explore historical narratives of their respective heritage through abstract techniques.

Artists incorporate processes such as basket weaving, beadwork, copper hammering, and quilting, and materials such as stucco, plaster, ceramics, and feathers, that hold a high degree of resonance within native, immigrant, and brown aesthetics and vernacular cultures. The exhibition also charts the movement of styles and approaches through large spans of time across the Americas, speaking to an inherited means of production and genealogy of form.

William Cordova, a nationally respected Miami-based artist, is one of the artists featured in the exhibition. Other artists include Gina Adams, Carmen Argote, Natalie Ball, Margarita Cabrera, Juan William Chávez, Rafa Esparza, Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez, Guillermo Galindo, Jeffrey Gibson, Sky Hopinka, Donna Huanca, Truman Lowe, Ivan LOZANO, Cannupa Hanska Luger and Marty Two Bulls, Jr, Salvador Jiménez-Flores, Nicholas Galanin andMerritt Johnson, Rodolfo Marron III, Harold Mendez, Mark Menjivar, Ronny Quevedo, Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez, Josh Rios andAnthony Romero, Guadalupe Rosales, Carlos Rosales-Silva, Francisco Souto,Rodrigo Valenzuela, Mary Valverde, Dyani White Hawk, Nathan Young, and Sarah Zapata.

“‘Monarchs’brings together the stories of migration and geography of those native to the Americas,” said MOCA Executive Director Chana Budgazad Sheldon. “We are very pleased to showcase these works by many talented artists who derive or live in the migration path of the monarch butterfly. At MOCA, we take pride in providing provocative and innovative exhibitions with works that collectively embody diverse cultures from around the world.”

The “Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly” project originated at the Bemis Contemporary Art Center.

Admission to MOCA is $5, free for MOCA members and North Miami residents. An artist reception will take place on Thursday, June 14, 2018 with an admission cost of $10 to the general public, free to MOCA members and North Miami residents.


About Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami is dedicated to making contemporary art accessible to diverse audiences – especially underserved populations – through the collection, preservation and exhibition of the best of contemporary art and its art historical influences. The Museum is located at 770 NE 125thStreet, North Miami, FL 33161. It is open Tuesday–Friday from 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday 1–9 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. (closed Mondays and major holidays). Admission to the museum is $5 and is free to MOCA members and North Miami residents. For more information, visit mocanomi.org, call 305-893-6211 or email info@mocanomi.org.

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami Presents “Obscura” by South African Artist Lionel Smit, March 8 – May 6, 2018


North Miami, Fla.The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami will open its spring season with the presentation of “Obscura.” The exhibition by South African Contemporary Artist Lionel Smit will be his first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. and will run from March 8 – May 6, 2018. Smit is recognized globally for his monumentally scaled portraitures depicted through mixed media.

In his works, Smit digs beneath the skin to unfold the multidimensional nature of the individual by creating colorful and inventive interpretations. Smit’s imaginative paintings, prints, sculptures, video and public installations focus on the residents of Cape Town, South Africa, in abstract and representational portraits. The frequent subjects of his works are from the ethnic Cape Malay community and are most often women.

In “Obscura,” Smit fuses gestural brushstrokes, splashed and splattered paint, and captivating pigments of color with a realistic representation of the heads and faces of his subjects on a large scale. The bold surfaces of Smit’s paintings are echoed in the clay form, which he uses to create bronze and resin portraiture sculptures. These sculptures also demonstrate the blend of naturalism and abstract expressionism, with modeled and textured surfaces.

“Morphous” is a two-headed sculpture that makes reference to the female version of the Roman god Janus, the god of beginnings. The two faces depict the ability to see both the past and the future, and express how in which many ways the past shaped ourselves and the world around us. The 10-foot tall, bronze sculpture of a blue color resided in New York City’s Union Square in 2016.

Smit was born in Pretoria, South Africa, and studied sculpture from a young age with his father, Anton Smit, who is a celebrated South African sculptor. Over the past ten years, Smit has established an international following and has been featured in exhibitions all over the globe including New York City’s Union Square, the Avenue Concept in Providence, Rhode Island, National Portrait Gallery in London, and at the Helsinki Art Museum in Finland.

“We are delighted to present ‘Obscura’ by Lionel Smit for his U.S. debut,” says Natasha Colebrook Williams, MOCA’s Interim Director. “The artist draws the viewers into his portraitures by using mixed media in his paintings and sculptures. MOCA is proud to share this unique exhibition with our audience.”

Admission to MOCA is $5, but free for MOCA members and North Miami residents. An artist reception will take place on Thursday, March 15, 2018 with an admission cost of $10 to the general public, free to MOCA members and North Miami residents.

About Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami is dedicated to making contemporary art accessible to diverse audiences – especially underserved populations – through the collection, preservation and exhibition of the best of contemporary art and its art historical influences. The Museum is located at 770 NE 125thStreet, North Miami, FL 33161. It is open Tuesday–Friday from 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday 1–9 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. (closed Mondays and major holidays). Admission to the museum is $5, and is free to MOCA members and North Miami residents. For more information, visit mocanomi.org, call 305-893-6211 or email info@mocanomi.org.

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami Welcomes Chana Budgazad Sheldon as New Executive Director


North Miami, Fla. — TheMuseum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami has tapped Chana Budgazad Sheldon to be its new executive director starting Jan. 17. Sheldon will lead the museum going forward as it continues to make contemporary art accessible to diverse audiences.

Sheldon comes to MOCA in North Miami with 17 years’ experience in the contemporary art field. She has directed both commercial and nonprofit exhibition spaces, and most recently served as the Miami director and national program advisor for ProjectArt, a nonprofit organization that provides free after-school art classes to underserved youth in public libraries through an artist residency program.

“Art and culture can transform lives and communities.” says Sheldon. “MOCA, through its exhibitions and programming, has for decades been a key hub of cultural engagement for the local community and beyond. My focus as the museum’s new director will be to facilitate that engagement and foster connections between artists, the local community, and the global dialogue in contemporary art about the issues of our time.I am thrilled to be a part of this new chapter in MOCA’s history.”

Previously, Sheldon was the executive director of Locust Projects, Miami’s long-running nonprofit experimental exhibition space. During her eight-year tenure there, she produced over 70 exhibitions, initiated the organization’s first public art and educational programs, and oversaw major institutional growth.

Sheldon started her career at Casey Kaplan, a contemporary art gallery in New York City, where she worked for seven years, ultimately becoming its director.

A Miami Beach resident, Sheldon has served four years on the city’s Art in Public Places Committee. Thecommittee, appointed by the city commission, is responsible for commissioning new public artworks by contemporary artists in all media.

“Chana Sheldon is an accomplished visual arts professional and has a deep knowledge of contemporary art and artists, and a passion for Greater Miami’s cultural life,” said Michael Spring, director of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs. “She is respected by artists and arts colleagues locally and nationally. I am excited that she will be dedicating her considerable talent, energy and enthusiasm to leading the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami into its next era of success in serving the City of North Miami and our entire community. Ms. Sheldon, MOCA, and the City can count on the continued strong support of our Department of Cultural Affairs.”

“We are so pleased to have Chana Sheldon join our community. Her leadership and expertise will undoubtedly drive MOCA into its next exciting chapter. Her vision and talents will position the Museum for continued growth and exposure both locally and nationally,” said Larry M. Spring, City Manager of North Miami.

About Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami is dedicated to making contemporary art accessible to diverse audiences – especially underserved populations – through the collection, preservation and exhibition of the best of contemporary art and its art historical influences. The Museum is located at 770 NE 125thStreet, North Miami, FL 33161. It is open Tuesday–Friday from 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday 1–9 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. (closed Mondays and major holidays). Admission to the museum is $5, and is free to MOCA members and North Miami residents. For more information, visit mocanomi.org, call 305-893-6211 or email info@mocanomi.org.