The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA) is the place to be during Miami Art Week! The museum will celebrate its newest exhibitions, “Didier William: Nou Kite Tout Sa Dèyè,” Leah Gordon’s “Kanaval,” and Chire “VantaBlack” Regans “To What Lengths” on Thursday, Dec. 1 with a Miami Art Week reception. On Saturday, Dec. 3, the museum will host artist and curator-led exhibition tours. The museum will also offer extended hours throughout the week.
“Didier William: Nou Kite Tout Sa Dèyè,” on view from Nov. 2, 2022 to April 16, 2023, is the largest retrospective 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.
In a blend of personal reflections, biographical anecdotes, and art historical moments, some of the works in the show recontextualize historical iconographies and ideas, stripping them of their “known” truths and transforming each into something entirely new. By doing so, William playfully and unapologetically reclaims autonomy over a fragmented record of history, engaging his personal connection to the complexity of immigrant narratives and queer identity to create opportunity for investigation and redemption.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the museum will partner with ten-time Emmy award-winning producer and director Marlon Johnson to produce a documentary highlighting the artist and will partner with a vast network of scholars to present a series of public programs. The museum will also publish an accompanying exhibition catalogue.
Opening November 9, 2022 is “Kanaval,” a retrospective 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. The images are contextualized by a series of oral histories relayed by various troupe leaders, who also oversee the design of the costume and generate the narratives surrounding Carnival. Their stories reflect the wealth of invention, fable, and self-generated mythology prevalent in much of Haitian culture. The photographs will be accompanied by a new feature-length documentary on the carnival providing a kinetic counterpoint to the portraits.
Also, on view outside the museum during Miami Art Week is MOCA’s most recent “Art on the Plaza” commission, VantaBlack’s “To What Lengths,” which will be open to the public on MOCA Plaza from October 14, 2022 through Jan. 20, 2023. Selected in MOCA’s 2022 Open Call to artists for its “Art on the Plaza” series, “To What Lengths” will showcase a key component of VantaBlack’s artistic practice by reflecting on legacy building and preservation as foundational to Black culture and other diasporic peoples. The South Florida-based artist 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. Organized by Amanda Sanfilippo Long, “Art on the Plaza” is presented by MOCA, with major support from the North Miami Community Redevelopment Agency (NMCRA).
Upcoming programming includes:
- Miami Art Week Reception | Thursday, Dec. 1; VIP Reception (by invitation only): 6-8 p.m.; Public Reception: 8-10 p.m.
- Details: MOCA is presenting a reception on Thursday, Dec. 1 to celebrate its newest exhibitions “Didier William: Nou Kite Tout Sa Dèyè,” Leah Gordon “Kanaval,” and Chire “VantaBlack” Regans “To What Lengths.” Featured artists and curators will be present, and guests will enjoy cocktails and canapés in MOCA’s Paradise Courtyard.
- Cost: $20, which can be paid at the door. $10 for seniors and students. Complementary admission for MOCA Members and Miami Art Week VIPs with proof of membership/VIP status at the door.
- RSVP: To RSVP, please visit: https://111401.blackbaudhosting.com/111401/Miami-Art-Week-Reception-2022
- Public Talk and Curator Tours with Didier William, Leah Gordon, Erica Moiah James, Ph.D. and Adeze Wilford | Saturday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m.
- Details: The public is invited to enjoy a walk-through of MOCA’s two signature Miami Art Week exhibitions. Explore the work of artist “Didier William: Nou Kite Tout Sa Dèyè” in conversation with curator Erica Moiah James, Ph.D., followed by a tour of “Kanaval” with curators Leah Gordon and Adeze Wilford.
- Cost: Free with museum admission, which can be paid at the door. MOCA Members and Miami Art Week VIPs can have their admission waived by showing proof of membership/VIP status.
- To RSVP for the “Didier William: Nou Kite Tout Sa Dèyè,” tour, please visit: https://111401.blackbaudhosting.com/111401/Exhibition-walk-through-with-Erica-Moiah-James-and-Didier-William
- To RSVP for the “KANAVAL” tour, please visit: https://111401.blackbaudhosting.com/111401/Exhibition-walk-through-with-Leah-Gordon–Adeze-Wilford
The museum’s extended hours for Miami Art Week:
- Sunday, Nov. 27 – Tuesday, Nov. 29: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
- Wednesday, Nov. 30.: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
- Thursday, Dec. 1: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Open Hours), 6 p.m.–8 p.m. (VIP Reception by invitation), 8 p.m.–10 p.m. (Public Reception)
- Friday, Dec. 2-Sunday, Dec. 4: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
- Saturday, Dec. 3: 11 a.m. (Artist and Curator-Led Exhibition Tour)
General admission is $10 for adults; $5 for seniors, students and visitors with disabilities; and free for MOCAMembers, City of North Miami residents and children under 12.
Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA)
770 NE 125th Street
Miami, FL 33161
MOCA North Miami is generously funded by the North Miami Mayor and Council and the City of North Miami; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture (Section 286.25, Florida Statutes). MOCA is supported in part by an American Rescue Plan Act grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support general operating expenses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional support is provided by the Fine & Greenwald Foundation; The Nathan Cummings Foundation; and the Sol Taplin Charitable Foundation. Founding support for the MOCA Sustainability Fund provided by the Green Family Foundation Trust. Major support provided by Shirley and William M. Lehman, Jr. We also thank our Board of Trustees, Curator’s Circle, and MOCAMembers for their meaningful support.
“Art on the Plaza” is presented by MOCA, with major support from the North Miami Community Redevelopment Agency.
Didier William: Nou Kite Tout Sa Dèyè is made possible with major support from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and The Wege Foundation. Additional support was provided by the Funding Arts Network, James Fuentes, and the Harpo Foundation. We thank the University of Miami School of Communication, the University of Miami Center for Black Global Studies, Altman Siegel, Beth Rudin DeWoody, the Green Family Foundation Trust, M+B, Dr. Larry Pierre, and Ivan Jecklin and Allison Weinstein for their generous support. We are also grateful to Dr. Rudolph and Mrs. Mirjam Moise and Kes and Laura Narbutas.
Leah Gordon: Kanaval is made possible with support from Victoire and Owsley Brown and MOCA Visionaries.
About the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami:
MOCA North Miami presents contemporary art and its historical influences through exhibitions, educational programs, and collections. Inspired by its surrounding communities, MOCA connects diverse audiences and cultures by providing a welcoming place to encounter new ideas and voices and nurturing a lifelong love of the arts. MOCAdeveloped from the Center of Contemporary Art which was inaugurated in 1981. The establishment of the permanent collection coincided with the institution’s move into their current building designed by Charles Gwathmey of GSNY in 1996.
Under the direction of Executive Director Chana Sheldon and a newly installed Board of Trustees, MOCA showcased My Name is Maryan curated by Alison Gingeras during Miami Art Week in 2021, which will travel to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in late 2022. An accompanying exhibition catalog highlighting key works will be published, along with other archival imagery and critical essays. The museum also premiered AFRICOBRA: Messages to the People during Art Basel Miami Beach in 2018. AFRICOBRA: Nation Time, the next chapter of the exhibition, was selected as an official Collateral Event of Biennale Arte 2019 in Venice, Italy. Other original exhibitions include: Michael Richards: Are You Down? co-curated by Alex Fialho and Melissa Levin (2021), Raul de Nieves: Eternal Return and The Obsidian Heart curated by Risa Puleo (2020), and Alice Rahon: Poetic Invocations curated by Teresa Arcq (2019).