The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) launched the Art of Black Miami campaign as the destination prepares for this year’s highly anticipated Art Basel Miami Beach December 3-7, 2014. Spearheaded by the GMCVB’s Multicultural Tourism Department, the Art of Black Miami will celebrate arts, culture and diversity during Art Basel Miami Beach weekend and beyond.
“We’re excited to launch the Art of Black Miami campaign with its platform to support and strengthen the abundant artistic diversity found in Greater Miami’s mosaic neighborhoods and communities,” says GMCVB President & CEO William D.Talbert, III, CDME. “While the Art of Black Miami is being launched leading up to Art Basel Miami Beach when artists from the Diaspora will be showcasing their exhibits, the Art of Black Miami campaign will keep shining on these artists and their works throughout the year.”
“During Art Basel Miami Beach weekend, the Art of Black Miami campaign will provide a springboard to an impressive slate of breathtaking exhibits from the Diaspora with a full calendar of events that explores Black art from all perspectives,” notes Graylyn Swilley-Woods, interim vice president of the GMCVB’s Multicultural Tourism Department. “Residents and visitors alike can visit pop-up galleries, artist showcases, and performances in heritage neighborhoods throughout the destination.” A few examples include:
- Miami’s own Purvis Young, an urban expressionist from Overtown whose artwork has garnered an international following, will be featured with more than 200 of Young’s creations comprising “A Man Among the People: A Purvis Homecoming” exhibition at Overtown’s historic Lyric Theater December 4, 2014 to March 2015.
- Fusion MIA, an eclectic and critically-acclaimed exhibit highlighting African American Abstract Masters curated by father son duo George and Jumanni Nnamdi in the Wynwood Arts District will feature the BET Art Lounge and will honor Dr. Tuliza Fleming (Smithsonian), David Driskell (Legendary Artist) and Debra Lee (President and CEO of BET).
- Renowned South African curator Tumelo Mosaka will be featured in the Third Annual Art of Transformation, in Opa-locka November 12, 2014 through December 14, 2014.
- In Little Haiti, the Borderless Caribbean exhibition series, curated by museologist and cultural producer Jorge Luis Gutierrez, is part of the Global Caribbean contemporary art program of the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance (HCAA) under the world renowned artistic director Edouard Duval Carrie.
“Art of Black Miami will be the go-to place to learn about Black art and events taking place in the Miami area,” adds Talbert. “These are culturally-significant events the GMCVB is pleased to support and offer visitors and residents throughout the year.”