MOCA announces new exhibitions for Miami Art Week

Hector Hyppolite, ‘Femme nue avec oiseaux, oil on canvas, 1946. The Betty and Isaac Rudman Trust Collection. Image courtesy of MOCA

MIAMI (PRNewswire) – The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami will host exhibitions, virtual events, virtual tours and extended hours during Miami Art Week, Nov. 29–Dec.

“We are pleased to safely welcome visitors to the museum for Miami Art Week 2020 by presenting a diverse range of exhibitions and virtual programming,” said MOCA Executive Director Chana Sheldon. “MOCA is honored to host the most comprehensive survey of work by Raúl de Nieves, complemented by the exhibition, ‘Life and Spirituality in Haitian Art,’ focusing on Haitian art and paying tribute to Haiti’s rich historical, cultural and artistic heritage.”

In-Person Exhibitions
“Life and Spirituality in Haitian Art” Selections from the Betty and Isaac Rudman Trust Collection, on view through March 14
The exhibition brings together a selection of paintings from Haiti created between 1940 and 1970. Featuring works by Hector Hyppolite, Philomé Obin, Rígaud Benoit, Wilson Bigaud, Jacques-Enguérrand Gourgue, and Gérard Valcin, these renowned masters come from the first and second generation of artists associated with Port-au-Prince’s Centre d’ Art. This exhibition also includes some of their contemporaries and pupils, including Ernst Louizor, Célestin Faustin and Adam Leontus. The merging of techniques, methods and cultures is seen through their work, ushering forth a style that is uniquely and quintessentially Haitian. The paintings explore the Haitian identity through deep, rich, vibrant colored scenes depicting historical figures, tropical flowers and fruits, rural landscapes, and daily activities infused with spirituality and Afro-Caribbean religious symbolism, particularly from a voodoo tradition. Curated by Francine Birbragher-Rozencwaig, Ph.D.

“Raul de Nieves: Eternal Return & The Obsidian Heart,” on view through March 21
Eternal Return and The Obsidian Heart is, to date, the most comprehensive survey of work by Raúl de Nieves. The exhibition connects the artist’s exuberant material sensibility to his roots in punk music, devotional ritual and celebratory queerness. The artist draws inspiration from his childhood spent in Michoacán, Mexico, where public religious ceremonies and private rituals incorporate elaborate costuming and theatrical components. Coming of age in DIY scenes in San Diego and San Francisco also energized de Nieves with a theatrical approach to art making. Curated by Risa Puleo.

Virtual Tours
On Sunday, Nov. 29 and Dec. 6 at 3:00 p.m., MOCA’s Curator of Education Amanda Covach will provide a virtual tour of MOCA’s current exhibitions “Raúl De Nieves: Eternal Return & The Obsidian Heart” and “Life and Spirituality in Haitian Art.”
RSVP for Nov. 29 Virtual Tour: http://bit.ly/MOCA1129
RSVP for Dec. 6 Virtual Tour: http://bit.ly/MOCA1206

MOCA’s extended opening hours during Miami Art Week are Tuesday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Timed tickets are encouraged throughout Miami Art Week (December 1-6) and admission will be prioritized for those with pre-purchased tickets available here.

The museum is located at 770 NE 125th St., North Miami, FL 33161. Admission to the museum is $10 and free for MOCA members and North Miami residents. For more information, visit mocanomi.org, call 305-893-6211 or email 259812@email4pr.com.