Event Details

Location: North Miami, FL

Image Credit: Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami Web Site

Saturday, December 8, 2018
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
770 NE 125th Street
North Miami, FL 33161

$10 per person
Limited to 20 attendees

For this year’s Art Basel, take a break from the conventional Miami Beach and Downtown exploits and venture up to North Miami, Miami’s latest budding arts community. Here, you can spend part of your Saturday afternoon with fellow Cornell alumni at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) for a private curatorial tour of their exciting new exhibit, AfriCOBRA. Join us during Miami Art Week to explore this historic group.

AfriCOBRA: Messages to the People is a groundbreaking exhibition celebrating the Chicago-based AfriCOBRA collective, in conjunction with the group’s 50th anniversary. The African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA) was founded in 1968 by Jeff Donaldson, Barbara Jones-Hogu, Wadsworth Jarrell and Gerald Williams. Rather than bringing about change through political revolt, these artists used the black identity, its style, attitude and worldview to foster solidarity and self-confidence throughout the African diaspora. It was a revolution of the mind, body and spirit and the art reflected this.

AfriCOBRA’s visual language is defined by the use of text, bright “Cool-Aid” colors, dynamic, gestural markings, and raw, emotive, celebratory images of confident black figures. The vision these artists created went on to define the aesthetic of the Black Arts Movement. This historic exhibition will explore the founders’ individual careers, as well as AfriCOBRA’s philosophy and the impact of the group’s work on subsequent generations.

For event questions, please contact Danielle St. Luce at djs452@cornell.edu.

For event registration questions, please contact Donna Carl at dc37@cornell.edu.

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