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September  2021 

Conversations at MOCA

Museum of Contemporary Art

September 2021

The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA) is presenting a series of events, organized by “Michael Richards: Are You Down?” co-curators Melissa Levin and Alex Fialho, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and 20 years since artist Michael Richards’ passing.

Tragically, Richards passed away on September 11, 2001 while working in his Lower Manhattan Cultural Council World Views studio on the 92nd floor of World Trade Center, Tower One. At age 38, Richards was an emerging artist whose incisive aesthetic held immense promise to make him a leading figure in contemporary art. Coincidentally, flight and aviation were central themes for Richards as an exploration of freedom and escape, ascendance and descent.

The upcoming programming includes:

Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021: Conversations at MOCA: Present & Possible—Honoring Michael Richards

Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Details: 2021 marks 20 years since Michael Richards’ tragic passing at the age of 38 in the attacks on September 11, 2001. To honor this anniversary, Richards’ cousin Dawn Dale and “Michael Richards: Are You Down?” co-curators Alex Fialho and Melissa Levin will be in dialogue with filmmaker, visual artist, and curator Tiona Nekkia McClodden to discuss the ongoing work of stewarding artists’ legacies. Dale has stored and cared for Richards’ artworks for two decades since Richards’ passing; Fialho and Levin have been engaged with curating Richards’ art since 2016; and McClodden has worked with the estates and archives of artists Brad Johnson, Essex Hemphill and Julius Eastman. Together, their conversation will consider the ongoing work of uplifting underknown Black artists, familial care for those who have passed, and amplifying Richards’ artistic practice in the wake of September 11.

Where: Virtual via Zoom


Cost: Free

Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021: Conversations at MOCA: Book Preview & Celebration for Michael Richards: Are You Down?

Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Details: MOCA will present “Conversations at MOCA: Book Preview & Celebration” – a preview and celebration of the forthcoming monograph Michael Richards: Are You Down?, scheduled for publication in Spring 2022. The monograph is co-published by MOCA North Miami and New York Consolidated (N-Y-C). The virtual preview brings together Edwidge Danticat, monograph contributor, acclaimed Miami-based author and MacArthur Fellow, with Camille Crain Drummond, editorial director at N-Y-C with particular interest in Michael Richards’ work as a descendant of a Tuskegee Airman. Danticat and Crain Drummond will discuss the wide-ranging themes in Richards’ dynamic artistic practice, including references to flight, the Tuskegee Airmen, Caribbean and African American histories, and more.

Where: Virtual via Zoom


Cost: Free

Freedom's wings exhibition in Miami

Summer  2021

An international exhibition coming from the Kingdom of Belgium arrives to Miami this summer with fabulous feedback.  

The exhibition is a collective show in collaboration with Luna Rosa art gallery in  Brussels and Art Center Miami, entities looking for cultural exchange and artistic enrichment.

Freedom's Wings exhibition started in June 10th in Belgium and will end on July 10th in Miami at the gallery located in 151 NW 36 St.  For more info rmation or gallery hours  to visit the show email [email protected]

 Participant artists:

Andrea Pascual, Maria Francia Perez Rangel, Monica Ucciani, Teresa Cabello, William Villanueva, Ana Moreno, Juan Carlos Gonzalez, Verorica Aris Zlatar, Juan Monte, Patricia Endara

MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami

April to October 2021

This April 2021 the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) is hosting:

 “Michael Richards: Are You Down?” ― the first museum retrospective of the work of Michael Richards. The Afro-Caribbean artist’s sculptural and drawing practice reflects on issues of racial inequity, anti-blackness, and diasporic identity.

Richards used the language of metaphor to investigate racial inequity and the tension between assimilation and exclusion in his art. Aviation, flight and escape were central themes, gesturing toward both repression and reprieve from social injustices, and the simultaneous possibilities of uplift and downfall, often in the context of the historical and ongoing oppression of Black people. 

Co-curated by Alex Fialho and Melissa Levin, “Michael Richards: Are You Down?” marks the largest exhibition of Richards’ work to date and will be on view from April 21 through Oct. 10, 2021. 


December 2020

This year 2020 the traditional art exhibitions in Miami will continue taking place in a lower scale despite the cancellation of  the major  art shows.

The big art shows and fairs were cancelled simply because of the volume of attendance that could become a risk of spread during the pandemic.


Most established smaller establishments like galleries, art centers and museums will continue to support the arts along with the City and Miami-Dade county cultural affairs department. 

The Miami Art week is scheduled to take place from December 3rd to the 6th 2020 despite the cancellation of major art fairs. The main art district in Miami named Wynwood, will hold several cultural events following all CDC and City recommendations to avoid the virus spread. Check art events in Wynwood during Miami Art Week 2020.


The Miami Art week 2020 is a public and private effort to enrich the cultural activities in the community. Many cultural events in December will please the art collectors, visitors and art connoisseurs that visit Miami during winter year after year.


December 2020

Event cancelled

The organizers of the Art Basel Miami Beach fair, which each year attracts thousands of people from the art world to Miami, announced the first week of September that they were cancelling this year’s event, which had been scheduled for December.


After months of discussions with the fair’s staff, the event had been put off until December 2021.

Mayor Dan Gelber of Miami Beach said he was “disappointed, but not shocked” by the cancellation of the event, which would have been the 19th edition. The fair’s organizers, based in Switzerland, said in a statement that conditions in South Florida, as well as international travel restrictions and quarantine regulations due the pandemic. The Miami Beach Convention center where takes place every year this important art show is currently being used as a reserve field hospital and a drive-through Covid-19 testing site.

This winter 2020 during December all mayor events and fairs that bring big conglomeration of public will be cancelled. However almost all the smaller size art events in art centers, galleries and open door spaces will continue with its original plan. All events should comply with the CDC and City regulations of face covering and limited occupancy at all times.


Late June 2020

Date: June 25th to 28th

The first edition of Biennale Wynwood will take place as soon as it is safe and after the pandemic's lock-down was lifted in Miami. The event will take place at the end of Spring from June 25th to 28th

This exhibition reacts in response to the need of cultural enrichment in Wynwood and to frame the history of the neighborhood and communities' unique experiences. 

The exhibition will take place every other year in Wynwood, the city's main art district.

The exhibiting contemporary artists from various countries will represent the cultural diversity of their local community. Active artists with relevant national and international backgrounds will be making important statements with impressive art displays. The initial opening date of April was postponed due to the pandemic measures and recommendations of CDC and governmental authorities.

25 countries will be represented at Biennale Wynwood

Feel free to contact the biennale office for any inquire. The bilingual staff at BIENNALE WYNWOOD will be more than happy to assist you.

Director: Architect Ana Carolina Moreno

Curatorial advice: Architect /Museologist Maria Teresa Haiek Coll

Coordinator: Ms. Teresa Cabello

Visual Marketing Specialist: Artist/ Graphic Designer Gustavo Fernandez


May to September 2020


MAR. 24-SEP. 20, 2020


Eye to I is especially appropriate in the age of the “selfie.” Organized and drawn from the collection of the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, this exhibition explores how American artists have portrayed themselves through painting, drawing, photography, and video since the beginning of the 20th century. Artists in the exhibition approach self-representation from realist renderings to alter-egos that can reveal or obfuscate their inner lives.

Address: 501 Plaza real, Boca Raton Florida 33432

February 13th to 17th 2020


Since its inception in 2012, Art Wynwood has become the premier winter destination contemporary and modern art fair in South Florida, and offers the most diverse, affluent and culturally savvy international audience in the United States. Produced in Miami by Art Miami, the Art Wynwood fair will debut its tenth edition during Presidents Day Weekend, 2020, at the former Miami Herald site, which also is the new home of Art Miami and CONTEXT Art Miami, and welcomed 80,000 visitors during Miami Art Week 2019



Events during Miami Art Week

Last winter 2019, the gallery Miart Space located right on 36 Street and 2nd Av, will offer an excellent collective exhibition open to the public until December 15th. This gallery offers an annual public art exhibition that enriches the Wynwood community with culture and art.

Artists from all over the world take part of the collective show during the first weeks of December. For more information email [email protected]

Art Basel Miami Beach 2019

Art Basel Miami Beach is the most important art show in the United States. And, the largest with over 500,000 square feet of exhibition space. Leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa show historical work from the masters of Modern and contemporary art, as well as newly created pieces by emerging stars. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, installations, photographs, and films of the highest quality are on display in the main exhibition hall.

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