The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) will host Miami Herald photojournalist Carl Juste and columnist Leonard Pitts, Jr. for an extraordinary installation of the “Conversations at MOCA” virtual series on Wednesday, July 8 at 7 p.m. The two Pulitzer Prize winners will discuss Juste’s new public artwork installation, “I am a Man,” which can be found in the MOCA Plaza. Donnamarie Baptiste, programmer, producer, and curator of the Miami art and culture scene, will moderate the conversation.
In 2008, Juste and Pitts were working on a story in Memphis, Tennessee, when Juste captured an image of sanitation worker Elmore Nickelberry and his son, Terence. In the photo, Terence is holding a placard that reads, “I Am A Man.” The sign is a relic from the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike and became emblematic of the Black community’s struggles in the United States. Commenting on his portrait of the elder Nickelberry, Juste has said, “I just wanted to capture that dignity that was often deprived him.”
The “I Am A Man” installation is possible through the Miami Herald Media Company. MOCA North Miami’s exhibitions and programs are possible through the generous support of the City of North Miami and its mayor and council; the State of Florida; Department of State and its Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council; the Miami-Dade County mayor and Board of County Commissioners.