This month, the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) will launch “Art on the Plaza,” a year-long series of newly commissioned, temporary public artworks by Miami-based artists on MOCA Plaza. The museum will host a series of virtual programs to coincide with the art installations throughout the year.
The series will kick off with featured artist Reginald O’Neal, whose detailed mural honoring his heritage and connection to Miami’s historic Overtown neighborhood will be displayed in the plaza from Friday, January 22, to March 7, in honor of Black History Month.
Laz Ojalde and Natalie Zlamalova of Studio AMLgMATD will present a large-scale intervention of red thread representing the symbolic interconnections of global networks through the COVID-19 pandemic from March 19 to April 18.
Artists Morel Doucet and Stephen Arboite will take over the space from April 30 to June 27 to showcase collaborative banners that explores Miami’s historically African American neighborhoods through their specific flora and fauna. The works will dually draw connections to issues of gentrification and celebrate the unparalleled beauty of the African diaspora in honor of Haitian Heritage Month.
Allison Matherly and Jeffrey Noble of Nice N’ Easy will kick off the first full summer installation with a playful overhaul if MOCA’s foundation, transforming it into a swimming pool from July 9 to August 22. The collaborative work will address issues of anxiety, concerns for safety, and well-being as they relate to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Najja Moon will close out the series with an exploration of reflection and self-empowerment through a dynamic sculptural mirror work from September 3 to November 14. The work will encourage viewers to experience it from multiple viewpoints, see themselves reflected, and experience intricate shadows.
The program is made possible with major support from the North Miami Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA).
The program was organized by Amanda Sanfilippo Long, curator and artist manager for the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Art in Public Places program. “I am honored and excited to partner with MOCA to host these art programs on the plaza,” said Sanfilippo Long. “‘Art on the Plaza’ brings imaginative contemporary art exhibitions and programming to a wide range of audiences, while bringing diverse cultural and thought-provoking subjects to the forefront.”
“With ‘Art on the Plaza,’ MOCA will offer a boost of creative energy accessible to visitors and passersby. We are so pleased to commission and support Miami-based artists for these temporary installations while presenting at for large and diverse audiences to see,” said MOCA executive director Chana Budgazad Sheldon.