Virtual April Events with MOCA

Tune in to the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami's artist conversation, art classes for all ages, exhibition tour, and jazz concert

The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA) will present an array of free virtual events to engage with the public this month, including a Conversation at MOCA, virtual art classes for participants of all ages, a curator tour, and a virtual jazz concert. Read the details below:

April Events

Studio AMLgMATD's Art on the Plaza installation. Image courtesy of MOCA North Miami.
Studio AMLgMATD’s Art on the Plaza installation. Image courtesy of MOCA North Miami.
Conversation at MOCA: Studio AMLgMATD with Curator Amanda Long

Wednesday, April 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Artists Laz Ojalde and Natalie Zlamalova, principles of Miami-based Studio AMLgMATD, will join “Art on the Plaza” curator Amanda Sanfilippo Long in a conversation surrounding their collaborative art practice and the background of their special Art On The Plaza project. RSVP for the Zoom event here.

MOCA miniMakers

Saturday, April 17, from 2 to 4 p.m.

MOCA’s miniMakers can tune in the live Facebook workshops to paint along with artist Edwin Creates. Students should tune in with canvases (9”x12” or 11”x14”), acrylic paint, brushes, paper towels, a cup of water, paper plates or palettes, and blow dryers. Artistic fun in English and Spanish for children ages 6 years and older. Tune in to the Facebook Live event here.

This program is made possible with support North Miami Community Redevelopment Agency.

Virtual MOCA Makers

Saturday, April 24, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Adult artists can tune in to watch trained professional teach subjects such as figure drawing, portrait painting, printmaking, and photography lessons. RSVP here.

This program is made possible with support North Miami Community Redevelopment Agency.

Michael Richards Are You Down exhibition at MOCA North Miami will be the subject of a virtual curator tour on April 28
“Michael Richards: Are You Down?” will be on view through October 10. Image courtesy of MOCA North Miami.
Curator Tour of “Michael Richards: Are You Down?” with Melissa Levin and Alex Fialho

Wednesday, April 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Curators Alex Fialho and Melissa Levin will take audiences on a virtual tour of the museum’s new exhibition “Michael Richards: Are You Down?,” the first museum retrospective of Michael Richards’ artwork. Fialho and Levin have been collaborating and engaged with Richards’ art and legacy since 2016. They will highlight Richards’ virtuosic sculpture and drawing practice and incisive thinking, as well as the recurring imagery, themes, and materials that Richards engaged throughout his body of work. Richards’ art speaks poetically and provocatively to our contemporary moment—his artistic engagement with anti-Blackness, masculinity, diaspora, spirituality, police brutality, and fallen monuments is especially urgent and pressing today. RSVP for the Zoom exhibition tour here.

Virtual Jazz at MOCA: Lando & The Infinite Sadness

Friday, April 30, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Lando & The Infinite Sadness will stop by to lend their talents to MOCA’s monthly virtual jazz series. The band is known for melding jazz, down tempo beats, and soul for a beautiful listening experience. To watch the performance, click here.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

“Michael Richards: Are You Down?”

On view from April 21 through October 10

“Michael Richards: Are You Down?” will be the first large-scale retrospective of the work of Michael Richards, an Afro-Caribbean artist whose practice reflects on issues of racial inequity, systemic oppression, and diasporic identity. Born in Brooklyn in 1963, and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Richards tragically passed away on 9/11 while working in his Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) World Views studio on the 92nd floor of World Trade Center Tower One. At age 38, Richards was an emerging artist whose incisive aesthetic promised to make him a leading figure in contemporary art. Co-curated by Alex Fialho and Melissa Levin, “Michael Richards: Are You Down?” marks the largest exhibition of Richards’ work to date.

“Collection Focus: Our Beginnings Never Know Our Ends”

On view from April 28 through October 10

“Collection Focus: Our Beginnings Never Know Our Ends” is the second in a series of recent explorations of MOCA’s permanent collection. Curated by Elizabeth Shannon, Ph.D., Collections Curator at the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College, the exhibition explores ideas of selfhood and the negotiation of relationships. The exhibition features works by Ann Agee, Hernan Bas, Christine Borland, Inka Essenhigh, Luis Gispert, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Joel Otterson, Elaine Reichek, Ilene Segalove, Beverly Semmes, Anna-Maria Sircello, Shinique Smith, Michael Vasquez and Helen Verhoeven. Many works, particularly those created by women and LGBTQA+ artists, challenge and subvert existing hierarchies; others encourage viewers to think carefully about identity and its expression. Some pieces highlight the conflicting influences, histories and narratives that contribute to a sense of self and the difficulty of truly comprehending anyone else.

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