Prizm Art Fair 11/30/16 – 12/4/16

Prizm Art Fair
Open To The Public: November 30 – December 11, 2016, 11 am – 7 pm
Opening Reception: 7 pm – 11 PM by invitation
7230 NW Miami Ct
Miami, FL
Prizm General Admission
One-day Pass $15
Multi-Day Pass $50
Student Pass $5
PAMM Member Pass $5

Prizm Art Fair is pleased to announce the programing and events for the fair’s fourth edition. Spanning two weeks and coinciding with Miami Art Week, Prizm Art Fair will take place November 29 through December 11, 2016 at its new location: 7230 NW Miami CT in the Little Haiti / Little River community.

The programing and highlights for Prizm connect directly to the fair’s mission of presenting the work of international emerging artists African artists and artists from the Global African Diaspora, who are traditionally unrepresented by galleries in the mainstream art world. The theme for the fourth edition will explore the global impact of Africa’s cultural DNA and will showcase over 40 artists from eight countries including: France, Haiti, Jamaica, Nigeria, St. Martin, and Trinidad and Tobago, split between two sections curated by fair Director and Founder Mikhaile Solomon and interdisciplinary artist William Cordova.

Tuesday November 29th – Opening Night
VIP Ticket holders are invited to a special Prizm Preview with a three-course dinner by Cooper Door on Tuesday November 29th, 7- 11 pm. Jamila Ross and Akino West of Copper Door, will create a culinary pop-up experience to introduce some of the signature dishes Copper Door plans on serving at their “coming-soon” BNB project.

Thursday December 1st – Prizm Perform
6:00 PM – 6:30 PM – Nyugen Smith, A Letter Home: Hoping to reach you soon, Part 2
This thirty-minute performance aims to bring together three generations of Haitians to tell a story of belonging, longing, achievement and their contributions to global culture. This story will be told through instrumentation and performative actions made by the artist and a small ensemble of Haitian residents of Miami. The ensemble will be made up of family and friends of the artist who live in Miami and are musicians in their church (Salvation Army) band. Smith dressed as a military general will lead the ensemble through a series of formations and dialog that bounces between English, French and Haitian Creole, punctuated by musical scores. As a Haitian descendant, Smith knows very little about the history, culture and legacy of the Haitian people and is using this project to learn about the aforementioned while bringing the ensemble together to share their knowledge and experience making together.

6:45 – 7:15 PM Ayana Evans, Gurl I’d Drink Your Bath Water
Evans delivers a layered performance that is part social commentary, part autobiographical. An interactive performance piece, “Gurl, I’ll Drink Your Bathwater,” a piece originally created in 2015 for Performance Anxiety in New York, NY. Within this project the act of washing represents various ideas. There are references to the religious use of water to cleanse the soul, the need for women to be “clean” in our society, beauty ideals in the US, and even a nostalgia for the Palmolive soap used in the piece because it is the same dish washing liquid used by the artist’s mother and grandmother. The title is based on the Black American old school saying, “You’re so fine, I’d drink your bathwater.” This phrase has been used as both an extreme compliment and as an all too familiar catcall for Black women. For the the iteration performed at Prizm, has a new ending has been added.

Friday December 2nd – Prizm Panels
12 PM – 12:45 PM Evolution of Black Artist Movements: Jamea Richmond-Edwards and AMber Robles-Gordon
Artists Jamea Richmond-Edwards and Amber Robles-Gordon, Co-Founders of Delusions of Grandeur artist collective will speak of the relevancy, evolution and power of artist collectives and artistic movements. Richmond-Edwards and Robles-Gordon, parlayed a series of conversations about personal experiences in the art world, the cultural influence and legacy of Howard University, and the examination of artist group and movements such as Spiral, Black Artists of DC, Africobfra and the Black Arts Movement to build a contemporary art cannon. Delusions of Grandeur is a collective of emerging artists brought together by a shared interest and commitment to their art, a need to provide critique and commentary on social infrastructures within American society and to contribute to the prominence of the collective black voice and presence within contemporary art. Delusions of Grandeur is comprised of artists Shaunte Gates, Jamea Richmond-Edwards, Amber Robles-Gordon, Stan Squirewell, Wesley Clarke and Larry Cook Jr.

1:00 – 1:45 PM Young Art Collectors presented by Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation

2:00 – 2:45 PM – Caribbean Canon: A Caribbean Art Education Initiative with Daniela Fifi, Stephanie Cunningham & Erin Hylton
The history of art in the Caribbean exists in its fragmented past, resulting in the rich and culturally diverse artistic practices present throughout the region. Despite the immense impact that Caribbean art forms have had on the economies and unique cultures of these islands, many of their artistic practices have been inadequately researched and documented. Furthermore, Caribbean art forms are oftentimes left out of the national discourse within education. This presentation aims to address the lacuna present within Caribbean art education through presenting an online platform that will provide information and resources to regional and global audiences.

3:00 – 3:45 PM – Oasa Duverney Presented by Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation
Duverney discusses her exhibition, The View From Nowhere, a showcase of social justice-driven large-scale drawings and mixed media works created to give a “visual voice” for those who continue to be silenced. Her work comes from her own lived experiences and observations, with themes ranging from criminalization of black and brown, bodies, gentrification, housing scarcity, and other pressing social justice issues facing women and people of color in New York City and the United States at-large.

4:00 – 4:45 Pm Black Femininity In Contemporary Art With Karen Senefuru
Karen Senefuru discusses The Black Woman is God exhibition, a multi-media visual and spiritual exhibition for audiences to recognize an alternative to Western cultural narratives that challenges Eurocentric notions of God. Through an examination of cosmology, womanhood, feminism, politics and psychology, The Black Woman is God challenges gaps and fragments in art history that position Black art as only ancient or contemporary, failing to honor the space in between.

Off Site Programing

Wednesday November 30, 2016
Famous Art Critics 7 -11 pm
Venue: Miami Science Barge | 1075 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33130
The Famous Art Critics is a cohort of multi-cultural art enthusiasts who gather for dinner and dialogue annually during Miami Art Week to discuss, highlight and elevate diverse individuals, institutions, and best practice for pathways to cultural equity in art: journalism, curation, and execution praxis.
Dinner presented by Copper Door
Tickets: VIP Passes for purchase on eventbrite.

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