The 3rd Annual Art of Transformation 11/12/14

The 3rd Annual Art of Transformation
Wednesday, 11/12/2014 – 12/14/2014 07:00 pm –
AOT_logoOpa-locka Community Development Corporation
490 Opa-locka Blvd,
Opa-locka, Florida 33054
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Cost: Varies by event

Art of Transformation Series: November 12th to December 14th, 2014
The Art of Transformation is a celebration of the revitalization plan of Opa-locka presented by the non-profit Opa-locka Community Development Corporation. Now in its third year, the Art of Transformation has grown into a county-wide series of events further celebrating Opa-locka’’s historic past, promoting the present, and envisioning its future. This series highlights how art is capable of encouraging urban and civic renewal.

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014, 7 – 9 PM
Performance by Pamela Z
Lou Rawls Center for the Performing Arts at Florida Memorial University
15800 NW 42nd Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33054
Pamela Z is an African-American sound and performance artist who uses technology to create visual and aural narratives with gestural movements, pushing her performance to the edge of dance and evoking the extensive experience of human emotions. She has extensively exhibited and presented her works internationally; is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and ASCAP Music Award; and has composed scores for dance, film, and new music chamber ensembles.

Saturday, November 15th to Sunday, December 14th, 2014
Art Exhibition: In Plain Sight
Mondays – Fridays: 10 AM – 6 PM (Fridays till 9 PM with pop-up wine bar & entertainment)
Weekends: 12 – 5 PM; 2 PM – 5 PM on Nov. 15 – Day of the Art, Food & Music Street Festival
The ARC (Arts & Recreation Center) 675 Ali Baba Avenue, Opa-locka, FL 33054
Nari Ward (Sculpture/Installation)
Karyn Olivier (Sculpture/Installation)
Renee Cox (Photography)
Yashua Klos (Installation)

Event Description (Nari Ward, Karyn Oliver, Renee Cox, Yashua Klos):
– NARI WARD (Sculpture/Installation)
Ward creates dramatic sculptural installations composed of found everyday objects from the urban environment to examine race, poverty and consumer culture. Jamaican born and based in New York, Ward has exhibited in the Whitney Biennial and several museums, been commissioned by the United Nations, and received numerous awards.

– KARYN OLIVIER (Sculpture/Installation)
A conceptual artist exploring social interactions and reinterpreting familiar objects and spaces, Olivier will address relationship tensions from Opa-locka’s landscape intersecting between industrial and residential. A Trinidad and Tobago native, Olivier has exhibited in the World Festival of Black Arts and Culture in Senegal, Busan Biennial in Korea, The Studio Museum in Harlem, MoMA P.S. 1 and others.

– RENEE COX (Photography)
Cox questions our views on race, politics, religion and gender using the female body to challenge these pre-existing ideas. She will display a new body of work challenging representation of the black figure. A Jamaican-American artist whose work has been widely exhibited, Cox was awarded the Chrysalis Award by the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts.

– YASHUA KLOS (Installation)
Klos creates large, fragile collages of fragmented portraits that mirror the constant fracturing and reconfiguration of identity. His works explores issues of identity, memory and history through the lens of mythologizing blackness. Klos’ work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and France, been published in Daniel Parker’s African Art: the Diaspora and Beyond, and reviewed in the New York Times.

Saturday, November 15th, 2014, 2 – 10 PM
The Art of Transformation: Art, Food & Music Street Festival
Ali Baba Avenue between Aladdin Street and Opa-locka Boulevard
Opa-locka, FL 33054
Event Description: This lively, all-day community street festival will celebrate Opa-locka and greater South Florida artists, performers, cuisines and more. Free and open to the public, it will feature the public opening of In Plain Sight, live entertainment and performances, local artists and craft vendors, a variety of prepared foods and food trucks, a fresh market, a Battle of the DJs, a Kids’ Art Zone and much more!

Sunday, November 16th, 2014, 2 – 4 PM
Film by Michelange Quay
Title: Mange, ceci est mon corps (Eat, for This Is My Body), 2007
Perez Art Museum Miami
1103 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132
Event Description: Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Miami Film Festival, Quay’s evocative debut feature Eat, for This is My Body tells of the evolution of power in Haiti by exploring themes of poverty, sex, race and colonialism. Quay, an American-Haitian director/screenwriter, studied at the University of Miami and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival.

Friday, December 5th, 2014, 7 – 8:30 PM
Dance Performance by Nora Chipaumire
Little Haiti Cultural Center
212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137
Event Description: Born in Zimbabwe, Chipaumire is an award-winning dancer and choreographer who uses her body to challenge stereotypes of Africa by confronting history and ideologies about the black performing body and its representation. She is an Alpert Award in the Arts recipient and U.S. Artist Ford Fellow who has studied dance throughout Africa, Cuba, Jamaica, and the United States.

Saturday, December 13th, 2014, 2 – 5 PM
Artist Talk by Emmanuel Pratt & Exhibition Closing
The ARC (Arts & Recreation Center)
675 Ali Baba Avenue, Opa-locka, FL 33054
Event Description: Pratt, an artist and founding Executive Director of the Sweet Water Foundation, focuses on community development through the intersection of urban agriculture, interdisciplinary and intergenerational educational programming, food security and sustainable design. He is also the director of the newly formed Aquaponics Center and a Professor of Urban Planning at Chicago State University.