​Afro-Latinx Heritage October 18, 2022

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“The museum is my greatest work. It’s the work I’ve always wanted to make. This is a legacy I want to leave for the Afro-Brazilian culture.” Emanoel AraújoPhoto: Silvia Zamboni.

Miami MoCAAD invites you to celebrate Afro-Latinx Heritage and explore art, music, writers, events and more. On September 7 this year, the world lost a force in the art world, Emanoel Araújo, a renowned curator, visual artist, professor, and founder of the Museu Afro Brasil (Afro Brazil Museum), recognizes art created by Brazil's underrepresented population. "Curatorial projects such as Emanoel Araújo’s A Mão Afro-Brasileira (1988) and A Nova Mão Afro-Brasileira, (2014) in Brazil…illustrate the importance of contemporary art as a platform to denounce the persistence of racism and discrimination in Latin American societies."   De la Fuente and Holifield, International Review of African American Art, Vol. 28 No 2 (2018), Museum of contemporary art of the African Diaspora, Global Reach Based in Miami (MoCAAD).

Museu Afro Brasil 🇧🇷

Museu Afro Brasil is a historical and ethnographic museum home to over 6,000 works celebrating the history and contemporary contributions of Afro-Brazilians and Afro-descendant people in Haiti, Cuba, many African countries, and the United States. It is the largest Afro-centric museum in South America, located in Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo.

Click here for Afro-Latinx Newsletter 2021

Belkis Ayón (1967-1999), Untitled

Belkis Ayón was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1967. She was a printmaker who specialized in collagraphy, a printmaking process in which materials are applied to a surface such as wood. She is most known for her highly detailed collagraph based on a secret all-male Afro-Cuban society called Abakua.

Criola, Interdimensional Portal, Miami Design District, 2022

Criola (born 1990) is a graphic artist and muralist based in São Paulo, Brazil. Criola employs graffiti art to celebrate the beauty of black women in her community of Belo Horizonte and the cultural significance of diversity in Brazil. In 2022, Criola was commissioned to create a public mural in the Miami Design District representing the aesthetics of global black women.

The Pacific Music Festival Petronio Alvarez 🇨🇴

This Colombian Pacific Music Festival is made for the participation of people of all ages

Petronio Álvarez Festival, an annual celebration of Afro-Colombian culture that draws more than one hundred thousand people to Cali, has emerged as the Afro-Colombian movement’s fashion week. The region's population is more than 70%, Black. This festival highlights Afro-Colombian music, fashion, food, and dance.

2022 MOLAA AFRO-LATINX FESTIVAL

 This is a festival that focuses on the celebration of Afro-Latino culture. It is held at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, California. This festival highlights the Afro-Latino community's voices and experiences through conversations.

Carlos Martiel: ARQUITECTURA PARA UN CUERPO 🇨🇺

This exhibit will be the premier of various works by Carlos Martiel consisting of the history of western museums and their relationships to imperial expansion. This exhibit will also focus on western museums' role in objectifying human subjects and artworks from racialized and colonized nations. The various works in this exhibit will provide insight into Afro-Latinx histories in the United States.

For more about the Martiel exhibit, see Black Art Near + Far.

Carlos Martiel: Peso

This exhibit features works by Martiel, including photography, sculpture, drawing, video, installation, and performance. This exhibit includes various pieces relating to conflicting interactions with a weight related to cultural violence that binds our into dependency, alienation, or dependency.

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Paul Ortiz, AN AFRICAN AMERICAN & LATINX HISTORYOF THE UNITED STATES

Ortiz reveals the untold history of racial segregation in the southwest, the rise and fall of a robust tradition of Mexican labor, and other significant historical events and issues that brown and black people of the diaspora have strived to address.

Vanessa K. Valdez, DIASPORIC BLACKNESS

Diasporic Blackness shares the story of the life of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg. It examines his life through two lens: Blackness and Latinidad.

Edited by Diana Miloslavick Tupac, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MARIA ELENA MOYANO

This autobiography explores the life and death of a Peruvian activist, Maria Elena Moyano, and offers insight into feminism, sociology, Peruvian history, and Latin American politics. Moyano’s voice speaks up for all women who refuse to put up with the lack of equal political participation, dignity, and freedom.

Evelio Grillo, BLACK CUBAN, BLACK AMERICAN

This memoir of Evelio Grillo tells his story of being a soldier in an all-black unit during world war II. He portrays how people experience their day-to-day life depending on their race, the language they spoke, or their socioeconomic status.

Carole Boston Weatherford, SCHOMBURG

Weatherford tells the story of Arturo Schomburg, an Afro-Puerto Rican who created and curated a collection of books, art, and artifacts that eventually became known as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Sulma Arzu Brown, BAD HAIR DOES NOT EXIST

Bad Hair Does Not Exist seeks to empower young girls of Afro-descent, Afro-Latina, Garifuna appreciates their natural hair.

Pioneros Audaces, FEARLESS TRAILBLAZERS

Audaces gives biographies in Spanish and English of 11 trailblazers who excelled in various fields, including art.

Afro-Latinx music vibes More music vibes

Mojo, OVERtown: Our Family Tree, commissioned by Miami MoCAAD

"OVERtown: Our Family Tree is an example of creating a revolving cycle of change within our community for generations to come. Although Overtown felt its lowest lows due to the extension of I-95 that severed the neighborhood in half, this art displays resilience, class, courage, and hope for a better tomorrow!"

One love, Mojo

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SAVE THE DATE- Miami MoCAAD Soul Basel Kick Off November 27, 2022, 4 pm - 7 pm

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Creative Conversation Moderated by Charlton Copeland; Panelists: Reginald O'Neal; Donnamarie Baptiste; Anthony Reed II, "Mojo"; Torin Ragin, President, International Longshoremen's Association, Local 1416

When: Sunday, November 27

Time. 4-7 pm

Creative Conversation & Celebration Location:

Historic Ward Rooming House, 249 NW 9th Street, Overtown, Miami, FL

Mural Location:

Interactive Mural with Oral Histories International Longshoremen Association Local 1415, 816 NW 2nd Ave, Overtown, Miami, FL

Hosted by

Miami Museum of Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora (Miami MoCAAD) and Hampton Art Lovers

Sponsored by

South East Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency,

Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

Flamboyan Arts Fund

This fund supports the art community and promotes making art accessible to individuals of all backgrounds and cultures.

NFA Artist Grant

This grant is open to Latinx artists, based in both the U.S and Puerto Rico and it supports artists who impact the Latinx arts field. It is open to any artists whose work demonstrates excellence.

The Miami MoCAAD Team



Miami MoCAAD Board Members:

Marilyn Holifield, Hans Ottinot, Monique Hayes, Sheldon Anderson,

Dr. Nelson L. Adams III

Volunteer-Museum Working Group Member

Michelle Johnson



Director of Interactive Media

Corbin Graves



Interns:  Christian Allen, Kolby Demory, Arielle Bowleg, Jada Brown, Tamia McLean

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