AFRICOBRA Amazes Art Basel Audiences with North Miami MOCA Retrospective

 

Opening Night at AFRICOBRA: Messages to the People at MOCA North Miami. Pictured: AFRICOBRA co-founders Gerald Williams (far right) and Jae Jarrell (second from right).

AFRICOBRA: Messages to the People opened to enthusiastically delighted crowds during Miami Art Week. On opening night, all of the surviving co-founders of the influential Black Arts collective were on hand. During their artist talk the following day, they demonstrating the continued freshness of their ideas and work through enlightening conversation with a packed audience.

Artist Talk with AFRICOBRA co-founders.

The sprawling exhibition features the most exhaustive selection of historic AFRICOBRA works ever exhibited in an American museum. Curator Jeffreen hayes also took tremendous care to examine the entire careers of these influential artists. Especially remarkable were the expansive and diverse oeuvres of Gerald Williams, Jae Jarrell, and Wadsworth Jarrell, showing the process by which these artists have continually evolved their aesthetic positions while remaining dedicated to AFRICOBRA‘s core principle of celebrating positive images of contemporary black people.

Press for AFRICOBRA: Messages to the People has been outstanding, with a major article appearing in Art Basel Miami Beach Magazine, as well as a glowing review on ARTNET News, and an enlightening interview with MOCA North Miami director Chana Budgazad Sheldon on Forbes.com.

Jae Jarrell talks with attendees of the AFRICOBRA: Messages to the people opening in front of her painting “Going to NYC” (1994).

Opening Night at AFRICOBRA: Messages to the People at MOCA North Miami.

Opening night at AFRICOBRA: Messages to the People at MOCA North Miami.