CADA International, LLC Announces it’s 10th Annual Art Basel Panel Discussion on Contemporary African Diaspora Art
Miami, FL (November 25, 2019) – Art Advisor and Curator Ludlow Bailey, Managing Director of CADA International LLC (Contemporary Africa Diaspora Art), is pleased to announce the 10th Annual CADA Art Basel Panel
Discussion on Contemporary African Diaspora Art. The event will convene on Sunday, December 8, 2019 from
12:00pm-3:30pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami.
The Annual CADA Art Basel Panel Discussion on Contemporary African Diaspora Art was founded by Global Scholar, Art Advisor, and Curator of Diaspora Art, Ludlow E. Bailey, in 2009 at the University of Miami during the Annual Art Basel Festivities in Miami, Fl.
Mr. Bailey’s vision was to create the Panel Discussion as a platform to both highlight, and celebrate, the extraordinary visual art achievements of the people of African Descent globally and to increase awareness of the social and economic growth and impact of African Diaspora Art worldwide.
Since its inception in 2009, The CADA Art Basel Panel Discussion on Contemporary African Diaspora Art has received much recognition in the marketplace. It has garnered corporate sponsorships, investors and collectors’ interest, and is now celebrating its 10th year anniversary. The Panel Discussion has become the coveted, “go to event” for Global Contemporary Africana Art discourse during the annual Art Basel festivities in South Florida.
The Panel Discussion has consistently brought together the leading voices in the Global African Diaspora visual and economic arts world. It has attracted local and international art collectors, galleries, museums, art professionals, curators, writers, art historians, and art brokers that are in Miami for the Annual Art Basel Fair. The 10th anniversary program promises to be exciting and engaging.
This year’s panelists will include Hannah O’ Leary, Director of Modern and Contemporary African Art, Sotheby’s London, Dr. Moyo Okediji, Professor of African Art and Art History, University of Texas, Austin, Dr. Cheryl Finley, Professor of Visual Culture, Spellman, Dr. Chenzira Davis Kahina, Director of the Virgin Islands Caribbean Cultural Institute, Julie Walker, Art Critic and Nigerian American actress of Black Panther fame, Sopo Aluko.
The 10th Anniversary panel discussion will be focused on the rise of contemporary black aesthetics and culture, the economics of black art, African spirituality in Contemporary African Diaspora Art, and the life and times of famed Nigerian curator, Okwui Enwenzor.
Ludlow E. Bailey, founder of the annual “CADA Art Basel Panel Discussion on Contemporary African Diaspora Art”, is an art advisor, curator of culture as art, art broker, and writer. He is extremely passionate about contemporary global African Diaspora art & culture. He is the Managing Director of Contemporary African Diaspora Art (CADA), a multi- media platform company designed to present and promote the visual art culture of the African Diaspora and provide Art Advisory services. Mr. Bailey has travelled extensively throughout the African Diaspora and is considered one of the leading experts on Contemporary African Diaspora Art. He has worked as an art advisor with some of the most important museums, galleries and private collections in London, New York, Paris, Chicago, Cape Town, Washington, D.C, Lagos, Accra and the Caribbean. Mr. Bailey regularly attends many of the world’s leading art fairs and museums. He has curated 55 visual art shows in the last decade, and is a consulting curator with ArtServe, Ft.Lauderdale FL, for the “2020 Artistic Season”.
He is legendary in the ﬁeld as the “connector” and has amassed a large network of friends, colleagues, artists, and clients globally. He served as consulting curator at the University for Miami for ten years. He was the curator in residence at the ARC in Opa Locka. A consulting curator for the Great Miami Visitor and Convention Bureau’s Art of Black Campaign. In the 30 plus years since his initial entry into the Art world, Mr. Bailey has curated over 100 art shows, and has worked with a number of artists of African descent from all over the world. Curated art exhibitions for various institutions including NBC, The Miami Design District, The Ritz Carlton, JM Family Enterprise, and Northern Trust Bank. He has conducted art lecture series for many international venues including the BBC, WLRN and The Mexican Department of Foreign Aﬀairs. He completed strategic planning in the arts training at The Devos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center. Mr. Bailey was educated at Brown University, Harvard University, Columbia University, The American Classical School in Rome, The University of Dakar, The University of Ghana and the American University in Cairo, Egypt.
“Roots of the Spirit” – ArtServe 2020 Season. Opens January 18th, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
One of Mr. Bailey’s most celebrated curated events will be the “Roots of the Spirit” exhibition. The exhibition will focus on African spirituality as it relates to the global African Diasporic cultural in music, art, ﬁlm, theology, theater, fashion and dance. It is expected to be one of the most visually impactful art exhibitions representing and celebrating the African Diaspora, in 2020, and will be on display January through February, 2020, at ArtServe, Ft.Lauderdale, Fl.
Mr. Bailey’s vision in creating this exhibition for Artserve, as consulting curator, was to design a metaphysical and spiritual infrastructure of contemporary global African aesthetics and visual cultural expressions. The show will focus mostly on the art and performance culture from Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, Nigeria, and the United States. It will include a major section on African American puppetry, Haitian Vodun and Yoruba religion. Art performances will be framed by Afro-Beats, Jazz, Gospel, the Blues, Kaiso, Salsa, Meringue and Reggae.
The exhibition will feature the works of Contemporary African Diaspora Artists such as; Ya Laford, Moyo Okejedi, Hatti e Mae Williams, and many others. In the design of the exhibit, Mr. Bailey tapped into his vast network of both established and unknown artist. He amassed a breath-taking line up of artistic talents representing some of the most outstanding, creative, beautiful, and cutti ng edge Contemporary African Diaspora Art work currently on the market.
With both a cultural and global theme, the Roots of the Spirit exhibition was inspired by the rich and varied African centered cosmological and cultural themes that were omnipresent in Potoprens, a powerful and important contemporary Haitian art exhibition that was recently staged at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami.
The “Roots of the Spirit” exhibition at ArtServe will continue the dialogue about the changing African Diaspora art landscape and will make manifest the signiﬁcant and empowering philosophical and cultural ideas that have emerged from African and its diaspora.
The preview for Roots of the Spirit, inaugural events, which took place on October 12, 2019, included an art performance by Haitian American artist, Nzingah Oniwosan. Oniwosan created a site-speciﬁc art piece for the opening reception, based on the predominant theme of Roots of the Spirit.
The preview exhibition also showcased the sculptural work of African American artists, George Gadson and paintings of Afro-Cuban artist, Duane Coates. The main exhibition which will open January 18th, 2020. It will feature Haitian artist, Asser Saint-Val. He will create an installation and several paintings about Melanin and Vodun in general. Ethiopian artist, Indrias Assaye will screen his documentary, Breathe in the Roots and will also exhibit some of his recent photographs from Ethiopia’s New Jerusalem, Libala.