Wednesday, May 19th
Join artists Morel Doucet and Stephen Arboite with Art on the Plaza Curator Amanda Sanfilippo Long in a conversation surrounding their collaborative art project and the background of their special North Miami site-specific Art on the Plaza project.
Morel Doucet (b. 1990) is a Miami-based multidisciplinary artist and arts educator that hails from Haiti. He employs ceramics, illustrations, and prints to examine the realities of climate-gentrification, migration, and displacement within the Black diaspora communities. Also, through a contemporary reconfiguration of the black experience, his work catalogs a powerful record of environmental decay at the intersection of economic inequity, the commodification of industry, personal labor, and race. Doucet Emmy-nominated work has been featured and reviewed in numerous publications, including Vogue Mexico, Oxford University Press, Hyperallergic, Biscayne Times, and Hypebeast. He graduated from the New World School of the Arts with the Distinguished Dean’s Award for Ceramics.
Stephen Arboite (b. 1987), of Haitian descent, was born and raised in New York City and now resides in Miami, Florida. Arboite’s work considers beauty outside of classical aesthetic paradigms and places emphasis on spiritual transformation and evolution of human consciousness. Arboite attended the State University of New York, Purchase College for drawing and painting. He has exhibited nationally, including a debut solo exhibition with N’Namdi Contemporary in Miami, Prizm Art Fair, SCOPE NY/MIA, and is currently in a group show entitled Translating Valence: Redefining Black Male Identity at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Michigan.