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Art On The Plaza 2022 Selections

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The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA) is pleased to announce two new site-specific installations coming to the MOCA plaza on July 29 and October 14. Autumn Casey’s Clint and April and Chire “VantaBlack” Regans’  To What Lengths were selected following MOCA’s 2022 open call to artists for its “Art on the Plaza” series.

The successful open call received applications from over 75 professional artists in an effort to promote temporary installations on its public plaza and inspire the community and museum visitors. The competitive review process and artist selections were overseen by a MOCA-appointed selection committee.

 


Autumn Casey

On view from July 29 through October 7, Casey’s Clint and April is a sculptural installation featuring two swans, each secured on their respective plinths. The sculptures are illuminated from within via solar-powered lights. Existing as a pair to echo the natural practice of swans who mate for life, Clint and April creates a tender space for the contemplation of beauty, love, ideas of worship and familial bonds. Included with the installation is a performance with a written prompt of questions to inspire conversation between the artist and the audience.

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Casey draws on the ambiguity of personal memory and pop-cultural ephemera, to fantasize and elaborate on reflections of the world. Her practice moves from sculpture to collage, as well as video and performance. She enjoys redeploying existing materials or moments in unexpected, idiosyncratic ways. Casey received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the New World School of the Arts, Miami, FL and a master’s degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA. Her work has also been included in group exhibitions at The Pérez Art Museum Miami, FL; The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL; Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA; Practice Gallery, Philadelphia, PA among others. Her work is collected by The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, The Pérez Art Museum Miami and in private collections in Miami and New York City. She was born in West Palm Beach, FL, and currently lives and works in Miami, FL.

 


Chire “VantaBlack” Regans

On view from October 14 through Januaryan. 20, 2023, VantaBlack’s  To What Lengths,  will showcase a key component to her artistic practice by reflecting on legacy building and preservation as foundational to Black culture and other diasporic peoples. VantaBlack will explore how ideas about legacy are woven into everyday actions by activating five palm trees on the MOCA Plaza with large-scale braids, adorned with beads, metal, and artificial sunflowers and gardenias. The braids of each tree will follow stylings representative of the women in VantaBlack’s family.

“Hair grooming through different braiding techniques has been passed down through the matriarchs of my family,” said VantaBlack. “It is a vehicle for sharing oral history, bond building between generations, a form of caregiving, amongst many other traditions. The positioning of one body between another creates a space of vulnerability. Valuable memories are created and exchanged through this process which also helps develop a lifelong skill.”

At the base of each tree will be a round mat with cushions for seating, inviting viewers to engage with the work while looking up. “My goal is for anyone who interacts with this work to embrace feelings of comfort, relaxation, and vulnerability,” she continued.

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VantaBlack was born in Saint Louis, Missouri, and currently works in Miami, Florida. VantaBlack received a bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M University in 2005. VantaBlack’s art practice exists at the intersection of social justice and storytelling. Her work responds to urgent societal concerns and functions as a critical platform to amplify the voices of the communities she engages with. VantaBlack works with acrylic, charcoal, and textiles. Selected solo exhibitions include A Reflection of the Times  (2021), Bakehouse Art Complex, Wynwood, FL, and I Felt Your Gaze Upon Me, I Knew You Were Watching (2021), Hollywood Art & Culture Center, Hollywood, FL. Selected group exhibitions include On the Frontline (2021), Mount Sinai Hospital, Miami Beach, FL; Familiar Distances (2021), Edgezones Art Gallery, Wynwood, FL; and  Where There is Power (2021), Miami Beach, FL. VantaBlack received the Home & Away Residency at Anderson Ranch (2021), the Inaugural Ellies Social Justice Award (2020), and the Racial Equity Initiative Award (2021).


 

The program is made possible with major support from the North Miami Community Redevelopment Agency (NMCRA).

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