Details: On view from Oct. 14 through Jan. 20, 2023, as part of MOCA’s Art on the Plaza series, 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. 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.
Bio: Chire Regans aka VantaBlack was born in Saint Louis, Missouri and 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, Florida. “I felt your gaze upon me, I knew you were watching”, (2021), Hollywood Art & Culture Center, Hollywood, Florida. Selected group exhibitions include “On the Frontline” (2021), Mount Sinai Hospital, Miami Beach, Florida. “Familiar Distances” (2021), Edgezones Art Gallery, Wynwood, Florida. “Where there is Power”, (2021), Miami Beach, Florida. VantaBlack received the Home & Away Residency at Anderson Ranch (2021), the Inaugural Ellies Social Justice Award (2020), and the Racial Equity Initiative Award (2021).