2016 – 2017



November 30, 2015 – February 28, 2016

Carlos Salas: Latin America and the Global Imagination

This breakthrough exhibition by acclaimed abstract artist Carlos Salas features 60 monumental abstract paintings by the artist. It is his first solo exhibition in the United States. Born in 1957, Salas studied architecture at the University of los Andes and painting at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France. He received multiple accolades in France and his native Colombia for his contributions to abstract art, and at the age of 42, he was the youngest artist to ever present a retrospective at the Bogota Museum of Modern Art. The exhibit was curated by Babacar M’Bow in partnership with the Consulate of the Republic of Colombia in Miami.


November 30, 2015 – February 28, 2016

MOCA Project Gallery – Untitled (Limpieza)

Carlos Sandoval de León domesticates the spectacle of surveillance. This installation is at once a sensorial dialogue about the police state, and also a commentary about reflection. Video imaging forms the base of a sculptural piece, eerily liturgical, that exposes personal and social residues; see-through sedimentation forms through layers of water and Plexiglass. The sounds of water wading atop re-purposed footage from 2008 becomes a visceral metonym for ritual cleansing, a way to imbibe past content with new meaning and aid in the process of healing.


March 24 – May 29, 2016

Acta Non Verba: The Art of Marielle Plaisir

Marielle Plaisir’s work is structured around a keen sense of composition, the role of cultural hybridity, and the personality of the Caribbean. The work articulates a simplicity of forms that render her imagery alive, linking it to Caribbean aesthetics through several forms of plastic expression.


June 16 – August 14, 2016 


Curated by Richard Haden and focusing on the works of South Florida artists this exhibition explores concepts and issues of intersectionality, namely the ways in which oppressive institutions are interconnected and cannot be examined separately from one another.


September 15 – November 13, 2016

Rolando Peña: Black Gold   

In this exhibition, Pena explores oil as a substance that has marked the destiny of modern and contemporary life. The way in which black gold has infiltrated every area of modern life is expressed not only through dance, theater, cinema, video, photography, installation, architecture, and design, but also through interaction with viewers.


November 30, 2016 – January 22, 2017

Antuan Rodriguez:  The Other Dimension

“The Other Dimension: Contemporary art practice as the existence of higher dimensions” presents new works by Cuban-born Miami artist Antuan Rodriguez. His sculptural works address the human concern for universal communication through forms, symbols and codes.





Free with museum admission, which is $5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens. Museum admission is free for members, North Miami residents and city employees.


Saturday, January 16, 2 p.m.

“Identity Issues. Feminism and Queer Art” with David Rohn Visual and Performance Artist; Kemar McIntosh, MA/PhD Student in African and African Diaspora Studies and Global and Sociocultural Studies, Florida International University.


Saturday, January 23, 2 p.m.

“Identity Issues.  Protest Art: (Re)constructing Spaces of Resistance” with Dr. Alessandra Rosa, sociocultural anthropologist and activist, Florida International University.


Saturday, January 30, 2 p.m.

“Identity Issues. The Body – Baartman to Beyonce : Appealing/ appalling buttocks in contemporary popular culture” with Dr. Dionne Stephens, Florida International University.


Saturday, February 13, 2 p.m.

“Place. Imagined Places and (De)Territorialized Identities in Postcolonial Black Arts” with Dr. Samba Camara, Florida International University.


Saturday, February 20, 2 p.m.

“Language: Letters, Words and Spanglish in Contemporary Issues” with Rosa Naday Garmendia, creative thinker and producer.


Saturday, February 27, 2 p.m.

“Spirituality: A Discussion of the Sacred Arts of Afro-Cuban Lukumi Religion” with Dr. Martin Tsang, University of Miami and Alexander Fernandez, Florida International University.


Saturday, March 5, 2 p.m.

“Identity Issues.  Nationality and Ethnicity” with Dr. Maya Boutaghou, Florida International University.


Saturday March 12, 2 p.m.

“Time: the past is more infinite than the future – collapsing the linear” with artists william cordova and Onajide Shabaka.


Saturday, April 2, 2 p.m.

“Handiwork: the place of craft in art today” with Dr. Martin Tsang, University of Miami and Alexander Fernandez, Florida International University.


Saturday, April 9, 2 p.m.

“Street Artists” with Alessandro Abate, photographer.



Quarterly; series of lectures, symposia, presentations exploring contemporary art issues.


Saturday, April 2, 6:30 pm

The colonial body in performance: a Caribbean/Afro-French perspective.

Panel: Stéphanie Melyon-Reinette, PhD, Jorge Luis Gutiérrez, and Marielle Plaisir


Wednesday, April 13, 7-9pm

Caribbean influences on performance art in Miami – Miami as land/bodyscape

Interactive conversation with Miami’s leading curators and performance artists. Moderator: Jorge Luis Gutiérrez. Panel: Paul Tei, Pioneer Winter, Charo Oquet. Live performance of exhibiton artist Marielle Plaisir with Angel Refusé.


Thursday, May 26, 3pm

Coffee and Curators × Jorge Luis Gutiérrez

Interactive tour, coffee, cookies and informal conversation with exhibition artist Marielle Plaisir and exhibition curator Jorge Luis Gutierrez.

Tuesday, August 02, 12–2pm

Mapping Miami’s Margins: Visualizing Intersectional Futures

A panel discussion and roundtable lunch exploring issues on feminism in contemporary art Moderator:  Donette Francis, Chair, Department of American Studies, University of Miami $15 Non-members $10 for MOCA members & NoMi residents


Friday, August 11, 6–8pm

Censorship in South Florida and Beyond

Lecture and discussion with Richard Haden, Intersectionality curator and moderator; Edwin King, artist; Griselle Gaudnik, artist; Wendy Salkin, Ph.D. Candidate, Philosophy, Harvard University; Laura Luna, artist. $15 Non-members $10 for MOCA members & NoMi residents. Free for exhibition artists



Monthly presentations of films that explore contemporary issues at the local national and global levels.  Films are followed by a panel discussion.


Saturday, April 23, 7-9pm

The “F” Word, film by Robert Adanto, director

Robert Adanto’s The “F” Word explores radical “4th wave” feminist performance through interviews with a new generation of feminist artists who use their bodies as subject matter. Because the female body continues to be politicized and policed, and because these artists delve into the fecund territory of female sexuality, self-objectification, and the female form as a site of resistance, many remain marginalized by the mainstream art world.  Q+A after film




Saturday, April 2, 2-4pm


Installation workshop with Marielle Plaisir. Free with museum admission; $10 materials fee


Friday, April 29, 6–8pm

Worry Dolls

Hands-on workshop featuring an Intersectionality exhibition artist Alex Trimino. $20 for non-members $15 for MOCA members & NoMi residents (includes admission, materials fee, cocktails and refreshments)


MOCA Performance


Saturday, July 23, 6–9pm

Lip Service, Miami Book Fair’s premier showcase for true stories, out loud, and Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) present: 

Storypalooza!: “When Identities Collide.”

What do a Latina woman, a conservative Jew, and a gay Catholic have in common? Their life experiences have been shaped by the intersection of their multiple social identities. Who we are is an intersection of identities: Age. Gender. Race. Class. Culture. Sexual orientation. Religion. Politics. Ethnicity. Language. Physical ability. Physical challenge. Sometimes, identity is what holds us together; other times it pulls us apart. Come out and present a personal true story about a time when the intersection of your social identities challenged and changed you. Twelve readers will receive feedback on their story from an all-star panel of editors, including Lip Service co-producers Esther Martinez and Nicholas Garnett.

Free with museum admission. $5 for non-members | Free for MOCA members & NoMi residents

Sunday, 08.14.16 | 2pm

MOCA Performace | Closing Reception

Erotic City: The legacy of Prince and the social dream of brown and black queer worldmaking
Keynote Address by Professor Tavia Nyong’o, New York University  Dept. of Performance Studies. Closing program and reception for Intersectionality exhibit. Musical Tribute to Prince by DJ T Lyfe. In partnership with Reading Queer, University of Miami  Dept. of American Studies, and Equality Florida.
$10.00 for Non-members, $5.00 for MOCA members & NoMi residents. Free for exhibition artists



Creative Arts 4 Kids

First Saturday each month, 2–4 p.m.

Kids ages six to twelve are invited to tour MOCA exhibitions and learn about the elements of art by painting, drawing and sculpting in the style of renowned artists. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to stay and create with their children. $18 per class or $60 for a four-class series. MOCA members, NOMI residents and city employees pay $12 per class.


Creative Arts 4 Kids, 2–4 p.m.

Saturday, January 2, Carlos Salas: Organic Painting


Creative Arts 4 Kids, 2–4 p.m.

Saturday, February 6 – Nick Cave: Far-Out Hats and Headpieces


Creative Arts 4 Kids, 2–4 p.m.

Saturday, March 5 – Therese Agnew: Fiber Art Portraits


Creative Arts 4 Kids, 2–4 p.m.

Saturday, April 2 – Julie Chen: Beautiful Bookmaking


Creative Arts 4 Kids, 2–4 p.m.

Saturday, May 2 – David Chatt: Creating Images with Beads


Family Day

Sunday, May 15, 12-4p.m.

An afternoon of free contemporary art activities for all ages.

Interactive art making for children, dance and music lessons, youth and adult visual art workshops, guided tours, food trucks and more.

Free to the public.

Co-sponsored by Costco, the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center.





Free concerts at the MOCA Plaza

Monthly, last Friday, 8 pm.


January 29, 2016 The Brian Lynch Ensemble


February 26, 2016 Leesa Richards


March 25, 2016 Timmy Thomas and the Overtown Soul Review (Soul)

In conjunction with Jazz at MOCA, enjoy a special tableau vivant performance by Marielle Plaisir in the Museum galleries. 7-10 pm


April 29, 2016 Maria Rivas (Latin Jazz and the American Song book)


May 27, 2016   Jean Caze (Haitian Jazz) 


June 24, 2016 Lanzallamas Monofonicas  (Hip Latin)


July 29, 2016 Rose Max Samba Party (Brazilian Jazz)


August 26, 2016 Glyn Dryhurst (Dixieland)


September 30, 2016 Conjunto Progresso (Salsa)

2016/2017 Season


Oct 28, 2016 Ignacio Berroa

Nov 25, 2016 Melton Mustafa

Dec 30, 2016 Miami Big Sound Orchestra

Jan 27, 2017 Oriente

Feb 24, 2017 Shareef Clayton

Mar 31, 2017 Karina Iglesias

Apr 28, 2017 Carlos Averhoff Jr

May 26, 2017 Haiti Jazz Roots project

Jun 30, 2017 French Horn Collective

Jul 28, 2017 Anibal Berraute

Aug 25, 2017 Lisanne Lyons

Sep 29, 2017 Palo!