By Jessica Garrett Modkins
MIAMI, FL — With a year of events planned, The Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South Florida Inc. kicks off its 40th Anniversary with the Visions of Our 44th President Barak Obama exhibition. The exhibit displays realistic, life-sized busts designed, painted, and/or embellished by 44 contemporary African American artists from across the country. Visions will open to a private media reception on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, a cocktail opening reception on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, and to the general public on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. Visions of Our 44th President will be on display at the Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex, 819 NW Second Ave., Miami, Fla.
“Showcasing Visions in Miami not only highlights the historic term of our nation’s first African American president” said Timothy A. Barber, Black Archives Executive Director. “Through artistic expression, Visions celebrates the accomplishments we have been able to achieve together, as a community, over the past eight years. Our goal is that this exhibit will extend beyond race, social status, or party affiliation, to highlight the com-mon threads among us and in-spire a continued togetherness as this country moves into its next chapter.”
Each artist started with the identical blank bust and were charged to fearlessly commemorate the historical significance of President Barack Obama. For the 44th contemporary African American artists, this exhibition fosters self-expression. For the visitors, the goal is to spark dialogue and generate conversation to foster humanities. The exhibit is organized by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, MI and was curated by Peter Kaplan of Our World, LLC.
For more information about this event, and/or sponsorship packages please visit, www.BAHLT.org. To purchase tickets for the private reception, please visit VisionsOpening.eventbrite.com. General Admission $20; seniors $15/62+ Students with ID $15; free admission for Black Archives members, Active U.S. Military with ID and children age six and under.
Opening Reception Admission: Black Archives members/$150 and non-member/$250. Tickets available at Visions Opening.eventbrite.com
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