Departments — 30 November 2018
MOCA has ‘Messages to the People’ til April

The Museum of Contemporary Art marks Miami Art Week this month with a groundbreaking golden anniversary celebration of AfriCOBRA, the Chicago collective that defined the visual aesthetic of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Running through April, 7, 2019, “AfriCOBRA: Messages to the People” collects the works of 10 artists whose visual language comprises text, bright “Cool-ade” colors, and emotive images of confident black figures. But for a sense of the AfriCOBRA sensibility, you need only know what the word stands for: “African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists.” An artist reception is from 8 to 11 p.m. Dec. 6 at the North Miami museum, which has extended hours for Miami Art Week, Dec. 3-10. More information is at

— Greg Carannante

Photo: Star People by Sherman Beck, 1980, oil and paper on canvas, 40×30 inches.

Credit: Courtesy of Sherman Beck / Kavi Gupta

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