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Art of the Diaspora featured during Art Basel in Miami

Fusion MIA showcases Black art

Blair Walker | 12/5/2013, 9 a.m.
Renowned artist and educator Nanette Carter during a Fusion MIA buzz party held at the N’Namdi Contemporary art gallery last month. Photo courtesy Blair Walker

The largest collection of Black and Caribbean art ever assembled in Miami during Art Basel is now in town through Saturday, Dec. 7, along with artists, VIPs, music and fashion. Fusion MIA, sponsored by Grey Goose, was conceived by former District 5 City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones to highlight the impressive artistic talent within the African and Caribbean Diasporas.

The art fair begins Wednesday, Dec. 4th inside a pop-up gallery at NW 2nd Avenue and NW 22nd in Wynwood, and is open to the public daily from 10 to 10. Events include: Miami Fashion Week - Women Who Rock Awards Ceremony on Wed., Dec. 4 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.; The Art of Music Holiday Reception with the Ted Lucas Foundation and the Miami Foundation hosting an awards ceremony honoring Circle House, the Overtown Jazz Music Project and Miami Symphony Orchestra Maestro Eduardo Marturet with holiday music provided by the Miami Symphony Orchestra and R&B pianist Sebastian Mikael; and a Fly Beyond Awards Dinner on Friday, Dec. 6th for artists, collectors, curators, business professionals and trendsetters with celebrity chef Wendell Price preparing a four-course meal and acclaimed artist Betye Saar and gallery owner George N’Namdi receiving awards. That will be followed by an event open to the public, Fusion Friday Night Live! with live broadcast from Hot 105’s Jill Tracey from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. Other events are scheduled throughout the weekend.  

At the root of Fusion MIA is an art exhibition from a stellar lineup of artists that includes: Nanette Carter, Betye Saar, Toni Scott and Hugo McCloud, as well as Miami-based Edouard Duval Carrie and Jude

Papaloko Thegenus, among others.

The art has been curated by Los Angeles arts group Artist Muse, in collaboration with the Wynwood-based N’Namdi Contemporary art gallery.

To help further elevate the profiles of Diaspora artists during Art Basel 2013, Fusion MIA has also established alliances with five like-minded partner galleries.

Three of the them, N’Namdi Contemporary, the Purvis Young Art Museum and the Jakmel Art Gallery, are located in Wynwood, while Multitudes and Global Caribbean V are in Little Haiti.

Fusion MIA is free to the public but you must register online at www.fusionmia.com.