Diaspora Vibe Gallery

3938 N. Miami Ave
Design District, Fl. 33127
305-759-1110 / 305-573-4046
Hours: Tuesday – Sat. 12 – 6 pm
Appointments only Sun & Mon. 

DVCAI 2008 Calendar

December 4th 2007 – January 25th, 2008
Art Basel Miami Beach/Design District
Safety Zones
February 14th – March 25th, 2008
Dance of Colors in the Zumbi Nation
Werllayne Nunes
Curated by R GW
March 28th – April 7th, 2008
<<Off the Wall/Experimental Series>>
April 10th – May 24th, 2008
Women’s Work
Angela Piehl, Wura Natasha Ogunji, Vickie Oierre
Curated by Jacquenette Arnette
April 16th – April 23rd, 2008
International Cultural Exchange St Marteen
Featuring: Erman, Jean Chiang, Deborah Jack, Dr. Rosamond King, Chris Cozier, Jenifer Schmit
May 29th – June 6th, 2008
<<Off the Wall Experimental Series>>
June 12th – July 25th, 2008
The Man, the Work, His Images
Christopher Carter
Curated by Tracy Robinson
July 31st – August 8th, 2008.
<<Off the Wall Experimental Series>>
August 14th – September 25th, 2008
Space is the Place
Curated by Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud
September 26th – October 2nd, 2008
<<Off the Wall/ Experimental Series>>
October 9th – November 18th 2008
Erman: New Works
October 5th-9th 2008
Art off the Main
The Show of Contemporary African, Caribbean and Latin American Art
Puck Building, New York – Booth #16
December 2nd, 2008-January 26th, 2009
Art Basel Miami Beach/Design District
In Between Time
Curated by RGW

Calendar of Events for 2007

January 5-8, 2007
Art Miami 2007
Miami Beach Convention Center
Art Miami 2007 marks the 17th edition of this much anticipated world class event. Master paintings, museum quality works in glass, textiles and baskets, sculptures, and photography.
January 4 – February 3, 2007
Melanin: Asser St. Val
Melanin will present St. Val’s new body of abstract figurative paintings that explore the framing of identity through race. This work will be the culmination of St Val’s current residency in Centre d’art de Jacmel. Jacmel, Haiti. St. Valis currently on Artist-in-Residence at Diaspora Vibe with a BFA from New World School of the Arts/ University of Florida. Born in Haiti, St. Val lives in Miami and has participated in residencies and exhibitions in Aruba, Jamaica, Grenada, Haiti and throughout the US. St. Val is a recipient of the South Florida Consortium Grant.
February 10 – March 24, 2007
New Works: Ewan Atkinson
Ewan Atkinson explores the relationship between personality and personal space through mixed-media installation, digital photography, collage, and mapping. This body of work will investigate identity, as it relates to the room, the objects that decorate a room, and to sources that may influence these decisions. Born in Barbados, Atkinson received a BFA from Atlanta College of Arts and has exhibited internationally in the US, England, France, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, and St. Kitts.
March 30-April 9, 2007
Caribbean Crossroads Series Student Exhibition
This exhibition highlights the accomplishments of students of the Caribbean Crossroads Series (CCS). CCS is an artist-in-residence program that provides young and emerging artists of color, opportunities for creative and professional development through mentorship, exhibitions, workshops, and arts administration.
April 14 – May 26 2007
Engendered: Flor Bosco & Swati Khurana
Engendered presents new takes on feminism and gender. Born and living in Leon, Mexico, Flor Bosco explores femininity and gender within Mexican culture through sculpture, collage, and installation. Swati Khurana was born in India and raised in New York where she currently lives and works. Her work mines personal narratives and explores immigrant issues with a focus on gender, popular culture and the seductive promise made by rituals.
July 4 – 11 2007
International Cultural Exchange Nassau, Bahamas Between the Lines: Text as Image
Presented in the Bahamas, Between the Lines explores the written work and language in visual arts, performance, installation, and in Caribbean culture. Twenty artists from Miami, the Caribbean, and the Bahamas will present an exhibition and workshop that frames text as image and explores the hybridity of language.
June 9 – July 21, 2007
Solo Exhibition: Jean Chiang
Jean Chiang will present an interactive installation inspired by Yin and Yang the five elements and the Daoist ritual dance. Chiang is a ceramist, sculptor, painter, printmaker, textile, and installation artist whose work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including the 2nd Havana Biennal. Currently researching Chinese migrations in Jamaica. Chiang received a BFA in Ceramic Sculpture from Parsons School of Design, New York and an MFA in Sculpture from Hunter College, New York. 
August 11 – September 22, 2007
Work John Cox, Heino Schmid, Jason Bennett, Michael Edwards, Toby Lunn, Blue Curry
John Cox was born in Nassau, Bahamas, and attended Rhode Island School of Design, where he received a BFA in Illustration and a MAT in Art Education. Cox Taught in the Art Department of the Bahamas for nine years and currently work in the Educational Department of the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas.
October 13 – November 24, 2007
Flash Contemporary Photography
Hank Willis Thomas
Deborah Jack
Chantal James
Noelle Theard
Juan Sanchez
Flash traces current uses of photography in artistic experimentation. Artists from Haiti, Guyana, Cuba, and the US present their use of the camera to frame critical explorations of a range of issues including the body, self-portraiture, and as a documentary tool. Photography workshops will be presented to community youth for the duration of the exhibit by participating artists.
December 6 – December 9, 2007
Art Basel
December 1 – December 22, 2007
 “Safety Zones”
 Featuring time-based artwork including video, installation, earth-based work and a film series, In Between Time centers on the role memory plays in relation to cultural diaspora. Artists will present ephemeral art forms that explore personal, collective, and imagined histories. This exhibit will be accompanied by a catalogue essay and lecture by Dr. Rosamund King.

Calendar of Events for 2006  

Kim Myung-Sik
January 5 – January 31, 2006
Artist Talk: Saturday, January 7, 2006
Nature has been a main subject and a foundation of my works from early years in my painting career, for it is where we are from, originally and where we will go, eventually.
Denial of urbanized civilization is the primary reason for using nature as a main subject. Urban development /expansion is a double-edged blade, which makes our lives convenient but gradually hurts our human purity, as well.
When I was young, there were rice pads and grain fields in front of my village surrounded by low mountains, called ‘Kodegi”. On the way home after school, I used to catch grass hopers and dragonflies with my friends. That was how we cherished our young dreams, then.
Barbados 2006 
February 10 – March 2006
Artist Talk: Saturday, February 12, 2006
Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud- goober dust
March 24 – April 8, 2006
Public Performance: Thursday, March 23, 2006, 8pm
Mojo bags, laying tricks, and two-headed doctors are all part of the lush rituals of African-American healers. In the tradition of such rituals, goofer dust is a new multi-media performance including a collage of images, pre-recorded natural sounds, and a live performance. With a rich visual vocabulary and full-bodied movement, goofer dust abstracts the ceremonies of hoodoo, conjuration, and root-work. Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud will guide the audience through the surreal and emotional, investigating human’s relationship to natural and mystical elements. Jolivet Mccloud received a BA from the School of the Art Intitute of Chicago and has participated in exhibits/residencies in Mexico, Spain, New York, Chicago, and Houston.
Teri Richardson           April 13 – May 2006
Teri Richardson’s strength as a colorist is apparent. While her plastic is rich, warm and seductive, she is not content to simply make “pretty pictures”, not in the least. What has emerged in her most recent work is an even greater grasp of color and a tremendous leap forward in visual content. Teri’s work continues to improve, as her aim is to improve. Teri’s discipline is reflected in her productivity. I am constantly amazed that Teri Richardson applies layer upon layer of paint to panel and often achieves the delicacy and light of watercolor.
DVCAI International Cultural Arts Exchange Series- Puerto RicoJune 2006
Artists will participate in an international arts residency in Puerto Rico
Luisa Mesa    
June – July 2006
My artwork- fueled by a life-long passion for the metaphysical- is an exploration of the self and a mirror of my own internal process. My paintings reflect this process, serving as points of reference of my personal and artistic growth. When I observe my work from beginning to present, I see a chronology of my own history.
I was born in Havana, Cuba and arrived in the United States just before my second birthday. A Cuban-American growing up in Miami, Florida I am fluent in both English and Spanish, feeling very comfortable in both cultures. As an adult I have lived in Spain, Venezuela and Puerto Rico for a total of twelve years- an interesting and enriching experience that has influenced my artwork.
Brave New World 
August 10 – September 23, 2006 
Amanda Burk
Denton Fredrickson
Caroline Holder
Dorie Millerson
Nancy Price
Mary Anne Wensley
Brave New World explores the state of art-making and individual freedoms after September 11, 2001. This mixed-media exhibition features installation, sculpture, textiles, drawing, new media, painting, and ceramics.
Curated by Caroline Holder
October 12 – November 20, 2006 
Juan Valdes, The Land that Time Forgot 
Born in Cuba, Juana Valdes received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts and has participated in exhibitions in Holland, Australia, Belgium, France and Poland. Her work has been exhibited at a combination of alternative spaces, galleries and musrums including Miami Art Central, Art in General, El Museo del Barrio, Whitebox Gallery, River Art Center, and Nohra Haime Gallery.
Brave New World             August – September 2006
Curated by Caroline Holder
MFA Candidates 9-10 artists; Barbados, Canada and New York
Juana Valdez      October – November 2006
Juana Valdes was born in Cuba and came to the United States with her family in 1971. Ms. Valdes’ childhood/adolescent experience, which informs her work, is of leaving Cuba and growing up in the United States. One of her first experiences in the arts took place when she assisted the sculptor Christo with the installation of the Surrounded Island project in the Florida Keys. This experience, at a very young age, influenced her views on art and the process of art making. Ms. Valdes has participated in exhibitions in Holland, Australia, Belgium, France and Poland. In New York her work has been exhibited at a combination of alternative space, galleries and museum: Art in General, El Museo del BarrioBronx River Art Center, and Nohra Haime Gallery.  WhiteBox Gallery,
Art Basel  December 2006
Juried artists exhibition featuring immigrant artists from the DVG.

Calendar of Events for 2005

Maximo Caminero- With All the Soul   
January 6 – January 31, 2005 
Máximo Caminero has shifted his literal approach to the human figure to a more conceptual and sophisticated one. His method of abstract reduction has the human figure as its point of departure, but it has moved away from the individual and become more intellectual, more aware of design and form. Caminero has had over fifty one-person and group shows in different cities in the Dominican Republic, the U.S.A., Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, and Italy, and he has been awarded important prizes and distinctions.
Three Generations: Barbadian Contemporary Artists  
February 10 – March 31, 2005 
Bill Grace, Joyce Daniel, Laura Ward, Stanley Graves, Alison Chapman Andrews, Ewan Atkinson, Ras Ishi, Sue Holder, Arlette St Hill, Fielding Babb 
Barbados Investment & Development Corporation and Diaspora Vibe Gallery are pleased to present Three Generations: Barbadian Contemporary Art which will focus on the theme of three generations of artists who live and work in Barbados from fantastic to whimsical, abstract to portraits. Curated by Rosie Gordon Wallace this exhibition will afford these artists an opportunity to share a diverse group of approximately 10 juried artists of different generations who work with a wide range of materials, processes and ideas.
Paradox   April 14 – May 31, 2005
Patrick Narbal Boucard, Kate Tarratt Cross, Asser St Val
In honoring Haitian culture, art and lifestyles, Diaspora Vibe Gallery continues to feature art in the Caribbean by exposing the work of artists who live and work in the Region and the Diaspora. “Paradox “says Kate Tarratt Cross, is a point in common that she and Patrick Narbal Boucard have. Kate Tarratt Cross deals with shadows and the paradox to real and the illusory, Patrick Narbal Boucard’s work originates from different cultures that have influenced his life and therefore work. Tarratt Cross and Boucard are both natives of of Jacmel, Haiti. The exhibition will also include Haitian born Asser St Val has been an artist- in -residence at Diaspora Vibe Gallery in Miami’s Design District.
Deep Blue: Caribbean-American Statements   
June 9 – July 30, 2005
Curated by Juan “Erman” Gonzalez
Being Caribbean is an amalgam of influences arising out of European, African, and Indigenous cultures. This group exhibition showcasing a variety of media and, artists from throughout the Caribbean, “shows evidence (of) shared artistic roots among the islands: connections to the earth, the sea, agrarian and communal life,” according to Tampa Weekly Planet writer, Mary Mulhern. “Deep Blue” show celebrates the art and life of the African-Caribbean-American experience in painting, ceramics, sculpture and, mixed media. This exhibit features a dynamic cast of sixteen artists.
That’s What’s Poppin’- Contemporary Pop & Sequential Art  
August 11 – September 30, 2005
Curated by Rodney Jackson
Pop Art highlights everyday life and popular culture, continuously pushing for a bridge between “high arts” and “low arts”. Television, magazines, comics, billboards, and consumer products all serve as a source for this art form. This group exhibition highlights artists exploring the intermingling of pop and urban culture and their impact on sequential art. Five contemporary Miami based artists are presented including comic book veteran, Grey; sequential artists, R. Jackson and Caiphus Moore; photographer, Noelle Theard; and emerging fine artist Memo.
Art off the Main: The Show of Contemporary African, Caribbean, and Latin American Art (NY)
October 6 – 9, 2005
Diaspora Vibe Gallery artists present for the second year in Art Off The Main: The Show of Contemporary African, Caribbean & Latin American Art at New York's Puck Building, SOHO. Last year's artist list ranged from Latin American luminaries like Wilfredo Lam, Rufino Tamayo, Roberta Matta and Arnaldo Roche, to contemporary artists like Cuba's Manuel Mendive and Haiti/Miami’s, Edouard Duval-Carrie. Diaspora Vibe Gallery (DVG) artists presenting in this year’s Off the Main include Ermán, Kim Myung Sik, Jean Chiang, Aisha Tandiwe Bell, Swati Khurma, Maria Bouquet, Teri Richardson, Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud, Caroline Holder, Juana Valdes, Antonius Roberts, and Deborah Jack.
Juliana Kang- Migrations    
October 13 – November 18, 2005
Artist Talk: Saturday, October 15, 2-4pm
Migration, is a show by Juliana Kang of paintings on wood and artists books, dealing with the movements and marks left by people, birds, plants during mass migrations from one part of the world to another. Kang focuses on the ways that we can trace, follow and remember migration. Kang received her MFA in Print Media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Kang currently teaches as a Guest Lecturer at the California College of Art in Oakland, CA and on faculty in the Creative Arts Division at De Anza College in Cupertino, CA.
Art Basel
Miami Beach  
December 1 – 24, 2005
Out Castes: Crossing the Line to the Model Majority
Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Diaspora
Art Basel Design District Party Dec. 3, 2005 6 pm -12 am
Opening Thursday, December 1, 2005, 7-10 pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, December 3, 2005, 2-4 pm 
For the past nine years Diaspora Vibe Gallery has exposed artists from the Caribbean Diaspora and other immigrant communities from the developing world. “Out Castes”: Crossing the line to the Model Majority, Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Diasporais a multi-media group show featuring installation, video, painting, sculpture, and performance exploring various ways of how we see and process identity. Whether from Cuba, Jamaica, Bahamas, Barbados, or India, all of the artists converge to explore varying concepts of issues while living in America. 
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