Opening Reception for Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks
Thursday, September 6, 6-9pm
MAM invites you to celebrate the opening of Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks. DJ Induce/cocktails. MAM members free, non-members $10. Details at email@example.com or 305.375.1704.
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Image: Rashid Johnson, Watch This, 2012. Mirrored tile, black soap, wax, vinyl in album cover, books, shea butter, oyster shells, space rocks, and spray enamel. 61 x 96 3/4 x 12 in. Heller Family Collection, Chicago. Image courtesy of the artist.
DWNTWN Art Days: Curator-led tour of Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks
Friday, September 7, 12:30pm
In conjunction with DWNTWN Art Days, MAM Associate Curator Diana Nawi will lead a guided tour of Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks on the exhibition’s opening day! In New York–based artist Rashid Johnson's first, major museum solo exhibition, he explores the complexities and contradictions of black identity in a practice that is rooted in his individual experience. Incorporating commonplace objects from his childhood in a process he describes as “hijacking the domestic,” the artist transforms everyday materials such as wood, mirrors, tiles, rugs, CB radios, shea butter and plants into conceptually loaded and visually compelling works. MAM admission will be free all day in conjunction with DDA DWNTWN Art Days. Details at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305.375.4073.
Image: Rashid Johnson, The New Negro Escapist Social and Athletic Club (Thurgood), 2008. Lambda print. 64 ½ x 55 ½ in. Artist’s proof 2 of 2, aside from an edition of 5. Collection of Liz and Eric Lefkofsky, Glencoe.
DWNTWN Art Days: Second Saturdays are Free for Families: "Curious Collections"
Saturday, September 8, 1-4pm
After examining the art of Rashid Johnson in the galleries, thoughtfully assemble images of ordinary objects into extraordinary arrangements. Create a table-top gallery for your custom collections! At 3pm, enjoy an engaging storybook reading of “SOMETHING TO PUT SOMETHING ON,” an artist favorite by artist Lawrence Weiner. Free and open to the public. Presented by MetLife Foundation. Additional support provided by Miami Salon Group, Inc. Details at email@example.com or 305.375.4073.
Lecture: "Solar Ethics" by Huey Copeland
Saturday, September 22, 2pm
Art historian Huey Copeland charts Sun Ra’s evolving import as icon, model and prophet for a range of visual artists, Rashid Johnson chief among them. Ultimately, Copeland argues, a critical re-examination of Johnson's work alongside that of the jazz musician allows us to freshly understand the ethical stakes involved when contemporary practitioners turn to the past in conjuring utopian visions of the future.
Huey Copeland is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Art History at Northwestern University. His book, Bound to Appear: Art, Slavery, and the Site of Blackness in Multicultural America, is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press. Details at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305.375.4073.
Image: Rashid Johnson, Untitled, Manumission Papers, 2001. Van Dyke Brown print. 54 1/2 x 39 3/4 in. Collection of Paul and Dedrea Gray, Chicago. Photo: Michael Tropea, Chicago.
MAM @ Books & Books: Reading Art
Monday, September 24, 6:30-8pm
Reading Art is a book discussion group facilitated by museum staff. This month’s book selection is by Touré, catalog author for the exhibition Rashid Johnson: Message to our Folks, currently on view at MAM. In "Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness," Touré examines Black culture in the modern era and in doing so looks at the work of a number of artists amongst them Rashid Johnson, who figures throughout the book. Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134. Free to the public. RSVP required to email@example.com or 305.375.4073.
Second Saturdays are Free for Families:
Saturday, October 13, 1-4pm
Discover the art of Rashid Johnson in the galleries and look for different uses of mirrors, portraiture and text. How are mirrors usually used at home? How are they transformed into art? In the auditorium workshop, draw portraits (of yourself, family or historical figures) and words to go with them...all on surfaces reflecting your own visage. Hang your art individually or add to a wall of mirrored images! Free and open to the public. Presented by MetLife Foundation. Additional support provided by Miami Salon Group, Inc. Details at firstname.lastname@example.org or 305.375.4073.
Museum tours, free with museum admission, are offered Sundays at 2pm. Museum visitors meet in the lobby. Thematic tours are offered periodically to correspond with current exhibitions.
Docent-led tours in English or Spanish can be scheduled upon request. Docent-led tours are free to student groups. Contact Miami Art Museum’s education department at 305.375.4073 for additional information.