Moonshine Moanin’ is an exploration of identity and queerness as it relates to my upbringing in the South. In researching black queer jazz singers from the 1920s and 1930s, I connected to the boldness of figures like Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith who spoke openly and impenitently about their queerness in their work. Moonshine Moanin' uses this lens, to create a space for meditating on these figures and the experience of being black and queer in a time when both identities faced scrutiny.
This work exists as public performances inviting viewers to watch me perform each singer’s persona based on my research. The spaces will be dressed to mimic the energy and aesthetic of the clubs and theatres common from the era. The audio from each performance will be recorded and compiled into separate EPs dedicated to the legacy of each singer. Additionally, this work responds to my previous body of self portraits, Dancing with Myself, which was produced at a point when my struggle with identity was the most heightened: Moonshine Moanin’ attempts to rewrite this narrative by photographing myself within these self-made spaces that allow me to be free and queer. The final iteration of Moonshine Moanin’ is the production of my own EP using my research, performances, and personal practice as influences.
Moonshine Moanin’ is funded by The Ellies, Miami’s visual arts awards, presented by ArtCenter/South Florida. This performance of Moonshine Moanin’ is presented in conjunction with FREE! Public Art presented by Spinello Projects. See the full program here.
Bakehouse will inaugurate COLLECTIVITY, a site-specific, juried exhibition curated by Quinn Harrelson, featuring new works by Bakehouse artists Domingo Castillo, Robert Chambers, Cara Dodge, A.G., Christina Pettersson, Midnight Thrift, Michelle Lisa Polissaint, Midnight Thrift, Sterling Rook and Nicole Salcedo, and Troy Simmons.
“The exhibition is interested in the failure to chart the rapidly dematerializing line between the individual and the collective,” commented Quinn Harrelson.
Ade Omotosho, curatorial fellow at Pérez Art Museum Miami, and Stephanie Seidel, associate curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami, participated with Harrelson in the jurying process.
The evening’s festivities also include open studios; a special performance by Bakehouse resident Tara Long aka Poorgrrrl; DJ sets by Wolfsonian curator Silvia Barisione and artist Keanu Orange; and paella and libations.
Childish Gambino's latest creative masterpiece, "This is America," has captivated international media and re-ignited a conversation about how we treat race in America. The buzz surrounding this work only reinforces the notion that art is essential to discourse and has the power to dismantle archaic power structures and level the field.
As artists, how can we create work that pushes an anti-racist agenda without alienating major benefactors and corporate sponsors? How can we encourage local arts organizations to present a diverse roster of artists while cultivating diverse audiences?
Featuring "Libations" an installation by Octavia Yearwood, this program will invite leading scholars, curators, and arts organizers to have a round-table discussion regarding the state of race and art in America, and in particular, Miami. In addition to joining the conversation, guests will be immersed in a series of racially charged works by leading Black and Latinx creators.
This panel is part of an ongoing series by Creator’s Lounge, a collective of local artists, creatives, and makers focused on offering our community practical resources to succeed in the creative economy. Held monthly, each Creator’s Lounge event will feature in-depth discussions and breakout sessions with some of Miami’s leading figures in the local art scene.
Doors open at 6pm. Free parking with light refreshments and snacks provided!
To mark the Golden Anniversary of the RCS: Rocking Chair Sessions, BABA Collective would like to invite you to join in to celebrate the 1-50 Exhibit at the Bakehouse Art Complex. A visual representation of the first fifty audio volumes narrating the journeys and process of South Florida based creatives involved in our artist community.
ADLER GUERRIER | ALEX NUNEZ | ALEXANDER ZASTERA |
ANANDA DEMELLO | ANDRE MARTINEZ | ANDREA SPIRIDONAKOS | AUGUSTO ESQUIVEL | AURORA MOLINA | BARBARA BOLLINI ROCA | BERNADETTE DESPUJOLS | BERNICE STEINBAUM | BIANCA PRATORIUS | CHRISTIN PAIGE MINNOTTE | CLAUDIO MARCOTULLI | CLAUDIO RONCOLI | DEMING KING HARRIMAN | DONNA RUFF | EDDIE ARROYO | ERNESTO KUNDE | GERBI TSESARSKAIA | INGRID SCHINDALL | JASON APONTE | JEAN-PAUL MALLOZZI | JEN CLAY | JENNA EFREIN | JENNY LARSSON | JOHN DEFARO | KRISTIN THIELE | LAURA MARSH | LAUREN SHAPIRO | LAUREN SWARTZBAUGH | LISSETTE SCHAEFFLER | LISU VEGA | LUJAN CANDRIA | MICHAEL GELLATLY | MICHAEL WILLIAMS | MICHELLE LISA POULISSAINT | MONICA MCGIVERN | MONIQUE LAZARD | NATHALIE ALFONSO | ONAJIDE SHABAKA | PATRICIA SCHNALL-GUTIERREZ | PIONEER WINTER | SALVADOR ZARATE | SARAH HENDERSON | SARAH MK MOODY | SEAN MICK | TERENCE PRICE II | TINA SALVESEN | TROY SIMMONS
Celebrate the culture, history and freedom of Haiti. Featured work by contemporary Haitian artists honors each generation’s vision to forge new paths, while contributing to the narrative of a culture rich in brilliance and fortitude.
This exhibition is dedicated to memory of Joseph Wilfrid Daleus, an artist who forged his own path and stayed true to the vision of his art.
Curated by Marie Vickles
Joseph Wilfrid Daleus
Michelle Lisa Polissaint
Extra Virgin Press: Edwidge Danticat and Laura Tan
Curated by Felecia Chizuko Carlisle and Tyler Emerson-Dorsch
Alliance of the Southern Triangle (A.S.T.)
Michelle Lisa Polissaint
From a neighborhood in Miami called Little Haiti, memories of life in the Caribbean and of the ghosts of this nation’s past blur together, like a heat mirage. Through this haze, the artists in this group exhibition build new paradigms, “because,” as Merle Collins wrote, “temples built/ to honour myths/ must crumble/ as the dawn breaks.”
BECAUSE THE DAWN BREAKS brings fourteen international artists to Detroit via Miami, FL, New Orleans, LA, San Juan, PR, NYC and London. Each artist contributes a unique response to themes such as home, safety, place and resilience.
The 2018 edition of southXeast: contemporary southeastern art is the fifth edition of the only regularly occurring curated exhibition in Florida that presents a selection of innovative art made by artists living in the southeast. Devoid of thematic ballast, the exhibition has the simple aim that our students and other audiences might benefit by seeing high quality artwork not commonly or ever seen in South Florida and/or Miami, a growing international center of contemporary art activity. The exhibition also seeks to present a diversity of approaches to contemporary art making while also representing specific studio art disciplines that are taught in FAU’s Department of Visual Arts and Art History.
Douglas Pierre Baulos
Rachel K. Garceau
Kelly Kristin Jones
Michelle Lisa Polissaint
Spinello Projects and Fordistas are proud to present The Annex, an experimental non-commercial arts space dedicated to offering a safe space for promising up-and-coming curators and artists based in Miami. Focusing on underrepresented and underserved communities; The Annex provides a platform and resources to realize thought provoking experiences through art. The debut project, To Love Like A Woman, is a group show curated by Michelle Lisa Polissaint. The multimedia exhibition features works by Angel Garcia, Ashley Sebok, Barbara Lamothe, King Coochie, Monica Uszerowicz, Nathalie Alfonso, Sofia Dotta, and Vickie Pierre.
Spinello Projects is pleased to present two solo exhibitions featuring the works of Clara Varas and Michelle Lisa Polissaint, a solo debut. In "Interior/Exterior," Varas presents a body of work that exists and plays in a space between abstraction and representation, between painting and sculpture. In "Finding Home," Polissaint showcases two photographic series, Dancing with Myself and If Home was Home, both of which come from her exploration of personhood.
In "Finding Home," Polissaint intimately deals with creating her own space and self. The series Dancing with Myself, was produced after moving out of a strict, conservative home at the age of 19. The series exists in a point of confusion between adulthood on paper and true adulthood. Swaying within these spaces, Polissaint explores the self outside of nurturing environments. In the series, If Home was Home, Polissaint presents a suite of medium format images shot during her recent trips to Vieuxbourg d'Aquin, Haiti. Moving from understanding herself after leaving her parents’ home to addressing the relationship of the idyllic "home," Polissaint continues to investigate her identity, as a child of the African diaspora, born to Haitian immigrants.