Monday, January 27, 2014

Shades of Black opens at 7p.m. January 31st, 2014 in Miami at Little Haiti Cultural Center’s Gallery of Art at 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, Florida. Presented by Iris Photo Collective in conjunction with City of Miami, “Shades of Black II: Colorization of the Americas” will showcase visual expressions from a diverse group of mixed media artists, painters and photojournalists.

At the heart of the exhibition will be the work of legendary photographer Herman Leonard, whose unique images have helped define the visual identity of jazz; and the work of internationally acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winner, editorial cartoonist Jim Morin.

The exhibition takes visitors on a journey through Africa, across the Atlantic, and to the Americas where the life stories and cultural diversity of the people of Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Brazil and Cuba are transformed and absorbed by African New World influences. Jazz legends come alive, sports personalities await to be crowned and attendees encounter the complexities, richness and triumphs of the “Black Experience.

Attendees will have an opportunity to meet and greet the featured artists. Patrick Farrell,  Joshua Prezant , Charlie Trainor Jr., Emilo Martinez, Marice Cohn Band, Jeffery A. Salter, C.W. Griffin, Cheryl Edwards, Carl Juste, Aisha Tandwe Bell, Andrew Kaufman, Lonnie Timmons III and others will be present during the festivities, which will include cocktails, beer and wine. 

The Mission of the Little Haiti Cultural Center is to provide a space that brings together people and ideas to promote, showcase, and support Afro-Latin-Caribbean cultures in South Florida.