MoCA Museum of Contemporary Art

Metro Pictures

04 May - 17 Sep 2006

metro pictures, part two
on view at MOCA May 4- September 17, 2006
metro pictures, part one
on view The Moore Space through July 31, 2006

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami and The Moore Space, Miami -- two of Miami’s leading contemporary art venues -- have joined forces to co-present metro pictures, an extraordinary two-part group exhibition, that brings together artists who explore issues of contemporary urban life. This exhibition includes work in diverse media, including painting, sculpture, video, photography, performance, and public art.

metro pictures, part two will open to the public with a special preview May 4 from 7:30 to 9:30 pm, and remain on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Joan Lehman Building, 770 NE 125th Street, North Miami) through September 17, 2006.

metro pictures, part one is currently on view at the Moore Space (4040 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Design District) through July 31st, 2006.

The exhibition is curated by Silvia Karman Cubina, director of The Moore Space. Bonnie Clearwater, Executive Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art said “We are excited to work with The Moore Space on this exhibition which explores the urban experience. By presenting the exhibition in two locations, viewers will traverse the urban boundaries of Miami and North Miami.” While the artists are from varied locations and work in different media, their works all serve as ‘snapshots of urban life,’ which define, interpret and navigate the city landscape.

Silvia Karman Cubina stated, “The ‘city’ is not a specific location but rather a concept of space whereby artists explore the psychologies, conflicts, resolutions and states of mind that entail negotiating with surroundings, people and change.”

metro pictures addresses social issues shared by large populations. Works address personal histories and illustrate relationships, as well as topics that explore political and philosophical perspectives on race, environment, and other social concerns.

The MOCA opening preview of metro pictures, part two on May 4 will include a tour of the exhibition with curator Silvia Karman Cubina for MOCA Shaker members ($150-level) and above from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. During the public preview from 7:30 to 9:30, music will be provided by DJ Induce and Lolo from Sweat Records. Complimentary drinks provided by Budweiser and Vitamin Water; Miami's best hot dogs provided by Dogma Grill. The preview is free for MOCA members, and City of Miami residents and employees. General admission is $10.

On view at The Moore Space, 4040 NE 2nd Avenue, from April 8 to July 31st, 2006, will be works by Jules de Balincourt, Isaac Diggs, Brock Enright, Kota Izawa, Justin Faunce, Adler Guerrier, Richard Jackson, Marisah Jahn and Steve Shada, Nikki Lee, Susan Lee-Chun, Beatriz Monteavaro, George Sanchez, Reena Spaulings, Ryan Trecartin and Hank Willis Thomas and Kambui Olujimi.

At MOCA, 770 NE 125th Street, North Miami, works by artists Susan Lee Chun, Kota Ezawa, Kianga Ford, Quisqueya Henriquez, Marisa Jahn and Steven Shada, Helen Levitt, Lucy Orta, Damian Ortega, Sven Pahlssen, George Sanchez-Calderon, Chemi Rosado Seijo, Henry Taylor, Hank Willis Thomas and Michael Vasquez will be on view from May 4 to September 17. Several of the works will remain in progress as the artists use the galleries as studio space.

Metro Pictures is sponsored by Craig Robins and Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz.

© Hank Willis Thomas, Its the Real Thing! 1978/2006, digital c-print 59 1/2" x 51 1/2", Courtesy of the artist/ Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Tags: Jules de Balincourt, Brock Enright, Kota Ezawa, Richard Jackson, Helen Levitt, Damián Ortega, Reena Spaulings, Al Taylor, Henry Taylor, Hank Willis Thomas, Ryan Trecartin, Michael Vasquez