"Visions of Our 44th President" Brings Dozens of Barack Obama Busts to Miami
Artwork: © Louis Delsarte, Felandus Thames, Charly Palmer, Kadir Nelson, Tatyana Fazlaizadeh, Shirley Woodson
Feeling a little nostalgic about the eight-year tenure President Barak Obama is about to complete? Trying to get your mind off the pumpkin-colored, foulmouthed Twitter troll that's set to take his place in
The Black Archives History and Research Foundation of South Florida Inc.
The exhibit displays realistic, life-size busts designed, painted, and/or embellished by 44 contemporary African-American artists from across the nation. Each bust is covered in dreamlike visions that burst with eye-catching colors and effects.
© Barkley Hendricks
According to the exhibit's director, the "Visions of Our 44th President Barack Obama" is about so much more than just art.
“Showcasing 'Visions' in Miami not only highlights the historic term of our nation’s first African-American
Each of the 44 artists began the project with an identical blank bust, upon which they were asked to add their art to honor the historical significance of President Barack Obama's tenure in the Oval Office. The artists were encouraged to let their self-expression and individuality shine through in the pieces, and the results are extraordinarily diverse. The busts have been such a hit that images of them have been compiled into coffee-table books and posters that are available for purchase online.
The exhibit — which runs through February 2017 — is organized by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit and was curated by Peter Kaplan of Our World, LLC.
© Kadir Nelson
"Visions of Our 44th President Barack Obama"
Thursday, December 1, through February 2017 at the Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex, 819 NW Second Ave., Miami. Tickets cost $20, or $15 for seniors and students; Black Archives members, active U.S. military, and kids under 6 get in free. Visit bahlt.org.
Get the Arts & Culture Newsletter
Find out about arts and culture events in Miami and offers you won't hear about anywhere else.