The Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA) is currently exhibiting “My Name is Maryan” – a monographic presentation of four decades of paintings, sculptures, drawings and films by the iconoclastic and revolutionary Polish-born artist Maryan. Organized by Alison M. Gingeras, the retrospective is on view until March 20, 2022.
Drawing on new research and a treasure trove of works never before exhibited, “My Name is Maryan” is the first retrospective to holistically examine all periods of Maryan’s life and work. Throughout the museum, Maryan’s extraordinary biography and prolific body of work represent a deeply moving monument to the perseverance of the human spirit and the power of the art to overcome traumatic loss. Considered one of the first eyewitness artists to directly describe their experiences of the Holocaust, Maryan’s unique approach to figurative art has strived to create solidarity between cultures and generations.
As part of MOCA’s continued efforts to include diverse voices and perspectives, “My Name is Maryan” will also be accompanied by a strong suite of educational and public programming.
Additionally, MOCA is happy to bring back its free outdoor concert series “Jazz at MOCA” in person on the last Friday of each month, starting Friday, January 28th. the museum’s most beloved public programs return for in-person outdoor musical entertainment rain or shine. Since 1999, Jazz at MOCA has been presented on the MOCA Plaza on the last Friday of the month. Hundreds of spectators took advantage of a free concert, activations and paid admission to the museum from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Upcoming programming includes:
MOCA Makers: Engraving | Saturday, January 15, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Details: This MOCA Makers course offers participants the opportunity to learn all about engraving. MOCA Makers is a series of art workshops offered every second Saturday of the month, specifically for adults. Classes are free and taught by qualified local artists. Students of all skill levels can learn a variety of artistic techniques, including figure drawing, printmaking, portrait painting, and more. Participants are welcome to bring a friend and their own art supplies, or art packs are available for purchase from the MOCA store.
Conversations at MOCA: Survivors’ March | Wednesday January 26, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Details: In conjunction with its current exhibition, “My Name is Maryan”, MOCA presents “Conversations at MOCA: March of the Survivors” – a conversation about movement and displacement based on the timeline and trajectory of Maryan after Auschwitz. This conversation will examine the story behind the artist’s travels and start a conversation about the experience of the great Jewish Diaspora: how they created community and belonging, and how they were received. Panelists include Alison Gingeras, curator of “My Name is Maryan”; Piotr Slodkowski, essayist and expert on Polish Jewish modernism; Noa Rosenberg, curator at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art; and Luna Goldberg, curator and education officer at the Jewish Museum of South Florida. This event will take place in person at MOCA and virtually live via Zoom.
Jazz at MOCA returns with Troy Roberts | Saturday January 28, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Details: To celebrate the relaunch of its free outdoor concert series “Jazz at MOCA” in person on the last Friday of each month, MOCA is pleased to present saxophonist and composer Troy Roberts on Friday January 28 at 8 pm. Roberts has traveled the world, performing and recording with some of the greatest jazz artists of all time, including James Morrison, Aretha Franklin, Christian McBride, Sammy Figueroa, Dave Douglas, Orrin Evans and Kurt Elling. Known as a jazz giant, Roberts has received numerous awards including three consecutive DownBeat Jazz Soloist Awards, a Grammy Nomination Medal and was the only Australian semi-finalist of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition in 2008. He is a regular member of the Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts Quartet and Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts’ ‘Blue 5’, is also the newest member of Joey DeFrancesco’s new quartet, ‘The People’, and is currently celebrating their 7th record as as leader, Tales & Tones (Inner Circle Music).
Cost: Jazz at MOCA is free and open to the public. The gallery is open from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with admission to the museum.
MOCA Teen Art Force | Session 2: January 3-March 18, 2022, 4-6 p.m.
Details: MOCA Teen Art Force is a free, after-school, multidisciplinary art program that provides students with a foundation in the visual arts. Students aged 13 to 17 can acquire an arts education from qualified local artists or develop new skills and techniques in a variety of courses, including drawing, textile design, sculpture and printmaking. In 2022, students will have the opportunity to mount their own fashion show featuring their creations. They will also learn how to create their own digital portfolio website. MOCA Teen Art Force is made possible by the generous support of Miami Dade County and the Children’s Trust.
Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA)
770 NE 125th Street
Miami, Florida 33161