The international art world and local community will
come together at MOCA for one of the season’s most innovative
exhibitions, Convention. Convention
will feature performances, workshops, site-specific installations, and
video projects by international and local artists examining the effects
and roles of conventions, festivals, and other social and professional
gatherings. Participating artists include: Julieta Aranda,
Fia Backström, Xavier Cha, Anne Daems & Kenneth Andrew Mroczek, Jim
Drain, Fritz Haeg, Corey McCorkle, Dave McKenzie, Gean Moreno, My
Barbarian, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Sean Raspet, Bert Rodriguez,
Superflex & Jens Haaning.
exhibition’s interactive elements and open-ended format will actively
engage the community and challenge the definition of a conventional
museum exhibition. Convention is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami and is curated by MOCA Assistant Curator Ruba Katrib.
examines forms of gathering in
our society; every artist in the exhibition is examining this
phenomenon from a different perspective.” said Ruba Katrib, MOCA
Assistant Curator. “MOCA is acting as a launching pad for several of
the artists by creating an opportunity for them to experiment and
initiate new projects.”
“In Miami, we
have seen first-hand the enormous impact of events such as Art Basel
Miami Beach, Miami International Boat Show, Winter Music Conference,
South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Miami International Film Festival
and Miami Book Fair on the region,” states MOCA Executive Director
Bonnie Clearwater. “In most cases, these mass gatherings alter the
culture of the city. Although the current economic recession is
impacting participation in events such as these to a certain degree,
conventions, meetings and informal social gatherings continue to play
an essential role in effective networking, innovation, and
Highlights of the exhibition include the video Herd Instinct 360 ° (2005-2006), by Swedish artist Fia Backström, in
which the artist delivers a talk about convening that is accompanied by
historical images of social, religious, and political gatherings. New
York-based artist Xavier Cha will construct a dance floor that will
function as a rehearsal space within the exhibition for local dancers.
Throughout the exhibition’s duration, different dancers will practice
their routines on this floor, which will provide free space and a new
context for Miami’s large dance community. Los Angeles-based Fritz Haeg placed
an open call to Miami area residents from which he selected a couple
willing to host a series of salon discussions in their home during the
exhibition’s duration. The contents of the family’s actual living room
will be transported to and displayed at the museum. In turn, Haeg will
provide furnishings for the family for their in-home salon discussions,
and a video and other materials will be produced to document the
process. Visit Fritz Haeg's Miami Salon page here.
The Los Angeles-based collective My Barbarian will exhibit a video that
documents a theatre workshop it conducted in Trento, Italy in 2008 and
will also create an interactive performance at MOCA. Miami-based
artist Bert Rodriguez placed an open call for volunteers to assist him
in fundraising efforts at locations throughout Miami that will result
in a unique installation that will be updated during the exhibition to
reflect the funds raised. Throughout the run of the exhibition,
business, community and social groups will conduct meetings and events
at the museum using an area created by Miami-based artist Gean Moreno.
is also partnering with Ecole des Beaux Arts in Nantes, France on an
interactive information hut in conjunction with the exhibition.
Convention is made possible with support from Funding Arts Network and
Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council. Hotel accommodations for Convention are provided by Catalina Hotel & Beach Club. Beverages for Convention provided by Grolsch.