Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South Florida, Inc. (BAHRFSF) invites revelers to help it commemorate 40 years as one of the region’s premier repositories of Black contributions, heritage, and culture.
BAHRFSF is poised to launch a yearlong celebration with the Visions of Our 44th President Barack Obama exhibition featuring 44 realistic, life-sized busts of the president designed, painted, and embellished by forty-four contemporary African American artists.
Visions will open to a private media reception on November 29, a cocktail opening reception on November 30 ($150 Black Archives Members and $250 Non-Members), and to the general public on December 1. The presidential exposition is housed at the Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex, 819 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida 33136. General admission is $20 and $15 for students and senior 62 and older. Admission is free for Black Archive members; children age 6 and under, and active U.S. Military with ID.
“Showcasing Visions in Miami not only highlights the historical term of our nation’s first African-American president,” said Black Archives Executive Director Timothy A. Barber. “Through artistic expression, Visions celebrates the accomplishments we have been able to achieve together, as a community, over the past eight years. Our goal is that this exhibit will extend beyond race, social status, or party affiliation, to highlight the common threads among us and inspire a continued togetherness as this country moves into its next chapter.”
Each artist started with the same blank bust and was charged to commemorate the historical significance of President Barack Obama fearlessly. For the forty-four contemporary African-American artists, this exhibition fosters self-expression. For the visitors, the goal is to spark dialogue and generate conversation to promote humanities. The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History of Detroit organized the exhibit. Peter Kaplan of Our World, LLC is the curator.