Hampton Art Lovers (HAL) introduces their Point Comfort Art Fair + Show, December 5-8, 2019, in historic Overtown at the Historic Ward Rooming House (249 NW 9th Street, Miami FL 33136). The Point Comfort Art Show provides a platform for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) museums to showcase their collection of the African American masters of American fine art at the largest art exposition in North America.
The Point Comfort Art Fair showcases modern masters of black art and emerging contemporary artists that speak to the future of black art.
Point Comfort Art Fair + Show is an art exhibition and an art fair in the Historic Ward Rooming House gallery as well as in an attached fully enclosed, climate-controlled tent. The name “Point Comfort” is derived from the place in colonial Virginia where captives from the West African Kingdom of Ndongo (Angola) arrived in 1619. This marked the inception of American slavery and what we call the beginning of African American Art. The people of Ndongo and other African tribes were stripped of their native tongues, and many of their traditions here in America, and through tremendous adversity, remnants of these lost traditions continue to express themselves in the song, dance, art and crafts of today’s African American community. “Point Comfort” celebrates those remnants.
“Miami Art Week / Art Basel is the premier cultural expo of the Western hemisphere, and the visibility it provides for African America art is vast. Its a world exchange of art and ideas. Point Comfort Art Fair + Show in Overtown presents a seat at this table, showcasing African-Americas art for all people to admire and acquire.”-Christopher Norwood, co-Founder of Hampton Art Lovers.
“In furtherance of the implementation of the Historic Overtown Culture and Entertainment Master Plan, the Hampton Art Lovers exhibition in Overtown once again is becoming a global destination of unique culture, history, and entertainment,” said Cornelius Neil Shiver, Executive Director, Southeast Overtown Park West CRA.
Hampton Art Lovers is sponsored by the Southeast Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency.
The Illustrious list of 2019 featured artists include:
• Ernie Barnes: erniebarnes.com
• Leroy Campbell: instagram.com/leroycampbellart
• Buck!: instagram.com/mosidesign
• Phil Shung: instagram.com/moithuk
• Musa Hixson: instagram.com/musahixson
• Everett Dyson: instagram.com/heymrdyson
Thoughtful points of view from speakers that include:
• Bisa Butler: https://www.claireoliver.com/artists/bisa-butler
• Michael Eric Dyson: michaelericdyson.com
• Dr. Linda Malone-Colon: http://libarts.hamptonu.edu/page/welcome-to-our-school
• MoAnna Luu: tinyurl.com/y5dn6rlm
Point Comfort Art+Fair Schedule
Trying to figure out how to map out your week? Put these on your calendar and sign up to attend via Eventbrite:
• Thu | Dec 05 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | VIP | Opening Reception Sponsored by Wilkie D. Ferguson Dr. Bar Association
• Fri | Dec 06 | 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm | Indaba Art Conversations: “Hampton Arts Tradition” with BUCK!, Musa Hixon, Phil Shung and Michael B. Gibson moderated by Dr. Lindon Malone-Colon (Dean of Liberal Arts and Education)
• Fri | Dec 06 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Indaba Art Conversations with Dr. Michael Eric Dyson (Moderated by Dr. James Peterson) followed by Book Signing “Jay-Z: Made in America.” Also featuring Hampton Art Lovers commissioned limited edition prints of the illustrations from “Jay-Z: Made in America” by Everett Dyson. Sponsored by Florida New Majority with a reception to follow.
• Sat | Dec 06 | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm | Indaba Art Conversations: moderated by Dr. Linda Malone-Colon (Hampton University Dean of Liberal Arts and Education)
• Sat | Dec 7 | 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm | Indaba Art Conversations: “The Art of Patronage: Collecting and Valuing Our Culture” featuring Artist Bisa Butler and MoAna Luu (Chief Content & Creative Officer for Essence Magazine) ) Sponsored by Essence Magazine & Hosted By Spelman Alumni and Concerned African Women Inc.
• Sat | Dec 7 | 10:00 pm – 2:00 am | Indaba After Party: “Good Times” (Rare Grooves and Classic Samples) Hosted By Hampton Art Lovers.
The purpose of the Point Comfort Art Fair is to inspire and engage attendees with a curated cultural experience celebrating Black roots. “Point Comfort” is derived from the place in Virginia where the ﬁrst Africans came to the American shore. For more information, click here.
About Hampton Art Lovers(HAL)
Hampton Art Lovers (HAL) was created in 2017 to inspire the appreciation of African-American Fine Art all year round. We honor the heart and soul of Fine Artists and make their work discoverable by anyone who craves a connection to it. Recent exhibitions include • Elizabeth Catlett and Hampton Arts Tradition (Art Basel) • Ernie Barnes Eyes Closed (Art Basel) • Ebony Broadsides: Celebration of the Masters • Art of a Caged Bird Singing: Personal Collection of Maya Angelou. Visit www.hamptonartlovers.com.
HAL operates the Historic Ward Rooming House Gallery in Overtown and works in partnership with the City of Miami, Southeast Overtown /Park West CRA, the International Review of African American Art, Hampton University Museum, among others.
*Special note from Hampton Art Lovers
We are disappointed to share that due to logistical challenges, we will not be showcasing the works of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. Unfortunately, the timing didn’t work to our advantage. Still, we are excited to host the collection during Black History Month. If you’re in town, you won’t want to miss it!
If you have tickets to the Wednesday VIP/Press Preview and Spelman Alumni Reception, you can use the tickets for access at any other time of the week. If you were planning to attend, please note the rundown for the week.
This article was edited by Janey Tate. Follow her on Twitter @Janey_Tate. To send Hy-Lo News your story ideas, click here.
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