Still Here: Generations of Black Miami Artmaking convened the first-ever intergenerational conversation of Black Miami visual artists working from the 1960s to present.  This gathering centered the aesthetic practices, life histories, and creative archives of artists from the city’s heterogenous Black neighborhoods including West Coconut Grove, Overtown, Brownsville, Liberty City, Carol City, Miami Gardens, Cutler Ridge, South Miami, Richmond Heights, Homestead and Little Haiti.  Miami is celebrated as the crossroads of people, ideas, and multicultural “Americanness.”  Black displacement, however,  has been and currently stands at the center of the city’s urgent housing crisis, neighborhood shifts, climate change, and gentrification. Throughout the two-day convening, interdisciplinary plenaries and panels examined how  artists have represented Miami’s dynamic and  intersectional social histories as a Jim Crow City in the US South with deep national, transnational and hemispheric ties.  

Participants included Lauren Baccus, Germane Barnes, Donnamarie Baptiste, Dejha Carrington, Aldeide Delgado, Edouard Duval-Carrié, Donette Francis, Rosie Gordon-Wallace, Sharony Green, Allison Harris, Nhadya Lawes, Franklin Sirmans, and Marie Vickles; and, artists Morel Doucet, Chris Friday, GeoVanna Gonzalez, Charles Humes, Jr., Loni Johnson, Kandy G. Lopez, T. Eliott Mansa, Sydney Rose Maubert, Arsimmer McCoy, Jared McGriff, Reginald O’Neal, Michelle Lisa Polissaint, Terence Price II, Chire "VantaBlack" Regans, Roscoè B. Thické III, Juana Valdés, and Roland Woods, Jr.

Still Here: Generations of Black Miami Artmaking is a program created by the University of Miami Center for Global Black Studies in partnership with Commissioner, and sponsored by the Mellon Foundation and the Terra Foundation of American Art.

Artwork: Jared McGriff, Taking the Time (2018), detail.