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'Shades of Black' exhibit at Little Haiti Cultural Center runs through February

February 5, 2014

By Cammy Clark, The Miami Herald

Feb. 06 --A provocative new exhibit has opened at the Little Haiti Cultural Center's Galley of Art in time for Black for Black History Month. "Shades of Black II: Colorization of the Americas " features the works of 23 photographers and artists, including the late legendary photographer Herman Leonard and Putlizer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Jim Morin . The exhibition brings jazz legends to life, with Leonard's photographs. It also shows the despair of famine and civil unrest. One photograph shows an old Brazilian black man, whose father was a slave, finally owning his own piece of land. Another shows the pure joy and camraderie of other old Brazilian black men playing dominoes. The photographers and artists are ethnically diverse, all bringing their own interpretation of what it means to be black or how they view blackness, said Carl Juste , a Miami Herald photographer who curated the exhibit with Marie Vickles .. Photographer Charlie Trainor Jr . followed three generations of the same family for 10 years, seeing their growth and documenting how they identify themselves in the culture. Marice Cohn Band photographed the shades of black in Cuba , from 1988 to 2004. "There were a lot of long-term projects," Juste said. Some subjects are well known -- Muhammad Ali , the Beatles -- but most are not. But they collectively tell a story of the complexities, richness and triumphs of the "Black Experience," here in the United States as well as in the Caribbean , the Americas and Africa . A symposium has been scheduled on Feb. 28 to discuss black identity in the art industry, lead by Miami curator and gallery owner Rosie Gordon Wallace , executive director of Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts. The event will have artists, academics, gallery owners and collectors holding two panel discussions during the evening. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The free exhibition, which opened last week, will run through the end of February at the center, 212 NE 59th Ter. in Miami . It is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday ; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays . ___ (c)2014 The Miami Herald Visit The Miami Herald at Distributed by MCT Information Services

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Source: Miami Herald (FL)

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