Spontaneous Alternatives at MOCA Nomi

From Apr 1st through 30th, 2010.

altArtwork by participants in the Museum of Contemporary Art’s nationally acclaimed outreach program for at-risk teenage girls, Women on the Rise! will be featured in a special exhibition titled Spontaneous Alternatives at the Roxcy O’Neal Bolton Women’s History Gallery, located in the Women’s Park, 10251 Flagler Street in Miami- Dade County. Spontaneous Alternatives, features art works created by MOCA’s Women on the Rise! participants, who have engaged in a creative process that fosters a dialogue based on awareness and self-worth.

Since its launch in 2004, MOCA’s Women on the Rise! program has served over 2,000 at-risk girls in Miami-Dade County schools, alternative centers, rehabilitation facilities, detention centers and after-school programs in underserved communities, by addressing issues such as poor self esteem and improvement of academic performance, via a unique curriculum that presents contemporary women artists as compelling, positive role models.  Women on the Rise! workshops in art, art history, art-making, and creative writing, expose girls to experiences that promote constructive dialogue and critical thinking, while reminding them of the role that women play in society, along with the necessity to dismantle stereotypes, and the importance of self-expression.

Spontaneous Alternatives features works inspired by women contemporary artists such Wangechi Mutu, Yoko Ono, Shinique Smith, Mickalene Thomas, and Carrie Mae Weems who are featured in Women on the Rise! workshops. 

In a project inspired by artist Carrie Mae Weems, who uses photography to make a new context for historical images, Women on the Rise! participants from partner institutions such as The Village, the Thelma Gibson Health Initiative Girl’s Group, the Girls Advocacy Project and Urgent, Inc., use photographs of 19th century laborers and altered with paint and captions them to give new meaning.  Also on view  are collages based on the work of Wangechi Mutu, of commercial images of women taken from advertising and magazines that are transformed to inspire self-esteem and independence.   WOTR! participants also created bundled sculptures in the style of Shinique Smith  using recycled materials and castoff fabric to make sculptural pieces and incorporate these on a 2-D surface.

The 15-acre lakeside Women’s Park, located in the Sweetwater area of Miami, is dedicated to all women in Miami-Dade County in recognition of their diverse contributions to improving our community’s quality of life.  The Women’s Park History Gallery offers exhibit space for historical materials and art shows.

MOCA Nomi at Women’s Park
10251 Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33172

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