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Art Basel: North Miami MOCA hosts royalty at private reception


Models, city leaders and artists all came together for a private reception and first viewing of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Art Basel exhibit, “Shifting the Paradigm.” The exhibit features the work of Nigerian artists George Edozie and, in conjunction with Edozie’s work, North Miami welcomed the monarch of a Nigerian city as their special guest.

Nnaemeka Ugochukwu Achebe, the leader of the city of Onitsha, walked through the exhibit posing for pictures and greeting about one hundred people Monday night. Achebe will also address the public at a lecture 7 p.m. Friday discussing the role of art in community transformation.

Haitian artist Philippe Dodard was in attendance as well as elected officials including Nigerian-American Miami Gardens Councilman Erhabor Ighodaro. Also on hand were members of Oleta Partners including Richard LeFrak and members of MOCA’s new “transitional” board of trustees like Judge Karen Mills Francis.
Residents like Alexis Sanfield, owner of the nearby Luna Star Cafe, said they were impressed by the event and by MOCA director Babacar M’Bow.

“This is the best I’ve seen MOCA look,” Sanfield said. “I feel like there’s a sense of community that hasn’t been here before.”

The grand opening of the exhibit to the public will take place 7 p.m. Tuesday night at MOCA and will be the first of several events throughout the week.

For more information on North Miami’s events visit mymoca.org and for more on Art Basel events across Miami-Dade visit the Herald’s website and miami.com.