Friday, May 16

 9am       Welcome Reception / Check-In

 10-11     Panel Discussion: Women on the Rise! 10th Anniversary Retrospective

Jillian Hernandez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of California-San Diego; Anya Wallace, Ph.D. Candidate, Penn State University;  Isabel Moros-Rigau, Artist & B.C.C.P. Youth Development Program Director, Brooklyn College Community Partnership/ RFCUNY; Shara Banks, Crystal Pearl, WOTR! Program Coordinator and Independent Artist, Ebony Rhodes, Senior Site Director, Breakthrough Miami at Palmer Trinity School;  Shedia Nelson, Program Manager and Artistic Director, Urgent Inc.; Patricia Taboas, CHANCE & Foster Care Clinician, Citrus Health Network Inc.; Qualisa Thomas, Former WOTR! Participant

Current and previous Women on the Rise! instructors, directors and partner program members will come together to discuss and celebrate the 10th anniversary of WOTR!.  Participants will consider the successes and strengths of the program, how gender-specific education has changed over the last 10 years, and the future of WOTR! and girl programming.

11-1        Visualizing Bodies/Space: A Performative Picture of Justice System-                     Involved Girls & Women in Miami

Anya Wallace, Ph.D. Candidate, Penn State University; Jillian Hernandez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of California–San Diego; Nereida Garcia Ferraz, Visual Artist and Educator,WOTR!; Isabel Moros-Rigau, Artist & B.C.C.P. Youth Development Program Director, Brooklyn College Community Partnership/ RFCUNY

This presentation is a collaborative, multi-media performance lecture based on feminist art outreach work with girls in the Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center and WINGS, a residential program for justice system-involved adolescent mothers, through the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Women on the Rise! program. In undermining the ways in which these girl bodies, and the austere spaces in which they are held, are invisiblized, we will evoke, theorize, and respond to the textures, tensions, voices, creative works, and bodies we encounter.

 1-2        Lunch – Latin Burger available for purchase in MOCA Courtyard

2-3:30  Panel Discussion: Essential Creativity within GLBTQ Youth

Myra Benjamin & Ella Bradshaw, Pridelines Youth Services; Neil de la Flor, Reading Queer; Carla Silva, MSW, Executive Director, Alliance for GLBTQ Youth

Panelists from social service organizations in Miami-Dade County will discuss the ways in which creative outlets of expression and collaborating with arts organizations are not only helpful tools but essential programming – particularly within the GLBTQ community.

4-6        Reading Queer Poetry Performances & Discussion

Marci Calabretta, Nadra Mabrouk, Annik Adey-Babinski, and Sara Ryan

Participants of the organization Reading Queer will share original poetry and creative writing pieces that reflect upon girlhood, gender, and queer identity.  Additionally, poets will share and discuss renowned pieces that have inspired their expression and led them to creative writing.

6:30-8  Art Talk: Saving Our Lives Hear Our Truths

Ruth Nicole Brown, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Education Policy, Organization and Leadership University of Illinois Champaign Urbana; Porshe Garner, Doctoral student of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership University of Illinois Champaign Urbana; Jessica Robinson, Doctoral student of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership University of Illinois Champaign Urbana; Tierney Reed aka T.R.U.T.H, Independent artist and member of the collective PS (Paradigm Shift) 

This presentation is a multimedia ritual experience of SOLHOT (saving our lives hear our truths), a collective practice of celebrating Black girlhood in all of its complexity. To name the ideas that matter most to us in SOLHOT: time travel, haunting, generations, living, forgiveness, failure, grace, wisdom, movement, health, fun, love, freedom we creatively engage song, verse, poetry, and image to heal some past hurts and feel ourselves beautiful through each other’s voice, rhythm, and heart beats. This next level practice of SOLHOT sounds, beats, and bumps like afrofuturist black girl magic because it is both the art and science of black girl genius. We are unapologetically using digital wrongly to reimagine the collective, resound complex Black girlhood, remember relationships, and reverberate love for self, each other, and this dirty work. For this performance we are excited to perform along with T.R.U.T.H whose latest mixtape entitled, LUXOCRACY speaks to possibilities inspired by our revolutionary actions.

Paradigm Shift, consisting of poets, emcees, singers, comedians and other artists, aims to creatively broaden the scope of our generation and encourage unity through love, positivity, and wisdom.

Saturday, May 17

10           Welcome Reception / Check-In

11-12     Tour of Virginia Overton: Flat Rock & Wangechi Mutu:
               A Fantastic Journey

Led by MOCA Interim Director, Alex Gartenfeld

Virginia Overton is an American artist and sculptor who is known for an artistic process that involves found and readily available materials—wood, pipes, cement, rope. She transforms and repurposes these into sculptures and site-specific installations that highlight distinct physical properties, such as weight, gravity, tension and suspension. Marking the artist’s first solo exhibition at an American museum, “Flat Rock” features both works from the artist’s studio and commissioned sculpture compiled with objects sourced in the area around the exhibition site to reframe the relationship between work and environment.

Wangechi Mutu has come to be regarded as one of the most inventive and critically-engaged artists of her generation.  Combining materials and imagery from sources as diverse as African traditions, international politics, the high fashion industry and science fiction, Mutu creates works that depict fantastical worlds as places for profound exploration of race, gender and power. Her work is a critical investigation of issues ranging from colonialism to displacement, ritual, perceptions of Africa and the female form. “Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey” incorporates all aspects of Mutu’s prolific practice which includes collage, drawing, installation, sculpture, performance and video. A new site-specific mixed media mural created for the MOCA presentation will welcome visitors into exhibition galleries, which will be transformed into a forest-like environment populated by the installation of large-scale felt trees.

12 -1       INOCENTE Film Screening and Audience Discussion

Led by Isabel Moros-Rigau, Artist & B.C.C.P. Youth Development Program Director, Brooklyn College Community Partnership/ RFCUNY

INOCENTE is an intensely personal and vibrant coming of age documentary about a young artist’s fierce determination to never surrender to the bleakness of her surroundings. It is both a timeless story about the transformative power of art and a timely snapshot of the new face of homelessness in America, children.  Neither sentimental nor sensational, INOCENTE will immerse you in the very real, day-to-day existence of a young girl who is battling a war that we rarely see.  The challenges are staggering, but the hope in Inocente’s story proves that the hand she has been dealt does not define her, her dreams do.

1 -2         Lunch – Ms. Cheezious available for purchase in MOCA Courtyard

2-4         Art Talk: Grotesquerie, Racial Pleasure, and Pornography:
The Erotics of Female Embodiment in Wangechi Mutu’s Work

Jillian Hernandez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Ethnic & Critical Gender Studies, University of California, San Diego

The alluring, flamboyant, and otherwordly aesthetics of the female bodies in Wangechi Mutu’s work exceed the critical narratives of racial trauma and sexual objectification through which they are often framed, and contained. Through engaging recent scholarship that assesses the feminist and anti-racist potential of pornographic representations of women of color, Dr. Hernandez explores how the women in Mutu’s practice embody black womanhood as beautiful, and black female (hyper)sexuality as pleasurable.

5-7         WOTR! 10 Year Anniversary Bash and BBQ
               with musical performance by TheeSatisfaction

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of Women on the Rise! and the conclusion of the Girls Summit, MOCA will host a BBQ Bash with a musical performance by artists, TheeSatisfaction.  TheeSatisfaction have toured internationally and are acclaimed for their singular sound. Composed of  Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White, the pair live/laugh/love/dance and create in Seattle, WA. They write, produce and perform their own material, funk-psychedelic feminista sci-fi epics with the warmth and depth of Black Jazz and Sunday morning soul, frosted with icy raps that evoke equal parts Elaine Brown, Ursula Rucker and Q-Tip. They met by what was clearly cosmic happenstance at the University of Washington and haven’t stopped the flow since.

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