HBCUs To Showcase African-American Fine Art At Miami Art Week

MIAMI, Florida – As South Florida’s art connoisseurs gear up for an exciting Miami Art Week / Art Basel from December 5 to 8, Hampton Art Lovers (HAL) will introduce their Point Comfort Art Fair + Show in historic Overtown at the Historic Ward Rooming House located at 249 NW 9th Street, Miami FL 33136.

The Point Comfort Art Show provides a platform for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) museums to showcase their collection of the African American masters of American fine art at the largest art exposition in North America.

The Art Fair showcases modern masters of black art and emerging contemporary artists that speak to the future of black art.

This year HAL will feature selections from the (HBCU) Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. The jointly curated exhibition will feature “Home: The Beverly Buchanan Collection” and “Barrington Watson: The Spelman Years.” The art show is sponsored by the Southeast Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency.

Point Comfort Art Fair + Show is an art exhibition inside the gallery and an art fair behind the gallery in a fully enclosed, climate-controlled tent.

The name “Point Comfort” is derived from the place in colonial Virginia where captives from the West African Kingdom of Ndongo (Angola) arrived in 1619. This marked the inception of American slavery and what we call the beginning of African American Art.

The people of Ndongo and other African tribes were stripped of their native tongues, and many of their traditions here in America, and through tremendous adversity, remnants of these lost traditions continue to express themselves in the song, dance, art and crafts of today’s African American community.

Point Comfort celebrates those remnants.

“Miami Art Week / Art Basel is the premier cultural expo of the Western hemisphere, and the visibility it provides for African America art is vast. Its a world exchange of art and ideas. Point Comfort Art Fair + Show in Overtown presents a seat at this table, showcasing African-Americas art for all people to admire and acquire. We set the foundation with a collection from the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art for show, providing an HBCU Art Museum a platform to showcase surrounded by works for sale by established contemporary artists.” said Christopher Norwood, co-founder of Hampton Art Lovers.

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