April 2019

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Artist Jibade-Khalil Huffman and musician and artist Def Sound present a new site-specific performance.


3852 N Miami Ave

In the finale of Huffman's  "_____________" MEANS "I LOVE YOU" IN ITALICS, a multi-venue evolving project presented as part of the Art on the Move series of art in public spaces, the two artists will present work connected to a recent performance and accompanying music video they recently performed at the inaugural Freize LA.

This new performance will utilize the same promotional video installed on advertising trucks that Huffman used in December during Art Week Miami in the Design District, Wynwood and on Miami Beach, along with other tropes of hip-hop music videos. The performance will begin in the streets around Locust Projects (with live video/sound being projected in the project space at Locust) and conclude in the project space/parking lot, with the truck itself serving as a now-stationary light source for the performance and screen projecting video that corresponds with projections already occurring, temporarily at the space.

Thematically, this work continues Huffman's ongoing delving into Black ego, mental health, reconciling being a feminist with listening to certain contemporary hip-hop, police brutality, and representation. 


2019 Spring Fling Annual Fundraiser

2019 Spring Fling Annual Fundraiser

Get Kaleidoscopic with us!


Elastika at the Moore Building
4040 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33137
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$150 Members; $200 Non-Members

Get Kaleidoscopic with us! 

Come celebrate bold and audacious art and artistic experimentation at Locust Projects Spring Fling fundraiser on April 13th at the Moore Building 

Silent auction of art editions, luxury goods and experiences - View the catalogue by clicking download here.

Creative cocktails by Brad Kilgore + bar by Bacardi + bites by Harrys Pizzeria + Macchialina + Stiltsville Fish Bar, and Sparky's Roadside Barbecue.

Music by Dj Gabby @campgabby + artist interventions + video projection by Jen Stark Locust Alum / 07



NEONS Paul Jacober - Jacober Creative, Diane & Alan Lieberman

PANTONES Susan & Richard Arregui, Elizabeth Bailey & Paul Kennedy, Ariel Penzer

PSYCHEDELICS Lisa Austin & Associates, Marianne & John Devine, Dr. Jacqueline Green & Dr. John Grossman, Diane & Werner Grob, Amy & Richard Kohan, Anna Mora, Morlic Engineering Corp., Faye & Jeffrey Roth, Debra & Dennis Scholl

PRISMATICS Linda & Irwin Adler, Anonymous, Claudia Busch & Gustavo Berenblum, Tiffany & Jeremy Chestler, Maryanna Estomba & Guillaume Rousseau, Daniel Falcon, Dawn Adels Fine & Billy Martin, Debra & Barry Frank, Jorge A. Garcia & Angel Perez, Rene Gonzalez, Amy & Harry Hollub, Avra Jain, The Jills, Lourdes Jofre Collett, Rochelle & Steve Lanster, Doreen Lima, Rodrigo Londono & Corrie Rice, Corinne & Stewart Merkin, Lorie Mertes, Jane & Philippe Moggio, Ilona & Chad Oppenheim, Reagan & Chris Pace, Vivian Pfeiffer, Amy & Richard Pollack, Candise Shanbron, Mindy Solomon, Munisha Underhill & Alfonso Goyeneche

*as of April 8

Spring Fling proceeds supports the program at Locust Projects, Miami's experimental laboratory producing and presenting new art and ideas through artist residencies and commissioned exhibitions, grants and resources for local artists, summer art incubator for aspiring teen artists, and mobile projects and public programs on contemporary art and curatorial practice.

Locust Projects is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization. A portion of your donation may be tax deductible.


Naomi Beckwith

Naomi Beckwith


Little Haiti Cultural Complex
212 NE 59th Terrace
Miami, Florida 33137

Join Locust Projects and Oolite Arts for a conversation with Naomi Beckwith, Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and former senior curator at Philadelphia’s Institute of Contemporary Art and Studio Museum in Harlem.

Beckwith's numerous exhibitions include, ”The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now” and ”30 Seconds off an Inch,” both considering the resonance of black culture across contemporary art internationally, and she has championed rising artists like Rashid Johnson, Keren Cytter, The Propeller Group and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

She has contributed to publications including Artforum International, Frieze, The New York Times and W Magazine—and served on the jury of the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015. She holds an M.A. with Distinction from Courtauld Institute of Art and was a Critical Studies Fellow at the Whitney Museum. A multiple grantee, and now trustee, of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Beckwith is a recipient of the New Leadership award for ArtTable where she is a trustee.

Parking is available at the cultural center, but limited. We encourage you to use a ride share service.

Exhibition Openings

Kitchen with a View

Carolina Fusilier: Kitchen with a View

Meet the artist and join Locust Projects in celebrating the opening of Kitchen with a View! Refreshments provided by our friends at Concrete Beach Brewery.

Locust Projects is proud to present Kitchen with a View, a site-specific video installation by Argentinian-born, Mexico City-based artist Carolina Fusilier. This newly commissioned installation for the Project Room is Fusilier’s first solo exhibition in Miami. Filmed during a month-long residency at Locust Projects, the video reflects on the dystopic possibility of a Miami where the human presence has disappeared overtaken by the proliferation of luxury real estate development. Supported in part by The Jumex Foundation.

Exhibition Openings

The Language Must Not Sweat

Shikeith: The Language Must Not Sweat

Meet the artist and join Locust Projects in celebrating the opening of The Language Must Not Sweat! Refreshments provided by our friends at Concrete Beach Brewery.

Locust Projects is proud to present The Language Must Not Sweat, by artist and filmmaker Shikeith. The Language Must Not Sweat, a five-channel video installation titled after an expression Toni Morrison used in a 1981 interview, mines what puddles at the core of the public and subconscious lives of black men. This immersive-installation ponders the symbolic moisture of blackness at the intersections of queerness and masculinity.

7PM Reading by award-winning poet Rickey Laurentiis, author of Boy with Thorn 


Shikeith (b. 1989, Philadelphia, PA) received his BA from The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA for Integrative Art (2010) and his MFA in Sculpture from The Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT (2018). His work attempts an assemblage of personal truths and wonder that focuses on the metamorphoses of Black men, especially within a society that denies these men their erotic and reconciliatory potential and capital. It is the interior he considers—his own, as well as, other Black men or masculine people through emphasizing portraiture, sculpture, and filmmaking to examine the fantastic as it relates and complicates personal autobiography and self-making.


Reading by Poet Rickey Laurentiis

Reading by Poet Rickey Laurentiis

presented in conjunction with the opening of Shikeith: The Language Must Not Sweat

Rickey Laurentiis (b. 1989, February 7) was raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, to love the dark. Their poetry has been supported by several foundations and fellowships, including the Whiting Foundation (2018), Lannan Literary Foundation (2017),  Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy (2014), Poetry International Rotterdam (2014), the National Endowment for the Arts (2013), Cave Canem Foundation (2009-2011), and the Poetry Foundation, which awarded him a Ruth Lilly Fellowship in 2012. In 2016, they traveled to Palestine as an invited reader for the Palestine Festival of Literature. Laurentiis received a MFA in Writing from Washington University in St Louis, where he was a Chancellor's Graduate Fellow, and a Bachelors in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College, where they read literature and queer theory.

They are the author of Boy with Thorn, winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and the Levis Reading Prize, and a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry and a Lambda Literary AwardBoy with Thorn was also named one of the top ten debuts of 2015 by Poets & Writers Magazine and a top 16 best poetry books by Buzzfeed, among other distinctions

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