Black Archives opens exhibit dedicated to President Obama

MIAMI (WSVN) - An exhibition dedicated to President Obama will be going on display in Miami, and 7News got a sneak peak.

In anticipation of 2017 — a milestone year for the Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater, a timely exhibit is taking over two stories of the building.

“It’s phenomenal,” said Executive Director Timothy Barber. “We’re going to have to tell his story. People are going to have to tell his story, of Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House.”

7News got a first look at the exhibit, called “Visions of our 44th President.”

Artists used their creativity to create artworks of the president’s likeness.

It’s an exhibit that started at an African-American museum in Detroit, back in 2012.

“I was able to acquire this exhibit, to bring it to Miami for Art Basel, at a great time, when people are feeling the nostalgia of the outgoing president,” Barber said, “but at the same time, can share in the visions that people see him as.”

“I think this exhibit is amazing,” said Operations and Programming Manager Kamila Pritchett. “For the Black Archives to be able to bring an exhibit of this magnitude to the Overtown community so that people can see and reflect on our 44th president in a neighborhood that has such historical significance to South Florida. I think it’s amazing.”

An opening reception set for Wednesday night also doubles as a fundraiser for the Black Archives. Regular visiting hours for the exhibit start Dec. 1.

“I’m hoping when people leave from this exhibit, they will understand that even though people come from different walks of life, the view of this person can range from someone that’s good, to someone that’s bad,” Barber said. “But understand that you must judge a person based on their character.”

“Visions of our 44th President” will be open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with extended hours through Art Basel.

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