Urban Zen, Donna Karan’s personal retail business, will have a pop-up store at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach and throughout the holidays, featuring artwork, jewelry, and home accessories produced by Haitian artisans. The Urban Zen pop-up store will open on Tuesday, November 29 at 7 pm during the MOCA & Vanity Fair/Vanity Fair International Party.
The Urban Zenpop-up store will feature artwork, jewelry, and home accessories produced by Haitian artisans. Donna Karan, who has been a frequent visitor to Haiti since its earthquake, collaborates directly with the artisans of Haiti, sharing design and manufacturing ideas. Materials such stone, wood, paper, metal, tobacco leaves and horn, are transformed by Haitian hand into objects of beauty. MOCA Director and Chief Curator Bonnie Clearwater said “ We are happy to participate with Donna Karan and Urban Zen as we share an interest in the arts in Haiti as the nation rebuilds.” MOCA North Miami presented an exhibition in 2010 of metal sculptures by Serge Jolimeau and Michee Ramil Remy from Croix des Bouquets in Haiti.
Also Featured Miami Designer Nektar de Stagni
Miami clothing and accessories designer Nektar de Stagni will also have a large display in the MOCA Shop during the holiday season. Her line NDS features contemporary as well as classic jewelry that is unique, sophisticated and fun using materials that vary from pearls and crystals to silk, jersey, metal and rope. She frequently collaborates with other artists and designers, introducing novel retail platforms and pursing new formats in the presentation of art and design.
In addition to the Urban Zen products and the NDS jewelry, shoppers will still be able to find their favorite items in the MOCA Shop known for one of the most extensive collections of books in Miami on contemporary art history and critical theory, as well as a selection of artist-made jewelry and home accessories.
All sales proceeds from the Urban Zen pop-up store will be donated to benefit MOCA North Miami and the Urban Zen Foundation, specifically for its Hope, Help & Rebuild Haiti mission.
Urban Zen Foundation
Urban Zen Foundation creates, connects and collaborates to raise awareness and inspire change in the areas of well-being, preserving cultures and empowering children in mind, body and spirit. Urban Zen designs forums, partners with like-minded organizations and brings together experts to define solutions and implement action.
HOPE HELP & REBUILD HAITI (HHRH) mission is to create a conscious community of leaders in music, fashion, film, finance and art to become agents of change for the renewal of Haiti. The initiative launched immediately following the January 2010 earthquake as hope help & relief haiti – an initiative of Urban Zen aimed at galvanizing a community in response to Haiti’s immediate need to rebuild. started by Donna Karan – Urban Zen Foundation, music executive Andre Harrell, Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute – Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now, and Andre Balazs – The Standard; HHRH has since raised over $2.5 million dollars for Haiti. the current focus of HHRH’s work, Supported by the William J. Clinton Foundation, is on rebuilding the rich culture, history and artistry of Haiti through its tradition of skilled artists and artisan products.
The Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 770 NE 125th Street in North Miami. Admission to the MOCA & Vanity Fair/ Vanity Fair International Party on November 29 is $25. General museum admission is $5. MOCA galleries and the MOCA Shop are open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11 am to 5 pm, Wednesdays from 1 pm to 9 pm and Sundays from 12 noon to 5 pm. During Art Basel Miami Beach, MOCA Galleries and Shop will be open Wednesday November 30 from 9 am to 9 pm and Thursday December 1 through Monday December 5 from 9 am to 5 pm.