Miami Art Listings: January 2008
The Possibility of an Island at MOCA at the Goldman Warehouse. Courtesy of NOMAD
The haze of Art Basel Miami Beach 2008 has cleared, revealing a cultural landscape pitted with scars of the season past. Accounting for its various losses and gains, Miami’s arts community—no doubt after some well deserved respite—is now beginning to build the momentum needed to carry it through the summer, a three month pit stop characterized by storage facility visits, searing heat and few jobs after which the lusterless limbo is lifted and we prepare to do it all over again.
In the meantime, here follows a list of old and new exhibitions for the month of January:
Roll Over Exhibitions:
Chantal Akerman: Moving Through Time and Space
MAC@MAM presents the first major traveling exhibition in the United States of works by one of the great filmmakers or our time. The five projects of Moving through Time and Space span more than two decades of Akerman’s career, opening a window onto the permeable border between the creative domains of fact and fiction. October 16, 2008 – January 25, 2009. Tue. – Fri. 10am – 5pm. Sat. – Sun., Noon – 5pm. At Miami Art Museum’s Upper Level Gallery. 101 West Flagler St., Miami. 305.375.3000 or www.miamiartmuseum.org
Yinka Shonibare, MBE: A Flying Machine for Every Man, Woman and Child
Yinka Shonibare, MBE, British-born of Nigerian parents, is best known for installations and photographs reflecting the legacy of 19th century colonialism. He creates mise-en-scénes of headless mannequins in Victorian attire of wax-printed African fabrics, produced in Britain and the Netherlands.The missing identities play into his fashion/fabric/production correlations. October 31,2008 – January 18, 2009. Tue. – Fri. 10am – 5pm. Sat. – Sun., Noon – 5pm. At Miami Art Museum’s New Work Gallery. 101 West Flagler St., Miami. 305.375.3000 or www.miamiartmuseum.org
Objects of Value
Revolving around the cultural importance of materials such as silver, diamonds, gold, this exhibition combines works from the permanent collection with works on loan from various sources throughout North America and Europe. Objects of Value is organized by Miami Art Museum and curated by Associate Curator Rene Morales. November 21, 2008 – February 22, 2009. Tue. – Fri. 10am – 5pm. Sat. – Sun., Noon – 5pm. At Miami Art Museum’s New Work Gallery. 101 West Flagler St., Miami. 305.375.3000 or www.miamiartmuseum.org
Deal or No Deal
Kevin Bruk gallery’s first solo show of Mika Tajima, Deal or No Deal, is an examination of field transactions and negotiations featuring abstract shapes, sculptural forms and spatial dividers in an interestingly installed space. November 18, 2008 – January 7, 2009. Tue – Fri., 10am – 6pm. Sat., Noon – 5pm. At Kevin Bruk Gallery 2249 NW 1st Place, Miami, FL 33127. 305.576.2000 or www.kevinbrukgallery.com.
Title image for 30 Americans at The Rubell Family Collection.
Actually including the work of 31 Americans, 30 Americans primarily represents “a critical mass of emerging African-American artists.” Having spent the last three years extensively researching and purchasing for this exhibition The Rubell Family Collection serves to locate many artists within their influences and offer the most concise portrait of contemporary African-American art that their physical, financial and intellectual limitations allow. December 3, 2008 – May 30, 2009. Wed. – Sat., 10am – 6pm. At The Rubell Family Collection, 95 NW 29 St., Miami, FL 33193. 305.573.6090 or www.rubellfamilycollection.com
Anri Sala: Purchase Not By Moonlight
The first major museum exhibition by Albanian artist Anri Sala features films from the late 1990s to the present along with photographs and sculptures that explore a dialogue about the interplay of the works with space and time. Co-organized by the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), Cincinnati and Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami the exhibition is sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. December 3, 2008 – March 21, 2009. Tue, Thur, Fri & Sat., 11am – 5pm. Wed. 1pm – 9pm. Sun. Noon – 5pm. At Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Joan Lehman Building, 770 NE 125 St., North Miami, FL 33161. 305.893.6211 or www.mocanomi.org
The Possibility of an Island
Taking the novel “The Possibility of an Island” as its point of departure the exhibition poses existential questions exploring the poetic and philosophical aspects of science fiction and science fact. December 4, 2008 – March 21, 2009. Wed. – Sat., Noon – 5pm. At MOCA Goldman Warehouse. 404 NW 26th St, Miami. 305.573.5411 or www.mocanomi.org
Pedro Reyes: 47 Undertakings
Borne of a different approach to the practice and viewing of art, Reye’s sculptural forms illustrate ideas concerned with spatial negotiation and social conditioning. This is Silvia Karman Cubina’s first curated exhibition as the museums new Director/Curator. December 4, 2008 – March 1, 2009. Tue. – Sat., 10am – 5pm; Sun., 11am – 5pm. At Bass Museum of Art 2121 Park Ave., Miami Beach. 305.673.7530 or www.bassmuseum.org
Rad Moon Rising
In association with Deitch Projects Bas Fisher Invitational is presenting sixteen artists from Portland, Oregon, curated by Nathan Howdeshell of the band “The Gossip.” The show for February will be announced the first week of January. December 4, 2008 – January 10, 2009. By appointment only. At Bas Fisher Invitational, 180 NE 39th St.,Suite 210, Miami FL 33137-3648. www.basfisherinvitational.com
Last of the 2008 Ed Young Murals at Locust Projects.
Loriel Beltran (exhibition is as yet untitled – this is the artist’s name)
Loriel Beltran, a Miami based artist represented by Fredric Snitzer Gallery who makes layered sculptural forms out of paint will have a solo show in Locust’s main space whilst Mike Swaney, a Canadian artist currently working out of Spain, will show in the project room. January 10 – February 28. Thur. – Sat., Noon – 5pm. At Locust Projects, 105 NW 23rd St., Miami. 305.576.8570 or www.locustprojects.org
OPENING RECESSION! – $499.99
In the spirit of our current financial times, the Spinello Gallery will be having an “Opening Recession!” on Saturday, January 10th, where you can acquire a piece of art from your favorite Spinello Gallery artists and local Miami friends for ONLY, $499.99! (offer expires: 01/12/09). January 10 – 12. Wed – Sat., Noon – 5pm & by appointment. At Spinello Gallery. 2294 NW 2nd Ave., Miami. 305.573.1963 or www.spinellogallery.com
Title image for Guerra de la Paz’s OTHERWORLD at Carol Jazzar Contemporary Art
Puppet masters of the contemporary arts Cuban born American collaborative, Guerra de la Paz breathe life into their sublime appreciation for form with anthropomorphic sculptures and installations characterized by vibrant colors and bucolic elegance. Inspired by the ready-made they honor contemporary culture with their references to traditional disciplines, historic themes and classic icons. January 16 – March 24. Sat. – Sun. 1pm – 6pm & by appointment. At Carol Jazzar Contemporary Art, 158 N 91st St., Miami. 305.490.6906 or www.cjazzart.com
For this group exhibition, honor students from Florida International University respond in a variety of mediums to Shapeshifter, Dorsch Gallery’s Art Basel Miami Beach exhibition in which 10 artists dealt with themes of perception. January 17 – 25. Tue – Sat., 11am – 6pm. At Dorsch Gallery 151 NW 24th Street Miami. 305.576.1278 or www.dorschgallery.com
A Perfect Human
Curated by Milena Hoegsberg and Megha Ralapati this exhibition deals with the impossibility of perfection and takes its influence from The Perfect Human, a short film by Jorgen Leth that was revisited in a documentary entitled The Five Obstructions in which Lars Von Trier challenged Leth to remake his original film five times. January 31 – February. Tue – Sat., 11am – 6pm. At Dorsch Gallery 151 NW 24th Street Miami. 305.576.1278 or www.dorschgallery.com
600 Years of Africa: From Benin to Contemporary
African Art expert Peter Herrman will curate an in depth look at Benin (West African) art ranging from ancient artifacts through to contemporary works. The exhibition features sculptures from Benin including a life-sized Bronze head (circa 1400) to the works of artists such as Peter Beard and Leni Riefenstahl. Its is a rare occasion that a gallery in Miami will have a show of this magnitude. January 31- March 21. Tue. – Sat., 11am – 6pm. At Wolfgang Roth & Partners Fine Art, 201 NE 39th St., Miami. 305.576.6960 or www.wrpfineart.com
In addition to gallery exhibitions there are also already whispers of a number of significant developments, the advents of which promise to mean big news for Miami art:
In the Design District, prominent collectors and philanthropists Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz plan to open a new venue for their collection which is currently housed in their famous ‘art house’ on Biscayne Bay. Opening sometime this year it will be one of the very first large public collections to open in the immediate area. Also in the Design District, Bas Fisher Invitation will remain open, continuing their programming with a new exhibition in February to be announced this month.
In the Wynwood Art District Miami-based collective FriendsWithYou will be breaking ground with their new studio in just a few months. Reported to be a multi-disciplinary creative workshop it will the first time that the duo will have been able to produce everything from print graphics to sculptures under one roof. The studio will of course be open to the public. Also in Wynwood recipients of a Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Partnership Award, LegalArt, plan to open new offices together with 18 live/work studios for local and visiting artists.
And finally in education, real estate magnate Craig Robins is rumored to be opening The Anaphiel Foundation, an educational facility destined for Miami’s Design District. With a host of potential Directors including John Baldessari, Bonnie Clearwater, Samuel Keller, David A. Ross and Robins himself, it promises, should it come to fruition, to be a welcome and edifying edition to the South Floridian arts community.
Miami is city where anything is increasingly possible, a place where ideas catalyzed by passionate philanthropists crystallize into figuration moments after they have been dreamt up. Teetering on the brink of cultural importance yet ultimately set apart from the rest of the United States by surrounding oceans and a long peninsula whose climate of topical heat and hurricanes are about as discouraging to the pursuit or preservation of art as one can imagine, Miami is an improbable gem. As each year begins we feel closer to our goals, but also to the ever present reality of abandonment. Nevertheless, as each year passes we grow stronger, bigger and better positioned to blow the lingering supposition that we are nothing but a party town right out of our crystal blue waters[.]
Many thanks to Miami Modern Luxury Magazine who for their combined Jan/Feb edition Thomas Hollingworth generated many of these listings. Also apologies to anyone we left out – please inundate us with your listings for February!