Art Week Events Position Miami Beach at Epicenter of Art World

By: CultureOwl
 Art Week Events Position Miami Beach at Epicenter of Art World

All eyes will be on Miami Beach from Nov. 29 – Dec. 5 as the urban island once again becomes the center of the art world with the annual Art Week Miami Beach.

“Art Week is an annual event like no other – the global convergence of art producers and afficionados in one of the most beautiful places on the planet,” said Mayor Dan Gelber. “Miami Beach is proud and excited to once again host this incredible gathering of top contemporary artists, galleries, and collectors and show why we are a year-round arts and culture destination.”

This year’s events feature new installments of the popular Art Basel Miami Beach (Dec. 2-4) with 4,000 artists from the world’s leading galleries on display at the newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Center as well as the city-curated No Vacancy, which matches 10 artists with 10 iconic Miami Beach hotels in a juried competition that features $25,000 in prizes, including a $5,000 public prize by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau and a $20,000 juried prize to be decided by local art experts. Winners will be announced on Dec. 9th.

Art Week Miami Beach will also feature diverse programming from monumental temporary public art installations by FriendsWithYou, Carlos Betancourt and the increasingly popular Miami Beach Legacy Purchase Program.

Art Outside Miami Beach is a public art exhibition curated by The Bass in collaboration with Art in Public Places to bring residents and visitors the opportunity to see and experience a network of public art throughout Miami Beach, including works by Elmgreen and Dragset, Joep Van Lieshout, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Zanele Muholi, Ugo Rondinone, Franz Ackermann, Jim Drain, Dan Graham, Sylvie Fleury, Lawrence Weiner, Bill Fontana and Susan Philipsz, among others.

The Miami Beach Legacy Purchase Program continues with Art Basel Miami Beach galleries participating in the 2021 Nova and Positions sectors. The program seeks to strategically expand Miami Beach’s public art collection by purchasing works that are aligned with the curatorial direction of the city’s existing collection and represent international artistic excellence as well as an investment value for the city’s Art in Public Places (“AiPP”) collection.

This year, the AiPP Committee will select three artworks to be offered for a public vote via online social channels (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30. Voting will be open for 24 hours and will close at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1. City officials will announce the results of the voting on Thursday, Dec. 2, with the winning artwork(s) being purchased by the city shortly thereafter.

Two temporary public art projects commissioned through Miami Beach OnStage! Will be displayed along Española Way. The installations are designed to guide and engage residents and visitors from Ocean Drive to the Drexel Avenue corridor. Artist collective FriendsWithYou will debut “Little Cloud Sky” (2021) on the east end of Española Way. The work was created to transport the viewer to a happy and joyful place. According to the artists, the little aerial clouds “will travel with you everywhere you go.”

On the west end of Española Way, Miami Beach art scene pioneer Carlos Betancourt, in collaboration with Alberto Latorre, created “Milagros!,” an ephemeral installation inspired by an old folk custom traceable to ancient Iberians who inhabited the coastal regions of Spain. The artwork includes hundreds of charms, presented as symbols of devotion, hope and healing.

Miami Beach Trolley

Due to an expected high number of visitors, the city encourages residents and visitors to move around town using the free citywide Miami Beach Trolley, which will have enhanced service for the duration of Art Week to reduce waiting times.. Trolleys will run on their regular schedule, Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to midnight and on Sunday from 8 a.m. to midnight.

The city will be offering Art Week Ambassadors on Thursday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 5 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at trolley stops located along Washington Avenue at 10 Street, Española Way and 18 Street as well as on Convention Center Drive and 18 Street. These cultural guides will offer residents and visitors information on the various Art Week art fairs, insight to the exhibits, maps on how the Miami Beach Trolley can get them there quickly and comfortably, and fun facts about the city.  

Click here to download the 2021 Art Week Miami Beach trolley guide.

Here is the complete list of events for Miami Beach Art Week 2021:

No Vacancy, Miami Beach | Multiple locations throughout Miami Beach | | Noon - 9 p.m., daily, self-guided tours

The City of Miami Beach presents the second edition of No Vacancy, a juried contemporary public art competition that celebrates 10 artists in 10 of Miami Beach’s famed hotels. The program will run through Dec. 9, 2021.

Art Outside | Multiple locations throughout Miami Beach | daily, self-guided tours

Art Outside is a public art exhibition presented by The Bass, in collaboration with City of Miami Beach Art in Public Places that offers residents and visitors the opportunity to see and experience a network of public artworks throughout Miami Beach.

SoundScape Park

400 17 St. | |10 a.m. – 11 p.m., daily

Bill Fontana’s “Sonic Dreamscape,” a sound and video installation commissioned by City of Miami Beach Art in Public Places.

SoundScape Park

400 17 St. | 8 p.m., Saturday - Sunday

Daata is delighted to present “Nameless Grace,” an exhibition of films by artists using classical music to challenge accepted wisdom and offer new perspectives. This curated presentation highlights both music and digital art’s astonishing capacity for transcendental experiences in the public realm.

The Bass

2100 Collins Ave. |

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.

On view: Naama Tsabar: “Perimeters,” “Alex Israel x Snapchat,” Abraham Cruzvillegas, Agua Dulce and “The Bazaar Project” at The Shop. Naama Tsabar works at the intersection of architecture and music, showing viewers how sound moves both through and beyond walls and buildings. For “Perimeters,” Tsabar will fuse elements from sculpture, music, performance and architecture and transforms the museum itself into a playable instrument. “Alex Israel x Snapchat,” a unique collaboration between the Los Angeles-based artist and Snap. Invited to work with Snap’s advanced augmented reality team to expand upon his multi-disciplinary practice, Israel has created five augmented reality (AR) experiences, each linked to one of his “Self-Portrait” paintings. “Five Lenses,” unleashed in your smartphone, overlay Snap’s groundbreaking AR onto Israel’s physical works to give viewers an entirely new experience. Extending from Collins Avenue along the central promenade of the park leading up to the museum entrance, Agua Dulce by Abraham Cruzvillegas, a large-scale sculptural installation, encompasses nearly 14,000 square feet. Commissioned by the museum, the project will bring the artist’s philosophy of autoconstrucción or self-construction, a practice of resilience and generosity, to The Bass’ Collins Park.

The Wolfsonian-FIU

1001 Washington Ave. | | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily (Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

The Wolfsonian-FIU presents a series of new exhibitions, “Shameless and Aerial Vision,” along with “Dominga’s Photo Studio,” a collaboration with the City of Miami Beach through its Open House program, “Lamborghini Countach: Our Legacy to the Future, Strange Objects, New Solids, and Massive Things, and SustainabItaly – People, Planet, Prosperity.” Riffing off The Wolfsonian's focus on design history, contemporary production, and art from around the world, Dutch designer and artist Bas van Beek opens a new chapter in our close relationship with the Netherlands in the provocative exhibition “Shameless.” Aerial Vision will explore how early 20th-century inventions — airplanes and skyscrapers, each considered the embodiment of human achievement and a harbinger of a better tomorrow — sparked an era of remarkable creativity and new systems of seeing the world. Met with awe and excitement, both technologies introduced novel approaches for living, working, and traveling and opened up previously inaccessible vertical perspectives to modern spectators, from artists and designers to urban planners and everyday office workers.

Jewish Museum of Florida – FIU

301 Washington Ave. | | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Wednesday - Sunday

“Hello Gorgeous,” an eclectic exhibition of costumes, photos, videos, record album covers and other objects, celebrating the life and work of Barbra Streisand. JMOF-FIU is the exclusive Southeast presenter of this exhibition that pays tribute to the iconic singer, actress, director, and producer. Other exhibitions include Martin Kreloff: “A Retrospective Exhibition and Festival of Lights.”

Miami Design Preservation League

1001 Ocean Dr. | | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., daily

“Morris Lapidus, I Did it My Way,” a 20-year retrospective on the Miami modern architect who helped create the postcard of Miami Beach.

Miami New Drama

1040 Lincoln Rd. | | 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4

“A Wonderful World,” a world-premiere musical about jazz legend and singular American icon Louis Armstrong, featuring songs recorded and made popular by Armstrong, and original book by Aurin Squire, the multitalented playwright and TV writer who was raised in Opa-locka (“This is Us,” “The Good Fight” and co-author of “Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy.”)

Miami Beach Regional Library

227 22 St. | | 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday-Saturday

“Art at the Library: Celebrating 50 Years of the Permanent Art Collection.” Art at the Library consists of works on paper, photographs, paintings, art books and small sculptures spanning five decades — from the 1970s to present. These photographs are a treasured part of the collection that forever preserve Miami at different points in history.

Miami Beach Botanical Garden — Collins Canal Walking Tour 

2000 Convention Center Dr. | | daily, self-guided tours.

This self-guided audio tour takes you along the Collins Canal from the botanical garden to the beach. Pick up the guide card at the facility entrance on Convention Center Drive.

Miami Beach Urban Studios – FIU

420 Lincoln Rd. |

“Time, Space, Existence”

6 p.m. panel discussion followed by reception, Monday

Panel discussion moderated by MBUS Director, John Stuart in conversation with Curtis Fentress, Claudis Busch & Gustavio Berenblum

Denise Scott Brown (4th floor design gallery)

1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Monday-Friday

A solo exhibition of photographs from Denise Scott Brown marking the architect, planner and theorist’s first solo exhibition.

“O" Cinema

1130 Washington Ave. | | Noon - 4 p.m., Saturday

“O Canada!” O Cinema and FilmGate present a Canadian explosion of interactive storytelling, from the cultural exchange project Miami/Montreal New Narratives Lab to virtual reality and interactive and livestreaming experiences.

Oolite Arts

924 Lincoln Rd. | | 10:30 a.m. – noon, Saturday

Explore the studios of Oolite's resident artists and get a curator-led tour of the group exhibitions “Common Space” and “Feels Like 97°.”

Holocaust Memorial

1933 Meridian Ave. | | daily

View Kenneth Treister’s Holocaust Memorial, an inspiring memorial created as a tribute to the six million Jewish victims of Nazi Terrorism.

North Beach Bandshell

7275 Collins Ave. | | 7 p.m., Monday

Yeshiva Elementary School, Miami Beach’s premier Jewish Day School, is proud to bring even more lights this Hanukkah to the South Florida community.

For more things to do in Miami during Miami Art Week, visit for our arts calendar!

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