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WMODA Museum Wins 2021 Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Award

WMODA Museum Wins 2021 Tripadvisor Travelers' Choice Award

Visual Arts

Published 9/7/21

“Glass is hot and ceramics are cool at WMODA”, says Louise Irvine, the Executive Director & Curator. “We aim to fire your imagination with our amazing collection of studio glass by Dale Chihuly and other modern masters. Our exhibitions, events, and scavenger hunts explore art, culture, fantasy, and nature through the lens of pottery and porcelain artists. Thank you to the dedicated WMODA team who work so hard to make our museum a sanctuary for art in these challenging times.”The Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts celebrates the fired arts of ceramics and glass including beautiful pottery and porcelain art from the 18th century to the present. The world-class collection showcases the work of British pioneers, such as Josiah Wedgwood and Sir Henry Doulton, as well as leading glass designers from the Art Nouveau and Art Deco eras including René Lalique.Journey on A Safari for the Soul exploring Ardmore Ceramic Art from South Africa. Celebrate the art of having fun in the …

On The Samara's Wing

On The Samara's Wing

Visual Arts

Published 9/2/21

Curated by The Frank’s Chief Curator Taryn Möller Nicoll, On The Samara’s Wing features works by John Alleyne, Edouard Duval-Carrié, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Rhea Leonard, T.Elliot Mansa, Lisyanet Rodriguez, and Onajídé Shabaka. The exhibition will debut on Thursday, October 21st at 6 PM. The opening reception will feature a special performance by Haitian singer and guitarist Inez Barlatier at 7 PM. This event and admittance to The Frank is free and open to the public. Complimentary refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served at the reception. Mask-wearing at The Frank is strongly encouraged. The Frank is proud to partner with Green Space Miami, a new art space established by the Green Family Foundation, focused on centering marginalized stories in a space for dialogue. Green Space Initiative grant recipient Alma Leiva will exhibit her photography series Celdas in The Third Space Gallery at The Frank. Leiva’s works will remain on view for the duration of On The Samara’s …

THINGS TO DO IN MIAMI: 10 OF OUR FAVE ART & CULTURE EVENTS!

THINGS TO DO IN MIAMI: 10 OF OUR FAVE ART & CULTURE EVENTS!

Visual Arts

Published 8/30/21

1 - WYNWOOD ART WALK:Attention all you art lovers out there! Take a walk on the Wynwood side! This awesome event takes place on the Second Saturday of every month. It features art dealers, galleries, collections, artist studios, alternative art spaces, and dining hot spots, strengthening the concept of a true art district and boosting Miami's international image. Thousands of people, looking for fabulous things to do in Miami, crowd the streets to have a great night out and enjoy the Miami Art Scene. You should be one of them!Just north of downtown Miami, between 23st and 30th streets and NW 2nd Ave.www.wynwoodmiami.com2 - PEREZ MUSEUM MIAMI:Do you like your museums “modern” and with a “global flare?” Have we got the museum for you! Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) is a modern and contemporary art museum dedicated to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries. This fab museum serves our diverse South Florida population, where a unique confluence …

Picks of the Week: Art, Food, and More...

Picks of the Week: Art, Food, and More...

Visual Arts

Published 8/20/21

HISTORY FORT LAUDERDALE: NEW RIVER OPEN AIR MARKETThrough August 29thSet along the banks of the New River under the shade of historic live oaks, the Open Air Market features more than 52 vendors offering a selection of curated locally made crafts, farm-fresh vegetables, fresh-baked bread and pastries, specialty plants including orchids and succulents, organic food, natural health and beauty products and more. Gourmet bites and beverages will be available to purchase onsite. Live music and a tattoo artist will add another artistic dimension to this community event. More event details here.IS PROJECTS: INTO THE FOLDThrough August 21st Into the Fold highlights a series of eleven artists’ books and the artists who made them. Each book is the result of a collaboration between the artist and a printmaking and book arts studio, IS Projects, made possible through their artist book publishing program, Existent Books. Viewers can get up close and personal with handmade, limited-edition …

Rollins Museum of Art 2021 Exhibitions & Events

Rollins Museum of Art 2021 Exhibitions & Events

Visual Arts

Published 8/19/21

Rollins, founded in 1885 and Florida’s oldest liberal arts college, has embraced donations from some of the country’s most dedicated art advocates, garnering a collection of over 5,700 works. From Thomas Gainsborough to Bloomsbury artists and Warhol, to some of today’s cutting-edge talent such as Julie Mehretu, Shirin Neshat, and Hank Willis Thomas, the museum’s holdings reflect a global, diverse roster with a sizeable American collection, a forward-thinking contemporary collection and the only European Old Master paintings in the Orlando area.The last decade, in particular, has marked tremendous transformative growth for the museum, including 900 new works added to the collection, a significantly expanded exhibitions calendar, an over-quadruple increase in yearly visitors, and a triple increase in student involvement, underscoring the museum’s unique teaching mission. Fundraising and support have grown sevenfold, as visibility and awareness continue to expand; the museum has …

Picks of the Week: Art Exhibits, Film and More...

Picks of the Week: Art Exhibits, Film and More...

Visual Arts

Published 8/6/21

BAILEY CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER: CAMOUFLAGE - PATTERNS OF DISRUPTIONThrough September 23rdPatterns of Disruption curated by Lisa Rockford brings together a group of diverse artists that utilize the language of “camouflage,” via colorful amalgamations of prints, patterns, textiles, and minimalist aesthetics to represent their unique voices. As camouflage has been used for self-protection by manipulating and disguising materials, patterns, and coloration for concealment, these artists have similarly created complex compositions with contradictory combinations and plays of figure and ground. More event details here.(Photo: Patterns of Disruption)BROWARD ART GUILD: ART SQUARED EXHIBITAugust 7th at 4:30 pmYou don’t have to be square to see this exhibit but you will see artwork in square and cubed formatting. Paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and jewelry will be on display. Stop by to meet the artists and cast your ballot for the People's Choice Award. More …

Into the Fold: Collaborative Book Arts in South Florida

Into the Fold: Collaborative Book Arts in South Florida

Visual Arts

Published 6/22/21

Viewers can get up close and personal with handmade, limited-edition artists’ books and gain an in-depth view of how artists working in varied media take on the challenge of manifesting their concepts and visual language into a book form.Existent Books is a semi-annual publishing initiative established in 2015, which brings artists to IS Projects to experience fine art printmaking, letterpress printing and fine book binding. These artists then design an artists’ book that IS Projects’ staff produces by hand, taking inspiration from all the techniques that the studio has come to offer: screen printing, relief, intaglio, letterpress, foil stamping, die-cutting, pop-ups, and more. Existent Books is unique in that it specifically publishes limited edition handmade artists’ books produced with traditional printing and binding techniques. With a mission focused on building awareness and breaking down barriers to entry in artists’ book publishing and collecting, the Existent Books …

Picks of the Week: Art, Festivals, and More...

Picks of the Week: Art, Festivals, and More...

Visual Arts

Published 6/11/21

DEERING ESTATE: SPRING CONTEMPORARY - HOMEMAKINGThrough June 13thThe exhibition explores the notions of home, identity, site and community - and these concepts as a precursor to the centennial celebration of the Stone House. Homemaking brings together a group of works that take a variety of approaches in considering what makes a house a home. The exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, photography, performance and sound installations that each considers the site as a domestic space, filled with memories, identities, and histories. More event details here.DANCE NOW! MIAMI: COLONIALISM AND CONVERSOS - A CONVERSATION THROUGH DANCEJune 13th at 2:00 pmJoin Dance NOW! Miami for an afternoon of dance— live, and in-person at JMOF-FIU, featuring the company’s newest work “Anusim, what is hidden is never lost.” “Anusim” is a commentary on the story of the Jews of Portugal during the inquisition of 1497 and the decree of King Manuel I allowing Jews to remain in Portugal as “New …

Picks of the Week: Museum Month

Picks of the Week: Museum Month

Visual Arts

Published 5/21/21

STUDIOS OF KEY WEST: LETTY NOWAK ART EXHIBITIONThrough May 27thThe past year has pulled Nowak’s attention in a hundred different directions—a new gallery and a new baby—for starters. As always though, her painting practice has been a constant. With her latest endeavor JAG Gallery off the ground, Nowak is ready to once again share her own incredible work with the community. More details here.(Photo: Letty Nowark)NSU ART MUSEUM: IKÉ UDÉ SELECT PORTRAITSThrough January 9th 2022The exhibit includes a selection of full-length portraits including works from his Sartorial Anarchy and Nollywood (Nigerian film industry) portraits as well as recent portraits. Sartorial Anarchy portraits feature the artist, himself, dressed in varied costumes across geography and time, exploring a world of dualities: photographer/performance artist, artist/spectator. Conversant with the world of fashion and celebrity, Udé gives conceptual aspects of performance and representation a new vitality, melding …

Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Prepares for “The Obama Portraits Tour”

Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Prepares for “The Obama Portraits Tour”

Visual Arts

Published 5/18/21

“The Obama Portraits Tour” will commence in Chicago June 18th and will continue across the United States through May 30, 2022, before returning to Washington. This is one of several national initiatives set by the Portrait Gallery to engage communities in the power of portraiture. Visitors hoping for a last look at the portrait of Michelle Obama before its departure can view the painting, alongside the featured gown designed by Michelle Smith’s label Milly, through May 23 as part of the special exhibition “Every Eye Is Upon Me: First Ladies of the United States.” Free, timed-entry passes for all ages in accordance with social-distancing policies can be reserved at si.edu/visit/passes. Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of former President Barack Obama is no longer on display and will be next exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago when the tour begins.From the moment of their unveiling in February 2018, the Portrait Gallery’s commissioned portraits of the Obamas have inspired …

The Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts: World-class Collection of Ceramic Art and Studio glass in South Florida

The Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts: World-class Collection of Ceramic Art and Studio glass in South Florida

Visual Arts

Published 5/11/21

In addition to a vast collection of 19th and 20th century British pottery and porcelain from factories such as Wedgwood and Royal Doulton, the Wiener Museum displays works by contemporary ceramic artists from the UK and South Africa.A spectacular collection of Dale Chihuly’s work is exhibited in the Hot Glass gallery at WMODA along with works by other great glass artists in the Art on Fire exhibit, including William Morris and Toots Zynsky. Recent glass installations include Constellations, a dazzling display of Windstars by Rob Stern. WMODA also hosts an exciting program of exhibitions, including Fantastique which explores the enchanted world of ceramic art, Carnival & Cabaret which celebrates the art of having fun, the Art of Tea, which presents the ritual of afternoon tea, and A Safari for the Soul, exploring Ardmore Ceramic Art from South Africa.CARNIVAL & CABARETThis entertaining exhibit explores the flamboyant festivals in Venice, Rio and New Orleans as seen by …

CELEBRATE NATIONAL CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH WITH HISTORY FORT LAUDERDALE AND ISLAND SPACE

CELEBRATE NATIONAL CARIBBEAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH WITH HISTORY FORT LAUDERDALE AND ISLAND SPACE

Visual Arts

Published 5/10/21

The fine art exhibition, to be showcased in the New River Inn features imaginative, colorful portraits and slice-of-life scenery from local award-winning artists. An opening welcome reception will be held on Wednesday, June 9, from 6 – 8 p.m., including an in-person and Facebook Live Q&A with the artists.“It is an honor to work with Island SPACE, once again, to produce this culturally significant and visually thought-provoking fine art exhibit,” said Patricia Zeiler, executive director of History Fort Lauderdale. “We’re looking forward to welcoming visitors back to History Fort Lauderdale with this fascinating glimpse of the influencers, settings and local residents that helped shape island life.”This is the third staging in a multiyear initiative celebrating Broward County’s Caribbean heritage. The exhibit will spotlight the works of several Jamaican artist-contributors including photographer and curator David I. Muir sharing a selection of photos from his "Santiago …

History of Diving Museum

History of Diving Museum

Visual Arts

Published 5/10/21

The majority of the Museum’s artifacts were acquired by the Museum’s founders, Drs. Joe and Sally Bauer, two medical doctors with a fascination for diving history. They loved all aspects of the sport and attained expertise as marine biologists, aquarists and dive historians. After purchasing their first diving helmet in 1970, the Bauers researched the evolution of man’s entry into the sea with a focus on early history and technology, prior to the development of scuba. Over the next forty years, they assembled one of the world’s largest collections of equipment, documents, books, films, and videos related to diving. Their passion took them to virtually every corner of the globe, seeking out inventors and diving pioneers, tracking down artifacts, piecing together a comprehensive timeline to modern diving. The journey began in a pre-internet world forcing them to do in-person research and review of historical and scientific journals which helped them define the history of diving. …

100+ Teachers Enjoy Free Visit to Flagler Museum

100+ Teachers Enjoy Free Visit to Flagler Museum

Visual Arts

Published 4/6/21

Held in conjunction with the Palm Beach County School District's Spring Break week, educators from more than 60 local schools, as well as those teaching in virtual and home-school programs, enjoyed free admission from Tuesday, March 16th through Friday, March 19th.Each educator also received free educational resources to take back to their classrooms, as well as a special thank you gift. Teacher Appreciation Hours were generously underwritten by Templeton & Company."It was so wonderful to provide this retreat to teachers, who have been working in extraordinary circumstances this school year and deserve a giant thank you," said Allison Goff, Member and Visitors Services Director at the Flagler Museum. "The Flagler Museum is grateful to Templeton & Company for helping us to provide our classroom heroes with this opportunity to enjoy the beauty and elegance of our historical architecture and our collection of fine art." The Flagler Museum also welcomed approximately 200 children …

MOCA’S ‘LIFE AND SPIRITUALITY IN HAITIAN ART’ EXHIBIT: SIMPLE MATERIALS, EXCEPTIONAL VISION

MOCA’S ‘LIFE AND SPIRITUALITY IN HAITIAN ART’ EXHIBIT: SIMPLE MATERIALS, EXCEPTIONAL VISION

Visual Arts

Published 2/23/21

Don’t call these artists naive. It’s a patronizing term smacking of colonial arrogance.The works in “Life and Spirituality in Haitian Art: Selection from the Betty and Isaac Rudman Trust Collection” — on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami — offer a stylized portrait of Haiti, primarily in the 1940s and 1950s, by artists working with simple materials and exceptional vision. They depict the hardscrabble Caribbean nation with grace and pride.However, paintings such as these were once labeled “naive,” says exhibit curator Francine Birbragher. “This was a negative connotation,” she adds, arising from the artists’ lack of formal training and materials.Yes, the paintings often have the “flat” look common to artists unused to portraying their subjects with three-dimensional perspective. Although some paintings are by artists more skilled than others at depicting subjects realistically, she says, “In general, these artists are all self-taught. …

NSU Art Museum Store

NSU Art Museum Store

Visual Arts

Published 1/25/21

“Because of Covid, we accelerated all our virtual programming and services and the online store is now one of ways that we can better connect with and serve our ever-expanding audience,” said Bonnie Clearwater, NSU Art Museum director and chief curator. “We have also been well aware of the economic hardships that so many in our creative community have been facing this year and have increased the number of items we feature in the Museum Store by local artists and makers.”The store’s delightful selection of merchandise is curated to enhance the overall Museum experience and includes handcrafted jewelry, ceramics and textiles, distinctive accessories for home and office, toys, puzzles, t-shirts, handbags, limited edition art books for children and adults and exhibition catalogues. Shipping is available on all purchases.NSU Art Museum members receive 10% off on their purchases as well as a 20% discount during members double discount days. Through the Museum’s New Members …

ICA MIAMI IS BACK WITH ‘TOMÁS ESSON: THE GOAT’ EXHIBITION

ICA MIAMI IS BACK WITH ‘TOMÁS ESSON: THE GOAT’ EXHIBITION

Visual Arts

Published 11/10/20

“Tomás Esson: The GOAT,” the latest installation at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, is the Cuban painter’s first-ever solo museum presentation.Throughout three decades, Esson’s work has been called grotesque and challenging, and has been censored, with exhibitions being shut down in his native country. Since moving to the United States in 1990, Esson has lived between Miami and New York, and he has pieces in the permanent collections at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; and Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany, among others.The opportunity to support Esson with a solo exhibition at this transformational juncture in his career resonated with ICA Artistic Director Alex Gartenfeld.“Tomás is such an important artist who has been based in Miami on and off for almost 30 years. It’s so crucial to our mission to be able to support not just international …

The World of Anna Sui is Coming to NSU Art Museum

The World of Anna Sui is Coming to NSU Art Museum

Visual Arts

Published 10/15/20

The exhibition invites viewers to step inside Sui’s imagination to discover her creative process and the diverse influences that contribute to her signature aesthetic sensibility. The World of Anna Sui is organized by the Fashion and Textile Museum, London and is curated by Dennis Nothdruft.“Originally displayed at the Fashion and Textile Museum in 2017, The World of Anna Sui continues to highlight a fresh and engaging cultural perspective. The exhibition showcases a fashion designer who is not only highly creative and entrepreneurial, but also playful and positive,” said Nothdruft. “I’m delighted that as the exhibition continues to tour internationally, the joyous and influential work of Anna Sui will be celebrated among ever-greater audiences. After successful runs in Shanghai, Tokyo and New York, I’m very much looking forward to another exciting incarnation of The World of Anna Sui at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale.”Anna Sui said, “I am delighted to partner with NSU …

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale reopens September 15

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale reopens September 15

Visual Arts

Published 9/10/20

“We look forward to welcoming visitors back to enjoy our world-renowned facility, exhibitions and collections,” said Bonnie Clearwater, NSU Art Museum director and chief curator. “Art provides escape from the ordinary and helps us see the world in new and different ways. We hope our community will have the opportunity to experience this at the Museum.” Prior to NSU Art Museum’s public opening, Museum members, including NSU students, faculty, and staff, will be able to enjoy exclusive access to NSU Art Museum during Member Appreciation Days on Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13. To become a member, visit nsuartmuseum.org/join/. For the safety of visitors, staff and volunteers, there will be new health and safety guidelines in place, which include social distancing, reduced capacity, face coverings and enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols.  Several of the Museum’s current exhibitions have been extended. Happy! will now be on view through …

The Bass Reopens Sept 16

The Bass Reopens Sept 16

Visual Arts

Published 9/10/20

Following the safety standards issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), along with Miami-Dade County and City of Miami Beach guidelines, The Bass is prepared to welcome visitors back to the museum once again after closing in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With new policies in place to ensure the health and well-being of the museum’s guests and staff members, The Bass reopens with adjusted hours, new exhibitions, returning favorites and more.The museum’s adjusted opening hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Museum members are also invited to visit the museum during reserved members-only hours from Wednesday, September 16 to Sunday, September 20, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. daily, RSVP required.WHATS ON VIEWThe Bass is also pleased to announce the opening of new exhibitions and projects, as well as the return of previously over view exhibitions.Open Storage: Selections from the Collection On Long Term View …

Florida Holocaust Museum Announces Partnership with IDEx at USF

Florida Holocaust Museum Announces Partnership with IDEx at USF

Visual Arts

Published 7/9/20

The Florida Holocaust Museum has announced a new partnership with Dr. Davide Tanasi and his team from The Institute of Digital Exploration (IDEx) at the University of South Florida (USF) They will be capturing three dimensional interactive renderings of artifacts in the Museum's permanent collection, virtual gallery experiences, and more! USF IDEx is hard at work developing this new content and has already made five artifacts captured by the IDEx team using digital photogrammetry available for public view online.Digital photogrammetry is a technique that allows three-dimensional digital reconstruction of physical artifacts using a collection of high resolution photographs, a controlled light environment, and processed with specific software based on the pattern of recognition of algorithms.One of the artifacts that has been captured using digital photogrammetry is a pair of baby shoes from The FHM's permanent collection. This pair of tiny lace up baby shoes was worn by two-year-old …

NSU Art Museum Launches Online Collection with Access to Over 2,000 Works

NSU Art Museum Launches Online Collection with Access to Over 2,000 Works

Visual Arts

Published 7/2/20

It offers unprecedented access to over 2,000 of the 7,500 objects in its permanent collection. The online collection is part of the Museum’s efforts to enhance its digital resources and make them widely available to the public, scholars and students.“With our new online collection we are opening our doors even wider and inviting the world to explore the exceptional scope and depth of NSU Art Museum,” said Bonnie Clearwater, director and chief curator. “During the 1970s, the founders of the Museum sought to represent South Florida’s diversity in the art works collected and exhibited. The collection continued to grow with this goal in mind.”Today, NSU Art Museum is known for its significant collection of Latin American art, contemporary art with an emphasis on women, Black and Latinx artists, and African art that spans the 19th to the 21st-century, as well as works by American artist William Glackens, Danish artists who resisted German occupation during World War II and the …

March of Museums

March of Museums

Visual Arts

Published 2/22/20

Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee and the Florida Department of State announced the fourth annual “March of Museums” celebrating the variety and versatility of museums in Florida and the important services those museums provide to their communities.In 2017, the department piloted the March of Museums initiative with museums in Tallahassee, and in 2018 expanded to include 75 partner museums statewide. This year the initiative includes over 150 partner museums throughout Florida that showcase the vast and diverse array of museums that populate the Sunshine State.“The March of Museums initiative is a great platform for communities to foster heritage and cultural tourism to their local museums during the month of March,” said Florida Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee. “As Florida’s Chief Cultural Officer, I’m proud to see that the variety of museums participating in this year’s initiative ensures anyone who lives in or visits Florida can find a museum nearby that encourages …

‘THE OTHER SIDE OF NOW’ LOOKS TO THE FUTURE OF THE CARIBBEAN

‘THE OTHER SIDE OF NOW’ LOOKS TO THE FUTURE OF THE CARIBBEAN

Visual Arts

Published 8/27/19

The latest Caribbean-focused exhibit at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, “The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art,” assembles work by 14 artists from the region and its diaspora. The show takes a slightly different tack from exhibits delineating connections between Caribbean past and present. It considers the future, as well, particularly following recent natural disasters in the region. The Pérez has commissioned several new works for this exhibit. They include Lavar Munroe’s “Rehearsal for Reconstruction,” compelling for its translucent overlay of figures that mysteriously seem to shift in space, resisting predictable definition. “Certainly, a lot of people say that the Caribbean is ground zero for climate change,” says María Elena Ortiz, who curated this show in collaboration with scholar Marsha Pearce of University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago. However, Ortiz adds, “I was talking to an economist last year, and he was …

Beyond the Cape! Comics and Contemporary Art

Beyond the Cape! Comics and Contemporary Art

Visual Arts

Published 5/29/19

The artworks in this pioneering show making its world premiere at the Boca Raton Museum of Art take viewers on a deeper dive into adult realms, tackling some of today’s thorniest issues: politics, divisiveness, immigration, racial prejudice, planetary climate armageddon, feminism, LGBTQ rights, religion, gender, and more.Most assume comics are primarily intended for children, usually featuring super heroes as evidenced by today’s popular films – but this exhibition is decidedly for adults. The only references to superheroes in this show are by Renee Cox (whose Jamaican anti-racist avenger Raje does not wear a cape), and Luca Buvoli’s animation Not-a-Superhero.The show features more than 80 works by 40 artists: paintings, video, photography, sculpture, prints, drawings, and tapestries.Rare comics will also be shown, plus contemporary animation and rarely seen historic cartoons from the early 1900s on vintage TVs.“Beyond the Cape delves into the world of comics and graphic …

HOW COLOMBIAN ARTIST BEATRIZ GONZÁLEZ GOT SERIOUS

HOW COLOMBIAN ARTIST BEATRIZ GONZÁLEZ GOT SERIOUS

Visual Arts

Published 5/29/19

Leavening high-end irony with lightweight kitsch, González has painted an industrial-strength, restaurant-size tray with the cheery Sun Maid, using enamel to mimic commercial printing. Print media, including advertising and newspapers with sensational stories bearing headlines and captions such as “Murdered Woman at Lodging. Could Not Be Identified,” have long piqued the 80-year-old artist’s populist imagination.“Sun Maid” betrays no nuanced color akin to those found in icons of European art by Vermeer and Velásquez, whom González admired when studying art history in the early 1960s in her native Colombia. The tray itself matches the one cradled by the iconic “spokeswoman” for Sun-Maid Growers, a California-based dried-fruit processor known worldwide.The piece captures the artist’s wry sense of humor. Both spooky and cheery, González’s Sun Maid sports green teeth and green sclera, the white part of the eye. It is just one of many examples of the artist’s wit …

AT THE BASS MUSEUM, SHEILA HICKS’ FABRIC OF LIFE

AT THE BASS MUSEUM, SHEILA HICKS’ FABRIC OF LIFE

Visual Arts

Published 5/29/19

The exhibition “Campo Abierto (Open Field),” on view through Sept. 29 at the Bass museum in Miami Beach, is rich in surprises, but not all are the pieces flashy. Many of the works are muted in color and relatively flat. Hicks’ genius derives from her ability to masterfully evoke water currents (“Seal Beach,” “Pêcher dans la Rivière”), re-create the majesty and solidity of an ancient masonry arch (“Moroccan Prayer Rug”), suggest drips and misty veils (“Silk Rainforest”) and spin sensuous flow in “Menhir,” a luxuriant blend of braided and wrapped brown, gold, copper and blue. In one series of exquisitely subtle chromatic gradients she uses the deceptively simple technique of winding dyed linen yarns around rectangular stretchers. The exhibition spans five decades and presents an artist who’s constantly experimenting and whose aesthetic, though coherent, doesn’t follow a simple trajectory. Along with Lenore Tawney, Jack Lenor Larsen, …

FREE MUSEUM DAYS

FREE MUSEUM DAYS

Visual Arts

Published 9/10/18

2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139www.thebass.orgLast Sunday of every month, 2-4 pmActivities include art projects, scavenger hunts and prizes.12450 SW 152nd Street, Miami, FL 33177www.goldcoastrailroadmuseum.orgFirst Saturday of every Month101 W Flagler Street, Miami, FL 33130www.historymiami.orgSecond Saturday of every monthFamily Fun Day, with special activities for children all day.1933-1945 Meridian Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139www.holocaustmemorialmiamibeach.orgAdmission is always free61 NE 41st Street, Miami, FL 33137www.icamiami.orgAdmission is always freeGuided tours at 2 pm301 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139www.jmof.fiu.eduEvery Saturday, 10am-5pm980 MacArthur Causeway, Miami, FL 33132 www.miamichildrensmuseum.orgThird Friday of every month, 3-9 pm770 N.E. 125 Street, North Miami, FL 33161www.mocanomi.orgLast Friday of every month, 7-10 pmwith free jazz in the courtyard at 8 pm. Jazz at MOCA is South Florida’s longest running free outdoor jazz …

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