ICA Miami's Art + Research Center is the first museum-based research department in South Florida focused on theoretical inquiry. A major component of the A+RC will include free public lectures geared towards fostering robust dialogue with the general public and life-long learners. Admission is free with RSVP.
Common Field, a national visual arts organizing network, with Miami arts organizations BFI (Bas Fisher Invitational), Cannonball, Dimensions Variable, and Locust Projects will host the annual Common Field Convening from October 20-23 in Miami, Florida. The 2016 Convening brings together 350+ local and national organizers to explore arts organizing in a time of accelerated capitalism. Well-known for the hyperluxury commercial market fueled by Art Basel, Miami is home to a robust network of artist and cultural organizations devoted to critical practice and experimental production. The 2016 Common Field Convening will connect national arts organizers and locals from Miami’s artist-run spaces and centers, alternative spaces, and independent artists’ projects at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. Convening topics will focus on how artist-run and artist-centered organizations survive and sustain in our current times, which require new practices for adjusting to rapid shifts in technological, environmental, economic, social and political forces.
ArtsUnited, a nonprofit gay and lesbian arts organization and the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Miami presents 6 x 6 – Six Artists with Six Pieces of Art Each at the U of M Art Gallery in the Wynwood Building. ArtsUnited was founded in 1999 in response to the growing need of local LGBT artists for an interactive and supportive working environment. Curated by Jeff Larson, past president of ArtsUnited and a lecturer at the University of Miami. Each artist portrays a different and unique voice that starts a conversation with the other artists included in the show.
Classically trained as a figurative painter, Abiy T. Frew pushes the limits of representation and paint to maximize their expressive potential. Surfaces are built up and scraped down; pigment is applied in gentle washes or with aggressive strokes. In the context of a global refugee crisis, Frew’s latest series at The Studios of Key West, “IN/VISIBLE” starts with the notion of chiaroscuro (“light and shadow”) and explores the personal and political dimensions of displacement, absence and belonging.
Selections from the Armory Art Center features new or unseen work by 41 talented artists that are current faculty at the Armory Art Center. After a group of inspired citizens saved the historic, art deco Armory building in West Palm Beach’s Flamingo Park neighborhood, the Cultural Council assisted in the founding of the Armory Art Center, which opened to the public in 1986. The Armory Art Center’s mission is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, youth art camps, outreach and special events. Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered each year including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture. In addition, several exhibitions are hosted annually in four galleries.
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The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) presents Liquid Sensibilities. The title of the exhibition makes an allusion to the reflections of the contemporary world Zygmunt Bauman introduced in Liquid Modernity, his renowned book. The Polish-born sociologist states that we live in an era of instantaneity. In contrast to the old order, which showed greater attachment to the idea of durability, Bauman uses the metaphor of "liquidity" to refer to the nature of this new phase in the history of modernity. "By reversing the curatorial process, the Grants & Commissions Program works as a diagnostic study of various topics that occupy and preoccupy the Latin American scene," explained Eugenio Valdes Figueroa, Director and Chief Curator at CIFO. "It also emphasizes its laboratory component because it is built upon the hypothesis arising from the personal inquiries of each artist that are somehow connected by the regions they represent."
Noguchi Breton (F.K.A. Versace Versace Versace) is proud to present 10,000 Island Spiral an exhibition of 2D and 3D objects byKöln based artist Jessica Gispert. Traditionally, materials create objects and those objects are given significance through the functions and relationships we assign them. Often these materials experience an un-definable transience during their journey into object-hood, like setting glue or raw food. In 10,000 Island Spiral, we are given a window into Gispert’s entropic formal metamorphosis through physical misuse and mimesis. Object/materials loose their footing and exist side by side with other similarly challenged objects, manifesting meaning through a multitude of signifiers both relational and serendipitous.
A.E. Backus and Florida’s Highwaymen: History, Commerce and Art--on view the FAU University Galleries--brings to the public new scholarly insights into the work of “Bean” Backus, Florida's preeminent landscape painter, and the Highwaymen, 26 African-American artists, influenced to varying degrees by Backus. The project centers on an exhibition of selected original Backus works owned by Florida Atlantic University and an approximately equal number of Highwaymen paintings of regional collectors. Public lectures and gallery talks by Florida-based humanities scholars will inform visitors of the social, historical, and political milieu of these artists. A panel discussion among several contemporary African-American visual artists will critically examine and offer fresh perspectives on the content, stylistic renderings, and aesthetics of these paintings.
National YoungArts Foundation presents “Mouthwater,” a multi-generational exhibition of alumni works curated by Robert Chambers and held in the YoungArts Gallery, 2100 Biscayne Blvd., 1st & 2nd Floors. The exhibition will feature the work of 20 YoungArts alumni:
ERIC CLARKE RHEIN | 1980
NICOLE EISENMAN| 1983
NAOMI FISHER | 1994
HERNAN BAS | 1996
DANIEL ARSHAM | 1999
CHERYL SMITH | 2007
LEE HEINEMANN | 2011
PALOMA IZQUIERDO | 2014
SEBASTIAN RUIZ | 2014
ANAIS PEREZ | 2015
MARK FLEURIDOR | 2015
RYAN YALE | 2015
JACKSON MCGRATH | 2015
PALOMA VALENCIA | 2015
MIKAYLA BROWN | 2015
RACHEL LONDON | 2016
LEONARDO BACAN | 2016
TERRI OGWULUMBA | 2016
CORNELIUS TULLOCH | 2016
NADIA WOLFF | 2016
"Political Sideshow 2016: From “Bitch” to (Big) “Nuts” and Beyond" is an exhibition at the FAU University Galleries presenting election campaign paraphernalia and contemporary artworks by Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung, Pip Brant, Jamilah Sabur and Veronica Mills, Aurora Molina & Randy Burman examining the current presidential campaign as the “sideshow” to the main electoral event. It samples the vivid, angry, accusatory, often bigoted, vulgar and offensive merchandise and internet images and memes produced in response to the 2016 election. This exhibit does not encompass the entire range of available content, but features those that address social status factors, including race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexuality, age, religion and class, speaking to the ways these issues are at play in the election. The hope is to further ongoing public discussion about engaged citizenship, civil discourse, democratic values, social justice, community amidst differences, and the past, present and future of what is commonly understood as a shared American dream of equality, freedom and prosperity.
AN IMAGE--on view at ArtCenter/South Florida--functions as a stage upon which the logic of the image is dismantled through a series of objects, talks, screenings, performances, and reading groups by Thom Andersen, Armen Avanessian, Jonathan Beller, Enrique Castro-Cid, Sally Cruikshank, Black Radical Imagination, Harun Farocki, Alan Gutierrez, (Human) Learning, Barbara Kasten, Oliver Laric, Deborah Levitt, Heinrich Mueller-Dataphysix Renormalon, Gerald Nestler, Suzan Pitt, Alan Poma, Lucy Raven, Oskar Schlemmer, Manuel Shvartzberg and The Otolith Group. Exhibition design inspired by an archival interpretation of ARQUITECTONICA‘s Pink House. Curated by Domingo Castillo & Natalia Zuluaga.
The Vesper Project, on display at the Lowe Art Museum, is the culmination of New York City-based Titus Kaphar’s intensive engagement with the imaginary history of the Vespers, a 19th-century New England family who were able to "pass" as Caucasian despite the fact that their mixed heritage made them black in the eyes of the law. Linking the artist to this family is Benjamin Vesper, a mentally troubled man who—inspired by one of Kaphar’s works—reaches out to the artist for help in reconstructing his family’s history. The resulting project interrogates notions of identity, memory, and social constructs.
Headlining the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum’s Art Basel Season for 2016, Narciso Rodriguez: An Exercise in Minimalism will feature designs by Cuban-American fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez as well as never-before-seen archival materials, original sketches, video and works of art, selected by the designer to showcase the influence of the visual arts on his creations. The exhibition features 40 garments and purses, along with works of art that illustrate how minimalism in Narciso’s hand is a powerful and expressive force that challenges the viewer to reconsider the form and purpose of a garment. Alex Gonzalez, the Creative Director of ELLE Magazine co-curates the exhibition, in partnership with the Frost’s curator Klaudio Rodriguez.
Pink Noise: Flexing the Frequency, on view at Girls' Club, demonstrates the prevalence of the feminine association of the color pink in contemporary art and life. Works by contemporary artists in the collection of Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz - and beyond - embody the current ambivalence about pink, either embracing it and amplifying its message or rejecting it as limiting, outdated and trite. The artists in Pink Noise produce works in a diverse range of media: photography, painting, performance, fiber art, drawing and sculpture. The more than 30 artists re-define traditionally "female" topics such as motherhood, performance, identity and objectification with a skeptical and discerning eye; and take on new topics once considered outside the female domain.