Events: Visual Arts
Charles Gaines: 1992–2023
A new survey of acclaimed artist Charles Gaines opens at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) this November, tracing the evolution of the second half of his influential practice. Charles Gaines: 1992–2023 brings together for the first time more than 70 works from 1992 to the present day including two monumental works, one of which the artist is recreating for the first time in nearly two decades.
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Recognized as a pioneer of conceptual art, Gaines has been at the forefront of introducing language and systems into artistic production for decades. He is widely known for his use of translating mechanisms to convert images and documents into numerical structures, musical notation, and other sign systems. The ICA Miami exhibition highlights a pivotal shift in Gaines’s practice during the second half of his career, in which his work takes on even greater political and social dimension, incorporating materials abundant with preexisting cultural meaning. Among these are the Black Panthers’ manifesto as well as texts by Franz Kafka and Frantz Fanon, which have been channeled by the artist into complex formal and conceptual works. This radical approach has allowed Gaines to address the issues of race and identity politics in innovative ways that extend beyond representation. Simultaneously, Gaines began to combine different media, including video and sound, into his works.
The ICA Miami exhibition brings together for the first time a number of monumental works and series that demonstrate the evolution of Gaines’s approach to combining an array of materials–electronics, wood, acrylic, photographs–and transforming them into a distinct visual language. Among these is a monumental piece that is being recreated by Gaines for the first time in twenty years: Greenhouse (2003–2023) is a massive 12 by 16-foot sculptural enclosure wherein simulated atmospheric conditions identified with climate change are conflated with data visualizations of recorded temperature changes across the globe from the 15th century to the present. Another large-scale work, Falling Rock (2000–2023) is a sculpture in which a 65-lb chunk of granite drops in a randomized and sudden fashion, creating unexpected outcomes for the viewer each time. The artist is recreating these major works specifically for the ICA Miami exhibition.
The deeply complex and meticulous work of Charles Gaines (b., 1944, Charleston, South Carolina) has been included in significant exhibitions, including a survey of his early work, “Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974–1989,” organized by The Studio Museum in Harlem (New York), which later traveled to the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles). Most recently, his work has been presented in solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco) and Dia Beacon (New York). Gaines’s work is included in prominent public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles), Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco), and Tate (London), among others. In 2022, Gaines launched his most ambitious public art project yet, ‘The American Manifest’, presented by Creative Time, Governors Island Arts, and Times Square Arts.
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
61 NE 41st Street,
Gary Simmons: Public Enemy
Gary Simmons: Public Enemy is the first comprehensive career survey of the work of multidisciplinary artist Gary Simmons (b. 1964, New York; lives in Los Angeles). The most in-depth presentation of Simmons’s work to date, the exhibition covers thirty years of the artist’s career, encompassing approximately seventy works.
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Since the late 1980s Simmons has played a key role in situating questions of race, class, and gender identity at the center of contemporary art discourse. Notable for his early application of conceptual artistic strategies, Simmons exposes and analyzes histories of racism inscribed in US visual culture. Over the course of his career, Simmons has revealed traces of these histories in the fields of sports, cinema, literature, music, and architecture and urbanism, while drawing heavily on popular genres such as hip-hop, horror, and science fiction. Guided by an internal logic, his approach is cool, analytical, and unflinching in its interrogation of intense historical narratives, yet the results consistently deliver a strong emotional charge.
In this timely exhibition accompanied by a major exhibition catalogue and slate of related programs visitors will gain a holistic understanding of the complex and profoundly moving work of this groundbreaking and influential artist.
Pérez Art Museum Miami
1103 Biscayne Blvd,
History Fort Lauderdale
"Black Art, Black Artists Shaping Tomorrow's History," a new fine art exhibit, will anchor History Fort Lauderdale's Black History Month showcase. An annual homage, this new installment will feature works for show and sale from Dillard Center for the Arts' Advanced Placement (AP) students and instructors, from February 4 - 29. Curated by Dillard instructor Celestin Joseph, the exhibit of photography and studio art features creative re-imaginings and reflections of historical Black leaders, community icons, and hometown heroes. A meet and greet with the artists will take place on Sunday, February 4, at 1 p.m., at the New River Inn Museum of History building on History Fort Lauderdale's campus. "Black Art, Black Artists Shaping Tomorrow's History," will highlight a variety of styles and mediums reflecting African American culture, history and the arts as viewed through the lens of 12 youth. Featured pieces in the exhibition include works by AP students Selene Michel and Timothy Graham. Joseph received his master's in fine arts in painting from the University of Pennsylvania. He received a bachelor's in fine arts, cum laude, from the University of Hartford as a painting major, with an art history minor, and concentrations in printmaking and graphic design studies. Joseph also received a prestigious Yale/Norfolk Art and Music Scholarship to further his studies. Currently, he is teaching Advanced Placement studio art classes at his alma mater Dillard Center for the Arts where he has been strengthening the visual arts program since 1999. History Fort Lauderdale, proud steward of our community's past by making our heritage accessible and engaging to residents and visitors, hosts a variety of engaging multicultural experiences, year-round.
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It seeks to bring awareness to the community through both traveling exhibits and multiple permanent exhibits including "Women Trailblazers," "Fort Lauderdale - the Early Years," "The African American Experience," "Fashion & Musical Theatre," "From Dugouts to Dream Yachts: the story of boatbuilding along the New River," Seminole Arts & Culture," "New River Archaeology," "Viva Fort Lauderdale: Celebrating Hispanic Art & Culture," and, most recently, "Take PRIDE, a retrospective on LGBTQ life in South Florida." The nonprofit museum also hosts an artists' collective collaborative space. "Black Art, Black Artists Shaping Tomorrow's History" is sponsored by the following funds at the Community Foundation of Broward: Jan and Ed Crocker Unrestricted Fund, Leo M. and Alice J. Rutten Fund and The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation Broward Community Fund. Additional funding is provided, in part, by Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward County Cultural Council, and Visit Lauderdale. This organization is also sponsored by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts & Culture.
History Fort Lauderdale is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. with docent guided tours, daily, at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Group walking tours are available upon special request. Admission is $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and $7 for students (through age 22 with a valid student ID). Admission is free for members, military and children ages six and under.
Tickets are available online at History Fort Lauderdale Tickets. For more information about History Fort Lauderdale, please call (954) 463-4431 or visit us online at historyfortlauderdale.org.
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New River Inn
231 SW 2 Avenue,
Media Under Dystopia WISPer edition
The MUD Foundation announces Media Under Dystopia WISPer edition, an extended reality exhibition featuring projects by artists that delves into the relationship between the internet, extended reality (XR), and the democratization of art creation.
The exhibition will open with an opening reception, on November 29th at 7pm, (RSVP) which will kick off the Miami Art Week, when Miami becomes the center of the art world with over 20 art fairs, 1,200 galleries and thousands of artists and art lovers in town. The show will run online for six months until June 30, 2024.
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A hybrid exhibition with 25 local and international artistsThe WISPer edition combines physical and internet based artworks by 25 artists, exploring the internet as extension of their current practices. Visitors can experience and engage with artworks both in person and in a virtual realm, becoming active participants in the artworks themselves. This concept lies at the heart of the MUD Foundation's mission, to facilitate educational and artistic projects that foster awareness of contemporary digital culture and its impact on society.
The exhibition will run virtually on the MUD Foundation metaverse (MUD Verse) and on Loop.Onland.io, two XR platforms developed by the organization to host exhibitions and educational programs over the internet. These platforms feature real-time interaction and XR interfaces, utilizing augmented and virtual reality through a web browser. Since its launch in 2018, the MUD Foundation XR (XRCamp) programs have been featured by the Perez Art Museum Miami, De La Cruz Collection and Bakehouse Art Complex, among other institutions. In 2022, MUD Foundation received the Knight Foundation New Work Award for the development of the exhibition program Media Under Dystopia.
The participating artists in the exhibition include Gretchen Andrew, Connie Bakshi, Martin Carrillo, Leo Castaneda, Dhiren Dasu, Laurence de Valmy, Richard Garet, Jose Hernandez, Lans King, Rodolfo Peraza, Amelie Schlaeffer and Ariel Baron-Robbins, alongside LOOP artists in residence: Angie Amaro, BBraio, cha, Wenjun Chen, AdrienneRose Gionta, Inbar Hagai, Ibuki Kuramochi, Joelle McTigue, Zhou Peng, Denis Rovinskiy, David Sainte, Ryan Seslow and Match Zimmerman.
The WISPer edition unfolds as a co-creative lab, featuring progressive activities such as hands-on workshops, eTalks, and the XRCamp program. MUD aspires to evolve into a dynamic hub for art-tech-centered collaboration, both online and in-person.
350 Northeast 75th Street,,
Silhouettes: Image and Word in the Harlem Renaissance
The flourishing of literary, visual, and musical arts between the 1920s and '40s known as the Harlem Renaissance projected a new picture of Black life to the world. Silhouettes: Image and Word in the Harlem Renaissance considers the role of art in this movement, paying special attention to collaboration between artists and writers on illustrated booksâ€”works that reached a broad audience with stories and images that challenged demeaning stereotypes and asserted African Americans' capacity for self-determination.
Curated by Christopher Norwood, founder of Hampton Art Lovers, in consultation with Shawn Christian, professor of English at Florida International University, and Wolfsonian staff. Sponsored by Cowles Charitable Trust, Tamara L. Harris Foundation, and Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau Art of Black Miami.
1001 Washington Avenue,
Onajide Shabaka: Miami Walking Studio
Saturday, Feb 24, 2024 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM - English
Join artist Onajide Shabaka as he leads you on a Miami Walking Studio at MDC North Campus's Palmetum. This hidden garden will serve as your art studio for the day. Perusing the Palmetum, you'll see the natural environment and all that it holds through a new lens. You'll use its found items including leaves, twigs, and seeds, not only as inspiration, but also as artistic tools, applied in concert with more traditional tools and techniques, such as Polaroid photography, drawing, and charcoal, as you create your own unique works of art that you are invited to take home.
Miami Dade College's North Campus
11380 NW 27th Avenue,
Plunge into the Arts with Lee Brock
Wednesday, Feb 28, 2024 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM - English
Please join us for our Plunge Into The Arts Artist Open House featuring the work of Lee Brock, Wednesday, February 28th at 6:00pm at Plunge Beach Resort. Registration and your first glass of wine are complimentary!
Parking is $5 cash per vehicle, please pay at the Front Desk upon arrival.
About Lee (As told in Lee's words):
Artist Bio: My family is originally from Texas and my formative years were spent in the United States, Spain and Switzerland. I live in and have studios in Fort Lauderdale FL and in Provincetown
MA Education: California College of Arts and Crafts - Oakland, CA. / University of Texas - Austin, TX / The Arts Student League - NYC, NY / Provincetown Art Association and Museum - Provincetown, MA / Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill - Truro, MA / Fine Arts Work Center - Provincetown, MA / Broward College - Ft Lauderdale, MA Graduated 2013 with high honor from its Graphic Design Technology Program
Artist Statement: My artwork is an exploration of form, color, texture and visual movement through gesture. I like to have fun with the interplay of these elements. I am interested in how they create a visual language that transcends words. My process is intuitive and spontaneous. I begin each piece without a preconceived plan, allowing the materials to guide me.
Plunge Beach Resort
4660 El Mar Drive,
Noche de Arte Solo Exhibition Lila Lopez
Exciting News! I'm thrilled to announce my upcoming Solo Exhibition in honor of Women's History Month! Join me on March 4th 5-7 pm Opening day as I showcase an art collection celebrating the strength, empower and creativity of woman. Additional every Monday during the month of March I'll be present at the exhibition to activate the event by painting live. Please save the date, spread the word, and feel free to bring along friends and family.
Intercontinental Hotel Downtown Miami
100 Chopin Plaza,
Germane Barnes: Ukhamba
Mar 6, 2024 to May 26, 2024 - from 12:00 AM to 11:45 PM - English
Named after a type of African woven-wood basket, Ukhamba is a ten-foot-tall circular structure with four arched entrances, built of curved wooden elements stacked in horizontal layers. Its construction invites visitors to walk inside and congregate but allows the surrounding plaza and urban landscape to remain visible through the structure. Inspired by Barnes's time working abroad in South Africa, as well as in Miami, Ukhamba not only responds to Miami's sub-tropical climate but also unites architectural elements typical of diasporic communities of African and Caribbean origin. It comprises a pavilion that appears part basket, part traditional breeze wall.
Ukhamba is a space for reflection on our relationship to the built environment, urban design, its histories, and cultural memories. Barnes's pavilion continues the artists' exploration of themes of spatial identity, migration, the cultural influences of the African diaspora, and its contributions to classical architecture. Primarily using materials found in South Florida, the artist has focused on sustainability and has designed a structure in dialogue with the history and natural environment that surrounds it.
MDC's North Campus
11380 NW 27th Avenue,
Echoes of Elysium
Thursday, Mar 7, 2024 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM - English
Embark on Jennifer JL Jones' ethereal journey in "Echoes of Elysium" exhibition where abstract sensibilities harmonize with nature's essence in a new series of mixed media paintings.
Jennifer JL Jones's "Echoes of Elysium" art exhibition, opening on March 7, 2024, from 6 - 9 pm at New River Fine Art is a masterful testament to the artist's profound connection with nature. Jones offers more than a conventional art exhibition; the new artwork embodies a profound and harmonious dialogue between the artist and the natural world she passionately interprets on canvas.
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The vibrant hues she employs mirror the spectrum of colors found in nature's cornucopia of blooming floral, from the soft pastels of a springtime garden to the fiery reds of autumn leaves. At the heart of Jennifer JL Jones' "Echoes of Elysium" lies a thematic undercurrent of how we continually interpret relationships-a dynamic interplay between individuals, emotions, and the shared experiences that bind us collectively and separately.
Jones captures the essence of these relationships through a harmonious fusion of form and color, painting a visual symphony that mirrors the ebb-and-flow of nature and human connection, one that reaches beyond the present. An academic exploration that delves into the multidimensional facets of Jones' artistry, "Echoes of Elysium" present an opportunity for the artist to interweave the philosophical notion of embracing relationships (past and present), with a personal growth that traverses a metaphysical threshold.
Jones embarks upon a profound artistic journey that converges the concepts of Elysian paradigms, epic odysseys, and the intricate harmonies of botanical rhapsodies. The abstract floral canvases function as portals to an enigmatic realm-a harmonious convergence of nature's sublime beauty and profound inner contemplation.
"As you immerse yourself in her works, you'll find yourself transported to the heart of lush abstract gardens, where every stroke and shade pays homage to the intricate beauty of the world's evergreen splendors," says Lisa Burgess, President, New River Fine Art.
Through ethereal landscapes and transcendent color palettes, Jones invites viewers to contemplate a higher plane of existence-a realm beyond the mundane and superficial, where human experience exceeds the limitations of the physical world. In doing so, she sparks a conversation about the limitless potential for growth and transformation that resides within everyone.
Media Contact: Interviews with Jennifer JL Jones can be arranged by contacting, Gabriel Delgado, Operations Director at New River Fine Art.
High-resolution images and additional press materials are available upon request. About New River Fine Art: As one of South Florida's most prestigious fine art galleries, New River Fine Art presents original works and fine art prints from Impressionist, 20th Century, Post War and Contemporary Masters, Mid-Career and Emerging.
New River Fine Art
822 East Las Olas Blvd.,
Fort Lauderdale Florida,,
Opening Reception: From Darkness Comes Color
Friday, Mar 8, 2024 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM - English
The CAMP Gallery is pleased to present our latest exhibition From Darkness Comes Color, a solo exhibition featuring new and old works by German-based artist Dominik Schmitt.
The exhibition will be open to the public in our Miami gallery beginning March 8 and will run through March 29. The gallery will be hosting an opening reception on Friday, March 8, 2024 from 6 - 8 PM.
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This exhibition explores the adaptability of the human mind through the transformative power of color, while also serving as a display of Dominik Schmitt's progression of medium and style. From the depths of the darkness of his older, shadowy works, vibrant hues emerge, breathing life into his newer works, acting as a reminder of the future we can percieve, and can therefore change.
Curated by Gabe Torres.
From Darkness Comes Color is available for viewing in our North Miami gallery at 791-793 NE 125th St. from March 8 - March 29 2024.
The CAMP Gallery is open Tuesday - Saturday, 12 to 5 PM.
For more information, please reach out to email.
The Contemporary Art Modern Project
791-793 NE 125th,
Call for Abstracts
May 29, 2024 to Jun 1, 2024 - at 12:00 AM - English
Embrace the opportunity to be part of the Docomomo US National Symposium, themed "Streams of Modernity: Postwar to Postmodern,".
This unique symposium, a collaboration between Docomomo US and the Docomomo US/Florida chapter, promises an immersive experience into the diverse world of mid-century and postmodern architecture.
Submit your abstracts by Thursday, January 11, 2024, at 11:59 pm, for a chance to contribute to the exploration and celebration of architectural evolution. Our very own Associate Dean for Cultural and Community Engagement, John Stuart, serves on the host committee for this Symposium.