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Ordinary Americans by Joseph McDonough

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019 various times - English

GableStage Producing Artistic Director Joseph Adler and Palm Beach Dramaworks Producing Artistic Director William Hayes are pleased to announce that their companies will be working together to co-produce the world premiere of Ordinary Americans, a play by Joseph McDonough based on actual events in the lives of Gertrude Berg and Philip Loeb, stars of television’s groundbreaking sitcom, The Goldbergs, which premiered on CBS in 1949.

  • As previously announced, Ordinary Americans will be staged at PBD from December 6 - 29, 2019.
  • It will then move on to GableStage from January 18 - February 16, 2020.

Hayes will direct, and South Florida favorite Elizabeth Dimon will star as Berg. The rest of the cast and artistic team will be announced at a later date.

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“We’re thrilled to be working together and excited about bringing this play to both our audiences,” said Hayes and Adler in a joint statement. “We have enormous respect for each other’s work; we share the same views when it comes to the kind of theatre we want to be associated with. The DNA between the two theatres is very similar. We both try to pick plays that you won’t forget about when the lights come up, plays that people will still be talking about the next day. That’s our goal. If we can rattle the cage and maybe change someone’s viewpoint, that’s exciting. We also think that partnering is the right message to send to the community. We believe that theatres are collaborative rather than competitive, and this is a way to lead by example. It’s important to come together and show there’s a new way to think as theatre companies. And with Ordinary Americans, we have a meaningful story to tell the world that is particularly powerful at this moment in history.” It is believed to be the first co-production between two South Florida theatres.

The play is set in the early 1950s and centers on the tribulations faced by Berg and Loeb as they struggle to save their show, their careers, and their friendship in the face of McCarthyism, anti-Semitism, and the political climate of the country. Berg (1899 – 1966) was a seminal figure in American popular culture in the first half of the twentieth century and one of the most significant artists in television history, yet she is largely forgotten today. She was known to millions around the country as Molly Goldberg, a character she created for her 1929 radio show, The Rise of the Goldbergs, which aired first on NBC and later on CBS until 1945 (with a break between 1934 and 1938). In addition to starring as the matriarch of a Jewish family living in the Bronx, Berg wrote almost every script for the radio show and then for the TV series, which ran through 1957 on different networks. She was also the show’s producer, and the first recipient of an Emmy Award for Lead Comedy Actress.

“She owned her own show,” said McDonough. “She was like Oprah before Oprah. In those days, for a woman, especially a Jewish woman, to do all that she did was incredible. And she never shied away from the fact that her characters were Jewish, which was also important. Yet the family’s appeal was that they were just ordinary Americans.”

“I have vivid memories of watching The Goldbergs on television,” said Adler. “I loved Gertrude Berg, and I realized early on that she was more than just the actress. She created the show, she was a writer, she was a brilliant woman. To my knowledge, she created the first television series that depicted Jewish family life in America. The critical thing about that show is it was loved by Jews and non-Jews because it was really about family. And it’s remarkable that it was being aired way back then, because at the time the country was riddled by anti-Semitism.”

Hayes admits that he knew very little about Berg until Dimon told him of her long-time desire to play the television pioneer. “Beth knew she was suited to playing the role and she’d been trying to get someone interested in writing a play about Gertrude Berg for years,” Hayes said. “I watched a documentary about Berg and read her biography, and as I learned more and more about her I couldn’t believe nobody had written a play about her. I couldn’t get her story out of my head; it became an obsession. So I commissioned the play out of The Dramaworkshop, our lab for developing new work. I asked Joe to write it because he became as fascinated by the subject as I was.”

Ordinary Americans was developed in The Dramaworkshop, and last January it received a reading at PBD as part of the first New Year/New Plays Festival. “I think the strength of the play – and several people who attended the reading said this – is that it’s the first time that McCarthyism is personalized, where we actually see it destroy a good person,” said Hayes, referring to Loeb. “It makes it a more powerful message because you get to know and like someone, and you see the destructive power of fear and paranoia. And as you watch this fear and paranoia and anti-Semitism, the parallels to today are unmistakable.”

Hayes approached Adler about co-producing the play, and Adler was immediately receptive. “I jumped at the chance,” he said. “It’s such an important story. On one level it’s pure Americana, which is to say it’s a play about a minority in this country, and an artist who was able to depict family life within that minority in such a way that it had a universality. At the same time, these people are persecuted for their religion and their politics. The blacklist is a blight on our history, and I don’t think most people today are aware of how many people’s careers were destroyed, or the number of people who killed themselves. It’s a story that needs to be told.”

  • GableStage is a non-profit, professional theatre and is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the South Florida Theatre League, Florida Professional Theatres Association, Florida Cultural Alliance, Dade Cultural Alliance, Americans for the Arts, and The Drama League, as well as Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, and the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.
  • Palm Beach Dramaworks is a non-profit, professional theatre and is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the South Florida Theatre League, Florida Professional Theatres Association, and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

Locations

Palm Beach Dramaworks, 201 Clematis St,
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

GableStage, Inc.
1200 Anastasia Avenue,
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Contact Information

305-445-1119

561-514-4042

Cecilia Vicuna: About To Happen

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019 various times - English

Saturday, December 7: Cecilia Vicuña performance, followed by a conversation with the artist and co-curators Andrea Andersson The Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts at the CAC, and Julia Bryan-Wilson, Professor, University of California, Berkeley

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In celebration of Miami Art Week 2019, the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) will present the first major U.S. solo exhibition of influential Chilean-born artist Cecilia Vicuña. “About to Happen” traces Vicuña’s career-long commitment to exploring discarded and displaced materials, peoples, and landscapes in a time of global climate change,

“Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen” is comprised of Vicuña’s multidisciplinary work in performance, sculpture, drawing, video, text, and site-specific installations created over 40 years. Reframing dematerialization as both a formal consequence of 1960s conceptualism and radical climate change, the exhibition examines a process that shapes public memory and responsibility. Operating fluidly between concept and craft, text and textile, Vicuña’s practice merges dissimilar disciplines and communities with shared relationships to land and sea, and to the economic and environmental disparities of the 21st century.

Vicuña’s work reflects the overlapping dialogs of conceptual art, land art, poetry, and feminist art practices. For the first time in this traveling exhibition, the show will include painting, a practice which Vicuña began in the 1970s and to which she has recently returned – in some cases, repainting lost paintings from memory. The addition of painting to “Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen” is an affirmation of a practice that exists, in its entirety, in the logic of every single work – and yet – is also, always evolving.

The exhibition will include an expansive presentation of Vicuña’s precario sculptures, which the artist began creating in 1966. Vicuña assembles these “precarious works” from bits of wood, thread, and other found objects into temporary small sculptures that despite their modest scale have a surprising dynamism and energy. The exhibition also features the installation “Burnt Quipu” (2018), in which lengths of dyed wool hang floor to ceiling, connecting earth and sky, in tribute to recent forest fires in the greater West Coast region. “Burnt Quipu” is part of Vicuña’s longstanding artistic exploration of the ancient Andean writing tradition of “talking knots,” an advanced communication system inhibited during colonization.

Born in Santiago de Chile, Vicuña is a poet, visual artist, and filmmaker. She is the author of more than 20 books of poetry, and exhibits and performs internationally. Her multidimensional works begin as an image that becomes a poem, a film, a song, a sculpture, or a collective performance.

Vicuña’s work is included in the collections of The Tate Gallery, London; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Chile, Santiago, Chile; MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She was appointed Messenger Lecturer 2015 at Cornell University, an honor bestowed on authors who contribute to the “Evolution of Civilization for the special purpose of raising the moral standard of our political, business, and social life.” She lives in New York City, where she co-founded oysi.org, a site for the oral cultures and poetries of the world. Vicuña’s work is represented by Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong, and Seoul. Vicuna’s art has also been featured inDocumenta 14 and shown at Witte de With. She most recently was awarded the CINTAS, a very prestigious United States artist fellowship.

“Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen” is organized by the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC), and co-curated by Andrea Andersson, The Helis Foundation Chief Curator of Visual Arts at the CAC, and Julia Bryan-Wilson, Professor, University of California, Berkeley. Support for this exhibition is provided by Sydney & Walda Besthoff Foundation, The Helis Foundation, The Kabacoff Family Foundation, and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog.

The exhibition at MOCA is made possible, in part, with support from Funding Arts Network and Citizens Interested in the Arts. MOCA’s exhibitions and programs are made possible with the continued support of the North Miami Mayor and Council and the City of North Miami, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

Also on view at MOCA November 26, 2019 – March 29, 2020, a new exhibition featuring works of French-Mexican surrealist painter Alice Rahon (1904–1987). Guest curated by Mexico-City based art historian Teresa Arcq, “Poetic Invocations,” marks the first solo show in 55 years dedicated to Rahon’s work in the United States.

Location

Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
770 NE 125th Street, North Miami, FL 33161 (Map)

Etra Fine Art Presents, Ciudades

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM - English

Etra Fine Art located in Miami’s Little Haiti and Little River Art District announces its Art Basel/Miami Art Week multimedia exhibition, Ciudades. This multimedia exhibition will be made up of paintings, music, an installation, sculptures, photography, videos, poetry and essays. Alicia Restrepo, Curator and owner of Etra Fine Art, uses the cities as symbols, differently represented by world known artists, to stimulate a dialog over the most pressing issues of today. Participating artists include: 2501; Ana Maria Gutierrez; André Cypriano; Andriy Halashyn; Francis Hines; Juan Raul Hoyos; and Valeria Yamamoto.

The Opening Reception will take place from Noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 1st and Etra Fine Art will be open extended hours during Miami Art Week.

  • Opening Reception: Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Closes: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
  • During Miami Art Week (December 3-6): 11 am to 5 pm, Tuesday to Friday and other days by appointment.

Location

Etra Fine Art
6942 NE 4th Ave, Miami, FL 33138 (Map)

Haegue Yang: In the Cone of Uncertainty

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019 various times - English

In the Cone of Uncertainty foregrounds Haegue Yang’s (b. 1971, Seoul) consistent curiosity about the world and tireless experimentation with materializing the complexity of identities in flux. Living between Seoul and Berlin, Yang employs industrially produced quotidian items, digital processes, and labor-intensive craft techniques. She mobilizes and enmeshes complex, often personal, histories and realities vis-a-vis sensual and immersive works by interweaving narrative with form. Often evoking performative, sonic and atmospheric perceptions with heat, wind and chiming bells, Yang’s environments appear familiar, yet engender bewildering experiences of time and place.

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The exhibition presents a selection of Yang’s oeuvre spanning the last decade – including window blind installations, anthropomorphic sculptures, light sculptures, and mural-like graphic wallpaper – taking its title from an expression of the South Florida vernacular, that describes the predicted path of hurricanes. Alluding to our eagerness and desperation to track the unstable and ever-evolving future, this exhibition addresses current anxieties about climate change, overpopulation and resource scarcity. Framing this discourse within a broader consideration of movement, displacement and migration, the exhibition contextualizes contemporary concerns through a trans-historical and philosophical meditation of the self.

Given its location in Miami Beach, The Bass is a particularly resonant site to present Yang’s work, considering that over fifty percent[1] of the population in Miami-Dade County is born outside of the United States, and it is a geographical and metaphorical gateway to Latin America. Yang has been commissioned by the museum to conceive a site-specific wallpaper in the staircase that connects the exhibition spaces across The Bass’ two floors. This wallpaper will be applied to both transparent and opaque surfaces to accompany the ascending and descending path of visitors within the exhibition. Informed by research about Miami Beach’s climatically-precarious setting, the wallpaper, titled Coordinates of Speculative Solidarity (2019), will play with meteorological infographics and diagrams as vehicles for abstraction. Interested in how severe weather creates unusual access to negotiations of belonging and community, as well as the human urge to predict catastrophic circumstances, the work reflects a geographic commonality that unconsciously binds people together through a shared determination to face a challenge and react in solidarity.

Yang’s exhibition encompasses galleries on both the first and second floors of the museum and exemplifies an array of Yang’s formally, conceptually ambitious and rigorous body of work. Considered an important ‘Light Sculpture’ work and one of the last made in the series, Strange Fruit (2012-13) occupies one of the first spaces in the exhibition. The group of anthropomorphic sculptures take their title from Jewish-American Abel Meeropol’s poem famously vocalized by Billie Holiday in 1939. Hanging string lights dangling from metal clothing racks intertwined with colorfully painted papier-mâché bowls and hands that hold plants resonate with the poem’s subject matter. The work reflects a recurring interest within Yang’s practice, illuminating unlikely, less-known connections throughout history and elucidating asymmetrical relationships among figures of the past. In the story of Strange Fruit, the point of interest is in a poem about the horrors and tragedy of lynching of African-Americans in the American South born from the empathies of a Jewish man and member of the Communist party. Yang’s interests are filtered through different geopolitical spheres with a keen concentration in collapsing time and place, unlike today’s compartmentalized diasporic studies.

Central to In the Cone of Uncertainty is the daring juxtaposition of two major large-scale installations made of venetian blinds. Yearning Melancholy Red and Red Broken Mountainous Labyrinth are similar in that they are both from 2008, a year of significant development for Yang, and their use of the color red: one consists of red blinds, while the other features white blinds colored by red light. With its labyrinthine structure, Red Broken Mountainous Labyrinth bears a story of the chance encounter between Korean revolutionary Kim San (1905-1938) and American journalist Nym Wales (1907-1997), without which a chapter of Korean history would not survive to this day. Yearning Melancholy Red references the seemingly apolitical childhood of French writer and filmmaker Marguerite Duras (1914-1996). While living in French Indochina (present-day Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos), Duras and her family experienced a type of double isolation in material and moral poverty, by neither belonging to the native communities nor to the French colonizers, embodying the potentiality for her later political engagement. Despite their divergent subject matter, both works continue to envelop an interest in viewing histories from different perspectives and the unexpected connections that arise. By staging the two works together, what remains is Yang’s compelling constellation of blinds, choreographed moving lights, paradoxical pairings of sensorial devices – fans and infrared heaters – and our physical presence in an intensely charged field of unspoken narratives.

A third space of the exhibition will feature work from Yang’s signature ‘Sonic Sculpture’ series titled, Boxing Ballet (2013/2015). The work offers Yang’s translation of Oskar Schlemmmer’s Triadic Ballet (1922), transforming the historical lineage of time-based performance into spatial, sculptural and sensorial abstraction. Through elements of movement and sound, Yang develops an installation with a relationship to the Western Avant-Garde, investigating their understanding in the human body, movement and figuration.

Observing hidden structures to reimagine a possible community, Yang addresses themes that recur in her works such as migration, diasporas and history writing. Works presented in In the Cone of Uncertainty offer a substantial view into Yang’s rich artistic language, including her use of bodily experience as a means of evoking history and memory.

Haegue Yang lives and works in Berlin, Germany and Seoul, South Korea. She is a Professor at the Staedelschule in Frankfurt am Main. Yang has participated in major international exhibitions including the 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018), La Biennale de Montréal (2016), the 12th Sharjah Biennial (2015), the 9th Taipei Biennial (2014), dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel (2012) and the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009) as the South Korean representative.

Recipient of the 2018 Wolfgang Hahn Prize, she held a survey exhibition titled ETA at the Museum Ludwig in Cologne in the same year, which displayed over 120 works of Yang from 1994-2018. Her recent solo exhibitions include Tracing Movement, South London Gallery (2019); Chronotopic Traverses, La Panacée-MoCo, Montpellier (2018); Tightrope Walking and Its Wordless Shadow, La Triennale di Milano (2018); Triple Vita Nestings, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, which travelled from the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2018); VIP’s Union, Kunsthaus Graz (2017); Silo of Silence – Clicked Core, KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2017); Lingering Nous, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2016); Quasi-Pagan Serial, Hamburger Kunsthalle (2016); Come Shower or Shine, It Is Equally Blissful, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2015); and Shooting the Elephant 象 Thinking the Elephant, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul (2015). Forthcoming projects include the Museum of Modern Art (October 2019), Tate St. Ives (May 2020) and Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto (2020).

Yang’s work is included in permanent collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; M+, Hong Kong, China; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, South Korea; Tate Modern, London, UK; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA; and The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, USA. Her work has been the subject of numerous monographs, such as Haegue Yang: Anthology 2006–2018: Tightrope Walking and Its Wordless Shadow (2019); Haegue Yang: ETA 1994–2018 (2018); Haegue Yang – VIP’s Union (2017); and Haegue Yang: Family of Equivocations (2013).

Location

Bass Museum of Art
2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Map)

Botero On Lincoln Road

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019 at 12:00 AM - English

The Mayor and City Commission of Miami Beach, Nader Art Museum, The New World Symphony, and the Lincoln Road Business Improvement District request the honor of your presence at the opening Botero On Lincoln Road.

A spectacular assemblage of monumental works by the world's most important living artist.

Gary Nader's collection of monumental sculptures by Fernando Botero, one of the world's most iconic and recognized masters worldwide, will be exhibited on Lincoln Road.

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Join us for the exclusive and private unveiling invitation only event!

Botero's monumental sculptures have been exhibited on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, Park Avenue in New York City, the Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen, and the Palazzo Venezia in Rome.

followed by an unveiling of Donna Sdraiata, (2016 Bronze) at the intersection of Lincoln Road and Drexel Avenue. Culminating with music by the New World Symphony Fellows and cocktails and dining at Time Out Market.

Location

New World Center
500 17th Street, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Map)

Contact Information

305-673-3331

800-597-3331

www.nws.edu

José Carlos Martinat: American Echo Chamber

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019 various times - English

For PAMM's double-height gallery, Jose Carlos Martinat created American Echo Chamber (2018), an installation that responds to the amplification and reinforcement of ideas in the current social and political landscape. This large-scale work is composed of mechanical light sculptures that collectively generate a dramatic and entertaining space for visual consumption. The sculptures are inspired by symbols of both American and Peruvian cultures ranging from historical images such as the political cartoon "Join, or Die" attributed to founding father Benjamin Franklin to popular internet memes. These symbols are often composed of images related to violence, manipulation, racism, or migration. The artist also includes artisanal pyrotechnic castle fireworks from Lima. By creating a space that amplifies the consumption of these symbols, Martinat compares the contemporary political scene to an echo chamber, emphasizing a dynamic in which people seek information from media outlets that reinforce their beliefs as an unconscious exercise of validation and prejudice.

Location

Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
1103 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132 (Map)

Contact Information

305-375-3000

www.pamm.org

A Tribe From Wonderland

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM - English

The Directed Art Modern is pleased to announce A Tribe from Wonderland, the next Stefano Ogliari Badessi Miami art project and solo exhibition at The DAM Gallery, and on the roads of Miami coming this December: I Don’t Know Where to Go.

  • VIP OPENING NOVEMBER 29TH
  • 6PM-10PM
  • THIS EVENT RUNS THROUGH THE MONTH OF DECEMBER

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Stefano Ogliari Badessi, is a global artist who has traveled through international cities, presenting his art installations - yet once the installation is finished, he packs up the work, leaving no trace, no damage to the environment - this concern and respect for the environment is also what stimulates the work he will present in his solo exhibition in The DAM Gallery - the sculptures and objects are made from various materials, Italian silks, bamboo and other pliable woods that he searches for in nature, which he then ‘weaves’ into different animal shapes.The last time Stefano Ogliari Badessi was here, Miami saw him wrap Sugar at East Hotel with his Chinese Dream installation, an enormous red inflatable installation, completely altering the cityscape, temporarily. Now, he will bring a new installation from his Wonderland Project, last seen in Italy, and coming directly to Miami’s Little River District, at The DAM Gallery on November 29th for an intimate viewing. A Tribe from Wonderland, promises an immersive experience where visitors can experience his sculptures, inflatable installations all in the artist created space- becoming an environment of Self Discovery, Wonder, Ritual, Mystery and the Universe of One.

For I Don’t Know Where to Go, Stefano will create a large creature and bring it to the streets transforming the roads and side streets of Miami inviting the population to witness and ride with him as he brings art to the streets of Little River, The Design District, Wynwood and Edgewater inviting onlookers to see the work, cycle with him creating memories and moments that go beyond the aesthetic, but also takes into consideration the health of our planet - Ogliari Badessi in creating these creatures and by taking them out of their habitat, is also making statements about not only their endangered status, but also the reduction of their habitat - The animals that he selects to create for this project also draw inspiration from ancient and indigenous cultures, Stefano reinterprets symbolic shapes and beings and utilizes these forms as a path towards self discovery and through the construction of the works facilitates inner piece as ultimately, it is he who conquers and redefines the symbolic associations affixed to the monster - leaving the viewer with a new and more accepting path towards their own inner peace: all his animals have symbolic meanings - not just environmentally but also historically, individually and culturally.

This will be a specific and unique creature sculpture where Ogliari Badessi pays homage not only to the versatility of art but the world from which his materials come from - showing that art can be made from anything and can fit in with the landscape, and be part of the world in which the art inhabits.

Location

The Directed Art Modern
350 NE 75th ST, Miami, FL 33138 (Map)

Leandro Erlich's Order of Importance

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019 various times - English

Stop by the oceanfront at the end of Lincoln Road for a once in a lifetime spectacle by acclaimed conceptual artist Leandro Erlich, kicking off the beach's art season with a bang.

Erlich's witty and powerful rendition of 21st Century traffic transforms over 100 yards of beachfront into a truly monumental installation. Utilizing 66 life-sized sand cars, the work is the largest the artist has ever undertaken.

Free and open to the public.

Location

1 Lincoln Road
1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Map)

Sober Collective Art Gallery

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM - English

Eight of Holland’s greatest creative minds join forces to create a visual playground in Sober Collective's pop-up art gallery in Wynwood.

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About this Event

They’ve crossed the ocean for Miami’s biggest art festival of the year. Eight of Holland’s greatest creative minds have joined forces to create a visual playground in their pop-up art gallery in the heart of Wynwood during Miami Art week 2019. Known for their public art projects and street art exhibitions with world’s most prolific artists at their gallery in Rotterdam and around the world, Sober Collective Art Gallery brings their pop-up exhibition to Miami.

During Miami Art Week from Dec 1-8, the exhibit will be open to guests from 10 a.m.-12 a.m. From December 9-30, it will be open from 12 p.m.-10 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and from 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Wednesday-Sundays.

Known as “The Dutch Master of Light,” Tim Boin curated this selection of 8 of the best Dutch street artists in cross-combination with his own solo exhibition ‘Geometry is Life’ at the W South Beach during Miami Art Week. His group of artists all excel in bold, abstract and unconventional large-scale work found internationally and celebrated globally.

About the Artists:

Tim Boin: Conscious elements are at the root of Tim’s message. Celebrated for his larger-than-life sculptures, he depicts the ecosystem’s sensitive state. Using 3D Mapping, Tim literally and figuratively sheds light on his geometric sculptures of endangered species in his most recent work.

Digital Does: He focuses on collecting pieces from past walls and reshaping them into a new form to use as core elements in his new pieces. He perpetuates the past and makes new work traceable to a specific google coordinate of a bygone wall. From China to Mexico and Australia to New York, his work has been found all across the globe.

Said Kinos: His work expresses a fascination for the way people communicate with each other. It’s recognizable by his high-contrast use of distorted typography. His visual overkill is a metaphor for the amount of information we have to process on a daily basis.

Telmo Miel: This creative duo evolved from creating individual pieces on one mural into developing one image, one composition together. They focus on playfulness in abstraction of reality; attempting to make the viewer see opposite perspectives and subjects with a different eye.

Joram Roukes: Using juxtapositions of imagery, he creates abstract narratives and figures that evoke introspection and contemplation. His work gained attention from several international galleries, and he actively paints large-scale murals across the globe, including Copenhagen, Paris, Berlin, San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles and London, to name a few.

Bier & Brood: Inspired by machines, nature and architecture, they possess a unique style, often interpreted as sinister and apocalyptic. Their preferred mediums include highly detailed pen drawings, spray-cans and paint for their large-scale work.

Mossy Giant: He has a slightly neurotic fascination with detailed line-work and stories within stories. Not made for the easily distracted, recurring themes in this work include nature, man, beast & machine.

Zevous: His company, Dutch Deco Finish, specializes in wall and furniture finishes for amusement parks and large festivals, which has led to over a decade of developing relationships with artists worldwide; and after these artists began approaching him to commission exclusive works of art, it has inspired him to create his own extensive portfolio.

Dutch DJ Damoulis is setting sound waves to this visual playground, mastering in Miami-favorite sounds like Afrobeats, AfroHouse, Latin and Dutch urban music and dancehall.

Location

Sober Collective Art Gallery
80 Northeast 29th Street, Miami, FL 33137 (Map)

Contact Information

sobercollective.eventbrite.com

Les Lalanne at The Raleigh Gardens

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM - English

Honoring the late French artist Claude Lalanne, and her husband and collaborator François-Xavier Lalanne, Les Lalanne at the Raleigh Gardens is a temporary public art installation presented in the famed Gardens of The Raleigh Hotel, one of Miami Beach’s most celebrated Art Deco properties, opening to public November 22, 2019.

Animating a half-acre of the renowned Raleigh site and boardwalk, this public tribute to the late French artists is being presented by real estate developer Michael Shvo, and the garden was designed by the exceptional talent-pairing of architect and Lalanne collector, Peter Marino, with Miami landscape designer, Raymond Jungles.

This lyrical collaboration weaves together a fantastical sculpture garden animated by Claude and Francois-Xavier Lalanne’s surrealist, prized sculpture with tropical vegetation. Testimony to a profound legacy, this collaboration sources over 39 pieces from the international collections of private collectors Michael Shvo, Jane Holzer, Peter Marino, and gallerists Ben Brown, Jean Gabriel Mitterand, and Paul Kasmin.

The exhibition will be free and open to the public from November 22, 2019 – February 29, 2020

Location

Gardens at The Raleigh Hotel
1775 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Map)

Black Power Naps/Siestas Negras by MOAD MDC

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM - English

MOAD MDC presents Black Power Naps-Siestas Negras by Navild and Sosa, a multi-sensory, interactive installation designed to provide joyful and relaxing relief from fatiguing systems of inequality. The installation will serve as a platform for several special live events, including Guided Nap Meditations led by the artists and live DJ soundscapes performed from bed. Black Power Naps-Siestas Negras invites visitors to lounge on a variety of embellished beds, replete with gauzy canopies, serene lighting, therapeutic sound vibrations, and other restorative props. Correlating the exhaustion tactics once used to subjugate slaves with contemporary systems of exploitation and erosive fatigue, artists Navild and Sosa offer this energetic repair as a way to reclaim laziness and idleness as power for those historically deprived of it.

Museum admission and open-to-the-publicMuseum admission: $12 adults; $8 seniors and military; $5 students (13–17) and college students (with valid ID); free for MOAD members, MDC students, faculty, and staff, and children 12 and under. Accessibility challenges: please call for details.

Location

MDC Museum of Art and Design
600 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132 (Map)

Contact Information

305-237-7700

305-237-7710

www.mdcmoad.org

Alice Rahon: Poetic Invocations

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019 various times - English

The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) is proud to present a new exhibition featuring works of French-Mexican surrealist painter Alice Rahon (1904–1987). “Poetic Invocations” is guest curated by Mexico-City based art historian Tere Arcq. The exhibition aims to contribute to the scholarship and recognition of under-explored women artists, and to the intercultural influences on European artists in exile in the Americas, whose work was often deeply marked by indigenous and archaic cultures.

Miami Art Week extended hours

  • Sunday, December 1 – Monday, December 9, 10am-5pm
  • Public Reception with Curator Teresa Arcq: Thursday, December 5, 8-11pm

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Born in France and later nationalized as a Mexican, Rahon joined the Parisian Surrealist circle as a poet, but once in Mexico, she turned her creativity mainly to painting. She became an active a member of a group of European Surrealists artists in exile including Remedios Varo, Benjamin Péret, Leonora Carrington, and Kati Horna.

Rahon’s production was a far cry from that of her contemporaries. She was drawn to light and color, and established a continuous dialogue between painting and poetry. Her creations brought together Mexican landscapes, myths, legends and fiestas, and she was a pioneer in the use of sand and texture on her canvases, which included subtle graffito markings. Her oeuvre has been overlooked for many years.

“Poetic Invocations” marks the first solo show dedicated to Rahon’s work in the United States in 55 years since her exhibition at the Louisiana Gallery in Houston, Texas in 1964. The exhibition examines a robust art-historical moment that emerged in 1940 as an international community of artists fled World War II in Europe and settled in Mexico. It will feature approximately 30 works including paintings, works on paper, assemblages, as well as archival material such as the Dyn journal, original poems and manuscripts and photographs to put an emphasis on Rahon´s oeuvre as a whole. The exhibition will explore five fundamental themes: art as poetic invocation, the power of the immemorial past, the journal that challenged limits, the volcano and the Mexican landscape and light: the dilution of inside and outside, and the metaphorical experience of the inside out: fiestas and popular art in Mexico.

Rahon exhibited regularly in Mexico, New York and California and had solo shows in Paris and Lebanon. Her last solo exhibition took place in 1986 at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, just a year before her death. In 2009, with the discovery of her archive, Teresa Arcq curated an Alice Rahon retrospective at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City and then at El Cubo in Tijuana.

Arcq has worked as chief curator at the Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City, and as an independent curator has produced many high-profile exhibitions. She has served as a professor of Art History at Centro de Cultura Casa Lamm and published several essays for catalogues on Mexican modern art and women artists in Mexico, as well as Surrealism. She is currently advising the exhibition and catalog for the show Global Surrealism opening in 2021 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Tate Modern Gallery in London. She is also collaborating with the Schirn Kunsthalle Museum in Frankurt and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark for the upcoming exhibition Fantastik Women, in Spring 2020 and writing for a publication on Leonora Carrington´s Tarot and one on Remedios Varo and Leonora Carrington´s creative collaboration. She will be co-curating a Leonora Carrington retrospective for the Mapfre Foundation in Madrid and the Arken Museum in Denmark opening on the fall of 2020.

Also on view at MOCA November 26, 2019 – March 29, 2020 will be the first major U.S. solo exhibition of influential Chilean-born artist Cecilia Vicuña: “Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen.”

Location

Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
770 NE 125th Street, North Miami, FL 33161 (Map)

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