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Events: April 22, 2024

Gary Simmons: Public Enemy

Monday, Apr 22, 2024 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM - English

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.

Location

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

Germane Barnes: Ukhamba

Monday, Apr 22, 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.

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Location

MDC's North Campus
11380 NW 27th Avenue, Miami, FL 33167 (Map)

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Jennifer Weinberg

Media Under Dystopia WISPer edition

Monday, Apr 22, 2024 various times - English

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.

Location

MUD Foundation
350 Northeast 75th Street,, Miami, FL 33138 (Map)

All that we _has / Cutout

Monday, Apr 22, 2024 various times - English

Stop by the Lincoln Gallery for the opening of the thought-provoking exhibition All that we _has / Cutout by multimedia artist Antonina Konopelska, PhD. As an Assistant Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and a Lecturer at the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology in Warsaw, Konopelska delves into the complexities of identity, interpersonal relations, and proxemics (the study of the conditions produced by the space people feel they need between themselves and others). In this exhibition, she explores the life of Z.Z., who lives with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). This exhibition is curated by Director of FIU Ratcliffe Art + Design Incubator (RA+DI) and Professor of Art + Art History, Dr. Jacek J. Kolasinski.

Location

Miami Beach Urban Studios
420 Lincoln Rd. Suite 440, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Map)

Living With Water: Ancient Knowledge, Designing Our Future Exhibition

Monday, Apr 22, 2024 various times - English

Stop by FIU CARTA | Mana Wynwood to witness the creative exploration of bodies of water through the lens of Simone Stark's Tropical Landscapes students in the exhibition Living With Water. The exhibition promises a unique perspective, utilizing captivating cyanotypes to convey the profound relationship between nature, landscape architecture, and art. Don't miss this opportunity to engage with the artistic interpretation of water in all its forms.

Location

FIU CARTA | Mana Wynwood
318 NW 23rd St, Miami, FL 33127 (Map)

Silhouettes: Image and Word in the Harlem Renaissance

Monday, Apr 22, 2024 various times - English

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 books—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.

Location

The Wolfsonian-FIU
1001 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Map)

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