Season of the Arts

The top 10 art shows to see in South Florida

“OMG,” by Jim Morin, 2016. From “Pre-election therapy at the Bakehouse Art Complex,” Nov. 1-4, Wynwood.
“OMG,” by Jim Morin, 2016. From “Pre-election therapy at the Bakehouse Art Complex,” Nov. 1-4, Wynwood.

▪ “The Vesper Project,” through Dec. 23, at the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, lowemuseum.org

Titus Kaphar’s “The Vesper Project,” the artistic journey of an imaginary 19th-century New England family who passed as white although they were black, features period architecture and photographs. (Be sure not to miss the rare show of 11 of Donald Sultan’s Disaster paintings, which kicks off a national tour Sept. 29 at the Lowe.)

▪ Narcisco Rodriguez: An Exercise in Minimalism,” Oct. 9 - Jan. 8, 2017, Patricia & Philip Frost Art Museum FIU, thefrost.fiu.edu

Fifty red-carpet fashions by Cuban-American designer Narcisco Rodriguez will be displayed in an exhibit marked by firsts: Rodriguez’s first solo museum show, and the Frost FIU’s first couture exhibit.

▪ Common Field Convening. Oct. 20-23; Little Haiti Cultural Arts Center; convening.commonfield.org.

If your interest in arts leans toward community impact, this conference is a must. Common Field, a national network of experimental art spaces, and local artist-led initiatives Bas Fisher Invitation, Cannonball, Dimensions Variable and Locust Projects host panels, workshops, tours and local arts events exploring the role of arts organizations in a commercialized world.

▪ Pre-election therapy at the Bakehouse Art Complex. Nov. 1-4, Wynwood. bacfl.org

Established in 1986 in a former Wynwood bakery as one of Miami’s original studio collectives, the Bakehouse celebrates its 30th season under new leadership, with Bibi Baloyra as executive director and Yuneikys Villalonga as associate director of exhibitions and education. The Bakehouse celebrates the election season and its eventual conclusion (finally!) with pre-election art therapy/cartooning workshops, including a evening presentation with Pulitzer-winning cartoonist Jim Morin on Nov. 2. and its annual Lucky Us? auction, Nov. 4.

▪ Julio Le Parc: Form-Action,” Nov. 18-March 19, 2017; Pérez Art Museum Miami, downtown, pamm.org

Along with the current blockbuster revealing unknown notebooks of the late Jean-Michel Basquiat (through Oct. 16), PAMM will showcase more than 100 works by kinetic artist Julio Le Parc in the Argentine artist’s first U.S. museum survey. Included are installations created between 1958 and 2013. Many of the works are participatory, breaking down the traditional barriers between artwork and viewer. One of the segments from the show will be three light-drenched rooms, intended to disorient gallery-goers.

▪ Thomas Bayrle,” Nov. 29-March 26, 2017, at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami Design District, icamiami.org

ICA’s survey of work by media art pioneer Thomas Bayrle traces the impact of technology on humans and their environment through multiple media. The centerpiece will be a site-specific installation created for the central atrium of the ICA’s termporary quarters in the Moore Building.

▪ “The Pursuit of Abstraction,” Oct. 7-April 16, 2017, at The Wolfsonian-FIU, Miami Beach. wolfsonian.org.

This show, drawn from the permanent collection, surveys the origins of fine and decorative art that transformed the modern aesthetic age.

▪ “Alexis Gideon & the Glacier,” Nov. 19-Jan. 21, 2017, at Locust Projects, Miami Design District, locustprojects.org

A video opera by the Pittsburgh artist, with animation and paintings on glass; and installation from the Huffer Collective, including works by locals Ahol Sniffs Glue, Swamp Dog and Jason Handelsman.

▪ Anselm Kiefer from the Hall Collection,” NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Nov. 21-Aug. 27, 2017, nsuartmuseum.org. Plus expanded acquisitions of Anselm Kiefer works at Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, Oct. 19.-April 29, 2017, margulieswarehouse.com

Those who were awestruck by last winter’s extensive Anselm Kiefer show at the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse have more to contemplate. NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale launches its new Regeneration Series focusing on post World War II European artists with major Kiefer works exploring historical traumas from the Hall Art Foundation. And among the new works this year at Margulies Warehouse is yet another Kiefer.

▪  “Design by Women: Pathways to Creativity,” Feb. 23 - April 30, 2017, MDC Museum of Art + Design, at the Freedom Tower in downtown Miami, mdcmoad.org

Miami-based design curator Marianne Russell brings together work by influential contemporary and historically important female designers in a celebration of industrial design achievements by women. Included are works by Helen Kontouris, Patricia Urquilola, Monica Förster and Sofia Almqvist, among others. Lectures and workshops are part of the program, created in partnership with the New World School of the Arts, DASH, Miami Center for Architecture and Design/AIA, the Judith Arango Design Foundation.

Anne Tschida, George Fishman, Ricardo Mor, Jane Wooldridge

Museum openings

▪ Faena Forum, Miami Beach. faena.com

The long-awaited centerpiece of the Faena Arts District in mid-Miami Beach opens Nov. 27 — also just in time for Art Basel. The ocular hall, Miami’s first architectural work by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas/OMA, will host visual installations and cultural performances, much like its counterpart Faena Arts Center in Buenos Aires, where Faena pioneered the redevelopment of the Puerto Madera area. The Forum opens with a processional performance of artists and performers from Miami and beyond.

▪ Frost Science Museum. Downtown Miami, miamisci.org

Although it will not be showing “visual art” in the conventional sense, the delayed and financially troubled science museum is set to open early in 2017. For the visually inclined, the museum’s planetarium and martini-shaped aquarium are sure to wow. For those oriented to science, innovation and technology, exhibits on the ecosystem, sea-level rise, weather, supersonic flight, dinosaurs and health will pique curiosity and wonder.

▪ The Bass, Miami Beach. thebass.org.

Miami Beach’s hometown art museum, The Bass, reopens after two-year, $12 million expansion this spring. (The debut originally was set for Dec. 1, during Art Basel Miami Beach, but construction issues have pushed the projected date to April.) In the galleries will be solo shows by three cutting-edge artists, including Swiss sculptor/mixed media artist Ugo Rondinone, who will unveil 45 “clown figures.” Also showcased will be works by Mika Rottenberg and Pascale Marthine-Tayou.

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