More things to do, these art shows in Miami make for great afternoon or morning outings. Check out an innovative program on Coral Gables’ Miracle Mile, a major museum reopening and dates you’ll want to put on your calendar if you’re a lover of Design/Miami.
Studios on the Mile is an innovative and interesting program as well as a service to the community. A program of the Gables Art Collective, Studios on the Mile includes seven studio spaces on the 200 block of Miracle Mile activated by a group of artists curated by prominent Art Historian Dr. Carol Damian. The studios are open daily from noon until 7 p.m. through the end of December 2020.
Dr. Damian explored the many stories to be told about and by the artists and their work, and the themes when determining the studio partners; considering nature, immigration, identity and craftsmanship. Featured are highly respected and successful professionals as well as emerging artists and students.
The collaboration which was initiated by the Business Improvement District of Coral Gables and Terranova Corporation under the guidance of Dr. Damian provides opportunities for local emerging and established artists to work and sell their art in the heart of the city. “Today, more than ever, under difficult circumstances, artists are suffering – projects on hold, expenses mounting, and no money for studios. This opportunity to give them a space to work in and to be part of a small community and share ideas, is so welcome. For the City, it is also a win-win: spaces are filled, the paper on the windows and doors removed, and cultural activity enlivens the most important street – Miracle Mile,” says Dr. Damian, Curator, Studios on the Mile.
“At the BID, our goal is to inspire people to discover and explore downtown Coral Gables and what better way than through the eyes of artists. To see them creating, chat with them and provide an environment where they can learn from each other is exhilarating,” said Aura Reinhardt, Executive Director of BID.
And while you’re in the Gables, if you haven’t been yet, check out the exhibit of over 300 handbags in the Coral Gables Museum, PURSEonality:
Design Miami/ will kick-off on November 27th, in the Moore Building in the Design District. The 2020 edition, Design Miami/ Podium, features a new curated selling exhibition concept with individual designers and leading galleries alike. Expect four floors of leading collectible design, as well as immersive satellite exhibitions throughout the neighborhood.
More good news for art lovers is the reopening of PAMM and new art shows in Miami. The Perez Art Museum Miami reopens on November 5 for a two-day PAMM members preview, with the invitation extended to all first responders and healthcare professionals. The museum will open to the public on November 7. To follow social distancing guidelines and manage gallery capacity, members and visitors must reserve timed tickets online ahead of their visit. The first hour of daily ticket slots are reserved for guests who are senior (62+) and/or immunocompromised. New exhibits include
- What Carried Us Over: Gifts from Gordon W. Bailey features selections from gifts made by Gordon W. Bailey, a Los Angeles–based collector, scholar, and advocate, who has donated 60 artworks to Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) since 2016. Of the 28 artists represented in Bailey’s gift, all but two are new additions to PAMM collection. Few of these artists received formal instruction. Most overcame hardship, particularly those living in the Deep South during the Jim Crow era. Still, in spite of the challenges before them, as the title of this inclusive exhibition confirms, they have been carried over by their respective commitments to their unique practices, creating inspiring works in a variety of media such as drawing, painting, and sculpture.
- Meleko Mokgosi (b. 1981, Francistown, Botswana; lives in New York) wields the traditions of Western European painting to deliver sharp political critiques relating to the postcolonial condition. Combining a high degree of painterly skill with a poetic, open-ended semiotic approach and a penchant for deep archival research, the artist shines light on some of the complex socioeconomic dynamics that animate contemporary southern Africa. Mokgosi typically employs hyperrealistic figurative imagery on a large scale, incorporating mysterious, unidentified personages loosely linked to one another in implied storylines, sometimes spanning multiple timeframes within the same composition. Mokgosi’s work references murals and cinema as well as the conventional European artistic genre known as history painting. There’s also a new a large-scale, newly commissioned work by Mokgosi created for the museum’s distinctive 30-foot double-height project gallery.