Calendar Of Events
Written by Miami Today on December 11, 2008
Grace Café and Miami Art Space hosts a retrospective exhibit by Miami-artist Purvis Young. The show features a collection of Mr. Young’s work from 1970-2005 as well as selected pieces from Sharon Westbrook, Eric Jean Louis, Felix Gonzalez and Gertraud Schoen. Ends Dec. 13. Miami Art Space, 44 NW 35th St., Miami. Details: (502) 572-0731 or www.miamiartspace.com.
THE BIEDERMAN EFFECT
The Lowe Art Museum hosts a touring exhibition, "Charles Biederman: An American Idealist." The exhibit offers an overview of the acclaimed America Modernist’s life and work through an array of paintings and sculptures. Ends Jan.18. Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables. $3-$10. Details: (305) 284-2024 or www.lowemuseum.org.
The Miami-Dade Public Library System exhibits paintings, drawings and photographs inspired by Edward P. Jones’ novel "The Known World." The story follows the changing relationship between a father and daughter, living in 1960s Washington, DC, as a nearby railroad company buys up property and the neighborhood around them disappears. Ends Dec. 18. Main Library, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Details: www.mdpls.org.
ROOTS TO ROUTES
"From Roots to Routes," hosted by the Miami-Dade Public Library System, explores the historical importance and views the contributions to art by Latin American artists such as Jesus Rafael Soto and abstract artist Fernando de Szyszlo. This exhibition recognizes the works of other Latin American artists and other post-1960s work by contemporary and modern artists from South America. Ends Dec. 29. West Dade Regional Library, 9445 Coral Way, Westchester. Details: www.mdpls.org.
CELIA CRUZ PHOTOS
Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte, known for fashion and commercial photography, presents photos of legendary salsa singer Celia Cruz during her last 15 years. The series of black-and-white images captures her both on and off stage and narrates the more intimate stories of the photographer and singer’s friendship. Ends Dec. 21. North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183rd St., Opa-locka. Details: www.mdpls.org.
RETURN OF AVANT-GARDE
Acqualina Resort and Spa hosts 23-year-old Russian artist Olga Burtseva’s "Return of the Lunar Avant-Garde," the first appearance of the rising artist in Florida. Ends Jan. 6. Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach, 17875 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach. Details: (305) 918-6772 or www.olgaburtseva.com.
The Wolfsonian-Florida International University’s "A Bittersweet Decade: The New Deal in America, 1933-1943" considers the impact of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs on American culture. Ends Jan. 19. Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 531-1001 or www.wolfsonian.org.
A FUTURISTIC PAST
The Historical Museum of Southern Florida is hosting "Interama: Miami and the Pan-American Dream," based on the 1960s futuristic fair, Interama. While architects’ predictions and visions for Miami never came to fruition, the museum has gathered their work into a multi-sensory exhibit that looks at post-World War II culture. Ends Jan. 25. The Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 W Flagler St. Details: (305) 375-1492 or www.hmsf.org.
EYE OF THE COLLECTOR
The Jewish Museum of Florida exhibits paintings, drawings, prints and photographs from Sigmund R. Balka’s collection. The collection, built over the past 50 years, is an expression of Jewish life during the height of 19th century creativity in Europe. Ends Jan. 25. Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. $12 for families. Details: (305) 672-5044 or www.jewishmuseum.com.
CITY OF THE DEAD
The Historical Museum of Southern Florida hosts photography by architect Raul L. Rodriguez. "Necrópolis Cristóbal Colón" includes large color prints of the avenues, mausoleums, vaults and chapels of the Cristóbal Colón Cemetery in Havana, a resting place for national and historical figures. Ends Jan. 25. Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Details: (305) 375-1492 or www.hmsf.org.
WINGS FOR ALL
Yinka Shonibare’s exhibition created for the Miami Art Museum re-imagines the aspiration of flying. "A Flying Machine for Every Man, Woman and Child" features an idealized family clothed in wax-printed attire, each straddling a human-powered flying machine modeled after 19th-century drawings. Ends Jan. 18. Miami Art Museum, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Details: (305) 373-3063 or www.miamiartmuseum.org.
A TOUR OF FRANCE
The Miami Design Preservation League hosts a collection of Art Deco photos from France taken by Miami native Alice Goldhagen. Ends Jan. 3. Art Deco Education Center at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 672-2014 or www.mdpl.org.
The Deering Estate hosts the final exhibit of its current Artist-In-Residence program with an exhibition of works created during the past year. Ends Dec. 31. Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Palmetto Bay. Details: (305) 235-1668 or www.deeringestate.org.
WHAT’S IT WORTH?
Miami Art Museum hosts an exhibition exploring the nature of value. "Objects of Value" features 20 contemporary artists whose work aims to separate an object’s value from the substance from which it’s made. Miami Art Museum, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. $8. Ends Feb. 22. Details: (305) 375-3000 or www.miamiartmuseum.org.
The Museum of Contemporary Art hosts the first exhibition of Albanian-native Anri Sala’s videos and photographs in the US. The collection reflects how the collapse of communism affected Albania and Eastern Europe. Ends March 1. Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. Details: (305) 893-6211 or www.mocanomi.org.
DRAWINGS FOR DANTE
Miami Dade College and Spain’s Caixanova Bank will bring a collection of 100 prints to Florida commemorating the 700th birthday of Italian poet and author of the "Divine Comedy" Dante Alighieri. Commissioned in 1951 by the Italian government, Salvador Dali spent three years creating the visual narration of Dante’s descent into hell and his rise through purgatory into heaven. Ends Jan. 31. Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College, 600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Details: (305) 237-7186 or www.mdc.edu.
The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation hosts a collection of work from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection titled "The Prisoner’s Dilemma." The exhibition, curated by Leanne Mella, showcases contemporary art works that articulate the ways in which artists respond to the exercise of power in daily life. Ends March 1. Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, 1018 N Miami Ave., Miami. Details: (305) 455-3380 or www.cifo.org.
POSSIBILITY OF AN ISLAND
The Museum of Contemporary Art hosts an exhibit inspired by French author Michel Houellebecq’s 2005 novel, "The Possibility of an Island." The exhibit addresses fundamental anxieties about such issues as aging, death, irrelevancy, culture, destruction and sexuality in the present and the future. Ends March 21. MOCA at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26th St., Miami. Admission by donation. RSVP required. Details: (305) 893-6211 or www.mocanomi.org.
The Bass Museum of Art and the Multimedia Art Museum Moscow present work by Russian artists titled "Russian Dreams." The exhibit features contemporary expression across several media including photography, architecture and sculpture. Ends Feb. 8. Bass Museum of Art, 2121 Park Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 673-7530 or www.bassmuseum.org.