Written by Miami Today on February 19, 2009
For the past 25 years, artist and historian Wendy Allen has created portraits Abraham Lincoln. In observance of the 200th anniversary of President Lincoln’s birth, the Library System has collaborated with Allen to create a site-specific, salon-style installation of her portraits. Ends April 6. 101 W Flagler St., first floor exhibition space, Miami. Details: (305) 375-5048 or www.mdpls.org.
Magna Fine Arts presents "Recent Works" by artist Pedro De Oraá. He is a member of "10 Pintores Concretos" and "The Group of 11," Cuban artists presenting their abstract works from the 1950s. The work is a representation of the movement in Cuban art during the mid-20th century, when a new form of avant-garde emerged, migrating away from European standards. Ends Feb. 28. Borders Fine Art Gallery, 1601 SW 1st St., Miami. Details: (305) 302-8400 or www.pavlovam.com.
REVISITING THE ANCIENTS
Miami artist Guerra De La Paz brings his solo exhibition "Otherworld" to Carol Jazzar Contemporary Arts. The exhibit, created from found objects, not only revisits iconic images from human history but preserves the objects’ original integrity. Ends March 10. 158 NW 91st St., Miami Shores. Details: (305) 490-6906 or www.cjazzart.com.
ELEMENTS OF INSPIRATION
The Deering Estate hosts a juried fine-art exhibit showcasing contemporary art in a variety of media. The exhibition attempts to depict the soul of artists using the basic elements of color, line, form, texture and scale. Ends March 2. The Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Palmetto Bay. Details: (305) 235-1668 or www.deeringestate.org.
HEARTS AND ARTS
The Miami Heart Gallery, a traveling museum-quality exhibit featuring children in Miami-Dade County’s foster care system who are available for adoption, has moved into the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. The traveling exhibit features photos of more than 70 children taken by the world’s top photographers. Ends Feb. 28. Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Details: www.miamiheartgallery.org.
ARCHITECT TO ARTIST
The Bass Museum of Art hosts Mexican artist Pedro Reyes’ exhibition "47 Undertakings." Although trained as an architect, Mr. Reyes moved into art, creating exhibits that illustrate ideas related to social psychology, economics, structural engineering and architecture. Ends March 1. Bass Museum of Art, 2121 Park Ave., Miami Beach. Details: (305) 673-7530 ext. 1011 or www.bassmuseum.org.
The Rubell Family Collection exhibits work from 30 emerging African-American artists. Ends May 30. Rubell Family Collection, 95 NW 29th St., Miami. Details: (305) 573-6090 or www.30americans.com.
The Museum of Contemporary Art hosts the first exhibition of Albanian 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.
The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation shows 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 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 Kelley Roy Gallery hosts a solo exhibition by Finnish artist Soile Yli-Mayry. The artist is an abstract painter whose bold use of color reflects the elements of the Earth and the richness of her themes which she describes as "humanity and people’s alienation from nature in the urban world." Ends March 1. Kelley Roy Gallery, 50 NE 29th St., Wynwood. Details: (305) 447-3888 or www.kelleyroygallery.com
MEXICO AT LOWE
The Lowe Art Museum hosts the opening of "Las Artes de Mexico" on loan from the Collection of the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, OK. The exhibition, part of a national tour, examines over 3,500 years of art and culture from the ancient worlds of the Mayans and Aztecs to the 20th century works of Miguel Covarrubias and Diego Rivera. Ends April 5. The Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 284-3535 or www.lowemuseum.org.
The Jewish Museum hosts an exhibition of photographs of Manhattan’s Lower East Side during the 1950s and ’60s by Gabriela Landau. Through the hustle and bustle of corner delis, street vendors and busy pedestrians, the collection gives a nostalgic glimpse of New York City a half century ago. Ends May 10. Jewish Museum of Florida, 311 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Free for members, $18 others, Details: (305) 672-5044 or www.jewishmuseum.com
BIG, BOLD ART
Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts hosts a solo exhibition by Darío Basso titled "Pigment Coast." Bright colors and rich contrasts coupled with a dynamic use of form are the distinguishing features of the works, which have been created by using thickly applied acrylic and oil paints as well as dried leaves. Ends March 7. Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts, 2043 N Miami Ave., Miami.
Miami Art Museum hosts an exhibition titled "NeoHooDoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith," co-organized by the Menil Collection and PS 1 Contemporary Art Center. The exhibition brings together an intergenerational group of artists who address the use of rituals in the artistic process and the implications of spirituality in contemporary art. Ends May 24. Miami Art Museum, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Details: (305) 375-3000 or www.miamiartmusem.org.
Join the ArtCenter/South Florida for a mid-week escape to paint the tropical and Japanese gardens at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens with instructor Lisa Egeli. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 25 and 26. Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. $155 members, $165 others. Details: (305) 674-8278 ext 15 or www.artcentersf.org.
The Museum of Contemporary Art hosts another installment of its contemporary-art boot camp. Education Curator Adrienne Von Lates’ lecture will cover such topics as avatars and virtual realities, video as a substitute for painting and sound art. 7 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. Details: (305) 893-6211 or www.mocanomi.org.