Written by Miami Today on March 12, 2009
Artist Mark di Suvero’s enormous steel sculptures rise over Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s world-famous flowering trees and vines merging the worlds of art and engineering. The collection includes five massive steel structures that are said to seamlessly fit into the garden’s delicate fauna. Ends May 31. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 667-1651 or www.fairchildgarden.org.
The Historical Museum of Southern Florida hosts the exhibit "Black Crossroads: The African Diaspora in Miami." The exhibit explores the impact of African-Americans, Africans, black Caribbeans and black Hispanics on Miami through historic photographs, oral histories, memorabilia, film and artifacts related to black pioneers, families, laborers, communities and organizations spanning the 100-year history of black migration to Miami. Ends Jan. 24. Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 W Flagler, Miami. Details: (305) 375-1657 or www.hmsf.org.
WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?
Alliance Française de Miami hosts the exhibit "Visiteurs" by French painter Hervé Alexandre. Through the use of bold color, Mr. Alexandre has created stunning portraits inspired by his travels through Asia, Africa and Latin America. Ends March 30. Alliance Française de Miami, 618 SW 8th St., Miami. Details: (305) 859-8760 or www.afmiami.org.
THE PEOPLE’S PRESIDENT
For the past 25 years, artist and historian Wendy Allen has created portraits of Abraham Lincoln. In observance of the 200th anniversary of President Lincoln’s birth, the Library System has collaborated with Ms. 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.
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.
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.
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.
ART AND FAITH
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.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens hosts a collaborative-painting workshop led by Helen Burgos. Each participant will create a 12"-by-12" oil or acrylics painting that will be one part of the final piece. The final piece will later be sold at the Garden’s "In Bloom" show and sale. 12:30-3 p.m. Wednesdays, Ends March 24. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. $90. Details: (305) 667-1651, ext. 3322 or www.fairchildgarden.org.
ArtCenter/South Florida hosts a six-week painting class taught by Anthony Ardavin. The object of each class is to have a finished artwork in three hours. The creative portion will be followed by a constructive artist-teacher discussion on the work. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Ends April 18. ArtCenter/South Florida, 924 Lincoln Road, suite 205, Miami Beach. $190. Details: (305) 674-8278 or www.artcentersf.org.
GOING IN OR OUT
Adamar Fine Arts hosts the opening of Burton Morris’ latest exhibit "A Night In/A Night Out on the Town." Mr. Morris first gained national attention when his artwork was chosen to hang on the set of the hit show "Friends." His latest collection of work puts a delightful spin on everyday objects and motifs. Using his post-Pop style, Mr. Morris’ work portrays popular icons and ideas people can easily relate to. 7-10 p.m. Ends May 2. 4141 NE 2nd Ave., suit 107, Miami. Details: (305) 576-1355 or www.adamargallery.com.
In conjunction with the "Las Artes De Mexico," the Lowe Art Museum hosts Pablo Cano’s musical marionettes from the multimedia production "The Blue Ribbon." The marionettes have been created from found objects and were originally commissioned for a performance at the Museum of Contemporary Art. 1 p.m. Lowe Art Museum, 1301 Stanford Drive, Coral Gables. $5. Free for children four and under. Details: (305) 284-3535 or www.lowemuseum.org.
The Museum of Contemporary Art hosts another installment of its "Arts for All" series offering adults the opportunity to learn about contemporary art through hands-on activities. This class will focus on surrealist techniques. 7-9 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. $10 members, $12 others. Details: (305) 893-6211 or www.mocanomi.org.