Written by Miami Today on April 9, 2009
Diaspora Vibe Gallery hosts the opening of "Runaway Reactions" featuring the work of Marlon Griffith and Susan Mains. Mr. Griffith’s work, presented in video displays, examines social criticism in Trinidad’s Carnival. Ms. Mains’ collection explores the quality of light, contrast and color. 7-10 p.m. Ends May 21. Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, 3938 N Miami Ave., Miami. Details: (305) 573-4046 or www.diasporavibe.net.
CITY OF THE DEAD
The Historical Museum of Southern Florida hosts a photography exhibit 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 May 25. Historical Museum of Southern Florida, 101 W Flagler St., Miami. Details: (305) 375-1492 or www.hmsf.org.
GIANTS IN THE GARDEN
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 "Black Crossroads: The African Diaspora in Miami." The exhibit explores the impact of African-Americans, Africans, black Caribs 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.
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 Jewish Museum exhibits 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 "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.
GOING IN OR OUT
Adamar Fine Arts hosts the opening of Burton Morris’s "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 TV show "Friends." His latest collection puts a 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., suite 107, Miami. Details: (305) 576-1355 or www.adamargallery.com.
The Museum of Contemporary Art’s newest exhibit investigates how technological innovations from the early 20th century provided artists with new means to create abstract moving images. Titled "Abstract Cinema," the exhibit brings together a wide range of artists who have broken boundaries by using new media in creative ways. Ends May 10. Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. Details: (305) 893-6211 or www.mocanomi.org.
Miami Dade College hosts a tribute to late Cuban painter and sculptor Carlos Sobrino on the 100th anniversary of his birth. The exhibition includes 21 of his works, as well as items from his personal collection. Ends April 24. Miami Dade College West Campus, 3800 NW 115th Ave., Doral. Details: (305) 237-1532 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Museum of Contemporary Arts’ Wynwood gallery hosts the first museum exhibition of Miami-native Luis Gispert. The exhibit features works in a variety of media and examines the concept of customization as a means to the sublime. 7-9 p.m. 404 NW 26th St., Miami. Details: (305) 893-6211 or www.mocanomi.org.
The Museum of Contemporary Art hosts another installment of its contemporary-art boot camp. Education Curator Adrienne Von Lates’ lecture will examine the work of Salvador Dali and the surrealists. 7 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Art, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami. Details: (305) 893-6211 or www.mocanomi.org.