10 Exhibitions and Events Not To Miss during Miami Art Week 2019

Top Lists, Exhibition Announcements

November 30, 2019

Art lovers everywhere will soon journey to Miami, where over the next week, the Miami Art Week will open their doors to collectors, curators and enthusiasts alike. Alongside Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami, which rank as the premier art show of the Americas, and a range of satellite fairs, such as SCOPE Miami Beach and PULSE Art Fair, the visitors will have an opportunity to experience a packed program of offsite installations, exhibitions, workshops, talks and creative programming.

As all of this could be overwhelming, we bring you the must-see exhibitions and events for the busy week ahead.

Featured image: Fanitch & Young: Apex Predator | Darwinian Voodoo at Art Basel Miami Beach 2017.

Shinique Smith at UBS

UBS, a Global Lead Partner of Art Basel, will present Indelible Marks by Shinique Smith, a display of new sculptures, paintings and a site-specific installation by the artist in the UBS Lounge. The exhibition will be on view at the UBS Art Gallery in January 2020 and at the UBS Art Studio (West Lobby), which will be dedicated to #TOGETHERBAND, a global initiative by BOTTLETOP and UBS aiming to raise awareness of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Global Goals.

The audience will have an opportunity to see a selection from her newest body of two and three-dimensional works comprised of coded messages in cloth and calligraphy, mixed media compositions on canvas and paper, new totemic sculptures of hand-bound and dyed clothing, and a specially commissioned large-scale work in mixed media.

Featured image: Shinique Smith in her studio with Mitumba Deity II, 2018-19. Clothing, fabric, pillows, ribbon, rope and found objects, 45 x 54 x 48 in (114.3 x 137.2 x 121.9 cm) © Shinique Smith. Photo credit: Jeff Vespa.

Cecilia Vicuña and Alice Rahon at MOCA

The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) will present two exhibitions showcasing women artists ― Cecilia Vicuña’s About to Happen and the late French-Mexican Surrealist Alice Rahon’s Poetic Invocations.

Vicuña's first major U.S. solo exhibition, About to Happen traces her career-long commitment to exploring displaced materials, peoples, and landscapes in a time of climate change. The visitors will have an opportunity to see her multidisciplinary work in performance, sculpture, drawing, video, text, and site-specific installations created over 40 years.

The first solo show dedicated to Rahon’s work in the U.S. in 55 years, Poetic Invocations will feature approximately 30 works including paintings, works on paper, as well as archival material that emphasizes Rahon´s oeuvre as a whole.

Both exhibitions will be on view at MOCA in Miami from November 26th, 2019 until March 29th, 2020. On December 5th, MOCA will host a special exhibition reception from 8 to 11 p.m.

Featured images: Alice Rahon - Madame Dimanche, circa 1955. Oil on canvas, 69 1/4 x 45 5/8 in. (176 x 116 cm). Private Collection; Cecilia Vicuna - Precarios, 1966-2017. Up to 130* found-object sculptures: stone, shells, glass, wood, plastic, thread, debris Presented in field of sand and along the wall on small shelves made of wood; Cecilia Vicuña: About to Happen, Installation View Courtesy of Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, 2017. Photo: Alex Marks.

Mickalene Thomas, Haegue Yang and Lara Favaretoo at The Bass

At The Bass Museum of Art, visitors will have an opportunity to see the exhibition by Haegue Yang titled In the Cone of Uncertainty, on view until April 5th, 2020; Mickalene Thomas titled Better Nights, on view from December 1st, 2019 until September 27th, 2020; and by Lara Favaretto titled Blind Spot, on view from December 1st, 2019 until April 19th, 2020.

Taking place during the Miami Art Week, a party sponsored by Artsy will take place at the museum on December 4th, 2019, from 8 to 10 p.m.

Featured image: Family photos of Sandra Bush. © Mickalene Thomas. Courtesy of the artist and The Bass.

The Inaugural Installation at Rubell Museum's New Campus

The new campus at The Rubell Museum will open on December 4th, 2019 with a museum-wide installation of works that chronicle key artists, moments, and movements in vital arts centers over the past 50 years, from the East Village to Beijing, Los Angeles to Leipzig, and São Paulo to Tokyo.

The exhibition will include more than 300 seminal works by 100 artists whom the Rubells championed as they were first emerging, including Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Still (#21) (1978), Jeff Koons’ New Hoover Convertible (1980),  Keith Haring’s Statue of Liberty (1982), George Condo’s K-9 Explosion (1986), Rosemarie Trockel’s Untitled (1986), and Kerry James Marshall’s Untitled (1998-1999).

Featured image: Installation shot of the Rubell Museum’s inaugural installation. Left wall: Glenn Ligon, America, 2008 / Center: Kehinde Wiley, Sleep, 2008 / Right, Hanging: Keith Haring, Untitled, 1982 © Keith Haring Foundation / Right, Sculpture: Carl Andre, Llano Estacado, Dallas, Texas, 1979. Photo credit Chi Lam.

The Opening of the Espacio 23

The new space by Jorge Peréz, the billionaire developer whose name adorns the Peréz Art Museum Miami, opens just in time for thr Miami Art Week. Titled El Espacio 23, the museum will occupy a 28,000-square-foot warehouse on NW 23rd Street and house Peréz's massive private art collection. The complex will also have three apartments designed for artist and curator residencies lasting six to eight weeks.

The museum will open with an exhibition Time for Change: Art and Social Unrest in the Jorge M. Peréz Collection, featuring works by locally based artists such as Edouard Duval-Carrié alongside international stars such as William Kentridge, Alfredo Jaar, and Ai Weiwei.

Featured image: El Espacio 23, via ft.com.

Vik Muniz at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden

On December 4th, The House of Ruinart and Brazilian artist Vik Muniz are hosting a treasured sunset celebration at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. This event will bring together art and gastronomy through the release of limited-edition Ruinart x Vik Muniz prints and expertly curated bites by friend Chef Daniel Boulud. All of the proceeds from the prints will benefit Imazon, a Brazilian research institute dedicated to promoting conservation and sustainable development in the Amazon.

Featured image'm Vik Muniz - After Breakfast, After Elin Danielson Gambogi, c-print. Edition 6/6. Palm Springs Museum, via rocor.

The Vanessa Beecroft Performance

The next day, be sure to stop by Lot 11 Skate Park between 5:30 and 8 p.m. to check out a performance by Italian contemporary artist, Vanessa Beecroft curated by Neville Wakefield. Beecroft is known for her often large-scale performances involving live female models which are often nude. The upcoming performance is described as an exploration and interpretation of the Kappa 'Omini' logo in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

Featured image: Vanessa Beecroft - VB64, via flickr.

The Reopening of Hublot Galerie with Shepard Fairey

The same day, the renowned artist Shepard Fairey will unveil his newest work in celebration of the reopening of Hublot Galerie (Hublot’s Design District boutique) and its five-year anniversary. The Boutique is a one-of-a-kind concept that offers only the brand’s sought-after limited-edition pieces.

Featured image: Hublot Galerie, Photo via Facebook.

Wynwood Walls' 10-Year Anniversary

The Wynwood Walls, the famed epicenter of the Wynwood Arts District and arguably the most Instagrammable spot in all of Miami, is known for bringing the world’s greatest artists working in the graffiti and street art genre to Miami for its ever-changing collection of curated art. During the Miami Art Week, the Wynwood Walls celebrates its 10-year anniversary.

For this special occasion, CEO Jessica Goldman Srebnick has selected a roster of global artists to create new walls - Martha Cooper, Kenny Scharf, Futura, FAILE, Dan Kitchener, Tats Cru, Buff Monster, Ernesto Maranje, Michael Vasquez, Mina Hamada, Dasic Fernandez and Kelsey Montague. The celebrations will take place throughout the week.

Featured image: Wynwood Walls, by Phillip Pessar via Wikimedia Commons.

Virgil Abloh Outdoor Installation

Artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear and founder of the fashion label Off-White, Virgil Abloh will be featured in the Miami Design District’s public art program.

Throughout the week, the visitors of Jade Alley, between 40th and 41st streets, will have an opportunity to see Virgil's sculpture of a Sunoco beacon positioned as a sinking ship, made especially for this outdoor location in Miami. An earlier iteration was part of Abloh’s PAY PER VIEW solo exhibition at Kaikai Kiki Gallery in Tokyo.

Featured image: Virgil Abloh, by Myles Kalus Anak Jihem, via Wikimedia Commons.