Rising seas, gentrification, increasingly frequent storms, and a steady stream of immigrants from around the world make South Florida a hotbed of constant change. It’s no wonder, then, that the 2019-20 season sees our arts institutions trying to calibrate and orient our relationships to place them in a city as changing as Miami.
These themes run through the mid-career investigation of Teresita Fernández, featured on Perez Miami Art Museum From October 17 to February 9. “Teresita Fernández: Elementary” cuts a passage in the artist’s career, emphasizing the study and creation of landscapes. Using both installation and two-dimensional sculpture, Fernández explores not only the construction of space, but also how that space informs and influences the social and political subjects within it. The Miami-born artist’s retrospective examines the nation’s ideological and physical divisions in the context of the spaces and visions we share of them.
A week later, the University of Miami Lowe’s Art Museum will open an exhibition of Cuban-American artist Carlos Estévez’s project “Cities of the Mind”. Inspired by city maps, the paintings explore influences from Havana, medieval Europe, and the origins of the known universe through maps of the human mind. Additionally, on October 24, the Lowe will help advance the project of an emerging local institution, the Miami Museum of Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora, with a look at Juan Roberto’s “The Pasts of This Afro-Cuban Present.” Diago.
November 2, the Low will showcase a decade of Haegue Yang’s work in the show “In the Cone of Uncertainty”. In addition to evoking the angst of hurricanes, the artist’s work takes a range of spatial approaches, from multi-sensory installations to light sculptures. Drawing on narratives of history and identity, Yang’s pieces aim to bring to light unacknowledged or unknown connections between characters and cultures that are important in a city as diverse as Miami. In addition to discussing the thematic intersections of the place, Yang will cover Bass’ staircase wall with a commissioned piece exploring Miami Beach’s relationship to the climate crisis and the relationships that flow from it.
Another facet of Miami Beach’s cultural context is the subject of Wolfsonian-FIUThe “A Universe of Things: Micky Wolfson Collects” exhibition, which opens November 15. It is through the life and archives of the museum’s namesake that this exhibition forges links between Wolfson’s hometown and generations of design, decorative art and propaganda around the world. .
And just in time for Miami Beach’s biggest extravaganza – Art Basel – the Institute of Contemporary Art will approach his own venue with a duo of site-specific pieces by Odili Donald Odita and Carlos Sandoval de León. Odita’s three-story commission, due to be unveiled on December 1, will run along the museum’s staircase and draw attention to tensions between cultural lines such as machismo and current struggles for respect and recognition of women and LGBTQ+ communities. Sandoval de León, who grew up in Miami, will use several of his existing works in combination with a large-scale wooden structure. One of these works i 95, traces the artist’s journey along the Interstate Highway from its southernmost point in downtown Miami to its present-day homeport in New York City. Its installation is due to open on December 3.
However you see Miami right now, its arts institutions this season will have you thinking about a city we may not recognize ten years from now.