In between visiting the fairs happening during Art Basel Miami Beach, you’ll want to make sure to save time to visit these shows and exhibitions at Miami’s top museums, galleries, and private collections.
“Education as the Practice of Freedom”
National YoungArts Foundation Edgewater
“Education as the Practice of Freedom” is curated by Project for Empty Space’s Jasmine Wahi. The exhibition, inspired by the ideas of bell hooks’s book Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom, includes works by 20 YoungArts alumni from 1987 through today. On view are collages, installations, paintings, prints, sculptures, and mixed-media works by artists like Priscilla Aleman, Amal Haddad, Rachel London, Ameya Okamoto, Luz Orozco, Malaika Temba, Lynn Kim, Sanna Legan, and Cornelius Tulloch. Each presents their own interpretations of freedom, oppression, education, environment, and established doctrines.
Ebony G. Patterson’s “. . . while the dew is still on the roses . . .”
Pérez Art Museum Miami Downtown
Now—May 5, 2019
“. . . while the dew is still on the roses . . .” is the most significant exhibition of the artist’s work to date. Curated by Tobias Ostrander, the show includes work from the past several years, installed within an immersive night-garden environment. Through her use of lace, beads, glitter, tapestry, drawing, and other enticing materials and mediums, Ebony G. Patterson investigates the relationship of black and brown bodies to gardens both wild and domestic. Included in the show is the 2012 three-channel video The Observation: The Bush Cockerel Project, A Fictitious Historical Narrative.
The Haas Brothers’ “Fern Gully”
The Bass South Beach
December 5—April 21, 2019
“Ferngully” is the Haas Brothers’ first solo museum exhibition. On view will be new and recent work by the Los Angeles–based designers, known for creating furniture and objects with animal-like (even sometimes beastly) and biomorphic qualities. Named after the 1992 animated film, the exhibition transports viewers to a natural utopia—complete with a padded forest floor—filled with delightful surprises. In their practice, the duo plays with material, function, and fragility, explored through the use of beadwork, ceramics, velvet, glass, weaving, metal, and other materials.
Rubell Family Collection Wynwood
Now—June 29, 2019
In addition to its presentation of new acquisitions, opening for Miami Art Week, the Rubell Family Collection will present a solo show of work by the artist Purvis Young. The exhibition will take over the first floor of the foundation and include over 100 paintings from the late Miami-based artist (1943–2010). His practice and legacy will be explored in depth through Young’s investigation of various universal themes. A catalog with contributions from Rashid Johnson, Gean Moreno, Franklin Sirmans, Hans Ulrich Obrist, César Trasobares, and Barbara N. Young accompanies the show.
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse Wynwood
Now—April 27, 2019
The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse debuts new work and exhibitions this season. On view now through the spring are exhibitions from Gilles Barbier, Peter Buggenhout, Cate Giordano, Imi Knoebel, Ibrahim Mahama, Olaf Metzel, Paola Pivi, and Kishio Suga. In the Photography Gallery, visitors will find work by Walker Evans, Helen Levitt, and Stephen Shore and German photography from the 1930s. Also on view are lighting and video pieces by Leandro Erlich, Yuichi Higashionna, Amar Kanwar, Barry McGee, Iván Navarro, Tony Oursler, Jennifer Steinkamp, and Keisuke Takahashi. During Art Basel in Miami Beach, the Collection will have extended hours, open December 3–8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and December 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Made in Italy: MITA Textile Design 1926–1976”
The Wolfsonian-FIU South Beach
Now—April 28, 2019
“Made in Italy: MITA Textile Design 1926–1976” does a deep dive into the exchange between artists like Fortunato Depero, Gio Ponti, and Arturo Martini and the Genovese textile firm Manifattura Italiana Tappeti Artistici, known as MITA. On view are drawings, designs, photos, and original works showcasing the major commissions, limited-edition art panels, printed fabrics, tapestries, and rugs that defined Italian design in the modern era. The exhibition is organized with The Wolfsoniana, the museum’s sister institution in Genoa, Italy, in cooperation with the Consulate General of Italy in Miami.