Before you begin your parcours of Miami’s ever-expanding Art Week, we invite you to consult our curated guide to singular experiences—from pop ups to performances, soundscapes to film screenings, art fairs to exhibitions and more. Watch for FREE encounters throughout.
Listen to our Miami Art Week 2018 Preview to hear the stories behind some of this year’s most exciting projects.
Featured photo above via Institute of Contemporary Art Miami: Judy Chicago, Earth Birth, 1983.
Nov 30 – Dec 23 Visit site for schedule
Miami Motel Stories
7700 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami
Stop by the Gold Dust Motel where Miami’s Juggerknot Theatre Company tells the story of the city’s Modern District, one room at a time.
Dec 2, 11am-4pm FREE
Little Haiti Art Week Launch
Twelve local galleries offer a taste of Miami’s year-round art scene.
Dec 8, Black Florida LED show 11am-2pm Wynwood and Overtown + 6-8pm South Beach FREE
The Water Rights exhibition comes to you, with photographs that explore the African diaspora’s relationship to water.
INTERACTIVE ART AND PERFORMANCE
Dec 3 8pm Opening
Dec 3-9 Visit site for schedule. RSVPs required for some events FREE
Titled This is Not America, the experimental festival of performance, public art, talks and film takes over the entire Faena District and adjacent public spaces, Miami Beach
Tomás Saraceno, Albedo
Dec 5–9, 10am–8pm (Dec 6, 12pm–8pm) FREE
Aerocene Explorer Performance | Daily, 10am, Solar Cooking | Daily, 11am–1pm, Explorer Backpack Borrowing | Daily, 12pm–4pm
Oceanfront between 21st and 22nd streets (next to Collins Park), Miami Beach
What would we do without fossil fuels? Argentinian artist Tomás Saraceno and the Aerocene Foundation will show us, with a hemispherical sundial—40 reflective, out-turned umbrellas of various sizes. Daily demos of solar energy.
5-8 Dec 8pm-3am (Free Dec 9 2-8pm for Downtown Miami Residents)
RAW Pop Up
100 South Miami Ave, Miami
This year, the RAW POP UP unfolds inside the abandoned Burdine’s department store where every evening will be a new and different site specific, interactive experience.
Bethany Collins: America: A Hymnal
Locust Projects, 3852 North Miami Avenue, Miami
Thu Dec 6 10am-5pm FREE
Volunteers and small choirs sing 100 versions of My Country ‘Tis of Thee by the Rev. Samuel F. Smith. A chronological retelling of American history, politics and culture through one song.
On view at Locust: Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Bethany Collins, Michael Loveland
Opening Dec 6
FREE! Art Fair
Dec 6-9 FREE
Brickell City Centre, 701 South Miami Ave, Miami
Inventive, immersive and episodic art experiences—performances and installations throughout the city’s newest monument to shopping.
Dec 6 Art Basel Night @PAMM
Perez Art Museum Miami, Biscayne Blvd at 11th St., Miami
PAMM’s signature Thursday night event celebrates Art Week and the Museum’s 35th anniversary with a performance by Brooklyn-based Afrobeat musical collective Antibalas and other musical artists. This is the night to explore Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Surrounded Islands, Ebony G. Patterson’s solo while the dew is still on the roses…
Dec 7 9pm- 2am
Free Range Miami FREE
777 International Mall, 145 E Flagler St, Miami
FREE RANGE MIAMI is a night of DJ’s and performances held in celebration of Tschabalala Self’s career-first, site-specific public art commission Lee’s Oriental Market in downtown Miami. The event is co-presented by Fringe Projects and Tschabalala Self with lead project support from the Facebook Art Department.
Audiotheque: Miami’s Sound Chamber
Dec 1-15 Schedule varies. See website for details FREE
Studio 201, ArtCenter/South Florida, 924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
Sound art guru invites you into a 30-channel environment designed for immersive audible art encounters. Last Call: This unique space closes Dec 15.
While you’re at ArtCenter, explore the exhibition Parallels and Peripheries. Curator Larry Ossei-Mensah investigates how eight artists create work constructed from narratives, myths, and memories that shape identity.
Also on Lincoln Road: David Castillo Gallery shows The Strangeness Will Wear Off, a group exhibition that proposes the enduring legacy of Modernism as a radical and boundary-pushing form into the contemporary moment.
Bill Fontana, Sonic Dreamscapes
Soundscape Park, 17th St. at Washington Avenue, Miami Beach
Fontana’s audible art is the latest commission by the City of Miami Beach Art in Public Places, in partnership with the New World Symphony. By day, Surround yourself in an invisible flock of friendly mockingbirds. Every evening (except Dec 8), from 7pm to midnight, relax to the sights and sounds of South Florida’s coastal water world.
Dec 5-8, 11-7pm, Dec 9 11-5pm
UNTITLED Art Fair
Ocean Drive at 12th St.
This international curated art fair is our favorite haunt.
Drop by to meet founder and artistic director Cathy Byrd when we bring Fresh Art International to UNTITLED, Radio’s daily web streaming program inside the fair tent.
6-6:30pm Dec 5 Conversation: Rodrigue Mouchez/AGUAS
11am-Noon Dec 6 Sound: Samson Young Hong Kong Mixtape
5:00-5:30pm Dec 6 Conversation: Haas Brothers with Leilani Lynch
5:30-6pm Dec 7 Conversation: Rosario Marquardt and Roberto Behar
Art Basel Miami Beach
This art fair tops the charts. It’s the original spark for Miami Art Week.
Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC)
1901 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach
Craving the art fair experience, but can’t afford a ticket? Make your way to daily FREE Conversations about museums, artists, the art market, biennials and more. The program begins 10am, Thu, Dec 6, with Allora and Calzadilla, artists from Puerto Rico whose work is always on view in the sculpture garden of Miami’s Institute of Contemporary Art.
Also FREE at MBCC: Abraham Cruzvillegas, Autorreconstrucción: To Insist, to Insist, to Insist…
3pm and 5pm Performances Daily, Grand Ballroom
Riffing on a project presented at The Kitchen in New York City earlier this year, Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas sets the stage for performances with dancers and musicians around and within a suspended assemblage made from materials scavenged locally.
PRIZM Art Fair
Alfred I. DuPont Building, 169 East Flagler Street Miami, FL 33131
Dec 4, 6pm – 9pm and Sat, 8 Dec, 9pm – 1am FREE with RSVP
RSVP for two free evenings during this homegrown fair showing art from Africa and global African Diaspora. For the first time, PRIZM has enough space to share with eight local and international galleries.
Rubell Family Collection FREE
Nov 30-Dec 6 9am-6pm
95 NW 29th St, Miami
Purvis Young’s exhibition takes over the entire first floor with over 100 paintings from the artist who spent his life (1943—2010) in Miami. While you’re there take a look at New Acquisitions: Paintings and sculptures by 20 artists acquired within the last two years include work by Harlem born Tschabalala Self (See Free Range Miami).
Opening Dec 4
More / Less FREE
De La Cruz Collection
23 NE 41st St, Miami
More / Less further explores shifts in contemporary visual culture, as revealed through the vision of collectors, Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz. Comprised of over 200 works, More / Less continues the collection’s ongoing study of the intimate link between gesture, abstraction, and written language.
Opening Dec 4
Judy Chicago: A Reckoning
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami FREE RSVP RECOMMENDED
61 NE 41st St, Miami
A major survey of works by the pioneering feminist artist highlights Chicago’s iconographic transition from abstraction to figuration. Also on view at ICA Miami: William Copley, Larry Bell, Manuel Solano.
Opening Dec 6, 8-11pm
AFRICOBRA: Messages to the People
Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
Check website for extended Art Week Hours
MOCA presents a groundbreaking exhibition celebrating the founding of AFRICOBRA – the Black artist collective that helped define the visual aesthetic of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the collective, which came out of Chicago.
Opening Dec 7, 10am-1pm FREE
The Elusive Master: Emmanuel Merisier, from Haiti to beyond
Little Haiti Cultural Complex
212-260 Northeast 59th Terrace, Miami
We’re told that the famous Haitian soupe joumou will be served at the vernissage for Haitian artist Emmanuel Merisier’s solo exhibition. Drawing influence from both Haitian art and popular culture and European modernism, Merisier’s oeuvre explores both the spiritual and the modern.
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