Miami Beyond the Fairs: Things You Can See Now

by Michael Anthony Farley on November 25, 2015 · 2 comments Art Fair + Events

Nari Ward, "Sun Splashed, Listri Sulla soglia," 2013, now on view at PAMM

Nari Ward, “Sun Splashed, Listri Sulla soglia,” 2013, now on view at PAMM

Art Basel Miami Beach doesn’t technically begin until next week, but myriad satellite fairs, pop-ups, and exhibitions at institutions and artist-run spaces have pretty much turned Miami “Art Week” into a season unto itself. For Miami locals or those already in town prepping for the main fairs, there’s plenty of quality shows already open this week, including tonight’s opening reception for a real/fake all-woman art fair. Here, in no particular order, are our picks for what you can see today or this weekend:

AdrienneRose Gionta

AdrienneRose Gionta

Littlest Sister Art Fair
Spinello Projects
7221 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, Florida
Opening tonight: 6:00 p.m.

Spinello Projects, one of Miami’s most reliable galleries for solid work, is inaugurating its new home with a mock international art fair. The show is a commentary on the arrival of the art fairs as a pivotal moment for the city’s local art scene, but with a twist: this survey is focused exclusively on female-identified artists without gallery representation. It’s an impressive roster of artists including some of our Miami favorites Adrienne Rose Gionta and Tara Long, whose respective practices explore constructed identity through performative work on-and-offline. Long will be inaugurating a new performance titled “PITIPARTI EP” from her alter ego POORgrrrl, the subject of a recent profile in The Miami New Times.

Artists: Cara Despain, Adrienne Rose Gionta, Jessie Laino, Tara Long, Ana Mendez, Nun (Jessica Martin and Deon Rubi), Jamilah Sabur, Reed van Brunschot, Juana Valdes, and Clara Varas.
TM Sisters Hot Tub
100+ Degrees in The Shade
3900 North Miami Ave
Miami, Florida

According to curator Jane Hart, this is the first definitive survey of South Florida artists in nearly 15 years. And definitive it seems. Nearly every great artist I can name from the region make an appearance here, including Orlando Estrada, who performed at Art F City’s post-apocalyptic party in Brooklyn last month. Other highlights include an installation comprising a functional gold lamé disco jacuzzi from The TM Sisters, the collaborative name for real-life sisters Tasha and Monica Lopez de Victoria. It is so, so good.

Artists: Lori Nozick, TJ Ahearn, Ahol Sniffs Glue, Kevin Arrow, Eddie Arroyo, Bhakti Baxter, Loriel Beltran, Carlos Betancourt, Bleeding Palm, Autumn Casey, Robert Chambers, Westen Charles, Matthew Chernoff, William Cordova, Gina Cunningham, Christian Curiel, John DeFaro, Mark Diamond, Dana Donaty, Sebastian Duncan-Portuondo, Harlan Erskine, Phillip Estlund, Orlando Estrada, Charles Falarara, Dara Friedman, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Florencio Gelabert, FeCuOp, Luis Gispert, Quisqueya Henriquez, Homo-Sapiens, Jan and Dave, Carol Jazzar, Kelley Johnson, Julie Kahn, Eurydice Kamvyselli, William Keddell, Don Lambert, Joshua Levine, Karelle Levy, Francesco LoCastro, Jean-Paul Mallozzi, Pepe Mar, Jillian Mayer, David McCauly, Daniel Milewski, Ruben Millares, Beatriz Monteavaro, Hugo Montoya, Gean Moreno, Ernesto Oroza, Daniel Newman, Jessy Nite, Martin Oppel, Gustavo Oviedo, Emilio Perez, Sri Prabha, Gavin Perry, Tao Rey, Johnny Robles, Bert Rodriguez, Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova, David Rohn, Sebastian Ruiz, Barron Sherer, Magnus Sigurdarson, Magnus Sodamin, Misael Soto, Karen Starosta-Gilinski, Alex Sweet, TM Sisters, Alex Trimino, Frances Trombly, Stephan Tugrul, Michael Vasquez, Sergio Vega


Hugo Montoya

Hugo Montoya, digital print

Older Than Jesus
Bakehouse Art Complex
561 NW 32nd St
Miami, FL

This exhibition is a play on the New Museum’s acclaimed generational survey Younger Than Jesus, which focused on international artists under the age of 33. Here, all of the artists are over 34. But don’t expect the work here to be “mature” in the dry sense. Relatively young artists in the group such as Hugo Montoya operate with humor and a playful sensibility, while Peggy Nolan has described herself as “a Badass Grandma” who occasionally supported her photography career by stealing film.

Artists: William Maguire, Peggy Nolan, Sheila Elias, Nate Page, John Mandel, Robert Dansby, Elisa Harkins, Hugo Montoya, Skip Arnold, Harvey Opgenorth


Nari Ward, “Mango Tourist,” 2011

Nari Ward: Sun Splashed
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
1103 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL

This is the first major retrospective of Jamaican-American artist Nari Ward. Refreshingly, it’s not organized chronologically. Instead, pieces are grouped by their associations with particular threads in the artist’s diverse practice. Ward works in a broad variety of media and concepts—approaching experiments with materials or topics such as immigration through photography, architectural installations, fibers pieces, and painterly sculpture. It’s always nice to see work from an artist who takes obvious joy in discovering a new process or medium, and from what I’ve heard, this show is veritable cornucopia of such moments.

Rachel Harrison

Rachel Harrison “Voyage of the Beagle, Two,” 2008 (detail).

Rachel Harrison: Voyage of the Beagle, Two
Bass Museum of Art
2100 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL

Rachel Harrison takes pictures of sculptures that kinda look like other sculptures. In her show at the Bass Museum, she has 58 of them, wrapping around the gallery wall leading from prehistoric art to kitsch like racist cookie jars to neoclassical figures. This show looks fun, well-put together and smart. It’s the kind of thing that’s probably better to see in its entirety while the museum isn’t insanely packed, like it will be next week. If you’re in Miami, check it out today or the 28th, though, because the museum will be closed November 26, 27 and 29.

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