Critic’s Choice January 2019

Welcome 2019: Art is Social.

Several striking exhibitions are just in time to catch up after the impasse of the Holidays. Curated by Jane Hart, the eros effect (Bridge Red Studios/Project Space, through January 6th) transforms the gallery into a social interactive arena where art becomes the essential spark to the collective consciousness. Another group exhibition, Paradise Summit Miami (Emerson Dorsch Gallery through February 2nd) transmutes the gallery into a co-learning experience where arts, literature, and architecture go hands-on hand.

Mis. Placed is the result of a collaboration among six female artists that join forces to discuss the pressing issues of migration and displacement through art (on view at Collective 62 through January 31st). SEREPENS: Serenoa repens, by Robert Chambers, recipient of the Fellow in the Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) program, is a compelling essay about the delicate balance between nature and indigenous species as the only and ultimate preservation of the Florida Everglades.

Two forthcoming events will take place in January: The National YoungArts Week (YoungArts Campus and New World Center, January 6-13) that will bring to Miami the nation’s most promising young artists in the visual, literary, performing arts; and the Latinx Art Sessions that organized by ArtCenter/South Florida and Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) explores Latinx identity in contemporary art (January 24-25). Among the upcoming shows on January, highlight Terence Price II: Dancing in the Absence of Pain (ArtCenter/South Florida, January 16 – March 31), and Jess T. Dugan and Vanessa Fabbre: To Survive on This Shore (Frost, January 23 – April 28). The first one being a touching, intimate photographic essay about life in our local inner cities, while the second one is a revealing portraiture essay about challenges and dreams of the LGBTQ community.

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