Upgrade to Miami by Claire Breukel @
Nov 17 @ 12:20 pm – Dec 21 @ 12:00 pm

“2019 is a year of renovations, expansions and upgrades in Miami offering Art Basel Miami Beach visitor’s much-needed highlights in a packed art week schedule.

This past April, PRIMARY debuted their new gallery designed by Terry Riley-led K/R architects. Nestled in Miami’s evolving Little River neighborhood, PRIMARY’S program has expanded their experimental, street art roots—forerunners to the Wynwood art district— to offer elegant exhibition-making in their unique way. This neighborhood is also attracting Oolite Arts, formerly the ArtCenter/South Florida, currently planning their build and move. While this is in the works, Oolite Arts programs their 924 Lincoln Road space with stellar artist studios and exhibitions, including a show by the Detroit-based curator Larry Ossei-Mensah this December.

The Allapattah neighborhood is a new hot spot. Located south of Wynwood, Hometown BBQ is a must-try before visiting the new Rubell Family Collection warehouse, a 20,000 square foot one-level exhibition space that will feature highlights from their immense collections in December. Miami Produce Market by developer Robert Wennett will convert an Allapattah fruit and vegetable warehouse center covering more than eight acres into a residential, commercial and educational complex designed by architect Bjarke Ingels.

The newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Center, home to the Art Basel Miami Beach fair, has debuted six public art projects by internationally renowned artists—oddly, all part of the “Western” canon. Notable projects include Joep Van Lishout’s “Humanoids” situating the environment as a center-point around which abstracted human forms exist, as well as Franz Ackerman’s “About Sand,” a “mental map” mural reflecting Miami’s vibrancy.

Leading the way, the Peréz Art Museum Miami will feature a much-awaited mid-career retrospective by Miami born, New York-based artist Teresita Fernández. Widely recognized for her experiential, monumental works, Fernández draws connections between landscape, history, place, and materiality, and makes references to land, geology, and social order.  A noted advocate for the under-representation of Latinx artists and inclusivity, the amalgamation of Fernández’s conceptual, creative, and social sensibility will make a poignant statement within one of Miami’s most visited museums.  

Other local favorites include Locust Projects, Fountainhead Residency, Fringe Projects, MDC Museum of Art and Design, NSU Museum Fort Lauderdale, The Wolfsonian, The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Art, MoCA, The Bass, the Lowe, the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, the de la Cruz collection, and the list goes on. Get ready for take off!”



Leonora Carrington in Mexico @ NSU Art Museum / Ft. Lauderdale
Nov 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Lecture Leonora Carrington in Mexico: The Mirror of the Marvelous by Teresa Arcq will discuss the influence of Mexico in the artists’ work. RSVP required to or call 954-262-0258. Thursday, November 21, 6 – 8 pm.

MoCAAD & Lowe Museum Basel Kickoff @ Lowe Art Museum
Dec 1 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Miami MoCCAD, Museum of Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora, and Lowe Art Museum co-sponsor an Art Basel Week kickoff with a complimentary reception and a conversation with Afro-Cuban artist Juan Roberto Diago and curator and founding director, Harvard Afro-Latin American Research Institute Alejandro de la Fuente, moderated by Erica Molah James, University of Miami Caribbean Art History Professor. Sunday, December 1, from 5 pm. Seating begins at the Storer Auditorium, program starts at 6 pm. Diago: The Pasts of this Afro­ Cuban Present is the first retrospective of Juan Roberto Diago (b.1971). This exhibition, presented by University of Miami Lowe Art Museum and the Harvard University Hutchins Center for African & African American Research in collaboration with Miami MoCAAD, offers over two decades of uninterrupted work and traces Diago’s singular efforts to construct new pasts–the pasts required to explain the racial tensions of contemporary Cuba.

Poetry Reading by Richard Blanco @ LnS Gallery
Dec 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Dec. 2, 6 – 8:30. A Rose as a Question, an original poem US Poet Laureate Richard Blanco based in the solo exhibition The Roses of Fibonacci by artist John William Bailly on view at LnS Gallery from November 16. Poetry reading to start promptly at 6:30 pm. RSVP.  

Closing Breakfast with Adriana Herrera @ Sammer Gallery
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

In The Total Absence / Presence of Color, curated by Adriana Herrera for Sammer Gallery new space-office in Midtown will be closing on Saturday, December 7, with a free visit and breakfast from 10 am – noon. The title of this exhibition responds to the predominance of black and white in the assembled works. The works gathered here encompass a period of 90 years: from an untitled 1929 drawing by Joaquín Torres García, to the acrylic on metal Táctil Virtual by Rafael Martinez from 2019 (3250 NE 1st Ave. Unit 303, Midtown).