Dr. Donette Francis
2021 Art Circuits’ Critic’s Choice art writer

Donette Francis is an Associate Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Miami, where she is a founding member of the Hemispheric Caribbean Studies Collective. She is the author of Fictions of Feminine Citizenship: Sexuality and the Nation in Contemporary Caribbean Literature.

ART CIRCUITS

CRITIC'S CHOICE APRIL 2021

Through commemoration, celebration, and contemplation, the eclectic shows featured this month explore identities in relation to social and artistic movements, technology, and our everyday interactions with neighbors.This year of pandemic and protest reminds us of our mortality. Through the power of art, we are called upon to be intentional in our engagements with each other and the world around us.

MUSEUMS

Museum of Graffiti

Lady Pink: Graffiti Herstory

On View through

 
 
Lady Pink’s first solo exhibition at the Museum of Graffiti spans a career that began in 1979 in New York, where she inserted her feminist sensibility in a male-dominated counter-cultural practice. A teaching artist, Lady Pink maintains a public art practice – painting murals by day and trains by night as well as teaching youth how to paint large-scale murals. Black Venus (2020) reimagines the Venus of Willendorf (25,000 BCE) as a voluptuous Black woman, covered by colorful tattoo style art, holding Lady Liberty’s torch, and wearing the signature pink “pussy hat” popularized during the 2017 Women’s March in Washington DC. Activism is Never Done (2008) paints graphic images of women shackled, behind bars, and pregnant rising out of a cavernous inferno to confront pay inequities, teen pregnancy, incarceration, poverty, and exclusion from the art world. Using graffiti to recreate landscapes of rebellion and self-expression, Lady Pink reminds us of the many wonders of seeing the world from a women’s point-of-view.

AMA | Art Museum of the Americas

Womxn of the Collection

On Permanent View

A virtual exhibition showcasing the work and voices of women and non-binary artists, the exhibition features a variety of media, including photography, painting, printmaking, and sculpture from artists of Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, the United States, and Venezuela.

Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA)

“Michael Richards: Are You Down?” 

Co-curated by Alex Fialho and Melissa Levin

On View through October 10, 2021

This first museum retrospective of Michael Richards’ works commemorates the 20th anniversary of 9/11, where the Afro-Caribbean artist passed away during the terrorist attack while working in his Lower Manhattan Cultural Council studio in the World Trade Center Tower 1. The retrospective features his sculptural and drawing practice as well as performance pieces that explore themes particularly resonant now of racial inequity, police brutality, anti-blackness, and diasporic identity.

MOAD at MDC
Museum of Art and Design at THE Freedom Tower

The Body Electric

On Viewthrough May 30, 2021

If technology was never a large part of our lives, it certainly is now. From video chats, online school and work, and endless zoom sessions, the pandemic moment has made its relevance to our daily lives unthinkable. The Body Electric examines our evolutionary relationship with technology and the haptic connections between our bodies and the screens we rely on. With artists working as early as the 1960s, this multidisciplinary exhibition features works from 59 artists and collectives who use the screen as a site to contemplate issues of gender, sexuality, class, and race.

Galleries

The City of Pembroke Pines and the Frank Art Gallery

Bits & Pieces

Virtual Exhibition
On View through April 30, 2021

 
A curatorial collaboration with the South Florida-based art and technology organization, Interactive Initiative, The Frank’s Bits & Pieces reimagines the media of collage and assemblage through an immersive virtual experience. With a focus on artists who use fragmented imagery in their practice, the show explores layered ideas that create a new conversation about authorship, representation and subjectivity. Featured artists include Jason Aponte, Diego Gutierrez, Jefreid Lotti, Jackie Tileston, Jonathan Ryan Harvey, and Third Space solo artist, Twyla Gettert.

Jason Aponte, Angel

Dot Fiftyone Gallery

Jon Henry Stranger Fruit

On View through May 21, 2021

 
Evoking Billie Holiday’s poignant “Strange Fruit” and in conversation with painter Titus Kaphar’s series From a Tropical Space, Jon Henry’s sobering photography is a meditative space to reflect on Black women mourning the men in their lives, and centers Black motherhood as an intervention in narratives of police violence and Black loss. The artist tells us: “When the trials are over, the protesters have gone home and the news cameras are gone, it is the mother left. Left to mourn, to survive”. In this exhibition, Henry creates space that is both a sanctuary for this mourning and survival and a critique on mainstream indifference to the realities of Black women for generations.
Untitled #29, North Miami, FL

Dimensions Variable

Parking is A Privilege

On View through June 6, 2021

Curated by Maritza Lacayo

Puerto Rico born, Miami-based artist, Misael Soto, has customized road signs to create tension between passersby and their surroundings. Staged in the parking lot of Dimensions Variable in Miami’s Little Haiti/Little River neighborhood, Soto asks viewers to think about parking as a privilege where at least three modalities come to mind: who gets to park versus who has to travel by public transportation in Miami; those who guard their neighborhoods against outsiders parking in them; and the pop-up parking that people devise for large events. Soto invites us to be more contemplative about this most habitual everyday practice.
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misael soto PARKING is a PRIVILEGE