Accessible Art: Acclaimed sculptor El Anatsui takes over the Bass Museum of Art, Miami artist Bhakti Baxter explores geometry at Gallery Diet, Virginia Overton and Wangechi Mutu exhibits open simultaneously at MOCA, ArtCenter/South Florida celebrates 30th

 

Anticipated exhibitions by two African artists, El Anatsui and Wangechi Mutu, open at local museums and O, Miami invites you to write poetry at Primary Projects in downtown

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By Galena Mosovich | galenascott@gmail.com

Mind-blowing Sculptures at the Bass

The Bass Museum of Art celebrates its 50th anniversary with “Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works” by renowned Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui. The new monumental metal wall and floor sculptures comprise his first solo show to tour the U.S. and are widely considered to represent the apex of his career. On display through August 10. 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; bassmuseum.org or 305-673-7530.

Virginia Overton + Wangechi Mutu at MOCA

Artist Virginia Overton’s first solo exhibition at an American museum opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) on Thursday, April 17 with a large-scale site-specific installation incorporating found materials. An opening reception from 7 – 9 p.m. for Overton’s “Flat Rock” includes the opening of “A Fantastic Journey,” a concurrent show by Wangechi Mutu. The popular Kenya-born, New York-based artist who addresses feminism with large colorful images will be in conversation with exhibition curator Trevor Schoonmaker of the Nasher Museum. Free for members. $10 for non-members. RSVP required. 770 NE 125th St., North Miami; mocanomi.org or 305-893-6211.

Cuban Nostalgia

Cuban-born photographer Ramiro A. Fernandez shares more than 250 vintage images of life in Cuba from his unrivaled personal collection in “Cuba Then,” a book featuring Fidel Castro as a school boy, a bare-chested Che Guevara, an early image of President Fulgencio Batista as well as Josephine Baker and Ernest Hemingway. Foreword and poems by award-winning author Richard Blanco. Available April 15. monacellipress.com.

Baxter Does Concrete

Miami artist Bhakti Baxter’s solo exhibition exploring geometric principles with concrete sculptures and ink on Mylar drawings is on view at Gallery Diet in Wynwood through May 10. 174 NW 23rd St., Miami; gallerydiet.com or 305-571-2288.

Poetry at Primary Projects

The annual poetry festival O, Miami presents “Anonymous Letters,” a project by Miami artist Christina Pettersson to revive the beauty of sharing lines of poetry by hand. From Friday, April 18 – June 20, visitors to her current exhibit at Primary Projects can choose a poem from a book, copy it onto stationary and mail it to an unknown person in Miami. Open to the public during gallery hours: Tuesday – Friday 11 – 6 p.m.; Saturday noon – 5 p.m. 151 NE 7th St., Miami; primaryprojectspace.com or 786-615-9308.

ArtCenter's Big 3-0 on Lincoln Road

ArtCenter/South Florida kicks off its 30th anniversary with pARTy, the official raffle drawings for winningART, on Saturday, April 19 from 7 – 11 p.m. at the Richard Shack Gallery, 800 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach. Artwork by 34 resident artists will be raffled off for $20 a ticket. General admission is $30 and the $100 VIP Access Pass admits two guests with five raffle tickets. Includes silent auction, food, drinks and live music. The fundraiser is the first of a series of events culminating with a retrospective curated by renowned artist and ArtCenter alumnus Edouard Duval-Carrie in the fall. artcentersf.org/winningart or 305-674-8278.

Michael Aram at The Biltmore

The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables is showcasing 12 newly created large-scale sculptural works by Michael Aram as part of his 25th anniversary traveling exhibit. On view through April 26. 1200 Anastasia Ave.; biltmorehotel.com or 855-311-6903.

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