Accessible Art: Rubell Family Collection founders Mera and Don Rubell join “Unscripted," Art Club for Adults at the Bass Museum, “Video Container: Touch Cinema” series at MOCA, Michael Jones McKean and Cara Despain exhibit at Emerson Dorsch in Wynwood

 

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"Cast Set," a project by artist Cara Despain. On view at Emerson Dorsch in Wynwood
 

By Galena Mosovich | galenascott@gmail.com

Filling the void

Miami Beach-based cartoonist Hugh MacLeod celebrates his motivational art collection at the University of Miami’s Toppel Career Center, where 80 inspirational pieces focusing on careers, work/life balance, and personal growth are permanently on view. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served from 6 – 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 20 at 5225 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables. RSVP required: art@gapingvoid.com or gapingvoid.com.

The Last Survivor

The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science presents a screening of the film “The Last Survivor (2010)” in collaboration with the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews and the Holocaust Memorial 6 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 21. Preceding the film, visitors will have time to explore the museum’s RACE exhibition that closes May 26. A discussion with professor Magdalena Lamarre of Miami Dade College and survivor David Mermelstein will follow. Admission is $6. thefrost.fiu.edu.

Emerging Artists at Soyka

“Meet the Artist” Wednesday, May 21 at Soyka Restaurant, 5556 NE 4th Ct., Miami, showcases three emerging South Florida artists – Michel Castro, Alejandro Cuadra and Amauri Torezan -- with complimentary wine for guests and a 10 percent discount off dinner. Open to gallerists and interior designers from noon – 5 p.m. and the public from 6 – 10 p.m. Free with RSVP: bertha.morales@live.com.

Art Club for Adults

The Bass Museum of Art, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, hosts Art Club for Adults, part of a weekly series to stimulate creativity and provide an opportunity for discussions about art and life, Thursday, May 22 from 1:30 – 3 p.m. Free with museum admission (students $6, adults $8). Free for members and Miami Beach residents. bassmuseum.org, 305-673-7530 ext. 1001, info@bassmuseum.org.

The Rubells, Unscripted

Rubell Family Collection founders Mera and Don Rubell join “Unscripted Bal Harbour” Friday, May 23 for a discussion with renowned artist Hank Willis Thomas about his exploration of the African American black identity in the media. 6:30 p.m. at the St. Regis, 9703 Collins Ave. RSVP required: balharbourflorida.com or unscripted@balharbourflorida.com.

Music at MOCA

LA-based DJ/producer KINGDOM, who fuses grime, crunk, U.S. club, and house with adaptations of R&B vocals, will play two 90-minute sets at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) at 10 p.m. Friday, May 23 and 1 a.m. Saturday, May 24 at 770 NE 125th St., Miami, as part of the “Music at MOCA” series. Tickets are on sale through May 23: $15 for GA and free for MOCA members. mocanomi.org or 305-893-6211.

Also at MOCA

“Video Container: Touch Cinema” features single-channel video work by more than a dozen contemporary artists who investigate the material and metaphysical presence of the body as it relates to issues of identity and sexuality. Videos rotate throughout the month-long exhibition. Access the complete schedule at mocanomi.org. Admission to “Video Container” is free and open to the public courtesy of the Knight Foundation.

New at Emerson Dorsch

On view through July at Emerson Dorsch, 151 NW 24 St., suite A, is “We float above to spit and sing,” the gallery’s first solo exhibition (and the Miami debut) of Michael Jones McKean, alongside a multimedia project by Miami-based artist Cara Despain. Concurrent with his exhibition, McKean is an artist-in-residence through June 15 at Cannonball in downtown Miami. emersondorsch.com or 305-576-1278.

Masterpiece of the Month at Norton

Norton Museum of Art’s “Masterpiece of the Month” for May is Diane Arbus’ work, “Child with a hand grenade in Central Park, N.Y.C.” from 1962, nearly a decade before the artist took her own life. The rarely-exhibited work -- highlighting the odd in the ordinary -- is on view through May 31. 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach; $12 for adults, $5 for students with a valid ID, and free for members and children ages 12 and under. norton.org or 561-832-5196.

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