Accessible Art: MDC Museum of Art + Design’s Director’s Previews, Art/Tuesdays hosts 'Galleries Under Fire' panel discussion, and a street and urban art auction

Art/Tuesdays

Art/Tuesdays Miami poses the question, “Will traditional galleries continue survive in today’s changing environment?” at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables, Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 6:30 p.m. The “Galleries Under Fire” event begins with happy hour in the courtyard followed by a panel discussion with prominent voices of Miami’s art community: Dora Valdes-Fauli, Kathryn Mikesell, Frederic Snitzer, and Anthony Spinello. Program is free and open to the public. To RSVP, email arttuesdaysmiami@gmail.com.

Radical Italian Art Movement

The University of Miami presents “Burst! A Celebration of Arte Povera” featuring colorful works by artists Martin Casuso, Valeria Rocchiccioli, and Troy Simmons at the UM Art Gallery, Wynwood Building, 2750 NW 3rd Ave., Ste. 4, Miami. Opening reception is Saturday, Feb. 14 from 4 – 10 p.m. Burst is a tribute to the radical Italian art movement of the late-60s to early-70s curated by Milly Cardoso. The group show is on view through March 2. For more information, email m.cardoso1@miami.edu, call 305-284-3161, or visit as.miami.edu/art.

New at Alexander Mijares

“Me Recuerdo,” or “I Remember,” is a series of five 18” x 24” mixed media pieces by Miami native Alexander Mijares made in honor of his Cuban heritage. His Cuban family’s tales of their homeland inspire the artist and he hopes to paint a mural there one day. For viewings, make an appointment by emailing info@mijares.com. For more information about the Mijares gallery at 700 NE 25th St., #704, in Wynwood, visit mijares.com.

Weavers and Batik at the Lowe

The Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami showcases the exhibition Weavers’ Stories from Island Southeast Asia, in which weavers and batik artists speak for themselves in videos produced at eight sites in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and East Timor. The seven to 10-minute oral histories include footage of daily life with extended families and the interplay of generations, detailed looks at weaving and dyeing techniques, and unique celebrations, such as a wedding in a sultan’s palace. Textiles created by the featured weavers and batik makers accompany each video. On view at the Lowe, 1301 Stanford Dr., Coral Gables, through March 29. For more information, call 305-284-3535 or visit lowemuseum.org.

Painter and Sculptor Alain Godon

Markowicz Fine Art Gallery in the Design District is hosting internationally renowned painter and sculptor Alain Godon on Thursday, Feb. 12 from 6 – 9 p.m. to celebrate Around the World in Eighty Works, an exhibition featuring new sculptures from Godon’s Architectural series, which he started in 2006. To RSVP to the opening reception, contact the gallery at 305-646-1366. Godon’s exhibit will be on view to the public from Feb. 13 – 28. 110 NE 40th St., Miami; markowiczfineart.com.

Director’s Previews

The general public is invited to attend MDC Museum of Art + Design’s Director’s Previews on Thursday, Feb. 12 to preview exhibitions, meet the artists and enjoy special events typically only open to members. From 6 – 9 p.m., guests will have access to “90 Miles, a multimedia installation by Carlos Alejandro,” “Fountains & Galaxies, recent works by Bernard Cooper,” and “Object of My Affection: San Pedro Nos Ve, an interactive installation by Alma Leiva.” A $5 donation is suggested upon entry. Freedom Tower at MDC, 600 Biscayne Blvd., 2nd floor, Miami; 305-237-7700 or mdcmoad.org.

Urban & Street Art Auction

Fine Art Auctions Miami (faamiami.com) is holding its third annual Urban & Street Art Auction at Spaceby3 in Wynwood Thursday, Feb. 12 – Monday, Feb. 16 with works by Keith Haring, Shepard Fairey, Banksy, Faile, Phase2, and KAWS, among others. Last year’s auction brought in more than $1.3 million, including the sale of Banksy’s Kissing Coppers. On Thursday and Friday, recording artist Chris Brown will collaborate live with Kai to create pieces for Monday’s auction. 50 percent of their sales will benefit the Arts & Business Council of Miami.  2105 N. Miami Ave., Miami; spaceby3.com.

Locust Talks

Locust Talks welcomes Jens Hoffmann, deputy director for exhibitions and public programs at The Jewish Museum, New York, Thursday, Feb. 12 at 6:45 p.m. The discussion is free and an open the to the public. Locust Projects is located at 3852 N. Miami Ave., Miami. For more information, call 305-576-8570 or visit locustprojects.org.

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