The 4 best things in Miami art

Ana Mendieta Creek, 1974 Super 8 film, color, silent © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection, LLC Courtesy Galerie Lelong

 

Ana Mendieta

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is showing the first and largest full-scale museum exhibition in the U.S. devoted to Ana Mendieta’s filmworks. Mendieta is one of the most influential Cuban-American artists of the post-World War II era whose work “unflinchingly investigated” what it means to be human. During her brief career from 1971-1985, she produced a stunning body of work that included drawings, installations, performances and sculptures. Her remarkable and underrepresented films and videos are highlighted in Covered in Time and History: The Films of Ana Mendieta, which is on view Sunday, Feb. 28 – July 3. The museum is at One E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. For more information, call 954-525-5500 or visit nsuartmuseum.org.

 

Fond Farewell

Jeremy Mikolajczak (far right) is leaving his post as executive director and chief curator of Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art + Design (MOA+D) to serve as chief executive officer of Tucson Museum of Art. The museum’s board of trustees announced the appointment this week. It will fill the position left vacant by the retirement of Dr. Robert Knight. MOA+D is Miami Dade College’s flagship institution dedicated to the presentation and exhibition of visual art and design, housed within the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College in Downtown Miami. For more information, visit mdcmoad.org

 

Miami x LA

Miami-based gallery Primary Projects is organizing a group showcase titled, Tropic House, as part of its temporary relocation to Los Angeles. Featured artists reside in Miami and LA, and include: Zachary Balber, Kelly Breez, Autumn Casey, Beatriz Monteavaro, Kenton Parker, Gavin Perry, Bert Rodriguez, Magnus Sodamin, Karen Starosta-Gilinski, Alex Sweet and Michael Vasquez. Loosely inspired by “Florida Tropical House,” a private home designed by architect Robert Law Weed, which was included in the Century of Progress World’s Fair (1933), Primary sees Tropic House as an opportunity to explore and engage with LA through the lens of the tropics. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea times are available for visitors. For more information, call 954-296-1675 or email info@thisisprimary.com. The pop-up gallery will be open through April 30 at 3785 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.  

 

Exhibit Closing

Sunday, Feb. 28, is the last chance to experience Philodendron: From Pan-Latin Exotic to American Modern, a sprawling exhibition following tropical plants from the jungle to the home at The Wolfsonian-FIU at 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Spanning three centuries and drawing together objects from the Amazon, Caribbean, and beyond, the deconstructs the “social lives” of the plants, from their influence on material culture to their impact on diverse fields ranging from the visual arts, architecture, film, and fashion to the agricultural, industrial, and medical sciences. Guests can view highlights by tuning in to the museum’s audio guide for smartphones in the lobby. For more information, call 305-531-1001 or visit wolfsonian.org.

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