If there’s anything the COVID-19 pandemic has proved to the world, it’s that when there’s a will there’s a way. At least that certainly seems to be the case when you consider the rise of virtual work and learning, the boom in Zoom weddings, and the reemergence of drive-in movie theaters.
So when the news broke that Art Basel would no longer be hosting their annual art fair in Miami Beach as they’ve done for nearly 20 years since their debut in 2002, the neighborhoods of Miami knew they needed to step up and come up with an alternative. Thus, a new kind of Miami Art Week has been born – one that’s focused on health and safety and intent on showing the best of what an artistic capital like Miami has to offer, with or without Art Basel.
Check out what some of your favorite neighborhoods are up to and make your plans for Miami Art Week 2020.
Alt-B: Presented by the Miami Downtown Development Authority, alt-B is a unique storefront activation running Thursday, December 3rd, to Thursday, December 31st. Featuring fashion, art and music, this event will celebrate the vision of the new Flagler Street. For more information visit: www.miamidda.com.
Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami: With an impressive lineup of internationally acclaimed artists like Allan McCollum, Tomás Esson, Vivian Caccuri, and Lyle Ashton Harris, ICA Miami is extending their hours throughout all of Miami Art Week to accommodate for the influx of visitors and to allow for art lovers to pack their day full of cultural stimulation in true Art Week fashion.
The museum will be closed on Wednesday, November 25th and Thursday, November 26th (Thanksgiving); open on Friday, November 27th for VIP Art Fair Pass Holders only; open from Saturday, November 28th to Saturday, December 5th everyday from 11am to 6pm; and open on Sunday, December 6th from 12pm to 5pm. Their COVID-19 safety precautions will still be in effect, so to book your visit, go to https://icamiami.org/visit/.
In addition to the already impressive exhibitions at ICA Miami, the Miami Design District will be hosting Public Art Tours during Art Week highlighting public art, architecture, featured exhibitions by international galleries and projects by the Miami Design District and Design Miami. Each tour will be one hour long and begin at the Buckminster Fuller Dome in Palm Court. The tour dates and times are as follows: November 28th at 5pm; December 2nd at 11am; December 3rd at 4pm; and December 5th at 5pm.
“Art is Never Canceled” by Aidan Marak. Moroccan-born, Miami-based artist Aidan Marak plays with themes of capitalism, religious conservatism, and standards of beauty in her new work. Her large-scale paintings and collages often layer original poetry and newsprint in Arabic, Hebrew, and French with female and abstract forms. The effect is a piercing of the identities that separate us, getting to a deeper, shared humanity. Much of the work was created during quarantine, as a way of reaching out. The title of the show, and the show itself, are small acts of defiance in the face of this year’s international art fair cancellations.
Exhibition dates: December 3 – 17 at 235 NE 29th Street, Thurs thru Sat 12-9pm, Mon thru Wed by appointment. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve.
Showfields and Lincoln Road: Showfields Miami space will simultaneously celebrate Miami’s culture and unequivocal nature. Thoughtful art installations throughout the store will create visually stunning, interactive and thought provoking opportunities for an audience of both local collectors and tourists to think deeply about the Magic City, and appreciate the incredible nature they are surrounded by.
Throughout Miami Art Week, Showfields will be hosting a selection of events in collaboration with their brand partners, such as:
- A Private Artist’s Installation Unveiling on December 3rd from 7pm to 10pm
- Art & Sustainability Panel Series held across December 5th and 6th from 4pm to 6pm on both days
- Make-A-Maze family event on December 6th from 12pm to 2pm
And of course, don’t forget to visit the nearly dozen art galleries on Lincoln Road including the newest popup David Rosen Art Gallery and fan favorites like Romero Brito.