Juan Logan Some Clouds are Darker, 2011
Juan Logan
Some Clouds are Darker, 2011

South Florida Events Calendar DECEMBER ’14 / JANUARY ’15

With Art Basel Miami Beach (Dec. 3-7) drawing over 70,000 visitors to South Florida, it’s pretty safe to say that if you’re in search of art fairs or art related events… this, more than any other, is the perfect time of year. The question is, where do you start? My advice: forgo the car if you can, it will cause more of a headache than anything.  You’ll find some alternative travel options in the links below. Having attended SCOPE last year, the booze runneth over, so that again is another great reason to ditch the vehicle.

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Tim Okamura Seeds of Contemplation (Sown by Rauschenberg)
Tim Okamura
Seeds of Contemplation (Sown by Rauschenberg)

Love, Strength, and Soul, a series of works by Tim Okamura

THROUGH JANUARY 10

A self-described outsider, Okamura brings what he calls “misfits, outcasts and weirdos” to the forefront. His choice of subjects also raises a social issue that is important to him, such as the lack of African-Americans represented by New York galleries. His paintings still empower his female subjects, while bringing them up close and personal emotionally. Embracing who you are, combined with a decided sense of drive and ambition, is at their core.  Strong, confident and independent, they are also soulful, self-aware, and elegant. – HiFructose

Known for his hyper-realistic, large-scale portraits of African-American women, this exhibition will feature both as-yet-unseen new pieces alongside more familiar works, functioning as an introductory whirlwind to Okamura’s oeuvre.

More info: http://bit.ly/1v95tQV

Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art 

THROUGH JANUARY 11

The American artist Theresa Ferber Bernstein (1890–2002) made and exhibited her work in every decade of the twentieth cetury–a truly awesome feat. Working in realist and expressionist styles, she treated the major subjects of her time, including the fight for women’s suffrage, the plight of immigrants, World War I, jazz, unemployment, racial discrimination and occasionally explicitly Jewish themes such as a synagogue interior or ritual objects such as a menorah. While her portrait subjects include Albert Einstein, Martha Graham, Judy Garland, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday, yet it is her particular sensibility and empathy with those subjects that set her apart from her contemporaries. Theresa Bernstein: A Century in Art features a plethora of paintings along with interviews and related memorabilia spanning this great artist’s long and illustrious career.

More info: http://bit.ly/1v95tQV

Five Videos

THROUGH JANUARY 11

This international assemblage of video installations features artists from Norway, South Africa, Japan, and the United States. The five videos included feature a theme of music, complimented by scheduled piano concerts in the Boca Raton Museum of Art’s galleries. Individually, the works explore themes such as aging, solitude, loneliness, and the fragility of nature.

More info: http://bit.ly/1B7urbI

Art in Real Life: Traditional African Art from the Lowe Art Museum

THROUGH JANUARY 11

African artists producing “traditional” works strive to balance community values with individual success. Art in Real Life: Traditional African Art from the Lowe Art Museum explores the inherent tensions of this reality, which is necessarily impacted by pressures from a broad range of sectors, including the technological, geo-political, ecological, and economic. This exhibition, which is drawn from the Lowe Art Museum’s remarkable permanent collection, illustrates the continuing creativity and inventiveness of African artists in the face of an increasingly complex world.

More info: http://bit.ly/1yEHzlW

Urban Arts International Art Fair

THROUGH JANUARY 15

Urban Arts International Art Fair will showcase over 25 internationally renowned artists within various disciplines examining the tussle and lure of the urban landscape. This fair specializes in the art of photojournalism, among other visual arts. The artists selected for Urban Arts include: Lynsey Addario, Kursat Bayhan, Paula Bronstein, Jahi Chikwendiu, Andre Chung, Marice Cohn Band, Xavier Cortada, Al Diaz, Alan Diaz, Hector Emanuel, Patrick Farrell, Colin Finley, CW Griffin, CM Guerrero, Andrew Innerarity, Carl Juste, Andrew Kaufman, Jennifer Kay, Heidi Levine, Andrew Lichtenstein, Emilio Martinez, Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Saikat Mojumder, Jim Morin, Bayunga Kialeuka, Michael O., Tom Pennington, Joshua Prezant, Roger Richards, Michael Robinson Chavez, Jenny Romney, Jeffery Salter, Les Stone, Lonnie Timmons III, Charles Trainor Jr., Charles Trainor Sr., Nuri Vallbona, John Van Beekum and Clarence Williams.

More info: http://bit.ly/15N9So6

L'Ange de la Résurrection by Pascale Monnin
Pascale Monnin
L’Ange de la Résurrection, 2006-2011

Transformative Visions: Works by Haitian Artists

THROUGH JANUARY 18

This exhibition, which includes a fully illustrated scholarly catalogue, highlights the diversity of Haitian visual art and the formal and thematic dialogue among Haitian and Haitian-American artists across generations and national boundaries. The exhibition features paintings, sculptures, and textile works that appear together for the first time and span over five decades. As a group, these pieces challenge reductive and stereotypical assumptions about Haitian art, spotlighting both the variety and the interconnection of works falling under that category.

More info: http://bit.ly/1A9In1z

Haiti Kingdom of this World

THROUGH JANUARY 31

The exhibition, Haiti Kingdom of this World, arose from the need to draw up an inventory of the contemporary creativity in Haiti, and to show the work of artists who question daily the state of chaos reigning there. There are plastic artists, photographers, sculptors, painters, performers and video artists – all essential players of their time. The exhibition is conceived as a laboratory of which they are the guardians. The exhibition is mainly concerned with recent and new works commissioned for the artists specifically for this exhibition, which testify to their creative vitality. At the same time it challenges us to think about the difficulties these artists face in making their work known through travel and exchanges with the Caribbean and the rest of the world.

More info: http://bit.ly/1wgpCel

Afterlife: Tombs and Treasures of Ancient Egypt

THROUGH APRIL 18

The centerpiece of this award-winning exhibit will feature a full-size reproduction of the burial chamber of Thutmose III (1490-1436 B.C.), a Ramesside male mummy believed to be the son of Ramses II and several other mummies. Other unique highlights of this exhibit include 3,000 year-old artifacts including fine jewelry, painted reliefs, implements used in religious rituals, coffins and more.

More info: http://bit.ly/1vOlNef

SCOPE Art Show

DECEMBER 2 THRU 7

Celebrating its 14th year of introducing galleries to the contemporary market, SCOPE returns to its location on the sands of Miami Beach with 111 International Exhibitors from 27 countries and 48 cities.

More info: http://bit.ly/1vefOA7

Art Africa Miami Arts Fair

DECEMBER 3 THRU 7

Art Africa Miami Arts Fair opens Wednesday, December 3, 2014 from 7pm-10pm, immediately following the opening night of #HistoricOvertownSoulBasel: A Celebration of Art, Music that will showcase the works of the late Overtown artist Purvis Young at the Lyric Theatre. The AAMAF gallery opens daily from 11am-7pm.

More info: http://bit.ly/1ybkskh

Romare Bearden Before the First Whistle, 1973
Romare Bearden
Before the First Whistle, 1973

Fusion Miami: Abstract Masters

DECEMBER 3 THRU 7

Fusion MIA Art Gallery returns for a second year, fusing visual arts, fashion, film and music with a “phenomenal lineup” for 5 days. Debuting last year during Art Basel weekend, Fusion MIA attracted more than 33,000 attendees, 10 million followers, and trended as one of the top things to do during the weekend. Curated by father and son duo George and Jumaane N’namdi, Fusion MIA 2014 African-American Abstract Master exhibit celebrates African-American artists and their contributions to society, such as David Driskell, Romare Bearden, Rashid Johnson, Al Loving, and many others.

The Exhibit will also include a compelling photo exhibit, “Through My Lens” from inner city youth.

More info: http://bit.ly/1zbnYs3

Hassan Hajjaj, Wamuhu Legs, 2014
Hassan Hajjaj, Wamuhu Legs, 2014

UNTITLED Miami

DECEMBER 3 THRU 7

Moroccan-British artist Hassan Hajjaj will feature a new body of work concerned with geography manifesting itself on the body through costume. These new colorful and engaging portraits combine the visual vocabulary of contemporary fashion, photography and pop art, while focusing on Morocco’s overlapping culture as a central element.

More info: http://on.fb.me/1rRLoOS

PULSE Contemporary Art Fair

DECEMBER 4 THRU 7

Since 2005, PULSE Contemporary Art Fair has cultivated a supportive environment for its international community of galleries and provides a platform for their growth and expansion in the contemporary art market. From its inception, PULSE has presented thoughtfully-curated exhibitions and ever-evolving programming that reflect the fair’s commitment to making the visitor experience a dynamic one.

More info: http://bit.ly/1zbnYs3

Miami Street Photography Festival

DECEMBER 4 THRU 7

An international photography festival  showcasing the best of contemporary Street Photography viewed through the eyes of emerging photographers in this genre.

More info: http://bit.ly/1pLeL9Z

PRIZM Art Fair

DECEMBER 4 THRU 22

In 2014, PRIZM will exhibit a dynamic group or contemporary artists during Art Basel/Miami at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design. Salient works will be presented that highlight the diversity evident in contemporary visual art practices today, including painting sculpture and mixed media installations.

Additionally, PRIZM will feature the work of emerging Miami-based artists of African descent, such as T. Eliot, and Asser Saint Val. These artists redefine their world and bring into focus socio-political and cultural issues pertinent to the people of African descent in Miami and beyond. The select artists are actively engaged in perpetuating Miami’s growth as a cultural hub.

More info: http://bit.ly/1wg5Qzt

Strandbeest: The Dream Machines of Theo Jansen

DECEMBER 5

Dutch artist Theo Jansen will present six of his Strandbeests: extraordinary self-propelled sculptures that move on the beach with the help of energy collected from the wind. A dedicated exhibition on the Oceanfront, between 21st and 22nd streets, and daily demonstrations will be organized on the beach at 10:30am and 4:30pm.

More info: http://bit.ly/11R0aP9

Peter London Global Dance Company

DECEMBER 12 & 13

Under the artistic direction of Peter London, the Peter London Global Dance Company (PLGDC) has commissioned works from five of South Florida’s young dancers and emerging choreographers to create cutting-edge choreography in the improvisational, contemporary dance styles sweeping the global dance worl

More info: http://bit.ly/1FK74Vu

Teo Castellanos' Fat Boy

Teo Castellanos’ Fat Boy

DECEMBER 18 THRU 20

Written and directed by Teo Castellanos with choreography by TCDP members, Fat Boy explores ancient and contemporary art forms to tell a timeless and timely story through movement, dance, text, and thumping beats by DJ Le Spam. Addressing themes of abundance and waste versus scarcity and economy, audience members are in for an intriguing and unforgettable treat.

More info: http://bit.ly/1txCeHV

Gabel at Big Night in Little Haiti

DECEMBER 19

They began with a bang in 2006 –prestigious Kompa Magazine named the young Haitian group “New Band of the Year”.  They have lived up to the promise – their fourth studio album was released earlier this year; they have 12 music videos, have played at two karnavals and are touring throughout the Caribbean, Europe and the US. The group has nine members; Katalog on vocals, Flav on vocals, Bob Doll as Maestro and guitar, Ray as the rhythm guitarist, T-Pachou on keyboards, DJ Dodo on bass, Cha Cha on percussionist and gong, Jay Lay Back on congas and tambourine, and Becken on drums.

More info: http://bit.ly/1yExzt2

Borscht Film Festival

DECEMBER 20

The Borscht Film Festival is redefining the perception of the city – empowering locals to tell their stories & offering a global platform to share them. By changing the image of the city locally & globally, we increase civic pride, community engagement, & spur dialogue about the city’s culture & identity. The 9th BFF features over 20 short films specifically commissioned for this festival made in/for/about Miami by local filmmakers Jillian Mayer, Pepe Billete, Ahol Sniffs Glue, Julian Yuri Rodriguez, Bleeding Palm, Monica Peña, Diego and Andres Meza-Valdes, Eric Mainade, Gil Green, guest filmmakers Ray Tintori, Sebastian Silva, Terence Nance, Jacolby Satterwhite and more!

More info: http://bit.ly/1w08CcP

Little Havana Arts & Culture Walk

DECEMBER 20

See Little Havana like a native! Join a fascinating tour of the world’s largest and best known Cuban neighborhood outside of Cuba. Sample cafe cubano as you mingle with the locals, visit a botanica and a cigar shop. Along the way, view mural art, visit galleries and the Walkway of the Stars, paying homage to Latin American artist and musicians. Tour includes a stop at the Cuba Ocho Art and Research Center, where visitors will admire rare Cuban art from early 19th and 20th century.

More info: http://bit.ly/1ybuSAo

FOTOfusion

JANUARY 20 THRU 24

FOTOfusion 2015 is a 5 day event presented by the Palm Beach Photographic Centre in West Palm Beach, Florida. Around 70 of the best known photographers and instructor from around the country come to teach workshops at this event. Learn from various lectures/seminars, bring your camera and participate in FOTOshoots with master photographers, get hands-on experience in Photoshop®, Lightroom®, digital printing, Painter™, NIK filters, and more.

More info: http://bit.ly/1f29IfJ

ArtPalmBeach

JANUARY 21 THRU 25

ArtPalmBeach is Palm Beach County’s longest running fair dedicated to contemporary, emerging, and modern master works of art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Over 85 international galleries will be exhibiting paintings, sculpture, as well as functional and innovative design. Video, new technologies, performance art, art installations have become a unique feature offering collectors exposure to today’s emerging art trends.

More info: http://bit.ly/1yF4jlP

ArtSynergy

JANUARY 22 THRU 25

In conjunction with ArtPalmBeach, various county-wide art districts and local cultural institutions will offer exhibitions and events in the surrounding area, creating a unique exciting region wide art week.  They include Antique Row, Boynton Beach Art District, CONTINUUM West Palm Beach, LULA Lake Worth Arts, Northwood Village, and Worth Avenue.

More info: http://bit.ly/1rRtKuF

Zap Mama and Antibalas

JANUARY 24

Collaborating for the first time ever, World Music powerhouse Zap Mama and Antibalas (the band from the Broadway hit FELA!) will come together to celebrate the evolution of contemporary Afro music. From Afrobeat to Afro-Pop music, Zap Mama mixes African vocal techniques with European polyphony while Antibalas effortlessly seams Afrobeat with New York City Latin funk and traditional drumming of Cuba and West Africa.

More info: http://bit.ly/1rLXqxb

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