Take a break from the beach routine and browse some of Miami Beach’s air-conditioned art exhibits. Here are a few places worth visiting on your gallery and museum crawl:
The Bass Museum of Art showcases contemporary art and puts on educational program, concerts and lectures for children and families. The museum itself is under renovation so a pop-up gallery, bassX, is hosting the 2016 season of programming across the street at the Miami Beach Regional Library. There you can catch the exhibition of French artist, Jeremy Gobe, who does work with giant wool tapestries that stick out of the wall in 3D form.
David Castillo Gallery is a hidden gem on Lincoln Road. Castillo displays work from over a dozen artists in mediums ranging from photography to sculpture to painting. One example, Kate Gilmore’s current exhibition, Love’em, Leave’em, video and sculpture installation that testifies to the chaos, vulnerability, and destabilization caused by love and how that can serve as a model for social change. She explores this by throwing ceramic pots full of either Pepto-Bismol pink, black, or white paint at a clean white structure where the pots shatter sending paint everywhere.
The Wolfsonian aims to preserve snapshots of modern history with a collection of 180,000 objects from the height of the Industrial Revolution through the end of World War II. You can see neat treasures like old books, stained glass, fortune telling machines, and light fixtures. One of our favorite current exhibitions is An Artist on the Eastern Front, displaying the work of Polish painter Feliks Topolski, who depicted scenes from inside Russia during the German invasion in WWII.
This fine art gallery located in the South of Fifth neighborhood of Miami Beach has a variety of contemporary art spanning collage, sculpture, paintings, and more. Over two dozen artists are represented here, and you can currently see an exhibition of Cape Cod artist Joan Cobb Marsh, whose soft and nostalgic oil on canvas paintings depicting land, sea, flora, and hidden faces are quite emotional.
ArtCenter South Florida provides studio residencies and opportunities for artists in all stages of their career. It also plays host to educational art classes, camps, and community outreach programs. Right now you can see The Future Isn’t What It Used to Be, a curation of pieces that urge the viewer to think about violence that humans have brought into this world and the role it plays in our society and our future.