Friday, May 13, 2011

It has been yet another lively time for artcentric folks in Miami.

It has been yet another lively time for artcentric folks in Miami. Even though summer is fast approaching, there is so much to do that it leaves me breathless!

Where to begin? First I want to say that I can’t wait to see “Sight Specific: Explorations in Space, Vision and Sound” at the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale. So glad it is up through Sept 14 2011, which means that I have plenty of time to see it. For sure I want to highlight more than one of the super-duper artists in this show for my monthly Critic’s Choice for the fab Art Circuits website. In May for my Critic’s Choice I have highlighted “Cluster F***” by Gavin Perry from this exhibit.

That’s why I have posted “Profiles in Collecting,” my combined profile of Gavin Perry and Beatriz Monteavaro from April 2002 for The Miami Herald, on my blog post for today below.

I happen to like not only Gavin Perry’s art but his title for this work…as some people know, who also know that I am not by nature a foul-mouthed person, my slogan for myself at this point in my newspaper-less artcentric career is “Don’t f*** with me.”

Also I would like to say that we had a fascinating ArtTable meeting at Books & Books in May regarding artists from all over the world, in addition to Miami of course, who have worked with fabric and textiles, moderated by my predecessor at the Knight Ridder-owned Miami Herald, art critic and art historian Helen Kohen. That was our last ArtTable meeting at Books & Books until September 2011.

We need to take the summer off to plan for our upcoming third year of developing panel discussions for Miami’s increasingly lively and sophisticated artcentric community.

As we will announce later via email to the over 300 email recipients regarding our ArtTable meetings for members and guests, we have planned a “retreat” for ArtTable members, and for those whose membership application is pending, on Thursday, July 21. It will be a light potluck supper at my home—sorry, everyone, if you thought we had the $$ to go to a retreat on a Caribbean island!!

We are absolutely thrilled that Susan Galler, president of the Miami-based Galler Group LLC, has offered to guide us through this crucial process of formulating our goals for the future. She has considerable experience in advising an
impressive range of nonprofit organizations in a host of ways, as you will see from her website

She is one of the many fascinating people I have gotten to know in my post-Herald life. I see from my notes that I met her during an Arts for Learning breakfast back in February 2009.

Now back to Miami’s immediate artcentric scene. Anyone at Miami International Airport on Saturday May 14 will not want to miss this special event, which I learned about at the May ArtTable meeting. At 2 pm on May 14 at the South Terminal Meeter & Greeter lobby, 3rd floor, you can hear the 90-piece ensemble of the Miami Symphony Orchestra perform, as part of their “Music in Unsuspected Spaces” community concert series. At the Miami airport!! As I live and breathe!!

Also opening on May 14 is “Let’s Play,” yet another site-specific installation. This one is by Argentine-born artist Adrian Sonni, who, as I understand from the press release, transformed an abandoned Wynwood building into a 20 x 40 ft boom-box during Art Basel 2010. How clever…wish I had seen that! Now you can see more of Sonni’s creativity at work during an opening reception 7 to 11 pm on May 14 at Primary Projects, Atrium Building, 4141 NE Second Ave, Suite 104, Miami Design District. For more info see

Mark you calendars for “Dialogues with Duchamp,” a sure-to-be-engaging discussion of the art and life of pivotal 20th Century artist Marcel Duchamp, with art critic Adriana Herrera and art historian Armando Droulers, at 6 pm on May 26 at Miami Biennale, 2751 North Miami Avenue, Miami. It’s free and open to the public, but you do need to RSVP by May 24 to to or call 305-576-2914.

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