Leading museums and galleries step up to the plate for this year’s new normal Art Week.
Art in Residence “Coral Castle” by Emmett Moore
For this year’s Art Week contribution, gallerist Nina Johnson turned to frequent collaborator Emmett Moore, a Miami artist well-known for his functional sculptures. In The Boat House, Moore offers a body of work that blurs the line between art and design more so than he’s done before. “Emmett is a problem solver,” says Johnson. “He observes the world around him with enthusiastic attention to detail, then incorporates those observations into stunning and surprising objects.” Also surprising is where this year’s exhibition is presented. Moore will showcase the works at his own home, called the Boat House due to its location near the Miami River. The address will be revealed to attendees upon RSVP. “At the root of all of [Moore’s] objects is a curiosity motivated by logic and practicality,” adds Johnson. “What are the steps between a T-shirt and a chair?” We can’t wait to find out. Nov. 28-Dec. 6, 305.571.2288
The Bass museum’s front garden will be transformed by Abraham Cruzvillegas.
The Bass is nodding to nature in its latest exhibit, a massive installation that will be set completely outdoors. Agua Dulce is a commissioned project by Abraham Cruzvillegas that utilizes a selection of more than 1,000 native plant species, fauna and minerals to form a planted environment in front of the museum. Encompassing nearly 14,000 square feet, the garden brings the artist’s philosophy of “self-construction” (what he deems a practice of resilience and generosity) to life. What will visitors see? More than 23 species of native flora, performers mimicking native bird sounds and seating that the artist constructed from natural materials on which to take it all in. Nov. 29-April 1, 2100 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305.673.7530
From the Heart
From top: “When I Look Into Your Eyes I See the Sun”; “Celebration,” both by Raúl de Nieves.
A childhood in Michoacán, Mexico, marked by public religious rituals with elaborate costuming and theatrical components inevitably informs the work of Raúl de Nieves. So it comes as no surprise that his new exhibition for MOCA, Eternal Return and the Obsidian Heart, is more of an immersive experience than a traditional museum show. In this effort, individual sculptures, installations and audio performances blend into what the artist describes as “a cohesive experience of the spiritual, familial and self across time.” In other words: a totally experiential treat. “For de Nieves, art-making is a related process of creating a mirror for one’s self, a tool for reflection and a means of externalizing an internal state in order to see possibilities for growth,” says MOCA Executive Director Chana Budgazad Sheldon. “His wide-ranging practice investigates notions of beauty and transformation.” Through March 21, 770 NE 125th St., North Miami, 305.893.6211
Photography by: The Bass Photo by World Red Eye; all other photos courtesy of