With the Miami Short Film Festival and Miami Book Fair International going down and several exciting exhibition openings in the run-up to Art Basel, November threatens to overwhelm even the most ardent arts enthusiast. To help guide your search for existential meaning, aesthetic beauty, and a Patti Smith autograph (see below), here is a list of ten can’t-miss Miami arts events in November.
11/6 – Smash & Grab @ Locust Projects ($50 – $425)
In its eighth year, Smash & Grab is a large fundraiser for Locust Projects exhibitions and programs. More than 100 local, national, and international contemporary artists donate work for a silent auction, and everyone who buys a raffle ticket will receive a piece of art. Learn more HERE.
11/7 – Focus Gallery: Purvis Young closing @ MAM ($10 for non-members)
This exhibition features work from the career of self-taught Overtown painter Purvis Young, who died in April at the age of 67. It opened on July 30 and mainly consists of pieces from the MAM permanent collection. Learn more HERE.
11/7 – Susan Rothberg: Moving In Place opening @ MAM ($20 for non-members)
The artist’s first museum show in over a decade and first exhibition in South Florida, “Moving In Place” features 25 Rothenberg paintings that span her 35-year career. The exhibition includes two major paintings from the Miami Art Museum’s permanent collection: Folded Buddha (1987–88) and Pin Wheel (1988). Learn more HERE.
11/13 – Miami Art Walk (FREE)
Despite being on the second saturday of every month, the Miami Art Walk manages to stay fresh. With the addition of the Wynwood Market and the growing fleet of top-notch food trucks, this is a chance to take in and/or buy Miami art, food, and wares all in one place. Learn more HERE, and click HERE for our post on the October Art Walk.
11/13 – 11/20 – Miami Short Film Festival ($7 – $10 per program)
Tackling a host of themes in less than 30 minutes, the 90 films (more or less) in the festival hail from all over the globe, from Spain to Sweden to Iran to the good ol’ U.S. of A. The Coral Gables Art Cinema and the Tower Theatre, in Little Havana, will hold program screenings throughout the seven-day festival. Learn more HERE.
11/13 – Replica @ MOCA ($10 – $15)
A collaborative performance piece by Miami visual artist Daniel Arsham, former Merce Cunningham dancer Jonah Bokaer, and choreographer Judith Sanchez Ruiz, Replica will use light, video, and built sets in this exploration of the body, memory, and perception. Learn more HERE. (You can also see the performace on Nov. 12 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for $25.)
11/14 – 11/21 – Miami Book Fair International (TBA)
With Patti Smith, Greil Marcus, Gay Talese, Jonathan Franzen, John Waters, and Salman Rushdie all on the roster, we could do a Top Ten list for this event alone (and we will probably will closer to the kickoff). Tickets available on Nov. 8. Learn more HERE.
11/18 – 11/20 ARTundressed @ Harvey’s by the Bay ($10, 1-day Pass; $20, 3-day pass)
Featuring 300 artworks from 175 international artists, Erotic Signature’s ARTundressed celebrates the sensual side of art — meaning there will be ample opportunity to gawk at nudes under the guise of “being moved.” This “sensual art exhibition tour” will kickoff in Miami before traveling to a few other cities. Learn more HERE.
11/19 – Bruce Weber: Haiti, Little Haiti opening @ MOCA ($?)
In this exhibition, renowned celebrity and fashion photographer Bruce Weber turns his lens to Miami’s Haitian community and its struggle under U.S. immigration policy during President Bush’s first term. The exhibition includes approximately 75 photographs and Weber’s film A Letter to True (filmed in Miami). To learn more, click HERE and scroll down to the second header.
11/25 Minimal @ Awarehouse (FREE)
A party featuring minimal music, fine art, intelligent lighting, cymatic and electro-acoustic science displays (actually REALLY cool), and a lot of other stuff you don’t find at an average shindig. Learn more HERE.
Laura Alexa helped compile this list. To view more Top Ten Miami lists for November, click HERE.