1. Good & Plenty @ ArtCenter/South Florida (ends January 2)
A concise exhibition featuring resident ArtCenter artists from the last 26 years, Good & Plenty is a mixed bag with some great pieces, including Gavin Perry’s delightful epoxy-covered hanging area rug. The exhibition closes tomorrow, so try to catch it before it’s too late!
2. Second Saturday Art Walk @ Wynwood and Design District (January 8, 7-11 p.m.)
Still riding a post-Basel high, Miami’s art galleries should have some exciting shows this month (fingers crossed). With art lovers and scenesters alike out in full force, the streets and galleries should be packed. (Check out our previous Art Walk coverage and our Top 5 list for the January 2011 Art Walk.)
3. FotoKonbit Panel Discussion @ MOCA (January 8, 2 p.m.)
In conjunction with Bruce Weber’s woefully overshadowed photography exhibition Haiti/Little Haiti, this panel discussion will feature Haitian activist Jan Mapou and photographer Maggie Steber sharing their insight into Miami’s large and still-marginalized Haitian community.
4. Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth @ Norton Museum of Art (ends January 9)
If you live in Broward or (worse) Miami-Dade County, you may be reluctant to make the trek up North. But trust me: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth is worth the gas money. Cave’s sound suits and assemblage works are nothing short of breathtaking. And while you’re there, make sure to check out STARE, a fantastic photography exhibition including works by Walker Evans, Diane Airbus, and others.
5. Sinisa Kukec: And Yet Another Wayward Landscape @ Art and Culture Center of Hollywood (ends January 9)
Make sure to catch this North Miami artist’s polarizing sculptural-based exhibition before it’s gone. Nothing like this has been at the Center in years.
6. MIA Art Fair @ Miami Beach Convention Center (January 14 – 17)
I don’t understand why the organizers of this fair insist on separating it from Art Basel. But if you still crave the sensory overload of yet another art fair, the annual MIA Art Fair should sustain you until the superior Arte Americas rolls around in late March. Try to get your hands on one of the many free passes to the fair in circulation. MIA’s organizers are handing them out like complimentary champagne during Basel.
7. Tour & discussion of Isaac Julien’s Creative Caribbean Network @ Bass Museum of Art (January 15, 3 – 5 p.m.)
Catch an inspired, wine-fueled discussion of Julien’s exhibition, touted as “the most comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s work in the last ten years” and featuring the stunning installation “Ten Thousand Waves”.
8. Abracadabra @ Art and Culture Center of Hollywood (opens Jan 21)
Much like Locust Project’s Smash and Grab fundraising exhibition, Abracadabra is a fun (and inexpensive) way to get your hands on artwork by the likes of Christina Lei Rodriguez, Christina Pettersson, the TM Sisters, Adler Guerrier, and more than 100 others. In its fourth year, Abracadabra should draw a good crowd, including many of South Florida’s most renowned artists.
9. Raymond Pettibon: The Punk Years, 1978-1986 @ FAU’s Schmidt Center Gallery (ends January 22)
A seemingly chaotic installation of posters and illustrations, The Punk Years showcases Pettibon’s “aggressively powerful designs” for Black Flag (founded by Pettibon’s brother, Greg Ginn), Sonic Youth, Hüsker Dü, and the Dead Kennedys. Try to visit the exhibition during one of the many free film and music programs.
10. Sound Art @ 18 Rabbit Gallery (January 29, 7 – 10 p.m.)
Continuing its admirable attempt to expand downtown Fort Lauderdale’s contemporary arts scene, 18 Rabbit kicks off a series of sensory-based shows with an open-call juried exhibition of sound art in all its iterations.
Misael Soto is a South Florida artist who works at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood and blogs at Art. Music. Film. Whatever.