1. Art in Germany lecture by Bonnie Clearwater @ MOCA NoMi (February 2, 7 p.m.)
In the first of two “Contemporary Art Boot Camp” lectures on the subject, Clearwater, MOCA’s director and chief curator, will focus on German art between 1960 and 1990. RSVP required. Learn more HERE.
2. southXeast: Contemporary Southeastern Art @ FAU’s Schmidt Center and Ritter galleries (opens February 4)
The FAU galleries will be presenting 13 artists from seven southeastern states, including Miami’s own Beatriz Monteavaro, as part of the third iteration of this juried show. The opening reception includes a panel presentation where several artists from the exhibition will speak and a performance by Louisiana-based artist Stephanie Patton as Renella Rose Champagne, a romantic alter-ego the artist has assumed for 18 years. southXeast promises to breathe new life into the local arts scene as few of the artists in the exhibition have shown in South Florida (despite many of them having shown elsewhere in the country and internationally). Learn more about the show HERE.
3. Christo @ the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum (February 11, 2011)
In its ongoing lecture series, the Frost presents canonical environmental/land artist — and personal hero of mine — Christo, one half of the historic artist duo that also includes Jeanne-Claude. Christo returns to the setting of one of his most famous works, 1983’s Surrounded Islands, for which he surrounded 11 islands in Biscayne Bay with floating pink woven polypropylene fabric. Christo will be talking about two upcoming projects, Over The River and The Mastaba. This is absolutely not to be missed! (While you’re at the Frost, check out Gran Torino: Italian Contemporary Art.) Learn more about the event HERE.
4. Eiko & Koma: The Retrospective Project @ the Colony Theatre (February 11 and 12, 8:30 p.m.)
At $30 for general admission, this event is a bit more expensive than some of the other choices on this list but totally worth the price. These concerts are part of Japanese duo Eiko and Koma’s multifaceted “Retrospective Project”, which focuses on almost forty years of collaborative history, including visual art installations, video work, and dance performances. Learn more about the performances HERE.
5. Second Saturday Artwalk @ Wynwood and Design District (February 12)
Boasting a huge turnout, January’s Art Walk was one of the strongest ever, and I expect February to be no different. Check back in as the day draws near for our monthly Art Walk guide.
6. Bonnie Clearwater lecture @ the De La Cruz Collection (February 17, 7 p.m.)
Clearwater is keeping busy this month. In this lecture, she will discuss MOCA’s 1996 inaugural exhibition, “Defining the Nineties: Consensus-making in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles”, which was seminal in raising Miami’s stature in the international art world, according to the De La Cruz Collection website. RSVP required. Learn more HERE.
7. Abracadabra Raffle Event @ Art and Culture Center of Hollywood (February 18, 6 – 9 p.m.)
If you find yourself with $350 to spare, a ticket to the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood’s annual art raffle wouldn’t be a bad investment. (Full disclosure: I work at the ACCH.) The event plays much like Locust Projects’ yearly Smash and Grab fundraiser, with lot of great art up for grabs, much of it by some of South Florida’s best (e.g. Phillip Estlund and Leah Brown). Learn more HERE.
8. For Art’s Sake! Typeface @ The Collide Factory (February 18 and 19)
Fort Lauderdale’s For Art’s Sake! series of graphic design-based exhibitions continues with Typeface, featuring type-based works that celebrate and recognize “typography and its letterforms through the examination and exploration of typographic design.” The two-day opening will include live music, lectures, a film screening, and an artist meet and greet for the design enthusiast in all of us. Learn more HERE.
9. Speed Limits @ the Wolfsonian-FIU (through February 20)
A century after the Futurists burst onto the art scene with a focus on the “beauty of speed”, the tempo of life has only accelerated. Perhaps more relevant now than ever, Speed Limits explores the “powers and limits of the modern era’s cult of speed in five key domains: circulation and transit; construction and the built environment; efficiency; the measurement and representation of rapid motion; and the mind/body relationship.” The exhibition features a variety of media, including posters, books, drawings, clocks and appliances, paintings, video, and sound installations. Learn more HERE.
10. Stitch ‘n Bitch ‘n Lit @ Girls Club Collection (February 26, 1 p.m.)
Fort Lauderdale’s Girls Club Collection continues to put on some of the most unique, girl-centric art events around. This time it’s an afternoon of informal needleworking with exhibiting Miami-based artist Frances Trombly, plus live readings by South Florida writers Denise Delgado, Jessica Machado, Yaddyra Peralta, and E. Parker Phillips. Women and men are invited to “an afternoon of stitching and bitching and art and literary inspiration.” Learn more HERE.
Misael Soto is a South Florida artist who works at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood and blogs at Art. Music. Film. Whatever.