Though Scope New York stole a few Miami gallerists’ attention this month, there are still a handful of new and promising exhibitions opening in time for Art Walk in Wynwood and the Design District on Saturday, starting with …
Shortness of Breath @ Locust Projects
Locust Projects’ first exhibition in a new space at 3852 North Miami Avenue, a few blocks west of its former Design District home, Shortness of Breath features large-scale paintings by Miami-born artist Natalya Laskis, who used everything from broom brushes to skis to apply paint. “Moving beyond the scenes of socially exclusive groups, such as motorcycle gangs and isolated farming communities that characterized Laskis’ former work, Shortness of Breath pushes the artist’s exploration of social archetypes into a realm of engagement rather than observation,” according to the exhibition description. In addition to Laskis’ show, there will also be a site-specific installation in the project room by Miami artist and designer Emmett Moore called High, Low, and in Between. To celebrate its new space, Locust will have food from Harry’s Pizzeria at the openings. To learn more about the exhibitions, visit locustprojects.org
Dali Miami @ The Moore Building
Featuring more than 200 pieces, including originals and sculptures, from throughout the career of surrealist pioneer Salvador Dalí, Dalí Miami promises “unparalleled exposure to this master on a scale unavailable outside of the major museums of the world.” The exhibitions opens to the public on Thursday and runs through Sunday. Tickets are $20 online or $25 at the door. To learn more about Dalí Miami, visit dalimiami.com.
iPhoneography: Updated Visual Dialogs @ The Lunch Box Gallery
Inspired by the Chase Jarvis truism — “The best camera is the one that’s with you” — iPhoneography is an exploration and manifestation of the “avalanche of pixels” brought on by camera-equipped smart phones. Eschewing judgment calls on whether iPhoneography (“understood as the creative process of taking and editing pictures with Apple’s iPhone”) represents the downfall of photography or its democratization, the exhibition will feature mobile photos that were automatically accepted by the gallery in an attempt to offer a “sincere representation of the massive use of the medium”. To learn more about iPhoneography, visit The Lunch Box Gallery website.
Xnoybis @ de la Cruz Collection
Xnoybis is a Latin word meaning escapism (according to a few unauthoritative websites). The definition jibes with the de la Cruz Collection event, which promises a night of musical selections by violinist Danielle Mink-Bellizzi exploring the transitional style of Greek and Italian composers of the 1950s. There are two performances on Saturday night, one at 8 p.m. and another at 9 p.m. To try to learn more, visit delacruzcollection.org.
I Witness (+ 2) @ Bernice Steinbaum Gallery
BSG is opening three photography-centric exhibitions on Saturday. I Witness brings together the work of 25 contemporary photojournalists/artists from around the world in an exploration of conflict that draws on the photographers’ “personal, internal, psychosocial, military, cultural, [and] religious” experiences. The exhibition stated goal is lofty: “to underwrite the work of artists who are photojournalists worldwide and support the value of freedom of the press and open government.”
The video “Framed 3″, part of the series Framed by artists Debora Hirsch and Iaia Filiberti, attempts to unmask the “picture-perfect female” of Hollywood’s Golden Age.
BSG’s third exhibition is a collection of photos by Deborah Willis, who, with the writings of Zora Neale Hurston ringing in her head, sought to reveal the history of Eatonville, Fl., one of the first-black towns formed after the Emancipation Proclamation.
To learn more about each of the exhibitions, visit the Bernice Steinbaum Gallery website.
Insta Art Walk Challenge
Think of this as exhibition in the making. Presented by Beached Miami, the Insta Art Walk Challenge invites one and all to share their unique Art Walk experience by posting photos from the night via Instagram (and/or Twitter) with #instawalk305 and @beachedmiami in the caption. To learn how you can participate and enter to win one of several prizes, visit beachedmiami.com/instawalk.