Miami Art Week, Beyond the Fairs

The top activations and exhibitions at venues around town.

The east facade of the Pérez Art Museum Miami. (Photo: Armando Colls/

The fairs should be on anyone’s itinerary this week, particularly Design Miami, where New York-based SHoP Architects—winner of the 2016 Panerai Design Miami/Visionary Award—is creating a 3D-printed pavilion, which will move to the Design District when the week is over. Dean & DeLuca and architect Ole Scheeren, a former OMA partner, are also collaborating on the high-tech food display system “Stage.” But be sure to carve out time to explore the exhibitions debuting at the city’s museums, galleries, and other venues. Here’s a few not to miss.

Miami Beach

The Faena District’s Faena Forum, an exhibition and performance space designed by Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu, opens during Art Basel, along with the art processional “Tide by Tide,” featuring the Spanish artist Miralda, the Cuban art collective Los Carpinteros, and local artist Carlos Betancourt. The Wolfsonian-FIU is putting on the “Modern Dutch Design” exhibition, drawing from the museum’s intelligent collection. At the new Nobu Hotel, the second-edition of X Contemporary has “The Women Who Made Modern Art Modern,” curated by Michael Klein. The show will put a spotlight on 16 midcentury women art dealers who influenced some of the best American artists of the 20th century. Check out local architect Rene Gonzalez’s latest project, RGA Rocket, in his nearby Prairie Avenue residence, for objects and custom furniture pieces from talents such as Emmanuel Babled and Germans Ermics.

Donald Sultan's "Fireman March 6, 1985" (1985). It's on view in "The Disaster Paintings," Sultan's solo show at Lowe Art Museum.


The University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum is hosting “Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings,” while the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University, occupying a Yann Weymouth building, will have “Narciso Rodriguez: An Exercise in Minimalism” on view. The Pérez Art Museum Miami is presenting “Julio Le Parc: Form-Action,” the first United States survey exhibition for the Argentine kinetic artist. PAMM also recently acquired more than 400 language-based artworks, including selections from English artist Tom Phillips’s famous, ongoing altered book project “A Humument.”


Fashion figure and costume designer extraordinaire Patricia Field is taking over White Dot Gallery through December, selling clothes created by artists like Scooter LaForge and Jody Morlock.

Design District

Site-specific installations and exhibitions will take over the enclave during the week. One fixture will be Spanish designer Jaime Hayon’s life-size recreation of Lladró Atelier’s porcelain collection The Guest in Palm Court, just outside the brand’s second-floor boutique. At the alternative art venue Swampspace, “DABOMBDIGGITY” will look back on the gritty ’80s era of New York’s East Village, with period ephemera from the worlds of fashion, music, dance, and literature.

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