November 2014, Volume 18, Number 4

Cultural Spotlight

 

Breaking Barriers

While gallery walls go up all around Miami this art fair season, the MDC Museum of Art + Design (MOAD) is breaking down barriers with exquisite exhibitions this winter, in which different artistic disciplines mingle and bring forth new dimensions of creative expression.

On Dec. 5, during Art Basel Miami Beach, Museum visitors will be transported into a world defined by the inimitable vision of international titan of the interdisciplinary arts Shen Wei.

Art History in the Making

Perhaps most famous in the mainstream for his awe-inspiring choreography of the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing Olympics in 2008, the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” who is also a Guggenheim Fellow pairs his stunning paintings with a choreographed performance in this world premiere titled Shen Wei: In Black, White and Gray, held in collaboration with MDC Live Arts. Patrons lucky enough to attend the five public performances, starting with the opening and running through Dec. 7, will experience a moment of art history in the making.

“The uniqueness of this project is that the exhibition and performance is an exclusive opportunity to physically experience this artist’s work,” said Jeremy Mikolajczak, MOAD’s executive director and chief curator. “There is no separation between audience, performer and work. Visitors will experience the performance unfolding around them – as they walk through the galleries and view 11 large scale works – through which Shen Wei’s unyielding and enigmatic dancers perform site-specific choreography.”

Fun With Fanzines

This month, MOAD launches another exploration of interdisciplinary arts in collaboration with Word and Image Lab (WAIL) kicking off with the opening of Zine-O-Mania! A World of Fanzines From the Special Collections at the University of Miami on Nov. 8.

This first installment of the Museum’s new pop-up gallery series WAIL l.a.b. (short for literature, art and books) has been curated by Cristina Favretto, head of special collections at the University of Miami. It offers a compelling survey of major players of the fanzine world, who hail from South Florida, New York, the United Kingdom and beyond.

“Zines are fairly simple to make, but difficult to describe. They’re manifestos, ruminations, screeds, artistic statements,” said Favretto. “They are pre-Facebook, pre-Instagram, pre-Twitter, post-magazine and very, very fascinating.”

Zine-O-Mania is running through Feb. 8 and, like all MOAD exhibitions, it’s free and open to the public.

MOAD Welcomes Board of Advisors

The MDC Museum of Art + Design recently announced the Museum’s Founding Board of Advisors.

Charged with guiding the museum and safeguarding its institutional stewardship, inaugural board members are Jack Benmeleh, attorney at law; Lisa Crane, philanthropist and arts advocate; Carlos F. González, attorney at law; Rosie Gordon-Wallace, executive director, Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator; Alina Interián, former director, MDCulture; Bruce Loshusan, CEO, Kenneth Loshusan & Sons; David Martin, president and owner, Terra Group; Rachel Schremp-Genevie, vice president and senior litigation consultant at LitStrat Inc.; Bernice Steinbaum, art dealer and curator; and Maria Elena Toraño, co-chair, National Hispana Leadership Institute.

“We are incredibly grateful for the service of these individuals, for providing their time and talents to strengthen our organization and commitment to our members, patrons, visitors and students,” said Jeremy Mikolajczak, MOAD executive director. “We have an important opportunity in providing access to unique cultural, historical and educational exhibits that enrich the greater community. The Board of Advisors’ visionary outlook and professional knowledge will be an integral part of the development and enhancement of our exhibition and cultural programming as well as our institutional outreach.“

— MR


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