Miami Art Museum Opens "The Wilderness"

Categories: Art
Allan McCollum's The Event
Man might be able to erect soaring skyscrapers on postage stamp-sized plots of land but nature remains unimpressed. If the recent Tsunami in Japan taught us something it's that our efforts to yoke nature to our needs is futile at best. "The Wilderness," the new exhibit opening Sunday at the Miami Art Museum explores the real or imagined boundaries between our notions of tamed or untamed nature MAM's associate curator, Rene Morales says.

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Christy Gast's Batty Cave
At a time when we are constantly reminded that we are destroying the planet, the exhibit reminds us how vulnerable we remain when nature decides to strike back. "Several of the works in this group exhibit question the assumptions of our dominion over nature," Morales says.

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Aramis Gutierrez's Caracas in Civil War
On display you'll find a  provocative selection of film and sculptural installations  by artists Darren Almond, David Brooks, Tacita Dean, Christy Gast and Allan McCollum - in addition to works by Matthew Buckingham, Aramis Gutierrez and Fernando Ortega.

Among these is a sprawling installation by Alan McCollum in which the artist joined forces with scientists and employed small rockets to trigger lightning strikes into sand. The bolts created fulgurites which he had replicated in a souvenir shop before arranging them in a stunning display at MAM.

In his video installation Arctic Pull, Darren Almond isolates a lone figure battling the frozen gloom of a tarry Siberian night reminding one of man's epic struggles to conquer uncharted lands.

"In different ways, each work dramatically underscores the intertwinement of nature and the human sphere, while evoking some of the psychological, political, ethical and ecological ramifications of our historical tendency to conceive of them as separate entities," Morales explains.

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Tacita Dean
"While we may never fully escape the idea that we stand above or outside the natural world, it is within our power to confront this assumption critically," Morales adds. "In this way, we may yet find new ways to mitigate its most destructive consequences".

"The Wilderness" opens Sunday at Miami Art Museum (101 West Flagler St., Miami) and runs through June 26. Call 305-375-3000 or visit

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Miami Art Museum - CLOSED

101 W. Flagler St., Miami, FL

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