Scenes From Opening Night at "The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl"
The Miami Art Museum's new exhibit "The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl" opened Saturday night, drawing a bright mix of artists, art enthusiasts, and collectors to its mixed media group show exploring the intersection between visual art and music in a unique auditory and visual experience.
In tune with the theme, DJ Le Spam was spinning vinyl, and the Smirnoff girls served cocktails on record trays.
|DJ Le Spam, using vinyl for its intended purpose.|
The group exhibit includes work by both rising stars and established artists in contemporary art, including names like William Cordova, Ed Ruscha, and Carrie Mae Weems. Showing in a US museum for the first time in their careers are Jeroen Diepenmaat, Kevin ei-ichi deForest, Taiyo Kimura and Lyota Yagi. "Outsider artist" Mingering Mike adds another component with his fake album covers that are part of an alternative universe, featuring himself as a superstar.
|The Smirnoff girls show off their platters.|
Simmons' installation is just one example of the exhibition's inclusive concept. "The Record" truly explores the record from every angle. The record is art and is treated as a treasured object, telling history, expressing identity and bearing witness to changes. "The Record" examines the transformative power of the vinyl record from the 1960s until the present day via video, sound work, installations, sculptures, drawings, paintings, and photography.
|A packed house for the panel discussion.|
"The Record. Contemporary Art and Vinyl" is a savvy move by the Miami Art Museum, engaging a younger generation and taking art beyond the museum walls. The MAM Soundbomb Bus will take to the streets of Miami and make a stop at various upcoming events such as the Fool's Gold Block Party and Heineken Transatlantic Festival. And that's all in addition to a series of lectures, DJ sessions, and a Sound Clash DJ Battle at the Closing Night Party on June 9th.
|Matthias Woernlein, Vivi Diaz, and MAM's Alexa Ferra|