First Friday Art Walk Guide: All the Culture on Display at Downtown's Inaugural Event
International Fine Art Expositions (IFAE), founder of Art Miami and the organization behind Miami International Art Fair, is partnering with the district's nonprofit art institutions and local galleries to showcase contemporary work by more than 150 artists, live music, exclusive openings, and culture-rich activities for free.
This Friday, IFAE has thoroughly programmed special exhibitions, opening receptions, open artists' studios, art in public places, and multiple locations of downtown public artworks for attendees to take in. After the jump, see our guide to the exhibits on display. All are open from 6 to 10 p.m. this Friday unless otherwise noted.
- Downtown Miami's New First Friday Art Walk: Free Culture by Land and by Sea
- Seafair 's MIA Encore: Cocktail Cruises, Free Exhibits, and Find Out if You Own a Masterpiece
|Collection National Gallery, Washington, DC, on exhibit at MDC Museum and Galleries|
|Arnold Mesches, Three Chandeliers|
MDC presents two exhibitions this month. "Arnold Mesches: A Life's Work" is a retrospective that commemorates Mesches's 90th birthday. Born in the Bronx in 1923, he's held 132 solo exhibitions. Curated by Kim Levin, respected art critic and former contributor to the Village Voice, the show begins with Mesches's first exhibited painting (1945) and features more than 65 works from many of the 14 series completed, on display through Saturday, May 4.
For "Transcending Narratives of Humanity: Selected Works From the CINTAS Foundation Fellows Collection," Natalie Perez, MDC MOAD curatorial intern, curated the minimal exhibition featuring six works by artists Ernesto de la Vega Pujol, Pablo Cano, Mario Petrirena, Juan Nickford, Ernesto Oroza, and Maria Elena Gonzalez. The exhibit follows artists whose works investigate and relate material and visual culture to history and storytelling. It runs through Friday, May 31.
Art-walkers can check out both works at 600 Biscayne Blvd. from 6 to 8 p.m.
|Doro Designs, MIA Encore|
"Mia Encore" features a mix of established and emerging contemporary artists represented by dealers from all over the world. Carefully chosen works will include photography, mixed media, painting, sculpture, jewelry, and installation and video, all to be displayed on a $40 million, floating art gallery. As part of Friday's inaugural Art Walk, admission is complimentary for the duration of First Friday hours.
The exhibit runs through Sunday, April 7, at the Bayfront Park South Dock, 100 Chopin Plaza.
The Artisan Lounge
"W 10, a Collective View" is a look at recent works by the seven women of W 10, a group of Latin American artists who have worked together over the years and used their own experiences, personalities, and life stories to create varying formats of imagery and intuitive meaning. Artists include Toa Castellanos, Maria Castillo, Mary Chirinos, Esther Mendoza, Gail Marie Ruiz, Patricia Sowers, and Silvia Yapur.
Artisan Lounge, 500 NE First Ave.