From Ferguson to Miami: FusionMIA Project Gives Overtown Youth a Voice (Photos)

Boy Behind Metal Fence, Overtown, Elijah Wells
The Through My Lens: Art is Life photography workshop, which took place November 8 and was sponsored by the Play to Win Foundation, Nike, and Microsoft, gave several of Miami's teenagers the chance to express themselves and their life experiences through art. The opportunities and validation the workshop provides is in stark contrast to the teenagers fighting a corrupt system in Ferguson, Missouri, some in chaos, others in silent pleas. This essay is a look at how a city can uplift its youth or tear them down, inspiring them or teaching them that they don't matter.

The photography taken during the workshop will be featured at the FusionMIA 2014 African American Abstract Masters exhibit featuring the BET Art Lounge December 3 at Mana Wynwood Production Village (318 NW 23rd St., Miami) and lasts until December 7. Admission to the BET Art Lounge is free. Visit

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Vice Gallery Showcases Argentine Artists for Art Basel Miami Beach

Every gallery in the game makes their best play for Miami Art Week. Some solo with a singular sensation, some group up to highlight a roster, and some book a booth at one of the many fairs which occupy our town during the annual onslaught.

Very few galleries, however, have the moxie to risk doing all three for Art Basel; let alone one with only two months to its history. But Vice Gallery, which opened its doors with a marvel of mayhem from MSG Cartel this past October, has already shown itself to be one of the few among many.

Cultist chatted with Vice Gallery honcho George Aguilar in advance of all the Art Week action.

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Edouard Duval-Carrié: Reimagining Caribbean Roots

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Photo by Stian Roenning
Edouard Duval-Carrié and Miami grew up together.
In this week's Miami New Times, we profile 30 of the most interesting characters in town, with portraits of each from photographer Stian Roenning. See the entire Miami New Times People Issue here.

The art hung like sparkling portals to another world. Lining the walls of the dim room, lit from above by giant, ornate chandeliers, the pieces glittered in hues of pink and purple, forming tropical landscapes against a black background. To most viewers, the works in Pérez Art Museum Miami's "Imagined Landscapes" exhibit looked like an ethereal paradise.
To artist Edouard Duval-Carrié, they looked like home.

Duval-Carrié spent his childhood in the Caribbean, living between Puerto Rico and Haiti until, at the age of 16, he transferred to a high school in New York. He went on to college in Canada and lived in Paris for about a decade after that. But he never stopped thinking about his island roots.

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Naomi Fisher: Creative Soul

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Photo by Stian Roenning
Naomi Fisher is concerned with keeping Miami connected to the cultural world.
In this week's Miami New Times, we profile 30 of the most interesting characters in town, with portraits of each from photographer Stian Roenning. See the entire Miami New Times People Issue here.

Naomi Fisher traces her current success to the web of relationships she built with Dade's class of "creative weirdos" at Miami's art magnet school programs. Not that she always intended to stay put in the city that shaped her creative identity.

"I was isolated in the deep suburbs," she says of growing up in the Miami of the 1980s and early '90s. "It was gnarly. I just wanted to get the hell out."

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MOCA Set To Keep Most of Previously Held Artworks

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Babacar M'Bow of North Miami's Museum of Contemporary Art
In the wake of litigation settlements between the Museum of Contemporary Art and the City of North Miami, the fate of hundreds of artworks will be decided today. According to an agreement that will go before the North Miami City Council meeting, MOCA will retain about 500 of the 709 works previously held, while 205 will go to the new Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA Miami) created by its former board members.

The agreement states two works by Afro-Caribbean-influenced artist Jose Bedia will stay with MOCA, while two by pop artist John Baldessari will go to ICA. All 20 works by Miami-based Pablo Cano and two by the late street artist Keith Haring will stay with MOCA, while two works by Ana Mendieta and one by British artist Tracey Emin will go to ICA.

See also: MOCA, Former Directors Settle Dispute, Will Split Museum Assets

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Free Events This Week in Miami: Finding Happiness, Words & Wine, and Black Friday Balloon Drop

via VeganLazySmurf on Flickr
Let's not kid ourselves -- this is all we care about this week.
There's nothing like a holiday week. Three days of work, four days of leisure. Nothing but food comas, football, and family time to look forward to. Next time you hear from us, we'll have consumed potentially lethal quantities of stuffing and will undoubtedly be five (or ten) pounds heavier.

And since Black Friday is fast approaching, here's your guide to free stuff to do this week, so you can save your pennies for doorbuster madness.

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The Continuing Dance of Dale Chihuly and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

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Some folks might have a lesser opinion of Dale Chihuly's work and the vast expanses it has covered since he stepped away from the blowing pipes and transformed from Chihuly the artist to Chihuly the entrepreneur. That's fine; even if Chihuly's glass works were to cover every inch of your neighborhood, it would still be miles above the corporate neo-pop/broken levee that is Romero Britto's stranglehold on Miami-Dade County. At least Chihuly has had two life-altering accidents that forced him into the back seat of his art.

Widely considered the greatest name in glass blowing as an art, Chihuly has enjoyed a steady rise, with thematically inspired pieces in the '70s slowly giving way to larger and more complex abstract sculptures. These large-scale pieces were surely a byproduct of the artist's ability to farm out the minutiae of blowing to a team of employees while he designed the look and assemblage. They had a major impact on public art when his "chandeliers" debuted in Venice in the mid-'90s with the subsequent documentary, Chihuly Over Venice, showing the artist and his team at work.

For a number of years, Chihuly's works have enjoyed a symbiosis with one of the county's true gems, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

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Miami Beach Cinematheque Features Rare Andy Warhol Films During Art Basel

John Coplans catalogue, 1970, from the MBC Archive
Andy Warhol
As Art Basel Miami Beach looms, the Miami Beach Cinematheque is cuing up the films of one of the 20th Century's greatest, most iconic artists: Andy Warhol. The retrospective "Warhol's Silver Screen/Silver Factory" began this month.

The films, dating from 1964-66, all explore famous starlets of a by-gone era and their scandals, from shoplifting to suicide, recreated by Factory luminaries such as Edie Sedgwick, Billy Name, and the Velvet Underground. You may have already seen or missed Harlot (1964), an interpretation of Jean Harlow's story with Mario Montez playing the actress improvising to off-screen narrators and climaxing in "a frenzy of banana erotics and a burst of Swan Lake."

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Provocative Video Artist Ryan Trecartin To Speak at Frost Art Museum

Categories: Around Town, Art

Roberta Fallon via Wikipedia
Ryan Trecartin's video A Family Finds Entertainment is now a decade old. With the serious intent of Bill Viola and Nam June Paik fused with PCP into the Tom Rubnitz and John Waters school of filmmaking, Trecartin heralded the rise of the DIY, YouTube auteur that is so common these days.

Born in 1981, he's been a product -- through action or inaction -- of the video game generation but with enough of a cognizant experience of that generation's transitional period to emerge without being jaded while fully embracing the absurd.

Campy and provocative, Trecantin has been proclaimed by The New Yorker as "the most consequential artist to emerge since the 1980s." His installations and videos are theatrical, often pushy échanges violents, that the upcoming Helen Venero Artist Lecture Series describes as "seen as a watershed for their exploration of the profound shifts in culture and social interaction that are defining our current moment." His worlds are populated with intricate layers of absurdist narratives.

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Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 Local Gallery Guide

Courtesy of Robert Fontaine Gallery
Space Fruit, Still Lifes (Watermelon), Andy Warhol (1979).
If all you do during Art Basel Miami Beach is stick to the big fairs, you might as well call it a day and go back home.

Seriously. Some of the best contemporary art we've seen during Art Basel has been away from the convention center and tents.

Local galleries feature both homegrown and international talent, including a mix of well-established artists and those on the cusp of greatness. And wouldn't you rather have bragging rights that you saw so-and-so before they were big? (Basel is just one big bragging Olympics. Step your game up!)

That being said, there are way too may galleries to possibly feature them all. But we've picked out some of the best shows that coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach, some of which are already exhibiting right now -- because it's never too early to start Basel-ing.

See also: Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 Fairs Guide

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