The Miami Art Museum considers its proximity to the Wynwood Art District and the Miami Design District as added benefits. Their publicity reads: “MAM is located at 101 West Flagler Street, Miami, Florida, 33130, at the Philip Johnson designed Miami-Dade Cultural Center.” In addition to the Museum, the center hosts the Miami-Dade Public Library and the Miami Museum of History.
Why the free publicity? Miami has a significantly rich and dynamic artistic community. One can simply take a walk along the effervescence of Wynwood every second Saturday at sunset, when an endless number of galleries and ateliers open their doors and present their newest exhibits.
It makes sense that MAM should broadcast its exhibitions while promoting their real objective: the recognition of art and the artistic achievements of the community where it resides. The museum celebrates the great creative energy of the art community in Miami.
CONSUELO CASTAÑEDA. Babel wallpaper for New Work Miami 2013 Resource Center, 2012. / Photo: Courtesy of the artist.
Until June 2013, MAM will present the recent works of approximately a dozen artists in the exhibition New Work Miami 2013. The display shows the various practices and innovations of Miami artists with site-specific installations, sculpture, painting and photography.
The artists included in New Work Miami 2013 are Gideon Barnett (1982 Jasper, Tennessee); Bhakti Baxter (1979, Miami); Loriel Beltrán (1985, Caracas); Consuelo Castañeda (1958, Havana); Moira Holohan (1976, New York); Sinisa Kukec (1970, Zagreb); Emmett Moore (1988, Miami); George Sánchez-Calderón (1967, New York); Tom Scicluna (1974, London) and Odalis Valdivieso (1969, Caracas).
New Work Miami 2013 will be the last program of exhibitions at the current Miami Art Museum site until its reopening, scheduled for the fall of 2013, in a new building and with a new name: Jorge M. Pérez Art Museum at the Bay. It will also be the central theme of the Miami Art Week during Art Basel Miami, the art fair that attracts to South Florida some 50,000 visitors from all over the world. ■